Villains Award Tag // In Which I Admit My Love For Antiheroes & Scoundrels

Header - FionaI’m afraid it’s no secret that I have a deep love for anti-heroes and villains of all sorts. Oh yes, you know you love them to. Stop lying to yourself! I find them absolutely fascinating, and more often than not, these characters are far more complex and developed than the classic hero. The whys and hows and villains will never cease to captivate me. Anywho, enough rambling about the wonders of my eccentric mind. This lovely tag was created by the wonderful Cait from Paper Fury. If you haven’t heard of this beautiful human being before, you must be living under a rock. She’s such a phenomenal blogging inspiration and has the best posts! Check her out!

Section divider.pngVillain You Absolutely Despise & Hate

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How could choose anyone other than Maeve from the Throne of Glass series? She tortures my precious babies, and that’s not alright! Well, okay, maybe I *slightly* like it when characters are injured and in pain but there’s a point when it’s too much for me to bear! Oh hush, I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this way. Haha.

Section divider.pngVillain Who Is Entrancing

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Stealing Cait’s answer for this one, but Legend from Caraval and Legendary! My word, this anti-hero is the epitome of entrancing! I love this character to pieces. How he treats everything and everyone like a pawn in his game is incredibly enthralling. So much love for him!

Section divider.pngBook You’d Like to Read From the Villain’s Perspective

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Who wouldn’t just love to read Shadow and Bone from the Darkling’s perspective? I imagine it would be far more enticing than Alina’s point-of-view.

Section divider.pngWorst Antagonistic YA Parents


Not entirely sure if this counts since Julian lives with his Uncle, but the awful relationship between the two in A List of Cages is infuriating! The suffering my poor little cinnamon roll endures is heartbreaking.

Section divider.pngAntihero Who Is A Little Bad, Little Good

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Oh, did you mean Kaz Brekker? If I’m being perfectly honest, all my favorite characters are antiheroes. Kell Maresh, Lila Bard, Aelin Galathynius, Zuko, etc. Damn, these thieves, assassins, and wayward princes really know how to steal my heart.

Section divider.pngVillain Made From Tragic Circumstances

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Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. She is a fantastic antagonist, but her backstory in Fairest truly makes you feel sympathetic for her. She had a rough past to say the least.

Section divider.pngAntagonist Who Gets In Hero’s Way But Isn’t Necessarily “Pure Evil”

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Holland from the Shade of Magic trilogy! I’m currently read the last book, and my oh my, I love him to pieces. He’s evil, yes, but is it wrong if I pity him so much that I want to bundle him in my arms? This poor baby needs A BREAK! He’s been through so much!

Section divider.pngA Non-Human Villain


The society in Unwind by Neal Shusterman.

Section divider.pngVillain Who You Think Is Wicked But Intriguing

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The Cruel Prince himself! I love Cardan, and am enamored by him! Can’t wait to see what becomes of him in The Wicked King!

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Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. Not gonna lie, I loved him even before the redemption, because I could sense his pure heart! He and Zuko are truly the best two redeemed antagonists in existence.

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Destiny | Melanie | Merline | Dani | Rae | Maddie | Hamad | Kathy | Norrie

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Thanks for reading, dolls! If you want to try this one out, I also tag you! Do you love villains and anti heroes too? What kinds of villains are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!kelly (3).pngInstagram | Twitter | Goodreads | Bloglovin


53 thoughts on “Villains Award Tag // In Which I Admit My Love For Antiheroes & Scoundrels

  1. I’m with you, those characters are sometimes far more intriguing than the hero. I feel like the heroes are more or less the same and they will always save the day. As you say, not as complex. I have yet to read a book where I’m rooting for the villain but I think I’m not reading the right genre lol

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  2. Ooooh, what a fun tag and I love your answers! Maeve is the worst ever. I’m so scared to start KoA because of how awful she is lol! And yes, I would totally love to read anything from the Darkling’s POV. He’s so messed up but so fun! More than anything, though, I feel you SO HARD on your faves all being antiheroes. I love antiheroes so much and Kaz is one of my faves. I just love moral greyness (which reminds me, yes to sweet sad little Holland ♥). Thank you for tagging me!!

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    1. Thanks, doll! ❤️ I’m so damn terrified of seeing what becomes of my precious babies at the hands on Maeve in KoA! The messed up mind of the Darkling would be so neat, and I would relish every moment of it. Bahahaha! Kaz and Holland are literally my babies. I love them so much. Still need to finish A Conjuring of Light! Hahaha 😂

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  3. I would love to read the Shadow and Bone books from the Darklings perspective! It would be so fascinating to get his full story that way. 😀
    I think Queen Levana is a great villain, I love to hate her. I haven’t read Fairest yet (I’m still debating if I want to read it), so I’m not familiar with her background. But in general she is a fascinating character!
    Great post! 😀

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    1. Yes! It would be so fascinating to receive all the insight about his motivations and feelings throughout the story!

      Ooh, I would HIGHLY recommend Fairest! It’s a great novella that beautifully provides so much info about Levana’s background!

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    1. Aww thanks, doll! So happy you love there not so heroic characters too! 🤗 Reading from the Darkling’s POV would be so intriguing! I’d love to see what’s going on in that head of his!


  4. skjdfdlks this post was too much for me to handle emotionally, ALL MY GORGEOUS LOVELY VILLAINS.
    Also I agree so muchhh, poor Julian????
    A List of Cages was tragic because Julian was literally the smallest bean and his heart is made of pure sunshine. D:

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    1. Maeve truly is awful! And being able to see into the Darkling’s head would be such a delight! Kaz will always be one of my favorite book boyfriends. Hehe.

      Thanks, love! I hope you’re having a fantastic week! ❤️

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