This month’s topics for the Top 5 Wednesday series are Rewind topics – which means we can choose any previously used topic throughout the series. For today’s topic, I have chosen Favourite Villains.
In any book I read or a movie I watch, I crave complex characters.
I enjoy discovering characters that are not entirely likeable.
The protagonists must have flaws and the purpose of their stories is to overcome them. Equally, for their antagonists, there must be still some humanity left in them in order for me to sympathise with them. I will not condone their actions, but I may at least understand, where that behaviour is coming from.
There are many evil psychopathic villains out there and they have their place. My list below probably consists mostly of sympathetic or rather tragic villains.
Side note: The Orangutan Librarian wrote a brilliant post on Why Villains are the Greatest. I really recommend checking it out!
- Sméagol / Gollum – The Lord of the Ring Series
Let’s pause and appreciate Gollum’s portrait by Frédéric Bennett
Gollum is probably my favourite.
I like his character because there is still some humanity left in him, despite being consumed by his extremely powerful desire for the Ring.
He always gives me hope; that humanity can persevere.
- Loki – Norse Mythology (and Marvel comics)
Loki is a broken man damaged by his past.
The legends tell us the harder he tries, the harder he usually falls.
I guess that could make his actions seem somehow relatable. And I think that’s what makes him an interesting character as well.
- Magneto – Marvel Comics, X-Men
Another character haunted by his dark past.
His intentions are to make the world a better place for the mutants.
Unfortunately his approach, to kill all humans, is what makes him an anti-hero material. That doesn’t mean we approve of his choices, but can at least understand what made him into that villain.
- Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader
Because every hero has a villain potential.
And because we don’t know what we are capable of doing until everything we love is threatened to be taken away from us.
And because of that redemption and hope that goes with it.
- Jamie Lannister from “A Song of Ice and Fire” series
George R.R Martin has this cunning ability to create complex characters that I just want to know more of.
Jamie is one of them.
In the first few books, he is a ‘classic’ villain. His actions are fuelled by his selfish and ego-centric behaviour and of course there is that sibling love.
Then he is forced to face his disability and he raises up to that challenge.
It has something to do with certain Brienne of Tarth. Their unlikely friendship and those first glimpses of Jamie’s humanity, that were there all along but buried deep within, are probably one of my favourite parts of the Game of Thrones series.
There you have it. Now over to you friends.
What are your favourite villains? Fancy sharing some of them with me? 🙂