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Characters You Love to Hate

Characters You Love to Hate

We’re always talking about favourite characters and heroes but how about those who are so deliciously evil that their larger-than-life characters just jump off the pages whenever they enter a story. Below, we’ve chosen some of our favourite characters you love to hate…

Dolores UmbridgeHarry Potter

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Who’d have thought a teacher with a love of all things pink could be quite so wicked? Although Vordemort is intent on ruling the Wizarding World for himself, Dolores (a former Ministry of Magic official) takes great delight in torturing the Hogwarts students - especially Harry (“I must not tell lies”) – for not adhering to our strict set of rules and standards.

Amy and Nick DunneGone Girl (BWPKI)

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Amy Dunne vanishes on the night of her and Nick’s fifth wedding anniversary under some very mysterious circumstances. Nick finds himself the prime suspect for her disappearance but as investigations are made, it turns out she may not be as innocent as first appeared – but then again, neither is Nick…

Joffrey BaratheonA Game of Thrones

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The eighteenth king to rule from the Iron Throne, Joffrey Baratheon is spoiled, arrogant and sadistic – and all of these traits continue to rise to the fore as he gains more power… Jack Gleeson memorably brought the Boy King to life in the TV adaptation Game of Thrones.

Miss TrunchbullMatilda

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Miss Trunchbull, the headteacher of Crunchem Hall, is a former Olympic shot putter, hammer and javelin thrower. This comes in useful when for punishing students for minor misdemeanours including wearing pigtails and eating a little too much chocolate cake. Why would someone who despises children so much (she even claims she was never one herself) take a role at a school?

Victor Frankenstein – Frankenstein

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Victor Frankenstein is a very intelligent man. However, this ultimately proves to be his downfall. Rather than using his skills for good and helping people, he develops a God complex and decides to create life – but is then terrified by what he creates and vows to destroy it…

Aunt March - Little Women

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Although the March sisters and their beloved mother, Marmee, are full of love for each other, their Aunt March (memorably played with biting wit by Meryl Streep in 2019’s film adaptation by Greta Gerwig) is quite the opposite. She’s cold, calculating and seems to care more about her dog than any family members.


The Grand High WitchThe Witches

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The second character from a Roald Dahl book in our list may be one of the scariest. Although she disguises herself as a kindly lady, The Grand High Witch couldn’t be more different. She despises children with all her heart and is adamant that she will squish and squelch every single one.

Count Olaf A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Violet, Klaus and baby Sunny, the Beaudelaire children, are very unfortunate when they’re sent to live in the dilapidated doorstep of the unkempt and money-grabbing Count Olaf (played by Neil Patrick Harris in the popular Netflix adaptation). The Count has his eyes set on their inheritance – and has a number of hare-brained schemes that will put their lives at risk…

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