For V, I have chosen the word Villain.
I know quite different right?
As a student of Literature, I'm learning to look at characters objectively. Now that is very difficult trust me. When you read a book, it's so easy to identify yourself with the protagonist, and put your worst enemy in the antagonists position, but if you ever think long and hard enough you realise that, in most stories sometimes you may not remember the name of the protagonist, but the name of the antagonist immediately pops up, that's the kind of impression that a villain has.
There will come a time when you may forget Harry Potter but never 'Lord Voldemort' or "He who must not be named.' You may not remember the fairy tales you loved as a kid, but definitely recollect that the wicked witch and evil queen were the villains in them. You will forget Antonio and Bassanio, but Shylock is forever ingrained in your mind.
The villain is someone we all love to hate, but we don't realise that it's he/she who acts as a foil to the hero, and highlights his good qualities, by being the bad guy. The protagonist would be nothing without the evil and menacing villain. Sometimes you just have to be the bad guy, to show people what they are capable of. You have to push them off the cliff because only then will they learn to spread their wings and fly.
Leaving you with a quote I like,
Thanking my stars for the villains in my life,
The Sunday Visitor.