top ten tuesday

TTT #160 – Eight Villians Who Turn Out Not to Be (or Turn to the Good Side)

Villains, when written well, can be some of the most interesting characters to read about. But what I find even more interesting sometimes is when we meet villains at the start of the book and then they turn out to not quite be the villains we thought them to be. Or sometimes they just turn over a new leaf when circumstances change.

There are so many ways villians can be written and so many ways in which the above can be done. I find that some of the most interesting things to read about. So of course Top Ten Tuesday (as always hosted over on That Artsy Reader Girl) had to do this prompt with Halloween right around the corner.

I will list a few below who I think fit this prompt but I won’t talk about them for the most part because that can be considered spoilers.



  1. Cardon (The Cruel Prince by Holly Black)
  2. Khalid (The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh)
  3. Matthias (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
  4. Mr Darcy (Price and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
  5. Jericho Barrons (Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning)
  6. Severus Snape (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
  7. Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer)
  8. Jaime Lanister (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin)

28 thoughts on “TTT #160 – Eight Villians Who Turn Out Not to Be (or Turn to the Good Side)

  1. Ooh yes I love these types of villains a whole lot too! It’s one of my favourite plot twists, I think?!😍Cardan and Khalid in particular ahhh!!

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  2. Ah Mr. Darcy- I remember seeing the movie the first time (not having read the book) and thinking- why is he such a jerk lol? And Jaime Lannister- I picked him too. 🙂

    I need to read The Cruel Prince soon- and yeah from what I’ve seen of early reviews it sounds like Cardan is a jerk too!

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  3. Great list! Yes, Matthias is a really good choice for this one. I’ve been seeing The Cruel Prince everywhere this year, I’ll have to get to it soon.

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  4. Happy to see Jericho made someone’s list! He didn’t make the final list for me but it isn’t because he isn’t one of my favorite characters.

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  5. I actually just finished the HP series for the first time last month (I know, I’m super late to the game!) and Snape is one of my favorite characters! I hadn’t seen all the movies so I honestly didn’t know how it was going to end but I did have a feeling he would turn out to be good. He’s such a complex, interesting character!


  6. I’ve only read two of those books, but I completely agree with you! These are often my favorite characters. Funnily enough, I never considered Matthias a villain, even though that was how he was presented. How odd.

    I appreciate that you skipped the spoilers! I didn’t with my own TTT. XD But, since I picked Shakespeare, I feel like people might care less. 😉 Great post!

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      1. I can understand how his prejudice might make him a villian. Also, Mattias’s character has an important backstory. Having not read any other Grisha books the backstory doesn’t impact me as much. However, if you’ve read the original Grisha trilogy, I can see how Matthias is a villian from page one.

        I really should read that series, shouldn’t I? XD


  7. Baz held out until the very last HP book swearing that Snape was going to prove himself a spy and a traitor. Ha ha. I think deep down inside he knew he wasn’t, and that’s why he put off reading DH for THREE MONTHS! I wanted to discuss the book so badly and by the time he finished, I didn’t care anymore. 😏

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