I admit I have an awful fondness for villains, antiheroes and antagonists.
Oh don’t look at me like that, I can see your fondness for the dark side reflected in your little eyes. I mean, part of this is the cookies (especially if they’re chocolate) and part of it is the intrigue of the human psyche. Why is a villain the way they are? Are they in it for the chaos or have they justified murder or are they merely an “antagonist” who is doing nothing wrong in the scheme of the world except getting in the hero’s way???
Villains intrigue us.
And they have cookies. So I don’t know what to tell you ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but I’m here for it.
Alright so very randomly, I’m throwing together a Villains Award Tag for the sole reason that it fits the Top Ten Tuesday prompt and I want to.
Totally take this for your own blogs too!
Just link back to meeee. And nominate whatever villains YOU want to fill the categories!
VILLAIN YOU ABSOLUTELY DESPISE AND HATE
Look I realise this is my own tag and it is quite terrible to struggle on the first question. But I don’t read a lot of books with Big Unredeemable Villains that really get me riled up. I mean obviously there’s Voldemort, Umbridge, and President Snow…but like newer ones??? I had to think.
Possibly going to go for ALL the villains in The Foxhole Court series. Neil’s dad was a mob boss who totally was down to murder his son and Riko enjoyed torturing without killing. And like?!?! How dare you touch Neil. How dare you. I will sick Andrew on you and then you’ll be sorry.
VILLAIN WHO IS ENTRANCING
Omgggg THE CARAVAL AND LEGENDARY VILLAINS. My opinion on them is just a long long line of !!!!!!!!!!!!
They’re deliciously tricky because everything IS A GAME and it’s impossible to know whose interests they have in mind. They’re cursed and morally grey and wickedly intriguing. I hate things they do, and I also want to know WHY THEY DO IT. But seriously: Jacks and Dante. Yes.
Also Schwab’s Villain series!?? I can’t even with how much I love it. Eli Ever and Victor Vale are usually unapologetically DARK VILLANIOUS SOULS but you can’t even look away. And then I went and felt sorry for Eli in Vengeful. These little sociopathic super-powered monsters…I can’t even. I should not feel the things I feel. How dare you.
BOOK YOU’D LIKE TO READ FROM THE VILLAIN’S PERSPECTIVE
Is Cardan from The Cruel Prince a villain?? I don’t even know by this point. I think everyone in that book is a backstabbing villain and you love it because they’re all so morally ambiguous it’s impossible to know if (a) did u stab him for a good reason, (b) did u stab him for a bad reason, and lastly (c) DOES IT MATTER, U STILL STABBED HIM, MATE?????
Anyway. I would happily read The Cruel Prince again from Cardan’s perspective. This fills me with vicious delight.
WORST ANTAGONISTIC YA PARENTS
That moment when I nominate The Maestro out of A Thousand Perfect Notes which I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE WRITTEN. But alright, hear me out: if you’re going to spend 7 years trying to get published, and it happens, you just end up going on and on about it.
You love me, shh. Don’t leave.
Anyway the Maestro is despicable. She abuses Beck to motivate him into being “great” which is a massive parenting fail. Oh yes Beck is a great pianist, now, thanks…WITH CRIPPLING ANXIETY, WELL DONE, MOTHER.
ANTIHERO WHO IS A LITTLE BAD, LITTLE GOOD
It’s the THIEVES. I confess. Show me a book with thieves in it and I will fall over myself being accidentally in love with their schemes and cons and slight soft sides.
Let me just hit you with my thieving love list:
- Kaz from Six of Crows
- Locke from The Lies Of Locke Lamora
- Levi from Ace of Shades
- Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic
- “Daniel” from Here Lies Daniel Tate (omg we never know his real name)
- Cassel from The Curseworker trilogy
VILLAIN MADE FROM TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES
Dresden from Keeper Of The Bees is technically a “villain” because his paranormal power is to sow madness and discord (which he gains energy from to live). It’s kind of BAD TO STING PEOPLE so they turn insane. But yet…he is…actually soft™ and cursed. He didn’t choose this life omg…
Oh and also Sebastian from the Shadowhunter series. Look he was MADE into a villain by his wicked father Valentine. I actually feel really bad for him gahhhh.
ANTAGONIST WHO GETS IN HERO’S WAY BUT ISN’T NECESSARILY “PURE EVIL”
I think it’s fair to point out that not all antagonists are pure evil!! Like Minya from Strange the Dreamer. Like you look at her, catching ghosts soul’s and threatening to murder cities and think:
“OK, Cait??? Um. You need help.”
But LOOK. She witnessed a massacre at 6 years old and has spent her entire life force on keeping the surviving babies alive and looked after and!! All she wants is to protect them!!! She is the ultimate Slytherpuff and you can fite me but I love Minya and all her stabbiness.
A NON-HUMAN VILLAIN
Society sucks. In general. So it’s very easy to point to it for being a non-human villain so so often. Particularly in contemporaries like The Hate U Give which speaks out against racism and police brutality. UGH THIS BOOK WILL MAKE AND BREAK YOUR HEART.
VILLAIN WHO YOU THINK IS WICKED BUT THEY’RE INTRIGUING
omg not even going to lie, I LOVE Piper Greenmantle from The Raven Cycle. She’s just so Slytherin she could turn into a snake and no one would even be surprised. I mean, I hate her. But she’s so unapologetically self-serving, it’s fascinating?!
And also The Jackal from the Red Rising series. I HATE HIM. But he’s a treacherous little creep and I’m forever intrigued by his plans and goals and he’s so BACK STABBY. He is so good at being bad ok.
ANTAGONIST WHO GETS A REDEMPTION ARC
First off: AIDAN who is a slightly terrifying AI system with a god complex and crush on a human girl aaaaaand would mass murder the multitudes. But OK YOU SORT OF END UP LIKING HIM A LITTLE. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ He really is designed to protect people, and if that means killing off 100,000 of them…well he does it. He is not…good. But omg he comes through magnificently in Obsidio.
And Holland from A Darker Shade Of Magic. Hollaaaaaand. I mean, I can’t even. I never hated him, even in book 1 where he was a burnt box of disagreeable cornflakes the whole time. But by book 3, when you find his backstory and his motives, I just…it’s ok (crying) I forgive you for nearly murdering Kell 1 or 29 times. YOU’RE JUST DOING YOU’RE BEST (crying).
QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO TAKE
1. Villain You Absolutely DESPISE And HATE.
2. Villain Who Is Entrancing
3. Book You’d Like To Read From Villain’s Perspective
4. Worst Antagonistic YA Parents
5. Antihero Who Is a Little Bad, Little Good
6. Villain Made From Tragic Circumstances
7. Antagonist Who Gets In Hero’s Way But Isn’t Necessarily “Pure Evil”
8. A Non-Human Villain
9. Villain Who You Think Is Wicked But They’re Intriguing
10. Antagonist Who Gets A Redemption Arc