Liars, manipulators, tyrants, misogynistics …top worst rulers …in books! Top 5 Tuesday

Hi friends,

Today in Top 5 Tuesday Shanah @bionicbookworm had a slightly different topic: we will speak of politics and worst rulers!

And I was thinking that I would never recall five rulers in books!

In real life that’s easy! We all know some who are liars, manipulators, misogynistics, selfish and ruthless. Some are even so incredibly dumb you wonder how they got at the top! Some of them even have an orangey skin tone that makes them blen in with the background at Halloween.

So yes, in real life we know that power often corrupts and I could have easily found a dozen of them.

Never one to turn down a challenge, I dug deep, opened treasure chests to unearth older read and ….I found them!

Surprisingly, all were in YA stories, most if not all of them in dystopian or fantasy worlds.

So without further ado, here are my evil rulers (queue the evil laughter).


Ladies first! I present you Queen Elara from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Mind manipulator and torturer.


Then of course, President Snow in the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins! Prime manipulator too.

Then you have King Gaius also known as The Blood King (do I need to explain more?) from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes


Followed by The Sultan from Rebel of the Sand by Alwyn Hamilton. Also prime manipulator that had nearly me empathizing with him!



And closing it today is Ghassan the cruel ruler from City of Brass by SA Chakraborty who blackmailed Nari all the time!


And I realized that I know many villains in books but not all are rulers, far from it! Even if they want to rule worlds like Voldemort for example.

What are your worst fictional rulers?

Thanks for reading!


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27 Replies to “Liars, manipulators, tyrants, misogynistics …top worst rulers …in books! Top 5 Tuesday”

  1. How fun (and evil)…love this!! Bwahaha…!

    1. Perfect! LOL

  2. Maleficent!!! You just can’t go wrong with that pick! 😛 Angelina Jolie playing that character really is a great pick for the live-action adaptation too. 😮

    1. Well yes Maleficent is iconic!

  3. City of Brass and Rebel of the Sands are both on my TBR and now, I’m excited about these rulers. 🙂

    1. oooh you’ll have so much fun Lili!

      1. I really hope so. 🙂 🙂

  4. Great picks. Especially Queen Elara!

    1. Ha I hated her Laura!!

  5. This is a great list! I agree with you on Ghassan, and The Sultan. I haven’t finished the Red Queen series but hope to get back to it someday.

    1. Ghassan deserved to die! Painfully LOL

  6. We match with Snow! I hadn’t expected him to be THIS popular this week.

    1. Me neither but he is indeed the perfect worst example LOL

  7. So many great choices, Sophie!

    1. Thank you Kayla!

  8. I really want to start reading The Falling Kingdoms series! and yes President Snow = pure evil. Great list sophie!

    1. Thank you Jamie!

  9. I didn’t think of Queen Elara! Yeah she was one of the worst!

  10. I have only read the Red Queen, but everyone was pretty ruthless in that book.

    1. I totally agree Sam!

  11. Great list you have there. President Snow is a piece of work. Super manipulative, almost a Stalin type of character, makes you feel blessed to live in such a free country where we have empowerment over our own lives.

    1. You are totally right with the Stalin comment!

  12. Great list! President Snow is so manipulative.

    1. Exactly! Evil LOL

  13. You nailed this! It was really hard to think so a couple of mine were total cop outs!!!

    1. Thank you Caro!

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