November 16, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Villains, Criminals, and Other Nasties

The "Top Ten Tuesday" meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week's topic is villains! I took a few of these from a previous one about "most dislikeable characters," but villains are a little different, so here goes...

1.) Sauron from Lord of the Rings – because he's the epitome of evil, really. Also honourable mention to Saruman, who was also very despicable.

2.) Selia and her partner-in-crime Ungolad from The Goose Girl – she is manipulative and he is slimy...together they make the perfect villainous pair.

3.) Lady Macbeth – She's icy and ruthless and totally selfish (plus, she goes crazy at the end, so she gets her just deserts!)

4.) Linay from Plain Kate by Erin Bow — he's not the most evil villain on this list by any means, but he has to be one of the most interesting. I actually felt sorry for him at one point, but he does use Kate abominably.

5.) The Troll Queen from East by Edith Pattou — She has this disturbing desire to possess one of the main characters, treating him as some kind of "pet" and clouding his memories with potions in a perverted attempt to get him her? *shakes head*

6.) Voldemort – yeah, I know, he's on everyone's list. There's a reason for that! Also Professor Umbridge totally gets a mention sadistic.

7.) IT from A Wrinkle in Time — okay, generally I found this book really weird, but IT...was very creepy, gotta say.

8.) Vesputo from The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley — *spoilers!* The man murders Princess Torina's father, drugs her mother, and plans on killing her as well. All he cares about is power.

9.) O'Brien from 1984 — *spoilers!* He pretends to be on Winston's side and then sells him out and then tortures him. Totally two-faced.

10.) Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey — I haven't actually read the book, but from the movie, Hal was a real piece of work. Plus just the whole idea that a computer can exert independent will is unsettling...

What are your top villain choices?


  1. Oh Lady MacBeth! I didn't even think of her. Great list.

  2. I like that you have IT from A Wrinkle in Time on your list. I seriously considered including him on my own...

  3. Great list :) I forgot about Lady Macbeth!

  4. Selia and Ungoald are a great choice, subtle but just as evil!

    I'm glad that I was able to help you see the meaning behind the name of Ancilla on last week's top 10, it definitely makes a lot more sense knowing her background.
    I preferred Nicola and the Vicsount mainly because of the characters. As I said in my review, I much preferred Nicky to Vicky and I thought Nathaniel was a much better hero too! What did you think?

  5. I haven't seen as much of Sauron today as I expected! I figured him and Voldemort would be everywhere.

  6. Oh wow, I don't think I've read any of these except for Harry Potter *embarassed*, but um...woot on Voldemort!

  7. OMG yes Prof Umbridge! I HATED that woman! Almost more than Voldy, I think. Great pick with Lady MacBeth too! Iago was pretty terrible too. And Hal creeped me the heck out O_O

  8. I don't think I've heard of any of these. except voldemort, and i totally agree with umbridge

  9. I hated Umbridge more than Voldemort. She was heartless. I also did not like Lady Macbeth, but she was a great character, wsan't she? ;)

  10. You have a very varied list. I have IT from Wrinkle on my list, too.

  11. Actually, Voldemort didn't make my list. I'm afraid I'm one of the few degenerate non-Harry Potter fans. I've seen alot of what's-his-face from Hunger Games too (that tells you how much I'm into that as well, can't even remember the name, LOL).

    I totally forgot IT from Wrinkle in Time. Great choice!

  12. Nice list. Lady Macbeth would be a definite contender if I were to draw up a list of villains from classical literature.

  13. Definitely Sauron and Lady McBeth! Some great choices on your list

  14. I can't believe I forgot Lady Macbeth. Great list!

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Lady Macbeth -- definitely a great villain. I know Voldemort would have made my list too, had I not gone with Shakespeare villians :D

  16. I agree with IT. Very creepy!

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