October 4: Top Ten Favourite Fictional Villains
How do you define favourite when it comes to villains? Whatever the definition, the ultimate villain will not make it onto this list: Dolores Umbridge, you’re just a bitch. Instead, the ten I chose are ten that I admire or understand in some way.
1. Bellatrix Lestrange – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I understand Bellatrix’s motivations and she’s incredibly driven. She’s smart and fearless, and I just can’t help but appreciate her passion.
2. Coriolanus Snow – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Although Snow is crafty and deceitful, his ambition is second to none. I love how sneaky and well spoken he is.
3. The White Witch – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Power-hungry and murderous, the White Witch is basically a kidnapper with magic: terrifying.
4. Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teavee – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
These children are amongst the most despicable, greedy, self-possessed kids in literature. They are quite frankly, vile.
5. Aro – New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
I love Aro! He’s self-absorbed, yet completely intent on keeping the secret of his kind from humans.
6. Cersei Lannister – A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
It’s undeniable that Cersei is a schemer: she’s incredibly smart, but as a woman in a man’s world, she is often overlooked, which only adds to her power.
7. Amy Dunne – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Amazing Amy. Where to begin. She’s psychotic, damaged beyond belief, yet compelling and remarkable.
8. Count Olaf – A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Olaf is an evil mastermind, who dedicates his time to killing the Baudelaire orphans, in order to steal their fortune.
9. Amarantha – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Whilst Amarantha’s development is minimal, she’s an authoritative and heartless individual, intent on causing pain to those who disagree with her.
10. Satan – Paradise Lost by John Milton
Satan is the character everyone probably should hate, but secretly loves. He may be the reason for the fall of man, but he is eloquent, intelligent and undeniably brave.
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