favorite villains in literature

Frightfully Awful: 10 Favorite Villains in Literature

Good villains are wonderful and terrible all at the same time. You absolutely hate them, but then you have to give the author props for making them oh-so hateable. Sometimes it’s fun to hate characters, right? Read on to see some of my favorite villains in literature.

1. Dolores Umbridge

harry potter

THIS B. I can’t write a villain post without including her. In fact, I’m 90% sure she’s the reason I even thought of this post in the first place. WORST EVER.

2. William Hamleigh

In a book this long, it was PAINFUL to read about William. He was a complete TURD and I couldn’t wait to finish the book and see how he was going to get what he deserved. I read this book over ten years ago, and he’s still one of my most memorable villains. 

3. View Spoiler » (If you haven’t read the book/seen the movie)

gone girl

I have no words for this vile-AF character.

4. Anna Karenina

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Maybe this is slightly controversial, but I hated Anna! I hated all the decisions she made and the home-wrecking she did. She was absolutely a villain in my book. She ruined everyone’s lives around her. Let me just say that I think she got what she deserved.

5. Jonathan Randall


Just when I think I can’t list a worse character, I manage to find another one I LOATHED. This awful man made my skin crawl.

6. Amarantha

Basically she was pretty awful (but I not-so-secretly loved it). Review.

7. Dimitri

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Not the worst villain I’ve encountered in a novel, but in the realm of this book, he repeatedly pissed me off big time. Review.

8. Miss Trunchbull 


Um, she’s basically a child abuser. Review.

9. Lord Henry

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It was kind of a toss-up who I hated the most in this book, but at the end of the day, Lord Henry was the biggest douche of them all. Review.

And last but not least:

10. The t-rex

Jurassic park

Because nothing is worse than a human-eater.

Who are some of your favorite villains in literature?

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  1. Dolores Umbridge is the worst! She just makes my skin crawl.
    Lord Henry is another good choice. He is so evil and selfish.
    But Anna Karenina as a villain? I never saw her that way – I actually really love her, but now I can see how she can be perceived as a villain.

    1. Hahahah, I know a lot of people liked Anna – I never have, but I guess that’s what fun about reading right? We all have our different opinions!

    1. I agree about sexual abuse/rape. That crosses a line that there is no coming back from! I got mad just thinking about them, too!