Antagonists. Villains. Foes. Anti-heroes. The bad guys. Their presence is an important part of many books. They add plot and substance to a novel. A lot of blog posts and praise go to the protagonists and heroes of books. I’m here to shine a light on the dark side! Antagonists, which don’t necessarily have to be evil, bring conflict and tension into the story. They test the protagonist and allows readers to see how they react to obstacles and being put under pressure. Along with that, they can essentially teach us about rights and wrongs. The circumstances surrounding the protagonist and antagonist can even help us in real life situations. One of my favorite things about books is when author create and write a well-written and complex antagonist. I don’t think I’ve ever vied for the antagonists but I do enjoy learning about them. However, I despise it when authors redeem the irredeemable villains. That’s probably the number one thing I can’t stand. There are some very well-written antagonists out there that will stick with me forever and they deserve their own spotlight.
My Top 10 Favorite Antagonists or Villains that I Love to Hate:
1. The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
2. Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
3. Axel Mortmain from The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
4. Clancy Gray from The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken
5. Lord Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
6. King Clarkson Schreave from The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
7. King of Adarlan from The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas
8. Daedalus/Department of Defense from The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
9. The Alchemists from The Vampire Academy Series & The Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
10. King Leck/King of Monsea from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Which antagonists/villains would make your list? Do you think every story should have an antagonist? Do you usually cheer for the good side, the bad side, or does it depend on the character? Let me know your thoughts!