we all know who they are and how delicious it is to hate them. Just think of Snape and the awful Dursleys in Harry Potter. Or Ambrose in The Name of the Wind (oh, how I despise him). Or Nailer's father in Ship Breaker. There's a villain in just about every book I've ever enjoyed from whatever it was that held Charles Wallace in A Wrinkle in Time to those evil siblings, Jaime and Cersei in A Song of Ice and Fire. Villains give your hero someone - or something - to fight against, a way to prove themselves, and often the means to evolve.
who - or what - are some of your favorite villains?