Whilst chatting to Kath the other day I mentioned how I had a bit of a thing for the villain of a book I was reading at the time and she agreed wholeheartedly. This got me thinking and I came to the conclusion that in most of the books I’ve ever read, I’ve definitely had a soft spot for the baddie. I wondered, does this happen to other readers? Who better to ask than you at FRA.
Here are the results of our poll.
Running him a very close second is Sebastian Morgenstern of The Mortal Instruments. What’s not to love about this beautifully evil, half demon experiment? Used and abused by his father and then his ‘surrogate’ mother, all he ever needed was someone to love him. Mortal Instruments box set UK/US
Better known as a romantic hero, than for his final years of vengeance in the second half of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff comes in at number 3. His complicated, mesmerising and altogether bizarre nature makes him a rare character, with components of both the hero and villain aplenty.
Moriarty, Oh that dastardly villain, the bane of Holmes’ career. Or as Holmes said himself “He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organiser of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city…” However bad he may be, enough of you have a soft spot for him that he makes number 4 in our poll.
Voldemort. Poor misunderstood Tom Riddle, how could he not be in our top ten? He tried everything possible to make us hate him, yet how could we not adore this little boy abandoned in an orphanage and who just wanted Dumbledore to like him?
Draco Malfoy is our third but not last Harry Potter villain, it seems JK Rowling has a knack for inventing lovable rogues. Another youngster manipulated into being villainous by his parents.
The determined Javert is next, single minded in his pursuit of justice and of Jean Valjean. His life that of self denial, a man with no vices but for an occasional pinch of snuff. It seems there are plenty of us who would enjoy corrupting this this bastion of society.
At number ten we have another Potter Villain for you, Bellatrix Lestrange. Whilst her literary character has little to redeem her, it seems Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Bellatrix in the films has softened your hearts.
So there we have it, our top thirteen villains that we cannot help but love a little bit. There were over a hundred different choices and some notable characters are missing from our top thirteen, so here’s a few more of your favourite bad boys and girls.:
Black Jack Randall – Outlander
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Maleficent – Sleeping Beauty
Amy Dunne – Gone Girl
Pennywise – IT
Jaime Lannister – Game of Thrones
Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones