Favourite Literary villains

IMG_0158We all love a good villain, from Lord Voldemort to Arrobyn Hamel, the conventional to the unconventional and the complexities that come with being a villain. I asked fellow book bloggers to talk about their favourite literary villains and why they’re so appealing.

One of my absolute favourite fictional villains has to be Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter series. Bellatrix is such a delicious villain in every way. She is perfectly evil, completely delirious and her entire being is just everything you would expect from a villain. She will do anything to please Voldemort and I can’t help but admire her for her dedication and passion (even if her motives are often questionable!). She’s definitely a villain that I love and I would absolutely LOVE to see a book all about her. I also think that Helena Bonham Carter did the PERFECT job in the movies too, she is definitely my Bellatrix! Powerful, passionate, mad, dedicated and evil, Bellatrix is the perfect villain!


I’m going to choose Adelina from The Young Elites series by Marie Lu!

I chose Adelina because she’s sometimes portrayed as a villain due to her choices in the trilogy, but doesn’t deserve it. When the time came she did everything she could to protect her sister, and everything she did was because she honestly believed it was right! She also had so many people telling her different things, including her own mind, that I think the choices she made were actually a lot better than what she could have done! She has such a strong independence about her and she is sometimes seen as a villain when in fact it was the darkness inside her that was the villain. She did all she could to fight it, but sometimes it wasn’t enough. She should be a hero just for fighting it, and for what happened at the end of the trilogy, she proved herself worthy of being a hero not a villain!

Between The Pages

Mrs Coulter is my favourite villain because she was the first one to make a lasting impression on me. I first read Northern Lights when I was ten and her villainy took me completely by surprise. Her character taught me such a valuable lesson about not taking people at face value and that beauty can be misleading. Over twenty years later, her actions still horrify me just as much as they did on my first reading of Northern Lights. I can’t think of many things more repulsive than her actions in that book, and her conviction in what she does is truly horrifying. Mrs. Coulter is a fascinating villain because she is complicated, unconventional and frightening.

YA Under My Skin

And finally…

I have a fair few favourite villains, the one I’ve chosen for this is Pennywise from IT. I read the book a few months back and loved it, Pennywise wasn’t quite what I was expecting but he definitely didn’t disappoint. I found him incredibly intriguing, never knowing when you were going to see him. Or even what form he would take. He’s a fascinating character to explore; you’re wondering who he is, how he ended up in Derry, why does he live in a sewer, why is he brutally murdering children? I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it. I’m by no means condoning anything he did; I just found him uniquely interesting.

who are your favourite literary villains? I’d love to hear from you, let me know in the comments!


28 thoughts on “Favourite Literary villains”

  1. I love your blog image. The dragons looks cool 🙂 My favorite villain would be Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. I love Fairest, that book is all about her and it’s so good! haha


  2. great post! I love well depicted villains especially grey villains they just bring so much to some stories and you cant help but love them even if you hate them. 🙂 I love the Darkling I need more of him in my life. haha


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