I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the villain Sauron of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. After lying hidden and dormant for 500 years, he gathered his power and established himself in the land of Mordor in eastern Middle-earth and begun building the dreaded Dark Tower of Mount Doom. And why is the evil Sauron so motivated to conquer and pillage? One word — the ring.

This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all. This is the One Ring that he lost many ages ago, to the great weakening of his power. He greatly desires it – but he must not get it.
—Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings, “The Shadow of the Past

On the other side of time and space, and just as evil as Sauron is Count OlafA Series of Unfortunate Events is a series of children’s novels (or novellas) by Lemony Snicket, which are great fun. These stories follow the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ death in a house fire. The children are placed in the custody of their distant cousin Count Olaf, who begins to abuse them and plots to embezzle their inheritance.

But don’t fear, Count Olaf gets the punishment that he is due.