20 Unforgettable Literary Villains

To celebrate Halloween, I thought I would take a tour of some of the best villains to populate the world of literature. As I was preparing this list, I mined through my own reading adventures and also looked through other lists on line. I discovered there are a TON of incredible villains I have yet to meet! Seems I need to get my tush into high reading gear 😉

But here are the villains with whom I am acquainted in all their horrid glory!


Voldemort (He Who Must Not Be Named) from the Harry Potter series


2. Screwtape from The Screwtape Letters


3. Uriah Heep from David Copperfield


4. Saruman from The Lord of the Rings trilogy


5. The Swiss from White Horse


6. Amy from Gone Girl


7. George Stark from The Dark Half


8. Frankenstein’s Monster from Frankenstein


9. Robert Lovelace from Clarissa: Or, the History of a Young Woman


10. Jadis (aka The White Witch) from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe & The Magician’s Nephew


11. Worm from The Witches of Worm


12. Marquise de Merteuil from Les Liaisons Dangereuses


13. Grendel’s Mother from Beowulf


14. Annie Wilkes from Misery


15. The Grand High Witch from Witches


16. Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca


17. Kevin from We Need to Talk about Kevin


18. Frederick Clegg from The Collector


19. George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice


20. Mister from The Color Purple


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