In honor of the hearty letter H, I give you ...
From The Princess Bride, the cold and calculating prince of Florin, who tries to marry the lovely Buttercup, all so he can murder her and declare war on Guilder. He's an excellent example of how a villain need not be gruesome or appear maniacal. Humperdinck is attractive, intelligent, and highly skilled in tracking animals. His twisted motives make him villainous, and lucky for Buttercup, the Dread Pirate Roberts proves to be Humperdinck's worthy enemy.
(Do you not just adore this story and movie??)
From The Lovely Bones, this villain is the quiet neighbor down the street. Introverted, homely, polite, but oh so dangerous. That's what makes him so terrifying. Raping and murdering children is unforgivable, and readers and movie goers instantly hate this character, but there is an element of sympathy when we learn about Mr. Harvey's troubled childhood--having a violent father and living in poverty, young Harvey and his mother were forced to steal for food, and only when little Harvey completed such tasks, could he earn his mother's love. The author, Alice Sebold, didn't just make him evil, she gave him a reason for it, and in crafting well-told stories, that is an absolute must.
From The Help, Hilly is the wolf in sheep's clothing, or in this case, the villain in fine ladies' clothing. A southern socialite, and at one time, best friend of the main character, Skeeter, Hilly's got all kinds of ulterior motives and she doesn't care who she hurts in order to get her way. Matter of fact, she kind of gets off on hurting others. We do get a glimpse into her humanity though, as the author, Kathryn Stockett, sets her up nicely as a loving mother to contrast her villainy. Controlling and full of threats, this well dressed and wealthy bully is one of those chicks you love to hate. Are there really people like her in the world?? Makes you wonder. If so, I've no qualms about practicing my upper cut on their chin. ;)
Thanks so much for stopping by! Any thoughts on Humperdinck, Harvey, or Hilly? Another H villain you'd like to share? See you back here for I Day!