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Well, while we were on the way to the March for Life, Iris and I made up some lists of the Top Ten Villains. We didn’t make up ones for the heroes, but we have two lists of the Top Ten Villains; one with the theme “Villains Who Deserve a Punch in the Face”, and one with the theme “Villains Who Are Strangely Attractive.” FYI: Xanatos is not on either of these lists for the simple reason that, though he is amazing as a villain, I was recently introduced to good Xanatos by Iris, and Xanatos as a hero far outshines Xanatos as a villain. Now, for the top ten!
Villains Who Deserve a Punch in the Face
10. Tai Lung (Kung Fu Panda)
9. Lucy Steele (Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen)
8. Zwilt the Shade (Sable Quean [no, not a spelling error!], by Brian Jacques)
7. Tsarmina (Mossflower, by Brian Jacques)
6. Sidious (Star Wars)
5. Slagar the Cruel (Mattimeo, by Brian Jacques)
4. Gabrielle Damien (The Scarlet Pimpernel: Mademoiselle Guillotine)
3. Grand Moff Tarkin (Star Wars)
2. Charles Augustus Magnusson (Sherlock)
1. Shift the Ape (Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle, by C.S. Lewis)
I must admit, it was a close run between Magnusson and the Ape for Best of Worst, but the Ape won out. He was just too eeeeeeeevil to pass up!!! And if the characters from Redwall kind of swept the board, what can I say? Brian Jacques is awesome.
Now, to quote Sherlock on all these villains:
You. Repel. Me.
For the Top Ten Villains who had a strange fascination, they had a bit more of a run for their money. It was hard to pick just ten. Most of these villains are more sophisticated, and also are very good at mind games. I love this kind of villain. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because the quiet, sophisticated ones always seem more dangerous, because they have less bluster and thus, threaten very effectively; you just know they’re about to do something very bad and very evil. A blusterer is easy to block out, but someone in a deadly calm… that’s another thing altogether.
Now, for the next Top Ten!
Villains Who Are Strangely Attractive
10. Pitch Black (Rise of the Guardians)
9. Lord Shen (Kung Fu Panda 2)
8. Vilaya (The Sable Quean, by Brian Jacques)
7. Darth Maul (Star Wars)
6. Long John Silver (Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson)
5. Ublaz (The Pearls of Lutra, by Brian Jacques)
4. Nimueh (Merlin)
3. Chauvelin (The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emma Orczy)
2. Count Dooku (Star Wars)
1. Moriarty (Sherlock)
Again, we have more villains from Redwall than any other book or series… *sigh*
It was easy to compile these guys, but harder to put them in order. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my two lists of the Top Ten! Thanks for reading, and God Bless!