Whoâ€™s your favorite villain?
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Ed Greenwood (author of The Sword Never Sleeps): Irene Adler, â€śTHE Womanâ€ť in the Sherlock Holmes tales. However, ask me on another day and my answer might be different. I like villains for different reasons.
Richard Baker (author of Avenger): Wow, tough one. Itâ€™s got to be from a book or movie I really love . . . I suppose Sauron isnâ€™t that great of a villain when you come down to it, you never get any villainous monologues from him. Iâ€™m tempted to go with Roy from Blade Runner or Bill â€śthe Butcherâ€ť Cutty from Gangs of New York (Daniel Day Lewis is brilliant in that role), who are interesting because theyâ€™re ultimately ambiguous. But I think Iâ€™ll go with a very un-ambiguous and more off-the-wall choice: Sergeant Lejaune from Beau Geste. Percy Wren describes him as â€śthe only man I have ever met who seemed bad, wholly bad, evil all through, without a single redeeming virtue, save courage.â€ť What more do you need than that? (Friend Richard)
Christopher Rowe (author of a story in Realms of the Dead): You're asking a bunch of writers to name one favorite villain? Have fun editing this one! Okay, partial list in no particular order: Caliban, Khan Noonien Singh, Bertha in Jane Eyre (but only after you've read Wide Sargasso Sea--before that, creepy old "SinDjinn" gets the nod), Savoir-Faire (he's everywhere!), "The Italians" from Breaking Away, Erik Scott de Bie, the anthropomorphic Death that's built up by Dickinson's body of work, all the Fatal Five except Tharok, the Lucifers of John Milton and Mike Carey (but not of Swedish death metal or Neil Gaiman), and Cruella "Crazy Woman Driver" DeVille. (Friend Christopher)
Jak Koke (author of The Edge of Chaos): Brandin in Guy Gavriel Kayâ€™s Tigana. You hate him and love him; his creation is a masterwork by a great writer. Gollum/Smeagol is also one of the best villainous characters ever written. (Friend Jak)
Philip Athans (author of A Readerâ€™s Guide to R.A. Salvatoreâ€™s Legend of Drizzt): No human being has ever had more fun acting in a movie than Tim Curry had playing Darkness in the otherwise cringe-worthy Legend. (Friend Phil)
Rosemary Jones (author of City of the Dead): Long John Silver: because heâ€™s both villain and charmer in Treasure Island (the best pirate book ever!). Even Stevenson couldnâ€™t stand to knock him off at the end. (Friend Rosemary)
James P. Davis (author of Circle of Skulls): Prince Yyrkoon in Michael Moorcock Elric Saga. Heâ€™s a power-hungry, egomaniacal nobleman who has gone half-mad living in the shadow of his allegedly inferior, albino, emperor cousin, Elric. He despises Elricâ€™s power and the fact that their empire is nothing like the cruel conqueror it once was. Yyrkoon tries to kill Elric, usurp his throne, kidnap his lover (Yyrkoonâ€™s sister, Cymoril), and eventually steals a demonic-soul-stealing-god-sword (Mournblade) that further unbalances his already fragile psyche. So, obviously, I prefer a little crazy stirred into my evil. Also, close runner-up, is Gargamel from the Smurfs. (Friend James)
Lisa Smedman (author of Ascendancy of the Last): Evil, in the movie Time Bandits. Love his minions, too. Especially their â€śidiot-stringâ€ť pink gloves. Like Evil, I seek a deeper understanding of digital watches, computers and fast breeder nuclear reactors. Unlike him, I donâ€™t want to rule the world. Just fix my damn computer when it crashes.