TTT: Villains and Antiheroes


October 23: Villains (favorite, best, worst, lovable, creepiest, most evil, etc.)

I love a villian you can really root for, but I also really like when the hero isn’t quite a villain per say, but morally complicated, someone how does questionable things (either for noble reasons or simply because their world view is a little… skewed. So, here’s my Top Ten list of antiheroes and villainous heroes.


Kaz Brekker
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Gaela Lear, Reagan Lear and Banย Errigal
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

Princess Lira
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Lada Dragwlya
And I Darken by Kiersten White

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black

Nimona and Lord Blackheart
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Lestat de Lioncourt
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Heathcliff and Cathy Earnshaw
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontรซ

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

34 thoughts on “TTT: Villains and Antiheroes”

    1. I went through the series really quickly once I got into it! There were a couple of books that weren’t quite a strong as the rest, but I thought Artemis himself was a wonderful character. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Antiheroes are my faveee. I love Kaz, Nimona and Blackheart so much ๐Ÿ˜ญ also seeing To Kill A Kingdom and Not Even Bones on here makes me excited to eventually read them!! And ahhh Artemis Fowl I was so into that series when I was a kid!! Iโ€™ve really gotta give them a reread.

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  2. Great list! Yes, Kaz Brekker is such a fantastic character, I adore him. I keep meaning to give And I Darken a try, I’ll have to check it out.

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    1. Interestingly enough, I can actually see quite a few parallels between Wuthering Heights and Queens of Innis Lear. Personally, I enjoyed both, but I can admit that they can both drag a little in places, and be a little difficult to get through. Both are also made up largely of quite unlikable characters so that may be something to consider?

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      1. Ah, thanks! I’ll stick with it then, I don’t have much of an issue with a lot of unlikeable characters, but I was wondering how she’s going to manage the plot, because it seems a bit different (from Shakespeare I mean) Which is a good thing if handled well!

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  3. I love morally gray characters! They are so incredibly interesting to read about. Iโ€™m always looking for good books with intriguing villains and anti heroโ€™s and I actually havenโ€™t read most of the books you mentioned โ˜บ๏ธ
    I fully agree with Artemis Fowl though. I love him ๐Ÿ˜ recently reread the first two books

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    1. I think it’s so interesting that morally grey characters seem to lend themselves to being more complex and intriguing. I hope you find a new favourite from these if you try any of them – these are some of my favorites not-quite -villains.

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