I don’t know about you, but I love a well-written villain. Whether or not I’m rooting for the “bad guy” I want them to be evil, but with a purpose, with motivation! I can’t stand those antagonists that are just “evil” – they do bad things because they’re bad people and our heroes need to defeat them! Oh please, no one is inherently bad, and the antagonists in the books we read shouldn’t be either. I just wanted to write a little appreciation post for those antagonists we all love to hate (or love to love!).
I couldn’t possibly name all the antagonists I appreciate, but I wanted to highlight just a few, in no particular order.