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23 October 2018

Ten Villains I Love

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

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Now, I love a good villain. I can't get enough of them. For me they can make or break a book, completely change a story. For this list I'm looking at my favourite villains, anti-heros, and morally grey characters. I love the ones who start off as evil and slowly become good, the ones who start off good and slowly become evil. I love complicated and full of conviction.
  • Xifeng from Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
    My dark, corrupted queen. I just have all of the love for Xifeng. She's an incredible character on an incredible journey.
  • Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter
    Is there a better villain out there? Honestly, I think she's even a better villain than Voldemort because she is so sure that she is the hero of her own story. She's so despicable but she thinks she's right. She's so chilling because kittens and pink.
  • The Darkling from Shadow and Bone
    He's so dramatic. Dark and manipulative and power hungry, and straight up bad to be honest.
  • Raiden from Smoke in the Sun
    I quite specifically prefer Raiden in the second book. He may be evil, but even he has limits and morals because really he's soft at heart. I shipped him and Mariko so bad and thought it would have been an amazing enemies to lovers arc (if only).
  • Silyen from Gilded Cage
    GUYS HAVE YOU READ THIS SERIES YET? Oh man, I absolutely love Silyen. I love how he's evil but also self aware and strangely soft? How can a villain be all that at once?
  • Lira from To Kill A Kingdom
    I love how she just rips out hearts, OK? It's a mood.
  • Serena McBee from Ascension
    Basically, without Serena there wouldn't be a story. She's self-aware, she knows she's bad, and she pretty much revels in it.
  • Akkarin from The Magicians' Guild
    *fans self* gosh I swear Akkarin was my first proper fictional crush. I love how all is not as it seems with the High Lord of the Magicians' Guild.
  • Ruth Butterham from The Corset
    Is she mad or is she a murderer? Does she wield wild, dark powers? Or is it all a coincidence? I absolutely loved Ruth in The Corset, her narrative was my favourite.
  • Alice from Popping the Cherry
    Take your typical mean girl trope and then turn it on its head with the most incredible backstory and you get A Girl Called Malice. Also her story introduced me to hazelnut lattes (which are delish)

    Who's your favourite villain?


    1. One of my favourite villains is Sebastian/Jonathan Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series!😊

      Shirley |

    2. Lira is definitely my favourite from this list (since I haven't read any other book from this list :P). I loved her so much. And I loved her overall arc development in the book, how she went from being bad to good.

    3. Serena McBee and Dolores made my list too!

    4. I've not made a list this week, as I can't think of literary villains I like! Love this list, though. Umbridge gives me the creeps.

    5. Yes, that's exactly why Dolores Umbridge was so frightening. You hit the nail on the head there.

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    6. I don't think Raiden was that bad of a guy. He wasn't perfect, but he certainly wasn't his brother. I like the way that story turned out.

    7. OMG! I'm so happy to see someone else that's enjoyed The Corset. I read it this month and thought it was amazing. Ruth's perspective was my favourite of the two storylines too. It's funny, because I hadn't really thought of her as a villain until now, but now that I think about it, obviously from her intentions, she clearly qualifies. I must have had a bit of a blind spot there! 😂

    8. Ugh yes, Umbridge is the worst. I haven't read any of these other books but a few of them are on my TBR.

    9. Great list! The Darkling is fantastic!

      Amy @


    10. Ooh it's so interesting that you have Silyen on this list - I would't class him as a villain!

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    11. Oh nice! We had quite a few villains in common! Great picks!

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    12. The Darkling made my list too! I love how straightforward you describe him "straight up bad to be honest" - gave me a good chuckle! Haha

    13. Ohhh I'll have to look up the Girl Called Malice books! They sound so good!

    14. Umbridge is so nasty. I hated her more than Voldemort.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

    15. Umbridge and The Darkling are great villains!

    16. Dolores Umbridge was the scariest villain of my childhood, by far. xD She was obviously SO EVIL, yet as you said, she was so convinced that she was right. It's the old adage of the ends justify the means. More than Voldemort, everyone I know hates Umbridge, without reservation. xD

    17. Xifeng was awesome - great choices!

    18. I've not read any of these, but have heard of Shadow and Bone. Sometimes villains are those kind of love-to-hate characters that we simply cannot figure out.

      Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit! :)

    19. Umbridge is such an amazing villain! Have you ever watched Vampire Diaries? If you like hearts being ripped out, it happens nearly once an episode, especially as it progresses!
      Amy x


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