Friday, January 18, 2013

Follow Friday #30

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. (I'm doing this in the morning because I'm off school! Snow Day! Yay!!)

Q: Who is your favorite villain from a book?

Ohmygosh. Um... let's see... Opal Koboi from Artemis Fowl? Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter? Capricorn from Inkheart? Tigerclaw/TigerStar from the Warriors series (Erin Hunter)?

As you can see, I still have a mighty soft spot for my MG favorites. And that I have a hard time picking my favorite villain.

What makes a good villain?
-A cool name
-brilliant intellect
-doesn't go into monologues
-Actively opposes the protagonist (through minions or by himself)
-That evil, charismatic attitude
-Knows morality; knows what he wants; ignores morals in favor of what he wants.

At least, this is my definition. All of the villains I mentioned above do this. (Except maybe Opal Koboi. But she's crazy. And looks completely innocent, so nobody knows how evil she is for awhile, and she has the freedom to gloat monologue. But I think she has the other attributes.)

Yes, they have to have a cool name. You can't be evil without a cool name, or everyone will laugh at you. Capricorn even renamed himself that -- named after a horoscope, but at least it's a cool horoscope name. (I don't know what I would've thought if it'd been a not-cool name, like Taurus; who would take your genius seriously when your name means bull [or something similar to a bull]?)

And stupid villains... are stupid. Case in point. They have to be a genius. How far would Voldemort have gotten if he was an idiot? Certainly not far enough to know what a horcrux is.

And charisma is necessary if you want followers. Otherwise, the villain sits in his lair, shunned by all, and has no minions to send after you. He's too busy cooking his own meals and cleaning his own house to plan his daring plots against the hero. Or under his bush, if you're Tigerstar. (He's a cat. Living in the woods with his clan[s], who he's not the leader of until after the third book.)

So... yea. This is my list. And my explanations. Trust me, there are plenty of other villains I loved, but I didn't want to blog post to stretch on for infinity, so I cut it short.

How about you? Who did you choose? What makes a villain cool for you?

Have a blessed Friday!


  1. A lot of people chose Voldemort. Great picks!

    Here's my FF:

  2. Love your explanation about what makes a good villain! I agree on all those points. Voldemort is one of my favs too! Old GFC follower.

    Happy Friday!

  3. I can't believe I follow another blogger who knows about Tigerstar & the Warriors for that matter :D Yay! And I'm loving the HP mention as well!! GREAT picks!

    Old follower,
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  4. Haha, I never thought of a cool name being necessary, but the best ones always stick out in your mind because of their name. Great answer! I hope you have a great Friday :)

    Here's my FF!

  5. I've seen lots of people picking various characters from the Harry Potter series!!! Lots of good choices there :)

    I chose the Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

    New GFC follower!

    Happy Friday!

    My FF

  6. Nice pick! Love your explanation! :d Here is my Feature Follow

  7. Great picks! I loved your thought process!

    New follower! My FF post is here!