100 Human Villains
It’s my 100th post and to celebrate I’m going to tackle some of the most evil monsters in literature… humans. So, here are 100 of the most terrible people you can read about. They are in no particular order. Feel free to comment on who you think I might have overlooked. I had so many to choose from.
#1-10 VILLAINS IN PANELS
Some of the finest human villains comic books have to offer.
The Joker Batman
Harley Quinn Batman
Lex Luthor Superman
Light Yagami Death Note
The Governor Walking Dead
Bolivar Trask X-Men
Ra’s al Ghul Batman
Alex Wilder Runaways
The Riddler Batman
#11-24 TERRIBLE TWOSOMES
Dastardly duos that are evil on their own but worse together.
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth Macbeth William Shakespeare
Monsieur and Madame Thénardiers Les Miserables Victor Hugo
Reagan and Goneril King Lear William Shakespeare
Henry Bowers and Patrick Hockstetter It Stephen King
Gottfried Vanger and Martin Vanger Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
Sweeny Todd and Mrs. Lovett The String of Pearls Thomas Prest
Bill Sikes and Fagin Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
#25-29 DOCTOR TROUBLES
I don’t know what it is about a doctorate and a lab coat that turns someone into a villain but …
Dr. Moreau The Island of Doctor Moreau H.G. Wells
Dr. Jekyll Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr. Victor Frankenstein Frankenstein Mary Shelley
We’re going to clear this up now. The creature we know as Frankenstein has no name in the novel but is referred to as demon, creature, wretch, etc. Frankenstein is the doctor.
Dr. Julius No Dr. No Ian Fleming
Doctor Griffin The Invisible Man H.G. Wells
#30- 35 WHAT’S IN A NAME
Villains whose name is a clue to their evil.
Cruella De Vil 101 Dalmatians
In some versions Cruella De Vil’s last name is De Mon to play on the word Demon instead of devil. De Vil. Devil. How did we never notice that?
Svengali Trilby George du Maurier
The word Svengali, a person who manipulates or exerts excessive control over another, stems from this villain.
Captain Ahab Moby Dick Herman Melville
When all else fails, a biblical allusion gets your point across.
Mr. Dark Something Wicked this Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Bad things happen in the dark.
Nurse Ratched One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey
Ratchet and wretched.
Hannibal Lector Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
Hannibal rhymes with…
Pretty straightforward category.
Norman Bates Psycho Robert Bloch
Patrick Bateman American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
Alex A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
Lou Ford Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson
Tom Ripley Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith
Edgler Vess Intensity Dean Kootz
Frank Ennunzio The Killing Hour Lisa Gardner
Quentin P. Zombie Joyce Carol Oats
Rape, torture, cannibalism, necrophilia, yep he’s a villain.
Jack Merridew Lord of the Flies William Golding
Bruce Robertson Filth Irvine Welsh
Anton Chigurh No Country For Old Men Cormac McCarthy
Buffalo Bill Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
#48- 59 POWER MAD
Absolute power corrupts…
Iago Othello William Shakespeare
Judge Holden Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy
Coriolanus Snow Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
Auric Goldfinger Goldfinger Ian Fleming
Richard III Richard III William Shakespeare
Simon Le Green Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones J.R.R. Martin
Walder Frey Game of Thrones J.R.R. Martin
Milo Minderbender Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Claudius Hamlet William Shakespeare
Fun Fact: Claudius succeeded in fratricide (killing a brother) and regicide (killing a king), but failed at committing nepoticide, killing a nephew. Good job Hamlet.
Magua Last of the Mohicans James Fennimore Cooper
Edmond King Lear William Shakespeare
#60- 69 LADIES
Women can be wicked too.
Miss Havisham Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Rhoda Penmark Bad Seed William March
Brigid O’Shaughnessy Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
Amy Dunn Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Mrs. Danvers Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
Phyllis Dietrichson Double Indemnity James M. Cain
Agatha Trunchbull Matilda Roald Dahl
Livia I, Claudius Robert Graves
Abigail Williams The Crucible Arthur Miller
Annie Wilkes Misery Stephen King
#70 -75 THEY’RE NOT SO BAD
People who do horrible things but you can almost forgive them.
Dexter Morgan Darkly Dreaming Dexter Jeff Lindsey
Blood Splatter analyst by day, serial killer by night; but he kills other serial killers so that’s not so bad.
Ferdinand Clegg The Collector John Fowles
Loneliness is not a valid excuse for kidnapping, but we’ll allow it.
Erik Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
See above point.
Carrie White Carrie Stephen King
Those kids kind of deserved it.
He Bambi, a Life in the Woods Felix Salten
You didn’t know what you did but we do and we hate you for it.
Man Giving Tree Shel Silverstein
That tree gave you everything and you just used her up.
#76- 84 CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN
Wife murderers, people who abduct girls, rapists. Just a terrible bunch of people.
George Harvey The Lovely Bones Anna Sebold
Stanley Kowalski A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams
Popeye Sanctuary William Faulkner
Claude Frollo Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo
Humbert Humbert Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Stephen Rojack An American Dream Norman Mailer
Bluebeard La Barbe Bleue Charles Perrault
Nils Bjurman The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
Edward Murdstone David Copperfield Charles Dickens
#85- 94 JUST DESERTS
People who end up dead at the end. Serious spoiler alerts.
Cathy Ames East of Eden John Steinbeck
Inspector Javert Les Miserables Victor Hugo
Robert Lovelace Clarissa Samuel Richardson
Milady De Winter The Three Musketeers
Count Olaf Series of Unfortunate Events Book 13 The End Lemony Snicket
Harpooned to death. Call me Ishmael indeed.
Pinkie Brown Brighton Rock Graham Greene
Captain Hook Peter Pan J.M. Barrie
Mr. Kurtz Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Aaron the Moor Titus Andronicus William Shakespeare
Not technically dead at the end, but buried alive and left to die.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld You Only Live Twice Ian Fleming
#95 – 100 Quotes
Sometimes to know how villainous a person is you need to here what’s said about them.
Meursault The Stranger Albert Camus
I would have liked to have tried explaining to him cordially, almost affectionately, that I had never been able to truly feel remorse for anything. My mind was always on what was coming next, today or tomorrow.
Alec D’urberville Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
I was born bad, and I have lived bad, and I shall die bad, in all probability.
Kevin Khatchadourian We Need to Talk about Kevin Lionel Shriver
Kevin was a shell game in which all three cups were empty.
Ferdinand The Duchess of Malfi John Webster
Whether we fall by ambition, blood or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.
Professor James Moriarty The Final Problem Arthur Conan Doyle
[Moriarty] is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city. He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has a brain of the first order. He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them.
Heathcliff Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
I have no pity! I have no pity! The more the worms writhe, the more I yearn to crush out their entrails! It is a moral teething; and I grind with greater energy in proportion to the increase of pain.