Villains are examples of where people and characters diverge. In real life, we like the bad guys and shudder over the bad guys. But, in literature, we love the villains for being so bad. We appreciate them for their nastiness. So, here they are, and in no particular order.
from A Series of Unfortunate Events
I’m not sure how he slid into the list, but I like him, somehow, he’s sneaky like that. (: Only one eyebrow sits above his eyes, he’s the master of disguises, former VFD member(if I remember correctly), and quite the bad guy. Together with Esme, they could do nearly anything. Well, except outsmart the Baudelaires, that is.
from Lord of the Rings
Tolkien develops the White Wizard better than Sauron, though in the end Sauron is Middle Earth’s main, strongest villain. I’ve always wondered why that is. Anyone know?
“His speech was smooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were drawn swords.” -Psalm 55:21, ESV
Doesn’t this verse fit Saruman perfectly?
Jadis(a.k.a. the White Witch)
from The Chronicles of Narnia
My favorite appearance of hers is in The Magician’s Nephew.
from various Marvel movies
His sarcasm, origin(Norse mythology; also where we got the names of our days from), and costumes are quite awesome. I haven’t seen him in the Thor movies, but I’ve heard good things. 🙂
The Wicked Stepmother
from 2015 Cinderella
As a huge member of the LotR fandom, watching Cate Blanchett(Galadriel!) play a unlikable, thoroughly evil character hurt. But I got over that. I loved watching the newer movie dive deeper into a character after the original story and cartoon had barley scratched its surface.
“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”- Tom Hiddleston, actor for Loki
So, those are mine, who are your favorites?