This week we discuss our favourite and our most despised villains! Join in the fun and leave us a comment or a link to your own Top Ten!
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Villains, eh? Hrmm. I can think of a few.
- I absolutely loathed Professor Umbridge. She is designed to be the personification of the things everyone hates. Funnily enough, I don’t remember what ended up happening to her? Someone want to jog my memory?
- Naughty John from Libba Bray’s The Diviners. I didn’t hate him so much as I was terrified of him. His whistling…*shivers*
- The new Marquess in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. She is so delightfully unhinged.
- “Professor” Umbridge and her ilk: villains who pretend to be reasonable, who use the law to gain authority and abuse others. I was delighted with her fate at the end of The Half-Blood Prince and horrified to meet her again in The Deathly Hallows. I, also, don’t remember what happens to her at the end of the series.
- The Man Jacks in The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Merciless, multiple (conspiracies are the worst), and capable as passing as normal, even kindly.
- Ryan in Young Man With Camera by Emil Sher is the worst sort of bully: the clever, popular, smooth liar with a belly full of poison, the sort of boy whom adults believe before all others.
- Lousy parents/adults in authority. Ryan in Young Man With Camera by Emil Sher is despicable, but if T had more than one decent adult in his life, Ryan’s smooth lies wouldn’t carry the weight they do. Neglectful parents and arrogant teachers are loathsome.
- M. and Mme. Thenardier of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Technically, I haven’t met them yet (I haven’t even met Jean Valjean yet) but I’ve heard the musical and seen enough spoilers to know: this pair are human ghouls.
Well, my worst and most orange nightmare is already running for President of USA. I’m not sure any list of fictional villains is going to beat that one. I can try, I guess:
- Valentine from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: Sebastian was just the anti-thesis of Clary, but Valentine was cool, calculating, and completely fine with being a bigot. That’s scary to me.
- Mr. Glueskin from Half World by Hiromi Goto: A bully is how I’d describe him, but the kind that constantly tries to inflict new and worse kinds of cruelties on those around him.
- Master Bei from Sacrifice by Cindy Pon: He’s just … so creepy … imagine being married to him … *shudder*
- Systemic Oppression from Laurinda by Alice Pung: I’m kidding. Kinda. There are definitely characters that are complicit in perpetuating a terrible, unjust system.
- Toxic Masculinity from Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu: It’s about hockey. Enough said?