Hey guys, how are you today? So I have a confession to make: I looove villains. Antagonists are my absolute favourite characters. They have a tendency of being such intelligent, conniving characters, and I just can’t get enough of them! They have the best backstories, the most complex histories, and insanely intricate minds. I always enjoy a good villain or antagonist; heroes sometimes seem a little too similar and conventional, because they tend to share the same morals and principles, while a good author can do so much more with their antagonists!
To have a hero or heroine, you need a villain. Someone to counteract any good the protagonist does, and to prevent them from being too good. So here’s a countdown of my ten absolute favourite antagonists:
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler (a. k. a. Lemony Snicket)
I loved Count Olaf in this series; the entire concept of his character is absolutely hilarious. I love his scheming mind, and how hard he works to undermine the Baudelaire children. For some reason his commitment and devotion to killing off those kids just entertains me (I swear I’m not a psychopath, I just love how weirdly dedicated he seemed, and how he wouldn’t let anything deter him).
Jadis, The White Witch
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
I read The Chronicles of Narnia when I was eight, and I still remember the White Witch vividly! I just have a weird love/hate relationship with her; she was so evil and heartless that I absolutely loved her. Some of the characters in this list have these complex backgrounds that make it difficult to hate them, and she has none of that! Lewis made her so unapologetically evil and I adore it.
Cruella de Vil
The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Now, I was introduced to Cruella de Vil via Disney, and I’ve only read half of the original story, but I think I can say that I love the overall character. From the original to the Disney book to their film adaptation, and to all of the other adaptations that have been made, de Vil stays the same. She is almost the embodiment of evil, and there’s something that I like so much about an author not trying to make up excuses for their characters’ behaviour; Smith didn’t add in some sad or painful backstory just for the sake of stopping people from hating her, and there’s something about that that I appreciate.
The Wicked Witch of the West
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
I have to say, most of the reason this is on here is because of how obsessed I was with this series when I was a kid, but I did love the Wicked Witch of the West. I loved her army, composed of wolves, bees, crows, and Winkies, and I was devastated when I was younger about her dying because I wanted to know more about her and why she was like she was. I know, I know. That doesn’t really fit with everything else here, but she was my favourite antagonist when I was little, so I think she deserves a spot.
It by Stephen King
Okay, first of all, I have not read It. I’m going to, but I haven’t. The reason that Pennywise is on this list is because I love the concept of a creepy clown, and I love the idea of him being psychopathic and trying to kill children. I just think it’s such an interesting idea, and I think a good author could do a lot with that idea. Let me know if you’ve read It, because I would be really interested in if King did a good job depicting him or not. I’ve watched the movie, and I enjoyed how he was portrayed, but I’m hoping that King’s version was even better!
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Can you blame me? Captain of the Jolly Roger? Blackbeard’s former boatswain? An iron hook for a hand? The most stereotypical pirate ever had to be on this list! Peter Pan was one of my favourite books with I was little, and Hook was my favourite character. I don’t understand why people don’t like him. He’s a pirate; a good pirate is bloodthirsty and cruel. If he were any less corrupt, not only would the entire story have been destroyed, but Hook wouldn’t have even been a good pirate! Unless you like books where the entire plot is that there’s a pirate who falls for a princess and immediately becomes an honest and lawful and good gentleman (which I personally am not a huge fan of, but to each their own), I just don’t understand the problem with Captain Hook.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I really liked King Hybern because of his unrelenting narcissism. He was just so full of himself, and he just seemed to want to be the most powerful person, which made him really entertaining to watch as he kept trying so hard. He had been trying for over 500 years to conquer Prythian, and he was still trying. I think he should’ve had a more defined backstory－not to excuse him for anything, but just to understand the character a little more.
Tom Riddle (a. k. a. Voldemort)
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Do I really need a reason?
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I really love Maven, and I have absolutely no excuse. He’s definitely terrible and evil and I really can’t give you a logical reason. I just appreciate his character and his mind and how he pretended to be so different for so long just to achieve his end. Let me know what you think about him as well, because I’m hoping I’m not alone on this.
Professor James Moriarty
The Final Problem, The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes) by Arthur Conan Doyle
Heeere we go! My absolute favourite villain/antagonist is Moriarty himself. No matter what version of him you see, he’s the most cunning, dangerous criminal in literary history if you ask me. My favourites are the original (duh) and the BBC Sherlock version. Every adaptation is so different, but he is always pure evil, and is so arrogant and selfish, and I just love his character!
Thanks for reading guys, and let me know what you think of my thoughts on antagonists, and also tell me who your favourite villain/antagonist is!
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