Villains We Love to Hate

Posted April 7, 2018 by Amber in Bookish Things / 5 Comments

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You can love the protagonist, love the romantic relationships… you can even fall head over heels with the world building, but what’s a fantasy without a proper villain?  Whether you’re the type of person who enjoys the enigmatic Darking from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, or quivers under Tolkien’s Eye of Sauron, a good villain really makes the story.

I’m finding lately in YA that a lot of villains are multi-dimensional… to the point that you’re unsure if they’re doing bad things for a good reason, or if they’re totally 100% evil.  I recently read Children of Blood and Bone where the villain was a frightened man with a devastating past, but he did terrible, unforgivable things.  Horrible things.  You hated him to the core… but a tiny little part of your soul felt bad for his pain, even if it in NO WAY condoned what he had done.

adore villains like that.  You don’t like them, you’re not okay with them, but the author has made it possible to sympathize with them.  Curses!

Vianca Augustine in Ace of Shades is a lot like that, but to a lesser extent.  Vianca’s magic is vicious and unforgiving, and she uses it to her best advantage.  There are time that, as a reader, I wondered if it would turn around that she did what she needed to do to survive.  At the end of Ace of Shades and with a better introduction to the Shadow Game, I am still wondering.  Vianca isn’t the only villain to be had in Ace of Shades – she is one of many, but she’s my favorite!

What is your favorite kind of villain?

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Who are your top three villains?

Have you ever sided with a villain instead of the hero?

Which do you prefer: heroes, villains, or anti-heroes?
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5 responses to “Villains We Love to Hate

    • Amber

      Oh, the greyscale villains are so much more fun! You don’t like them, but at the same time you see their position, and you think they made ALL the wrong decisions, but yet, their life also is unfortunate. The internal struggle you get while reading is lovely. 😀

  1. I love villains that you can sympathise a little with too. I think it’s important to give the villain a little background because I don’t think anyone is born evil or starts off wanting to hurt people for no reason. I like to find out about their past and their motivations. I really enjoy reading about those ‘grey area’ villains that are doing bad things for all the right reasons, or perhaps the other way around.

    • Amber

      I agree entirely. I get bored with basic black and white villains, who just seem to be jerks for the heck of it. There’s so much more at stake when they are well-rounded people.