I love villains. They're the best part of the book or film, they're so deliciously evil and their deeds are so dastardly and they stimulate your imagination so much more than the protagonists usually do.
I tried really hard not to just list Roald Dahl's villains because they are simply wonderful and some of the best characters to grace the page, and thank god this didn't include film or I'd have simply listed Disney's fantastic villains!
So my list, picked as wildly as I possibly could from my favourite books, are as follows, in no particular order...
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
9. Shere Khan
The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
8. The Man Jack
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
7. Alec D'Urberville
6. Robert Neville
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
3. The Smiler
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis
2. Aunts Spiker and Sponge
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
1. The Queen of Heart
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
God I love villains!! All of these wonderful characters made my list either because they are simply the most rotten, terrible, despicable yet fantastic characters (i.e. Alex, Eli or Shere Khan) or because of the impact they have within a favourite series or book (i.e. Voldemort, The Smiler).
NOTE: After reading everyone else's lists I can't believe some of the people I forgot to add!!
Delores Umbridge from HP, God I hated her, every other character I thought had some redeemable quality, even Voldemort (I felt so sad for him as a child) but she was the embodiment of every disgusting trait evident in society.
Randall Flagg aka The Dark Man from Stephen King's The Stand. If I'm on the subject of King I have to add Pennywise the clown (IT) and Annie Wilkes (misery). I couldn't even finish IT, I think it is the only time I've literally thrown a book across the room because I was too afraid to even have it near me!
Plus so many more I know and hate (or love to hate) and a few that I'm looking forward to familiarising myself with in the near future.
On another note Carol from Carol's Notes is having a fantastic giveaway that I'd give my right arm or first born for!! Enter here to win not one, not two, but EIGHT (gah!!!) signed books.