Guest Post | Jason King’s Top Ten Villains


Heyo, everyone. We have a guest post from a fantasy author today: Jason King. There have been a few great villain posts on the blog lately, and he wanted to add his two cents. Enjoy.


1Number TEN:  Smaug the Terrible from The Hobbit (book)

Not much in the way of complex psychosis here, but Smaug’s sheer size and power make him a thing of nightmares. How little Bilbo didn’t soil himself the first time he saw the enormous red dragon, I’ll never know.



Number NINE:  Bane from the Knight Fall story arch (comic book)

Let’s face it. You have to be both smart and strong to be able to break Batman, and Bane was both of these things. The fight in the bat cave which ends with Bane snapping Batman’s back was powerful. I could almost hear the dramatic choral piece that would’ve accompanied it had it been a movie.


3Number EIGHT: Ghaleon from Lunar The Silver Star Story (JRPG)

Former hero who helped save the world turned power seeking magic emperor. Ghaleon is a sympathetic villain with a frighteningly cold hatred that he keeps hidden behind a mask of cool arrogance. He is voiced perfectly by John Truit in the Working Designs versions of this classic JRPG.


4Number SEVEN:  Darken Rahl from Wizard’s First Rule (book)

Shockingly sadistic, with an air of sanctimonious confidence, Darken Rahl is a villain that evoked real loathing from me. He is scary, powerful, and thanks to the boxes of Orden, also physically invulnerable.


5Number SIX:  Gul Dukat from Star Trek Deep Space Nine (TV series)

Power hungry and opportunistic, Gul Dukat changes sides like Lady Gaga changes costumes. Ultimately he goes crazy, and allies himself with the Pah Wraiths in an attempt to conquer/destroy the galaxy.


6Number FIVE:  Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7 (JRPG)

With his long silver hair and ridiculously over-sized samurai sword, Sephiroth is a celebrity soldier who goes nuts when he learns that his birth was the result of a mad scientist’s horrible experiments. Oh yeah, did I mention that he died before the story even begins, and just refuses to fade into oblivion? That’s just cool.


7Number FOUR:  The Lord Ruler, from Mistborn (book)

He saved the world and then….. took it over, after which he founded a religion that worships him. And for a thousand years he has ruled Scadrial with an iron fist, but he doesn’t really care about power. Brandon Sanderson gives us a larger than life, but creatively complex villain who is practically a god. But he has a secret…


8Number THREE: The Joker, from The Dark Knight (movie)

This self-styled agent of chaos faithfully observes his nihilistic philosophy as he manipulates and torments Gotham City. I admit, though, that half of this character’s success is the result of Heath Ledger’s wonderful portrayal of the Clown Prince of crime.


9Number TWO: Ruin, from Mistborn Trilogy (books)

Obliteration Incarnate, Ruin’s singular goal is to dismantle the world and kill all who live in it. He accomplishes this through both complex manipulation and overt acts of destruction. A frighteningly sincere villain who is patient, determined, and sadistic.


10Jason King’s Number ONE favorite villain: Padan Fain from The Wheel of Time (books)

This villain is as frightening as he is intriguing. Homely, ordinary-looking Padan Fain was once “The Dark One’s Hound” tasked with tracking down the boy who would become The Dragon Reborn. But after a chance meeting in Shadar Logoth with Mordeth, he becomes much more; a twisted aberration embryo of another ancient evil that will stop at nothing to see Rand Al’Thor dead.


Jason KingAbout Jason King

Jason King wishes he was raised on a desert planet by his aunt and uncle and watched over by a mysterious old recluse, but his life is much duller than that. He supposes that’s why he started making up stories. Born in Salt Lake City Utah, Jason grew up on a steady diet of anime, science fiction, Dungeons and Dragons, JRPG’s, and chocolate cake donuts. He pretended not to be a nerd just long enough to get married and start a family. And although dismayed by the revelation that Jason was a geek, his wife stuck with him and they are now the proud parents of four beautiful children. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in I.T.
Management and is currently the Internet Marketing Manager for a local bookstore chain, but he is determined to one day quit his “9 to 5” and write full-time. Jason has two indie books; “Valcoria Children of the Crystal Star” and “Thomas Destiny,” but “The Lure of Fools” is his first published novel.

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 About the Book: Lure of Fools

“Adventure is the lure of fools, and excitement glamour to the gullible. The siren song of the world is as music to the wanderer’s feet, but that dance leads only to the soul-less grave.”

So Jekaran’s uncle has warned him. But that doesn’t stop him from leaping at the exhilarating chance to single-handedly rescue a beautiful woman from a gang of lecherous thieves.

But the bored farm boy quickly finds that he is no match for the group of angry street thugs, and only escapes death by bonding a magical sword that grants him the strength and skill of a master swordsman. Unfortunately, a peasant wielding such magic is forbidden and punishable by death.

Thus Jekaran finds himself a fugitive with his fate tied to that of the exotic and mysterious, Kairah; a fey woman who must deliver a dire warning to the king that, if heeded, could prevent the very extinction of humanity.”

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