I’m fascinated with villains. I always have been. There’s nothing I love more than a compelling bad guy With that being said, I’m still frightened by them. Here’s my list of the top 10 scariest literary villains.
10. Lady Macbeth. Although she doesn’t commit any murders, she does convince her husband to. The whole going insane thing doesn’t hurt, either. She’s no one to be trifled with.
9. Alex Delarge. His loose morals and odd manner of speaking brand Alex as eccentric. His passion for violence? That makes him scary. The worst thing about Alex is the unnerving charm he exudes to attract his victims. Just eerie.
8. Big Brother. All we know for certain about Big Brother is that he’s watching us. He may or may not be real, but he is totally terrifying.
7. Dolores Umbridge. Don’t let the pink ensemble fool you – this woman is MEAN. Behind her sweet smile and mincing voice lurks something truly sinister. Run away while you still can.
6. Hannibal Lecter. No countdown of literary villains would be complete without Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter. No one likes a cannibal, but the fact that he prefers to eat the rude makes Dr. Lecter slightly less horrifying than he would be otherwise.
5. James Moriarty. Dubbed “The Napoleon of Crime,” this infamous villain is clever and cunning enough to give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money. Be afraid.
4. Count Dracula. This notorious villain earns quite a reputation in Bram Stoker’s grisly novel. Since, this vampire’s been romanticized in recent years, it’s important to remember that he attacks and murders young women while they’re sleeping in their beds. How’s that for romantic?
3. Voldemort. There’s a reason he’s referred to as “He Who Shall Not Be Named.” In the Harry Potter series, it’s believed that merely uttering his name adds to the Dark Lord’s power. A rogue wizard with a taste for murder and a hatred of half-bloods, he’s one villain you wouldn’t want to meet with in an alley.
2. The Joker. Where would the world be without “The Clown Prince of Crime”? Better off, quite frankly. The Batman franchise’s most famous villain is one of the most recognizable baddies on the planet. When he smiles, the world doesn’t smile. It screams.
1. IT. The title character in the Stephen King novel and film of the same name, IT is an evil entity that can alter its appearance to suit any fear. Usually he can be witnessed in the form of Pennywise the Clown (AKA my nightmare).
I love far too many literary villains to name. I hope this short list gave you a good idea of some of the baddies I love to hate.
Who do you think are the scariest literary villains?