The best way to learn what kids are thinking & feeling is by listening to them, so I am happy to share my students’ voices!
Controversial Characters (Are they villains? Or are they heroes?) by Elsa, Kaley, and Max, 8th Grade
- Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series: Even though J.K. Rowling makes Dumbledore seem like a wise, old guide helping Harry, Dumbledore is often manipulative, selfish, and cold. While Harry saw Dumbledore as a mentor, Dumbledore only saw Harry as a pawn. Dumbledore used Harry’s feelings toward him to make Harry do what he wants. (Elsa)
- Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series: At the end of the series, J.K. Rowling attempted redemption with Severus Snape. I feel as though it wasn’t enough and if anything it made me not like him more. While he was a villain for the majority of the series, the fact that he was bullied and then obsessed with Harry’s mom is supposed to make the fact that he is a trash person for 6.5 books okay… (Kaley)
- Tedros from the School for Good and Evil series: Tedros, the love interest of both Sophie and Agatha in the first book, is so self absorbed and ignorant. In the first book, he seemed very fake and would do whatever he wanted. (Elsa)
- Sophie from the School for Good and Evil series: I totally get that Sophie was supposed to come across as artificial and stupid. It was one of her character flaws that was supposed to be overruled by her good traits like being a good friend to Agatha. I don’t think it did and think the bad outweighed the good. (Kaley)
- Naomi’s Dad in Two Naomis: Naomi’s dad is a controversial character in my opinion because the author tried to make the reader feel sorry for him and that he was really trying; however, I do not like him because he should not force things on the children. Some children take longer to deal with changes. (Max)
15 of the Most Evil Characters in Books by Daniela & Mariana, 8th Grade
- Slade from Blood on my Hands
- The Governor from Stung
- The Evil Queen from The Land of Stories series
- The Masked Man from The Land of Stories series
- Lady Iris from The Land of Stories series
- Snow Queen from The Land of Stories series
- Sea Witch from The Land of Stories series
- The Queen of Hearts from The Land of Stories series
- Captain Hook from The Land of Stories series
- Morina from The Land of Stories series
- The Police from Ghost Boys
- Hellhounds from Good Dog
- Aiden’s Dad from Good Dog
- Secret Murderer from One of Us is Lying
- Steven from A Girl Named Digit
10 Comic Villains I Wish I Could Fight by Diego, 8th Grade
- Thanos: I would like to fight Thanos because he is the strongest supervillain. He beat The Avengers!
- Reverse Flash: I would fight Reverse Flash because he is the archenemy of the Flash and is very fast and super smart.
- The Joker: I would fight the Joker because he’s a very smart scientist and a criminal mastermind. I think I would lose.
- Lex Luthor: I would fight Lex Luther because he’s the archenemy of Superman and is very powerful though I think I could win.
- Catwoman: I would fight Cat Woman because she’s very agile and would be difficult to fight because of her agility and coordination.
- Harley Quinn: I would fight Harley because she is very smart and is Joker’s partner and would be hart to defeat.
- Magneto: I would fight Magneto because he’s very powerful since he can control magnets and magnetic fields.
- Loki: I would want to fight Loki because he is the god of mischief and would be fun but hart to beat.
- Venom: I would like to fight Venom because when the symbiote turns into Venom, he turns really lethal and powerful, similar to fighting Spiderman.
- Doctor Doom: I would like to fight Doctor Doom because he is Spiderman’s archenemy and is very mean and knows how to create armor. He also is an intellect, knows sorcery, and is a telepath.
Top 10 Manga Villains by Luis, 8th Grade
- Blackbeard from One Piece: Marshall D. Teach, also known as Blackbeard, is the captain of the Blackbeard Pirates and is known as one of the baddest pirates in the manga.
- Piccolo Daimaku from Dragon Ball Z: He’s the main antagonist of Dragon Ball. He’s one half of the No-Name Namekian alongside Kami-sama. He’s known for assassinating innocents during the Martial Arts Tournament and assassinating Master Roshi.
- Zamasu from Dragon Ball Z: Zamasu is a god of time. He started hating humans after Trunks started messing with time travel. He wants to kill all humans for Trunks’s actions against time.
- Majin Buu from Dragon Ball Z: Majin Buu is a monster created by magician Vividi and reused by his son. Buu’s only objective is to destroy all living creatures on the planet, even killing Vividi.
- Frieza from Dragon Ball Z: Frieza is the emperor of the universe, and his only desire in life is to attain immortality.
- Kars from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Kars is the one responsible for the Villain vs. Human War and killing all of his species except for 3 men. He is right now floating in space not thinking.
- Dio Brando from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Dio is a vampire. Dio wants to reset the world to his wishes. He’s able to stop time and kills half of the stardust crusaders.
- Enrico Pucci from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Pucci is a priest but once he meets Dio his believes change. Dio is his god now and Pucci is helping with resetting the whole universe.
- The Major from Hellsing: The Major is the master evil human in the world since all he wants is war, destruction, and chaos.
- Madara Uchiha from Naruto: Shippuden: Madara is th descendant of the 2nd son of the sage of sixpathes, part of the Uchika clan, and the first Uchiha to unlock the eternal Mangekyou Sharingan which gave him great powers.
Thank you everyone for your great lists!