My Favorite Shakespeare Villains

Last week, this blog featured an infograph of literary villains in which Shakespeare’s characters figured prominently. So that started me thinking about my favorite (i.e., most deliciously villainous) of the Bard’s bad guys.


So here’s the list (and the plays in which they figure):

  1. Richard III (2 Henry VI, 3 Henry VI, Richard III)
  2. Iago (Othello)
  3. Edmund (King Lear)
  4. King Claudius (Hamlet)
  5. Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)
  6. Aaron the Moor (Titus Andronicus)
  7. Tamora (Titus Andronicus)
  8. Cassius (Julius Caesar)
  9. Angelo (Measure for Measure)
  10. Haste (Romeo and Juliet)–I know, that’s not a person, but I see haste as the bad guy in the play.

How about you? How would you change the list? Add? Subtract?

About writerhoss

I am a writer from southwestern Ohio, and a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. My books include The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional).
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2 Responses to My Favorite Shakespeare Villains

  1. Regan from King Lear. I think she’s cruel and horrid. So does that make her a great villain if she disgusts me? LOL


  2. writerhoss says:

    Yes, the best villains are the worst.


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