Naughty & Nice Character List: Classics Edition

naughty and nice list for classic characters

Santa’s making a list and checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. (Please tell us we’re not the only ones who just sang that while reading it).

Since Santa puts people on the Naughty or Nice list, we thought we’d sort through some of the best known characters from Classic literature and determine who’s getting coal and who’s getting their Christmas wish. For those that didn’t quite fit the Naughty or Nice list, we made an in-between list.

So here’s our Naughty or Nice List: Classics Edition!


Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte)
George Wickham (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
Helene Bezukhova, nee Kuragina (War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy)
George Warleggen (Poldark Series by Winston Graham)
Dracula (Dracula by Bram Stoker)
Scrooge (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
The Queen of Hearts (Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll)
Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde)
Mr. Hyde (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson)
Mrs. Danvers (Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier)


Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery)
Merry and Pippen (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R. Tolkien)
Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen)
Oliver Twist (Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens)
Anne Eliot (Persuasion by Jane Austen)
Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
Jean Valjean (Les Miserable by Victor Hugo)
Mr. George Knightly (Emma by Jane Austen)
Dickon (The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett)
Gabriel Oak (Far From the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy)

Somewhere in Between

Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell)
Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
John Thornton (North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell)
Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes Series by Arthur Conan Doyle)
Edward Rochester (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)
Dr. Frankenstein (Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)
Erik, The Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux)
Marianne Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen)
Amy Marsh (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)
Willy Wonka (Charlie Bucket Series by Roald Dahl)

Who are some characters you’d add to these lists?


4 thoughts on “Naughty & Nice Character List: Classics Edition

  1. Well, I don’t think Scrooge should be on the naughty list- prefer the in-between. Yes, he starts out on the naughty, but eventually becomes a better person. Just my opinion- to be on that in between list.

    Any villain in literature should be on the naughty list


    1. Hi Meg, fair point about Scrooge. You’re right, he turns things around in the end. I suppose we are guilty of being caught up in his terrible behaviour in the beginning. As for all villains in literature, we just didn’t have the room! Ha-ha. So, we included the first ten who came to mind from some classics. Thanks for your comment. Happy Holidays!


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