Queen Levana from Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I recently finally read Cinder, so this villain came immediately to mind. Levana is amazingly beautiful on the outside (due to a glamour, of course), but completely evil on the inside. Her gift to Kai just after his father’s death pretty much seals her status as a perfect villain.
Daedalus from The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout –
Okay, this isn’t really a specific character, but a whole government agency. Of course, there are some nasty Arum in this series too, but I think it’s clear that Daedalus is home to the true bad guys!
The Doctor from All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill –
The doctor is pretty diabolical. And, of course, his true identity makes him a villain you actually hate
Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling –
Can’t list villains without having this name pop up, now, could we? I’m pretty sure Lord Voldemort is someone none of us would want to meet up with in real life!
President Coriolanus Snow from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins –
President Snow wants the world under his control and he’s not afraid to kill innocent children (or at least have them kill each other) in order to achieve his goal. I think that’s all I need to say about that.
Adolf Hitler from Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman –
Um, he’s Adolf Hitler. (But I love how, in this book, you get to see him sort of up close and personal.)
Ludwig Tennebris from the New World series by Janelle Stalder –
Ludwig is the leader of the New World Order. It’s fitting that I’ve put him under Adolf Hitler since he’s a dictator ruling over a futuristic New Berlin. Unlike Hitler, though, you start to actually kind of like Ludwig, especially in book 2 of the series (he’s not committing genocide, which helps). This is one of those books where the lines between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” often gets blurry, which I love!
The Seeker from The Host by Stephanie Meyer –
With single-minded determination, Terra The
Seeker hunts Wanda (and Melanie) down. We find out later in the book that there’s a personal reason for her vendetta against Wanda, which makes her that much more interesting!
Roland from Unwind by Neal Shusterman – There are lots of pretty much despicable people in the Unwind universe, but Roland stands out because he’s a fellow Unwinding candidate, so you’d kind of expect him to be on Risa and Connor’s side. Nope. He’s easily as creepy as the people trying to take them apart. And even after Roland’s gone, he manages to find a way to stick around in a way, lending his villainous side to Connor.
??? from Divergent by Veronica Roth –
I can’t even say who this person is because it would be a spoiler if you haven’t read the books. Needless to say, this is not an obvious villain – not someone you’d expect – making this person’s actions much more sad!
Anybody I forgot? Who are your favorite villains?