We just love to hate a good YA villain

In YA there are a plethora of people plotting and killing and doing evil in order to take over the world. And we drink it up. There’s nothing like watching your beloved hero or heroine triumph over insurmountable odds and save the day, but we also kinda, sorta, maybe, really love the villains that make our blood boil, too.

She's fabulous, but she's evil

So here are a few of our favourite YA villains.

Queen Levana from ‘The Lunar Chronicles’


Queen Levana is one of the best villains we’ve come across in years. Levana has murdered and betrayed her way to the throne, and now she’s going to invade and enslave Earth, all while trying to kill the characters and marry our heroine’s love interest. Um, no thank you. But there’s also something about her story and stoic belief that she’s doing what’s right for her people that we just couldn’t help but feel for her a little. But only a little. Levana’s actually become so popular among Marissa Meyer’s readers that she ended up getting her very own novella, ‘Fairest’, so she could tell her story!

Arobynn Hamel from ‘Throne of Glass’


Arobynn taught Aelin how to fight and to become the most fearsome assassin Rifthold has ever seen, but he also did unspeakable things to hurt our precious Aelin, and after getting the lowdown in ‘The Assassin’s Blade’ and ‘Queen of Shadows’ we just plain hate him now. You’ve got the appreciate how he drives Aelin and her story, though. There’s such a complicated and interesting dynamic between them!

President Snow from ‘The Hunger Games’

President Snow

Oh, President Snow. Just the thought of him makes us go a bit ragey. He’s in charge of a country that condemns the outlying districts to poverty and oppression and then throws a bunch of kids into an arena to fight to the death. And all to ‘teach them a lesson’. That’s without even starting on the way he torments and tortures Katniss and Peeta. There was something so infinitely cold about him that made Katniss’s victory all the sweeter.

Valentine Morgenstern from ‘The Mortal Instruments’


With Clary, Jace and the gang back in our lives with the ‘Shadowhunters’ TV show, we’ve been reminded about the horror that is Valentine. Now that we know what happens with Valentine and the gang it’s a little easier to bear, but still, *shudders*. It’s actually a little worrying how excited we are to see it play out all over again – it’s clearly just because we love this world and these characters and want to relive the delicious agony… Right?!

Dolores Umbridge from ‘Harry Potter’


There are many arguments over the true villains of the ‘Harry Potter’ series, and that’s just one of the many wondrous things about it! Voldemort is the obvious choice, but Umbridge is the one that got under our skin, that felt as if she could be a teacher at our school. Umbridge hides her evil behind pink, kittens and her position at the Ministry to spread misery, oppression and cruel punishments across Hogwarts. She’s just plain vile and we hate her.

Who’s your favourite YA villain? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!

Leave a Reply




Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

[g1_socials_user user="148" icon_size="28" icon_color="text"]

Dream movie casting for Tommy Wallach’s ‘Thanks for the Trouble’ including Lorde as the mysterious Zelda

NEWS: We have a title for the fifth Old Kingdom book!