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Bad Men and Women in Contemporary Literature

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Some baddies we love despite their faults and some, like these hard core bad asses below, not even a mother could stomach, which in one instance is exactly the case.

Name the bad characters:

1. This psychopathic killer’s main weapon of choice is a captive bolt pistol, which he uses to either kill his victims or to destroy cylinder locks on doors.

Anton Chigurh No Country for Old Men

2. This young deputy sheriff from Texas appears to be a regular, small-town cop leading an unremarkable existence, but beneath this façade is a cunning, depraved sociopath with sadistic sexual tastes.
Lou Ford The Killer Inside Me

3. This woman left a diary that made you think she was being abused, but it was all a ruse as she tries to frame her husband for her “death.”
Amy Dunne Gone Girl

4. This bad guy is patterned on Joaquín (El Chapo) Guzmán Loera, the former head of the Sinaloa cartel and a man once deemed by the U.S. Treasury Department to be the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.
Adan Barrera The Power of the Dog
and The Cartel

5. Twenty-four stone and hairless as a dolphin, this scalp-hunter moves through an infernal West like a plague.

The Judge Blood Meridian

6. This teenage boy went on a killing spree in his high school gym with a bow and arrow.

Kevin Khatchadourian We Need to Talk about Kevin
This bad ass incarcerated pedophile/child murderer carries on a correspondence with a 19-year-old girl who takes a morbid interest in his case.
Chappy The End of Alice

8. One of the 80s Wall Street boys, this guy enjoys fine dining, couture, Genesis, Talking Heads, rape, murder and dismemberment.
Patrick Bateman American Psycho
9. This teetotal 17-year-old Catholic sociopath roams Brighton with a razor blade and is merciless to his victims while harboring concern for his immortal soul.
Pinkie Brown Brighton Rock

10. Lorrie Moore wrote of this character:

She is impossibly, fantastically bad. She is pure theater, pure plot. She is Richard III with breast implants. She is Iago in a miniskirt. She manipulates and exploits all the vanities and childhood scars of her friends (wounds left by neglectful mothers, an abusive uncle, absent dads); she grabs at intimacies and worms her way into their comfortable lives, then starts swinging a pickax. She mobilizes all the wily and beguiling art of seduction and ingratiation, which she has been able to use on men, and she directs it at women as well. She is an autoimmune disorder. She is viral, self-mutating, opportunistic (the narrative discusses her in conjunction with AIDS, salmonella and warts). She is a “man-eater” run amok

Zenia The Robber Bride

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