I have a love/hate relationship with good villains, sometimes there is a villain is just written so brilliantly, it just makes my skin crawl. I hate reading about them, but at the same time I can’t help but admire the author for portraying such a character so well. I have compiled a list of the five top villains that just me shiver!
5. Grima Wormtounge from The Lord of Rings
There are a lot of villains in LOTR; Sauron, Saruman, Gollum, Shelob, just to name a few, but out of all of them Grima Wormtounge just gives me the creeps. I know he is one of the less threatening villains in the series, but the spineless, insidious way he whispers lies into to Theodens ear is so disturbing. He continues in the books just being a creepy and awful person, he definitely make the list of worst villains.
4. Sir Devin from The Dragons In Our Midst Series
Sir Devin starts out as the vaguely disturbing high school principal, then you find he is an ancient Dragon slayer out for Billy and Bonnie’s blood. Not only is he totally blood thirsty and rage filled, the guy never just LEAVES. They defeat him in several battles and somehow he always comes back, crazy as always. He’s such an aggravating villain.
3. BeiTech/The Phobos Virus from Illuminae
Technically you never really meet any of BeiTech, but they release the Phobos Virus which then mutates into the mind altering- zombie like pandemic that kills thousands on the Copernicus and Alexander spaceships. The “villains” in Illuminae are sort of faceless, but all the horror and bloodshed that they cause makes my skin crawl, so they definitely make the list at number three.
2. Uriah Heep from David Copperfield
Literally one of the most disturbing villains ever. Uriah Heep is one of those characters that for a majority of the book never really does anything bad, it’s not until the end of the book that his sketchy dealings are revealed, but the most disturbing thing about Uriah Heep is not what he does, but more who he is. He always rubs his hands together, he has this preening, “humble” appearance that you just know is an act, not to mention he has a weird crush on Agnes and is just all around super creep.
1 . Levana Blackburn from The Lunar Chronicles
Out of all the disturbing villains out there, Levana Blackburn takes the cake. I think she had potential to be a very generic “evil queen” character, but Marissa Meyer wove this horrifying backstory for her, giving her this depth, without taking away from her pure evilness. From brainwashing Everett into marrying her and later killing her niece so she could take the throne, all while convincing herself that she is somehow doing it for her kingdom. It’s so disturbing!
What are some villains you can’t stand?