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Top 10 Literary Villains

According to a Bloomsbury poll of 16,000 British schoolchildren.

  1. Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
  2. Sauron from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien.
  3. Mrs. Coulter from His Dark Materials Sequence by Philip Pullman.
  4. Lex Luthor from Superman Graphic novels by DC Comics.
  5. The Joker from Batman Graphic novels by DC Comics.
  6. Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
  7. The Other Mother from Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
  8. The White Witch from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis.
  9. Dracula from Dracula by Bram Stoker.
  10. Artemis Fowl from Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on Top 10 Literary Villains

  1. Good list, but I would like to put in my vote for Baron Vladimir Harkonnen from Frank Herbert’s “Dune”. The Baron is one of the more despicable characters of any genre!

  2. When I was a schoolkid, it was Ming the Merciless!

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