This is a weekly meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s top ten list is: “Top Ten Villains/Criminals/and other Nasties” Sounded like fun, so here’s my contribution. My list is somewhat biased towards books I have read recently, but here we go…
10) Simon LeGree
From Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin; I have to include a character whose name has become synonymous with evil…
9) Ellsworth Toohey
From Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. He is not a physically dangerous character, but the more insidious type. A schemer. A behind the scenes troublemaker. He made my skin crawl…
8 ) Mrs. Danvers
From Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. My view of this character may be somewhat corrupted by having seen the movie version of this book, where the character is portrayed perfectly by Judith Anderson.
7) Madame DeFarge
From A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. This character is quite evil and bloodthirsty. As with number seven, my view may be tainted by the movie portrayal and Blanche Yurka’s grinning malignity..
From The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein. (honorable mention from this same work goes to Sauron, but I gave the nod to Saruman, since he is a human – it could be argued – and should know better; and he’s a traitor to boot…)
From The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (who doesn’t know that already?). He’s not really human, or I would’ve ranked him higher, as his evil spans across several volumes and thousands of pages…
4) Edward Hyde
From The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I’ve blogged once before about the murder scene where he dispatches Sir Danvers Carew. Absolutely chilling.
From The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini. An evil sadist. As a kid. As a man. He never grew out of it.
2) Wackford Squeers
From Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. An evil schoolmaster. I’ve always particularly hated those who victimize and terrorize children or other people who are helpless or weaker than themselves. He is a piece of work.
1) Bill Sikes
From Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. The quintessential villain/criminal to my mind. This may be because I read this book when I was younger and more impressionable, thus burning his image into my brain forever. The murder scene involving him is in my top two along with the one from Mr. Hyde…
Honorable mention that I also considered: Lord Henry Wotton (The Picture of Dorian Gray), President Snow (from The Hunger Games), Catherine deBourgh (Pride and Prejudice), Martin Vanger (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo); I’m sure there are countless others but I spent a finite amount of time on this… 🙂