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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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jongibbs
Feb. 1st, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
I've read all the books. I can see why you think he's a hero, but I'm not convinced.
mary_j_59
Feb. 1st, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Well, then, I really do think there is nothing I can say to you. I despised Dumbledore (who set up Snape's murder and lied to Harry for years) after DH, and actually didn't like Harry very much, either. If you think Snape - a soldier in a war - is a villain for obeying a direct order from his commanding officer, I really don't think we agree at all about what makes a villain.

Oh - a few more for you. The Tisroc, in Horse and his Boy, is clever, ruthless and delightfully creepy - and Jadis is something else again! No question about her villainy!
jongibbs
Feb. 1st, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Lol, don't take it personally, Mary. I just feel that Snape relished being mean to Harry throughout the series in a very much unherioc way :P

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