Top Ten Tuesday | The “Almost” Villain Squad (and the Dudes We Love to Hate)



Today’s Top Ten Tuesday was a tough one for me. The reason being I detest any and all villains.

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All About The Villains 
I don't think we've done a villains topic since back in November 2010 so let's revisit: top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite tv villains, favorite comic book villains, ten "villains" of contemporary lit. 
- Broke and Bookish

For me, villains are the worst of the worst in terms of characters. True some of them might be kick-butt characterizations, but I don’t think I can remember watching or reading something, and forming any kind of like-ship with one. This is why - with exceptions to character numbers 9 and 10, I went a different direction with today’s topic.

I decided to feature some characters who could have been villains, and instead, exercising their gift of free will, chose a nobler path. Let's have a look.

1. Black Knife from The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | I don't remember this novel in vivid detail but do remember enjoying it and feeling a constant sense of uncertainty about Black Knife. Amazon | Goodreads

2. Evan Walker from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | This is again another character I've only met "at the movies," but golly, the dude baffled me! I liked him from the moment I met him, but as he and Cassie traveled together, I grew suspicious: is he friend or foe? Amazon | Goodreads

FILM REVIEW | The 5th Wave (2016)

3. Kahlan from The Siren by Kiera Cass | I started reading this one earlier this summer and found it interesting. It walks the edge of good and evil, and the ramifications of the latter. Kahlan (because of the curse) is trapped in this world that requires sacrifice even as she fights against it. Amazon | Goodreads

4. Kendra from Bewitching by Alex Flinn | When I read about this novel, I wasn’t interested for a few reasons. But when I read the book, I was so impressed. I liked the journey and backstory the author explored for Kendra (who we met in Beastly) and the pivotal moment when Kendra chose good over evil. Amazon | Goodreads


5. Logan from the X-Men Series | I know, this one is a film character, but since technically he first appeared in comic books (or they are comic book characters even if they didn't originate there), I included him. He's a tortured character without question who very well could have gone bad. Fortunately he didn't, and I love him all the more because of it.


FILM REVIEW | The Wolverine (2013)

6. Natasha Romonov (from Marvel’s Avengers) from Black Widow by Margaret Stohl | I’ve not read this book, but it’s only a matter of time before I do. It sounds fabulous and I adore this character (from Marvel’s MCU). From the little we know of Natasha (aka Black Widow), she has a checkered past so her backstory would be interesting to explore. Amazon | Goodreads


7. Peter from Divergent by Veronica Roth | Peter is an interesting enigma. Perhaps if I read the book I’d understand him more, but for now I’m interested in puzzling out Miles Teller’s version. So far, there’s been little success. Amazon | Goodreads

8. Rogue from Rogue Touch by Christina Woodword | Even though I'm using this novel (it is on my shelf), I'm putting this character on the list in consideration of Anna Paquin's portrayal in Marvel's films. In them, Anna makes Rogue a complex character who has to look to the best memories of herself as a "normal" person because of the guilt and conflict she feels over her powers. (Plus, I adore the bond between her and Logan.) Amazon | Goodreads

Straight-Up Villains

9. President Snow from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Yeah, the dude's just, plain and simple, evil. Amazon | Goodreads



10. Valentine from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare | I've not read this book - I know, what else is new!? *she asks with sarcasm* - but Jonathan Rhys Meyer's portrayal in the film!? *shudder* Creepy. (Yeah, TV Valentine doesn't come close TBH.) Amazon | Goodreads 

 
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That's all for today! What dasterdly villains made YOUR lists? Comment down below with your thoughts on the line between good and evil some of these characters toe, or what makes a good villain. Basically any bookish thoughts you want to chat up! I'd love to read all the thoughts. 

(And toss out YOUR Top Ten Tuesday links; I'd be glad to visit your awesome blogs.)

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland. 
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  1. I like how you've included both Wolverine and Natasha - they could have been downright scary as villains! :)


    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. Right!? Thank goodness they're the good guys. :)

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  2. I like what you did with your list. Natasha is a great pick with her checkered past, and Rogue too. Love Rogue!! And yeah her relationship w/ Logan was the best.

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    1. I agree, Greg! Rogue and Logan have a great relationship, which I base on the films, but it's such a memorable bond. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Great way to tackle the list! I have to admit that I'm not familiar with many of these characters. I do love to hate a villain though!

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    1. Nothing wrong with that; I probably have more than once too. Some of the villains writer's construct are EASY to despise. :)

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  4. Love your take on the list!! I haven't read many of these in book form, but I totally agree from what I've seen in film form!!

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    1. Thanks, Lenore! It was a struggle, but that's part of Top Ten Tuesday's charm, right!? The spin we put on each week. :)

      Appreciate you visiting.

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  5. Aw you got to love Wolverine <3 Great list.

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    1. I most definitely did. He's such a tortured character and I think he's one who could have gone wrong because of that. Fortunately he did not. And I love him because of this. :) Thanks so much for visiting, Aneemieke. :)

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  6. I love your take on this topic...Redeemed Villains! Thank you.

    Here's my Top Ten: Vile Villains of Fairy Tales!

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    1. Thanks, Deb. It was fun to put together once I decided on a direction - and already I love the sound of your list. :)

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  7. Great twist on the topic! I love characters who could just as easily have gone evil and instead choose good. Wolverine and Rogue are both amazing! And I love Evan Walker as well :)

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    1. Thanks, Lindsey. This one was fun once I settled on a direction. Wolverine and Rogue have a fascinating bond, and of course, in the end, I too loved Evan! :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  8. I love this list. Definitely agree with Mr Snow and Peter. I would put Katherine Pierce from TVD to my list as well. She's evil but I love her, haha :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thanks, Leta. Snow and Peter, two very different characters! Where I don't like the former, I do like Peter "off and on." He does something good that makes me go, "aww, he does care" only to then turn around and betray everyone. Of course, part of the reason I "like" him might be because I like the actor. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Great list! I haven't read any of your picks, but I love the idea of almost-villains. They're totally underappreciated!

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    1. Indeed they are! It was fun to feature them, Julia. Thank you for stopping by. :)

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  10. I love your spin on this!!! I need to watch The 5th Wave movie!! I don't know if I'll ever make time for the books so that's the next best thing right?? Also, it's how I decided I did want to read The Hunger Games!

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    1. Right! The film is only a 2hour investment whereas the books would take a little bit longer. I don't know that I'll ever get to the books (I know, never say never), but I did love the film. It was really entertaining. :)

      Hope you enjoy if you see it, Michelle - and as always, thanks for visiting.

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  11. I like your angle though I do love my villains and have run into a few I would consider a smidge sympathetic - don't know what that says about me, lol! I'm not super familiar with many of these but I do love Black Widow/Natasha Romanov! Valentine is also a pretty great villain though I only know him from the books. I like the idea of him being played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers!

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    1. Natasha (aka Black Widow) is one of my MOST favorite Marvel characters. She has a fascinating background and each time she's out fighting with "the boys," I love the interaction she has with them.

      Jonathan OWNS the role. The TV dude, not so much. But I'm glad you think Book Valentine is a great villain. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Stephanie.

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  12. I've not read a lot of these! I didn't like President Snow... he was just evil! And as for Peter for Divergent... he was horrible!
    So I think this makes for a good list :P

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    1. Right!? Snow is PURE evil. Ugh. That dude made a great villain. I only know Movie Peter and I flip-flop on liking vs. disliking his character. That said, this is probably in part because I like the actor who portrays him. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Kate. :)

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  13. I know Snow is the main bad guy, but he never really scared me too much. I feel like we were TOLD to be scared rather than shown his evilness. I was more scared of the machine of Panem rather than him personally. Especially towards the end. I feel that Coin was more dangerous; she had more power that she personally built up while Snow was riding on an already built system. Of course I am due for a reread, so this might not be quite correct.
    And Peter in Divergent. Well, that knife story did me in.

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    1. Excellent points, Livia. But for me (in early days), all that he DID (or rather ordered done) was awful. Near the end he was weak and pretty much "whatever" (so over him), but early days Snow? He was formidable.

      I think my main flip-flop reaction to Peter is liking the actor. Beyond that, yeah, I'd say he fits better in the villain camp. ;)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Livia!

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  14. This is SUCH a fun topic! Wolverine, Natasha, and Evan Walker!! Haha, I detested Peter in the books. Peter in the movies however, weirdly likable. I blame it on Miles Teller. ;) Love this list, Rissi!

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    1. *high five* This is what I blame on my "likable" reaction to Peter too - Miles! I have a soft spot for him as Peter because of Footloose. ;)

      Wolverine, Natasha and Evan, all favorites. :)

      Thanks so much for reading it, Bekah; once I decided on a direction, it was fun.

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  15. That was a good angle to look at it from! I actually remembered to check out the prompt this week, but I couldn't come up with any I actually wanted to write about. Your list is very cool (and I love that both Logan and Rogue are on it! I've loved them both since before the X-Men movies existed).

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    1. Rachel, hi! Always nice to see you visiting. :)

      I had trouble with this week's prompt too because I'm a hero girl - all the way. I actually originally also intended to include Freya (from 'The Huntsman') on this list but because I had to re-film the video, I forgot her the second time through (I must have added Evan instead). Either way, I'm definitely a fan of Logan/Rogue. Their bond is special and I think Logan's scared past helps him understand Rogue better.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts - hope to see a Top Ten Tuesday from you on a week that is simpler. :)

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    2. Exactly! I'm a hero girl. I don't like villains because they're being mean to the people I like. (Insert stern, grumpy face here.)

      I love how Logan will sort of adopt a younger character and mentor them, protect them, help them find their own strength. He does that over and over in the comics. Even though he's Mister Leave Me Alone on the outside, he's very kind and caring and... yeah. He understands people wanting to be left alone, and can see when it would be a bad idea to do that, when they need someone to step in and say, "No, you need to be Not Alone right now."

      One of these weeks, I'll do TTT again!

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    3. *high five* I love that. I always (and forever will) root for the good guys. Most of the time the villains annoy me to death too so it's no heart ache wishing them ill!

      As do I! Since I've not read the comics, I find it interesting to know how the characters have adapted on the screen. The characters that aren't what they seem on the outside are usually the most worth getting to "know." Because hidden beneath their "tough guy" persona is usually a person just as vulnerable as the rest of us.

      Wonderfully said: "No, you need to be Not Alone right now." How true. It's the best when the character's best friend, mentor, family, (insert character here) can be this for whatever character most needs it just when they need it. :)

      YAY! I'll look forward to this. :)

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