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Villains list final countdown


5. Hannibal Lecter: We meet Dr. Lecter in the pages of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon (G.P. Putnams, Dell, 1981).  If his first name isn’t a giveaway, let me assure you that Lecter is all kinds of bad.  Before being captured … Continue reading

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Villains list nears end


Continuing the Top 50 villains in literature we have arrived at number 10.  Annie Wilkes: The obsessed fan from Stephen King‘s Misery (Viking, 1987), Ms. Wilkes is any celebrity’s nightmare.  She personifies adulation that steps over every moral and social … Continue reading

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More villainous villains from fiction


15.  Sweeney Todd: Also known as the Barber of Seville, the lunacy of Sweeney Todd was first brought to us in the pages of a penny dreadful titled The String of Pearls (1846).  A lunatic barber who killed his customers … Continue reading

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Literary characters who put the ill in villain


30.  Prince John: According to the Robin Hood mythos, Prince John kept the masses in line with egregious taxes and a crooked rule while King Richard fought in the Holy Wars in distant lands.  A shining example of how power … Continue reading

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More literary villains


And the list of well written, memorable villains in literature continues: 40. Edgler Vess: The worst kind of psychopath, the kind with authority, we’re introduced to Mr. Vess in the pages of Dean Koontz’s thriller Intensity (1995, Bantam Books).  Vess … Continue reading

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