It's time for another Top 5 Wednesday. For more information be sure to check out the goodreads group here. Today's topic is Favorite villains. For me, villains I especially like are not going to be pure hate-able evil. Example: Saruman from The Lord of the Rings. He is an excellent villain but not one I would label as 'favorite' because I just hate him too much. So for favorite villains I've gone with ones that are a little more on the quirky side or that bring some humor to the story.
So here they are, in no particular order:
Prince Humperdinck from The Princess Bride by William Goldman
If you are only familiar with this movie then you are missing out! Yes, the movie is fantastic but so is the book.
“[Prince Humperdinck] was seventy-five minutes away from his first female murder, and he wondered if he could get his fingers to her throat before even the start of a scream. He had been practicing on giant sausages all the afternoon and had the movements down pretty pat, but then, giant sausages weren’t necks and all the wishing in the world wouldn’t make them so.”
Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
I think this is a pretty fitting description of Count Olaf:
“If you were going to give a gold medal to Count Olaf, you would have to lock it up someplace before the awarding ceremony, because Count Olaf was such a greedy and evil man that he would try to steal it beforehand.”
Josie Pye from Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery
(Happy Birthday L.M.Montgomery!!!) Every girl needs that one girl to antagonize her and make her goodness shine a little extra brightly.
“Josie is a Pye,” said Marilla sharply, “so she can’t help being disagreeable. I suppose people of that kind serve some useful purpose in society, but I must say I don’t know what it is any more than I know the use of thistles.”
Napolean from Animal Farm by George Orwell
He's an evil pig, what more do I need to say? Another book that you really need to read if you haven't!
“No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?”
And the most classic of all villains,
Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“I wanted to end the world, but I'll settle for ending yours.”
That's all for today, thanks for reading!