Top Ten Tuesdays in a weekly meme/feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where, each week, bloggers are invited to create their own top ten lists (if you want to know more about it, you can find out about it here). This week’s topic is a freebie so I decided to go with my favourite villains, because everyone loves a good villain. This list will be a mix of the villains I hate but recognise how amazing they are, the villains I love (often more than one of the MCs), and the ones that scared me when I first read the book.
- The Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This woman is ruthless, there’s no other word for it, and I love it. She doesn’t have a shred of humanity and will turn on everyone and their mothers if it’ll be to her own personal gain. I can stomach a lot of things but her antics and character managed to make me very uncomfortable.
- Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones by G. R. R. Martin
I’ve only read Game of Thrones but, in the tv series, Cersei Lannister is a master of the political scene she rules. A lot of people hate Cersei Lannister with a burning passion, but I love her because she’s really at the game of thrones (See what I did there? 😛 ).
- Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Do excuse the strong language, I have a bone to pick with this guy. (Also spoilers for The Reptile Room)
This fucker right here gave me nightmares for months the way he went and killed the scientist in The Reptile Room. As if he wasn’t bad enough with how he treated the kids in the first books, he had to go kill the guy in the most horrific way (at least that’s how it felt to 8 year old me).
I’ll be honest, I don’t remember much from the books (and the movie was terrible so I’m not taking that into account) but this scene really stuck with me even after all these years, which is why he’s on this list.
- The Dane Twins from A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Athos and Astrid Dane are just as ruthless as The Commandant so they hold a special place in my heart.
(Even though I’d probably kill them on sight, don’t get me wrong)
- Jannoula from Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
I’m not going to spoil anything for people who haven’t read Seraphina, but Jannoula is an excellent villain and her backstory just make the entire thing more tragic.
- Fate from The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
When I say ‘fate’, I don’t mean a single character, I mean the general concept of fate because it plays heavily into The Song of Achilles and it’s the only thing that really weighs on the MCs’ hearts.
Imma go cry because of Patrochilles
- Dolores *fucking* Umbridge from Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
My rage towards her is too strong for words.
- The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Oh The Darkling… *dreamy sigh*
- The Magister from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
I love the way the Magister manipulates the band of Shadowhunters in The Clockwork Angel, especially the way he throws them off his scent and uses his spies. I won’t say any more on this subject because I might spoil something but go read the books!
- Lord Ido from Eon by Alison Goodman
This guy is despicable and I would definitely love to have a go at him but he’s excellent at using his talents to seduce others (even when they’ve witnessed how terrible he is) so I can respect him (it doesn’t hurt that he’s super hot either, mind you).
So that’s a wrap for this week’s TTT! What are some of your favourite villains? If you do participate in this meme, what topic did you choose this week? Leave a link down bellow!