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Who's your favorite villain?

When I was a kid, my favorite bad guy was Dr. Zachary Smith from the TV show, Lost in Space.

I know, I know, he wasn’t exactly evil (though he did try to sabotage the original mission), but I always loved how he used Will Robinson as a human shield in times of danger and the way he argued with the Robinson family’s robot (except when he was hiding behind it).
I also like The Master, from Doctor Who (back in the days of the third (and my second) doctor, Jon Pertwee.

These days I enjoy the spiteful, sadistic Professor Snape, played by Alan Rickman – who was also excellent as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Overall though, I’d have to say my favorite villains are The Dursleys from the Harry Potter books (though Rickman’s portrayal of Snape comes in a close second).  

There’s something delightfully mean about the way Harry’s step-parents forced him to sleep in the cupboard beneath the stairs for the first eleven years of his life. Especially when we later discover there was a perfectly good bedroom he could have used, but they’d given it to their spoiled brat of a son as a spare bedroom (in which to keep all his unused toys etc).
So far, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Potter movies (with the possible exception of the last one), but I think the producers made a huge mistake when they decided not to make use of so many of the great Dursley scenes from the books. 
How about you?
Who’s your favorite villain? 

ETA: 1:20pm  Ooh!  I forgot Spike 


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Feb. 1st, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Very often I don't like any villain, even if I can say, wow, that's a great villain, I rather wish they weren't in the story at all (which means, of course, there'd be no story). I'm thinking of big villains like Sauron or Saruman in Lord of the Rings. Nothing likable there, though Saruman's voice was intriguing, the ability to latch onto weaknesses.

But a villain that I enjoy watching at work is Ben from Lost. He is fascinating and the most unpredictable villain I've ever seen.

A villain that I'd aid in whatever way he asked: Shep (aka Zirub) from The Hoax by Adrienne Jones. Some villains gain our sympathy (a bit like Satan in Paradise Lost).

Edited at 2010-02-01 05:39 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
I always felt a little sorry for Sauron. I mean, there he is, doing what comes naturally to him, but just because society says you're not supposed to take over Middle Earth and crush all that's good and decent and kind beneath your heel, he gets labelled as a bad guy.

It just doesn't seem fair.
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)

Don't be picking up any rings that fall into your path the next day or two. He might've been listening ...
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Lol, I don't know. It might be nice to be invisible for a while :)
Feb. 2nd, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)

When my daughter had a ring replica (seriously, I don't know where it is now!), I wouldn't put it on. Not a chance. Apparently, I think Middle Earth is real.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Then I bet you're really looking forward to The Hobbit movie :)

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