Top Ten Tuesday: Most Compelling Villains

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. This week’s theme is villains – the ones that drive your story/protagonist, or in some cases, the ones who are simply there to cause chaos. Whatever the reason, some of them stick to your mind and these top villains I have found most compelling:

Warning: spoilers may be involved in some cases

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)Bananach, Wicked Lovely series

The faery Bananach, in the Wicked Lovely universe, is a personification of chaos (how cool and primeval is that!) , so naturally I would start the list with her. Said to have avian features and a mane of hair that sometimes look like a mass of raven feathers, she is one villain I have not been able to put out of my mind since years. Efforts to draw her have been unsuccessful but I still persist in imagining her.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Dolores Umbridge, Harry Potter series

Listen, I know she is not a genocidal maniac but I think we can all agree we equally hate her with a fervour. How can a person who loves cats be so evil, am I right? So, while Voldemort is the main villain, he is mostly a pitiful character, while Dolores is a straight-up evil character with no cause for her cruelty.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)Queen Levana Blackburn, The Lunar Chronicles here’s a villain who had a very sad backstory but still made you go

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)The Darkling, The Grisha Trilogy

Speaking of villains with tragic backstories, the Darkling is a charming piece of work you started to love but then went – oh no! He is still a pretty complex character and one of the best written characters in the series.

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Maven Calore, Red Queen

Speaking of characters you started to love:

just why, Maven, why?

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)Adelina Amouteru, The Young Elites trilogy

Adelina is unique to this list because she is both the protagonist and the villain of the story. She is meant to be a kind girl turned evil by her surroundings. A very tragic series, indeed.

Yes, I know that Teren-whatever dude is the villain of her story but she kind of out-villains him in the second book.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)Colin & Piper Greenmantle, The Raven Cycle

This couple of chaos were the main villains of the third book in the series, but their reach was in nearly three books. Colin is responsible for bring the Grey Man into Henrietta in The Dream Thieves, while Piper is the one to raise the Unmaker in The Raven King. I would like to add that though Joseph Kavinsky and Barrington Whelk also stood in competition here, they could not equal the blind apathy these two characters had for any others. They are the fools who get too much power and misuse it.

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)Arobynn Hamel, Throne of Glass series

The Mother Gothel to Celaena, he is, for me, worse than even the King of Adarlan. He is a predatory asshole who should have been put down long ago. Also, how he manipulated events to cause her to lose Sam – ugh, I just can’t hate him enough!

Well, that’s my list! Which villains do you hate/love to hate?


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