I think most people are misunderstanding what kind of a villain Q was meant to be. I've always seen him as an apathetic villain. In other words, he just doesn't care what the outcomes of his actions are on people. We see this a lot in stories with psychopaths, but Q takes the idea and expands it to encompass not individuals but the whole human race. To be fair, psychopaths probably do this too, but we usually see it enacted against individuals rather than whole species. Basically, Q views humans as so insignificant in the cosmic scale that he doesn't worry about his actions on them. Live, die, who cares? Q is bored. Humans make for interesting toys. Play some games with them, see what happens, when its all said and done, clean everything up and put it back the way it was. Mostly. Q challenged the fundamental assumption that human beings are valuable by presenting the counterpoint that no, they're not valuable. They are his toys, and there's nothing humanity can do about it. Yes, he's tremendously OP. He needs to be to create the problem of insignificance for a civilization with FTL capability, anti-matter torpedoes, ect. Yes, he's acts like a spoiled child. Most psychopaths do, too, because they lack the ability to empathize with others. It also fits with his tendency to view things as "games". On the whole, it makes him a compelling villain, but one that is very easy to mismanage. ST:NG had about a 50% success rate managing Q, IMO. Villains from Books/Literature I thought of some I like, so I'm adding them in the hopes of forcing this thread back on topic. Javert If you've never read Les Miserables, don't. Unless you can get a majorly abridge version. The story is very good but by modern standards the writing is very bad. Still, Javert stands out as a villain because of two things: His utter implacability in the pursuit of his prey and his equally great inability to understand Jean Valjean. Ultimately, Javert is destroyed due to his inability to understand. Jean's life so ruins his understanding of the world that the poor inspector goes quite batty. Honorable Mention: Cthulu An interesting take on the idea that we are fools, staggering blindly in a world that is fundamentally incompatible with our way of reasoning. Lovecraft's take on horror has since been way, way, way overdone by people who, I feel, do not really understand his viewpoint or appreciate how his tropes could have been meaningfully updated. But, like it or hate it (and I am not really a big fan of the genre myself), The Call of Cthulu is one of Lovecraft's few stories that combine his incredible management of foreshadowing and dread with a concrete figure at the end who humanity cannot hope to understand or permanently forestall. That makes him worthy of note.