Hey everyone! I’m so so so so SO excited to be on the blog tour for Renegades by Marissa Meyer! As most of you know by now, I’m a HUGE Marissa Meyer fan, so the second I heard about Renegades, I added it to my TBR. And as soon as the blog tour invite entered my inbox, I POUNCED on it!
Today, I’m going to be sharing with you my Top Ten Villains. But before we get started, here’s more about the book:
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
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And now for my post! This is a mix of villains from books and movies. Some of them, I hate to love and others I love to hate. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
10. Nikolai from The Crown’s Game. This was a tough one because he’s not technically a bad guy but… His behavior in The Crown’s Fate left much to be desired. I know WHY he did the things he did, but… To me, he was the bad guy and he didn’t redeem himself enough for me to forgive him by the end of the book.
9. Poison Ivy. I was never a huge comic fan, but I actually really love Poison Ivy. Most of what I know about her, I learned from Batman & Robin. But for whatever reason, I was just always fascinated by her.
8. Harley Quinn. Again, I was never a huge comic fan, and all I know about Harley Quinn is what I saw in the trailor for Suicide Squad, and what I’ve read about her so far in the Super Heroes at Super Hero High series, where she’s still more or less a “good guy.” But like with Poison Ivy, there’s just something fascinating about her. I want to know more about her. I want to know how and why she became a villain – especially since she’s so awesome and good in the Super Heroes at Super Hero High books… I just can’t imagine how she went from that to evil!
7. Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses. You guys… I know a LOT of you may disagree, but I’m confident a strong number will agree. He wasn’t bad in ACOTAR, and I’d even go so far as to say he wasn’t necessarily a bad guy in A Court of Mist and Fury. He was just… stubborn and set in his ways. He held Feyre back. He was so possessive of her, so sure she belonged to him, that he refused to believe she was better off without him. He never treated Feyre like an equal. He never even treated her like a person; rather, he treated her like a possession. And yet in his mind, he was justified. He didn’t see himself as a bad guy, and that’s what made him so scary.
6. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone. He’s the bad guy you can’t help but swoon over, the one you hope ends up on the side of good, who realizes the error of his ways. He’s a master manipulator and it’s hard to tell when he’s being deceitful in order to get his way and when he’s being sincere – something that makes it easy to fall into his trap, to believe his lies and doubt his truths. It makes him very, very scary.
5. Paul from the Mediator series. Oh, Paul… *Rolls eyes.* He let the fact that he was a Mediator go to his head. He saw himself as powerful, as someone who could do no wrong. But he was really just a lonely little boy, craving attention. He kind of redeemed himself at the end of book six, and I ALMOST forgave him for his behavior and for what he tried to do to Jesse. But then Meg Cabot had to go and bring him back in Remembrance, and she had to make him digress, and now I hate him all over again.
4. The Gobling King – more so from the movie Labyrinth, but also a little bit from Wintersong. The Goblin King is the kind of villain that you crave. You hate what he does and how he does it, you hate how he justifies what he does, yet you can’t help but desire him. You can’t help but want to know more about him. And let’s be honest, David Bowie in that role was…
3. Ursula. This one’s an easy one. The Little Mermaid has always been my favorite Disney movie, and who doesn’t hate Ursula for nearly stealing the prince away from our innocent little Ariel? She’s just 100% pure evil – and sometimes, the best villains are just that: pure evil. Also, we’re getting her origin story in 2018, thanks to Sarah Henning’s Sea Witch and I AM SO PUMPED! She’s one of my favorite villains, and I can’t wait to read more about her!
2. Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. The scary thing with Levana is, she actually thinks she’s being a kind, fair ruler, loved by her people. Her mind is so twisted, her sense of right and wrong so warped, she doesn’t even realize she’s doing bad things. And that makes her even more dangerous. It also makes her an epic villain – my favorite kind of villain, honestly. I still wanted to smack her a LOT for how evil and twisted she was. But I also kind of felt bad for her. It was a REALLY strange juxtaposition of feelings.
1. Dolores Umbridge. I mean.. Do I even need to say anything about this one? Let’s break this down: there are a few different types of villains out there – there’s the 100% pure evil villain, like Ursula. And there’s the villain who feels 100% that what they’re doing is right, like Levana. And then there’s Dolores Umbridge. I mean.. *Drops mic.*
And there you have it! Now tell me: who are your top villains? Which villains do you love to hate and hate to love? Or just plain hate? Share your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author:
Marissa Meyer is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Heartless and The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and twin daughters. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.