What have you always wanted to know about the Breaking the Glass Slipper hosts? Our top 3 villains, princesses, heroes, and side-kicks? We thought so.

As part of Women’s History Month, we will be trawling back through all the wonderful female characters we have encountered over the years to find our absolute favourites.

To kick us off, we will open with villains. After all, who doesn’t love to be bad? Would you rather be the hero of a story or the villain? Gotta be villain, every time… until that nasty ending when the hero inevitably cuts them down. But up until that point, villains have all the fun.


Miranda Richardson as Queen Mab in Merlin
Queen Mab waits for her moment

Lily Weatherwax from Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

What makes Lily so badass? She takes fairy tales and twists them for her own ends!

Queen Mab from Merlin (1998), as portrayed by Miranda Richardson

She is the queen of playing the long game!

Glory from season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

No other villain ever looked so fabulous or had so much fun!


Maleficent as a dragon
Maleficent’s fiery rage

Yubaba from Spirited Away (2001)

Yubaba is a superb businesswoman, savvy enough to admit defeat and live another day.

Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (1959)

I love her flawless style, cutting sarcasm and… dragonage!

Mrs. Coulter from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

What is a good villain without intelligence, cunning, and ambition? Equally, I respect her for the remorse she later shows.


Merricat Blackwood from We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

I have always loved grey areas and Merricat is perhaps the blurriest grey of all. She’s insidious and terrifying while being utterly sympathetic at the same time.

Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove
Who, me?!

Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

She takes the ‘moustache-twirling’ to a new level and does it with such style and incompetence… wait… how do those two things go together so well?

Delores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

Is there anything more terrifying than Umbridge? Always in pink and an office filled with cat-painted china? I get the shakes just thinking about it.