Rooting for the Bad Guy
Books in which you sympathized with the villain/monster/antagonist. This may or may not be intentional on the author's part.
1 Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dex...
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2 Interview with the Vampire ...
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3 Fight Club
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4 Frankenstein
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5 Wicked: The Life and Times ...
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6 Dracula
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7 A Clockwork Orange
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8 The Vampire Lestat (The Vam...
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9 Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl,...
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10 Macbeth
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11 Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter, #3)
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12 Harry Potter and the Half-B...
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13 The Phantom of the Opera
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14 American Psycho
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15 Crime and Punishment
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16 Perfume: The Story of a Mur...
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17 Good Omens: The Nice & Accu...
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18 The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ri...
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19 Paradise Lost
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20 Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom...
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21 The Godfather
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22 The Queen of the Damned (Th...
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23 The Master and Margarita
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24 Battle Royale
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25 Table 21
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26 Houdini Heart
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27 Holy Bible: King James Version
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28 A Game of Thrones (A Song o...
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29 Grendel
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30 The Elephant Tree
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31 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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32 Wuthering Heights, Agnès Gr...
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33 The Zombie Room
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34 The Strange Case of Dr. Jek...
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35 Watchmen
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36 Johnny the Homicidal Maniac...
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37 Wuthering Heights
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38 Nineteen Minutes
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39 The Secret History
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40 The Bridge To Caracas (The ...
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41 Othello
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42 Batman: The Killing Joke
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43 I, Lucifer
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44 The Bad Beginning (A Series...
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45 The Wasp Factory
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46 Animal Farm
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47 Flashman (The Flashman Pape...
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48 The Day of the Jackal
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49 Red Dragon And Silence Of T...
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50 Lolita
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51 The Bartimaeus Trilogy Boxe...
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52 Soon I Will Be Invincible
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53 Exquisite Corpse
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54 The Da Vinci Code (Robert L...
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55 The Lies of Locke Lamora (G...
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56 Test of the Twins (Dragonla...
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57 The Killer Inside Me
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58 The Hollow Dolls
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59 The Mists of Avalon (Avalon...
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60 Apt Pupil
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61 Hit Man (Keller, #1)
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62 Richard III
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63 Les Liaisons Dangereuses
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64 Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter...
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65 Fahrenheit 451
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66 Confessions of an Ugly Step...
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67 King Lear
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68 A Christmas Carol
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69 New Moon (Twilight, #2)
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70 Trainspotting
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71 I Am Not A Serial Killer (J...
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72 A Clash of Kings (A Song of...
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73 The Stranger
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74 Vampire Origins - Project I...
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75 1984
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76 A Storm of Swords (A Song o...
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77 The Awakening and The Strug...
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78 The Hunter (Parker, #1)
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79 Medea
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80 Snow Crash
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80 Requiem for a Dream
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82 Misery
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83 Apocalyptic Empire: The Hat...
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84 Grundish and Askew
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85 Mister B. Gone
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85 Titus Groan (Gormenghast, #1)
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87 Time of the Twins (Dragonla...
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88 Invisible Monsters
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89 Filth
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90 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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91 The Lion, the Witch, and th...
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92 Six Bad Things (Hank Thomps...
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93 Lullaby
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94 Skagboys
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95 Vanity Fair (Norton Critica...
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96 The Koran
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97 My Life
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98 Mr. Monster (John Cleaver, #2)
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99 The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ri...
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100 The Meaning of Night
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462 books · 1,202 voters · list created August 21st, 2008 by Sarah (votes) .
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message 1: by Angel (new)

Angel Jenkins the bible? really!


message 3: by Rachelle (new)

Rachelle Hinkley Lmfao Bill Clinton. Haha the bible.


message 4: by caitlin (new)

caitlin Twilight?


message 5: by Gayan (new)

Gayan Rachelle wrote: "Lmfao Bill Clinton. Haha the bible."

Both of those made me laugh.


message 6: by Larry (last edited Oct 19, 2010 02:48AM) (new)

Larry Are we Voting correctly?? I have recanted my votes for Dexter, Locke Lamora, Parker and John Dortmunder.
True Dexter is not a nice person, but in the books he is written as the good guy, there are even worse characters that are the Villeins.
There are well written Villeins I empathies with. Jim Butcher's "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone comes to mind. As well Kim Harrison's Al and Trent.
I think I will give this more thought before I vote.


message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan Pearson The bible? Bill Clinton? Harry Potter?

Who made this list cause they are morons.... A "bad guy" is not just someone that some people in the book hate (ie Harry Potter I guess) they are legitimate bad guys (ie American Psycho)

Also how the hell does the Bible belong on anyway shape or form? Not to mention the many others....


message 8: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Megan wrote: "The bible? Bill Clinton? Harry Potter?

Who made this list cause they are morons.... A "bad guy" is not just someone that some people in the book hate (ie Harry Potter I guess) they are legitima..."


I started the list, Megan, but no one person "made this list." You add the books you think you belong, and other people do the same. I agree with you that none of those you mentioned belong on the list, but it's a group effort. If you feel strongly about it, you can get your friends to vote other stuff higher up the list until those fall even lower.


message 9: by Blaise (new)

Blaise The Bible, cheering Satan. Bill Clinton...well there are some people who root for Ken Starre I guess. And Harry Potter, oh come on. You know some people root for Malfoy. It's called Rooting for the Bad Guy, meaning you want the "Bad Guy" to win. Not meaning that Harry Potter is a "bad guy". And Twilight, I am confused too. Do they mean Jacob, Victoria, Laurant, or James? I could be down with any of them.


message 10: by Amelia (new)

Amelia New Moon of the Twilight series would be my #1 where I was totally hoping the villain would prevail...anything to make the whining STOP!


message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Amelia wrote: "New Moon of the Twilight series would be my #1 where I was totally hoping the villain would prevail...anything to make the whining STOP!"
Ha!


message 12: by Emily (new)

Emily I'm loving how the King James Bible is included on this list.
Bravo, good sir.


message 13: by Karilis (new)

Karilis *Caitlinn!* wrote: "Twilight?"

Well Vampires are evil and bad lol


message 14: by Karilis (new)

Karilis I love how Something Borrowed is on this list. Rachel is the bad friend stealing her bff's fiance! but you root for her cuz she is good, if that makes any sense! lol


message 15: by Kill the Spare (new)

Kill the Spare Umm, how is Eldest on this list?


message 16: by Amelia (new)

Amelia Seriously? Who on the "bad guy" list in Eldest would be worth rooting for? Or, maybe they just hated the book and wanted Eragon to die?


message 17: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Marshall The bible should never be on any lists on this site. i labeled it under scifi/fantasy/horror. jesus was the original zombie


message 19: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline caitlin wrote: "Twilight?"

yes, we wanted James to win, so she would be dead. Looking back on that book, I really don't understand why I liked it so much. I almost hate it now.

Unless their counting Edward as the bad guy because he's a vampire, I could see why they would be rooting for him.


message 20: by C.S. (last edited May 23, 2013 11:38PM) (new)

C.S. Jones People where rooting for Patrick Bateman? I liked that book, but... What the entire fuck?


Lady  ~☆ Alice Rowhedge What about Medea? would that be the bad girl?Medea


message 22: by Thebomb (new)

Thebomb interesting list,i can't believe only now i came across it...


message 23: by Christine (new)

Christine The Phantom of the Opera should be #1. What is number 1 anyway?


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