Top 10 Book Villains

The Top Ten

1 Lord Voldemort - Harry Potter Lord Voldemort - Harry Potter Lord Voldemort is a fictional character and the central main antagonist in J. K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter novels. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was released in 1997.

Killed hundreds of thousands people, overthrew the wizarding government, persecuted an entire group of people, and essentially took over the world.

How is this NOT number 1?! Seriously - Count Olaf at a higher place? I can't stand the Series of Unfortunate Events books!

2 Iago - Othello
3 Jack - Lord of the Flies
4 Napoleon - Animal Farm
5 Captain Beatty - Fahrenheit 451
6 President Snow - Hunger Games Series
7 Roger - Lord of the Flies
8 Miss Trunchbull - Matilda
9 Count Dracula - Dracula
10 The Wicked Witch of the West - The Wizard of Oz

The Contenders

11 Count Olaf - A Series of Unfortunate Events

Count Olaf should be at number 1! All his crimes and villainous deeds that he commits are so unique and is definitely something any other villain wouldn't do and extremely heartbreaking and evil. Putting a baby in a cage, for example, murdering people, burning down homes and other surroundings of people etc. I love his disguises and variety of plans. He's 100% my absolute favorite villain and this will always stay the same. He should be voted more!

HE IS THE KING OF VILLAINS PEOPLE!

12 Mr. Hyde - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
13 Bill Sikes - Oliver Twist
14 Claude Frollo - The Hunchback of Notre Dame Claude Frollo - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Claude Frollo was a manipulative creepy son of A... By being so mean and wicked he could make your blood boil. He was really cruel and evil.

15 Mr. Sir - Holes
16 Israel Hands - Treasure Island

Even though Silver was the villain here, it was his right-hand man Hands who really stole the show!

17 Shere Khan - The Jungle Book
18 Slappy the Dummy - Goosebumps
19 It - A Wrinkle in Time
20 Cato - The Hunger Games

He is but it was also the stupid captial

21 Satan - The Bible

HAHA you put Satan here - BananaBrain

How is Satan bad, Where God decide to be deceptive to Adam and Eve, Satan came straight out and told Adam and Eve the truth about eating from the forbidden tree. Where God told Adam that he would die if he ate from the tree, satan told Eve she would gain knowledge, which was true, sure God meant a spiritual death or that they would be dead in God's eyes so he technically wasn't lying, - germshep24

Even in parts when humans were enemies, the biggest one of all was the devil himself

Really? Who is Satan

Who knows since the Bible hardly mentions him, some would even say that the Bible doesn't even mentioned such a character, but he is never mentioned of his looks the only time he is mentioned beyond him appearing as a snake, is when he is tested Jesus and when he is screwing with Job, so Satan is more of a pop culture icon that is supposed to represent everything evil, that shows up in cartoons as generic evil character, especially those that like to play with the idea of Hell and people liking to make an artistic image of what Satan could possibly look like - germshep24

22 Tigerstar - Warrior Cat Series Tigerstar - Warrior Cat Series Tigerstar is a villain in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Son of Leopardfoot and Pinestar, former mate of Goldenflower and Sasha, and father of Bramblestar, Tawnypelt, Mothwing, Hawkfrost, and Tadpole. This brown tabby cat almost causes the downfall of the clans. But is killed, firstly by Scourge, ...read more.
23 Susan Heffley - Diary of a Wimpy Kid
24 Curley - Of Mice and Men
25 A - Pretty Little Liars
26 Gollum - The Lord of The Rings Gollum - The Lord of The Rings Gollum is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He was introduced in the 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, and became an important supporting character in its sequel, The Lord of the Rings.
27 Darkstalker - Wings of Fire

I LOVE Darkie, but he is pretty bad. I mean, the soul reader showed tgat he only had a few grains of black sand left, AND he KILLED HIS FATHER!

This is probably the best children’s book villain ever. He’s really not a villain, more of just an antagonist. He wasn’t the normal “hungry for power” villain that is evil just to be evil like many on this list. He just was a dragon with ALREADY too much power. And he was young, and didn’t know how to deal with all this power. And he kept fooling himself that what he was doing was right, even though it was not. This is an amazing book series overall, with an amazing villain, the best villain I’ve ever seen in a children’s book series.

28 Dolores Umbridge - Harry Potter Dolores Umbridge - Harry Potter

HOW is she not here ALREADY!

29 Kazuo Kiriyama - Battle Royale

He killed his group of loyal followers on a coin toss. Also has no emotions because of brain damage before he was born. He murdered all he classmates and didn't even give a damn! Sure it was a fight to the death but he was a genius and just as easily found a way out.

30 Frankenstein's Monster - Frankenstein Frankenstein's Monster - Frankenstein
31 Pennywise the Dancing Clown - It Pennywise the Dancing Clown - It It (sometimes capitalized as IT), more commonly known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, is the titular main antagonist of the novel, its 2017 film adaptation and the 1990 TV adaptation. It was portrayed to be a shapeshifting and malevolent entity millions (possibly billions) of years old, and with no ...read more.
32 Manny Heffley - Diary of a Wimpy Kid

I fear I will never recover from the terror this boy struck in my heart. he is satan, yet he is god. bless

33 Morgoth - The Silmarillion Morgoth - The Silmarillion
34 God - The Bible

Wiped out the entire civilization, terrorized the Egyptians just to proof his power, created Evil and Sin,created multiple languages just to make it harder for people to communicate out of spite, because human's would love and worship only him, required his people to kill animals for disobeying one of God's thousands of rules, psychologically tormented Abraham just to see how loyal Abraham was, Purposely let Satan torment Job just for a fun bet with the devil, Allowed his only son to be tortured by the Romans just to erase the sins of his people when God could of done this easily without the blood of his son - germshep24

I'm not Christian, but this list should be more careful.

35 The Invisible Man - The Invisible Man
36 Professor Weston - The Space Trilogy
37 Frank Heffley - Diary of a Wimpy Kid
38 Mrs. Graziano - Diary of a Wimpy Kid
39 Snow - Hunger Games
40 Evil Queen - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Evil Queen - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
41 White Witch - Narnia
42 Marissa Fittes - Lockwood & Co.
43 Saruman - The Lord of The Rings Saruman - The Lord of The Rings Saruman the White is a fictional character and a major antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings.
44 Faquarl - The Bartimaeus Trilogy
45 Fantomas - Fantomas

Wow, THIS low? I'm not surprised, given how obscure he is, but he's deserving of a much higher placement. I'll quote the website here:
"Fantomas is the Lord of Terror, the Genius of Evil...He carries out the most appalling crimes: substituting sulfuric acid in the perfume dispensers at a Parisian department store, releasing plague-infested rats on an ocean liner, or forcing a victim to watch his own execution by placing him face-up in a guillotine. Fantomas is the master of a thousand disguises and the leader of a vast army of "apaches" (street thugs). His spies and henchmen are everywhere, spreading the seeds of chaos and terror. Fantomas is anyone and no one, everywhere and nowhere, waging an implacable war against the very bourgeois society in which he moves with such ease and assurance."
Now do you really think he deserves to be below such "great" villains like A, Darkstalker, Kazuo Kiriyama, a CAT...no. He deserves the top ten by far, even number one. Also, one last ...more

About the closest to pure evil as a fictional character can get. And people, this should be only FICTIONAL characters-keep the religious stuff out. (Especially looking at a certain troll entry...)

46 Marisa Coulter - His Dark Materials

Absolutely deserving of the top 5

47 Lord Morgarath - Rangers Apprentice
48 The Colonel - The Black Coats

"I had a strange dream last night. I saw myself a hundred years from now, speaking to a man whose father has not yet been born but who was already wearing a gray beard, and telling him there are only two things that shall not die: God, who is GOOD, and myself, who is EVIL."
"I am Gold. I am Wealth. I am Power. You must not compare me to Kings or Emperors or anyone who lives upon the Earth. I have only two rivals: one in Heaven and the other in Hell. For only God, if God exists, and Satan, if Satan exists, can say like I do: Everything in the world is mine, for I own it ALL."
For those who don't know who this is: the Colonel is the leader of the Black Coats, an all-powerful international brotherhood of criminals. Their empire extends back over a century and has amassed large amounts of treasure in the process. The Colonel himself is a criminal mastermind, as most of the Black Coats are, but he is by far the most scheming and conniving of the entire lot. Also, it's implied he's ...more

49 Dr. Fu Manchu - The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu
BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Best Comic Book Super Villains Top Ten Craziest Comic Book Villains Top 10 Comic Book Super Heroes With the Best Villains Best Marvel and DC Comic Book Villains Top Ten Muscular Comic Book Villains

List Stats

100 votes
49 listings
5 years, 327 days old

Top Remixes

1. Lord Voldemort - Harry Potter
2. Iago - Othello
3. Jack - Lord of the Flies
Supergameplayer

WRemix

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.