Dear readers, this week, N is for *N*apoleon and other villains in books for children (of all ages) ...
Heroes too, but villains are so much more interesting so let’s look at a few of them first!
Napoleon – Animal Farm (above)
Napoleon is the kid of a villain that makes us shout at the page "Don't trust him! He’s evil". When he takes the pups from the farm dogs and trains them privately, we know he's a first class fascist pig. The novel was written by Orwell as a scathing commentary on Stalin's Russia.
Captain Hook – Peter Pan:
Maybe the first super villain? Sophisticated, egotistical and totally ruthless.
John Silver – Treasure Island:
The silver-tongued pirate who won Jim's affections before he betrayed him. Such a famous villain, he's had us all growling "arrrr, Jim lad!".
Prof Moriarty – Sherlock Holmes
Moriarty, the smartest villain ever? So many genius villains have followed in his image. Inevitable that Sherlock's equal would eventually show himself, and Moriarty was certainly up to the task. Sherlock and Moriarty sparred for a long time before that tragic confrontation at the Reichenbach Falls.
Count Dracula – Dracula
If you look at the source material, there’s nothing glamorous about Bram Stoker's original text. Dracula crawls down castle walls and talks to wolves. Just as frightening now as he was then.
The Joker – Batman
A brilliantly creepy character who's managed to progress gradually from clown to layered psychopath, with Heath Ledger's chilling version a definite climax.
Blofeld – Thunderball
James Bond's nemesis in many of Ian Fleming's books (and movies). First seen in the novel Thunderball where he masterminds the theft of two nuclear bombs and uses them to blackmail the world's governments with meticulous and dispassionate organisation
And as for Heroes? How about:
Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain:
Just William – Richmal Crompton:
Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren:
OTHER FAVOURITE VILLAINS / HEROES IN BOOKS / MOVIES ?
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