Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Villains (Part 2)

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday, and the topic is:

October 10th: Favorite Villains
— It looks like we last did this topic in 2016, so I encourage you to pick new villains if this is not your first time covering this topic! (also, as before, try not to just use HP characters…)

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

I did one for villains already, but there are so many villains, but I also want to add from other medias as well.

Perry Wright from Big Little Lies

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He abuses his wife, Celeste which almost affected his twin boys. He also rapes another woman, and fathers that child while using a different name in order to seduce that woman. He plays the loving husband one second, and an evil abuser another second, and tries to apologize before the cycle repeats itself.

Darth Bane from the Star Wars Darth Bane trilogy

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Some would argue that he is an anti-hero. But reading the first two books of the series, you start to see a person’s slowing descending into the dark side, but at times it is almost understandable. He is just trying to survive the best way he knows how. He also challenges the Sith way of thinking and reestablishes the rule of two.

Xifeng from Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

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Sort of like, Darth Bane, it was nice to read a story from a villains perspective, and also seeing a story in which there is a sort of villain origin story. She spends most of book trying to manipulate her way into becoming empress, that it is almost impressive.

Eli from Vicious

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Part of me, almost don’t really consider him a villain, but more of a self appointed protagonist of his own story. Following his story in both Vicious and Vengeful, you start to see his way of thinking. He believes himself to be this religious zealot, who believes he is doing the right thing.

AIDAN from The Illuminae Files

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An AI, who only believes in binaries and code. His thinking lead to the deaths of several people, because his system doesn’t take into account humanity. He makes decisions based on statistics and nothing else. While he is very fleshed out, he basically operates like a HAL system.

Those are some of my favorite villains. What are some of your favorite villains? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

Star Wars Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn

Summary:

Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape—a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army, and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy—if he can prove himself truly worthy.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure . . . especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival. Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph–and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.

The Review:

I picked up this book on a whim, mainly because I always wanted to read more of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, especially from the Old Republic because it always fascinated me especially within the Star Wars lore.

This book sort of gives the origin story of Darth Bane, who started off as a miner named Dressel from one of the Outer Rim planets in which he works long hours and has to pay off a debt to gangsters. As he becomes a wanted man from the Republic and sneaks aboard a Sith ship and joins the Sith army and starts to become force sensitive.

What I like about the book, is that it really taps into the Dark side of the force and how the Sith operates.

Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me

Seeing a lot of how the Sith operates really makes them more complex. From their point of they see that the Jedi are evil, and it could be true from a certain point of view. You also see how the Sith Academy at Korriban operates. They believe in competition among their students and Bane has to sort of outwit and outmatch all of the other students in order to rise through the ranks.

A lot of his strength comes with his anger at the past. He was basically abused for most of his life and that’s where the strength of his power comes from. His anger basically becomes a gift through the dark side. As he rises through the ranks he wants to know more about the Sith, and the history how it ties in with Darth Revan.

Darth Bane is also an extremely complex character. His story arc and why he turns to the dark side makes sense. His turn was brought on my at first a need for survival and then for a lust for power, and he even turns on the Sith lords in order to get his goal.

As he is in the Sith Academy he deals with a lot of betrayal, and his relationship with Githany, a former Jedi who turns to the Dark Side. Her character was also very complex and really give how both sides of the war.

As this was written by Drew Karpyshan, he was the senior writer for Knight of the Old Republic and it really shows. There was a lot of references to the game and with it being one of my favorite Star Wars games that showed a lot of complexities with the force and how it is not always black and white.

In the end, Path of Destruction was a great introduction to the story of Darth Bane. It was dark, twisted and I loved everything about it. If you are a fan of Star Wars, I would highly recommend that you pick it up.

Grade: 4.5/5