My Least Favorite Characters in Books

Everyone who's ever read a good book has a favorite villain. Sometimes I hate some of these characters with a hatred that's so consuming I think about it all day and incorporate that into my life! That's how I know it's a good book.
Here are some of my favorite characters in books I love to hate:
  • Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter): Let's get the worst one out of the way - Dolores Umbridge was probably worse than Voldemort. Perhaps a tad controversial but here is why I think so: Voldemort was a sinister one-dimensional character who was unquestionably evil and acted so. Umbridge, however, attempted to craft her self into a "likeable" person, which she was most definitely not. She was certainly capable of all of the horrible things that Voldemort did but she put on a mask of dignity and pretended she wasn't evil. Also, Voldemort was the product of a love potion, (ie. not real love) and therefore is incapable of feeling love at all. In the books, we learn that the main difference between Harry and Voldemort is that Harry is a survivor of the killing curse because of his mother's love. Without love, one is evil. Umbridge, on the other hand, is perfectly capable of love. She clearly loves the color pink and she likes cats. However, despite her ability to love, she chooses to hate. She's a hateful person by choice, not by necessity and because of this simple choice, she is worse than Voldemort.  
  • Joffrey Baratheon (Song of Ice and Fire): Wow, where to even begin with this one. I know that George R.R. Martin wrote this character one dimensionally on purpose but there is literally no redeeming quality about Joffrey. On top of some of his most atrocious acts, he has inherited every bad trait from his mother, Cersei. He's arrogant, vain, and cruel for the sake of being cruel. Oh, and he's a coward who can't even win a swordfight with Arya who is much younger than him :P 
  • Serena Joy (Handmaid's Tale): I read this book a long time ago (and I'm really excited that they're making this a Hulu show) and even then I absolutely hated the Commander's wife! She was one of the influential people who advocated for a society where women would be stripped of all rights. How can a woman hate her own sex that much? Once society became that way and she was found infertile and had to have Offred the handmaid in her home, she would do nothing but treat her coldly and horribly. Even when she found out about the rules Offred and the Commander broke together, she would only blame Offred. Why? She's literally the definition of female anti-feminist and for that, I found myself seething while reading the book. 
  • Humbert Humbert (Lolita): Humbert Humbert is a pedophile who was in love and probably the worst stepfather in the world. He kidnaps his stepdaughter, Lolita, after her mother dies (also, he only married the mother to be close to Lolita. What a disgusting predator). He takes her on a year long road trip during which they consummate the relationship (I'm getting sick as I type this), and threatens Lolita with the orphanage whenever she misbehaves or refuses his advances. If that's not enough to make you think he's just the worst, I don't know what will. 
 Who are some of your least favorite characters in fiction?


  1. I agree with the Dolores Umbridge one - and not just because that's the only book in this list I've written, haha!

    Reading about some of her actions made me more uncomfortable than Voldemort's sometimes.

    Hope you are having a great week and have a wonderful weekend ahead of you :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. Oh my, I need to catch up on my readings! I haven't read any of these, but I do love a good villain. And good luck with your move as well!!
    Have a great weekend! XO, Annie
    New England Romance

  3. Oh, Umbridge is one of the worst! I don't think anybody could ever find anything positive about her, she is vile. The Handmaid's Tale is on my list of books to read and this has made me want to get it even more, it seems like a fascinating book. I thought about reading Lolita too, but I'm not sure I4d be able to get through it. I had no idea the man's behaviour was that bad, and this only makes me want to stay away from this book forever!

    Julia x
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