Heroines Outnumber Heroes to Rule Children’s Book Poll


Heroines have outnumbered the heroes, but villainesses have also outnumbered the villains in a recent Top 10 Greatest Heroes, Most Evil Villains and Future Classics in Children’s Books poll. The heroines, however, show an extraordinary display of intellect, with Matilda Wormwood, Hermione Granger, Lyra Belacqua, Jo March and Anne Shirley in the mix.

Top 10 Greatest Heroes

1. Harry Potter (Harry Potter series) 10.32%

2. Matilda Wormwood (Matilda) 8.62%

3. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series) 7.92%

4. Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit) 5.86%

5. Lyra Belacqua (His Dark Materials series) 5.85%

6. Jo March (Little Women) 4.95%

7. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games series) 4.78%

8. Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh) 4.05%

9. Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) 3.93%

10. Paddington Bear (A Bear Called Paddington) 3.56%


Top 10 Most Evil Villains

1. Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter series) 20.30%

2. Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter series) 12.64%

3. Cruella de Vil (The Hundred and One Dalmatians) 8.44%

4. The White Witch (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) 7.40%

5. Miss Trunchbull (Matilda) 6.60%

6. Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter series) 5.06%

7. Bill Sikes (Oliver Twist) 4.93%

8. The Grand High Witch (The Witches) 3.79%

9. Count Olaf (A Series of Unfortunate Events) 3.66%

10. Mrs Coulter (His Dark Materials series) 2.62%


About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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