Top 5 Wednesday | Top 5 Villains (or Anti-heroes)

I remember doing this topic when I first began my blog! This time around, I found it a bit harder to name some of my favorite villains because I haven’t been reading all that many books with standout villains like The Commandant, The Darkling, or Queen Amarantha. Recently, I’ve actually been drawn to more anti-hero-like villains as I usually find them more compelling. So this list is more like my favorite anti-heros teehee.

According to Goodreads: “It looks like we last did this topic in 2016, so I encourage you to pick new villains if this is not your first time covering this topic! (also, as before, try not to just use HP characters…)



HOLLAND | Shades of Magic

Holland is one of the best characters I’ve read in a while. In the beginning, he appeared to be purely villainous but as the books went on, it became clear that he was more an anti-hero. Everything he did, he did for White London. He had done many horrendous things throughout the series but he had also done some good by the end. His complexities make him one of my favorite villains.


AIDAN | Illuminae Files

Some choices are very hard to make when you’re human. But when you’re an AI? Choices are decided by logic and numbers. And because of this, some decisions made by an AI could be perceived as evil or heartless. AIDAN was seen as a villain because of how it handled the many issues plaguing the space carriers. But were its choices really evil? Yes and no. The gray area in which AIDAN resides makes it one of the more outstanding villains in YA today. Also, I just love how AIDAN was surprisingly a sympathetic character at times who was funny and quick-witted.



I hate clowns because of Pennywise. This creepy clown was one of my greatest fears when I was young and he still is one of my greatest fears now. There will never come a day where I don’t think of storm drains when I look at a clown. Pennywise, or IT, makes for a memorable villain with its child-devouring ways and creepy aesthetic.

Six of Crows

KAZ | Six of Crows

Technically, Kaz isn’t a villain. But he sure as hell ain’t no hero. Thus, another anti-hero that I can’t help but love. His quiet love for Inej mixed with his brutally conniving nature makes for an interesting character profile. I love his sharp mind, his cool complex, his vulnerabilities, and his unique personality. Everything about Kaz makes him one of my all-time favorite villains/anti-heroes.


LAURENT | Captive Prince

I’m not incredibly in love with the series as it faltered in addressing the obvious issues of slavery, but the one thing I can commend the author on is her development of Laurent. This snarky prince was so cold, calculating, and abusive towards Damen in the first book that it felt impossible to view him as anything other than a villain. He was one character you loved to hate. But the rest of the books gave him room to reform and the final product is much more likable than the initial character we were given.


I’m really hoping that I can think of more purely villainous villains next time! But for now, anti-heroes LOL. 

Anyways, thanks for stopping by! Until next time ❤

Azia Sig




5 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday | Top 5 Villains (or Anti-heroes)

    1. I, personally, didn’t agree that an AIDAN was all that bad either, since it was just doing it’s job, but since all the characters viewed the AI as villainous, I can see it that way as well 🙂

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  1. Oh you’ve featured some of my favourite villains in this post Azia. 😀 Holland, especially in A Conjuring of Light, and AIDAN, in all three books actually, were two characters I ended up loving more than the heroes at some points. In ACOL the development and the background we got to Holland’s character just made my heart hurt for him. Like you said he was such a complex character and I know it’s unlikely but I’d love to see more from him one day. Maybe, you never know right?
    Great post, and great picks for this topic. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Anti-heroes/vilains sometimes are just so much more interesting than their hero counterparts, aren’t they? Their complexities, if they have any, make them standout a bit more. And yeah, a novella series with Holland would be a dream. Any book about Holland would do LOL
      Thanks so much Beth! ❤

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      1. They really are. Heroes have standard motives but there’s usually more to villains and anti-heroes that makes it so much more fun to get to the bottom of their characters. I can’t resist a well written villain! 😀
        That’s all right. 🙂 ❤️

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