Scariest Villain in the Discworld

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Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby prajuvikas » Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:10 pm

I just completed (re)reading the Hogfather.
And I felt that Teatime was probably the villain that I found most truly frightening...
This is followed by Carcer from Night Watch and Wolfgang from Fifth Elephant.
I was wondering whom others found more frightening?
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:22 pm

I always found Vorbis pretty scary. :?
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby LilMaibe » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:48 pm

Teatime and Carcer are pretty much on par on #1 to me. Followed by Lord Hong, as I doubt any other villain ever got that close to actually killing Rincewind.
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby S@mwich » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:27 pm

I haven't read all the books, but so far, my favorite and scariest would be the lords and ladies
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby prajuvikas » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:15 pm

I thought about it a little bit more and realised that there are 2 classes of villains in the Discworld.
The first is the kind of systemic villain who would have a world altering effect. The Lords and Ladies, The Audtiors and Coin even would fall under this class.

Then there are the more 'personal' villains who have a smaller sphere of effect but are scary on a more personal level.
For some reason, its this class of villains who scare me more. Perhaps it is because, it is this class of villain that one could imagine existing in our round world too...

As a slight non sequitur, it would be terrifying if Dorfl or Hex went bad
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby Quatermass » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:46 pm

I find it hard to choose any one villain, so I'll pick a few.

The Auditors: What can you do when the laws of physics personified decide that you need to die?

Ipslore the Red: It's not just that he cheated Death, or decided to plunge the Discworld into a war that could have very well destroyed it. He mentally rapes his son.

The Archchancellor's Hat: More mental violation and megalomania.

Vorbis: Rewrites his own personal reality inside his head, believing his own BS.

Teatime: Obvious, isn't it?

The Cunning Man: No eyes, makes people hate witches, and basically makes people hate everything.
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby Sister Jennifer » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:52 pm

The Cunning Man & Vorbis for me. The Cunning Man was definitely a step up in DW baddies.
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby meerkat » Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:40 pm

Carcer and Stratford I've hated, always I see London criminals in my mind. Right bar-stewards every one of them!

But oddly I've never felt one with so sinister an impact on me such as Darth Vadar or Cruella De'Ville (orig Disney).
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby LilMaibe » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:40 pm

Oh, forgot about Ipslore. Full agreement there
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby TimBou » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:41 am

Vorbis and Carcer top the list for me. Then all the others mentioned here.

Some others I think are worthy of mention...
The king and queen in Wyrd Sisters.
Mr Pin and Mr Tulip in The Truth had their moments.
Reacher Gilt in Going Postal
BIg Fido in Men at Arms
The Grags in Thud!
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby TimBou » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:44 am

prajuvikas wrote:
As a slight non sequitur, it would be terrifying if Dorfl or Hex went bad


Interesting idea... Hex going bad could work as a parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey... UU in space!
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby janet » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:32 am

TimBou wrote:
prajuvikas wrote:
As a slight non sequitur, it would be terrifying if Dorfl or Hex went bad


Interesting idea... Hex going bad could work as a parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey... UU in space!

More interesting to see if anyone noticed :?
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby raptornx01 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:08 pm

i wouldn't add Mr Tulip. he did have a bit of redemption. Mr Pin on the other hand.....
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby One Man Bucket » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:04 pm

Teatime was the character who immediately came to mind when I saw the thread title but after reading the thread I'd say Vorbis is tied with him.
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Re: Scariest Villain in the Discworld

Postby Penfold » Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:57 pm

I personally find the concepts behind Sir Terry's villains more scary than the individual villains themselves. :D
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