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What great Shakespearean villains do you think of first?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (25562 points ) August 27th, 2012

I think of Richard III or Iago.

Whom do you think of?

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WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I always think of Lady Macbeth.

gailcalled's avatar

Iago, Lady MacBeth, Cornwall and Edmund, Richard the III

Sunny2's avatar

Nasty, conniving Iago with the gracious facade. I saw a modern day production of Othello at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in which Iago was played as a tough military officer who acted, not out of jealousy of Othello, but of lust for him. Very interesting and compelling. It worked.

filmfann's avatar

Iago, then Richard III.

If Shakespeare were alive today, he would write about Nixon.

Aethelflaed's avatar

Iago, the Macbeths, Richard III.

Earthgirl's avatar

Weird, Iago is the only one I think of. I had no idea I would be in such good company. He definitely left an impression on me.

gailcalled's avatar

I have always thought of MacBeth as being henpecked. Mrs. was inherently much more villainous.

amujinx's avatar

Richard III.

King_Pariah's avatar

Caius Marcius Coriolanus

Adagio's avatar

Shylock

DominicX's avatar

Iago is who I thought of, probably because Othello was the most recent Shakespeare I read, in high school. Also, Iago’s lack of a clear motive for his villainy makes him an even more evil figure…

ucme's avatar

Shylock & whoever Bill’s hairdresser was, I mean come on darling, purleeze!!

abundantlife's avatar

Lago, cornwall.

gailcalled's avatar

@King_Pariah: You’ve actually read “Coriolanus”? Amazing.

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