Top Ten Tuesday – Come To The Dark Side

I’m really excited about today’s Top Ten Tuesday as it’s all about something close to my heart: the dark side! Yes today’s Top Ten Tuesday is celebrating villains so below are some of my favourite villains, character I love to hate, or just to hate!

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The Moriarty that appears in The Final Problem is a wonderful criminal mastermind. I adored the novel Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz but no-one can deny Andrew Scott completely made the role his own in Sherlock. The crown jewels scene is so iconic it even has its own Funko Pop which I really want to add to my collection

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The Lion King



Scar is without doubt my favourite Disney villain! Yes he’s absolutely despicable, yes he killed his brother and sent his nephew into exile but Be Prepared is one of the best Disney songs going!

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Die Hard 

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Hans Gruber

Die Hard – I love this film so much! It’s become a bit of a go to movie for me and I could happily sit and watch it week after week. Bruce Willis is of course great as John McLean and the film is full of action, fight scenes and explosions some of my favourite things in movies. However without a doubt in my mind it’s Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber that makes this film – he has some fantastic lines but his presence, his delivery and yes that voice, he makes the quintessential villain.

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Alice In Wonderland 

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Queen of Hearts

I am a late convert to rating the Queen of Hearts and I must confess my appreciation of her as a character doesn’t come from the original source material (I haven’t read it), or either of the Disney adaptations but instead comes from Marissa Meyer’s Heartless – I love the twist it put on her background and added depth to the Disney caricature.

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Harry Potter

Lord Voldemort,  Albus Dumbledore and Bellatrix Lestrange

Having grown up with Harry Potter Lord Voldemort had to feature on this list, cruel, ruthless and unafraid to play on the elites fears to get what he wants – power! Much more controversially on my list of Harry Potter villains is Albus Dumbledore himself, Leader of the light, I definitely think he’s morally questionable though and I completed a discussion post all about it! Finally Bellatrix Lestrange had to make my list – Helena Bonham Carter just brings the character to life in the films and as much as I wouldn’t want to bump into her in a dark alley she is delightfully insane.

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Star Wars

Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren

Not going to lie I’m a Star Wars geek, I love it! Emperor Palpatine is the bad guy pulling the strings in the original trilogy, his backstory is interestingly developed in the prequel trilogy. Darth Vader is of course THE villain of the whole Star Wars saga, the mysterious masked man leading the destruction of planets. Vader is the centre of one of the biggest reveals in cinematic history, instantly recognisable by a breath alone and he has his own theme music! Plus lets be honest who hasn’t had the occasional day where someone has irritated you and you just wish you could force choke someone like Vader! Kylo Ren is the antagonist of the new trilogy – Leader of the First Order I can’t wait for the final film to discover if he embraces the dark side fully or finds redemption. I’m not even sure which I’d prefer!

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The Chronicles of Narnia

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Jadis – The White Witch

Jadis is The White Witch who plunged Narnia into eternal winter in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Jadis was incredibly intelligent, but cold, calculating and utterly ruthless. Ruling through fear and unafraid to turn anyone who disagrees with her to stone – she also ensured that although it was always winter it was never Christmas!

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Eli Pope

Eli Pope

King of deception and manipulation Eli Pope heads up a spy agency known B613. Throughout Scandal Eli proves there’s not much he won’t do to get watch he wants.

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Hades Pain and Panic

Hades, Pain and Panic

I have only ever watched Hercules once, in the cinema when it was originally released. My uncle took me to watch it and I really don’t remember much, although I loved Pegasus and my uncle nabbed a huge poster from the cinema he worked at for my Christmas present that year. What I do remember though is Hades, Pain and Panic being the most hilarious trio of bad guys. Of course that could just be ten year old me…

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Sleeping Beauty



Maleficent is another villain who I have come to appreciate much more with the introduction of her backstory in the Angelina Jolie film. The heartbreak and betrayal of her past certainly adds a layer of depth, and to an extent, understanding to her decision to curse Aurora

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So there we have ten of my favourite villains plus a few extra! Who are some of the villains that stick in your mind? If you’ve shared your own Top Ten Tuesday let me know in the comments!

With Love Sarah

21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Come To The Dark Side

    1. Sarah @ SWB

      Thank you! And yes I love a good backstory, I don’t want my villains to be two dimensional bad guys, I want to understand why they’re doing what they’re doing and be torn about how I feel about them!

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    1. Sarah @ SWB

      I really think if you made me name my favourite Disney song as much as I love some of the others I would have to pick Be Prepared every time! Disney do have some fantastic villains though


    1. Sarah @ SWB

      Thanks! I love a good villain, especially if they have an interesting backstory, I do love to me torn about empathising with them whilst remembering they’ve done some bad things!


  1. readitandweepgirls

    Girl, this list is amazing! I can’t believe I didn’t include a Star Wars villain in my list, I’m also a huge Star Wars dork! I would’ve included Darth, Anakin is a truly fascinating character. But I like Kylo a lot too. And omg I’m obsessed with Adam Scott as Moriarty, Sherlock is one of my favorite shows!! 😱❤️

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    1. Sarah @ SWB

      Vader has always fascinated me, I remember my uncle dressing up in a Darth Maul mask and appearing at breakfast one morning and terrifying me!

      I’m so intrigued as to what will happen with Kylo in the final movie, I feel he’s gone from misguided to nonredeemable by the end of the first movie and then on the edge by the end of the second, Adam Driver is such a great actor and perfect for the role!

      I’ve always loved the Sherlock books, I bought myself the complete collection as a young teenager, but Sherlock is an incredible TV series, I’m still living in hope that they manage to get everyone back together for another episode or two at some point!

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      1. readitandweepgirls

        Oh gosh that would’ve scared me so bad! Haha my brothers and I would dress up as different characters for Halloween 😂

        Me too! I feel like Kylo is a really interesting character, a lot of people I know don’t really like him but I think his desperation makes him a fascinating villain.

        And oh gosh me too haha it’ll be like another five years before that happens though 😭 I wish the show was more frequent, but the episodes we do get are damn near perfect so I can’t really complain too much haha.

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  2. Kirstie Ellen

    Some great characters on this list! Very interesting that you included Dumbledore 🤔 the White Witch is one of my most hated children’s fiction villains!! She’s right up there with Miss Trunchbull from Matilda.


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