Top Ten Tuesday: All About the Villains

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “All About The Villains.” Ah, villains, you love them, you hate them. Sometimes they make you consider joining the dark side and other times you just want to throttle them. This week I’m listing five villains I love and five I just plain hate.Β Covers are linked to Goodreads.

Villains I Love:


1. Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – I really should hate this evil Voldemort follower. I know I’m never going to get over what happened in the fifth book, but Bellatrix is just so awesome…in an evil I’ve-been-trapped-in-Azkaban-for-years-and-I-worship-the-ground-Voldemort-walks-on kind of way.

2. Manon Blackbeak from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – Speaking of evil witches, I have a love affair with Manon from the Throne of Glass series and even though I’ve stopped reading the books for various reasons, Manon will always hold a special place in my heart.

3. The Dane twins from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I love these two so much. They are so twisted and evil. And yet I find them to be such interesting characters.

4. The Woods from Uprooted by Naomi Novik – I love when you come across an unconventional villain and in Uprooted, the antagonist is the Woods. With the power to possess people, this is one of the most unsettling villains I’ve come across.

5. The Grey Man from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – Can it be? I’ve fallen in love with a hit man? I don’t know how Stiefvater does it, but her “bad guys” are all so interesting and before you know it, you end up kind of loving them.

Villains I Just Hate:


6. Umbridge from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling – Ugh, Umbridge. No explanation needed here.

7. Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I loved that Meyer wrote Fairest because before I read it, I didn’t feel that I knew who Levana really was as a character and now I’m free to be utterly terrified by her.

8. Billy Dent from Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga – I’ve read my fair share of serial killer novels and I can confidently say that Billy Dent is probably the one serial killer I hate the most.

9. Mayor Prentiss from the Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness – It’s been years since I read this series, but this man really got under my skin and after what he did in the second book to a character I ended up kind of liking, I just can’t with this man.

10. Lady Catherine de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Can we call her a villain? Maybe Wickham would be better in this role. Regardless, this woman is too much. She’s so judgmental and arrogant, I just want to scream.

What are your thoughts on these villains? Are there villains you can’t help but love? Which literary villain do you hate the most? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

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52 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: All About the Villains

  1. Ah Catherine de Bourgh- I haven’t read the book but I thought Judi dench did a great job as her in the movie version (I think it was the 2005 version?). Manon seems like a popular villain too- I’ve seen that name pop up in discussions of the Maas books. Fun list!

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  2. Ooh I love a good villain. It’s great to hate characters. I really didn’t like Umbridge or Levana. Loved that Fairest gave us more insight.

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  3. I don’t even view The Grey Man as a villain anymore, haha. I did quite like Manon in Heir of Fire. She was a breath of fresh air, haha. And having the woods as a villain in Uprooted was really interesting. I really love that book, but I didn’t think to add them to my list.

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  4. I definitely should have included the Grey Man on my list as well, although my thoughts do change about him throughout the series as a whole. Still, he’s quite creepy in The Dream Thieves! Great list πŸ™‚

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  5. The Grey Man from Raven Cycle was one of my favorites too. I really loved his story, all the way to the end.

    I also thought Billy Dent was a great villain. I loved how the author showed the psychology of Dent’s mind.

    I’d also be interested in hearing why you stopped reading Throne of Glass. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, I loved what Stiefvater did with his character. Dent was so evil, I don’t even know where to begin with him. Haha, many reasons why I stopped reading ToG, but mostly to do with the lack of payoff from the previous novels and inconsistencies I saw when it came to character development.


      1. Ah, I’d love to re-read it too! My first time around was via audiobook. I’d like to treat myself to a more leisurely read of the physical book. I think there’s so much more to enjoy!

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  6. I haven’t read all of the books in the list but I can agree with with you on Bellatrix Lestrange is a great evil character. It’s great to hate pure evil characters and she’s one you can wallow in the dislike.

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  7. Oh gods, I find it morbid to love the Dane twins but I DO ANYWAY. Well, mostly Astrid, really. Athos just creeped me out. Astrid creeped me out in a “I respect you and can we be friends without the whole soul-enslaving thing?” kind of way. And hahaha, double yes on your Levana comment! I was actually okay seeing her getting what she deserved in Winter, but after Fairest, I was better than okay. Levana was just psychotic from the get-go.

    Love the villains list!

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  8. Haha, Lady Catherine is such a good addition to this list! And yeah, Mayor Prentiss is one nasty SOB. I hated his insidious power and his way of manipulating everyone.

    The Wood from Uprooted is a fantastic villain. I don’t particularly like being alone in the woods (especially at night), so this really played into my fears.

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    1. Right?! Lady Catherine is just terrible. Yes, Mayor Prentiss is particularly awful because of the power her yields. I don’t blame you when it comes to the woods. I always think of the Blair Witch Project which makes me not want to spend time in the woods.


  9. “Hem, hem.” It just creeps under your skin every time.
    I love Manon. I’ve never actually thought of her as a villain though. The Grey Man is also an interesting villain. His relationship with Maura was really great to read about.

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  10. Loving the Halloween themed makeover! So, I totally get you with Bellatrix, she’s a love to love villain, whereas I want to punch Umbridge’s face in. For Manon – I know you’ve stopped reading, and I kind of wanted to after Heir of Fire as well, but I feel like Empire of Storms is bringing back the A Game, ESPECIALLY Manon’s story-line. Just going to leave that here… lol R xx

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