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I love a good villain. Don’t get me wrong, I love heroes too, but a good villain can really take a story to the next level. There are so many different kinds of villains, and I love them all.
I love the twisted evil ones, the ones where we are rooting for the hero to destroy them completely. I love the complex and multidimensional ones, the ones where we can kind of understand their reasoning, no matter how wrong. I love the crazy, snarky ones. I love the unexpected ones, the ones that we didn’t see coming and that break our hearts when we find out their true intentions. I love the redeemable ones, the ones that have done evil things, but end up doing everything in their power to redeem themselves in the end.
So today I would like to present you 10 of my favorite villains. To avoid spoilers, this does not include some of the unexpected or redeemable ones. So let’s hear it for the completely evil, complex and crazy villains!
The favorite one:
The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy
Ah, I love The Darkling. He’s my favorite by far. I just wanted my Darkling to get his happily ever after even if it meant that the world would end up destroyed. Crazy, but true.
The crazy one:
Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter series
Talking about crazy, the love I have for Bellatrix knows no bounds. And even though I loved her so, I equally loved her eventual downfall by the hands of Molly Weasley.
The most hated one:
Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series
Ugh. Umbridge really gave Voldemort a run for his money. Such evil, in such a small, pink, cat-loving package.
The complex one:
Holland from A Darker Shade of Magic
I loved Holland from page one. Sure, he did some evil things, but I have a feeling there’s so much more to him and I would love to learn more. (Note: still have to read A Gathering of Shadows so I still have hope this will happen)
The funny ones:
The Greenmantles from The Raven Cycle
Ah, I LOVED the Greenmantles. They were so funny and snarky and I didn’t know whether to fear them or laugh at them.
The creepy ones:
The Freaks from the Razorland trilogy
Zombie-like creatures who eat human flesh and only seem to grow smarter? Yes, I am thoroughly creeped out.
The vile one:
The commandant from An Ember in the Ashes
The fact that this brutal, vile woman is actually the mother of our main hero Elias, who is so good and kind, is just mind-blowing. She’s so evil and I have a feeling we still don’t even know her true intentions or end-game so I’m just super curious to find out.
The double one:
Captain Randall from Outlander
So you accidentally travel back in time, where you immediately have to run from this disgusting villain who also looks exactly like the kind husband you just left behind in your own time. I wouldn’t want to be Claire and have to go through that!
The political one:
President Snow from The Hunger Games
Well, it is creepy if you can just kill of your enemies without ever lifting a finger yourself. Even if we don’t see him himself a lot, his short appearances do have the biggest creep factor. Also, I did love that the movies gave him some more scenes!
The unhinged one:
Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles
Crazy villains are already both fun and creepy. Crazy villains who are completely in charge of a whole
planet moon? Even better! Or worse, of course!