Top 10 Tuesday — Favorite Villains

4 Oct

I read a lot of suspense and mystery fiction filled with villains, but I have to say I don’t generally consider them my favorites when it comes to their characters. It’s hard to like or love to hate a serial killer! So I was a bit stymied by this week’s theme. I could come up with one or two that were complex and interesting, but this is Top 10 Tuesday, not Top Two! So I am taking a bit of a different tack. The following characters (still not 10!) can be classified as villains, but mostly they are just people acting badly (with one or two exceptions). For links to other bloggers who probably have great villain lists, click HERE.




7 Favorite Villains


unknownThe I Can’t Believe He’s My Brother-in-Law Villain — Mr. Wickham from Pride And Prejudice.

Devastatingly handsome and charming, Mr. Wickham swept more than one lady off her feet. As Mr. Bennet says, he makes love to us all. One can only hope if there is justice in the book afterlife that Mr. Wickham is suffering from being stuck with Lydia!


mr-and-mrs-elton-jane-austens-couples-16666936-500-500Two for One Villains — Mr. and Mrs. Elton from Emma.

More annoying than villainous, these two still make my villains list because of their bad treatment of Harriet. They are also so very insufferable in their snootiness. Speaking of book afterlife, Mr. Elton is taken care of in Mrs. Elton in America. Mrs. Elton, on the other hand, really comes into her own.


unknown-1Nobody Likes a Pathetic Villain — Willoughby from Sense And Sensibility.

I never understood what Marianne saw in Willoughby. Colonel Brandon is much more of a manly-man! Willoughby bows to the societal winds making him a pathetic villain. He is cute though!


51vubz7kh2l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Dastardly Villain You Would Love to Boo — Chance Macy from Jessica Dotta’s Price of Privilege Trilogy.

Chance Macy — boo hiss —  is a villain you can really sink your teeth into — literally! From the start I questioned his motives and actions. He gets his comeuppance in the end! Yay!






theblackmothIs He A Villain or Isn’t He? — Lord Jack Carstares from Georgette Heyer’s The Black Moth.

Accused of cheating at cards, living as a highwayman, Lord Jack is really a good guy in bad guy clothes. The Black Moth, written when she was only nineteen, was Heyer’s first novel written to entertain her ill brother. If you love historical romance, Heyer is a go-to author.




unknownThe Really Bad Guy I Just Loved. It Must Be The Clothes — Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert from Ivanhoe.

While I really should have been swooning over Wilfred of Ivanhoe, I was enamored of this bad-boy knight. Is it because he was secretly in love with Rebecca (my name is Beckie) or because my husband’s name is Brian? Or is it that a girl can’t resist a man in shining armor? No clue. But Sir Brian captured my imagination despite his anti-semitism and really bad treatment of just about everyone in the novel. Maybe he was just misunderstood. Also Ciaran Hinds played him and Captain Wentworth in Persuasion, my all time favorite Austen novel and all time favorite hero!


7 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Favorite Villains”

  1. Allyson October 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    I always felt so bad for Lizzie, having to live with Mr. Wickham as a brother in law for the rest of their lives. That seems like such a cruel fate.

    My TTT.

    • rbclibrary October 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm #


  2. Barbara H. October 4, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    Yes! Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel as well, and I loved the Ciaran Hinds DVD of it. I had not seen him in Ivanhoe – will have to look that up! It’s been years since I read that, so I only vaguely remember Sir Brian.

    My all time favorite villain is Javert in Les Miserables, because he doesn’t really seem villainous, and he so thinks he is in the right. It’s a complete shock to his system to find goodness and mercy in ValJean, a convict.

    • rbclibrary October 4, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

      Barbara, I have not read Les Mis. I’ve only seen the movie. But from that I knew Javert could not accept the goodness and sacrifice of Valjean. When I said most of the “villains” we’re people acting badly I thought of all men’s tendencies to act in that manner. Thanks so much for commenting. I appreciate it.

  3. Carrie October 5, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    hahahahahaha!!!! I adore your villain classifications! Hilarious and spot-on! My TTT

    • rbclibrary October 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

      ;). I can’t seem to follow the theme as it is presented. For a rule follower like me, it is very difficult to break out of a box.

      • Carrie October 5, 2016 at 4:53 pm #


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