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top 7: my favorite villains

Hey there!

Welcome to the last day of blogtober.

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It’s crazy that the month is already over. I wanted to say thank you for sticking around for this crazy journey, and I hope you enjoyed all the content I made.

To wrap this all up, I wanted to share with you my favorite villains. I find them so interesting, and often they become my favorite part of a book.

The Darkling

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Definitely the case in which the villain became my favorite part of the story. He’s such a compelling character, and despite doing despicable things I can still understand where he’s coming from. I don’t endorse it, but I understand it. Those are always the best kind of villains for me. The Darkling is also very powerful, charming and cunning, and in my opinion, a much better character than the actual romantic interest of the series.

Victor Vale

C.G. Drews's review of Vicious

Is he even considered a villain though? He’s one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever read about: one moment we see him ruthlessly planning vengeance, the next he’s being reluctantly sweet to a little girl. He’s brilliant, resourceful, and is capable of anything to get what he wants. He’s so complex and multilayered, and I love seeing how he interacts with those around him. I can’t wait for the next book in this trilogy-or-series.


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman

This is such an interesting one. AIDAN (Artificial Intelligence Defense Analytics Network), as the name suggests, is an AI and I found it fascinating to read from its perspective. Despite being created by humans, it grew beyond its code and became so much more. It was terrifying to see how logically it came to decisions that cost so many lives. Of course, it’s powerful and intelligent, and despite its chilling behavior it was so interesting to see it’s thought process.


The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

He’s a dragon, he’s sassy, he’s majestic, and loves shiny things. Also, he can sleep for years at a time. What is there not to like? Smaug is the greatest of all dragons, very greedy, and has no qualms with burning entire villages to the ground (or as the case may be, to the bottom of a lake). If that’s not enough, he was voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie. All around, a real firecracker.

Adelina Amouteru

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) by Marie Lu

Another villain that is the protagonist of their own series. There’s something so intriguing about seeing how a hero slowly turns to the dark side, making bad decisions on purpose, willing to do whatever it takes to reach their goals. How their intentions get corrupted along the way, and how they’re still able to justify it all. I love getting the villain’s point of view, and this trilogy provided exactly that. Would highly recommend if you like reading about morally ambiguous characters and how they got to that point.

Queen Levana

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

She’s the first character in this list that’s here because I’m legitimately scared of her. She’s supposed to be the Evil Queen in this retelling, and let me tell you, she fits the role perfectly. Despite having a short novella explaining her backstory, instead of making you feel sorry for her, it rather cements the idea that she’s truly evil because she chose to. And she keeps choosing it, using her power to further her influence and how much she has under her control. Not someone you want to mess with.

President Snow

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

Finally on this list, another truly evil character. However, the scariest part of Snow’s character is that he could so easily be real. In fact, it’s not hard to compare some influential figures from our world to him and find them eerily similar. He doesn’t have any supernatural powers or abilities, he got to the top by using his charm and his words. And once there, he grabbed on to power and never let it go. He was willing to sacrifice anyone and anything to keep it. He’s not an evil magician or a supervillain, he’s a manipulative political figure, and that’s even more terrifying.

That’s it for today’s post, and for all of blogtober. Thank you again for all of your support!

Do you have a favorite villain?

Until next time,

2 thoughts on “top 7: my favorite villains

  1. Adelina is truly the best villain – she is truly complex and I loved the internal struggling and hardening of her heart….


  2. Levana is such a great villain, probably one of my favorites! I agree with you that President Snow is so terrifying because of how true to life he is in comparison to leaders in the world right now. Definitely the most disturbing villain I’ve read.


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