6. Monica Bellucci as the Mirror Queen in The Brothers Grimm
Another case of a practitioner of black magic trying to maintain eternal youth and beauty, Monica Bellucci’s Mirror Queen needs more than just one star’s heart to achieve her goal: She needs to drink the blood of twelve young girls. Yum. It’s a good thing Matt Damon and Heath Ledger were around to stop her before she drained the village of Marbaden dry!
7. Tilda Swinton as Jadis the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia may be more accurately described as a biblical parable than a fairy tale; but it keeps excellent company with all of the other non-traditional fairy tales on this list, so let’s roll with it. Besides, no one pulls off the sheared mane of a lion quite like Tilda Swinton.
8. Jean Marsh as Queen Bavmorda in Willow
I’ll admit that I have a little bit of a soft spot for Jean Marsh because of her work in Doctor Who way back in the day. I will also admit that I have a little bit of a soft spot for Willow because I am a child of the ‘80s. But let’s face it: The villainous ruler of Nockmaar is awesome.
9. Kathy Bates as the Queen of Hearts in Alice
I’m picking Kathy Bates here over Helena Bonham Carter because the Syfy miniseries Alice wasn’t nearly as high-profile as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, but still deserves mention. Like many Syfy originals, Alice was flawed; it did, however, put a pretty nifty urban spin on the traditionally green and verdant world of Wonderland. The Queen of Hearts (not to be confused with the Red Queen from Through the Looking Glass—two totally different women!) WOULD run her kingdom from a casino if she had one, wouldn’t she?
10. Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen and Regina Mills in Once Upon a Time
As the Evil Queen in the land of Enchanted Forest, Lana Parrilla seeks revenge on Snow White for revealing her plans to elope with her stable boy love. As Mayor Regina Mills of Storybrooke, Maine, she will do anything to maintain her own happiness—even if it means crushing everyone else to get it. What’s next? We’ll have to wait until season two of the television show to find out!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.