There are so many ways this list could go, from the truly terrible Judge Holden of Blood Meridian and the ghastly Cathy of East of Eden to the more humorous, but no less evil Corrine of Flowers in the Attic. The former are of a rather literary nature and the latter is…not.
I think this list will be somewhere in between*. In no particular order, some of my favorite villains include:
Corrine Dollanganger (Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews). Because she really is quite awful, as are the books.
Randall Flagg (The Stand by Stephen King). Because there’s needs to be at least one Stephen King character on a list on villains.
Annie Wilkes (Misery by Stephen King). And in this case, there are two. The axe…
Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling). Sometimes the greatest evil hides in plain sight (in a pink suit).
Lydia Bennett (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen). Not evil, but seriously annoying.
Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray). On one hands, she really gets shit done. On the other… My goodness, have a heart.
Hannibal Lecter (Red Dragon by Thomas Harris). No list would be complete without the addition of a snobby cannibal.
Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte). You cannot use love to excuse all your bad behavior, so Heathcliff makes the list too (being vicious and devious and all).
Who do you love to hate? For more villains, go here.
*I find the older I get, the less tolerance I have for truly evil villains (like in American Psycho or The Wasp Factory), horror movies, and the like. Apparently I scare easily these days.