Top Ten Tuesday Forty One – Top Ten Bookish Villains

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks topic is one I am super excited about, as I feel like we rarely get to talk about villains or antagonists in the same way that we discuss our favourite protagonists and side characters.  As a huge lover of a good villain, I found it so much fun looking back over some of my favourite villains and thinking about why I enjoyed their characters as much as I did.  I also cannot wait to see who has made some other peoples TTT’s, as I am always up for some recommendations for books with great villains.

Finally, just a quick apology for the unexpected two week break!  I kept planning to get posts up, but unfortunately due to many different things all happening at once, I was unable to get any of them ready in time, so choose to wait instead of rushing them and ultimately not being 100% happy with the final product.

So here are nine of my favourite bookish villains!

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (9)

Other than Voldemort, President Snow was one of the first proper villains who I adored for his cunning and cruel nature that was both terrifying and fit so extremely well into this dystopian world.  He truly is evil, as anyone behind The Hunger Games would most certainly be!

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (13)

Although we have only seen this villain in one book, and even then we didn’t see a huge amount of his character, he is still one I couldn’t leave off this list as I am already so in love with his villainous ways that I cannot wait to see more of in the next books.  He is such a complex character, who is both alluring and terrifying as he is able to draw Rielle into to his dark scheme and ways.

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (10)

I fell in love with Alice from the moment we first met her at the very end of This Savage Song, and so there was no way I couldn’t include her on this list.  Her sadistic and chaotic nature make her the perfect villain for this series, particularly in comparison to the cold and calculated Sloane, who was so close to also making this list.

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (15)

I adore this classic for an infinite amount of reasons, one of those being our main character, Dorian Grey, who also serves as the villian of this spectacular story.  He is narcissistic, cruel and yet even after all of the horrific crimes he commits, he still is unwilling to repent, marking him as a true villian in every sense of the word.

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (11)

I promise I am not just doing this to include The Raven Cycle, although that is definitely a fortunate side effect of Greenmantle being one of my favourite bookish villains!  I just love how he is not your conventional villain, and so unlike alot of the other characters on this list, with his nature a little less pure evil and a little more understated in a way that was so refreshing to see from a villain, especially when he is working alongside Piper.

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (12)

Other than Nikolai, The Darkling is by far my favourite character from this series, as he is so alluring yet deadly and dark.  He is manipulative and ultimately just pure evil as he is motivated simply by his desire for chaos and power, and so I just adore having him as our villain in this series.

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (14)

Out of all of Cassandra Clare’s villains, Sebastian is by far my favourite.  I love how deceiving he is from the moment we first meet him, as he manipulates both us and our characters through his alluring nature that is terrifying in its ability to draw you in to someone as evil as he is.

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (17)

Unlike alot of the villains on this list, I adore Death because of her evolution throughout this novel, from the person who wants to tear our characters apart to the one who ultimately keeps them together.  She is such a complex character who I adored watching grow throughout this story, especially as her role as the villain was so different to that of many others both on this list, and in fiction in general.


Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (16)

This women is pure evil, and honestly I love it!  She is the perfect villian in this series, with her cold and calculating nature, making her deadly in this fantasy world.  It is her that makes Blackcliff as scary and brutal as it is, with her ruthless nature and ambition just adding to her terrifying character.


Who are some of your favourite villains?  Do you agree with my choices?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?


6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday Forty One – Top Ten Bookish Villains

  1. Oooohh I love this tag! I totally agree with you for Sebastian. He is so sassy but I have to admit that I love to hate him 😬. And yeah you’re totally right for President Snow (and Voldemort of course). Hope you’re having a great day!


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