I was listening to a radio talk show about movie bad guys, like Hannibal Lecter, just about any character played by Christopher Walken or Alan Rickman, etc. I started to wonder about the relative absence of female icons of evil, especially those whose evil is presented as something other than a tired rehash of the Freudian “female sexuality is scary” schtick (e.g. Black Widow, Basic Instinct) or some other stereotype (e.g. witches). Off the top of my head I can’t come up with any examples of such a uniquely/creatively evil female character comparable to the male examples above. Any suggestions?