This week’s #T5W is our top five favorite villains. I will be pulling from books, tv, and movies this week as I have some favorites I can’t leave out.
1. Sebastian – The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
“If I cannot move Heaven, I will raise Hell.” – Sebastian
Sebastian is the ultimate villain. He’s basically a sociopath – he was trained to be a spy so he can look, sound, and act however he needs to in that moment to get what he wants. But, he also has issues. A lot of issues. He sees himself as the misunderstood hero of his own story, and he’s dying for someone to want/love him. There were times in the story where I hated him, times when I rooted for him, and times when I sorta understood where he was coming from. And to me that’s what makes a great villain. They should make you think – and keep you wondering what they’re going to do next.
2. Loki – Marvel Cinematic Universe
“An ant has no quarrel with a boot.” – Loki
I have long felt that a superhero movie is only as good as its villain. If a superpowered hero is going up against a weak villain it’s not really very entertaining because there is no suspense, no worry, no chance that things will turn out bad. Loki is everything I love in a villain: tragic back story, morally gray, a little seductive, charismatic, and occasionally redemptive. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Loki is played the incredibly talented and handsome Tom Hiddleston.
3. Jim Moriarty – BBC’s Sherlock
“Every fairy-tale needs a good old-fashioned villian.
You need me, or you’re nothing.” – Jim Moriarty
I love everything about BBC’s Sherlock (except for having to wait a zillion years between seasons), but Moriarty is one of the standouts. He’s brilliant and evil and a perfect match for Sherlock. Andrew Scott does an amazing job bring Moriarty to life – you can tell he’s having a blast playing this character.
4. Lord Ballister Blackheart – Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
“This movie is absurd. It makes no logical sense and the production values are appalling.” – Lord Ballister Blackheart
Nimona is a graphic novel which actually started as a web comic. Lord Ballister Blackheart teams up with our title character Nimona to wreak havoc on the aptly named Institution. But, what makes Lord Blackheart such a fascinating character is that he makes you question what you know about villains and their motivations. What makes a villain? Do we create villains because we need them to balance our heroes? Is it their actions that make them a villain or our insistence that they are one?
5. The Commandant – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
“I will tell you the same thing I tell every slave. The resistance has tried to penetrate this school countless times…if you think of contacting them, I will know and I will destroy you.” – The Commandant
The Ember in the Ashes series is set in a brutal world inspired by Ancient Rome, and Sabaa Tahir does not shy away from depicting the violent treatment of slaves by the ruling class. The Commandant is the head of the military academy, Blackcliff, where the bulk of the story is set. And, she is one of the most vile bad guys I’ve ever read about. She has no mercy, no weakness, and no one she truly cares about. The way she treats her slaves is a bit nauseating – she’s willing the gouge out a child’s eye for another slaves transgression. She makes for a very compelling foe for our heroes.
So these are my five favorite villains – who are yours?