Ah, yes, the arch nemesis of the greatest hero ever. The Scarlet Pimpernel would not be who he is were it not for Chauvelin. The man who dogs his every step and does his best to thwart Percy's every brilliant plan. The man who never gives up trying to bring down the League– any way he can. Played by Raymond Massey (above) in the 1934 film, and even better by Sir Ian McKellen in the 1982 film.
2. Rupert of HentzauThe young villain in The Prisoner of Zenda. The aristocratic, handsome, scarcely more than a boy, devil-may-care rogue who intrigues against his allies, laughs at danger, and goes singing away after he has been injured.
3. Guy of GisborneRobin Hood's arch nemesis. The man who wants Maid Marian and/or her money and property for himself. The man who is constantly figuring out ways to 'get Robin Hood this time'. The man who intrigues with the Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John, and against King Richard. Basil Rathbone played him magnificently in the 1938 Adventures of Robin Hood.
4. IrasBen-Hur's infatuation and almost his ruin. The woman who was my first introduction to a very complex female villain. She is fascinating, although I was a little annoyed that Ben-Hur didn't figure her out sooner. Her two-faced behavior, her meanness to Esther, her disrespect of her father and her scorn of anyone who believes Jesus is the Christ, yes, all in all definitely a memorable villain.
Next up: my four favorite heroes from my own stories!
Miss Melody Muffin