I've noticed that barons more often are portrayed negatively in comparison to lords or royalty (though the latter is a mixed bag). Come to think of it, I can't think of a baron portrayed in a positive light. Examples include:

  • Baron Vengeous from Skullduggery pleasant
  • Baron Zemo from Marvel Comics
  • The Bloody Baron from Harry Potter is the Slytherin house ghost with a dark history
  • There appears to be plenty more on Wikipedia

What started this trend of Barons denoting bad people?

  • See TVTROPES WARNING tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AristocratsAreEvil
    – b_jonas
    Dec 31, 2021 at 13:48
  • There are plenty of good barons in literature. Baron Munchausen , for a start. Or the protagonist in Ruddigore, under a curse to commit a crime every day. He commits the most trivial acts he can think of, until he breaks the curse. Sir Percy Blakeney (baronet). And John Creasey's thief turned detective, The Baron.
    – Pete
    Jan 3, 2022 at 5:46
  • Baron Valdemar in Mercedes Lackey's books, of course. Jan 3, 2022 at 17:14
  • To be pedantic, in the UK a Baron is a Lord! Most of the ones in the Wikipedia list are European and/or from imaginary countries. Jan 2 at 13:21


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