Compiling a list of the 50 Greatest Villains in Literature, without too much recourse to comics and children's books, proved trickier than we'd imagined - but gosh it was fun. ... It's perhaps the nature of grown-up literature that it doesn't all that often have villains, in the sense of coal-black embodiments of the principle of evil. And even when it does, it's not always so easy to tell who they are. Is God the baddie, or Satan? Ahab, or the white whale?Topping the list in the end is Satan from Milton's Paradise Lost; closely followed by Samuel Whiskers from The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, by Beatrix Potter; Cruella de Vil from The Hundred and One Dalmatians, by Dodie Smith, Iago from shakespeare's Othello, and Voldemort from the Harry Potter series. Find out why, and see if your own favourite baddy is on the list here.
My vote is for Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, but he doesns't make the cut. Of those who do, I think my favourite is Tom Ripley who makes his debut in The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. I seem to have a soft spot for serial killers who exhibit a pride in their work. Perhaps I should add Hannibal Lecter to my list!