9 Book Villains You Love to Hate

Posted by Hayley on August 27, 2016


Sometimes it's just better (or at least more fun) to be bad…. Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: Who's your favorite book villain? Your top answers are below!


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Pennywise
It by Stephen King

"The face of the clown in the stormdrain was white, there were funny tufts of red hair on either side of his bald head, there was a big clown-smile painted over his mouth… Then the clown's face changed."


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Cersei Lannister
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

"She never forgets a slight, real or imagined. She takes caution for cowardice and dissent for defiance. And she is greedy. Greedy for power, for honour, for love."


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Count Olaf
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

"His face was unshaven, and rather than two eyebrows, like most human beings have, he had just one long one. His eyes were very, very shiny, which made him look both hungry and angry."


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Negan
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

"I don't feel sad…. I don't feel scared…. I don't feel happy. I'm just…here. That's my strength. That's why I'm alive. You tell me I have to crush a field of babies to keep breathing? Sure."



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Levana
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

"Levana's face was fiercely beautiful. Breathtaking in her viciousness."


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Professor Moriarty
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

"He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson…. He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them."


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Dolores Umbridge
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

"They found Professor Umbridge already seated at the teacher's desk, wearing the fluffy pink cardigan of the night before and the black velvet bow on top of her head. Harry was again reminded forcibly of a large fly perched unwisely on top of an even larger toad."


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Jonathan Randall
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

"The wary dislike stamped on his face was mingled with a touch of superstitious awe. After all, when you turn someone out into the midst of a pack of wolves on a cold winter evening, you rather expect them to cooperate by being eaten forthwith."


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The Darkling
The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

"The Darkling slumped back in his chair. 'Fine,' he said with a weary shrug. 'Make me your villain.'



Did we miss your favorite book villain? Tell us about him or her (or it!) in the comments.

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message 1: by Kashmira (new)

Kashmira Majumdar These are perfect choices! I was definitely not expecting to see creepy Randall here, or sympathetic and complicated ones like Cersei and Darkling. But what sells it to me is that Umbridge, not Voldemort, is on this list ♥


message 2: by Abigail (new)

Abigail The Lord of Shadows from The Three Doors Trilogy by Emily Rodda scared me stiff. What was so impressive is you never saw him, but just his voice could trap or kill people.

Also, where are the villains from Lord of the Rings? They deserve at least a nod.


message 3: by Amber (last edited Aug 27, 2016 08:09AM) (new)

Amber Martingale The White Witch.

They probably weren't even on the list to get voted on, Abigail. Re: LOTR's villians.


message 4: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Of course, Count Olaf!


message 5: by Khadija (new)

Khadija Khan I honestly hated and loved the Darkling.
I cried when he died but at the same time I thought that was what he deserved. I think after Alina lost her powers he broke even further. At the end all he wanted was to be remembered and not hated by at least one person.


message 6: by Arah-Lynda (new)

Arah-Lynda Lydia Gwilt from Armadale.


message 7: by Claire (new)

Claire General Woundwort from Watership Down.


ファティマ The Darkling!


message 9: by jrendocrine (new)

jrendocrine Graham Mallet (Gabriel) from the Lymond series by the superlative Dorothy Dunnett


message 10: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Nurse Ratched..


message 11: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Hannibal Lector.


message 12: by Nour (new)

Nour the Darkling is the best of villains!!!!


message 13: by Emily (new)

Emily Kashmira wrote: "These are perfect choices! I was definitely not expecting to see creepy Randall here, or sympathetic and complicated ones like Cersei and Darkling. But what sells it to me is that Umbridge, not Vol..."
I agree! At least Voldemort will just kill you; Umbridge will ruin your very existence and make you not want to live.


message 14: by Emily (new)

Emily I like Arobynn Hamel from Throne of Glass


message 15: by Wojciech (new)

Wojciech Moriarty seems to have no followers here... And originally he was really present only in a single Sherlock story.
But what about Gerald Tarrant from Coldfire trilogy? If he isn not a likeable villain, no one is.


message 16: by Toolshed (new)

Toolshed Judge Holden, Anton Chigurh?


message 17: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale Aleran High Lord Lord Attis Aquitaine in the Codex Alera series.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_A...


message 18: by Spruce (new)

Spruce Levana and Moriarty are amazing villains. . . but speaking of it, IT from the A Wrinkle in Time series is a very interesting villain as well, and of course the Dark from The Dark is Rising Series.


message 19: by Jane (new)

Jane Jago Alberico of Barbadior from Tigana. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay


message 20: by Gene (new)

Gene Borowski Perhaps a technicality, but I would vote for Severus Snape.


message 21: by Maryum (new)

Maryum ❤ As soon as I saw Dolores's name, I had this burning hate in my gut for her...


message 22: by Chandhanaa (new)

Chandhanaa S Octavian from Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan is one of my favorite villains but my top fav like #1 is Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Merissa Meyer.


message 23: by Arno (new)

Arno Nieuwenhuize Randall Flag


message 24: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Moore O'Brien from 1984.


message 25: by Agustin (new)

Agustin How about the Middle-earth villains like Morgoth, Sauron, Saruman, Smaug and Wormtongue?


message 26: by Agustin (last edited Aug 27, 2016 12:39PM) (new)

Agustin Napoleon from Animal Farm, or Annie Wilkes from Misery.


message 27: by Emilee (new)

Emilee Ashline Definitely Pennywise


message 28: by A. (new)

A.  J. Loki from American Gods, the Gentleman with thistle-down hair from Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and the Lilim Witches from Stardust. Would have maybe said Regal, from the Elderling serious, but there lies only hate.


message 29: by Agustin (new)

Agustin Glad to see one of my all-time favourite literary vllains (Pennywise) on top of this list.


message 30: by Emilee (new)

Emilee Ashline Eric Spears from the Faces of Evil Series by Debra Webb. He is smart and cunning which makes you hate him.Obsession


message 31: by Pantomime Python (last edited Aug 27, 2016 12:52PM) (new)

Pantomime Python Kendall wrote: "O'Brien from 1984."

Agree. He was as delirious as he was terrifying.

And on that note, Serena Joy from The Handmaid's Tale.


message 32: by Emilee (new)

Emilee Ashline Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie. Not really a villain but she sure is mean


message 33: by Moonlike (new)

Moonlike Definitely count Olaf


message 34: by Flávio (new)

Flávio Alves Randall was a really good choice to be included!


message 35: by Emilee (new)

Emilee Ashline Francis Dolarhyde from Red Dragon by Thomas Harris Red Dragon


message 36: by Ulla (new)

Ulla Claire wrote: "General Woundwort from Watership Down."
Yes!


message 37: by Ulla (last edited Aug 27, 2016 01:23PM) (new)

Ulla Eileen wrote: "Nurse Ratched.."
Yes!
novel: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
stage play: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


message 38: by S.L.J. (new)

S.L.J. LOL. Nobody hates Hannibal Lecter


message 39: by Ulla (new)

Ulla My favourite villain: Lupo from City of Masks: by Ashley Capes


message 41: by Abigail (new)

Abigail Spruce wrote: "Levana and Moriarty are amazing villains. . . but speaking of it, IT from the A Wrinkle in Time series is a very interesting villain as well, and of course the Dark from The Dark is Rising Series."

Here, Here, I agree. I would single out The Black Rider from Dark is Rising series.


message 42: by Vedran (new)

Vedran Karlić Jane wrote: "Alberico of Barbadior from Tigana. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay"

Such a great book full of amazing charaters


message 43: by Betsy (new)

Betsy Professor Moriarity is the only one I have heard of.


message 44: by [deleted user] (new)

"we all float down here"


message 45: by Linda (new)

Linda George Wickham, from Pride and Prejudice.


message 46: by Deyni (new)

Deyni Vargas LEVANA ajdfñiowemglñuetphlaqy


message 47: by Inês (new)

Inês Yay, everybody loves darlking!!


message 48: by Karima (new)

Karima (LightWeaver) Khadija wrote: "I honestly hated and loved the Darkling.
I cried when he died but at the same time I thought that was what he deserved. I think after Alina lost her powers he broke even further. At the end all he ..."


Seriously, spoilers. There's this thing where you say " spoiler alert ", but I guess that's too advanced for you. People stop it with your idiocy. gooshh. (view spoiler)


message 49: by Anne (new)

Anne I don't "love to hate" Umbridge, though. I just plain regular hate her. I want to bury a hatchet in her chest.

Villains that I actually love to hate are characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn, the White Witch, Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar...


message 50: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Marie Count Olaf for sure


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