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Top 5 Villains

Hosted by Shanah of the, Bionic Book Worm, this week’s Top 5 Tuesday is: Villains more interesting than the Hero.

So, I’ve seen lists with Voldermort in first places, someone who will always readily jump to mind. But I’m going to do my best to comb through all the books I’ve ever read, and try to remember 5 of the more memorable villains who, quite frankly, overshadow the hero for all the wrong reasons.

No. 1 — Alec D’Urberville (Tess of the D’Urbervilles)
Author: Thomas Hardy (1891)
To quote: “I was born bad, and I have lived bad, and I shall die bad, in all probability.
Come on, this guy lures an innocent 16 year-old into his house, rapes her and then, makes her think everything is her fault. Not only that, he plays mind games with her. Strong stuff!

No. 2 — Prof. Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes)
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle (1893)
Sherlock’s arch nemesis is, without a doubt, one of the most single-minded, cunningly evil masterminds to ever have been written. Ruthless and vindictive, he will stop at nothing to bring down Sherlock and anyone who gets in his way, better watch out!

No. 3 — Norman Bates (Psycho)
Author: Robert Bloch (1959)
Who can forget the movie, never mind the book. Which has another psychotic murderer who not only murders his mother, but her lover too. And, as we also know, preserving his mother for good measure.

No. 4 — The White Witch (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe)
Author: C.S. Lewis (1950)
When I read this book as a child, and didn’t fully understand exactly how despicable the White Witch was, till I reread the novel later. It was a stark revelation to be reminded what this woman/witch did: she killed Christmas, turned people to stone and banished all hope and happiness from Narnia.

No. 5 — Nurse Ratchet (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
Author: Ken Kesey (1962)
Yes, we have to have at least one monstrous woman amid all these male villains. Ruling over the inmates of a mental institute, this nurse wields absolute power through fear, humiliation and abuse over vulnerable patients, supposedly in her care. Everyone remembers the movie.

Honorable Mentions:

Sauron, from Lord of the Rings, he, of course, like Voldermort, has to be in anyone’s list of baddies because he is evil incarnate.

So, dear reader, who are your favourite villains?

5 Comments

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  2. I love that you did not go with the obvious choice! I haven’t read these books but I have heard so much about them (especially Nurse Ratchet) so I would say that you made the right choices!

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Sophie. I do appreciate you taking the time.

      I thought long and hard about my choices, as I wanted to try find a few we might have forgotten about. And if you have never read One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, I suggest you borrow a copy from the library. It’s well worth the read. Old school creepy and Nurse Ratchet a very scary woman.

  3. Norman Bates, yesss!
    I don’t usually watch old movies (or movies in general) but I enjoyed psycho a lot! When i watched it, i didn’t know it was also a book. I might give it a read just to see if the book is different at all.

    • Alexandra says

      You should know by know, Norrie, first there came the book, then there came the movie! 😉

      While movies are, obviously, visual, I think a book gives you a better build up to the action and suspense. Try reading One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest too.

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