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I think everyone knows that as book readers, villains play some of the most important roles in our favorite stories. This is especially true in fantasy novels and I usually find myself loving certain qualities of a villain and how they decide to rule the world.
A lot of you are probably interested in my plans to rule the world after reading that title, but let’s be honest, I’d be the badass main character defeating these villains with spectacular swordplay wearing an amazing ballgown. Despite that, there are a few villains that I just know I’d love to join while they conquer the world and act out their evil plans.
The villain is one of the most important starts of the story. They’re quite literally the climax of the plot where the hero must do anything to overcome the obstacles in place by the villain. The villain is the foil of the hero, always bringing out the good in our favorite characters and showing what their complete opposite would be.
So, without further ado, let’s talk about:
The Villains I’d Join to Conquer the World
The Darkling (Grishaverse)
ft. Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm, Ruin & Rising, King of Scars, Rule of Wolves
Reading Shadow and Bone instantly had me in the Darkling’s hands. Not only was he a super-powerful Grisha, but he was so smooth with Alina. The whole dark hair and grey eye look definitely had my attention and I loved reading the tension between the two of them and how Alina was in awe of his power.
Soon after I found out the truth about the Darkling, I grew to really hate him. Like full on despising him. His creepiness throughout Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising was just too much, but he was very good at psyching out his enemy, that being Alina.
I added the Darkling to this list because his power is unimaginable and he seems like he’d be good at ruling the world if he wasn’t so caught up in the romance of it all. He was ultimately getting what he wanted before Alina came along and for years he had the world at his fingertips. He’s also just one of those iconic villains that come to mind when I think about successfully psychotic book villains, so he definitely had to make this list.
Maven Calore (Red Queen)
ft. Red Queen, Glass Sword, King’s Cage, War Storm
I read Red Queen ages ago and can barely remember the story except that I felt completely betrayed by Maven in the last few chapters of Red Queen. He really had me wrapped around his finger and I was just sitting there like “oh,” he really did me like that. That being said, Maven was a villain that I still enjoyed reading about and as he grew more psychotic, he became even more interesting.
Victoria Aveyard really threw me off course with Maven’s psychotic actions towards Mare and I honestly thought that the series might end with Maven winning instead of Mare. He seemed like one of those characters that were so messed up that he’d stop at nothing to get what he wanted, and ultimately he came very very close to surviving the entire series.
Maven is on this list because I definitely fell for him at certain points in the series. He started out as being a book boyfriend that I loved because of his princely charms and while I definitely felt betrayed by him and he lost my trust, I know that if it came down to it, we could rule the world.
Maeve (Throne of Glass)
ft. Heir of Fire, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, Kingdom of Ash
If you haven’t read the throne of glass series then you have no idea how insane this character is. I honestly had no idea what to think when Maeve was introduced to the series and I definitely didn’t know that she was going to play such a huge role.
She’s one of those villains that chilled me to the bone. She began Heir of Fire as someone that I didn’t particularly like, but had no real problem with. As the book continued, however, I saw her for what she was and loved the way that Aelin dealt with her and the Cadre.
Despite this, it was Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn that I realized just how spectacularly evil she is. I read Empire of Storms before Tower of Dawn and didn’t know the huge reveal, so I hated her based on the ending of Empire of Storms. In Tower of Dawn though, it is revealed that Maeve has pretty much been controlling the entire situation and the issues that arose for the characters, creating a terrifyingly powerful villainess.
Since reading the Throne of Glass series, I can honestly say that she hasn’t been beaten for the top spot of villains. Her incredibly mysterious power and dark past make her into one of those villains that everyone should fear. Considering it took Aelin so long to figure out the deal with Maeve, I’d say that she deserves a spot on this list.
Lore is one of those books that I didn’t see myself enjoying but completely fell in love with. The twists and turns made it into a book that I couldn’t put down and constantly wanted more. One of the biggest parts of this is the twist that involves Athena. She ultimately creates the entire plot to change and it’s one of those shocking discoveries that had my mouth hanging open.
I’ve never been huge on mythology just because there are so many different variants of the stories that I struggle believing just one thing. Despite this, Lore brought me into a world of greek mythological hunger games that was exciting and fast-paced.
Athena had my heart in her hands from the beginning of the book. She was so strong and I loved how she was sarcastic and added a little bit of dry humor into the book. As Lore continued, I found myself admiring Athena for her strength and power, however, she completely threw me off course with a major betrayal.
Just like Maven, from the Red Queen series, I totally didn’t see this coming and it turned her into an all-powerful villain that I somehow still loved. She had major plans for herself and was carrying through with them. Her strategy of being deceiving was so immediately clear and I love how she was able to pull it off so easily.
And those are my top villains to conquer the world with! What do you think, do you like any of these villains? Who are your top villains?
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