I love a good villain, I think they can turn a mediocre book into something completely new and exciting. I am a huge believer in the thought that if a book doesn’t have a good antagonist then the book is going to be missing a really important element. Plus they just aren’t as interesting to read!
My top ten villains would have to be:
Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses.
You all know I’m not talking about Amarantha!
Voldemort from Harry Potter
It wouldn’t be a top ten list without me mentioning Harry Potter! I love this series and I think Voldemort is one of those characters who is completely complex and the reasons who do things just for one reason.
The Nightbringer from The Ember in the Ashes
This is one of my all time favourite series and I love the Nightbringer. There are a whole load of motivations to do with his “evilness”. I think his betrayals are what makes him humanised and even scarier!
The Megacorporation in Illuminae
I forgot what the name of the corporation is but it’s the one that invades the planet! I love this one because it’s more political and there is a lot more going on behind the scenes! Plus there’s a change halfway through and you have to question who is the real villain.
President Snow from The Hunger Games
I don’t know if I have to explain this one really. I mean the man pits children against one another and forces them to kill each other. Might not be my favourite but he is definitely one of the more manipulative ones!
The Rephaite from The Bone Season
This is another one of my all time favourite series and the “villains” in these books are so complex and they have not only their own world but also a completely new culture! It’s all really well written and developed, it’s one of the reasons I love it so much.
Victor and Eli from Vicious
I genuinely don’t know who I would say was the villain in this book so I’m putting them both down. Purely because I love this book and the way it makes you question who is good and evil!
Levanna from The Lunar Chronicles
I think Levanna is a really interesting character, there are so many elements to her that intrigues me. I can’t wait to read Fairest, I’m really interested in her origin story, even more so now that I’ve finished the actual series.
Holland in A Darker Shade of Magic
Holland is the perfect creepy villain, with all the creepy mannerisms. I think this series really excels in creating an atmosphere and world where Holland can thrive and really come into his own.
Dorothy in Dorothy Must Die
I have to say I love the idea of Dorothy becoming the villain in her own story. Plus she’s a villain in such a complex and fantastic way! I love the storyline that surrounds this book and it’s a great retelling!
Do you love a good villain or are you all about the hero? Let me know in the comments!