It’s Tuesday! And that means it’s time to participate in the meme created by Broke and Bookish where bloggers share their top ten based on a given topic.
Today’s Topic is: All About The Villains
I love villains. I often find I love them more than the hero/heroine of the story and find myself upset with the author for having to have the villain be defeated. But I think that’s just something which happens because ultimately – evil can’t win.
So here are ten of my favourite villains/villainous characters.
- The bad guys from the Harry Potter series including:
Draco Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, Voldemort.
– I would have put Umbridge here too but oh… she’s one that I don’t love to hate – I just hate. She’s pure evil!
- Thiago from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
- Lady Macbeth from Macbeth. Also Iago from Shakespeare’s Othello. Iago is kind of like the ultimate bad guy… but I kind of love him.
- Nurse Ratchet from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Casey. I read this one back in high school and oh.. she’s still one of the most memorable contemporary villains I’ve read
- Mrs Danvers (and also Rebecca) from Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. So creepy. I read this book for an assignment back at uni and I think Mrs Danvers is just pure evil.
- Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. He’s not exactly the villain of the piece but he’s twelve shades of creepy so he makes the list.
- Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’m currently reading Winter and I just couldn’t not mention her this week.
- Natasha from The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon. She’s unbelievably bad. Total villainess.
- Miss Trunchbull from Matilda and The Grand High Witch from The Witches – both by Roald Dahl. I had nightmares over both when I was younger. They are memorable and full of villainish qualities.
- Mr Wickham from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I love P&P but I think what I love more is how it has evolved from a single novel into a kind of amalgamation of all the spinoffs and adaptations. It’s so much more than just the original book. For me, I can’t think of Austen’s Wickham without seeing him as a collection of all the traits he shows in other forms. After watching Lost in Austen, I’m much kinder to Wickham. I’m kind of in love with him and wonder if he was more misunderstood than an evil lech. Also, Hugh Grant’s Wickham from Bridget Jones only adds to my love of this slightly villainous character.
I love all the villains! 😀 I think what I love most about a good villain is when you can understand that if you see the story from their perspective, their actions make sense. In many ways a good villain is one who is the hero of their own story. For all of these – I liked that I could see how they could see themselves as the good guy/girl.
Do you ever love the character most people hate?
Which villain has you wanting them to defeat the hero in the end?