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Give me a list of your top ten villains/monsters that you've come across in your reading, models of antagonists that you'd hold up as great examples for writers to learn from in the construction of an adversary. Feel free to cut across Genres.

Here are mine from least to greatest:
10.) The shark from Peter Benchley's Jaws
9.) Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes
8.) Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar from Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
7.) The creature from John Campbell's story "Who goes there?" (the Thing)
6.) The original Dracula from the Bram Stoker Novel
5.) Peter Quint and Miss Jessel (or possibly Miles and Flora) from Henry James' The Turn of the Screw
4.) Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft
3.) Big Brother, from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four
2.) Hannibal Lechter, from Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon
1.) Randall Flagg from Stephen King's The Stand, also a recurring villain in many of King's other works.
 
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