The Good, The Bad, and The Scary – Day 22

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.




Some of the finest human villains  comic books have to offer.

The Joker Batman

Harley Quinn Batman

Kingpin Spiderman

Lex Luthor Superman

Light Yagami Death Note

If we catch Kira, he is evil. If he wins and rules the world, then he is justice.

If we catch Kira, he is evil. If he wins and rules the world, then he is justice.

The Governor Walking Dead

Bolivar Trask X-Men

Ra’s al Ghul Batman

Alex Wilder Runaways

The Riddler Batman



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

Sisters are either your friend or foe cradle to grave. Emphasis on grave.

Sisters are either friend or foe cradle to grave. Emphasis on grave.

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



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.

Deal with Nurse Ratched or get the pillow? Pillow please.

Deal with Nurse Ratched or get the pillow? Pillow please.

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


Drink on my Droogs.

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

Heads or tails never seemed so ominous.

Heads or tails never seemed so ominous.

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

Manages to kill 2 students before even turning 10.

Manages to kill before even turning 10.

Brigid O’Shaughnessy Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett

Amy Dunn Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

Sorry,  spoilers!

Mrs. Danvers Rebecca Daphne du Maurier

Phyllis Dietrichson Double Indemnity James M. Cain

Agatha Trunchbull Matilda Roald Dahl

At a child every kid wanted Bruce’s chocolate cake punishment, as an adult you know just how evil Trunchbull is.

At a child every kid wanted Bruce’s chocolate cake punishment, as an adult you know just how evil Trunchbull is.

Livia I, Claudius Robert Graves

Abigail Williams The Crucible Arthur Miller

Annie Wilkes Misery Stephen King



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.




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


Do not go in that room!

Do not go in that room!

Nils Bjurman The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson

Edward Murdstone David Copperfield Charles Dickens



People who end up dead at the end. Serious spoiler alerts.

Cathy Ames East of Eden John Steinbeck

Inspector Javert Les Miserables Victor Hugo

It was just a loaf of bread. Forgive and forget.

It was just a loaf of bread. Forgive and forget.

Robert Lovelace Clarissa Samuel Richardson

Milady De Winter The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas

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.


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