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Ink Tue Oct 02 2007

Favorite Bad Guy

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

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Val / October 4, 2007 2:20 PM

The Mask of the Red Death


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brian / October 5, 2007 11:58 AM

What a cool question.

Ganesh Gaitonde is my current answer having just read "Sacred Games" but I think the real answer has to come from a comic book.

Veronica / October 5, 2007 12:23 PM

You know, I've been thinking about this and I can't come up with one single villian in the stories I remember. Does that mean there were no villians or that I the villians that existed were sympathic and I don't think of them as villians? I continue to ponder...

Val / October 5, 2007 2:53 PM

I like the villains in novels that either start off as a normal character and turn into a villain, or the other way around. I think Madame Coulter in The Golden Compass is a little like that.

Alice / October 5, 2007 3:58 PM

Ah, comic book villains...good one. Yes, I confess that even though I asked the question, I've been having a hard time picking a single villain, too. Maybe Uriah Heep from one of my all-time favorites, David Copperfield. Or Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Dickens is always good for the great villains.

Sarah / October 8, 2007 11:22 PM

Hannibal Lecter from the Thomas Harris series. Silence of the Lambs Scary as hell even before the movie.

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