COLDEST LITERARY BAD BITCHES

Shady lady chill villains - bitches be bad but it feels so good
  1. Morgan Le Fay // Arthurian legend
    Morgan is one of those legendary characters who gets painted in a thousand different lights, but the gist of her is that she's a femme fatale who does magic and takes lovers and looks out for number one. My kind of enchantress. ❄️
  2. Clytemnestra // Greek mythology // Oresteia by Aeschylus
    The myth would have us remember Clytemnestra as an evil succubus of a woman - the wife of Agamemnon who had a torrid affair with his cousin and murdered him and his sibyl concubine Cassandra. But let's not forget that Agamemnon killed her first husband, raped and coerced her into marriage, and sacrificed their daughter for calm winds on the way to Troy to make war and reclaim her sister Helen from her own affair with Paris. Clytemnestra just wanted to do her own thing. I respect her. ❄️
  3. The Marquise de Merteuil // Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
    "...I was born to avenge my sex and to dominate yours..." For obvious reasons, a personal fav. She teases, she gloats, she manipulates, she schemes. She takes lovers like numbers at a deli. Sure, she colludes in the sexual disgrace of two other women, but in a less restrictive patriarchal society, one might argue she was just trying to help those ladies help themselves. ❄️❄️
  4. Mrs. Danvers // Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    You'll be hard pressed to find a shadier b- than Mrs. Danvers. She tricks the new Mrs. de Winter into wearing the same costume as the late/great Rebecca did the year before, straight up tells her to jump out the window and kill herself, and ultimately burns Manderley to the ground rather than see that simpering little dumbass try to fill Rebecca's shoes. Ride AND die bitch. ❄️❄️❄️
  5. Medea // Greek mythology // Medea by Euripides
    Medea gets a bad rap bc at the end of the play she mayyyy have murderedhertwosmallchildren (I contend that we don't know the true outcome. She was an enchantress, maybe revived them). But even so. Jason thought he could use her/abuse her/lose her as soon as another hot young piece came along, and Medea said NOPE. I raised you from obscurity, and I will raze you to ash, you slithering ingrate. Medea's self-respect is paramount. ❄️❄️❄️❄️
  6. The White Witch from CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. She kidnapped children, turned people, animals, and mythological creatures into stone, and brought about a semi-permanent winter, literally cold.
    Suggested by   @elizabeef
  7. Miss Havisham from Charles Dicken's Great Expectations. She adopts and raises a girl to expect her revenge on men for having been jolted at the alter.
    Suggested by   @elizabeef
  8. Nurse Ratched - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    Controlling, manipulative and unfeeling. She is symbol of authority over her psychiatric ward keeping patients in line by fear. McMurphy is subjected to unnecessary medications, shock therapy and finally lobotomy in an attempt to make him pliable to her definition of controlled. Made all the more horrifying for me personally since nurses are compassionate people in my real world!
    Suggested by   @femme_brewer