Many apologies for the delay in my top ten list this month! Everyone loves a good villain. Well maybe not everyone, but this blogger does. I love a villain whose characterizations sometimes beat out the protagonists. My top ten list this week is composed of my top ten most memorable villains! Enjoy!
10.) The Volturi from The Twilight Series
Dark and foreboding, the Volturi are the major ruling family of the vampire world in the Twilight series. Originally appearing disinterested and detached from those whom they rule in the beginning of the series, they soon show their might and anger when finding out that Bella knows the inner workings of the vampire world. Ruthless and efficient, these villans are especially dangerous because they employ humans to go out into the world and bring additional humans back to the Volturi as a food source. Now that’s blood chilling!
According to Greek Mythology Kronos was the leader of the first group of twelve Titans that overthrew their parents: the leaders of the Golden Age of mythology. Kronos and the other Titans were then overthrown by Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades and locked away in Tartarus. He is usually pictured with a scythe, which he used to kill his father Uranus! In the Percy Jackson series Kronos is responsible for coordinating plans to take down Zeus and the Gods on Mount Olympus. It’s up to Percy to figure out the plans and keep Kronos in his prison in Tartarus. This villan has it all: a classic tale, lofty ambitions, and mythic tales. You could call him the father of all villans!
8.) The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
Any character whose motto is “off with their heads” deserves to be on this list in my eyes. The Queen of Hearts is an absolute crazy bitch! She orders everyone around, forces people to do her bidding, and abuses animals so that she can play croquet!! Her dominance over the kingdom is absolute, and her evil cunning is unmatched. However, her dark sense of humor provides some respite from her cold heart and makes her all the more memorable as a top villan.
7.) Wickham from Pride and Prejudice
Wickham is an absolutely horrid person. He is a gambler, cheat, womanizer, liar, and so much more. He leaves debt behind him and sullies women’s reputations wherever he goes. In Pride and Prejudice, he lies about the type of person Darcy truly is to make the residents of Meryton like him and give them his sympathy. He is one of the worst types of villans, one who hides his true identity behind a face of compassion that changes at the last moment possible. The fact that Wickham got most everyone to trust him except for Darcy shows how sly this fox really is!
6.) Grendel from Beowulf
For those of you who have never read Beowulf do it! Grendel is an enormous monster beast that has been terrifying and destroying the kingdom of He0r0t. He eats soldiers, destroys buildings, and is just a royal pain in the butt. Although his motives aren’t explicitly stated, a general need for revenge and greed drive Grendel to be the angry monster that he is. Eventually killed by Beowulf, Grendel puts up quite a fight and is just a generally disagreeable monster. His mom is also a pretty worthy adversary for Beowulf a well, but you have to read the book to find out about her!
Join me tomorrow for my top five villains!! Until then, happy reading!