Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Villains in Books

This week, The Broke and the Bookish told us to choose a topic that we either missed the first time around or want to revisit. I saw a version of this topic on their list and couldn’t wait to get started. So many Young Adult books have a villain, whether magical, faceless or just your average mean girl. They are usually the driving force behind the actions of the protagonist or, at the very least, they light the spark that gets everything going.

Here’s my list of Top Ten Villains (not in any particular order):

  1. Cancer/Illness. Probably the most unfair/indiscriminate of villains, it can ravage anyone, anytime. Think The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
  2. Dolores Umbridge, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. You know, I coulda picked Voldy or Bellatrix, but something different drives Her Pinkness to commit her acts of vileness. Tom Riddle is out for revenge, and Ms. LaStrange is just plain koo-koo. Umbridge would be horrible, self-serving and evil no matter who was in charge.
  3. President Snow, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Not only does he smell pretty foul, he’s got the blackest soul. After all, he could stop The Games at any time, but this sick and twisted man gets off on the killing – I just know it.
  4. The Pentacle Killer, The Diviners by Libba Bray. If you haven’t sunk your teeth into this novel yet, get going! The serial killer is to die for. In a bad, bad way.
  5. Dunno. There are books where you think someone is the bad guy, but then it’s revealed to be someone else. Like the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier, for example. I have finished the second book and am still not sure who is bad. And that’s what makes it good.
  6. Earl Walker, First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson series) by Darynda Jones. As this is an adult series, there are just about no limits on how horrible this child abuser acts.
  7. The Boneys, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. These zombies are beyond repair. Not only do they look disgusting, but they have taken over “rule” of all the zombies and they even play with their captured prey. To paraphrase R in the movie, both kinds of zombies eat humans, but the Boneys aren’t conflicted about it.
  8. The Ruling Government. Usually in dystopian novels, this character is almost always faceless and followed to the T by the citizenry. They may seem benevolent, but there is always something sinister bubbling beneath the surface. Think Delirium by Lauren Oliver; Matched by Ally Condie; Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.
  9. James the vampire in Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Brutal, teasing, evil, killer. Period.
  10. Parents. How many stories would have ended after the first chapter if the parents had just been paying attention? Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater; Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick; Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl.

Who do you love to hate??

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Villains in Books”

    1. Yes – a great villain can have no remorse or emotion, I think. And the fact that she loves cavorting kitties and huge pink bows and talks in girlish tones just adds to the skeeviness.

      Thanks for commenting!

  1. Love the list! And of course, agree with all the choices – and for the parents one – it could work the other way around too, meaning, how many murders etc could have been avoided if the kids went and told their parents.

  2. I agree with Dolores Umbridge, the way she gives off such a ‘niceness’ but yet is absolutely vile puts her above all other HP baddies I think. Bellatrix would have made this list for me if I chose this topic this week. Whilst she is a right old meany, I can’t help but love her character! Am I creepy?!
    I’m also with you on 1,8, and 9.

    My TTT: Bookish Pet Peeves

  3. Ugh Umbridge! That woman is beyond infuriating. You’re right, she is a whole different brand of evil. She’s not some mastermind or some attack dog, she’s just a nasty old lady who can’t get over herself.
    JK did an amazing job on her.

  4. Ugh—Umbridge. I literally recoil every time I hear her name or think about her. I wanted her dead more than Voldemort, and I’m glad to see she sparked such intense emotions amongst the Harry Potter reader fan base. I agree with pretty much your entire list! You’ve gained a follower 🙂

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