Top Ten Tuesday: Villains


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Villains

Halloween came early.


1. Satan in Paradise Lost by John Milton 

Paradise Lost

Satan seems to star in a lot of novels, but he really shines in this one. 😉

2. Grendel’s Mother in Beowulf by Unknown


If anyone harmed my son, I’d turn into Grendel’s mother.

3. Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood

She gives me the shivers!

4. O’Brien from 1984 by George Orwell


He is so methodical. You can’t help but respect that.

5. Abigail Williams from The Crucible by Arthur Miller


She is one of the ultimate villains in history and literature.


There are so many great villains in YAL, but I tried to narrow it down to the most infamous! If you want to know who I would have included in a longer list, I’d be happy to share.

1. Voldemort (and Umbridge and Beatrix Lestrange) from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

harry potter series

How can I not include them? Harry’s epic 7 book battle with Voldemort and his legions is the best hero vs. villain story ever.

2. The villain from The Skinjacker Series by Neil Shusterman


I cannot tell you who it is, but s/he is one of those villains that really believes they are doing what is best where actually they are twisted and evil.

3. Aaron and Mayor/President Prentiss from the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

chaos walking series

A sociopath in power is just the scariest thing in the world.

4. The government in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

uglies series

I know this isn’t exactly following the theme, but I think the government that Westerfeld built in the Uglies series is the most dystopic and evil, so I had to include them.

5. Leck from the Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore

graceling series

The way that Cashore builds Leck’s character throughout all of the books is brilliant.

Who are your favorite villains? 

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14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Villains”

  1. Oooh…great lists as usual (shiver!). You came up with some truly terrifying villains, both classic and YA. The Crucible is on my TBR list for this year – my son read it for American Lit last year and said it “wasn’t that bad” (high praise from him!)

    Everlost series & Chaos Walking series are two of my all-time favorites!


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  2. I love a good villain. Grendel’s mother is top of the list though. Wow, she’s terrifying and also kind of awesome. I read Beowulf for my Lit class in my last year of high school and Grendel’s mum was subject to our puns and jokes for weeks.

    My list

  3. Leck is definitely on my list. Especially in the first book where he was even creepier to me for being so vague. Uncle Victor from The White Darkness and the guy from The Monstrumologist whose name I can never remember round out my Big Three Bad Guys in YA!


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