Top Ten List: My Favorite Villains From Great Novels

They are the people you love to hate, the one whose comeupence is cherished. They are the bad guys from our favorite books. I’m listing my Top Ten favorites. Feel free to agree or disagree. Make your own list, and enjoy it.

10.     Count Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin – Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

9.       Tom Buchannan – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

8.       Zafloya – Charlotte Dacre’s Zafloya The Moor

7.       The White Witch – C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe

6.       Professor James Moriarty – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Final Problem

5.       Edward Hyde – Robert Lewis Stevenson’s The Strange Case Of Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde

4.       Captain Ahab – Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick

3.       Inspector Javert – Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables

2.       Anton Chigurh – Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men

1.       Jason Compson – William Faulkner’s The Sound & The Fury

I’m very curious about your ideas. Leave your opinions in the Comment section below.


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2 responses to “Top Ten List: My Favorite Villains From Great Novels

  1. Dave

    I think Thomas Sutpen from Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s wickedest creation.

    Richard III might the most devious character ever created in the English language.

    Urizen from William Blake’s Lambeth Prophecy Books.

    The Fellow from Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men

    The Reverand from The Scarlet Letter.

    The Grinch

    • Thomas Sutpen and Jason Compson are almost a toss up for me. I kept it to novels so I had no Shakespeare, but Richard III and Iago are some of his wickedest, for sure. And I agree about Cormac’s killer. Great comment and thanks for reading!

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