Top Ten Tuesday: Villains

Hi everyone and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! I do love my fictional villains – some of them I just love to hate, so what a great topic choice! I have to say I’ve always found that to be an interesting character dynamic when you find yourself loving the villain – it’s like you have an internal crises trying to work out why on earth you like the bad guy. These authors, I tell ya.


This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Favourite Villains

So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over @ The Broke and the Bookish and each week there’s a different theme that we get to make a list about featuring ten related books. It’s so much fun and the topics are always great! It’s also a fabulous way to learn more about people’s reading adventures and I recommend heading over to the official page to do some exploring through the link up.


 The Darkling
from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

One simply cannot make this list without mentioning this star. There were definitely plenty of moments when I wasn’t really loving The Darkling at all. But he’s such a conflicted character that I couldn’t help but quietly wishing he’d come good at some point in the story. I think he quite possibly just needed a hug. I absolutely have NOT bought a candle with the scent “The Darkling”. Nope.


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from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


Whether you’d actually count Baz as a “villain” is open for debate (okay, the general consensus is probably a strong “no”, but still). I love Baz. I didn’t think it was possible to want to a squeeze a character as much as I want to squeeze Baz. Just GAH. If you have not read Fangirl/Carry On then good lord are you missing out. Baz and Snow will make you melt in every way possible.


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from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Again, Edmund is not a true villain – he just is a bit misguided in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But for argument’s sake I’m putting him on this list because Edmund is definitely one of my favourite characters. I adore the Chronicles of Narnia so much and it simply wouldn’t be the same without this delightfully spoilt little brat.


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from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

You’re probably wondering why it took until number 4 for me to mention Snape, well, the truth is that I sort of forgot that he is a sort of villain. I love Snape so much – I simply cannot find it in myself to hate him. I mean, it’s not great that he bullied Harry but oh wow, if ever there was a tortured soul , it would be Snape. Excuse me whilst my heart breaks.


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The Phantom
from Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

You’ve just got to love the Phantom. Truth be told I’ve yet to read the book but I am in love with this story since I saw it on West End. He’s another classical tortured character who just needs something to go right in his life. But kidnapping pretty ladies is probably not the *best* way to go about things. Nonetheless.


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from the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Ladles and jellyspoons, if you have not read this series then just leave right now and go get yourself a copy. I loved this series so much and ARGH the men. Loki was 100% a villain I was in love with and I was rather pleased with how the whole series turned out. But yes, Loki is right up there with all the other delectable fictional men, that’s for sure.


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Captain Hook
from Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Again, I do feel like this is more of an honourable mention as I haven’t actually read the original Peter Pan – but you’ve just got to love Captain Hook. I think a perfect word to describe him is: ninny. It’s always delightful to have a  villain to easily make fun of for being such a buffoon.


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from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Do I really need to say anymore than that? No, I don’t.


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from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

I still haven’t worked out if this is an okay thing that I’m totally loving Magnus since the second book in this series. I mean, he’s a pretty yuk character in the first book (for some very specific reasons) but oooh boy, I was getting all the tingly feelings by the second book. So I shall quietly be obsessed with him until someone gives me the green flag to PROFESS LOUDLY HOW MUCH I CAN’T WAIT TO READ MORE OF HIM. Ahem.


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from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Because I can only hope that when I die, Death is as sassy as he is in this book. Death literally makes this story. He is gold.


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Who’s your favourite villain?

 Let me know below!

End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~


24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Villains

  1. I know how you feel about Magnus, I’ve only read the first book but ignoring his major flaw I really like him and I can’t quite put my finger on why. It may be that he’s just different and I like the brooding types….. but you profess your love of Magnus, there’s not much people can do about it haha 🙂


  2. I LOVE THE DARKLING SO MUCH OMG. I’ve had people look at me weirdly when I say that and they’ve read the book, but I couldn’t help it. I’m mostly refusing to read the last two books of the trilogy because I’m still rooting for the Darkling to come out absolutely victorious. >_>

    Love your list! (And yes, I do want to give Baz and Snape big hugs.)


  3. Wow, great variety! I absolutely love the way you’ve mixed the classics with some unexpected and often forgotten. This is an amazing list of villains! Kind of makes me want to do a rewind and explore some old Favs 🙂 kudos

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  4. I love villains so much, especially when you get a look at their past and get to know them 💙 My favorite villains would be Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites, The Darkling ( excellent choice by the way 😂🙌), Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events, Basta from Inkheart, Jim Moriarty from Because You Love to Hate Me, Rhysand from ACOTAR ♥ I could go on for a long time 😂

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