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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 06:00 pm (UTC)
Angelo! Holy crap--he WAS a baddie. What a jerk. Actually, a lot of the men in Shakespear are kinda assholes. Just sayin'...

The thing that makes MacBeth SUCH a villain is that he has no delusions about what he's doing. He knows it's wrong. He knows, he knows, he knows! And yet he does it anyway. THAT is evil!
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Hey now, don't go hating the Y chromosome. There's Brutus who does what he thinks is right and expected of him as a Roman citizen, only to fall prey to the plotters. MacDuff, whose family suffers at the hand of MacBeth and eventually overthrows His Evilness. Prospero, who plots revenge yet eventually decides to forego it for the sake of his daughter and her love.

Ooo. Another baddie that I forgot: Richard III. That's right, the Big Dick is here! (3 Points to whomever recognizes that quote.) Sir Laurence Olivier played him to perfection on the screen.
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Well, not ALL of the Bard's menfolk are bad, of course; but I'd say the scales are kinda, unequally tipped. ;)

Me? I love men. Even the bad ones.

Ah, yes--Richard. Ian McKellen did a pretty good job of playing him too in his Nazi-version of Richard. Did you see that one? I hadn't realized that McKellen wrote it as well.
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
(Note to self, Terri likes bad men.)

No, I can't say I've seen it. Is it available from a library, do you think?
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'd say so. It was released in 1995, so it should have found its way to a library by now.

I do like bad men. I like good men. I like short men and tall men and all manner of men.

As long as they do as I tell them. ;)
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Well, then they can't be all bad, right?
Feb. 1st, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, a smart one.

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