Top Ten Tuesday – All About the Villains

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is All About the Villains. Thinking about it, although I read a lot of thrillers and a lot of quite dark books, very few of them actually have a villain as such, or not one that I admire in any way. Maybe I’m just not reading the right kind of thrillers! 

Amy from Gone Girl

I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a character quite as messed up as Amy. She is so cleverly constructed by Flynn, that we expect her to be anything other than slightly annoying and that’s what makes it all the more shocking when we find out what she really is, AKA. pure psycho.


Death from The Book Thief

I never viewed him as a villain, but I’ve seen the character described as such in a number of reviews. I suppose it’s impossible to view death as anything other than the ‘bad guy’, despite the beautiful and regretful way he is portrayed here.


Snape from Harry Potter

He is a villain, and always will be. Despite his ability to love, he still chose the Dark Arts, his affiliation was always with Voldemort, he was just blinded by his love. In fact I’d go as far as saying it wasn’t even love, it was a deep obsession and infatuation. He cannot be labelled as ‘good’.Half Blood Prince

Javert from Les Miserables 

Although I’ll admit to never having read the book, despite it sitting on my shelf for far too long, I have see the musical a number of times and Javert is by far my favourite character. Unlike Snape, Javert isn’t actually a villain. He is a policeman, who is sometimes more concerned with doing his duty than doing the right thing, and that doesn’t make him bad at all. I hate when people boo him at the end, it makes no sense to me.


Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events

As creepy as a children’s villain can possibly get. A perfect balance of humour and horror, he is truly chilling, and so brilliantly played on film by Jim Carrey.


I’m really clutching at straws here, so that’s only five rather than ten. I’m looking forward to seeing who other people’s favourite villains are, to give me a bit of inspiration!


29 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – All About the Villains

  1. Heather Stewart says:

    I love that you included Javert! He’s a great villain because he believes so much and then his world just shatters. I love it. I didn’t get it when I first saw it but then someone explained his POV and my heart just broke for him too.

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  2. elenasquareeyes says:

    I found it pretty hard to think of ten villains! It was a bit tough to think of book villains – I think TV and Film villains are more memorable for some reason.
    While Snape “came good in the end” he is still definitely a bad guy fuelled by hate and jealousy.

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  3. Bri says:

    I love Amy purely based on just how much I underestimated her at first and then all of a sudden I faced the realization that she really is full crazy and vengeful. I think what I love most about Snape is that it almost seemed as if he wanted to be pure evil and just couldn’t go all the way.

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  4. Juliet | Not Capulet says:

    I could rant about this for days, as you very well know, but how anyone could see Snape as a good guy is beyond me. He’s the original friendzone-complainant.

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