10 Easiest Antagonists to Hate

We all know that one villain from the book that you just love to hate. Here's a list of 10 for your consideration.

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K. D. Reid

2021-11-09 5 min read

10 Easiest Antagonists to Hate

1. Korey Fields from Grown
by Tiffany D. Jackson

Grown features a badass protagonist named Enchanted. Thankfully, the world's creepiest, grossest, and heinous groomer is dead at the start of the book. The trick? They think Enchanted did it. Korey Fields is an absolute heathen, and I was very glad to come into this book with his blood all over the place. Call me dark.

2. King Haggard from The Last Unicorn
by Peter S. Beagle

This fucking guy... Well, let's start off by saying this: all the unicorns in the world have gone missing except one. I'll give you three guesses to figure out which bitter old fart is responsible for that. I also find it particularly interesting that he's named after a Shakespearian character. Very unrelated, but interesting.

3. Adam Burne from The Ravenswood Series
by Talia Hibbert

This antagonist is like nails on a chalkboard for me. I think the reason it hits so hard is that I know way too many people who have survived the crap he does. There are far too many more who haven't survived it. Talia Hibbert is an author I geek out about often, but the way she addresses abuse in her stories is so down-to-earth and on-point. I especially loved seeing Adam get his ass beat by the hot guy with big arms. Just saying. Worth the read.

4. Prince Regal from The Farseer Trilogy
by Robin Hobb

Spoiled brats get my blood pressure up like nothing else. Prince Regal is the king of brats. He's behind a lot of political scandal in The Farseer Trilogy, but his greatest crim is that he treated my baby Fitz like garbage. Clearly an unforgivable offense.

5. Odium from Stormlight Archive
by Brandon Sanderson

I absolutely adore Kaladin from Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive, but surprisingly, Odium isn't exactly his worst enemy. Odium gives Dalinar a lot more trouble than he gives Kaladin. It's kind of weird how easy Odium is to dislike. He's a bit disembodied in the books, but his motivations behind his mayhem are what sold him as a villain.

6. Father Earth from The Broken Earth Trilogy
by N.K. Jemisin

The Broken Earth Trilogy is probably one of the first pieces of speculative fiction I've so thoroughly enjoyed. N.K. Jemisin knows her stuff, including how to make you love and hate the characters in her books. The main character Essun has a seriously hard time because she's living through the literal apocalypse. Father Earth doesn't actually reveal himself as an antagonist until later in the story, but I think I'd still consider this bit of info spoiler free. (Also there's a show coming out for this, so if you haven't read it, get on that.)

8. Cathy Ames from East of Eden
by John Steinbeck

To be fair to Cathy, John Steinbeck based her character on an ex-wife he wasn't exactly fond of when he wrote the book. So that kind of makes him the villain... right? I could go on for days about Steinbeck's patriarchal style of writing, but let's move on to the fact that Cathy Ames is straight fucked up. She murders her parents with little care at all and then skips town, gets pregnant, and abandons her twin boys to run a brothel. Not exactly an upstanding lady.

7. The Satrap from The Liveship Traders Trilogy
by Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb is way in her element with writing sniveling little bastards like the Satrap. This guy is the bane of everyone's existence. I would describe him as pro-slavery and pro-fuck-everyone-but-"me." He literally gets stranded in a boat and is on his way to death's doorstep and still finds time to complain about the lack of service. He's a little like Prince Regal. Except, in my opinion, Liveship Traders > Farseer.

9. Homophobia from The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
by Sabina Khan

I'm a firm believer that you don't have to be a character to be an antagonist. This is a YA contemporary about a girl growing up with her Bangladeshi family. She's in a sapphic relationship, and she's in the closet. At the start of the book, I sympathized a lot with Rukhsana's partner. It would be hard to be in a relationship with someone who wasn't out to their parents. There are struggles to be had there. But it's when Rukhsana goes overseas to visit her family that the homophobia really shows itself. This book wrecked me. That's all I'm going to say about it.

10. Racism from They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei

Again, no reason to have a person as a villain when an entire nation does it for you. This is an incredibly moving graphic novel by George Takei. He shares his stories about being locked in an internment camp for being Japanese American. It also illuminates all the philanthropic work he's involved within the gay community and the work he does for Asian Americans. If you need more reasons to hate humanity, here ya go! Also, if you need a little more faith in humanity, here ya go! It's a double-edged blade, my friends.

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Wishing you fun and debauchery,

Kat

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