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T5W Rewind – Favourite Villains

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

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

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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)

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Picture by incredible artist Sceith

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

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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

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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.

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Amazing drawing by Antylopa

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? 🙂

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T5W – Favourite Science Fiction / Fantasy in Other Media

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

This week’s topic is: Favourite Science Fiction / Fantasy in Other Media

All five of the movies / TV series below have something in common:

  • Complex, flawed characters that grow
  • A quest
  • Intriguing antagonists that almost complete our protagonists
  • Atmosphere
  • I can not stop thinking about what I just saw for a long time

Side note: I am currently reading Into the Woods by John Yorke. Hence the story decomposing attempt. 🙂 There is an excellent review of this book @ Baking Thad’s blog which made me interested in it in the first place.

Anyhow, back to the movies. Without further ado, let me tell you about my favourite Science Fiction / Fantasy films:

The Lord of the Rings

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“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 
― Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings, ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Because of the quest Frodo undertakes, that journey he is on that changes him. He grows but he also starts becoming darker.

Because of that relationship between Frodo and Gollum as they can relate to another due to the Ring’s corruption.

Because of all those wonderful friendships, especially the one between Frodo and Sam.

Game of Thrones

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“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” 
― Tyrion Lannister, A Game of Thrones,  ~ George R.R. Martin

Because of all of those complex female protagonists.

Because of the lack of goodbad characters’ labels. Seemingly ‘good’ characters make terrible mistakes / ‘bad’ characters do something selfless and we have to pause and notice them from a new perspective and rethink how we feel about them.

Because it is complicated, unpredictable, tactical and I just love guessing what will happen next. Can we have the next season NOW please!!!

Stranger Things

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“You shouldn’t like things because people tell you you are supposed to.” 
― Jonathan Byers

Because I am the 80’s kid.

Because a group of 12-year-old kids on bikes fighting a monster = nostalgia.

Because of its darkness, its friendships, its underdogs going on a quest story.

Because of extremely well-built tension resulting in me biting my nails and screaming. Side note: hiding behind a pillow is a favourite back up option of mine.

Star Wars 

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“Do, or Do Not; there is no Try.” 
― Yoda

Because every hero has a strong villain potential.

Because there is a lot of wisdom in it.

Because of a cute R2D2 and all that humour it brings.

Because of the unexpected Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker revelation.

Because of courage, hope and memorable characters.

Black Mirror

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“How did he die then?

Oh, they cut him open to see if he was okay.”

Because it’s completely fucked up.

Because it makes me think. It provokes me to ask questions I may not ask otherwise.

Because of not so distant future and possibilities technology may bring us.

Because each episode has a unique and remarkable story line.

Because it’s relatable and dark with glimpses of hope now and again.


Now over to you my friends:

  • Which Science Fiction / Fantasy  movies / TV series do you enjoy?
  • And do they have a common theme?