Recently I was tagged by Sarah over at A Well Cultivated Mind to write a post on my top ten favorite villains. I’ve chosen ones from both books and movies.
The official rules for this tagging thing are as follows:
- Post the button. (Top Ten Villains button above)
- Thank the blogger who tagged you.
- List your top ten favorite villains (they can be from movies or books).
- Tag ten other bloggers. (Give or take a few)
So, without further ado, (1) there’s the button at the top of the page ^^^ and (2) thanks for tagging me, Sarah. 🙂
And (3): Please note that though these are listed under my “favorite villains,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that I like all of them. Some were less-villainous and some were super-villainous. The term “favorite” merely means that I consider them to be either exceptionally brilliant or masterminded in how they carried out their villainy, or they are a tragic villain whom I feel sorry for and take a special interest in them because of their sad circumstances, or possibly one of them I actually do like because he was a villain who redeemed himself by the end of the story.
So here you go…my top ten villains.
1. Megamind from Megamind
As you probably guessed, Megamind is the villain that I actually like because he redeems himself by the end of the movie. Plus, he’s just so plain pathetic and clueless at times, it’s hard not to feel sorry for him and hope things turn out right for him. He’s also pretty ingenious in his villainy. He’s sort of the big bad guy on the outside, but who also has a softer side that peeks out when you least expect it. Being partly a product of his negative childhood, his sad story is a common one that is too often a tragic one, and you can’t help but sympathize with his situation and feel triumphant for him when he finds his true calling as a defender of justice.
2. Milady from The Three Musketeers
Milady is one of the most villainous, scheming, and clever female villains that I have ever read about. The fact that she’s a girl makes it even worse, in my opinion. You can find a bad and clever guy any day of the week, but finding a clever, villainous lady is much more rare, and often they are so much worse than any of the bad male villains. Women have a MO that is so different from your typical evil man. More twisted, bewitching, and silently deadly. If you’re unlucky enough to be caught in one of their traps, you’re pretty much dead before you realize what’s happened to you. Thankfully, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan are not your typical guys to be caught in an evil woman’s trap.
3. Sauron from Lord of the Rings
Sauron is the archetype of an evil devilish enemy. He’s made of pure darkness and death. Nothing remotely redeemable or that elicits sympathy in him. His methods are not essentially clever or brilliant; rather, they are characterized more by brute force and power, which he is extremely good at carrying out. He’s the enemy who will destroy the world unless someone good does something about it.
4. The Evil Stepmother from Cinderella
Whether in a movie adaptation or a storybook, the evil stepmother is one of the worst of the villains. This woman is just so evil and cruel it just makes me want to scream and throw things when she gets her way for half of the story. But it also makes me equally satisfied and happy when she gets her just punishment for her actions. Don’t we all feel the same way?
5. Loki from Thor
Loki is another one of those enigmatic villains whom you are not sure whether to hate or sympathize. Honestly, I do understand the whole fangirl hype over Loki. He has a mysterious charm about him that could be attractive if he weren’t sometimes so vindictive and malicious. He does a lot of bad stuff and hurts a lot of people in the first movie, but after apparently coming back from the dead in the second movie he actually seems to be making a turnaround. Knowing Loki, though, his mischievous personality could go any direction, and you’re left wondering what his motives really are. Like I said, he’s a hard one to figure out.
6. Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes
If we’re talking about brilliant masterminds, Mr. Moriarty is at the top of the list. A brilliant protagonist like Sherlock Holmes can have no less of a brilliant mastermind for his antagonist. He would be bored pretty quickly without one. Moriarty is so brilliant that you can’t help but wonder how much good he could do if his mental powers were used for good. But then, what would Sherlock Holmes do if there was no bad guy to catch?
7. Erik from Phantom of the Opera
Erik is another villain that I sympathize with, despite his twisted and sick actions. He is a perfect example of how a child’s upbringing has a profound impact on what they become as an adult. He starts as a product of his tragic circumstances and allows those negative influences to direct his life and actions. I’m not saying that he is only a victim of circumstance–he is definitely culpable for his wrong deeds, but his childhood experiences certainly play a huge part in creating the monster inside him. Though it’s almost heart-breaking to read of his sad end, it’s still gives you a sense of rightfulness and closure about him, because you know his story could not have ended any other way that was still right for him. Does that even make any sense?? Anywho, moving on.
8. Scrooge from A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge’s is a unique situation. He is both the protagonist of his story and the villain of his story. He’s his own villain, somewhat similar to Megamind. Scrooge starts out hating the world and everything to do with happiness and goodwill, except for his own comfort and wealth. But money can never buy happiness or contentment, and his avarice and bitterness grows into a harmful and destructive force not only in his own life but in the lives of everyone else around him. It’s only when he can start to see others, and himself, for who they are and view the world from a fresh perspective that he develops a heart of gratitude, compassion, and generosity.
9. The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia
The White Witch is another pure evil villain whose primary life goal is to conquer the world and destroy all the good in it. And she’s a woman–extra bad in my mind.
10. Mr. Potter from It’s A Wonderful Life
Mr. Potter is another bad guy who gets his way for so much of the story and you just want to punch him in the nose. He still doesn’t get enough of what he deserves at the end of the movie in my opinion, but I guess that’s not the point of the movie. Mr. Potter’s goal is to make everyone as miserable as he is, and when George Bailey succeeds in finding true happiness and satisfaction in life that has nothing to do with money or anything that Potter can give him, that makes Mr. Potter suffer worse than any physical punishment. Although, George Bailey does become the richest man in town at the end, which definitely is an added bonus.
So there is my list of top ten villains. I have several other choices for top villains, but I’ve stuck with these for this post. Hope you enjoyed it! Let me know your thoughts or any other villains you think should be on the list.
Oh, and since I’m fairly new to the blogging world, I don’t really know anyone I feel comfortable tagging at this point, but if you feel up to the challenge, then by all means, write up your own “top ten villains” list and tag a link back to my blog!