(Mostly, it's just that I haven't done a Hump Day Surprise in a long time and I thought what better way to get back on that horse then by stealing someone else's idea. Clever, eh?)
So here it is, as promised in my comment to Claudia's original post, the fourth type of villain:
I don't know what you would call this particular category of villain, but The One Ring most certainly is a villain. It does all the things a good villain should do: it propels the story, creates conflict, and is a real Bad Ass!
And since were on the subject of an inanimate antagonists (Hey, is that my category name?), what do you think about this one?
I don't know that you can really call The Dark Tower a villain. It's not evil, like The One Ring, but I think one could certainly make the argument that Roland hated The Dark Tower every bit as much as he desired it.
So what's everyone think? Good villains?