Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Great Antagonists of Children's Literature

UPDATE - The list so far (242):

101 Dalmations: Cruella DeVil
Acceleration: Initially anonymous murderer
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Pap
Alice in Wonderland: The Queen of Hearts
Amandine: Amandine
Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents: Maurice
The American Girl mysteries: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
Among the Walnuts: The Uncles
Anatopsis: Mr. Pound
Angelina Ballerina: Priscilla
Angelina Ballerina: Penelope
Angelina Ballerina: Mrs. Hodgepodge
Anne of Green Gables: Mrs. Barry
Anne of Green Gables: Rachel Lynde
The Anne of Green Gables series: Jen Pringle
The Artemis Fowl series: Artemis Fowl
The Artemis Fowl series: Opal Koboi
The Arthur series: Binky Barnes
The Baby-Sitters Club : Cokie
The Baby-Sitters Club mysteries: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
The Babymouse series: Felicia Furrypaws
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl: The unnamed bad boy
Bambi: Hunters
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Herdmans
The Bobbsey Twins series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
Body of Evidence series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
The Book of Dead Days: Valerian
The Borrowers: Mrs. Driver (the cook)
The Borrowers series: Human Beans
Boy Heaven: Kristy
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Veruca Salt
The Charlie Bone series: Ezekiel Bloor
The Charlie Bone series: Manfred Bloor
Charlotte's Web: The farmer
Charlotte's Web: Templeton the Rat
The Cherry Ames series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
The Chet Gecko series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Childcatcher
The Chronicles of Prydain: Arawn
Cinderella: The Step-mother
Cinderella: The Step-sisters
Coraline: The Other Mother
Counting on Grace: Mr. Wilson
Devilish: Lanalee
The Diamond in the Window: Jacaranda (Prince Krishna's Uncle)
The Diary of Anne Frank: The Nazis
The Disney Fairies series: Vidia
Dragon Rider: Nettlebrand
Dream Spinner: The old man
Dumbo: The Ringmaster
The Edge Chronicles: The Gloamglozer
Eight Cousins: Aunt Myra
Ella Enchanted: Lucinda
The Emily of New Moon series: The Murray aunts and uncles
Emily's Quest: Dean Priest
The Emperor's New Clothes: The 2 Tailors
The Encyclopedia Brown series: Bugs Meany
The Encyclopedia Brown series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
Ender's Game: The Buggers
Enna Burning: Sileph
Eragon: Galbatorix
Fairest: Queen Ivi
Fairest: Skulni
Fairy Realm: Valda
Fairy Realm: The Bins Family
Fairy Realm: Mrs. Tweedie
Fairy Realm: Her teacher
The Fairy Rebel: The Fairy Queen
The Fallen quartet: Verchiel
Fantastic Mr. Fox: Farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean
The Fear Street series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
Fly By Night: Mr. Kohlrabi
Freckles: Black Jack
Frindle: Mrs. Granger
A Girl of the Limberlost: Mrs. Comstock
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Goldilocks
The Goose Girl: Curdken
The Goosebumps series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
Gossamer: The Sinisteeds
The Great Brain: Mr. Standish
The Grinch who Stole Christmas: The Grinch
The Guardian of Time trilogy: The Order
Hansel and Gretel: The Step-mother
Hansel and Gretel: The Witch
The Hardy Boys series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
The Harry Potter Series: all Death Eaters
The Harry Potter Series: Filch
The Harry Potter Series: Draco Malfoy
The Harry Potter series: Severus Snape
The Harry Potter Series: Professor Umbridge
The Harry Potter series: Voldemort
The Harry Potter series: Aragog
The Harry Potter series: Fluffy
The Harry Potter series: The Basilisk
The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray: The Wych-Kin
The His Dark Materials series: Mrs. Coulter
The His Dark Materials series: Father Luis Gomez
The His Dark Materials series: Lord Carlo Boreal
The His Dark Materials series: Mrs. Coulter's unnamed golden monkey
The His Dark Materials series: Regent Metatron
The His Dark Materials series: The Authority
The Hobbit: Smaug the Dragon
The Hobbit: The Spiders
Holes: The Warden
The Hollow Kingdom: Marak
The Hollow Kingdom: Hugh Roberts
Homecoming: Great-Aunt Cilla
Hoot: Dana Matherson
The Horse and His Boy: Rabadash
Horton Hears a Who: The Wickersham Brothers
Howl's Moving Castle: The Witch of the Waste
I, Coriander: Arise Fell
Inheart: Capricorn
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Giant
James and the Giant Peach: Aunts Sponge and Spiker
The Jennifer Scales series: Various spies, double agents, other bad guys
The Jungle Book: Shere Khan
The Keys to the Kingdom series: Day-of-the-week villain
The Last Battle: Shift the Ape
The Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters: Luke
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Witch
Lionboy: Rafi Sadler
The Little House series: Nellie Oleson
The Little Mermaid: The Sea Witch
The Little Princess: Mrs. Minchin
Little Red Riding Hood: The Wolf
Little Women: Aunt March
Lord of the Rings: Boromir
Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Lord of the Rings: The Ringwraiths
Lord of the Rings: Saruman
Lord of the Rings: Sauron
Lord of the Rings: Worm-Tongue
The Loud Silence of Francine Green: Sister Basil
Magyc: The Supreme Custodian
Mary Poppins: Miss Andrew
Matilda: Miss Trunchbull
May Bird and the Ever After: Bo Cleevil
May Bird and the Ever After: The Bogie Man
The Meanest Doll in the World: Mimi
Meg mystery series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
Men of Iron: The Earl of Alban
The Midnighters trilogy: The darklings
Miss Nelson is Missing: Miss Viola Swamp
Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure: The Majaraja
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism: Miss Adderstone
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism: Primo Cell
Mortal Engines: Thaddeus Valentine
The Mouse and His Child: Manny Rat
The Nancy Drew series: Deirdre Shannon
The Nancy Drew series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
The NeverEnding Story: Gmork
The NeverEnding Story: The Nothing
The NeverEnding Story: Xayide
The NeverEnding Story: Ygramul
A Northern Light: Grace Brown's Fiance
A Northern Light: Pa
Oh My Goth: Jade
Oh My Goth: The principal
Oliver Twist: Bill Sykes
The Orphan Prince: The Black Wolf
OutCast: Cassandra's grandfather
Ozma of Oz: Princess Langwidere
The Penderwicks: Mrs. Tifton
The Pendragon series: Saint Dane
The Peter and the Starcatchers series: Lord Ombra
Peter Pan: Captain Hook
Peter Pan: Tinkerbell
The Pinhoe Egg: Gaffer Farleigh
Pinocchio: The fox
Pinocchio: The cat
Pirates!: Captain Bartholome
Playing in Traffic: Skye
Poison: Alethar, Lord of Phaerie
Pollyanna: Aunt Polly
Prince Caspian: King Miraz
Princess Academy: Katar
Princess Academy: Tutor Olana
The Princess Diaries series: Lana Weinberger
The Prophet of Yonwood: Brenda
The Prowlers quartet: Jasmine
Pure Dead Magic: Lucifer Strega-Borgia
Pure Dead Magic: Pronto
Rapunzel: Enchantress
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm: Aunt Miranda
Redwall: Cluny the Scourge
Ring of Bright Water: man who attacks otter
Rose in Bloom: Charlie
Rumpelstiltskin: Rumpelstiltskin
The Saddle Club: Veronica diAngelo
Secret Under My Skin: Marella
Secrets of Dripping Fang: The Onts
The Series of Unfortunate Events series: Count Olaf
The Series of Unfortunate Events series: Count Olaf's accomplices
The Series of Unfortunate Events series: Vice Principal Nero
The Series of Unfortunate Events series: Carmelita Spats
The Series of Unfortunate Events series: Esme Squalor
The Shadow Children series: The government baddies
Sideways Stories from Wayside School: Mrs. Gorf
The Silver Chair: The Queen of the Underland
The Sleeper Conspiracy: Tyler Garrett
The Sleeper Conspiracy: Various spies, double agents, other bad guys
Sleeping Beauty: The Wicked Fairy
The Sneetches: The star-bellied Sneetches
Snow White: Wicked Stepmother
Snow-White and Rose-Red: The dwarf
The Somebodies: The Blue Queen
The Spider and the Fly: The Spider
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Mulgarath
Spy Mice: Roquefort Dupont
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes: Mr. Byrnes
Stormbreaker: Herod Sayle
Stormbreaker: Mr. Grin
Stormbreaker: Nadia Vole
Straight on 'til Morning: The Lost Boys
Struggling Upward: Coleman
Struggling Upward: Randolph
Such a Good Girl: The father
Surrender: Finnegan
The Swallows and Amazons series: Great Aunt Maria
The Taffy Sinclair series: Taffy Sinclair
The Tale of Bluebeard: Bluebeard
The Tale of Despereaux: Botticelli
The Three Little Pigs: The Big Bad Wolf
Through the Looking Glass: The Red Queen
The Tooth Fairy: Jessica
Treasure Island: Long John Silver
The Trixie Belden series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Captain Jaggerty
Tuck Everlasting: The Man in the Yellow Suit
The Twits: Mr. and Mrs. Twit
The Two-Minute Mysteries series: Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy
The Uglies trilogy: Various spies, double agents, other bad guys
The Westing Game: Grace Windsor Wexler
The Westing Game: Angela Wexler
The Witches: The Grand High Witch
The Wizard of Oz: Wicked Witch of the West
The Wizard of Oz: The Wizard
The Wizard of Oz: The winged monkeys
Wolves of Willoughby Chase: Miss Slighcarp
A Wrinkle in Time: It
The Young Wizards series: The Lone Power

Please use the comments box to add to this list!

Who do you love to hate?

I've been faithfully reading Jen Robinson's Book Page since I discovered it about a week ago. Diving into the archives, and the wonderful links in the sidebar, I found two fantastic lists Jen has put together: Cool Girls and Cool Boys from children's literature. I encourage folks to take a look at these lists and offer more suggestions if you think of other cool boys and cool girls.

Jen's blog also pointed me to two other lists worth checking out: Cool Teachers and Librarians from children's literature.

Okay, so here's my idea for a list: Great Antagonists in Children's Literature. Antagonists can range from the truly evil to the deep-down-not-so-bad, but always they are pitted against our heroes and we inevitably root against them in one way or another.

To save people from any anguish over putting a somewhat sympathetic "bad-guy" into the same list with the likes of Voldemort, I'm splitting this list into two categories. The first few entries for each group are shown below to get it started.

So I ask again, who do you love to hate?

Group 1: Hate Them or Love to Hate Them

Voldemort from the Harry Potter series
Count Olaf from the Series of Unfortunate Events series
Cruella DeVil from 101 Dalmations

Group 2: Love Them Despite Their Misguided Ways

Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series (book 7 to reveal whether he moves to other category)
Nellie Oleson from the Little House series
Aunt March from Little Women
Aunt Miranda from Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Don't forget to add your thoughts in the comments!

72 comments:

email from jen robinson said...

Jen Robinson sent following in an email:

Category 1:

The Witch from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Lone Power from The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane

Captain Bartholome from Pirates! by Celia Rees

Arise Fell (the Puritan preacher) from I, Coriander by Sally Gardner

The Supreme Custodian from Magyk by Angie Sage

The Warden from Holes by Louis Sachar

Saint Dane from the Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale

Miss Trunchbull from Matilda by Roald Dahl

Category 2:

Luke from The Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Mrs. Coulter from the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

Miss Minchin from The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mrs. Tifton from The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall


And ooh, Jen, Mrs. Trunchbull -- I was trying to remember her name earlier!

Jen, I'm now allowing comments from non-blogspot people. Sorry you couldn't post this yourself earlier! Ack! Still learning.

Jen Robinson said...

Thanks so much! The funny thing is that you had just convinced me to go and set up a blogger account finally. But I really appreciate your listing my suggestions here. And I do think that you'll get more comments if you allow the anonymous commenters (or at least "other") - I really haven't had any problem with that so far, myself. Thanks! -- Jen

Leila the Great said...

I second Mrs. Coulter, though I'd put her in the first category for the first two books and the second for the third.

Miss Slighcarp, from Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1)

Captain Jaggerty, from The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1)

Thaddeus Valentine, from Mortal Engines (I'd put him in the first category, but others might argue)

That's it for now, but I'm sure I'll think of more!

Gregory K. said...

What category does The Grinch fall into? he's ultimately the main character/hero. Hmmm.

I'm not so good with categorization, so here's two others to put where you'd like:

Mrs. Granger in Frindle

The Other Mother in Coraline

Becky said...

Nifty idea!

Farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean from Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (1)
Templeton the Rat in Charlotte's Web (2)
Mr. Standish the mean schoolmaster in The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald (1); I think he was in the original book and not in any of the sequels
Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables (2), though by the end of the series she's almost likeable
Captain Hook from Peter Pan (1)

Hmmm, will have to think some more...

Mary Lee said...

Here are a few:

Sister Basil in THE LOUD SILENCE OF FRANCINE GREEN
Capricorn in INHEART
the Sinisteeds in GOSSAMER
Mr. Wilson, the mill overseer in COUNTING ON GRACE by Elizabeth Winthrop

I'll have more once I'm back in my classroom and can look at my bookshelves!

TheBookDragon said...

What a great idea!!!

Group 1, Mr. and Mrs. Twit from Roald Dahl's book, The Twits.

kelly said...

My votes are for:

Mrs. Coulter--for her evil and complex nature (esp. in #3) (His Dark Materials)

Miss Michum (sp?)--"The Little Princess"

P.S. Posting about your contest now :)

12:36 PM EDT

kelly said...

Oh, can I add *author* GP Taylor for his horrible "Shadowmancer" (amongst other volumes)? I know he's a real person, but...

12:39 PM EDT

Libby said...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-The Childcatcher

Little Red Riding Hood-The Wolf

Lord of the Rings-Gollum

The Mouse and His Child-Manny Rat


This is so much fun. Thanks for having this contest. I'll probably have more. Leah
Snow White-Wicked Stepmother
Oliver Twist-Bill Sykes

Erin said...

Harry Potter #5 - PROFESSOR UMBRIDGE

Lord of the Rings - WORM-TONGUE

The Last Battle - SHIFT THE APE

The Witches - THE GRAND HIGH WITCH

The Tale of Despereaux - BOTTICELLI

A Series of Unfortunate Events - ESME SQUALOR

A Series of Unfortunate Events - CARMELITA SPATS

renee said...

Thanks for hosting this fun contest!

My entry is "It" from A Wrinkle In Time.

renee said...

Oh! Just realized I can enter more than one. OK, here are a few more:

Cluny the Scourge from Redwall
Nettlebrand from Dragon Rider
Bugs Meany from Encyclopedia Brown

Julie Danielson said...

Finnegan in Sonya Hartnett's Surrender

TadMack said...

This contest is SO very fun - and you are now linked to our site! I found you via Jen Robinson!
================================
Category 1 - Love to Hate 'em:
Brenda, from The Prophet of Yonwood, by Jeanne DuPrau. She's the self-proclaimed best friend of the prophet, who 'interpreted' her will -- and forced it on everyone else.

And, I second The Lone Power, Arise Fell and Miss Trunchbull.

Category 2 - Loved Despite Themselves:
Marak, from The Hollow Kingdom, by Clare B. Dunkle. Gentle and ironic ...and totally villianous.

Erin said...

The Meanest Doll in the World - MIMI

The Somebodies - THE BLUE QUEEN

The Austere Academy - VICE PRINCIPAL NERO

Fairest - SKULNI

Fairest - QUEEN IVI


(This is so much fun!!)

Tim said...

I'm always up for a blog contest!

Category 1 - Rabadash from Book Three of the Chronicles of Narnia - A Horse and His Boy

Category 2 - The Wickersham Brothers from Horton Hears A Who!

and

The Star-bellied Sneetches from The Sneetches.

Christine M said...

The Herdmans from The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (and the Best School Year Ever) by Barbara Robinson

Erin said...

Harry Potter - BELLATRIX LESTRANGE

Harry Potter - DRACO MALFOY

Harry Potter - FILCH

Nancy said...

Thanks Erin.

I'm going to put Bellatrix Lestrange in as "All Death Eaters" so that the list doesn't get overloaded with HP villains. :)

Erin said...

Tuck Everlasting - THE MAN IN THE YELLOW SUIT

The Spiderwick Chronicles - MALGAROTH (sp?)

Enna Burning - SILEPH

Erin said...

Treasure Island - LONG JOHN SILVER

The Wizard of Oz - THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST

Loosy said...

Smaug the Dragon (or the Magnificent) from the Hobbit.

Erin said...

Stormbreaker - Herod Sayle

Loosy said...

Long John Silver from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Loosy said...

oops...somebody already beat me to that one...

Loosy said...

Okay I checked carefully this time and this is definitely a first ( I think :) )...Binky Barnes - the nightlight using bully from the Arthur book series by Marc Brown...

Kimmy said...

This is kinda tough. I'm having a hard time coming up with any that haven't been said, but I WANT that Starbucks card:-)

How about Veruca from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory?

*Runs off to try and think of more*

Kimmy said...

Okay, time to pull out the classic fairy tales. How about:

the queen in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.
The Enchantress in Rapunzel.
Rumpelstiltskin in Rumpelstiltskin.
The old witch in Hansel & Gretel, and for that matter, their mother.
The giant in Jack & the Beanstalk.
The wicked fairy in Sleeping Beauty.
The two tailors in The Emperor's New Clothes.

Kimmy said...

One more, I'm on a roll now.

The step-mother & step-sisters in Cinderella.

Kimmy said...

The big bad wolf in Little Red Riding Hood.

Okay, done now.

But I really want that coffee!

Kimmy said...

'Kay, just a couple more.

The ringmaster in Dumbo.

Bugs Meany in Encyclopedia Brown.

Daisy said...

The Queen of the Underland in the Underland in the Silver Chair
by C. S. Lewis

Eliza said...

Artemis Fowl in the Artemis Fowl books

Randolph from Struggling Upward

Coleman from Struggling Upward

Lucinda from Ella, Enchanted

Tinkerbell, Peter Pan

Veronica diAngelo, the Saddle Club

Galbatorix, from Eragon

Emma, from Emma

Mrs. Barry, from Anne of Green Gables

Jen Pringle from Anne of Avonlea? Can't remember which one, since they pushed three books into one movie and ---yeah. ;-D

Great-Aunt Cilla from Homecoming and Dicey's Song

The Nazis, The Diary of Anne Frank (not a novel, though -- don't know if it'll count)

Pa from A Northern Light

Grace Brown's fiance from A Northern Light

I'll stop there.

Nancy said...

I'm adding:

The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland

Jacaranda (Prince Krishna's Uncle) from The Diamond in the Window

Nancy said...

Also added the gloamglozer from The Edge Chronicles. Scary dude.

Daisy said...

The Aretims Fowl series Opal Koboi

Erin said...

Prince Caspian - KING MIRAZ

Stephanie said...

Ezekiel, Manfred and most of the Bloor family in the Charlie Bone series

Felicia Furrypaws in the Babymouse series

Dana Matherson in Hoot

Lord Ombra in Peter and the Shadow Thieves

Tutor Olana in Princess Academy

Thanks for starting this list. It's too much fun to think about!

Stidmama said...

From Lord of the Rings, I would definitely include the Ringwraiths as "Hate Them"; and Boromir as "not so bad, just misguided."

TadMack said...

Another in the beloved and hated category: Maurice the cat, in The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, by Terry Pratchett; Marella in Secret Under My Skin, by Janet McNaughton


True Bad Guys: Mr. Byrnes from Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher, and Mr. Kohlrabi, from Fly By Night, by Frances Hardinge

Erin said...

The Grinch - THE GRINCH

Erin said...

The Wizard of Oz - THE WIZARD (he fits in category #2, definitely!!)

The Jungle Book - SHERE KHAN

RM1(SS) (ret) said...

Too many comments to plough through here, so I'll just offer one and hope she hasn't already been suggested by someone:

Great Aunt Maria, from Swallowdale and The Picts and the Martyrs (2nd and 11th books in the Swallows & Amazons series, by Arthur Ransome)

Nancy said...

Thanks rm1! I've moved all the suggestions into the post list, to make it easier for people to check their entries. Yours was not already in, so I've added it.

Little Willow said...

Novels:
Gmork from The NeverEnding Story
The Nothing from The NeverEnding Story
Vidia from the Disney Fairies series
Captain Hook from Peter Pan
The Lost Boys from Straight on 'til Morning

Series:
Verchiel from The Fallen quartet
Jasmine from the Prowlers quartet

Fairy tales/classics:
The Big Bad Wolf from The Three Little Pigs

The Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood
The Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid
The Witch from Hansel and Gretel
Stepmother from Cinderella
Stepmother from Snow White
Goldilocks from The Three Bears (breaking and entering, breaking their chairs, eating their food... *grin*)

Picture books:
Miss Viola Swamp from Miss Nelson is Missing

I am going to stop now, or I'll be here for days. Feel free to email me or post to me and I'll add more!

Nancy said...

Thanks LW!

I'm also adding:

Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy from the Nancy Drew series

Every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy from the Trixie Belden series

(folks should feel free to suggest others -- these are the two series I'm most familiar with)

The Murray aunts and uncles in the Emily of New Moon series

(I was going to list the Sterlings from The Blue Castle, but Wikipedia says it's L.M. Montgomery's only work of "adult" fiction, so I will leave it out)

Aunt Polly from Pollyanna

Grace Windsor Wexler from The Westing Game

Little Willow said...

You are welcome!

The Westing Game is fantastic. You might add Angela too...

Mrs. Gorf from Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Cokie from The Baby-Sitters Club

In the "every thief, kidnapper or general bad guy from the (blank) series" category:
Hardy Boys
Meg
Cherry Ames
The Baby-Sitters Club Mysteries
The American Girl Mysteries
The Bobbsey Twins
Body of Evidence

Erin said...

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Count Olaf's accomplices

Little Willow said...

Sick of me yet? :)

The Fairy Rebel: The Fairy Queen
The Book of Dead Days: Valerian
May Bird and the Ever After: The Bogie Man
May Bird and the Ever After: Bo Cleevil
The Guardian of Time trilogy: The Order
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism: Miss Adderstone
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism and Molly Moon Stops the World: Primo Cell
Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure: The Maharaja
A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl: The unnamed bad boy
The Midnighters trilogy: The darklings
Devilish: Lanalee
Secrets of Dripping Fang: The Onts
The Sleeper Conspiracy: Tyler Garrett
Boy Heaven: Kristy (except that saying this is a spoiler in itself, like us discussing Angela from The Westing Game earlier)
Playing in Traffic: Skye
Amandine: Amandine
Acceleration: Initially anonymous murderer
Such a Good Girl: Her father
Dream Spinner: The old man
The Orphan Prince: The Black Wolf
OutCast: (aka Cassandra's grandfather)

Various spies, double agents, shapeshifters, and other types of bad guys working together or as independent evils:
The Sleeper Conspiracy (one story split into two books)
The Uglies trilogy (especially the adult Specials)
Jennifer Scales series

Mystery/action-adventure series that employ different villains in every book:
Goosebumps
Fear Street
Chet Gecko
Encyclopedia Brown
Two-Minute Mysteries

Now I am thinking of the popular YA horror novels from the 70s through 90s. There were many spooky or suspenseful releases by R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Diane Hoh, Richie Tankersley Cusick, John Bellairs, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Caroline B. Cooney, Joan Lowery Nixon, and Lois Duncan that had murderers, evil ghosts, and other bad guys and gals.

Did you want any anti-heroes and/or those that are from the POV of the villain (or those suspected/accused, a la Inexcusable by Lynch, or I am Morgan le Fay by Springer)? That would be another list altogether!

Little Willow said...

Classics, fairy tales and folktales:
The Tale of Bluebeard: Bluebeard
Beowulf: Grendel
Beowulf: Grendel's Mother
The Goose Girl: Curdken
Snow-White and Rose-Red: The dwarf
The NeverEnding Story: Xayide
The NeverEnding Story: Ygramul
Animal Farm: Napoleon
Animal Farm: Squealer
Charlotte's Web: Templeton

Mythology:
Morgan le Fay (Arthurian)
Mordred (Arthurian)
Set (Egyptian)
Amarok (Inuit)
Zeus (Greek)
Medusa (Greek)
Scylla (Greek)
Charybdis (Greek)
Circe (Greek)
Sirens (Greek)
Calypso (Greek)
Charon (Greek)
Ares (Greek)
Loki (Norse)

Contemporary series:
Animorphs
Keys to the Kingdom: Each book has its own day-of-the-week villain who/which is also the title of the book (example: Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday) with his or her own Dusk, Dawn, and Noon, plus additional minions

More from Harry Potter:
Aragog
Lucius Malfoy
The Basilisk
Fluffy

More from His Dark Materials:
The Authority
Father Luis Gomez
Lord Carlo Boreal
Regent Metatron
Mrs. Coulter's unnamed golden monkey

Also, I see the Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland listed, but not the Red Queen from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. You may or may not count her as the same character.

Nancy said...

Wow, you have been BUSY!

I hadn't included the Red Queen because I never read Through the Looking Glass (shame on me). Adding the lovely lady now.

I left out Beowulf and Animal Farm for now. Not sure about including them as children's lit, even in a YA category. Feel free to resuggest them though, as I've read neither (yeah yeah, shame again).

Thanks for all these great entries! The list is at 192 now!

Whoo hoo!

OOh, 193, because I'm adding Katar from Princess Academy. I read about half the book late last night, and Katar annoys me very much, so she goes on the list!

Daisy said...

The lord of the rings: The wizard Saruman

Daisy said...

The Hobbit: The Spiders
The Lord of the Rings: The evil sorcerer Sauron

Nancy said...

I am adding:

Mrs. Driver from The Borrowers
Human Beans from The Borrowers series

Little Willow said...

You are welcome!

Through the Looking Glass is fantastic. Please read it when you have the opportunity to do so.

I stopped short of putting 1984: Big Brother and so on. :) Beowulf and Animal Farm have been on middle school reading lists. Beowulf has some YA unabridged imprints; Animal Farm is typically only shelved in adult fic/lit.

More suggestions:

Single villains
Oh My Goth: Jade
Among the Walnuts: The Uncles
Coraline: The Other Mother
Poison: Alethar, Lord of Phaerie
The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray: The Wych-Kin
The Wizard of Oz: The winged monkeys
Ozma of Oz: Princess Langwidere
The Princess Diaries series: Lana Weinberger

Groups-at-large:
The government baddies in the Among the Hidden sequence by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Kimmy said...

Some of these have probably been said, but I gotta make a last ditch attempt at that coffee:-)

Big Bad Wolf in The Three Little Pigs
The farmer in Charlotte's Web
Aunt Sponge & Aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach
Mrs Trunchbull in Matilda
Miss Andrew In Mary Poppins
Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes
Mr. Hyde in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
King Miraz from Prince Caspian
Bluebeard in Bluebeard
Man from Bambi
Mrs. Oleson from Little House on the Prairie

Readfaced said...

Mr. Pound from "Anatopsis" (Chris Abouzeid)
Arawn from "The Chronicles of Prydain" (Lloyd Alexander)
The "buggers" from "Enders Game" (Orson Scott Card)
The Earl of Alban from "Men of Iron" (Howard Pyle)

Little Willow said...

Deidre (Dee Dee) from Nancy Drew

Taffy Sinclair from the Taffy series

I have added Journey Woman to the links section of the Bildungsroman website.

Nancy said...

Thanks all! We're at 216, and we had some very interesting additions today!

Little Willow said...

Roquefort Dupont: Spy Mice

Jessica: The Tooth Fairy

The Spider: The Spider and the Fly

Angelina Ballerina: Priscilla
Angelina Ballerina: Penelope
Angelina Ballerina: Mrs. Hodgepodge

Fairy Realm: Valda
Fairy Realm: The Bins family
Fairy Realm: Mrs. Tweedie
Fairy Realm: Her teacher

Little Willow said...

The evil, wretched, criminally cruel man in RING OF BRIGHT WATER that beat the otter about the head with the shovel and made me hysterical at the age of 6.

I am attempting to recall whether or not any of the human scientists in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH were cruel.

Oh My Goth: The principal

Erin said...

Pure Dead Magic - LUCIFER STREGA-BORGIA

Stormbreaker - MR. GRIN

Stormbreaker - NADIA VOLE

Lionboy - RAFI SADLER

Pure Dead Magic - PRONTO

Erin said...

Pinocchio - THE FOX

Pinocchio - THE CAT

Erin said...

The Hollow Kingdom - HUGH ROBERTS

Erin said...

Howl's Moving Castle - THE WITCH OF THE WASTE

Erin said...

The Pinhoe Egg - GAFFER FARLEIGH

Erin said...

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - PAP

Nancy said...

I added:

Rose in Bloom - Charlie
Eight Cousins - Aunt Myra
Emily's Quest - Dean Priest

Douglas Twitchell said...

what a list!

someone said: The "buggers" from "Enders Game" (Orson Scott Card)

Also from "Enders Game", Stilson, Bonzo Madrid, and Peter Wiggin, although as you read the "Shadow" series, Peter gradually becomes one of the heroes of the story, which is an impressive feat for an author to accomplish!

Anonymous said...

category 1:

The Volturi, Victoria, James, Laurant from Twilight series

Massie, Kristen, Dylan, Alicia from the Clique series (could fall in either category..)

category 2:

Sky Mackenzie from Secrets of My Hollywood Life Series

Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables

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