Top Ten of My Favorite Villains in American Literature


There are many lists of bad guys in the greats of literature. But I noticed that most of these are from European literature. America has some of the greatest writers, so we should be able to come up with some of the best antagonists, as well. Here are my personal favorite.

10 Milo Mindbender from Joseph Hlller’s Catch-22.

9   Judge Holden from Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.

8   Patrick Bateman from Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho.

7   Roger Chillingsworth from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

6   Tom Buchannan from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

5   Addie Bundren from William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.

4   Anton Chigurh from Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men.

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

2   Bob Ewell from Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.

1   Jason Compson from William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.

Americans can do anything the rest of the world can do, as long as it’s worth doing. We got baddies as depraved as Shakespeare and Dickens. As I said, this is just my favorites. Yours may be different, probably are. Make your own list and see how it goes.






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