Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Movie Villains

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is centered all around villains and we could pretty much pick whatever topic we wanted under that umbrella, so since I was having such a hard time thinking about book villains, I thought I’d talk about some of my favorite movie ones! I find that villains really enhance the story, and sometimes I can’t help but find that they become some of my favorites.

1 . The Joker from The Dark Knight – I love Batman. He’s my favorite superhero and as such, I loved these movies. They were brilliantly done and I absolutely loved Heath Ledger as The Joker. He was crazy, violent, creepy, and the perfect Joker, in my opinion.

2. Voldemort from the Harry Potter franchise – Now I grew up with this movie franchise like a lot of people grew up with the books. The first movie came out when I was ten and since then I have seen each movie many times and I never get sick of them. Voldemort is cunning, manipulative, scary, and a great villain. I feel like he’s portrayed well in this adaptation and I hope that as I continue to read the books that I’ll continue to see him get even badder.

3. Jafar from Aladdin – Jafar is an amazing villain. I love how he’s trying to squeeze his way into the Sultan’s place, how he uses his wits and cunning to get him places (and also the magic scepter helps), but I also like that he gets annoyed by Iago and things that people say, and he’s kind of creepy and greedy. But he’s still one of my faves.

4. Ursula from The Little Mermaid – I’d hate to be one of the poor unfortunate souls that go to her for any sort of help because she will not hesitate to ruin anyone’s happiness in the blink of an eye. I like that she’s driven to obtain a goal and that she uses a lot of sarcasm when she talks.

5. Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty – Now I really like the live action version of Maleficent, but the original Mistress of All Evil holds a special place in my heart. I find that her cruel intelligence and a need to destroy anyone because she wasn’t invited to a party is brilliant. She’s truly the Queen of Darkness of my heart.

6. Darth Vader from the Star Wars franchise – *breathes like Vader* I mean, do I need to say anything else? Okay, well, I grew up with this franchise too because my dad is a huge fan of it, plus he’s just a super strong villain with a tragic past and he’s all kinds of cool.

7. Gru from Despicable Me Okay, so Gru is more villain-turned-good, BUT STILL. He’s funny, he tries his hardest, he has a really sweet caring side, and I just think that despite all of his mistakes and upsets, he’s a great villain and adoptive dad.

8. Bane from The Dark Knight Rises – Bane is just pure anger and I think that’s what makes him so appealing. He’s strong, he tries to use fear as a motivator, and when that doesn’t work, he breaks people – literally. I think that that’s just one of the best qualities in a villain: that they’re not afraid to get the job done one way or another.

9. Yubaba from Spirited Away – She’s creepy AF, but she’s also cunning and twists what you say around to trap you. I think she’s a classic kind of villain and maybe that’s why I like her so much. Of course, I like her twin sister more because she’s good, but we’re talking villains here, and Yubaba is fantastic as one.


10. Hades from Hercules – Ah, the sarcastic god of my heart. Hades is hilarious and doesn’t take things seriously, and when he’s fired up he’s literally fired up. I love his humor because it breaks up the seriousness of the movie, but he’s also got a devious side to him and I love it.

So there are some of my favorite movie villains! I know it was very Disney-centric but I was having the hardest time thinking about other characters. Seriously. But I do love each of these villains in their own ways.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Who are some of your favorite movie villains? Do you like any of the ones on my list? Do you prefer a villain to be completely evil, or have some sort of redeeming quality about them? Tell me all the things!

#VillainSquad Tag

The #VillainSquad tag was created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey on YouTube and I saw what it was about and LOVED IT. Who doesn’t love a good villain? I mean, seriously. Villains are the best, even when they’re at their worst.

So the questions are pretty straight forward: first, pick your villain persona (muahaha), second, you can pick any character from a book, movie, or TV show that you want that fits one of the villain categories before, and third, you’ll have your epic villain squad. So, here we go:

– Create your own villain persona (name, skills, etc)

Okay, I know that my superpower would be flight. I’ve always wanted to fly, and probably always will, so I definitely want the ability to fly. I think a good skill that I would be good at is luring people in to have a sense of trust, and then obviously ripping that away from them. So, manipulation?

As for a name? That’s a tough one… Maybe… Sky Queen.

Yup, I’m rolling with it.
1. The Leader – Pick a villain to lead the squad.

For this I imagine someone strong, willing to take risks, and all around just doing what’s right for the wrong reasons, and so I pick: Valentine Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. He’s a smooth-talker, a charmer, and he knows just how to get what he wants, when he wants. Definitely leader material.

2. The Killer Smile – Pick a villain who’s just extremely attractive

Who doesn’t love a hot villain? For this I’ll have to pick Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. Like, he seriously was on fire. Again, a smooth-talking charmer, with an overprotective side, a toned body, and a killer smile? Yes, please.

3. The Loose Canon – Pick a villain that marches to the beat of their own drum

The villain you never really know what to expect from, and for this one I chose Sebastian from the Mortal Instruments series. He definitely doesn’t really listen to anyone, and he’s fairly unpredictable. On the other hand, he does have a cunning mind, so it’s interesting to see what he does and how he carries on with his plans.

4. The Unhinged One – Pick a villain that isn’t playing with a full deck.

You know, the crazy one of the group. There’s always one, and I think for this one I’ll have to pick Bellatrix LeStrange from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I can’t speak to book Bellatrix yet, as I haven’t seen her in the books yet, but in the movie she definitely was unhinged: bloodthirsty, uncaring of who was hurt, but still obedient to her master.bellatrix-lestrange-4
5. The Redeemer – Pick a villain that’s on a path of redemption/would play both sides

The guy/girl that can be good or bad, depending on the circumstances, I would have to pick Celaena Sardothian/Aelin Galathynius from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Now, Aelin is definitely not a villain, but she’s not exactly a hero, either. She can definitely play both sides and I think that she can definitely be seen as a redeemer.

6. The Evil One – Pick a villain that is just bad to the bone.

This one’s a no-brainer for me: Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, specifically the original Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. She’s the Mistress of All Evil: ruthless, cunning, intelligent, and not afraid to fight her own battles.


And for crying out loud, she turns into a badass dragon!

7. The Once-Was-Good – Pick a villain that didn’t originally start out as a villain.

You know the tale: tragic backstory, lots of hate and rage, turns baddy? Well, that’s almost any villain, but for my squad in particular I’d want Regina, aka The Evil Queen from Once Upon a Time. Especially in the first season, Regina was all bad and I loved that about her. When we started to get snippets of her backstory, I felt so sad for her! And she can use magic, so I need her on my squad.


So yes, there is my awesome villain squad! I kinda really dig it.

What about you? Who would you have on your squad? Feel free to do this tag on your own blog, or let me know in the comments who your picks would be (or both!).