May 10, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Guys Who Are Jerks

This fabulous meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week's topic is guys in books who are real jerks. Note: these are kind of spoilery because I explain why the guys are total scumbags. So you have been warned!

1.) Baron Debegri in Crown Duel – Oh, he is just loathsome. King Galdran is the most important villain in this book, but I think Debegri irritated me even more because he is such a low-down bully.

2.) Iago in Othello – arguably Shakespeare's sneakiest villain. He delights in spreading lies, tormenting Othello into believing his wife is unfaithful.

3.) Grima Wormtongue in Lord of the Rings – he's so very slimy.

4.) Paul in the Mediator series – he ties Suze up and gags her, and then still expects her to fall for him? So full of himself.

5.) Paul in The Year of Secret Assignments – what is up with all the Pauls being jerks? Anyway, this guy is a real scumbag who only pretends to care for Cassie.

6.) Prince Bryan in Summers at Castle Auburn – he's crude, arrogant, unfaithful, and has a sadistic streak. I honestly never understood why the main character liked him, but thankfully she eventually wises up and sees his true colours.

7.) Willoughby in Sense & Sensibility – because I had to include some Austen on here! Willoughby chooses money over love, breaking Marianne's heart with a hurtful letter. Not to mention his sordid past involving a woman he impregnated and then abandoned...

8.) Alex in the Song of the Lioness series – because he betrays Alanna and goes over to the dark side.

9.) Reeve in The Voice on the Radio – he spills someone else's secrets all over the airwaves, because he's in love with the sound of his own voice.

10.) Reyad in Poison Study – well, technically he's dead when the story begins, but we still see him in memories (and his ghost at times) so I'm counting him. Basically, he's a despicably sadistic creepy pervert. Enough said.


  1. Ohh! I forgot about Alex... HATE him!! Tamora Pierce is soooo good with characterizations!

  2. Iago is a great pick! He irritated me so much, but he was such a good villain!

  3. Ugh, yeah, Paul from the Mediator series was such a jerk. Jesse may have been dead, but he was still a million times better than Paul. Reyad totally counts. He was jerktastic.

  4. I have a total jerk (as in a kidnapping, murdering scumbag) Paul in my book. Hmmmmmm.


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