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This is hard! I mostly like characters who are shady, but not downright evil. I always found villains who are evil without reason pretty boring. So I give you my list of mostly shady antagonists and some pure evil meanies 😉
Jaime Lannister / A Song of Ice and Fire –> And here I am talking about book Jaime, as his arc of redemption is much better than the one given to us in the TV show.
Captain Kennit / Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb –> A scheming, backstabbing & ruthless pirate who is a compelling character!
The Man in Black or Randal Flagg / The Dark Tower by Stephen King –> Also appears in other novels by King. Great antagonist. Mysterious, threatening, powerful.
Zabulon / Watch Series by Sergei Lukyanenko –> Great series in general – reminds me that I would love to reread it at some point. I always loved the dynamics between the different fractions. Zabulon is supposed to be the villain but we get to see many different layers to his character.
Prince Regal / Farseer Series by Robin Hobb –> Oh god, I hated him SO DAMN MUCH!!!! And that makes him a good villain, right? Couldn’t stand this little sh*t.
Kallor – The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson –> Although it’s hard to say as most Erikson characters are heroes and villains at the same time. Kallor was once a ruthless ruler and did some pretty nasty things.
Melisande / Kushiel Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey –> I hated her with a passion… Seductive, power-mad and probably the best antagonist in the whole series.
Dolores Umbridge / Harry Potter by Joanne K. Rowling –> Not Voldemort, but Umbridge made me sooo ANGRY!!!
The Limper / The Black Company by Glen Cook –> I am reading the book right now and he freaks me out. Stuff from your worst nightmares. You can hear him coming and his face is half falling off ugh. And of course he wants to torture & kill you.