Top Ten Favourite Villains

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is all about villains. We could talk about the best, worst, most lovable etc. I decided to talk about my favourite villains. Those that I love to hate!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles- Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

I feel Fairest made me understand Queen Levana more, but I still love to hate her!

President Snow- The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

President Snow just irritates me! But I love that.

Dolores Umbridge, Lucius Malfoy and Voldemort- Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I think I dislike Dolores even more than Voldemort, but all three of these characters are pretty bad! (But awesome villains!)

The Darkling- The Grisha Trilogy- Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

I love The Darkling’s character. Such a great villain!

The Grand High Witch- The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

This is one of my favourite Roald Dahl books. I love to hate The Grand High Witch!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda- Roald Dahl


The worst headteacher ever! Love to hate Miss Trunchbull.

Amy- Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

The characters in this book are so messed up!

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier


Mrs Danvers is incredible creepy!

Who are your favourite villains? Do we share any? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

61 thoughts on “Top Ten Favourite Villains

  1. I wish I’d added President Snow to my list too!! He’s definitely one of the YA lit market’s most “memorable” villains; there’s just something about him that makes me shudder.

  2. Is it weird that I remember Snow better from the movies than the books? The books have a much stronger effect on my view of the story overall, especially with the subtleties of what goes on in Katniss’ head, but Snow? For some reason, all I can picture is his face from the movies.

  3. Ah, I have Miss Trunchbull and Mrs Danvers too! Definitely they seem to be quite popular villains. Snow and Amy Dunne are very interesting too (and awful of course). I forgot about Malfoy, was thinking of Bellatrix too. Great list!

  4. All of these are villainous choices 🙂 Yes to President Snow, I was never so happy to see a villain choke on his own spite! And I’d add Matilda’s parents to the list, they’re awful.

  5. I don’t think I can stand to tolerate Umbridge, she is the reason I dislike rereading or watching book five. xD Queen Levana and The Darkling would be on my list as well. And what about Holland (Shades Of Magic)? I was going to name more but my mind drew a blank haha.

  6. Ooooh how could I forget President Snow?! What a great list! I am currently reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo for the first time and I am LOVING it! Thanks for stopping by my page! ❤

  7. Dolores is DEFINITELY the most evil villain in Harry Potter – I think she feels/seems worse than Voldy because she’s technically on the side of the “good guys”. A really clever stroke by Rowling, to show kids how even people who are on the “right” side can be cruel and awful. A great list, thank you for sharing!

  8. I liked Snow and Voldemort as villains. My absolute favourite literary villain is Professor Moriarty from Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. Others include Pythia Domitian from Kat Ross’ Fourth Talisman series, who, for me, rivals Umbridge for despicability.

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