Top Five Tuesday: Characters Who I Love to Hate, a.k.a. Favourite Villains

Amanda at The Book Badger has a fabulous link up called Five Friday Favourites. Last Friday’s prompt was Favourite Villains. Originally, I wasn’t intending to participate. I try to alternate my TFT posts between books and style, and this is a style week.  However, after reading Amanda’s post, I got to thinking about all my favorite baddies, and I just had to create my own list!  Plus, this totally fits in with Top Ten Tuesday over at the Broke and the Bookish.  Their prompt today is Characters Who X (you fill in the blank).

  1. Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series.  Yes, Voldemort is the big, evil, scary bad guy, but we’re talking about my favorites, and Umbridge is a villain I just love to hate. She seems so sweet and syrupy that you just know she’s pure evil underneath.
  2. In that same vein, Annie Wilkes from Stephen King’s Misery. She gives a whole new meaning to ” killing with kindness”.
  3. Dickens wrote some truly memorable villains, but my favorite is Uriah Heep from David Copperfield. He’s so oily, and creepy, that he makes my skin crawl just thinking about him.
  4. Speaking of making my skin crawl, President Coriolanus Snow from The Hunger Games Trilogy.  Do you think he is a victim of nominative determinism or just a cold hearted snake?
  5. George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice. He’s so very charming, it’s hard to believe he’s really all that bad.

I’m linking up: FFF   Top Ten Tuesday

20 thoughts on “Top Five Tuesday: Characters Who I Love to Hate, a.k.a. Favourite Villains

  1. mtsedwards says:

    I couldn’t actually think of five villains that shattered me so much, but I do agree 100% on Umbridge. Because her character was more present and more sinister and more real than Voldemort, you know what I mean? And thank you, o teacher, for introducing me to a new term: nominal determinism. Love it! Perhaps that’s why I pay particular attention when I name my own characters? I feel a 5 Things category coming along…

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  2. Amanda @ Book Badger says:

    I complete agree on Umbridge, she was just a cruel woman with a pink fluffy coat to hide it. Definitely disappointed that she didn’t vanish out of the stories. I’ve also started The Hunger Games and President Snow doesn’t feature much in the first book, so I’m excited for the second to see him at his worst, and George! I remember reading P&P and just being so shocked! Fantastic list hunny! 🙂

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    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      Thanks! I had a lot of fun with this one. 🙂 As Maricel said, Umbridge is scary because she’s so real. Snow is a much bigger character in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. His character is also more prominent in the films, since they aren’t tied to the first person perspective. Wickham (and Willoughby from a Sense & Sensibility) were both shockers for me!

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  3. Melissa says:

    I completely agree about Umbridge! That woman was just awful. She makes my skin crawl. Oh my gosh, all of your choices are true. David COpperfield is my favorite Dickens novel and Heep is seriously the creepiest guy ever.

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    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      Have you seen the mini-series of David Copperfield with Daniel Radcliffe and Maggie Smith? It’s so well done, and the actor who played Uriah was perfect! Come to think of it, Imelda Staunton (Umbridge) played Mrs. Micawber! The whole cast was really stellar! 🙂

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  4. eloisej says:

    I so agree! Dolores Umbridge, Uriah Heep and George Wickham are definitely some well written villains that make my skin crawl! Especially Umbridge. As you said, she’s not the main villain in the story but oh she is evil! I wish they could have portrayed that more in the movie. That was one of my complaints with the fifth movie. 😦

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  5. Caught Read Handed says:

    I definitely think everyone can agree on Umbridge. She’s terrifying because she’s just so real. You can meet people like her in real life, and as such, everyone can relate. It’s super scary.
    I also totally agree with President Snow and Annie Wilkes. You’ve got a good list of some super scary villains!
    Here’s my TTT! I did my top ten book boyfriends. 🙂

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  6. Reviews from a Bookworm says:

    Great list! Umbridge is definitely one of the worst villains, absolutely hated her in HP but thought she was such a brilliant character at the same time. J.K knows how to write a good villain. President Snow made my list too, he’s so scary and has so much power, you completely understand why Katniss is so scared of him.

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  7. Sophia says:

    Oh Umbridge of course! Duplicitous villains like her are always creepier than ones that are just straight out evil like Voldemort.
    Again – Wickham is a prime example of duplicity, which makes him that much worse.
    Great list!

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