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Jul 13th, 2012 at 13:51 GMT
Nice to see Aaron the Moor make an appearance! I've always thought he was a precursor and amalgam of the respective good and bad qualities of Othello and Iago (also featured in your quiz!)
Jul 13th, 2012 at 15:53 GMT
Alex's surname is never given in the novel version of A Clockwork Orange, DeLarge was only added for the film.
Jul 13th, 2012 at 17:01 GMT
Jul 13th, 2012 at 20:48 GMT
Just a suggestion: you should treat titles beginning with "a" the same way you did titles beginning with "the." It would avoid confusion.
Jul 14th, 2012 at 13:08 GMT
@Chocolatl: a fine suggestion, but it actually throws the presentation of the game out quite a lot, and as there are only three of them I'll let it be.
Jul 15th, 2012 at 23:05 GMT
Nice selection of works. One nitpick: the novel on which the movie "Schindler's List" was based is called "Schindler's Ark."
Jul 16th, 2012 at 03:43 GMT
Nice idea, but I think there's more than a few here that don't qualify as villians. Milo Minderbender? If Catch-22 has a villian, it was Aarfi. Templeton the rat? No way. Tom Buchanan? Not a really nice guy, but no villian either. Ditto Mr Wickham who was more cad than villian.
Jul 16th, 2012 at 16:00 GMT
@blues95: anyone who accepts payment from the Germans to bomb his own base and sells the morphine from the medical kits, probably deserves a villainous tag. As regards Tom (or the 'brute,' as Daisy calls him and Mr Wickham (who's name is suspiciously close to 'Wicked') they're caddish enough for inclusion too. I guess it's just shades of villainy.
Jul 20th, 2012 at 18:03 GMT
It only makes sense to talk about the "villain" of a book in relation to a protagonist. Alex and Humbert Humbert are the heroes of their books, flawed as they are (although you can make the case that Humbert is also the villain, a duality perhaps embodied by his double name). If Clockwork Orange has a villain, it's society at large.
Jul 21st, 2012 at 05:31 GMT
Dalmatians is spelled incorrectly. I kind of agree with the criticism of Tom Buchanan and Mr. Wickham, but on the whole I like the idea and execution of this quiz.
Oct 18th, 2012 at 00:37 GMT
I'd argue Humbert's villainy. The real villain of the novel is his rival Clare Quilty.
Oct 20th, 2012 at 14:35 GMT
Cathyyyyy. So evil. Love her.
Game published: Jan 5th, 2013 at 04:00 GMT
Jan 5th, 2013 at 04:06 GMT
5 globes solely for saying "villains, cads, and rascals."
Jan 5th, 2013 at 05:22 GMT
Should be more consistent when it comes to books vs series--ie you have Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, and A Series of Unfortunate Events next to The Hunger Games, The Magician's Nephew, and A Game of Thrones--where the character appears in multiple books. Regardless of that, I'd suggest replacing The Magician's Nephew with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe since it's far more commonly known, was the first book published, and (I would assume) is more widely read--even if The Magician's Nephew comes first chronologically. Similarly to the first thing, it feels inconsistent that you have the formal title of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland along with the familiar titles of The Wizard of Oz and Doctor Faustus. Speaking of which, Marlowe spelled the demon's name "Mephistophilis" in The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus while Goethe used the "Mephistopheles" spelling that you have on the quiz.
Jan 5th, 2013 at 05:27 GMT
should not amon goth be spelled "goethe?" and should not kaspar gutman be spelled "kasper?"
Jan 5th, 2013 at 12:54 GMT
some great choices. i was in "the birthday party" in college!
Jan 5th, 2013 at 13:00 GMT
Colonel Kurtz is from the movie Apocalypse Now. Kurtz (no rank) is the character from Heart of Darkness.
Jan 5th, 2013 at 13:04 GMT
Well done on spelling Baratheon correctly. Sadly his name is Joffrey, not Joffery. I really hate to be a pedantic.
Jan 5th, 2013 at 13:47 GMT
wow....I never heard of well over half of these. Feeling pretty dumb
Jan 5th, 2013 at 13:53 GMT
When I saw "O'Brien" I looked for "Downton Abbey." Right... not a book or play.
Jan 5th, 2013 at 14:15 GMT
Villains always get the best names.
Jan 5th, 2013 at 14:21 GMT
Inspector Javert is simply misunderstood ;)
Jan 5th, 2013 at 15:57 GMT
Nice quiz. Could I possibly suggest Alexander the Large, rather than just Alex, since it's what he calls himself. Alex is a little vague, even if it is the answer to only one of the questions.
Jan 5th, 2013 at 16:04 GMT
Agreed with @ubbiebubbie - villains get awesome names. Miss Trunchbull! Dahl was so wonderfully dark for a children's author. And Shampoowoody - no, Göth or Goeth is the character's name Goethe would be a different pronunciation and, well, name.
Jan 5th, 2013 at 18:17 GMT
What about scoundrels? There aren't enough scoundrels in my life.
Jan 5th, 2013 at 19:12 GMT
You know, when I saw Miss Coulter listed as one of the villains I was surprised not to find the seminal classics "Godless: the Church of Liberalism" or "Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism"
Jan 5th, 2013 at 19:33 GMT
I was going to point out that some of these are not villains, per se, but they do fall under the category of "cad" or "rascal." I wouldn't call Milo Minderbinder or Humbert Humbert "villains," and other characters, like Miss Havisham and Javert, are borderline.
Jan 5th, 2013 at 19:55 GMT
Several of these people are not only not the villains of their respective books, they aren't even classifiable as the antagonists. Humbert and Alex narrated their respective novels. They were the PROtagonists. When you get above children's literature and Silver Age comic books, hero/villain, bad guy/good guy are really often no longer applicable. Things get a little more complicated.
Jan 5th, 2013 at 20:48 GMT
Surely Bill Sikes is would be a better choice for Oliver Twist than Fagin?
Jan 5th, 2013 at 21:17 GMT
Following what Tanner3 says above, Miss Havisham isn't really a villain per se in [the book that she's in]. Yes, she's a bit weird and creepy, but you can't help but feel sorry for her by the end...
Jan 5th, 2013 at 22:08 GMT
Aw, I wouldn't say Javert's the villian/cad/rascal of Les Mis. He's an antagonist, I think, but it's definitely the Thenardiers who are villainous/cad-ish/rascally. Great quiz though!
Jan 5th, 2013 at 23:34 GMT
I have to agree with the folks above who have stated that Miss Havisham is not a villain. She's certainly off her nut, but there's nothing "evil" or even all that threatening about her.
Jan 6th, 2013 at 04:03 GMT
Of the books I wasn't sure (gave up instead of starting to guess), I had read- at some point in my life- a total of 6 of them. I'm both embarrassed and concerned.
Jan 6th, 2013 at 06:58 GMT
Javert isn't a villain and Hugo doesn't treat him as one; he is the opposite of a villain, cad, or rascal. Interesting to see how few people got Trilby (but have probably heard of Svengali).
Jan 7th, 2013 at 15:38 GMT
Did anyone else start looking for "Aladdin" when "Iago" popped up?!
May 14th, 2013 at 02:52 GMT
In the book (if not so much the musical), Javert isn't really a villain, he just clings to a misguided sense of justice. The real villains are the Thenardiers - "Master of the House" portrayed a humorous side to them in the musical, but in the book they were just out and out nasties.
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