9 Literary "bad guys" in Honor of Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish’s “bad guy,” the smash hit from her new album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? recently overtook Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” as the number one song on Hot 100. In honor of Eilish’s success, we’ve made a list of the 9 baddest bad guys in literature.


9 – Captain hook

Captain Hook

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Who can forget this one-handed pirate who terrorized Peter Pan and the Lost Boys during all their adventures!?

8 – Grendel


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You might recognize this Old English baddie from Beowulf, one of the oldest epic poems. Talk about a blast from the past.

7 – Iago


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No, not the parrot from Aladdin. This one’s another oldie-but-goodie. Iago’s the main antagonist of Shakespeare’s Othello who plots to deceive and destroy the play’s title character.


6 – Sauron


This guy’s the actual factual lord of the rings. ‘Nuff said.

5 – Moriarty


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Described as “the Napoleon of Crime” by Sherlock Holmes in The Final Problem, Moriarty’s one of the few people to ever give Holmes any real trouble (the other being, of course, Irene Adler in all her awesomeness).

4 – Hannibal Lecter

Hannibal Lecter

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Made all the more terrifying by Anthony Hopkins’ performance in the adaptation, this serial killer and cannibal is the horrific focal point of Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs. 


3 – Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman
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Another villain made all the more famous by his theatrical adaptation, this psychotic murderer terrorizes the shallow, corporate world of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho.

2 – Lord voldemort

Lord Voldemort

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One of the most bone-chilling villains of all time. I doubt many book-lovers have forgotten about the most evil wizard of all time!

1 – Pennywise


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While the source material for this adaptation may have been quite a bit…stranger than the theatrical release showed, I think we can agree the 2017 film really captured what makes this creepy clown so downright terrifying.

Did we miss any of your favorite villains? Or are these really the baddest of them all?
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