Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Fictional Characters I Love to Hate

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is All About the Villains – (top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite TV villains, favorite comic book villains, ten “villains” of contemporary lit. My list is a bit of a hodge podge in the sense that although these are my favorite villains from literature, I also love the movie versions of each book, which is why I used the movie photos for my visuals.  It’s also a hodge podge in that I spread my villains out across various genres.  These are characters I love to hate from all walks of literature – from the creepy and the conniving to the ruthless and the roguish.  And let’s, of course, not forget that pink nightmare from the Harry Potter series, haha!

Top Ten Fictional Characters I Love to Hate


1. Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


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2. Delores Umbridge, also from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


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3. Iago from Othello by William Shakespeare


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4. Edmund from King Lear by William Shakespeare

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5. Sauron from The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien


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6. President Snow from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins


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7. The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


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8. Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey


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9. George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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10. Cruella Deville from 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith


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Question:  So who are your favorite literary baddies?   Would any of my favorites make your list?  I’d love to hear from you 🙂

16 replies
  1. Greg
    Greg says:

    Definitely Sauron, and I’ve seen Dolores on a LOT of lists. Haven’t read the books (well I read the first) but she must be pretty nasty! The White Witch is another great one, I loved what Tilda Swinton did with her.

  2. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    Great mix of villains! Voldemort definitely deserves the number one spot, and Umbridge is definitely almost just as evil! Even creepier because her evil seems more ‘real’… Can’t believe I forgot Sauron, he’s one of those iconic villains as well. And of course, Cruella 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I tend to agree. In so many ways she seems worse, especially since she seems like someone you could actually come across in real life.

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