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7 of the Most Obvious Villain Names in Literature

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What’s in a name? Well, if you’re a fictional villain, probably lots of heavy-handed and scary-sounding imagery. Seriously, sometimes it feels like all villains are named things like Cruella de Vil or Murder Rose or Dr. Skull. Has there ever been a villain named Steve, or Tim, or Bob? (I know all about Killer Bob, Bob Ewell, and Robert California, okay? I’m just trying to make a point. Don’t list evil Bobs at me, I don’t want to hear it.)

These are, in no particular order, the worst (and by worst I mean most obvious) names in all of fictional villainy.