Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:
All About The Villains
For me, Autumn is a time for mysteries, thrillers and other books on the darker and creepier side, and what would they be without a good villain?! So here is a list of my top ten favourite literary villains (ordered alphabetically):
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Transylvanian nobleman and centuries old vampire, antagonist of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror, Dracula. An alluring, dangerous and love-sick villain, who I would be in serious danger of falling for; especially when he is played by Gary Oldman!
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The cold-hearted, miserly protagonist of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. While Scrooge starts out all bad, it is wonderful to watch his miraculous transformation and final redemption.
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Often mistakenly called Frankenstein after his creator and/or book title, the monster or creature of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror, Frankenstein, actually has no name. A nameless, confused and shunned figure who I can’t help having some sympathy for.
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A villain so feared and reviled that most characters in J K Rowling’s fantasy, Harry Potter series won’t even use his name out loud. Lord Voldermort or Tom Riddle is a dark wizard who will stop at nothing for power and influence over others.
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Professor James Moriarty
Criminal mastermind who keeps the famous detective Sherlock Holmes on his toes in several of Arthur Conan Doyle’s crime stories – anyone who can get Holmes second guessing is a great villain in my book.
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Manderley’s head housekeeper and chief antagonist of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic Rebecca. A bitter, cruel and manipulative woman who seeks to undermine the new Mrs. de Winter at every opportunity.
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A central point-of-view character in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The scheming and ruthless Queen of the Seven Kingdoms – a character you love to hate; portrayed brilliantly in the TV series by Lena Headey.
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Dark lord, necromancer and main antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. In which Sauron is an evil spirit who takes the form of a giant, unsleeping eye which wishes to cover the land in a second darkness.
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A terrible dragon who has stolen the home and treasure of the dwarves in J. R. R. Tolkien’s children’s fantasy novel, The Hobbit. A greedy, highly intelligent and cunning villain who you shouldn’t strike up a conversation with!
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Jadis, the White Witch
A powerful witch and main antagonist of C. S. Lewis’ children’s fantasy novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The cruel, self-styled Queen of Narnia who has brought perpetual winter and fear to the inhabitants of the land.
Who are your favourite villains? Also, link in the comments if you have also taken part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic.