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Who is the best villain in children's literature and why?

13 replies

boglach · 27/10/2011 16:40

I think Mrs Coulter in the Northern Lights

Complex, devastatingly beautiful, narcissistic

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mustdash · 27/10/2011 16:43

The child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

I'm a proper grown up now, and still terrified.

Gigondas · 27/10/2011 16:45

From books I actually read - white witch In lion the witch and the wardrobe and witches in roald dahls witches book (both terrified me).

Mrs coulter came later and I always thought was softer side to her

DeWe · 29/10/2011 20:25

The Hogpen (Mr. Hobden) in The White Riders (Monica Edwards); simply because he thinks he's doing everyone a favour while destroying the marsh. He has no idea that he's so bad.

And Ballinger's male accomplice (I think he's called Louis) in Lone Pine London (Malcolm Saville) as he doesn't fit the usual profile of a villain. He's well dressed and quiet... but will stop at nothing.

sayanything · 29/10/2011 20:41

I second Mrs Coulter, but also Professor Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. Just unbelievably creepy.

FlouncyMcFlouncer · 30/10/2011 18:23

Could anyone be more of a villain than Voldemort?

SandStorm · 30/10/2011 18:25

Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events is pretty high up there for me.

planetpotty · 30/10/2011 18:34

Mrs trunchball sp fm Matilda.

Captain hook maybe ?

fuckityfuckfuckfuck · 30/10/2011 18:34

The grandma in Georges Marvellus Medicine. She's just vile.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie · 30/10/2011 18:35

Umbridge is far scarier than Voldemort.

Agree re Count Olaf - he is scary because he is completely narcissistic (sp?) and thus cannot be reasoned with at all.

Mrs Trunchbill in Matilda.

Not a children's book but couldn't help but think of Jack and Roger in Lord Of The Flies.


RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie · 30/10/2011 18:37

Just remembered that horrible mother in Goodnight Mr Tom too.

SecretSpi · 31/10/2011 07:44

If a tree can be a villain, then Green Noah in The Children of Green Knowe does it for me for creepiness.

talkingnonsense · 31/10/2011 07:49

Cruella de Ville

RufusTFirefly · 10/11/2011 22:45

Block, from "Five go to Smuggler's Top". Creepy and devious. I like the moment George sees him through a window, talking to Mr Barling and obviously not deaf at all.

Mrs Minchin from "A Little Princess". Money-grubbing old bitch.

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