Villains. I love to hate them. And oftentimes, (okay every damn time) I hate how much I love them. *shrugs unapologetic* What can I say, I have a soft spot for villains. As my 4-year old attests, “they’re just misunderstood”. (Yes, she actually said that. No, I did not coach her to say it.
Perhaps I should be concerned.)
But let’s be fair here, a story just isn’t complete with a full fledged villain. Whether we’re talking about the metaphorical like death, the meteorological like the weather, or just your standard issue bad guy, there is always that one antagonistic thing in the story constantly getting in the protagonist’s way.
Since villains are so good at sabotaging plans, destroying hopes and dreams and just all around naughtiness, can you imagine pulling together all the best baddies out there? What could they do together? (I’m already trembling in my boots at the thought.)
A big thank you to Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts for tagging me to do the Villain Squad Book Tag.
If I had this team behind by back I’d be able to take over the world for sure.
Think of your own villain identity and power!
Hands down, I’d be a sneaky little thief, Kaz Brekker style. I already know I’m a cowering wimp around blood so I couldn’t ever handle being an assassin like Inej. Though I really wish, in the hypothetical sense of course, that I could; because being an assassin disappearing into the shadows is just badass. If I had a power to go along with my thievery, then I’d want to either stop time like Hiro from Heroes (obviously to make my stealing stuff that much easier) or have some sort of cloak of invisibility like Harry Potter so no one knows I’m up to mischief. Though, of course, when everyone’s books goes missing, undoubtedly, they’ll know it’s me.
The Leader – Pick a villain to lead the squad
The Commandant (An Ember in the Ashes)
She’s one tough you-know-what. She’s harsh. She’s cruel. She’s a woman who is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve what she wants. She’s just the type of villain needed to keep my pack of miscreants in line.
The Killer Smile – Pick a villain who’s just extremely attractive
Aaron Warner (Shatter Me)
He’s heartless. He’s arrogant. He’s demented. He’s also absurdly attractive. (And troubled okay? But we don’t see that until Unravel Me, so for now, he’s so many levels of NO).
The Loose Canon – Pick a villain that marches to the beat of their own drum
Dorian Sloane (The Atlantis Gene)
This guy doesn’t give two-f*cks about anyone but himself. He makes the rules. He breaks the rules. Get in his way? He’ll kill you. No big. You know the phrase, shoot first, ask questions later. Yeah, he doesn’t even ask questions later, he genuinely doesn’t care.
The Unhinged One – Pick a villain that isn’t playing with a full deck.
Sebastian Morgenstern (The Mortal Instruments Series)
The moment you get a character wanting to hook up with a member of their own family, you know there are some loose bolts in that attic. This kid is psychotic and pathological.
The Redeemer – Pick a villain that’s on a path of redemption/would play both sides
Khalid (The Wrath and the Dawn)
His past is dark. And killing all his wives is just wrong. But, everything he’s doing has a purpose. Is it still messed up? Yeah, it is. But give the guy a break, he’s trying.
The Evil One – Pick a Villain That’s Just Bad to the Bone
Hannis Arc (The Third Kingdom)
This creepy creeper makes me cringe. Unleashing soulless half-people on the living to eat them? Not okay. With no real goal that I can remember, all I do remember about him, besides the general sense of lingering dread, are the very real nightmares I had about this asshat lurking in the shadows waiting to sic a cannibal on me.
The Once-Was-Good – Pick a villain that didn’t originally start out as a villain.
Cassius au Bellona (Red Rising)
There’s nothing like an honorable man scorned. Loyalty actually means something to him. So when that loyalty and trust is betrayed, hell hath no fury.
Put them all together, maybe to actually do some good for this world, and I think this pack of jerks could be pretty awesome. Or not. They’d probably just raze the earth to cinders in a heartbeat.