Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is:
Top Ten Jerks in Literature
Snape from Harry Potter
Yes, I get it that he hates Harry because he reminds him of Lily, who he loved, and James, who he hated. But really.. does he have to be so extremely unpleasant? ALL THE TIME? Especially since it turns out hes one of the good guys! Its just downright irritating. Hes such a classic jerk – can’t get over his own personal insecurity issues so he has to hurt other people to make himself feel better. Arg!
George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice
Scum! I would love to punch Wickham, I can’t help it. His pretty face is only a facade for a guy who not only steals girl’s hearts just to get their money, but that of significantly younger girls. Girls who shouldn’t be thinking of marriage for years and should only be dreaming of their first kiss on a playground at recess. Hes a total creeper who belongs in a dank dungeon somewhere, eating gruel and never seeing daylight again.
Bill Sikes from Oliver Twist
I re-read Oliver Twist this year and man, can Dickens write a jerk. Every time Oliver seems to have something positive happening for him in his life, it is ruined by this devious and horrid excuse of a man. He beats his dog, murders women, is a robber, abuser and criminal. He is definitely a character that has not a speck of goodness inside them.
Nils Bjurman from Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
Ugh. Not surprisingly the original name of this series was “Men who hate Women” The majority of men in this series are despicable. Bjurman, who is given legal guardianship of Salander, sexually abuses her in return for allowing her access to the money from her own financial accounts. Sure she gets back at him and blackmails him, but that doesn’t change what he put her through. He is the worst kind of man, pleasant in public but rotten to the core.
Fernand from The Count of Monte Cristo
Betrays his best friend to a life of imprisonment and steals his girl! What ever happened to “Bros before Hos”? Fernand is the worst. Dantes goes through years of pain, hatred, bitterness, plotting and unhappiness because of this man. Fernand ruins everything good in the world through his greed and jealousy and STILL ends up unhappy himself. Nice going Fernand.
Mr. Hyde from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Mr. Hyde, the darkest impulses of humanity embodied in one person. He is a killer who tramples a little girl and beats a man to death but feels no remorse. Made even sadder by Dr. Jekyll’s inability to control the permanent transformation into this monster, Hyde definitely makes it onto my list of jerks. Although top ten characters of ‘pure evil’ would also work.
Bob Ewell from To Kill a Mockingbird
Any reader knows this guy belongs on this list. He lies under oath to get an innocent man condemned. He is extremely racist. He beats kids. Case closed.
A definite jerk.
Sauron from Lord of the Rings
Anyone else ever feel like this guy could have used a nice spa day? Maybe a little therapy? A hug from his mother? This guy is all about the world domination, death, power and corruption. And even better, he puts it all together in seven pretty rings to enslave everyone to his will. (I mean really, rings?) Then after all that hateful effort, years of building, plotting, bringing creatures into his dark web of evil.. he is overthrown by a little guy and the destruction of his personal jewelry.
President Snow from The Hunger Games
Making kids fight to the death for entertainment? Shame on you sir! As entertaining as it is to read, its a truly terrible idea. The first scene that comes to mind when I think of Snow is when Katniss is talking to him at her home and his breath smells like blood. Gah! I figure that’s probably what evil smells like. Eau de Death.