Discussion: The Best Villains Of YA Literature

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More often than not, every good story always has two sides; the good and the bad. The drill is that most of the time the good side wins (yay for us). But they obviously have to face a lot of hardships and go against some twisted freaks in order to get where they are; so let’s just take a moment to look back and see the worst possible villains that we’ve ever encountered in YA literature (in no particular Order)

  • A) Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments: This guy has got to be one of the most scary villains there is. I mean, he’s got demon blood running in his veins, people! How creepy is that? And while his father had beliefs and logic, Sebastain is just randomly doing whatever he’s doing to take over the world. And he tried to molest his sister. That has GOT to be messed up.
  • B) Queen Livana from The Lunar Chronicles: This bitch is a cold blooded killer with no sense of remorse for anything she ever does. Eek, she kills her SISTER AND NEICE. And then wants to kill her NEICE AGAIN.
  • C) Voldemort from The Harry Potter Series: Duh, I don’t even need to explain this one.
  • D) Katerina Petrova from vampire diaries: TRICKING BOTH THE LOVES OF HER LIFE INTO THINKING SHES DEAD AND THEN TRYING TO KILL THE GIRL THEY BOTH LOVE? Definitely villain material.
  • E) Thiago from DOSB: He was a two faced double crossing psychopathic murderer and rapist who deserved everything he got.
  • F) Jude from Mara Dyer: He isn’t really the worst of them, but at the moment I have a deep hatred toward this boy. He dies, gets resurrected with supernatural powers, and is the meanest boyfriend ever.
  • G) The Eye of Sauron from The Lord of The Rings: Saved the best for the last! I remember seeing this movie for the first time, and getting so creeped out I stopped wearing jewellery for a week (not really, that was just a bet I had with one of my friends). But it did definitely scare me. I mean, that eye of fire, seeing everything we did? Eek.
  • H) Jeanine Mathews from Divergent: I’m pretty sure I’m a Divergent, because I’m dauntless, erudite, and candor (at least, that’s what I choose to believe, lol) and because if that, this chick would probably kill me. Also, she controls an entire faction with the help of one serum. A genius villain with the brains of an erudite. Oh God.
  • There are just so many more villains that definitely creep me out and if I ever encountered them, I’d do good to stay away from them because I know if I do to I’ll probably be dead. But these are villains in the form of characters. There are a lot of books where it’s not just characters that are the villains, but also other factors. Three of those which I dread the most?

  • A) Time
  • B) A natural disaster
  • C) Diseases (TFiOS, anyone?)
  • All of these are probably my worst nightmare. Me and time have had a bit of a falling out lately, and, well, I’m going to be starting Torn Away by Jennifer Brown and I just know I’m going to cry. And well, I’ve already read The Fault in Our Stars, and let me just say that this is one of the worst villains you can ever encounter.

    Still, I don’t think I’ve ever read about any villains that are just, well, bone chilling cold and scary to the end and will cut me in a single breath. I mean, sure, Voldemort could probably do more than that with his wand, but, well…eh. He’s just not that scary.

    I’m still going to be on the lookout for scarier antagonists, though, because that what makes a good book extraordinary.

    What do you guys think? Who’s the scariest villain you’ve ever read about?

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    19 thoughts on “Discussion: The Best Villains Of YA Literature

      1. Maddy Post author

        I haven’t really read that many fantasy books but you’re right, DOSB was a fantasy and Thiago was a shit scary villain.

      1. Livia

        Haha, he was spectacularly creepy, I agree ๐Ÿ˜€ Also kind of adorable, in that sinister, “I wanna stuff cotton up your nose” kind of way, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

      2. Maddy Post author

        I haven’t really read about him (aside from the first Harry Potter book) but I’ve seen all the movies and he’s definitely one of scariest there is ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Livia

      Right now I’m reading The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross, and the series features a really snazzy villain, The Machinist. I love how he’s fleshed out, it’s one of those important parts of a read for me. Especially in YA where I’m unlikely to be overly interested in any romance (if there is any), so all that’s left to have me falling in lurve is tension. You can’t have tension if there’s no seriously awesome villain there, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

      Of course, there are the terrible villains you’ve mentioned, Maddy, like time, disaster or a disease, and those I never like lol but they do serve their purpose well and create the right tension, maybe all the more since it’s something you can’t really battle against and win a lot of the time, right? Those villains I don’t like, lol. The creature ones can be fought with and in the end the hero wins, right?

      1. Maddy Post author

        You’re right! The reason they seem so scary is because it’s all about chance with them. No matter how skilled the good guy is, it all comes down to whether his luck is good enough for his survival. Eesh. Voldemort kind of looks better now.

    2. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

      I have only read Divergent and Mortal Instruments from your list, ( do know who Voldemort is, though), and I cannot for the life of me think of scary villains form YA stories right now. Only ones from adult reads pop up in my head, but it’s nice to know there are some awesome villains in the books that are on my TBR right now.

      Have a great weekend, and happy reading, Livia.
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      1. Livia

        I can think of main characters from adult read who are scarier than YA villains, actually ๐Ÿ˜€ But then again I do like twisted stuff, haha.

    3. Melliane

      Trying again lol after 10 times. So your choice is really great I love all the villains even if I haven’t read about some but Voldemort is always the perfect choice. I’ll have to think to find some others. thanks for sharing!
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      1. Livia

        Plugin of doom was acting up, it seems ๐Ÿ˜€ Kicked its buggy code out ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks so much for helping me out pin the culprit down!

        Yep, Val is always a winner, right? Maddy picked good bad guys, lol ๐Ÿ˜€

    4. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

      I’m not normally scared of villains . . . This is probably b/c I don’t read much horror (CHICKEN, party of one). I mostly just HATE the really nasty ones (like Thiago, Jeanine Mathews, etc.). I did read a collection of Stephen King short stories when I was a teenager, which is probably why I avoid horror today (LOL), and there was a boogie man in one of them . . . to this day, I can’t sleep with the closet door open. I’m not even kidding. But that’s definitely not YA, so I got nuthin’.
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      1. Livia

        Oh, honey, I don’t read Horror either!! I’m not even into Dystopia, lol! Gimme Dark Fantasy any day, but no Horror and Dystopia has more chances of being a miss than a hit.

        Villains I do love though, lol, good ones, well built, ruthless, clever and all ๐Ÿ˜€ If they’re hot, all the more to love, haha!! But then again I’m the anti-hero lover kind in general, so I guess it makes sense.

        P.S.: Stephen King *shudders* Just… *shudders*

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