Top 10 Villains in Fiction

I’ll be sharing a Top 10 on the 10th day of each month, featuring a different book theme every time, and I invite you to share your thoughts or top 10 in the comments below, or in a new post of your own! (Make sure to let me know so I can see your answers.)

This month’s theme is Villains, in all kinds of fiction. Here we go!


10. Big Brother – 1984, George Orwell


Big Brother is watching you.

I like how this character is so powerful and yet it’s not even clear if he truly exists; it makes him even creepier.

9. Bellatrix Lestrange – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling


Azkaban had hollowed Bellatrix Lestrange’s face, making it gaunt and skull-like, but it was alive with a feverish, fanatical glow. 

She is a crazy, and awesome, and crazy character, which makes her a perfect villain.

8. Legend – Caraval, Stephanie Garber


Some would probably call him a villain. Others would say his magic makes him closer to a god.

Legend keeps leaving clues for Scarlett through the novel, which makes us feel like he’s always present, and makes him even more mystical.

7. The White Witch – The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis


The only two people present who seemed to be quite at their ease were Aslan and the Witch herself. It was the oddest thing to see those two faces – the golden face and the dead-white face so close together.

A classic villain.

6. Warner – Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi


His smile is laced with dynamite. “Go to sleep.”
“Go to hell.”
He works his jaw. Walks to the door. “I’m working on it.”

He’s an infuriating and crazy hot villain. (In my imagination, at least.)

5. Dracula – Dracula, Bram Stoker


The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me, with a red light of triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of.

This quote pretty much sums it up!

4. Amy Dunne – Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn


I’ve always thought I could commit the perfect murder. People who get caught get caught because they don’t have patience; they refuse to plan.

She probably scares me the most because she’s so manipulative, and calculating, and convincing. Oh, and did I mention crazy AF? Crazy makes the best villains.

3. Voldemort – Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling


Voldemort had raised his wand. His head was still tilted to one side, like a curious child, wondering what would happen if he proceeded.

Yes. Two villains from Harry Potter, and it took a lot of self-control not to put more of them in this list because, man, this series has the BEST villains ever. But of course, Voldemort is the most terrifying of the lot. Even as a kid. (Even more as a kid.)

2. The Darkling – Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo


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

This character is so complex and I haven’t read the rest of the series yet but I can tell he’s going to get even more so through the sequels. There’s so much more we don’t know about him yet!

1. Black Jack Randall – Outlander, Diana Gabaldon


“What kind of gentleman keeps rope in his desk drawers?” I inquired indignately.

“A prepared one, Madam,” he murmured, tying my wrists behind me.

Jack Randall wins first place in my list because OH MY GOD HE’S THE WORST HUMAN BEING EVER. Even Voldemort is less disgusting than this man. Voldemort. And it’s even worse that he looks exactly like Claire’s husband from her old life. *shivers*

So these are my favourite villains (ironically by being the worst people ever).

What do you think?

Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Villains in Fiction

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  1. Fantastic list! I love The Darkling. I thought he was such a fascinating character.I couldn’t decide whether to hate him, love him, or simply try to understand him. He was a really well-written character and arguably the best part about the Grisha trilogy. And 100% YES to Black Jack Randall. I’ve only watched the show, Outlander, but that was enough to convince me that he is probably one of the most disgusting and vile villains I’ve ever encountered in a story LOL.

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  2. Dracula is a fantastic villain! This is a great post. I must agree that the villains in Harry Potter are ‘the best’, ahah. After all, without villains, there wouldn’t be any stories at all!

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