So I was tagged a few weeks ago on hannahakrynicki.wordpress.com (Hannah’s other blog) to do a Top Ten Villains post (thank you for the tag, by the way!). After much thought and villain brain-storming, I am finally prepared to accept this tag. But first, the rules!
- Post the button.
- Thank the blogger who tagged you.
- List your top ten favorite villains (they can be from movies or books).
- Tag ten other bloggers.
Since I do not know ten other bloggers, I’ll skip over this last one. So here is my list, which is not in any particular order. (Seriously, this was hard!) Spoilers follow, of course.
1. Morgoth from The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
When I think of a villain, this is immediately what I think of; a powerful creature devoted to darkness and evil. Morgoth is the ultimate villain, with a dark mountain cave as an abode where he tortures and kills his prisoners, a giant spider (Shelob was nothing compared to this one!) as an ally, and Balrogs and beasts of all kinds. It is no wonder Sauron was (no pun intended) overshadowed by this guy, who is the true Dark Lord.
2. Monsieur Thenardier from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Who does not hate this guy? He is seriously one of the most evil characters ever written. If you asked me for a character whom I hate beyond words, Thenardier (and his wife, obviously) are probably the characters that I would pick. He cheats Fantine, abuses her daughter Cosette, tries to blackmail Marius, and attempts to rob and murder Jean Valjean! Oh, and he and his horrible wife abandon three of their children in Paris, simply because they did not like raising boys! I think that constitutes a villain. (So don’t say that Javert is the villain in Les Mis!)
3. Scar from The Lion King
I generally do not like movies with talking-animals, and I am not even a huge fan of The Lion King, but Scar is so amusing that I could not leave him off this list!
4. Richard III from King Richard III by William Shakespeare
As historically inaccurate Shakespeare’s play was, I enjoyed it simply because of Richard. His lines and his altogether dark sense of humor made this play one of my new favorite books.
5. Iago (from Othello)
If you are not a fan of Shakespeare, you probably have no idea who this is. Iago (ironically called “Honest Iago”) is basically an extremely smart and mischievous friend of Othello.When one of Othello’s other friends begins to rise more in Othello’s favor, Iago decides to cause trouble by lying and manipulating Othello, and ends up getting everyone, including himself, killed. What a great friend, right? 🙂 I mainly enjoyed reading Othello, which was a rather miserable and dark book, because of Iago’s witty humor. Manipulative and completely evil villains are my favorites. 🙂
6. Jadis/The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
A few years ago, when all I would read was The Chronicles of Narnia, I thought that Jadis was best villain ever written, and she may very well be one of the best. She can cast an eternal winter, has evil wolves as her minions, and can supposedly beat someone’s brains out with an iron pole. 🙂 Jadis truly added a lot to The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and made them more interesting and enjoyable.
7. Smaug from the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Ooh, dragons! I always look forward to reading Smaug’s parts in The Hobbit and, though he is the villain, he is one of my very favorite characters. Don’t judge me! After all, how awesome is a talking dragon written by Tolkien? 🙂
8. Gollum/Smeagol from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Of course Gollum is on this list :). Gollum is so sweet and adorable, clever, and yet so wretched that he is quite a puzzle (though quite an amusing puzzle. He is definitely one of my very favorite characters in LotR and in all of Tolkien’s works.
9. The Dragon from Beowulf
He kills Beowulf, and he is a dragon. That is enough to put him on this list.
10. Sir Launcelot du Lake from Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
Yes, I am one of those cruel Launcelot haters. Through the first volume of Le Morte, Launcelot was my favorite character, to my surprise. He was really the only honorable knight (since Sir Galahad and Sir Percival, the only completely pure knights, were not yet born in Volume I), and though he loved another man’s wife, he did try to forget about Guenever. In Volume II, though, Launcelot completely changes and becomes just as, if not more so, immoral as the worst knights. Pretty early on in the second volume Launcelot gets a son (Galahad) through a series of adulterous affairs with a woman named Elaine. But he does not stop there! He proceeds to convince Guenever to cheat on Arthur with him and then betrays Arthur, the man who knighted him, by starting a war in order to prove that “My lady, Queen Guenever, is a true lady unto your person”. I seriously cannot believe this guy! He may not be generally considered a villain, but he is undoubtedly immoral and a traitor.
Well, that is my list! Who are your favorite villains? Tell me in the comments!
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