Most Evil Characters In Literature

Much like my other lists:
Most Evil Anime Characters
Most Evil Cartoon Villains
The Top Ten
1 Satan - Paradise Lost

Of course. We are talking bout Satan. The Devil. Your argument about "evil" is invalid.

2 Macbeth - Macbeth
3 Iago - Othello
4 Count Dracula - Dracula
5 Sauron - Lord of the Rings Sauron is the title character and main antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Originally a servant of the first Dark Lord, Morgoth. Morgoth was later defeated and Sauron fled. He later came back to Middle Earth and took over as the new Dark Lord by using a Ring of Power. He was later more.
6 Bill Sikes - Oliver Twist

He abused and killed Nancy, beat up his dog and kept Oliver hostage!
Additionally, he didn't even have a tragic backstory, he only did it just because he felt like it!

When he killed Nancy, I wanted to beat up and strangle Bill so badly!

I yelled at the TV every time he was shown on screen!

7 Moriarty - The Final Problem
8 Count Olaf - A Series of Unfortunate Events
9 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.

He basically made himself immortal by KILLING people. He created an army called 'Death Eaters' twice. He was a skilled legilimens (see into thoughts/feelings) and occulmens (blocking out seers into thoughts/feelings). He made 7 horcuxes (splitting you soul to become immortal). Was probably in the top 1 or 2 spot for the most powerful wizards/witches during the time period of Harry Potter. He could preform wandless magic without any trouble. During Harry Potter barely anyone could say his name without feeling unsafe. He also could FLY. VOLDEMORT would have become immortal if he wasn't destroyed by another powerful wizard, Harry Potter. The only person who he feared was Dumbledore, probably the most powerful wizard during the time period of Harry Potter. Voldemort also started TWO Wizarding Wars! He also had a really cool way of dying, becoming ashes!

10 Brokenstar- Warriors Brokenstar is a villain character from the Warrior Cats series. Brokenstar is a matted, dark brown tabby tom with a broad, flat face, a bent tail, and orange eyes. Brokenstar was a former Shadowclan leader and a member of the Dark Forest. His mother is Yellowfang and his father is Raggedstar.

Must I say more? Yes, I must.
He not only made them fight... but they also all died. He was awful with apprentices (one was asking many questions so Brokenstar (tail) told him to hang from a tree branch using only his jaws.) and murdered his own father. Ow.

The Contenders
11 Mr. Hyde - Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde
12 Fantomas - Fantomas

A few things the other commenter neglected:
Fantomas strangled a rich old woman to get her fortune. Turned out she wasn't quite as rich as everyone thought she was.
Also, he killed a man and made gloves out of the man's skin. Fantomas then committed crimes while purposely leaving the dead man's fingerprints everywhere, making the police (who had no idea the man was dead) think it was that man.
And most importantly, and the reason Fantomas deserves a far higher placement: his motivations. What are they? Guess. Money? No. Power? No. Revenge? No. Give up?
The reason he commits these horrific deeds are purely for his own enjoyment. No ulterior motive, just doing it because he likes committing horrible crimes. And you people have a cat ranked above him...this list is laughable.

He may not be famous, but he is definitely one of the most, if not THE most, evil character in literature. Some things he did-just as a START:
-Substituted sulfuric acid for perfume in a department store
-Releases rats, with the plague, on an ocean liner
-Forces a victim to watch his own execution (he was put face-up on a guillotine)
-Has spies and henchmen everywhere in the city, carrying out his evil deeds
-Hung one of his own henchmen (who betrayed him) in a bell clapper, smashing him from side to side with blood and jewels EVERYWHERE
-Crashed a city bus, people and all, through a bank wall
-Murders a coach driver and puts the corpse on the coach itself
-Robs the Invalides dome (the French mint) EVERY NIGHT
-Poisons victims with bouquets
-Crashes trains and steamships
And did I mention he ALWAYS gets away with this? Get him in the top ten.

13 The Cat - The Cat In the Hat
14 Hindley Earnshaw - Wuthering Heights
15 The White Witch - The Chronicles of Narnia
16 Abigail Williams - The Curcible
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