Monday, June 20, 2016

The Silmarillion Awards

*NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED*

Welcome to the first ever Silmarillion Awards!


DJ Edwardson and Jenelle Schmidt created the Silmarillion Awards as a way to honor J.R.R. Tolkien's influence on modern fantasy and also to honor fantasy as a genre! The Awards are like the Oscars, except that the grand prize (a Silmaril forged with the light from the Two Trees of Valinor!) is to be won by a character from a fantasy story, rather than an actor.

You have a large role in the Silmarillion Awards, for you will be nominating—and voting for—the fantasy characters that you want to win the Silmaril! Ten bloggers are hosting ten different Silmarils on their blogs:

DJ Edwardson Hosting the Best Friend Silmaril
Jenelle Schmidt Hosting the Most Heart Wrenching Death Scene Silmaril
Deborah O’Carroll Hosting the Strangest Character Silmaril
JL Mbewe Hosting the Best Redemption Story Silmaril
Tracey Hosting the Riddling and Poetry Silmaril
Jack Lewis Baillot Hosting the Best Fantasy Mount Silmaril
Madeline J. Rose Hosting the Most Epic Hero Silmaril
Zachary Totah Hosting the Wisest Counsellor Silmaril
Rawls E. Fantasy Hosting the Best Fantasy Weapon Silmaril
Abbey (that's me) Hosting the Most Nefarious Villain Silmaril.

Nominations for these Silmarils start today and are open until July 1. You may either nominate a fantasy character for a specific Silmaril in the comments of the host blog (for example, you would nominate Umbridge from Harry Potter for Most Nefarious Villain in my comment section, not in Madeline's comment section for Most Epic Hero); second, third, fourth, etc, someone else's nomination; or, you may nominate a character AND second someone else's nomination.

On July 4, the top five nominees move onto the next round where YOU get to vote on who you think should win the Silmaril! Voting ends on July 14, and from July 16-28, the Silmarils will be awarded by some of your favorite Tolkien characters. Because J.R.R. Tolkien's characters are the epitome of the awards that they are presenting, you cannot nominate any characters from Middle Earth. Also, since the Silmarils won are lifetime awards, this year's winners cannot be nominated again next year.
If you are an author, please do not nominate characters from your own stories; rather, let your fan base show their love by nominating your characters for you.

"The last hurrah," as my grandmother would say, is on July 29th. Join us on that day in posting Tolkien-specific blog posts to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of The Lord of the Rings' publication.
Until then, spread the word about the Silmarillion Awards on social media by using #SilmAwards2016! Share this blog post, or one of the other posts, with all of your fantasy-loving friends and family!

Here is a poster that Deborah made with all of the dates and other information:


And make sure to come back here on July 19, for three of Middle Earth's most heinous hooligans will come together to present the Silmaril for Most Nefarious Villain to the nastiest naysayer, the corrupt-est culprit, the sneakiest snake, the most malicious monster, the most dastardly and diabolical destroyer of dreams in all of fantasy!
It's not every day that a Silmaril can be won without a perilous journey to Angband and a fight with Morgoth's minions (or even Morgoth himself!), so make sure to nominate your favorite fantasy villain (excepting those from J.R.R. Tolkien's works) in my comment section so that they have a chance to win this most prestigious award!

*NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED*

170 comments:

  1. I nominate:

    Rupert de la Mare from Plenilune by Jennifer Freitag

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    The Keeper from Entwined by Heather Dixon.

    (Also, I love your villainy description, Abbey! XD)

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    1. I second The Keeper!!! Oh my gravy, that book. O.O

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    2. I second the Keeper as well- I was going to nominate him myself, but I see you've saved me the trouble.

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    3. I also second Keeper! Most. Evil. Villian. EVER.

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    4. I second the Keeper! One of my top favorite villains!

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    5. (I neeeeed to read Entwined...)

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    6. (YES YOU NEEEEED TO READ ENTWINED, TRACEY!!! :D)

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    7. YESSS THE KEEPER! I second the nomination!

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  2. I nominate Lady Dragon/Amber from Water Princess Fire Prince by Kendra Ardnek. I also nominate Princess Davira from The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight. *shivers*

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    1. I second both Amber and Davira.

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    2. I second Davira!

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    3. I third Davira. She freaks me out more than her dad.

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    4. I fourth Davira and Amber. Creepy. O.o

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  3. I nominate The Dragon from Tales of Goldstone Wood

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    1. I second that wholeheartedly! *shivers*

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    2. I third it! I was totally planning on nominating him, but you beat me to it, Jenelle. :D

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    3. Once again, I would've nominated this character myself . . . but instead I shall second (fourth?) the nomination for my favorite villain of all time!

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    4. I second (ninth?) the Dragon.

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    5. I second (ninth?) the Dragon.

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    6. I second the Dragon as well!
      -Priscilla White

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    7. I second the Dragon.

      -The Princess of Dol Amroth

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  4. Ooooh... so hard. And I have several theories about the triumvirate of evil from Middle-Earth that will be presenting the award, but we shall see...
    I think I shall have to nominate...oohhh... uh... aggh!!! I can't decide whether to second The Dragon (A.K.A. Death-in-Life) or nominate Lyall Rakefang from The Galleries of Stone Trilogy (man, I hated him. Almost screamed aloud in rage at him at three o'clock in the morning...)Can I do both?

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    1. Okay! Then I second (or whatever) The Dragon and nominate Lyall Rakefang

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  5. I'm nominating Levana from Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, because I absolutely detested her.

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    1. Ugh, YES. I hate her...Second it.

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    2. Oh, I third Levana. I was actually going to put her as my nomination.

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    3. Fourth Levana! She's terrible.

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    4. Fifth Levana! She makes my skin crawl. Blech!

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  6. Nomination:
    Lady Life-in-Death, Tales of Goldstone Wood, Anne Elizabeth Stengl

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    1. Most definitely seconded. (Thirded?)

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    2. Yep. Very creepy! I whatevered (was that a fourth?)

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    3. YES! She's so creepy...I fifthed it, possibly?

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    4. Rachael LiankatawaJune 21, 2016 at 9:06 AM

      From counting the comments, I seventh that!

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    5. Ninth! She's kind of fascinating, in a shivering kind of way.

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    6. I second!
      -Priscilla White

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    7. She is terrifying. O_O I eleventh/second.

      -The Princess of Dol Amroth

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  7. I nominate Morgan Le Faye and also Semiramis from Bryan Davis's Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire series. Morgan was just evil to the bone, and Semiramis's schemes were maddening.

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    1. I third Morgan! Oh man, she was just plain evil. >.>

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  8. Grand Admiral Thrawn from Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

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    1. Third! (*tries not to get distracted thinking of Ender...*)

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    2. Fifth! Such a genius - too bad, that he's with the dark side.

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  9. I nominate Draewulf from the Storm Siren trilogy.

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  10. Oh, and I also nominate Mictar from Bryan Davis's Echoes from the Edge series! (It seems I keep coming up with Bryan Davis characters for practically allll the categories. XD)

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    1. Second Mictar! He may be the creepiest villain I've ever read. o.o

      (And Bryan Davis characters are always the first that pop in my mind too! XD So many good ones.)

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    2. I know, right?! That eye fetish of his... *shivers*

      (So it's not just me! Whew! He just writes really awesome, really deep charries.)

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    3. I third Mictar! Soooo creepy. *hides beneath the covers*

      (Hehe, well, I'm basically doing the same thing. Also lots of Wayne Thomas Batson characters. XD)

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  11. And I nominate Mórgana from The Merlin Spiral by Robert Treskillard

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  12. I nominate the White Witch from the Lion the Witch and the wardrobe. Agh, Turkish Delight and that magic wand of hers! How ever will the Pevinsies defeat her?

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    1. I second her! (She was my idea for a nominee)

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    2. Rachael LiankatawaJune 21, 2016 at 9:04 AM

      Fifth that!

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    4. I seventh her! She was evil incarnate when I was little. Hated her so much!

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    5. I definitely agree with the White Witch - I second or maybe ninth her. ;)

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    6. I second the White Witch! (Or thirteenth)
      -Priscilla White

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    7. I fourteenth the White Witch. She's so evil.

      -The Princess of Dol Amroth

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    8. I second the White Witch! So evil. O.O

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  13. I also nominate the Reamar of Bid the Gods Arise by Robert Mullin.

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  14. I nominate President Snow from The Hunger Games. And...he needs no explanation.

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    1. Not to be picky, but does The Hunger Games count for the fantasy genre? (If it does, I second Snow too. I'm just not sure if dystopian falls within fantasy in this case or not...)

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    2. Hmm, good question. Dystopian can be hard to classify, but I would argue Hunger Games and Divergent fall more under "sci-fi" than fantasy. Set in a possible future version of our own world and nothing in it that cannot be explained by science or human depravity.

      So, while President Snow is truly a villainous villain... he's not a fantasy villain.

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  15. Rachael LiankatawaJune 21, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    I nominate Cren Cru from Tales of Goldstone Wood.

    And Hattie from Ella Enchanted.

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    1. I second Cren Cru. *shiver* it creeped me out

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    2. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! I literally kind of shivered when I saw that nomination... Cren Cru is so scary. I fourth.

      -The Princess of Dol Amroth

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  16. I nominate Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. She may not be the main villain but she is certainly the most despised!

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    1. I definitely second Umbridge! She's worse than Voldemort!

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    2. Amen to that! Third Umbridge - definition of pure evil.

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  17. I also nominate Gwendolen from Charmed Life (Chrestomanci series). The way she indifferently stole her brothers magic/life just creeps me out.

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    1. Ooh, I second Gwendolen! (Ugh, she was awful. :P)

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    2. Yes! Absolutely heartless! I third Gwendolen!

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    3. I fourth Gwendolyn. She is horrid!

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    4. I fourth Gwendolyn. She is horrid!

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  18. I nominate Malas Quidam from the Landon Snow series.

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  19. I also nominate Nimiane from the 100 Cupboards trilogy. Wow. Scary.

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  20. I nominate Captain Hook from Peter Pan. Who doesn't love the pirate who can play a harpsichord with a hook?

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    1. YES, I THIRD THIS. (It's funny because I keep seconding, or rather thirding, both of your guys' nominations. Great minds think alike, I s'ppose.)

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    2. (They certainly do. Braintwins! No wait, brain triplets?)

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  21. I also nominate the Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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    1. Rachael LiankatawaJune 24, 2016 at 6:52 PM

      I second that! "Off with their heads" is incredibly vicious.

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    2. I fourth the Queen of Hearts! (Hurrah for Wonderland!)

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  22. And I nominate Devin from the Dragons in Our Midst series by Bryan Davis.

    (I hope it's okay to do separate comments for my nominations. I thought that'd help keep things organized.

    Also sorry for allll the comments I just did. Apparently I have a thing for villains. o.o I think I'm done for now!)

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    1. I second Devin! And I nominate Adin and Blight from the Threshold Series.

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    2. I third Devin! He was pretty motivated to hunt down dragons allll those years.

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    3. Ah, Devin. The villain who Just. Wouldn't. Die. I fourth him.

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    4. I FIFTH DEVIN. He had an uncanny ability to evade death. Rather annoying, that. :P

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  23. I nominate Mr. Curtain from The Mysterious Benedict Society. He immediately came to mind for this one. :)

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  24. I nominate Christopher Goodman from James BeauSeigneur's "The Christ Clone Trilogy." Very few fictional characters, speculative or otherwise, are as evil as he is.

    I also nominate Mr. Dark from Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

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  25. I nominate Count Rugen/The Six-fingered Man from The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

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  26. SPOILER ALERT: i nominate Bonifer Squoon from the Wingfeather Saga. Betrayal is the worst kind of nefarious.

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    1. I third this. And I nominate the Stone Keepers.

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  27. AH! I nominate Prince Esek from The Blood of Kings Trilogy.

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    1. Oooh, yes. He was nasty. I second!

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    2. Ugh. Esek. Pond scum embodied in human form. I hate that guy. I second!

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    3. ^What Ester said sums Esek up perfectly. I second Esek.

      -The Princess of Dol Amroth

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  28. I nominate the Dark One from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. One could say there are many villains in this series worthy of this award, but the Dark One was the mastermind behind them all. His showdown with the Dragon Reborn in the last book of the series still gives me chills.

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  29. I nominate Skelley Chase from the Out of Time trilogy by Nadine Brandes. He's the creepiest villain ever. *shivers*

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    1. Oops, sorry, Out of Time is a dystopian trilogy, not fantasy. Whoops. :P

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  30. I nominate The Lady of the Green Kirtle from The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis. Ugh, she's so creepy!

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    1. Oh man, definitely second. Serious creepiness!

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    2. I third this one.

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    3. She scares me so much. o.o I fourth.

      -The Princess of Dol Amroth

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    4. I fifth her! She's definitely creepy. >.<

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  31. I also nominate The Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair from Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. AAAAHHH.

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    1. AAAHHHH is right! I second! He's so full of himself and cruel in an almost casual way.

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    2. AAAAHHH! He's so creepy! I third.

      -The Princess of Dol Amroth

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    3. Someone else who's read Strange and Norrell! :DDD

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  32. I nominate Pryrates from Tad Williams' "Memory, sorrow and thorn"-series.

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  33. I nominate Gorice XII from "The Worm Ouroboros". Y'gotta have a great bad guy if you're going to have great heroes!

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  34. I second Rupert de la Mare. YIKES.

    I'm going to nominate the Jackal from Red Rising. I was so worried about what he was going to do to the characters that I nearly couldn't face finishing the book. Not often you get someone that scary!

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  35. I nominate the Rider from The Dark is Rising.

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    1. I second! *shivers*

      ...Also Mr. Hastings from Over Sea, Under Stone, who I now nominate. XD

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  36. I second the Dragon (AKA Death-in-Life) from Tales of Goldstone Wood; I second Lady Life-in-Death from the abovementioned series; I second Mictar from the Echoes from the Edge series.

    I nominate Leo from The Third Starlighter by Bryan Davis (his powers were so cool and creepy at the same time).

    I nominate Lord Burleigh from the Bright Empires series by Stephen R. Lawhead (he's a very cool and calculating villain).

    I nominate Emperor Maldor from the Beyonders trilogy by Brandon Mull (his ways of ensuring that no one would stand up against him are quite clever).

    I nominate Opal Koboi from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer (she has a nasty habit of coming back, and she's more than a bit crazy).

    I nominate Venator from Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow (I don't remember if he appears in any of the other books) by the Miller Brothers (his true identity was a big surprise to me, and he's a master of illusions).

    I nominate Taksidian from the Dreamhouse Kings series by Robert Liparulo (because he's SO EVIL).

    I nominate Bartholomew Thorne from the Pirate Adventures series by Wayne Thomas Batson (he's a seriously wicked pirate).

    I nominate the Spider King from Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper (to me, he felt like a classic fantasy villain).

    Last, but not least, I nominate Asp from The Tide of Unmaking by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper (because he's a Drefid, and Drefids are cool, and he was even cooler with his superpowers).

    Phew, this is a long comment! XD But I think I'm finally done.

    -Josiah

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    1. Oh yeah, I also want to nominate Drexel from the Dragons of Starlight and Tales of Starlight series by Bryan Davis. He's another one of those villains you simply loathe.

      -Josiah

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    2. I second Leo, Drexel, Asp, and Venator! Great choices. :D (I WOULD second Bartholomew Thorne and Taksidian because, gosh, they are EVIL; but I'm not exactly sure those books are fantasy? I always thought of the Isle series as historical fiction and Dreamhouse Kings as a time travel/sci-fi type thing. But I could be wrong!)

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    3. Yikes, I second Leo, Lord Burleigh, Venator, Taksidian and Bartholomew Thorne if they count (though I'd think time travel, at least, would fall under fantasy?), the Spider King, and Asp. Great choices, Josiah!

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    4. @Mary: I checked on Goodreads for both of those series, and they were both classified as fantasy. I could be wrong, though. I suppose it's up to the blogger hosting this to decide.

      @both of you: Yas, I have awesome selection in villains. XD

      -Josiah

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    5. I second Lord Burleigh and Bartholomew Thorne!

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    6. @Josiah

      Well in that case, I totally second both Taksidian and Bartholomew Thorne! I just don't know what I'm talking about 90% of the time... :P

      And yes, you certainly do. ;D

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  37. I nominate Janoula from Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman.

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  38. I nominate Miraz from Prince Caspian! He's always really made my skin crawl. *shivers*

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  39. Oh, I can't believe I almost forgot! I nominate Cythraul from The Dark Sea Annals by Wayne Thomas Batson! He's seriously one of the creepiest villains I've encountered. I mean, he built a temple made out of bones. He's got problems. XD

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  40. And I nominate Saric from Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee's "The Books of Mortals" trilogy. That guy is seriously a creep. o.o

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  41. I nominate Kronos from Percy Jackson! That guy is evil. XD

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  42. My dad seconds Captain Hook, Delores Umbridge, Queen of Hearts, and King Miraz (just commenting here so I remember!)

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