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96 Greatest Villains in Literature – In No Particular Order

96 Greatest Villains in Literature – In No Particular Order

As Dr. Nekhorvich once said in Mission Impossible 2 – “Every search for a hero must begin with something every hero needs, a villain”. True enough anything opposite of good is simply evil, and there are not better group of characters to carry this title than villains themselves. In this case we’ve compiled 96 of the greatest villains in literature, in no particular order. The meter of evilness is too subjective to be quantified, hence we’ve sorted it alphabetically for your reading pleasure.

If you think we’ve missed out anything, feel free to let us know in the comments section below and of course, feel free to disagree if any of the mentioned characters below do not actually deserve in the list. Some are downright evil, a few probably belong to the neutral evil category, but then again we shall leave that to your own interpretation. Do enjoy this list below.

Without further ado, here’s the list:- (Stay tune as we’re coming up with a video on this very soon!)

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  1. AaronTitus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
  2. Agatha TrunchbullMatilda by Roald Dahl
  3. Alec d’UrbervilleTess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  4. AMI Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
  5. AmbrosioThe Monk by M. G. Lewis
  6. Annie WilkesMisery by Stephen King
  7. ArturoGeek Love by Katherine Dunn
  8. Augustus MelmotteThe Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  9. BarabasThe Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe
  10. Baron Vladimir HarkonnenDune by Frank Herbert
  11. Becky SharpVanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  12. Big Brother1984 by George Orwell
  13. Bill SikesOliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  14. Captain AhabMoby Dick by Herman Melville
  15. Captain HookPeter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
  16. Cathy AmesEast of Eden by John Steinbeck
  17. ClaudiusHamlet by William Shakespeare
  18. Count DraculaDracula by Bram Stoker
  19. Count FoscoThe Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  20. Count OlafA Series of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler
  21. Cruella de VilThe Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  22. CthulhuThe Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
  23. David MelroseNever Mind by Edward St. Aubyn
  24. Dolores UmbridgeHarry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  25. Don JuanEl Burlador de Sevilla by Tirso di Molina
  26. Dr. FrankensteinFrankenstein by Mary Shelley
  27. EdmundKing Lear by William Shakespeare
  28. Eduard de GexThe Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson
  29. Ernst Stavro BlofeldJames Bond by Ian Fleming
  30. FerdinandThe Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
  31. FredThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  32. Gil-MartinThe Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  33. Grendel’s MotherBeowulf by Anonymous
  34. Hannibal LecterRed Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, etc. by Thomas Harris
  35. Helen Grayle / Velma ValentoFarewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
  36. HenryThe Secret History by Donna Tartt
  37. Humbert HumbertLolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  38. IagoOthello by William Shakespeare
  39. InfertilityThe Children of Men by P. D. James
  40. Judge HoldenBlood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  41. Lady MacbethMacbeth by William Shakespeare
  42. Long John SilverTreasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  43. Lord Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger)A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  44. Marcos InarosThe Expanse Series by James S. A. Corey
  45. Marquise de MerteuilLes Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Lady MacbethMacbeth by William Shakespeare (Image by Alfred Stevens)

  1. Milo MinderbinderCatch-22 by Joseph Heller
  2. MitsukoQuicksand by Junichiro Tanizaki
  3. MoriartyThe Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. Mr HydeStrange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. Mr KurtzHeart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  6. Mr RochesterJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  7. Mrs CoulterHis Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
  8. Mrs DanversRebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  9. NapoleonAnimal Farm by George Orwell
  10. Nurse RatchedOne Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  11. O’BrienNineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  12. Patrick BatemanAmerican Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  13. Pavel Ivanovich ChichikovDead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  14. PennywiseIT by Stephen King
  15. Pinkie BrownBrighton Rock by Graham Greene
  16. Professor MoriartyThe Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  17. QuilpThe Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  18. Randall Flagg9 Novels by Stephen King
  19. RidgewayThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  20. Robert LovelaceClarissa by Samuel Richardson
  21. Rufus WeylinKindred by Octavia Butler
  22. Samuel WhiskersThe Tale of Samuel Whiskers by Beatrix Potter
  23. SandThe Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
  24. SatanThe Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  25. SatanParadise Lost by John Milton
  26. SauronThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  27. Shere KhanThe Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  28. Signor MontoniThe Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
  29. SlaveryBeloved by Toni Morrison
  30. SteerpikeTitus Groan and Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
  31. Suburban EnnuiRevolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  32. SurturA Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
  33. SvengaliTrilby by George du Maurier
  34. The EarthThe Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin
  35. The GeneralThe Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez
  36. The Grand WitchThe Witches by Roald Dahl
  37. The JokerBatman by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jenny Robinson
  38. The JudgeBlood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  39. The KidThe Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  40. The Man with the Yellow HatCurious George by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey
  41. The Prison-industrial complexThe Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
  42. The Republic of GileadThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  43. The SharkJaws by Peter Benchley
  44. The White WitchThe Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  45. Tom RipleyThe Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  46. Uriah HeepDavid Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  47. VanityThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  48. VindiceThe Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton
  49. VoldemortHarry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  50. WolandThe Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  51. ZeniaThe Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood