No story is complete without a villain or two, and in my years consuming books, movies, TV, and music, I have come across the terrifying, the silly, and the strange as the villains. So, from my young childhood to adulthood, on the scale from "total weaksauce" to "literally the devil" here are my top 15 most memorable villains.
15: The Greedy, from Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure
In "A Musical Adventure" Raggedy Ann and her brother Andy go on a strange journey to rescue Babette, the French doll from some pirates. Along the way, they meet this uncanny valley resident, the Greedy. The Greedy is a creature made from living taffy, constantly eating sweets that float in his mass and lamenting his longing for a sweetheart in song. When Ann mentions she has a candy heart, and is the sweetest person the Greedy has ever met, he decides that Ann's heart is exactly the thing he needs to be happy. Ann and Andy, along with the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees, escape from an increasingly insane Greedy by climbing out of his lair and throwing more taffy to the monster.
For whatever reason, 5 year old me found this fella terrifying, probably the "body horror" factor and the fact that he wanted to eat Ann's heart, pretty heavy for a preschooler! (Mom, if you're reading this, I saw it at a friend's house, you certainly didn't let us see this!)
Winnie the Pooh has been around for nearly 100 years and shows no signs of going anywhere. The loveable bear and his friends were a huge part of my childhood from his appearances in books, TV, Movies, and toys, we loved the characters of Winnie the Pooh. Pooh's innocence and loving temperament influences a lot of my writing even today, with my taste for strong friendships being foremost in my mind.
Young Steven’s life is a bit complicated. His dad lives and works in a car wash, his mom passed away from birth complications, and he is being raised by his aunts, Garnet, Pearl, and Amethyst… who happen to be warriors from another planet.
That is the overall plot of Rebecca Sugar’s hit show Steven Universe. Steven’s mom was the great freedom fighter Rose Quartz, who sought to free her fellow Gems from the tyranny of the oligarchical Diamonds, who create living gemstones from various worlds, leaving them and taking the gems when the planet’s resources are all used up. To save the Earth and her beloved friends, all outcasts from the homeworld, Rose created the Crystal Gem resistance. Sometime in the distant past, the Diamonds wiped out the resistance with a plague, leaving only Rose, Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst alive and safe. Fast forward several hundred years, and we find Steven, the son of Rose Quartz and Greg Universe who’s a typical 12 year old boy… except for the fact that he’s part alien space rock, can heal with his spit and form a shield. His “aunts” teach him how to harness his gem powers for the good of Earth, because they know the Diamonds don’t give up so easily…
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