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Top 8 Villains in Literature—Add Yours

Heroes and heroines in literature stand out with the help of those we love to hate—villains. Who are your favorite antagonists? Add yours by leaving a comment below.

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#1 Hannibal Lecter, "The Silence of the Lambs" by Thomas Harris: He literally eats people "with some fava beans and a nice chianti."

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#2 Mr. Hilditch, "Felicia's Journey" by William Trevor: He is kindness himself to Felicia, but it doesn't last long.

#3 Charles Bruno, "Strangers on a Train" by Patricia Highsmith: Charles proposes

a mind-blowing exchange of murders in this suspenseful novel.

#4 Amy Dunne, "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn: Amazing Amy is one of the greatest female antagonists of all time.

#5 Anton Chigurh, "No Country for Old Men" by Cormac McCarthy: Anton Chigurh's weapon of choice—a cattle bolt gun—makes him memorable.

#6 Brigid O'Shaughnessy aka Miss Wonderly, "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett: Brigid is the quintessential femme fatale who uses her sexuality to get what she wants.

#7 Alec d'Urberville, "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy: Alec seduces and manipulates the innocent Tess, who ultimately gives him his comeuppance.

#8 Daisy Buchanan, "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald: She's a stereotypical rich girl—beautiful but shallow and selfish—and the cause of Gatsby's downfall.

Cindy Fazzi is a Philippine-born American writer who has worked as a journalist in the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. She's a former Associated Press news staffer. Her debut romance, "In His Corner," was published under the pen name Vina Arno by Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.