Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and was moved to Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new topic is chosen, this week’s is: Character Traits I Love.
When Nen and I came to doing this week’s TTT theme we caught ourselves coming up with traits, only to realise once we’d maxed out ten that we were essentially listing VILLAIN traits. We have such a weakness for a ‘good’ villain and couldn’t help but decide to make this week’s topic all about our love of the bad guys. Who can resist falling for the bad guy? So we came up with our Top Ten Villains and listed their traits!
Here they are:
Loki the Mischievous – Do you get a more spiteful and malevolent villain than Loki? We must admit, our initial appreciation for Loki stemmed from the brilliant portrayal of his character by Tom Hiddleston… but really, who can resist Hiddles?? Loki’s endless ability to create chaos has him firmly placed in out Top Ten though!
Moriarty the Genius – If you’re in awe of Sherlock’s skills then you should definitely be in awe of Moriarty. It takes a genius to outwit a genius! Nen’s obsession with Sherlock soon meant that marathoning the BBC series was a MUST. After all, incredibly intelligent villains always come up with the most complex, yet effective, plans. They’re a delight to read and watch!
Pestilence in Love – So I realise this isn’t technically a trait (Jen here…) but I absolutely adore a love story where the villain gets a HEA. They deserve love too! Nen’s rolling her eyes at me. But honestly, the build-up to love in Pestilence was what made this story so amazing. The best villains are those that have EMOTIONS. One’s that we connect to the deepest. Don’t you think?
Sauron the Deceiver – You don’t get more straightforward than that. If you’re a Tolkien nerd like me (Nen here!), you’ll know that not many villains can get away with fooling so many different people (and species) like Sauron can. In fact, he’s so good at it, that he earned this moniker in Middle-Earth itself. There’s just something extra evil about a villain that can fool the world!
Darkling the Manipulative – Can we just segue in to this noting that I started this series for Ben Barnes. Admit it. I’m not the only one! But Ben Barnes aside, the Darkling is a manipulative and power-hungry villain that managed to win me over. I hope I’ll still love him this much by the time I finish the series, but even if I don’t, I’ll have the show to tide me over!
Joker the Amoral – Perhaps one of the most recognisable villains in the world, we couldn’t make this list without including one of my personal favourites (sorry, Jen!). The unpredictable nature of the Joker is always exciting – and a little worrying at times! In my opinion there’s no better (or worse) villain than the one willing to do just about anything to cause trouble.
Rhysand the Charismatic – Oh dear Rhysand. He was the bad guy in this book and I STILL LOVED HIM (Nen here). The charm, the wit, the cunning glint in his eye. I was never a Tamlin fan and it was all to do with Rhys. It’s safe to say my squeals of delight when reading the start of A Court of Mist and Fury could be heard from blocks away!
Pres. Snow the Blackmailer – If you’ve read The Hunger Games trilogy then you’ve probably hated President Snow at some point in your life too! His need for control and apathetic nature really make him a stand-out villain – especially when he’s blackmailing our favourite characters. We’ve all heard of someone like Snow!
Lord Ballister Blackheart the Principled – Blackheart’s staunch set of rules for villainy were essential to provide balance to the Sir Goldenloin’s heroic acts. Their relationship was SO CUTE and Blackheart was a contender for the Villain in Love but what really made him such a great villain was the principled nature of his plans. He refused to cause unnecessary harm or collateral damage and we respect that!
Lord Voldy made of Pure Evil – We were tempted to throw Umbridge on this list because, well…she deserves it! But this one is close to my heart. Harry Potter was my entire childhood and I finally managed to get Jen on board last year (exciting times)! Powerful, greedy, and amoral, Voldemort embodies what it really means to be a villain. And I’m still waiting for a spin-off, J.K.!
// who is your fav villain? are they on our list? //