Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Villains

Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today’s topic easily puts us in the Halloween mood: top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books.

I don’t think I have ever done a topic like this one. And I found it harder than I expected to come up with villains. Some of my favorite characters are not as evil or obviously villainous for a list like this. Anyways, I hope you enjoy my favorite villains in books!

lordvoldemortVoldemort from The Harry Potter Series // This one seems obvious to me. He is the quintessential villain–evil, power hungry, and willing to do anything to gain what he desires.

aywwdik-0amlThe White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia // She is especially compelling because of her history that we learn about in The Magician’s Nephew and her inability to understand Aslan’s deepest magic.

sphinxThe Sphinx from The Fablehaven Series // Another great villain. The Sphinx is intriguing because he is not initially a villain–or at least he doesn’t seem like he is one.

sauronSauron from The Lord of the Rings // This one feels like the epitome of villains. He is pure evil and seeks to destroy all that is good. What a grand adventure this series takes us on to bring about his downfall.

Othello with Ian Merrill Peakes and Owiso OderaIago from Othello // This is my least favorite of Shakespeare’s tragedies. I think a lot of that is because of Iago’s intense and evil influence on Othello. He causes the downfall of the entire monarchy.

ba1627c43cda2a5122ecd2cf64190ea0Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians // Okay, I haven’t yet read the book. But I know the Disney movie well (it was my sister’s favorite movie growing up. We watched it twice a day at least). Think about it–she wants to kill and skin PUPPIES for a spotted coat. What kind of crazy woman does that!?

2ae5fa6c952233405f30d926f295beafAgatha Trunchbull from Matilda // She takes Miss Honey’s house and money, is a horrible principal (“the chokey”) and she hates children. She is a great villain.

hqdefaultThe Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz // Another classic villain. In the original books, she is pure evil–sending all sorts of creatures to kill Dorothy and her friends. Sidenote: I actually like the flying monkeys a lot more in the book than in the movie.

8595ed0668ef09aafaf67dc227d55413Henry Crawford from Mansfield Park // This guy is truly bad news. He tries to woo Fanny (who never really likes him) but ends up running off with her married cousin who he does not marry. He is a twisted man and one of Austen’s and romance’s great villains.

af5184f9e67d58fa91438cb688db11ec-1000x749x1Captain Hook from Peter Pan // A classic children’s villain. In Hook’s defense, I think Peter is not as redeeming of a character as the Disney movie makes him appear.

Who are some of your favorite villains in literature?




12 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Villains

  1. i had a really difficult time with this topic too – so i just did my own thing hahaha! Voldemort and the White Witch would be my top two as well though. Maybe my only two? LOL. I might even put Snape in there, even though… well… no spoilers in comments either right? 😉

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  2. Agatha Trunchbull did not occur to me, but she’s a great (horrible) villain! The head witch from The Witches probably should have been on my list. Why didn’t I think about Roald Dahl?

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