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This week, meet the dark side of the blog team: Who is your favorite evil character, and why?”

Official Voldemort Fanclub (photo courtesy of debrakristi)

Official Voldemort Fanclub (photo courtesy of debrakristi)

Erin: Not to be completely predictable, but my favorite baddie is definitely Voldemort. Even though I obviously never wanted him to actually win, I always enjoyed reading his scenes in the books (and still do). I love that he feels this need to give these long, complicated speeches–and I have no doubt that if you heard him, he was actually a really good speaker. I may have also gotten endless amusement out of the fact that he said Harry “irked” him in the fifth book. I love him in the movies too–I think they cast him perfectly, and I remember being so excited to find out who they cast back when they were getting ready to film the fourth movie. So yeah…even though I’d always be on the Dumbledore’s Army side of things…I’m a Voldemort fangirl deep down!

Elizabeth Fierro: I’m going to have to go with Count Olaf! I have a soft spot for Lemony Snicket, and The Series of Unfortunate Events is one of my absolute favorite books series mainly due to Count Olaf’s ridiculous schemes and disguises. He’s just slimy enough to be fun to read about without making the stories unpleasant. I have to say that even though I find a sick sort of pleasure in watching my favorite characters get tortured by villains, sometimes they can go too far. I can’t reread the fifth Harry Potter book because Umbridge is just too disgusting and awful for me, even as a fictional character. Count Olaf is comedic enough that his terrible deeds aren’t too unpleasant to read about.

Alfred Jingle by Fred Barnard (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Alfred Jingle by Fred Barnard (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Kara: Oh, wow, that’s a tough one. Does Snape even count as a bad guy anymore? ‘Cause I seriously love him. If not, then I’m probably going to have to get all Victorian on you again, and go with Mr. Jingle from Charles Dickens’ first book The Pickwick Papers. Mr. Jingle is a down-on-his luck actor who makes use of his skills in a number of slightly dishonest and highly ungentlemanly ways. I love him for his unique manner of speaking (which only Dickens could pull off), and for his creative way of facing up to life’s difficulties. Even though he is quite a snarky rogue and charlatan, he ultimately turns out alright in the end (ah, Victorian morality), and his close friendship with his ever-loyal servant Job Trotter makes it rather difficult to believe that Mr. Jingle hasn’t got a good heart all along.

Anna: Making this short because I have a French exam and a paper on Lizzie Bennet Diaries/P&P due tomorrow… My favorite bad guy, the one I absolutely LOVE to hate, is Dolores Umbridge. I get so much satisfaction from my utter loathing of her that any time a chapter with her in it comes up on shuffle, I listen to it all the way through. SO great.

The-Malfoys-weasleys-vs-malfoys-18289981-500-332Emily: I can’t decide what I like better: a cooky kind of evil (Count Olaf, AWESOME choice, Elizabeth!), a moral sort of evil (Hyde, Ambrosio), or a delicious sort of evil in all facets of outward appearance (Cruella, Ursula). I tend to become incensed more by the Malfoys, Jane from Twilight, or Iago (and Umbridge!) who are senselessly tortuous instead of the deeply evil characters like Sauron. I have a soft spot for the White Queen from Narnia and Once Upon A Time’s characterization of the Evil Queen – people who have been turned evil after losing something or someone. Perhaps, I can see the comparisons in real life. (Also, I am fascinated by the Odyssey’s evil ladies such as Scylla and Charybids, sirens, Calypso, and Circe…)

So, who’re you’r favorite bad guy? Leave your answer in the comments below, along with any weird, wild, wacky, or wonderful questions you have for the bloggers. We’ll answer you next week!

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  1. David

    March 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

    This is a tough one. I like bad guys who aren’t flat out bad, I like the well intentioned extremist. They ones you can relate to because they aren’t ‘bad bad’ like Tom Riddle or Umbridge. I like the ones that have a ‘Black and Gray Morality’ In away those people who are just flat out bad are a bit one dimensional. Noting against Mrs. Rowling at all, it’s just that only Tom Riddle is just bent on taking over the world which is a bit cliche. I loved his parts and everything but he isn’t one of my top few bad guys. That being said my favorite ‘bad guy’ would be Michael Eddington from Star Trek Deep Space Nine. He has very firm and in many was good intentions. The only ‘bad’ part about him is how he went about implementing his intentions in some instances. For example when he used Cobalt diselenide as a biogenic weapon on a Cardassian colony with the intent of killing them all was flat out bad. He was very loyal to his cause and loyalty at times can drive you to do some very evil things.

    • March 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

      That’s a really good point, David. All bad guys are not created equal! Another great example of the ‘good-intentioned-bad-guy-who-just-takes-his-intentions-way-to-far’ is Javert from Les Miserable. Victor Hugo spends pages and pages talking about how high minded and well intentioned he is, but how he just takes those ideals too seriously for anybodies good. That certainly makes for an interesting character!

  2. Gabrielle

    March 4, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I love Bellatrix. She is delightfully insane.

    • March 9, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Ah Bellatrix, I would love her for her bizarreness, but, but…SIRIUS! *sobs*

  3. David

    March 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Actually Eddington does see himself as Jean Valjean and Captain Ben Sisko (his former commanding officer) as Javert because for Sisko it was personal (Sisko took it personally because it is/was this job be a good judge of character but he didn’t see Eddington for who he was. For more in depth watch Star Trek Deep Space Nine ‘For the Uniform’)

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