Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Heroes.

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

October 23: Villains (favorite, best, worst, lovable, creepiest, most evil, etc.)

I have several authors that like to take a character that they have built up to be someone the reader truly despises and then turn them into the hero in their own story.  So this week I’m going to put a slight twist and select bad guys turned good for my list.

Ten bad guys that were totally redeemed.

  1. Born of Legend (The League, #9) Julian/Dagger: Ms. Kenyon is the queen of redeeming bad guys and giving them their own hero story.  Julian was quite the evil guy for much of The League series and then in this book, we get to see everything from his perspective and learn how very wrong we were about him.
  2. Seize the Night (Dark-Hunter, #6) Valerius: Was an early redemption in The Dark Hunter’s series.  He was pretty awful in book two but by the time we get to his story, we learn that things aren’t always what they appear to be.
  3. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) Styxx: This is perhaps the biggest turn around Ms. Kenyon undertook.  You couldn’t get lower than Styxx in this series but then bam his book comes out and I ended up loving him more than any of the other characters even Acheron.  I know!  Even Ash.
  4. The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15) Xcor: Has been the bad guy for about four or five books in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series then we get his book and learn all about his past and end up forgiving him for all his transgressions.
  5. The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) Trent: Trent wasn’t an overnight redemption.  Harrison started turning things around for him a few books before the end where he rides off into the sunset with Rachel.
  6. Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows, #8) Al:  Al doesn’t really get a redemption storyline much of the time he is portrayed as a reluctant hero.  He does come into the story as a pretty bad character but by the end of the series, he became quite a different demon.
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Snape: Snape is considered a bad guy for much of this series and does some pretty awful things in the last or next to last book but in the end, we learn that much of his actions were not what they seemed.
  8. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Eric: Up until this book Eric plays the creepy bad boy roll and seems to cherish his reputation.  Then in the book we see another side of him, sure he lost his memory, but I ended up falling for him.  I truly hate how Harris ended up destroying his and Sookie’s relationship in the last three books.  Never going to get over it.  Ever.
  9. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) Tyrion Lannister: Tyrion is a complicated yet calculating character in this series but as the books progressed I truly started to change my mind about him.  If I decide to continue this series it will be to find out what happens with him.  Somehow I don’t think it will ever be finished though.
  10. Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Mallory Carmichael: Mallory starts off as Merit’s best friend but a few books in she takes a turn toward the dark side.  Things are rocky for her for quite a few books but by the end of the series, she is totally redeemed.

What redeemed bad guys do you love?