Booking Through Thursday, July 26, 2007

 A Weekly Meme Hosted by Booking Through Thursday 

Who’s the worst fictional villain you can think of? As in, the one you hate the most, find the most evil, are happiest to see defeated? Not the cardboard, two-dimensional variety, but the most deliciously-written, most entertaining, best villain? Not necessarily the most “evil,” so much as the best-conceived on the part of the author…oh, you know what I mean!

Oh, egads. This is another hard one. I hate when I actually have to use my brain to think and not just fantasize about senseless stuff. Reading the horror genre primarily, I run into countless villains. I've seen villains I despise enough to think they get what they deserve, villains I love, villians I emphasize with, villains who know they're villains, villains who are seen but villians when I don't think they are... Thankfully this question has been made a bit easier since we're supposed to only concentrate on the truly evil ones.

I'm going to round it off by saying I can't name just one. Here's some that come to mind off the top of my head:

The two runner-ups:

3rd place winner - Hannibal - What a brilliant little villain, how fascinating of a man, and how cruel. Psychological villains can be the eeriest.

2nd place winner - I love a lot of the Anita Blake villains. You can't get much darker than many of these. My favorite is the voodoo priestess Dominga from The Laughing Corpse. A truly depraved, souless woman who uses black magic to get what she can, not caring of the consequences. Greedy and controlling, men fear her so much they sweat if she gives them the wrong look.

1st place - Lex Luthor. Yes, Lex Luthor. I've always loved that villain. I suppose my obsession with Smallville is what started it, but in my research of the history of Superman and his nemesis, Lex Luthor always stood as fascinating. Call me strange, but he's certainly a classic.