The 50 Sexiest Literary Villains

In The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy, open-mouthed, says “I’ve never heard of a beautiful witch before,” Glinda famously quips that only bad witches are ugly. But ’tis not so — or at least, there are plenty of very bad witches who are the opposite of ugly: beautiful, sexy, charming, devastatingly intelligent, or all of the above. So, in case you need a little respite after all the goody-goody cheer of the Christmas season, and a little bit in honor of J.K. Rowling’s outrage that we all love Draco so much, here’s fifty villains that we wouldn’t kick out of bed. A note: for the purposes of this list, the term “villain” shall encompass both true villains and the simply villainous: anti-heroes, big bads, antagonists, and a few plain old murderous jerks. With that in mind, read on for a collection of bad guys we all love to hate and also love to love just a little bit. Miss your favorite? Sing the praises of the dashing devil in the comments.

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Patrick Bateman, American Psycho

If there’s one thing you can say about Patrick Bateman, it’s that the man sticks to his workout routine. Handsome and buff, a lover of material goods and ’80s music, desirous of murder and dismemberment. He’s the scariest kind of serial killer (whether actual or no), because he could be inside somebody you already know — and probably is.