Best of the Bad Guys

the-original-movie-villainAnd gals.

There are so many ways this list could go, from the truly terrible Judge Holden of Blood Meridian and the ghastly Cathy of East of Eden to the more humorous, but no less evil Corrine of Flowers in the Attic. The former are of a rather literary nature and the latter is…not.

I think this list will be somewhere in between*. In no particular order, some of my favorite villains include:

Corrine Dollanganger (Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews). Because she really is quite awful, as are the books.

Randall Flagg (The Stand by Stephen King). Because there’s needs to be at least one Stephen King character on a list on villains.

Annie Wilkes (Misery by Stephen King). And in this case, there are two. The axe…

Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling). Sometimes the greatest evil hides in plain sight (in a pink suit).

Lydia Bennett (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen). Not evil, but seriously annoying.

Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray). On one hands, she really gets shit done. On the other… My goodness, have a heart.

Hannibal Lecter (Red Dragon by Thomas Harris). No list would be complete without the addition of a snobby cannibal.

Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte). You cannot use love to excuse all your bad behavior, so Heathcliff makes the list too (being vicious and devious and all).

Who do you love to hate? For more villains, go here.

*I find the older I get, the less tolerance I have for truly evil villains (like in American Psycho or The Wasp Factory), horror movies, and the like. Apparently I scare easily these days.

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22 thoughts on “Best of the Bad Guys”

  1. I love/ hate Becky Sharp. I saw a great Vanity Fair miniseries years ago – maybe a BBC production?? – anyway, whoever the actress was, was the perfect Becky. Vanity Fair is one book that I read in my youth and have been meaning to revisit.

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  2. I like your list! Randall Flagg is one of my favourite villains as well, loved the Stand and the Dark Tower Series 🙂 You could probably fill a whole Top Ten list with King characters only

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  3. So many great (and classic ones) on this list that I didn’t even think about when creating my list!

    Annie (I did think about her, but she didn’t fit my spin on the topic), Hannibal. I included the grandmother from Flowers in the Attic…could have thrown Corrine in there too!

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