But if Darth Vader got his hands on the Elder Wand AND the Ring of Power….

You can always tell it’s March Madness time when everyone starts breaking out tournament brackets for everything imaginable. And we hopelessly nonathletic nerds will not be left out of the fun! So Half-Price Books is running an online “Tournament of Villains,” a bracket of evil that includes baddies from film, literature, and comic books, mostly in the sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and super-hero genres but also with a healthy smattering of old-fashioned literary evildoers…. Basically, if a nerd loves it, it’s on the list.

As of today, the bracket looks like this:

SPOILER ALERT: So far, it looks like Freddy Kruger is edging out Frankenstein’s Monster, which I find disappointing. But Narnia’s White Witch is neck-and-neck with Professor Moriarty, which is fascinating! And Snow White’s Evil Queen is tied with Captain Hook, which is also interesting — obviously, people are thinking of the classic Hook more than the Disney Hook, though it’s also equally possible that people are thinking of Julia Roberts‘s Evil Queen rather than the chilling Charlize Theron (or the downright satanic Sigourney Weaver, for that matter).

(Seriously, you think Dustin Hoffman could do anything but wet himself when faced with this Evil Queen?)

Join in the fun while you can: click here to vote! This round ends on Monday, and then it’s onward and onward until the epic final! (I’m predicting Vader vs. Sauron in the semis; who Voldemort will have to face in his semi, I’m not sure — the top half of that draw is a bit more up for grabs.)

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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