Truly chilling villains

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by Mithfânion, Jan 31, 2002.

  1. Mithfânion

    Mithfânion Lord of the Wild Hunt

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2001
    Messages:
    3,388
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    121
    In contrast to the other thread that drifted from its original query, what did you think were truly chilling villains? Are they so rare?

    I thought Sauron was pretty evil but not chilling. He was too much of a background characters for that. Some of the Nazgul were chilling, as was the Balrog, but none of them were truly "badass".

    I'm not necessarily thinking of villains that were powerful, although any input there would be appreciated as well. Perhaps there are characters that really gave you the creeps and/or had some truly nefarious intentions.

    I haven't really read much of Donaldson but I thought that Lord Foul might be a candidate...?
     
  2. Shadowen

    Shadowen New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2000
    Messages:
    272
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Penthero Iss from JV Jones A Cavern of Black Ice was pretty chilling, imo. The descriptions of the torture he inflicted on his unfortunate prisoner were awful.
     
  3. Qin

    Qin Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2001
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Chilling? Evil? I know just the person: Ronald McDonald. That man scares the crap out of me. Big red hair, big red shoes, a ghost white face, and a proprensity to devour mass quantities of burgers. *Shiver*
     
  4. Zsinj16

    Zsinj16 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2001
    Messages:
    445
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Well, I thought the Dark Lord Sauron in the LOTR Saga was pretty creepy, along with the Witch King and the Nazgul. I also thought Pryrates from the MS&T Trilogy was pretty bone-chilling myself, what with all the sadistic torture he inflicted upon others and his eerie, arcane black magic. I also thought the Storm King and the Norn Queen (I can't remember her name) were pretty frightening also, in fact they were more frightening than Pryrates! And that's one of the main reasons I liked the MS&T Trilogy, because it was so dark and gothic! LOTR was dark and gothic as well, but not to the extent that the MS&T Trilogy was, IMHO.
    Another villain I found rather chilling was Lord Verminaard from Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight. But I can't exactly put my finger on what seemed so creepy about him!
     
  5. Warewolf

    Warewolf Fanboy Extraordinaire!

    Joined:
    May 15, 2001
    Messages:
    611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The only one I can think of off the top of my head right now is Lord Soth from Dragonlance. He used be a Knight of the Rose (I think), but then he betrayed his ideas and was killed. Now he's a ghost who fights on the side of darkness and, since he's already dead, can't be killed. Creepy as all heck! [​IMG]
     
  6. saintjon

    saintjon Illustrious Gambler

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2002
    Messages:
    4,471
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The Malevoy from the Shadow War trilogy were pretty creepy. Calesta from the Coldfire Trilogy, just based upon his illusion power and the fact that human sadism makes him stronger!!! Which would make him pretty damn strong IMO. Anne from Crown of Stars.
    If you want the chilling Tolkien villain, skip the lackeys and go straight to the god! They don't get much meaner or dastardly than Morgoth.
     
  7. Mithfânion

    Mithfânion Lord of the Wild Hunt

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2001
    Messages:
    3,388
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    121
    Liked Morgoth's speech to Hurin. That was truly vile.

    Speaking of Sauron, I thought he was scarier in the snippets we see of him in the Silmarillion. A conniving bastard. Especially as Annatar, Lord of Gifts.

    [This message has been edited by Mithfânion (edited January 31, 2002).]
     
  8. Penumbra

    Penumbra New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2001
    Messages:
    212
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    How about the clown and his multicolored balloons in the Stephen King novel, the title of which escapes me at the moment. That was a chilling character for me.
     
  9. Mithfânion

    Mithfânion Lord of the Wild Hunt

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2001
    Messages:
    3,388
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    121
    What, "It?"

    Is there a clown in The Stand?

    [This message has been edited by Mithfânion (edited January 31, 2002).]
     
  10. kray3

    kray3 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2001
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The clown is in "It"

    nope, no clowns in "The Stand"
     
  11. Ntschotschi

    Ntschotschi immer noch dabei

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2001
    Messages:
    564
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Oh yes the clown in "IT". That was a really scary figure. I'd almost forgotten him. At the moment I read it was almost the most frightening monster I ever came upon.
    The most chilling character for me would have been Dracula in Bram Stoker's "Dracula".
    I read it when I was only ten years old and I had nightmares for months afterward. My parents never knew that I read it and were quite worried.
     
  12. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2000
    Messages:
    10,047
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    173
    When IT dressed up as a clown, IT called ITself Pennywise.

    They/We ALL float down here!!
     
  13. Alucard

    Alucard Snazzy Dancer

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2001
    Messages:
    659
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I find clowns in general to be frightening. Evil laughs, freaky costumes, humor that is in no way funny. Yikes.

    Mimes too. I find their lack of speech very suspicious. I'm positive that they are all hiding something, probably something involving the fate of the world.

    "I don't believe in Zuess, but I'm scared stiff of clowns."

    Dose one.
     
  14. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2000
    Messages:
    10,047
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    173
    Alucard with the exception of whatever that Zuess quote meant, I agree 100% with your contempt of clowns.

    The only thing more evil than a clown is a cat.
     
  15. Mithfânion

    Mithfânion Lord of the Wild Hunt

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2001
    Messages:
    3,388
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    121
    many a single woman would disagree Fitz [​IMG]
     
  16. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2000
    Messages:
    10,047
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    173
    Of course Mithf, but we all know Women are evil.

    (Ladies, I am only kidding, of course, my tounge is planted very firmly in cheek as I typed the above)

    Trying to bring this back to topic, two of the more convincing "villians" are related to my screen name:

    Regal from The Farseer
    and Flagg from many Stephen King novels.
     
  17. Warewolf

    Warewolf Fanboy Extraordinaire!

    Joined:
    May 15, 2001
    Messages:
    611
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Okay, as long as people are going to mention King villains, Christine creeped the heck outta me. I always got a chill whenever her engine came to life [​IMG]
     
  18. Arc

    Arc Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2001
    Messages:
    83
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Qin is right, every time I see a McDonalds ad, I think... man if I was a kid and that guy popped out at me, I'd poop myself.

    Some nasty pieces of work I can think of:

    Rakoth Maugrim the Unraveller, of Kay's Fionavar Tapestry... unlike Sauron who is one obvious source of inspiration, Rakoth actually takes an active role in the story and does some truly despicable things.

    Agree with above re. Lord Soth of Dragonlance; truly frightening especially when he decided he wanted Kitiara as his bride. Also agree the clown from "IT", but refs to "The Stand" are valid - Randall Flagg was also a very scary villain.

    Who else?

    I liked the Minwanabi of Feist/Wurts Kelewan series - actually, any villains who are a bit loony are usually good, as you're forever apprehensive about just how far they will go.
     
  19. jbcohen

    jbcohen Wildrunner

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2001
    Messages:
    713
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Yeah, Quin and Warewolf, both McDonald and Lord Soth were pretty sacrry. Hoever, McDonald is probably the scarrier of the two. Man if that guy jumped out at me he would have the crap out of me in a matter of seconds.
     
  20. Elessar

    Elessar New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2001
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Fitz, you'll forgive me, but is that a quote from somewhere I don't recognize or did you, err, come up with it? ;-)


    -- Elessar


    [This message has been edited by Elessar (edited February 01, 2002).]