Top 5 creepy characters
Happy Tuesday bookworms!! Welcome to today’s Top 5 Tuesday, and today’s topic is top 5 creepy characters!!
This month we have a kind of Halloween theme going on, which I am definitely regretting because I do not read creepy / spooky books. LUCKILY, I have awesome book friends (hi team!!) who reminded me of some super creeps I know!!
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top 5 creepy characters
Ramsay Bolton (Snow)
Yes… if people thought Joffrey was bad, didn’t they get a shock when Ramsay arrived in the North. If you’ve only watched the Game of Thrones show, and not read the books by George R.R. Martin – don’t fret, you haven’t missed anything. Ramsay is just as gruesome in both. I would give Ramsay a creep factor of 9.
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
I am genuinely reading about this creep at the moment in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and I still forgot he existed. I think I have a tendency to just wipe creep factor from my mind. Which probably isn’t a bad thing in this day and age. But yes, Sebastian is evil personified with a creep factor of 8.
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
The Dane Twins
I was so interested in the Dane twins in A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab!! Like, twins can be done so creepily at the best of times, but these two were GOOD. Like, creepy good. Not nice good. I don’t know if it was the way that they manipulated everything and everyone around them. Or the way that they encouraged the madness and sadicity. But there was something truly evil about them. Creep factor of 8.
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
Ahhh, Gestalt. The uber-creepy hive mind person/people from Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook. Now, Gestalt is not four people who share one mind. It is one mind that controls four bodies. But Gestalt learned how to “adapt” to society so well that it can use one of its bodies to have a conversation with another one to draw less attention to itself and make it less threatening. You cannot tell me that is not creepy. Gestalt has a creep factor of 10.
“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.
She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.
In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.
OK, so this is an unpopular opinion (according to my friends), but I think Sméagol is just as creepy as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I think it’s the way that Andy Serkis can move his face and also played both sides of the coin so realistically in the movie that it has now affected how I see the book characters. Plus the way he has conversations with himself and is kind of psychopathic pushes him to the top of my list. I give Gollum a creep factor of 11.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them.
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
As I mentioned, my friends came up with A LOT of excellent suggestions. Most of whom I haven’t read the books mentioned in (and some I didn’t find creepy at all…) So, there is a LIST of additional creepy characters that could have made a top 5 this week:
- The Bone Carver from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
- Maven from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
- The Inquisitors from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
- Padan Fain from The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
- Jacks from Caraval by Stephanie Garber
- Patch from Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Phobia from Renegades by Marissa Meyer
- Zero from Warcross by Marie Lu
- Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
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Who are your top 5 creepy characters?
My daughter loved The Mortal Instrument series.
Honestly, I don’t read a lot of creepy these days. I’ve become a wimp. There are, however, many ways to be creepy. I think my list shows that.
Hope you have a great day.
Yeah, I’m not super into creepy books either. But sometimes the characters just appear in other genres!! ?
Sebastian Morgenstern was one I also forgot! He is definitely a forgettable creep
SO CREEPY!! I really don’t like him!! ?
Here’s mine: https://ketutarwriting.blogspot.com/2020/10/top-5-creepy-characters.html
Oh, yes, Padan Fain, definitely creepy. Count Olaf also. 😀
I found it hard to do this week as well, because I intentionally avoid “creepy” 😀 But I found five 🙂
Dude, I totally forgot about Ramsey Bolton! That one is an epic selection. He’s terrifying!
Yes, full credit to my brains trust for that one. He was nominated three times. ??
Still Tuesday here 🙂 6pm in UK.
I just slipped in before midnight my time ??
Ooh Sebastian.. Definitely!
Yes!! I’m rereading The Lost Souls at the moment and I’m feel like I’m right in the midst of his creep levels ?
OMG your picks are absolutely perfect! I feel super stupid now that I didn’t think of Ramsay, The Bone Carver, or Gollum.
No!! Don’t feel bad!! TBH I didn’t think the Bone Carver was that creepy, but my brains trust said the voice on the audiobook amplified the creepy factor. ?
Ramsey was the worst! As soon as you mentioned Sebastian my mind went YES because right there is a character of the creepy high order! I love Andy Serkis too much to slot Gollum into my creepy list but I added two lotr characters ? Count Olaf for me is more like funny creepy – like sure, he’s definitely creepy, but I can also laugh about him and what he does.
I had no idea who Count Olaf is, I had to Google the character ??
?? I’m the person both annoyed that the movie crammed three books into one but will still watch it because of Jim Carrey.
I’ve never seen the movie or the tv show ???
I recommend both! The books slightly less because the author has been accused of harrassment. I know he hated the movie, but I think he had more involvement in the series.
But I do like the characters and the series has more fleshing out of the books (and Neil Patrick Harris).
Kaya @ afictionalbookworm
HOW COULD I FORGET GOLLUM AND SEBASTIAN. Sebastian in City of Lost Souls…no thank you. great topic!?
?? I admit that I had help with my list!! It also sparked a debate that Sméagol was “cute” and Gollum was “creepy”, but honestly I think they’re both creepy. ?
Hi everyone! Meeghan, I came across your blog the other day and thought this would be fun to start participating in, so this is my very 1st Top 5 Tuesday. I meant to comment earlier after I posted, but forgot. =) Love everyone’s choices!
Hi Jen!! Welcome!! I’m super excited for you to join us!! ?
tasya @ the literary huntress
Both Joffrey and Ramsay are horrible, but Ramsay gave me all the creeps with his smile ? I would say Count Olaf is the creepiest character I’ve ever read so far, especially considering it’s a children’s series and he did all those things to children ?
I’ve never read or seen A Series of Unfortunate Events!! But I promised my brains trust I would put all their suggestions up!! I had to Google who Count Olaf was!! ??
Meaghan @ Hail and Well Read
The Dane twins are SO unsettling, and while I wish we’d gotten more of them, I’m also super glad we didn’t, because I’d be SO STRESSED waiting for them to show up and be monumentally creepy again!
?? YES!! Well, I’m kind of glad they don’t come back then… but also, I think I would have been stressed about them coming back!!