“The Chronicles of Narnia”
The White Witch is a powerful sorceress named Jadis who rules over Narnia, having cast the Hundred Years Winter spell. In C.S. Lewis’s tale, Jadis is beautiful, tall, and inhuman, a fearsome giant.
Her great powers include turning humans to stone and manifesting anything. When the boy Edmund meets her, she magically conjures his favorite candy, but only to trap him and his sister under her power.
Lady Tremaine is the name of Cinderella’s wicked stepmother. She is one of the cruelest villains of Disney’s rather extensive repertoire of evil women. Lady Tremaine is especially mean. She forces Cinderella to do all the heavy housework, like the floors, while her two stepsisters live in luxury.
Lady Tremaine plotted against Cinderella, sabotaging her efforts to go to the ball. Cinderella is crushed watching her stepsisters dress for the ball. Of course, to be extra cruel, her stepmother makes sure Cinderella is on hand as a maid to dress them.
Stephen King’s Annie Wilkes is a wicked nurse in his 1987 “Misery.” She is a merciless murderer who killed babies in her care at the maternity ward she worked at. It turns out later that she killed her father when she was only 11. She shoved him down the stairs.
It comes out, also, that she killed her roommate at college. She is one mean broad. Paul is an author in “Misery,” writing a story about a girl called Misery. Annie saved his life after a car crash, but he’s not going to be spared from her malicious plans.
Catherine Tramell is a baddie who loves to manipulate and control others with evil intent. She is a psychological terrorist who seduces her victim and then kills them or has them killed. She says she is a crime novelist and acts out crimes in real life to inspire her writing.
In the “Basic Instinct” crime noir franchise, Tramell is the femme fatale, but to an extreme. She is also a sociopathic serial killer.
Headmistress Dolores Umbridge is universally feared at Hogwarts. In a shrewd power play, she forced Dumbledore out to take his post as head of Hogwarts. The cruel teacher whom Harry despised dresses like a British nanny but packs a mean streak.
Perhaps the best compliment to J.K Rowling for creating this character comes from Stephen King, who wrote, “the gently smiling Dolores Umbridge, with her girlish voice, toadlike face, and clutching, stubby fingers, is the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter.”