Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about… *drumroll* VILLAINS! If any of you are surprised that I’m back with a vengeance for a villain post, I am very disappointed. The lovely ladies at The Broke & the Bookish have given us many a prompt for this week’s post: top favourite villains from books, best TV show villains, etc.
However, I think I managed to narrow down my list to only six villains, which is impressive for me.
1) Warner from Shatter Me by Tahreh Mafi
“I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us week, not our actions.”
Warner will always have a special place in my heart. Although he’s more of a antagonist rather than an outright villain, I fell in love with him in Shatter Me and was a firm shipper of the ship from then on. Warner is not without his faults, and his cruelty in Shatter Me is reflected throughout the series. Although we later discover that he’s not all that he seems, Warner is a soldier, the son of a general, and acts as such. I loved the way he seemed to be two different people: the soldier and the golden-hearted boy who only needed someone to listen to him.
2) The Darkling from Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”
I could wax poetic about the Darkling for hours, talking about his good looks and his incredible mastermind and the fact that he could easily hold the world in one iron fist, but then we’d be here all day and I’d like to keep this post short and sweet. What made me love the Darkling, you may ask? His brain. It may be fictional, but holy smokecakes, Leigh Bardugo created a villain whose brain could rival any world leader’s. The Darkling has been around for centuries in Shadow & Bone and yet he manages to recreate himself every single time.
Also, he’s beautiful and charming, which is a bonus.
3) Rhysand from A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J Maas
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
Another villain that is mostly an antagonist, Rhysand is definitely the most interesting character in this series. Unforgiving and fierce, he represents everything an unfeeling villain would be: a thinker, a planner, someone who doesn’t let himself be ruled by the judgement of others. Rhysand is not just “Aramantha’s whore” in A Court of Thorns and Roses, he’s also a lord. Lord of the Night Court, and faithful to his people. There is nothing he’s not willing to do to save them and those he cares about, including, but not limited to, being Aramantha’s personal executioner.
4) Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu
“The only way to clamp down on my energy is to erase my emotions, and so I fold them each away, one by one. My sorrow turns to anger, then to ice-cold fury. My soul curls in one itself in defense. I am gone. I am truly gone.
I am not sorry.”
I have met very few female villains that made my toes curl like Adelina did. She is literally so badass, so hellbent on revenge and no longer being a plaything for people with more power than her, that she starts to lose sight of who she really is. Adelina is the epitome of villain: she only wants one thing, and it’s to take revenge on all those that have hurt her in the past. Family, old friends, people who should’ve known better — no one is safe, and no one will get away.
The Young Elites itself is a novel about villains, and people drowning in their powers, forgetting who they once were. There is a very fine line in this book between the villains and the heroes, and the line is blurred more than once.
5) Lada from And I Darken by Kiersten White
“And so she cut out her heart and offered it as a sacrifice. She would pay whatever price her mother Wallachia demanded.
“Make me prince,” she said without feeling.”
LADA. Lada is most definitely my favourite character of all time. Thank you, Kiersten White, for spawning such a vicious, wonderful character to graze the pages of an alternate historical novel, in which Vlad the Impaler is actually a girl. Lada is not only fierce and vicious, but she’s a demon of teeth and nails, and she is not afraid to use them. Maybe she’s too “violent”, but I absolutely adored her because of it. Lada has her eyes set on only one thing — becoming Prince of Wallachia, becoming the Dragon itself, and she won’t let anything get in her way.
She is prepared to start wars, kill innocents, bargain with her beloved brother’s life if it means getting her way. If you don’t end up loving Lada by the end of And I Darken, I doubt we could ever be friends.
6) Legend from Caraval by Stephanie Garber
“Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game…”
Sorry to all of you who haven’t had the chance to read this magical tome of perfection, for it does come out in January 2017, but prepare yourselves to fall utterly head over heels for Master Legend, the creator and leader of Caraval, and an entity no one really knows. Is he human? Is he spirit? Does he have only one face, or many? Is he a villain? Or does he just enjoy the game a little too much? Legend is the most interesting character I ever read about and there’s no doubt he’s not the hero of this story. I won’t go too much into specifics, but guys, prepare to fall in love. Legend won’t have it any other way.
Most Vile Villain: I recently watched the first two seasons of Outlander, originally written by Diana Gabaldon, and the villain in this series is Jonathon Wolverton Randall.
He is the most vile villain I have ever had the displeasure of encountering. Randall is made of darkness, and everything he does has an ulterior motive. Not only is he a violent arsewipe, but he’s also a rapist, and enjoys torturing the hell out of his prisoners just for the fun of it. I applaud Gabaldon for stomaching to write such a vile character — although most of my characters are dark, there is definitely a limit to what I’m willing to make them do. Randall, and most of Outlander, actually, is very historically accurate. In war, there isn’t much people weren’t willing to do, and selling their souls to the devil was definitely one of them.
So there are my top six villains! Who are your favourites? Are you a villain lover or a hero lover? Have you read/watched Outlander? Talk to me in the comments!