Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Nominations Open! | Silmaril Awards 2021

(So. Let me just. Take a moment for the jitters.)

(Stress? who, me? there is absolutely no reason that I would be nervous, wha-ha-hat– Did you hear an explosion outside or was that just my imagination? I'm in sudden fear for the lives of my petunias–) 

 

Anyway, it's my pleasure and stress to announce to you all, shouting into the depths of the blogosphere like the slightly hoarse and crazy-eyed gremlin I am:

 

Beloved friends and tolerated acquaintances, it's time
for the 2021 Silmaril Awards!




And not only! am I! hosting?? a category! but also!

It's the villains.


Nominations For the Most Nefarious Villain!

 

How to nominate your favourite bundle of death:

  • Jump in the comments of this post and yell their name! Usually it's "I nominate Captain Hook! his mustache is the epitome of nefariousness in villains!" or something like that, but if you feel like hiring a herald or something to jazz your nomination up a bit, go for it. It's what your villain would want.

  • Please do tell me what book they're from. It's rude to not introduce someone properly. Any good herald should be fully trained in etiquette, though, so there shouldn't be too many problems.

  • You can nominate more than one villain! If they then come after you for having more than one favourite, well, that's not my problem. That's yours. Maybe keep one eye open while you sleep. 

  • If someone has already commented to nominate your favourite villain, no need to do it again! It's time to second the vote.

  • You can second as many different nominations as you like! Reply to the nomination comment with "AHHHH YES I SECOND UMBRIDGE" or however your heart desires. Bring back the herald. Employ a mime. Hype that villain.

  • The five villains with the most seconds will go to the next round. 

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 ...we do have a fewww rules though. Don't complain. You don't want to see the mess that occurs if you announce an open invitation to villains. It's not pretty.

Also I have to host the villains that get nominated?? Have pity on me. I must limit them somehow. Most of them are going in tents in the yard but the worst ones (i.e. the most nefarious, as decided by you) I will probably need to put up in the house??

The stress.

Have you ever noticed how a significant percentage of villains have a tendency towards being difficult house guests with snobby tastes? 

"Oh no, I can't share a room with someone who carries a knife of that terrible quality!" "I only use Egyptian cotton bath sheets, what are these-" "I simply can't have him seated next to me at the dinner table, did you hear his evil monologue?"

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So a few rules, please, let me have them for my own peace of mind, and possibly for the safety of this whole universe, you never know with villains:

  • Villains must be nefarious! This is unfortunately a requirement! I would much rather house villains whose evil level rests just above stealing lollies from children and just below kicking dogs, but nOoOo, only the most nefarious villains can get a Silmaril. *grumbles*
     
  • Despite previous unofficial visits from Yzma, Moriarty, and other villains (usually disgruntled at being left out), characters who are not 1. villains (duh), 2. from the fantasy genre*, and 3. from books/literature**, are ineligible for this award! Sorry to anyone who hoped to see Thanos turn up.

    (*There's a little wriggle room with "fantasy", seeing as it's an amazing genre that pairs well with a lot of good stuff. Feel free to explain why you feel a certain book is more fantasy than sci-fi or whatever other genre it may look like at first glance. It will be considered.)

    (**They can feature in a movie, or graphic novel, or similar, but the book format must have come first.)


  • Tolkien characters are not allowed. Why? Because the Silmaril Awards came about out of appreciation for the works of Tolkien, The One Fantasy Author To Rule Them All. Basically these characters are already winners without even doing anything except existing. 

  • Authors, feel free to hype your fan base up and send them over! Buuuut let them do the villain-nominating for you. It's good manners. And sometimes good manners are all that stand between you and a death scene. Just ask Bilbo about that time he riddled with Smaug...

  • Silmarils are a once-in-a-lifetime-and-it's-yours-forever kind of thing. By which I mean, if they've won this category* before, they're obviously acknowledged as a nefarious villain... and can't be nominated again. Give some other villain a chance to shine. (Or glower like a little ray of pitch black. Whichever the case may be.)

    (*I'd suggest nominating them for other categories, if you feel they deserve more Silmarils, but... your villain may not fit in well with the Heroes or Counsellors. You could try Silver Tongue, I suppose...?)

  • Anyone who doesn't follow these rules may be sent over to the Magnificent Dragons. I'm sure Christine could use a few more hands around the place... or maybe a few more tasty sandwiches.

    Do you want to be a sandwich. Do you.

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Here are those villains who have previously been recognised for their Nefariousness and alread hold a Silmaril:

Voldemort (Harry Potter, 2020) | Death in Life (Tales of the Goldstone Wood, 2019)  

Queen Levana (The Lunar Chronicles, 2018) | Shift (The Chronicles of Narnia, 2017)

The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia, 2016) 

 

For a full list of previous winners, including other categories, visit the official Silmaril Awards website!

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And here are the other categories for the Silmaril Awards 2021! 

To my understanding, there has been a longstanding tradition among the villainous circles that the Most Nefarious Villain is the only category that they accept as a Real Award. Perhaps they believe the rest of the Silmarils are plastic or something. (Probably for the best... we wouldn't want the villains to crash the Most Faithful Friends ceremony and terrorise them all. Then again, the dragons and silver-tongues and imps could probably handle such an interruption to their respective ceremonies, now that I think about it...) 

Nevertheless I must gently direct your attention away from these snobby villains' posturing and glowers and cape-swishing, and towards these other categories: 

 

Strangest Character | DJ Edwardson

Wisest Counselor | Kenzie Keene

Most Epic Hero | Madeline Rose

Least Competent Henchman | Josiah Dyck

Most Faithful Friend | Grace

Most Mischievous Imp | Tracey Dyck

Most Magnificent Dragon | Christine Smith

Most Epic Heroine | E. E. Rawls

Most Nefarious Villain | you're here!

Most Silver Tongue | Jenelle Schmidt

And we also have... an eleventh, new, one-off category! There was a Facebook poll for people to have a bit of fun guessing what this might be, and now we have the answer...

(I, for one, am very excited to see what kind of drama comes out of this category. So excited, you have no IDEA.) Sarah Pennington will be hosting this one, and it is...

-> *expectant drumroll* <-

If you're one of the first people reading this post and you click that link and there's nothing Silmaril-related there, please know that I would appreciate you stabbing the time zones. I'd do it myself but I have cleared my house of knives for next fortnight.

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And finally, nominating/seconding closes on Friday 10th at midnight CST (which is like ) ... and voting for the top five will go live on September 13th!

So get allll your nominations in early, and get to work persuading everyone else that they should second your favourite villains!

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...Please excuse me while I frantically munch down a packet of chips. I've never housed a whole bunch of villains before. I hope my petunias will survive. 

(Also this is my 100th post! I shall munch on twelve confetti pieces to celebrate before the villains get here.)

Are you new to the Silmaril Awards? If so, feel free to ask questions! The community here is incredible. Are you an old hand at this? What are you waiting for, get those villain nominations flooding in! Tell all your book-hoarding friends and writerly dragon acquaintances and that one sibling who keeps coming into your room! Silmarils are hotly contested (in fact, in this category, I'd go so far as to describe the conflict that can arise between the nominees as explosive) and you need all the voters you can get. 

Go. Do the thing. Nominate all the villains. Hype that precious bundle of villainy that you keep in your heart and call a misunderstood cinnamon roll with an adorable penchant for knifing people and mass murder. 

Don't lie. I know you have one.

154 comments:

  1. Nominating:

    -Moash from the Stormlight Archives (though he paradoxically also deserves never to win any kind of award and instead to be sent very slowly through a mangler)

    -Gavilar from the Stormlight Archives (we still don't know everything he's been up to but what we know of his character so far is that maybe his death in every prologue so far wasn't such a tragedy after all)

    -Lord Sero from the City Between series (the flowers do nothing to disguise his villainous nature)

    -spoilery person from book 8 of the City Between (if you know, you know that this person deserves this award very thoroughly but I'm not sure how nominating a spoiler works especially since the book was just published this May apparently...maybe this person will need to wait for next year's Awards?)

    -Lord Edwarn Ladrian from the second Mistborn trilogy

    -the Darkness from Moonscript

    -Brother from Deadwood/The Geppetto Codex

    -Hrathen from Elantris

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    1. Definitely seconding Lord Sero, the Darkness, and Brother. *shudders*

      (The unnamed person from Between Decisions...I don't know how much of a reaction to give because spoilers, but that person does deserve it...*screaming*)

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    2. I second the Darkness and Hrathen!

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    3. Seconding Moash, Gavilar, Lord Sero, the Darkness, Brother, and Hrathen!

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    4. I second the gut wrenching nomination of a certain Spoiler from City Between. Quick question? You're not an heirling are you? In the event that you could be called into a combat trial for a certain Throne, I'd suggest not hosting this particular Villian inside your home.

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    5. I second Brother. (Don’t know if my first comment went through.)

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    6. Can we call the spoilery person the Nightmare? I second him and I second Lord Sero

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    7. I second Sero and, if possible, the Spoiler from the City Between series, as well as Brother :)

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    8. I second Lord Sero, Brother, and I think book 8 spoiler needs to wait for next year... But that character totally deserves a nomination.

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    9. I love how you described most of these characters! Very creative! (Also, I really respect you not giving spoilers about a villain, because I'm writing a story with a spoiler villain myself, and it's nice to know people aren't going to spoil stuff like that. :)

      As for seconding, I will second Brother and... well, why not? I'll also second the first four villains just because of how you described them!

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    10. I second Brother. I mean, sheesh. CHILLS.

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    11. I second Brother...

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  2. Nominating:

    -Nimiane (100 Cupboards)
    -Dr. Phoenix (The Ashtown Burials)
    -Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
    -Opal Koboi (Artemis Fowl)
    -Dr. Henry Jekyll (the Afterverse)
    -Lord Jackson Whitlock (the Afterverse)
    -the Neverwolves (the Afterverse)
    -Beatrice (the Afterverse)
    -Neva (the Afterverse)
    -Mrs. Dervish (Outlaws of Time)

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    1. Seconding Nimaine, Dr. Phoenix, Dr. Jekyll, Lord Whitlock, the Neverwolves, Neva and Mrs. Dervish. Nominating Nurse Golightly from "The Last Days of Lady Cordelia" by Kyle Robert Shultz (Afterverse).

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    2. I second Umbridge and Opal Koboi!

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    3. I second Nimiane and Dr. Phoenix!

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    4. I second Dolores, and Lord Whitlock.

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    5. Seconding Umbridge!

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    6. I second Dr. Phoenix, Jekyll, Beatrice, and Nurse Golightly.

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    7. Seconding Nimiane, Dr. Phoenix, Umbridge, Lord Whitlock, and Mrs. Dervish!

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    8. I second:
      - Umbridge (truly, it's a miracle she's yet to win this)
      - Jekyll (Afterverse)
      - Whitlock

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    9. I second Umbridge! *shudders*

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    10. I second Nimiane, Dr. Phoenix, Opal, and Mrs. Dervish.
      --Anna H.

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    11. I second
      Nimiane
      Dr. Phoenix
      Dolores Umbridge
      Opal Koboi
      Mrs. Dervish

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  3. In honor of this year's release of the Shadow and Bone TV show...I nominate The Darkling from Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone trilogy!! A true nefarious villain! But also someone who would probably be a halfway decent house guest? (At least compared to Cpt. Hook or something)

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    1. I would like to argue that Captain Hook probably wouldn't be the WORST houseguest . . . he is, after all, English.

      Seconding the Darkling!

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    2. An excellent point on Captain Hook being English, Sarah... and MK, I may need to start a list of villains who I can sic onto other more manner-less villains, so I'll take your suggestion of the Darkling too xD

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  4. I nominate Lord Miraz from the Chronicles of Narnia! The guy tries to murder everyone who gets in his way!

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    1. Ah, my little sister makes it a running joke of not knowing who Miraz is throughout our reading of Prince Caspian, lol. But I will definitely second him!

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    2. I Second Miraz!

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  5. Nominations:
    -The Witch of the Waste (Howl's Moving Castle)
    -Nahusaresh (The Queen's Thief series)
    -Morgarath (Ranger's Apprentice)

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    1. Seconding Nahusaresh! (Sorry if this comes through twice; I *think* Blogger ate the first iteration of the comment?)

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    2. Second Morgarath!

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    3. I second the Witch of the Waste!

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    4. Seconding the Witch of the Waste!

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    5. I would like to second Morgarath.

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  6. Rebekah Stargazer7 September 2021 at 03:46

    Oooh, I've never been to this blog before! Hi! THAT CHICK IS SO CUTE. Oh, wait, I guess it's an owl and I'm supposed to feed it. *hands Cute Owl a huge chocolate cake*

    Seconding:
    Sero
    Brother

    Nominating:
    Adam (Oath of the Outcast by C.M. Banschbach)
    Nathak (Blood of Kings Trilogy by Jill Williamson)
    Annd, Princess Devira (Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight)

    *feeds Cute Owl more cake*

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    1. I second Davira from Ilyon. *shivers* SO villainously creepy in an awful way!

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  7. I nominate
    -Devin from Dragons in our Midst by Bryan Davis
    -Morgan from Oracles of Fire by Bryan Davis
    -Arramos from Children of the Bard by Bryan Davis
    -Roden from Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Neilson

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  8. Nominating Lord Respen Felix from "The Blades of Acktar" by Tricia Mingerink, Emperor Daican from "The Ilyon Chronicles" by Jaye L. Knight and Davira also from "The Ilyon Chronicles".

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  9. Nominating Zal Ira from "Empire of Blood" by Olivia Cornwell.

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  10. I nominate Mrs. Dervish from N.D. Wilson's Outlaws of Time series, Radu Bey from N.D. Wilson's Ashtown Burials series, and Conner from the Ascendance series by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

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    1. Since I already seconded Mrs. Dervish, I'll go ahead and second Radu Bey

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    2. I second Dervish and Radu!

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  11. This post is fabulous and hilarious. XD

    I second:

    Lord Sero
    Brother
    Lord Whitlock
    Neva
    The Witch of the Waste
    Lord Adam
    Nathak
    Princess Davira

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  12. Fabulous post, Jem!

    I nominate:
    -Mordion from the Two Monarchies sequence
    -The Summer King from An Enchantment of Ravens
    -Rupert de la Mare from Plenilune

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  13. I nominate Dray from The Weaver Trilogy. (I know, not technically the main baddie, but he was *gags* terrible.)

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  14. I second:
    Miraz (Chronicles of Narnia)
    The Witch of the Waste (Howl's Moving Castle)
    Princess Davira (Ilyon Chronicles)
    Morgan (Oracles of Fire)
    Amber, the Lady Dragon (Rizkaland Legends)

    I nominate:
    The Duke (The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber)
    The Dragon, Death-in-Life (Tales of Goldstone Wood, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl)
    Lord Whitlock (the Afterverse)

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    1. I second The Dragon (Death-in-Life), and nominate The Lady (Life-in-Death) from the same series.

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    2. I second The Lady/Life-in-Death. Talk about nefarious!

      I believe the Dragon won a couple of years ago, so he wouldn't qualify. He's DEFINITELY proven his true villainy. *shudders*

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    3. I second The Duke and the Lady/Life-in-Death.

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  15. I nominate:

    Blanca (The Glass Sentence)
    Aaron (The Unwanteds)
    Lucinda (Ella Enchanted)
    Hattie (Ella Enchanted)
    Skulni (Fairest)
    Claudia (Secret Country Trilogy)
    Zemenar (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)
    Graves (The Glass Sentence trilogy)
    DomDaniel (Septimus Heap series)

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  16. I nominate Queen Jezebel from the Stolen Kingdom series by Bethany Atazadeh and Cath (the Queen of Hearts) from Heartless by Marissa Meyer!

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    1. I will second Cath, because I've heard she's stomp on your heart levels of bad

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  17. Also, this post was awesome and hilarious.

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  18. This post is epically awesome and made me laugh sooooo much!

    Seconding:
    Princess Davira (Ilyon Chronicles)
    The Darkness (Moonscript)
    Brother (Deadwood)

    Nominating:

    Lady Cavanaugh (Aeronaut's Windlass)
    Prince Langston (Green Princess Trilogy by HL Burke)
    Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)
    Ra'aba (Dragon Friend and series by Marc Secchia)
    The Keeper (Entwined by Heather Dixon)

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    1. I second the Keeper! So chilling and yet...one of my favorite villains. I'm not sure what that says about me. *cough*

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    2. Seconding Lady Cavanaugh and the Keeper (can't believe I forgot to nominate him!)!

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    3. Oooh, I second the Keeper! *shivers*

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  19. I second Moash & Gavilar (Stormlight Archive), Nimiane (100 Cupboards), Umbridge (Harry Potter), Mrs. Dervish (Outlaws of Time), Miraz (Narnia), Witch of the Waste (Howl's Moving Castle), Devin & Morgan (DiOM/OoF), Radu Bey (Ashtown Burials), Dray (Weaver trilogy), and Death-in-Life & Life-in-Death (Goldstone Wood).

    I nominate Yurgen & Bonifer (the Wingfeather Saga), Tselloch (the Gateway Chronicles), and Galbatorix (the Inheritance Cycle).

    FYI: the Silmarils made me read Goldstone Wood, so this year, I am hoping that the Silmarils will make someone else read the Gateway Chronicles. :D

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    1. I'll second the Wingfeather Saga villains!

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    2. I'll second Yorgen and Bonifer!

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    3. I second Yurgen and Bonifer!

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  20. I now do nominate:

    The Master, from the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley. I don't want to say who this is, because they spend the whole series trying to figure that out and it's a big twist, but yeah.

    The Unman, from the Space Trilogy by CS Lewis. The most wicked creature to ever walk upon the face of Perelandra.

    The Ash and the Alder, from Phantastes by George MacDonald. These trees were honestly really scary, so it's easy to see that the warnings to stay away from them are no joke.

    Jonathon Dark, from Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. The creepy owner of the Cooger and Dark Carnival that comes to town, not long before Halloween, and definitely a nefarious Steal Your Life Away villain.

    Professor Princeton, from The Nicholas Book by William Chad Newsom. A scholar on a ruthless search for an old manuscript, but almost certainly with a darker secret to his identity...

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    1. I second The Master
      I second The Unman
      I second Jonathan Dark
      And I second Prof. Princeton
      (Shudders at all of these)

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  21. Okay, as far as villains who freak me out, I nominate:

    Lord Khasar from Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. He was, um, a lot. A warlord who was really abusive towards women, would raze your city if he wanted to, and had some really creepy magic stuff going on. I really recommend the book if you haven't read it, btw, it was really good.

    General Woundwort from Watership Down. I read it when I was a kid and he scared me.

    The Warden in A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. Unethical human experimentation galore.

    The sorcerer in The Hollow Kingdom by Claire B. Dunkle. He's low-key terrifying? I still think about him years later.

    The Alder King from An Enchantment of Ravens doesn't exactly freak me out, but he does have a very cool aesthetic that stuck with me after I finished the book!

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    1. A note for Jem, who may or may not have read An Enchantment of Ravens: The Alder King is who I meant when I said the Summer King. Becky has the correct name.

      I will second the sorcerer from The Hollow Kingdom.

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    2. I'm being introduced to a lot of these villains for the first time, but I have read An Enchantment of Ravens! (It said "fae" and it said "ravens" how could I walk away xD) There's something particularly unsettling about fae villains, I think... I'd second the Alder King if I could!

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  22. I nominate Mr. and Mrs. Platters of the Borrowers series.
    I also second Nahusaresh and Bonifer Squoon!

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    1. Who nominated Bonifer Squoon? I must've missed that comment. But anyway, I second him!

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    2. I second Bonifer!

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  23. I nominate the Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    I also second:
    Rupert de la Mare from Plenilune
    The Keeper from Entwined

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    1. I KNEW I could count on you to nominate the Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair! I ENTHUSIASTICALLY SECOND HIM.

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    2. I haven't read Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell, but when presented with a character called "Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair", I'm going to have to put that one on my TBR!!

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    3. @Tracey: Oh my goodness. XD *laughing* Well, you're welcome. :P

      @Jem: He's a super-creepy fae character! We never get his name so he's just referred to as that. XD

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  24. Oh, the Nightmare is a perfect moniker for That Person from City Between. *sniffles* I second, if possible. :)

    Also seconding Yurgen

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  25. JEMMM. I'm just so happy to have you on board! This post made me giggle so much. The whole line about how some villains are snobby houseguests tho. XD I can imagine they ARE. But, don't worry, I have every faith in you for being able to handle them. Just, ya know, make sure you have PLENTY of cookies on hand...

    And oooh, all rulebreakers come to my house, eh? Totally acceptable. Maybe they'll distract all these dragons from my pantry. *wicked smile*

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    1. My current plan is to pit the snobby houseguests against the more chaotic villains and hoping their own sense of manners will also protect me and my house? Whether that is working or not I do not know? I've lost three plates and a floral teapot, and I no longer have a lawn at all, but at least everyone is changing the empty toilet rolls now.

      I may still need to send you some of the nominees who are disgruntled they haven't progressed to the voting round. Definitely not for dragon food, of course. Just... for a change of scenery.

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  26. I nominate:

    - The Queen of Hearts (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
    - Selia (The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale)

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  27. OH. I also nominate Rex Bellum from the Seventh Realm trilogy by M.L. Little. Oh, he is nastyyy.

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  28. I second the Darkling from Shadow and Bone, Selia from the Books of Bayern, Bonifer Squoon from the Wingfeather Saga, Princess Davira from the Ilyon Chronicles, Niminae from 100 Cupboards, King Respen from Blades of Acktar, Devin and Morgan from Dragons in our Midst/Oracles of Fire and the Witch of the Waste. I nominate Ezra Squall from the Trials of Morrigan Crow

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  29. I second: Lord Sero, and the Nightmare (City Between), Brother, Jekyll, Whitlock, Neva (Beaumont&Beasley/ Crockett&Crane), Devin and Morgan (DioM/OoF), Death-in-Life and Life-in-Death (Goldstone Wood), Yurgen and Bonifer Squoon(Wingfeather Saga), Bevin Conner (Ascendance Trilogy), Radu Bey, Dr. Phoenix, and Nimiane(Ashtown Burials/100cupboards).

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  30. I nominate:

    The wraith (The Blood Spell, CJ Redwine)
    Teague (The Wish Granter, CJ Redwine)
    Minya (Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares, Laini Taylor)

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  31. So I thought I had it bad with a horde of henchmen in my home, but never once did I stop to think about the person hosting the villains! And the most nefarious ones, at that. Do stay safe, Jem! And if you need any help, maybe run over to the most epic heroes or heroines . . . they might keep the villains in line.

    I'm definitely seconding Opal Koboi from the Artemis Fowl series, Conner from the Ascendance trilogy, and Miraz from Narnia. But I'd also like to nominate a few:

    Drexel from the Tales of Starlight series
    Leo from the Tales of Starlight series
    Lord Burleigh from the Bright Empires series
    Maldor from the Beyonders trilogy
    Zeke from Attack on Titan (yes, it's a manga, but it's technically a book and considered fantasy, so . . . ?)

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    1. Oh no if we're allowed to include manga then I need to update my nominee list.

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    2. I second Drexel, Leo, and Lord Burleigh!

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  32. I second Hrathen (Elantris), Davira (Ilyon Chronicles), and Miraz (Narnia).

    I nominate:
    - the Horned King (The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander)
    - Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
    - the Dark One (Wheel of Time)

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    1. Finally, someone nominated Captain Hook! I think he's going to be mad to be ignored for so long...) I second him and The Horned King!

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    2. I second:
      The Horned King
      Captian Hook

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    3. I second the Horned King and Captain Hook!

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    4. I second Horned King and Hook!

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  33. I second The Horned King.

    I also second Captain Hook

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  34. Great post Jem. So very droll.

    I nominate Dracula from um...Dracula.

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    1. Ooh, good one. I second Dracula!

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    2. Seconding Dracula. I've always hated him (as a villain).

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  35. I second: (I'm sorry if this appears twice!)
    Umbridge (because she would put me in detention if I didn't...)
    *all the shudders* the Darkling!
    Lord Miraz!
    The Witch of the Waste!
    Hattie!
    Cath!
    The Queen of Hearts!

    So many villains! You're going to have to be more nefarious than the villains to keep them all in line. I nominate: The Lady of the Green Kirtle from The Chronicles of Narnia.

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    1. I second her, but she worries me, especially after all the ruckus last year...

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    2. I agree Gracelyn. But maybe she will stay quiet for a while if she wins. If she doesn't, well, lets hope she can be stopped...I still second her.

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  36. I nominate Captain Strick and Wilta! (the Ascendence series)

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  37. I nominate Draewulf from the Storm Siren trilogy by Mary Weber. He's bad, man.

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  38. There's just.....there's so much QUOTABLE CONTENT HERE. XD "Do you want to be a sandwich. Do you." << YES. YES, I DO. LET ME BE A SANDWICH, JEM. LET ME DO IT.

    "I simply can't have him seated next to me at the dinner table, did you hear his evil monologue?" << oh my GOODNESS. This is me. XD

    ALSO! JEM!!! I am SO beyond excited that you are joining our ranks this year! I cannot wait to see which nefarious villains get (stored in your house) nominated! Do be wary, though. They ate all my chocolate last year and left a nasty bloodstain on my rug.... :((

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    1. BUT SANDWICHES CAN'T TYPE, KENZIE. I INSIST YOU STAY HUMAN SO YOU CAN VOTE IN THE NEXT ROUND, OR YOUR FAVOURITE VILLAINS MAY GO UNREPRESENTED. (I know. My cruelty knows no bounds. I should let you live your best sandwich life.)

      You should?? Do "evil monologue training" posts?? I am sure that would be incredible xD

      ...If the villains demolish my own hidden chocolate stash, that might be my own villain origin story... *frowny face*

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  39. Seconding:
    - Brother
    - Umbridge (Harry Potter) (how has she still not won this award??)
    - Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
    - Morgan (Dragons In Our Midst)
    - Keeper (Entwined)
    - The Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland)

    And I'd like to nominate:
    - Prince Cardan (The Cruel Prince)
    - Barty Crouch Jr. (Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire)

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    1. Second for Barty Crouch Jr!

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    2. Ooh, yes, that guy is definitely worthy of it. Second Barty Jr. (and since nobody else has, I second the Prince Cardan guy too!)

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    3. I have no idea how Umbridge has not won yet. She's currently scared several villains into line and I'm pretty sure they with one accord hate her, so.

      (Also she likes pink and kittens! a refreshing change from the Dark this and Lord that and My Name Is Literally Evil, Fear Me! xD)

      And regarding Prince Cardan, I'm conflicted... 🤔

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  40. I second:
    The Darkling (Shadow & Bone)
    Davira (Ilyon Chronicles)
    Respen Felix (Blades of Acktar)
    Adam (Dragon Keep Chronicles)
    Bonifer Squoon (Wingfeather Saga)
    Selia (Books of Bayern)

    I nominate:

    -Regal (Farseer Trilogy)

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  41. All of these villains are so CHILLING O_O

    I second:
    - The Darkling (Shadow and Bone)
    - The Keeper (Entwined)
    - The Gentleman (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell)
    - Teague (The Wish Granter)

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  42. I nominate...
    Bartholomew Thorne from Isle of Swords
    Paragor from The Door Within Series
    (Author: Wayne Thomas Batson)

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    1. (I'm sorry. I know it's his name, and I've even heard of The Door Within series, but 'Wayne Thomas Batson' has me snickering unreasonably. But that's not a fantasy-genre thing. xD)

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  43. So many nefarious nominations! (and also. my house. I have started stuffing them in the attic, but I have to be so careful which ones I pick for that because if they're too nefarious then they'll murder me for the insult.)

    Don't forget, you have six more hours in which to nominate any stragglers who may have popped into your mind with an evil bow and a glint of something sharp and a pleasantly-worded threat on their lips for if you don't nominate them!

    I'll be closing comments at midnight CST (3pm my time) so that I can tally up the seconds without the villains coming up behind me like "OY I got another one, have you added that yet-" "do NOT add it, he's a scoundrel undeserving of the title Nefarious, that vote is from after the cut-off time-"

    (If they turn up a little frazzled-looking to the voting round, that's just from a bit of friendly squabbling, okay? There is definitely no need to be alarmed. They will absolutely accept the results with forbearance and some congratulatory back-slapping.)

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    1. This little peek behind the scenes is giving me life. XDDD

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    2. Deborah, 'life' is one thing this swarming huddle of villains is not giving me... I am in constant fear that they'll unintentionally (or carelessly) give me the exact opposite, in fact xD

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  44. Seconding Opal Koboi, the Neverwolves, Beatrice, Nurse Golightly, the Darkling, the Witch of the Waste, Mordion, Hattie, Skulni, the Keeper, Bonifer, and the Dark One!

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  45. This is a fun category (smiling evilly while rubbing my hands together).

    I nominate
    Capricorn (Inkheart)
    Basta (Inkheart)
    Gregory (The Man Who Was Thursday)
    Grendel (Beowulf poem)
    Grendel's mother

    (Also, I fed the Owl)

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    1. YES. I second all them evils! (That came out a mess, but you know what I mean...)

      Yes, good Owl, deserves much cake. *also feeds it*

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    2. Second for Grendel and Grendel's mother!

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  46. I second:
    Lord Sero
    Lord Jackson Whitlock
    Nahusaresh
    The Unman
    Lord Burleigh
    the Horned King
    Captain Hook
    Dracula
    Bartholomew Thorne
    Capricorn

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