50 Ways To Say ‘Villain’

50 Ways To Say ‘Villain’

by Mark Nichol from Daily Writing Tips

1. Baddie: a bad person, especially a villain or a villain’s underling in a novel, a film, or a television program (usually lighthearted)

2. Beast: a reprehensible person, especially one with coarse, violent habits

3. Black sheep: an amoral, dishonourable person

3. Blackguard: a reprehensible person

4. Brute: a violent person

5. Bully: a violent person, especially one who intimidates or hurts weaker people

6. Cad: a thoughtless, uncaring man

7. Caitiff: a coward or a reprehensible person

8. Cutthroat: a vicious person

9. Dastard: a coward, or a deceitful or treacherous person

10. Desperado: a criminal, especially in the Old West

11. Devil: an evil person

12. Evildoer: a person who commits evil acts

13. Fiend: a malicious or wicked person; alternatively, an addict, a fanatic, or a person extraordinary talented at something

14. Fink: a reprehensible person (lighthearted)

15. Goon: a man who intimidates, injures, or kills in the service of another

16. Heavy: see baddie (more serious in connotation than its close synonym)

17. Heel: a reprehensible person

18. Henchman: a subordinate to a villain; alternatively, a right-hand man

19. Hoodlum: see bully

20. Hooligan: see bully

21. Hound: a reprehensible person; alternatively, an avid collector or searcher

22. Knave: a deceitful person

23. Malefactor: one who treats another person poorly or commits a crime

24. Meanie: an unkind person (lighthearted)

25. Miscreant: a criminal or a violent person; alternatively, a heretic

26. Monster: an extremely wicked person; alternatively, a cruel or deformed person

27. Ne’er-do-well: a worthless person

28. Outlaw: a fugitive from justice

29. Rapscallion: a dishonest or mean-spirited person; also, a mischievous person (often lighthearted, as are most of its close synonyms)

30. Rascal: see rapscallion

31. Reprobate: a depraved person

32. Rogue: a dishonest or reprehensible person; also, a mischievous person, or a vagrant

33. Rough: a violent person

34. Rowdy: see rough

35. Ruffian: see bully

36. Savage: see brute

37. Scalawag: see rapscallion

38. Scamp: see rapscallion

39. Scapegrace: see rapscallion

40. Scofflaw: a person who flouts laws

41. Scoundrel: see rapscallion

42. Serpent: a treacherous person

43. Shark: a devious person

44. Snake: see serpent

45. Thug: a violent person, often in the employ of another

46. Tough: see rough

47. Varlet: see knave

48. Villainness: a female villain

49. Viper: see serpent

50. Wretch: a reprehensible person; alternatively, a miserable person

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Posted on: 16th August 2013

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