Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Villain?

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In continuing my series of favorite characters from books, I wanted today to explore fictional villains, those people we love to hate or who capture our imagination.  They sometimes make us quake in fear and wonder about the darkness.

There are so many wonderfully written villains to draw from that the choice of my favorite is difficult. Among the many possibilities are Sauron from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings, Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel, Dr. Hannibel Lechter from Thomas Harris’ The Silence Of The Lambs, and Claudius from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. As I mentioned, there are many other possibilities. Would it be immodest to suggest my own character Maledicus from my novel Maledicus The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1?

My choice, however, is from the book that is one of the largest influences on me as a reader and writer, and that is Dracula!

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So, I ask all of you: who is your favorite fictional villain?

 

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43 thoughts on “Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Villain?

  1. As you say, there are a lot of great choices. I would agree with Dracula and Sauron, and would be tempted to say James Moriarty and Voldemort as well. But I think I would have to pick Dolores Umbridge as the one I love to hate the most.

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  2. I’ve been reading the Brontes recently, and my favourite villain is the dashing Arthur Huntington who manipulates the heroine into marrying him. She’s so ‘proper’! There are some comic moments when he is courting her. Not a horror story, but at the time it was terribly risque and nouveau. A ‘horror’ of its time.

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  3. I definitely agree that Dracula is interesting. Not so sure about Sauron — he remains sort of amorphous right to the end, which perhaps makes him more terrifying but not approachable enough to be fascinating. Hannibal Lecter is just too repellent. Then there’s H.P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West. He has more personality than many of HPL’s human characters. No tentacles or gills, though.

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  4. There are so many great villains, but I would have to say Professor Snape. Primarily because there is so much more to him than meets the eye. At first, he’s simply a nasty teacher who’s easy to dislike. But the more you read into the series, the more you find out about him and the more you realize he’s not really the bad guy you thought he was. Most other villains are simply flat, too easy to hate or fear, archetypes of our worst fears. I like a villain who has some depth and character.

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  5. Dracula is probably my favorite. His actions show there is no redeeming him- giving the baby to his wives and then siccing his wolves on the baby’s mother are examples of nonredeemable actions. But he also has this charisma to him that draws people to him, which I think is a true mark of a good villain. It’s easy to get people to follow you or bow down to you out of fear- like Lord Voldemort- but to charm someone to your side is a trait that very few villains have.

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