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Monday, October 3, 2016

Ten Literary Villains that I love to hate!

Top Ten Tuesday: The Broke and Bookish

My Top Literary Villains (in no particular order)
(Repost from original 2010 blog post)

1.  The White Witch (Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis)- the first literary villain that I was actually afraid of as a child because of what I believe that she represents.

2.  Lord Voldemort and other Death Eaters (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)-Duh!  Bet just about everyone will have these guys on your list.

3.  Durza (Inheritance series [Eragon] by Christopher Paolini)-there are lots of villains in this masterful series, Durza is just one that comes to mind right now.

4.  Mrs. Coulter (His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman)-I know that she does show some kindness along the way but she was conducting experiments on children to see what would happen if their daemons were detached...very evil and self-centered.

5.  Mayor Prentiss and Mistress Doyle (Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness)-both thought the other was evil and were blind to their own manipulative ways.

6.  Valentine Morgenstern (Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare)- similar to Lord Voldemort, the ultimate evil in the magical world.

7.  King Leck of Monsea (Graceling by Kristin Cashore)- the ultimate mind-control villain.

8.  Bob Ewell (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)-the evil racist who who attacks Scout and who wrongly accuses Tom Robinson of raping his daughter.

9.  President Snow (Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins)-Shows how cruel and petty he is by retaliating against Katniss when she bested him by beating the Hunger Game rules.

10. It (A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle)-is the biggest bully in the universe by targeting the weak and making them submit or he'll (it'll) destroy them.

11.  The Wicked Witch in Sleeping Beauty-of all the Fairy Tale witches this one was always the most scary to me.

The above villains are from my original list created in 2010. Here are some additional villains I now add to the list in 2016:

12. Humbert Humbert (Lolita by Nabakov)- is the ultimate creepy, creepy guy.

13. Inspector Javier (Les Miserables by Hugo)- he pursues Jean Valjean for 19 years.

14. Miss Trunchbull (Matilda by Dahl)- She is mean, mean, mean to little kids.

15. Big Brother (1984 by Orwell)-Just because he isn't real doesn't mean he isn't despicable.

16. Queen Levana (Cinder by Meyer)---she is the most spoiled and self-centered of all villains.


Who are some literary villains that I missed?

29 comments:

  1. I think Voldie made it onto everyones list. How can he not? He was the perfect bad guy. Same with Valentine and at least one member of The Capital. I know they all made it onto my list.

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  2. I thought about adding Voldemort to my list but I had to go with Umbridge. She was a villain I really hated.

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  3. Hi Anne~ I overlooked Voldemort (oops)! Must be because I expected it to be on others' lists...yes, that must be it :D I forgot about To Kill a Mockingbird--that was a scary character, indeed. Here's my top 10.

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  4. Great list, Anne! I think you hit all the best (worst?) villains from most of my favorite kids/teen books!

    Sue

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  5. Nice list. A Death Eater (Bellatrix) made my list, and Valentine made my partner's. I was lenient on Coulter, 'cause as you said, she does sort of redeem herself in the end, but I honestly forgot how terrible she was in the first book. Those poor children and their daemons :(

    And Bob Ewell! I can't believe I forgot him. The worst of humanity, what an evil, evil man.

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  6. Was #11 the one with the horned looking hat? She scared me to death. Was her name Maleficent?

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  7. Some nice picks. Ultimately, I went with Umbridge instead of Voldemort because he never really scared me. He was too dumb to be formidable.

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  8. @ Anne,

    *head-desk* I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to ruin Evermore for you! I was completely inconsiderate of readers who haven't read the Immortals series. Oopsies. I really hope I didn't spoil it for you.

    Thank you so much for the comment, by the way. ROFL. I just love your evil villain pic at the beginning of your post. Really cool list too! Have a nice evening!

    ~Asher

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  9. Ha you wicked witch post at the end made me think of another that coulda been added to the list mine anyways the witch in wizard of OZ. Anyways good list.

    I'm really going to have to finish the hunger games books.

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  10. Some great choices here! Yeah the White Witch was pretty evil...always winter and never Christmas, who does that? :)

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  11. I can't believe I forgot the White Witch and I just read the frist Narnia book. I had Gollum and Count Olaf on my list.

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  12. Good call on Valentine, I forgot all about him!

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  13. I haven't read many of yours--Looks like it's time to expand my list!

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  14. Hi there. I just wanted to stop by and welcome you to the 2011 Audiobook Challenge. Thanks for joining!

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  15. I've discovered so many other villains that should have gone on my list after reading everyone elses. Oh well! Voldemort made my list as well.

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  16. No Voldemont on my list but definitely IT. He was scary, scary, scary to me as a little girl.

    Here's my Top Ten Baddies List.

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  17. Your newest follower! I definitely agree with #'s 1, 2, and 7.

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  18. Mayor Prentiss is just such a freaking brilliant character!!!! 3/4 of the way through Monsters of Men I turned to my husband and said, "OMG... I think I am starting to love Mayor Prentiss." He is in a villain class by himself!

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  19. Glad to see Prentiss and Doyle made your list!

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  20. You have got some amazing choices Anne! We have a lot in common! :-)

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  21. I think the White Witch still scares me, TBH. And Tilda Swinton didn't help matters when she played her in the movie. Yikes...

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  22. Humbert Humbert is on my list, too. And I like the inclusion of Bob Ewell from To Kill A Mockingbird!

    Here's my TTT: https://4thhouseontheleft.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/top-ten-tuesday-favorite-book-villains/

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  23. Great choices - I'm glad to see those from the Chaos Walking made the cut!

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  24. President Snow was SO HORRIBLE!!!! I couldn't even stand to look at him! Great Top Ten :D My Top Ten Tuesday!

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  25. Yes to Mistress Doyle. I'm so glad you included her. I loved how Patrick Ness portrayed her and Mayor Prentiss. Too different extremes, but both really dangerous. Great list!

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  26. Leck! This is the only other list I've seen him on. :) He was creepy. Great list.
    My Top Ten

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  27. President Snow has made a LOT of appearances on lists in this topic. Voldemort as well though for my money Dolores Umbridge is even more dastardly. I'm surprised to have seen Valentine show up on a couple of lists as well - he is a pretty great villain.

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  28. This is such a fun list! Voldemort made it onto so many this week! He's definitely one of the best! (Well, until Cursed Child...)

    Here are my Top Ten!

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