Top Ten Tuesday: Villains I Love to Hate

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and the Bookish is a rewind. Since I missed their villains week I thought it would be fun to do 10 books with villains I love to hate. Good villains and good stories go hand in hand. They set the stage for our heroes, drive the story, and often time challenge us. So here’s to 10 great heroes from some great YA reads. See everyone else’s posts here. And as always I love seeing what everyone else is reading so if you’re on goodreads let’s be friends!
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Collins, Suzanne – Oh just thinking President Snow and his nasty blood roses makes my skin crawl. What an amazing Villain.
Inkheart (Inkheart, #1) by Funke, Cornelia – This book was so fun and one of my favorite parts what the whole idea of what an author would do if he came face to face with the characters from his own stories, and not just characters but the worst of his villains. There are a few just awfully evil ones to choose from in Inkheart.


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Meyer, Marissa – The step mother totally had me yelling at the book. And yes we all know that the evil step mother in Cinderella is THE stereotype but seriously in this retelling of the classic tale I just hated the character.
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) by Cashore, Kristin – One of the creepiest, most evil and complicated characters I’ve ever experiences has got to be Leck. Bad Bad Bad
Water for Elephants by Gruen, Sara – August part deranged psycho part scary drunk. Definitely the type of bad guy to keep the story going.
Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Roth, Veronica – Oh Jeanine Matthews how I hate you! I can’t decide if I think she’s so delusionally utilitarian, insanely power hungry, or both. Either way she’s bad news.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by Rowling, J.K. – Of course I have a good amount of hate for He Who Must Not Be Named but Dolorous Umbridge she just makes me so mad. Her oblivion, her inane rules, her respect for the law for the sake of the law. She’s just awful.

Liesl and Po by Oliver, Lauren – Another evil step mother. She had my blood boiling with every single page she appeared on!
Insignia (Insignia, #1) by Kincaid, S.J.- This is in an interesting one to me. I adored Insignia as I’ve mentioned before it was such a fun read. But I loved the idea of the enemy being a powerful evil corporation. Yes there was a face to the corporation but the way I read it I took the evil to be a company wide policy not just of the one key player. And I thought that was interesting, clever, and realistically scary.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) by Bardugo, Leigh – One of the best villains (and books actually) that I’ve read in a long time. He’s charming, he’s manipulative, he’s alluring and he’s pure evil!


  1. That’s so funny! I’m watching HP 5 right now. I know exactly who you are talking about! :)

  2. have read and loved nearly 80% of these books great choices :D

  3. Hey, awesome villain list! Love that we are so in sync with the topic and choices. It was so hard to narrow down, and at one point I included August, and Liesl & Po too. You are so right about Insignia being an evil corporation- that was a cool book. Dolores Umbridge is such a baddie too.
    Awesome list!

  4. I think good ol’ Jeanine was a little of both with a tad of just plain insane thrown in! haha And yes, Dolores Umbridge was the worst! I couldn’t stand that woman! I have a few of these on my TBR list & now I know I need to read them asap. Everyone loves to hate a good villain, right? Great TTT list! =)

  5. Urgh… Umbridge, right? She’s ust plain… I don’t think there’s even a word to describe that woman! She’s plain evil but it’s all the worse because she hides it behind a disgusting simper!

    I personally hate President Coin a lot more than Snow; she’s evil in a different way and don’t get me wrong, I despise both of them, but she *SPOILER* was meant to be good and was she?

    I love the Inkworld series… I can’t remmeber his name, but the villian who comes in in the last book is awful!

    Terrific list! Hapy top ten!

  6. I agree.. Umbridge tops the list..

  7. Awesome list! The step-mon in Cinder had me screaming too – especially since I’m one too – but a good one :-)

    Tanya Patrice

  8. Oh, stephmothers are always evil in fairy tales. lol. :) Awesome list!

    J’adore Happy Endings

  9. I just finished Mockingjay on Monday. ;) Stupid SNOW!!! ;) xoxo

  10. President Snow, the stepmother from Cinder, Dolores, evil stepmother in Liesl & Po; totally on them! I haven’t read the other books yet.

    TTT @thedailyprophecy.

  11. Totally agree about Umbridge – so freaky, so evil, so well-written! I did favorite heroines for my list so I guess our lists should battle. ;)

  12. I still have yet to read a lot of these, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for these crazy villains. haha

    I especially agree with Umbridge, though. She was just ugh.

  13. What a great list! I missed this one as well. I definitely shudder thinking about President Snow and August from Water for Elephants. And The Darkling – I COMPLETELY agree with that. I must admit that I was taken by him at first. Oh and Umbridge. She is Fantastic too.

  14. I totally agree with you on THG one.

    Rachel Nicole @ Summer Breeze

  15. Yes, yes, and YES to Umbridge and I completely agree with Leck–he was beyond creepy! Great topic! :)
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  16. Ohmygosh, Shadow and Bone…the Darkling…mere mention of him sends me into a tizzy. He was fantastic and if I’m wrong to love him, I don’t want to be right. Leck, on the other hand, YIKES. He is just evil and not in the sexy way. I loved to hate him.

    Great list! Thanks for stopping by!!

  17. The Inkheart villains are fantastic! August in Water for Elephants is absolutely despicable. I have to read Shadow and Bone, but it sounds like a great villain!

  18. President Snow made my list too! Blech, what a creep!

    I also REALLY hated August from Water for Elephants.

  19. President Snow really is one of the most hateable villains out there! Some great choices on your list.

  20. I think everyone can agree that Umbridge is the WORST EVER, what a completely vile woman!! Leck seriously is creepyyy.

  21. Great picks! Leck is especially vile. Twisted, twisted man.

    My TTT:

  22. True story: Just READING Umbridge’s name in your list gave me goosebumps, and not the good kind. Man, did I ever hate her.

    And really, Leck is STILL the villain in Bitterblue? I haven’t read it yet, but UGH. What a terrible, terrible person.

    I love this topic. I totally think the villain can make or break a story, and some of my favorite stories are the ones where the villain is so well developed that you can see how were circumstances different, you’d root for him (I actually devoted a whole blog post to that topic). Not that that’s the case with most of the ones you’ve named — they are TRULY evil. *shudder*

  23. I’ve had some of these on the to read list for awhile- good push. Thanks!

  24. For some reason your comment disappeared! It was in “spam” and I clicked “not spam” but it never showed up.. SO bizarre… ANYWAY… lol..

    UMBRIDGE! Yes. That is definitely THE first person I thought of at this topic. I hated her more than I hated Voldy…

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    Michele | Top 10

  25. I love how everybody hates Umbridge even more than Voldemort. What is it about her that just gets under our skin?!

  26. Yes Umbridge! She was just perfectly awful! I think everyone knows some mean old lady just like her (minus the child abuse).

    And President Snow..grrrrrrrr!

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