One of my favourite fictional villains (certainly one who's been a fairly large inspiration on the main antagonist of my own high fantasy stories): Malekith, Witch King of the Dark Elves, as he will appear in the upcoming game, Total War: Warhammer II (I really need to get a PC capable of handling that game, it looks right up my alley!), though he's been a staple in a lot of my favourite Black Library novels...they've really done him a service with his design, and I love the gilded mask incorporated into his helm to hide his visage: I never liked depictions of Malekith that showed his face, given I always thought the only part of him you'd see were his eyes (the rest sealed away to conceal the burn scars covering his body, the result of a botched coronation ritual)- a skilled general, a powerful sorcerer and a lethal warrior, Malekith was a heavy inspiration for the Witch Queen, the main villain of my Phoenix Saga books, plus I REALLY want an excuse to use the name Malekith (I love it)...look forward to seeing what he can do in-game...
Son of Aenarion, first Phoenix King of the Elves and his second wife, the sorceress Morathi, when his father died in battle saving the Elves from destruction, Malekith was sure the crown would pass to him. Instead, the elven nobility passed him over, fearing Malekith had inherited his father's violent nature, as well as Morathi whispering in her son's ear, and gave the crown to Bel Shaanar, a well respected nobleman. Outraged by this decision, Malekith framed Bel Shaanar as involved in a forbidden cult, then assassinated him, making it look like suicide.
Malekith then demanded the crown return to him, but when the nobility demurred again, Malekith had his soldiers slaughter them. However, he failed the final test to prove himself worthy by passing through the sacred Flame of Asuryan. Malekith was lucky to survive the burns he endured. As his armies waged war with those loyal to the surviving nobles, a mighty suit of armour, forged with dark magic and blood sacrifice, was created to give strength to Malekith's shattered body, fused to his flesh while still white-hot from the forge. (Continues below)