I love characters. NO WAIT. I adore characters. They are my friends and my heroes and sometimes I want to be them when I grow up and sometimes I know if I met them in real life, despite adoring them, I’d run away screaming.
Of course I don’t like all the kinds of characters. I don’t think bookworms have to! That’s why there are SO MANY BOOKS. There are types of characters to make everyone chortle like a happy melon, right?!
Today, I’m listing types of characters (character tropes, if you will) that I really really really like and basically cannot read enough of. Hand me a book with any of these kind of characters and — I AM SOLD. 5-stars! ALL THE LOVE. ALL THE CAKE. ALL THE FEELS.
I mean, they don’t have to be evil. But we all know the smartest ones have a touch of the dark side. (That explains me, to be honest.) I love masterminds. I love characters who invent complicated ploys to get things and they won’t stop for anything. Devious intentions, excellent wit, and devastating genius? Sign me up. Aka Kaz from Six of Crows and Miles from Made You Up.
This just pleases me immensely because I AM A TINY SMALL HUMAN. Who…can’t even…pop balloons because it’s terrifying, but let’s not discuss my fragile souled tendencies. These are EPIC characters who never fail to impress me. I love it how they are underestimated and then — BOOM — they’ve taken down a human twice their size. Or even if they’re not physically violent (why does Cait like the violent characters? Gee…we might need to question Cait’s priorities here), but just sassy and talented and not to be trifled with.
3. GARGANTUAN CHARACTERS WHO ARE TERRIFYING TO LOOK AT…BUT ARE SQUISHY TEDDY BEARS
I knoooow…this is a cliche! But I love it. I love when the dude the size of a football field is into cooking or art. I love when the guy with hands as big as Slovenia is really gentle with a teeny tiny baby. Or the girl as tall as Mount Fuji is really graceful. IT’S SO ADORABLE. ERMAGERSH.
Basically characters who are more than their appearance = my favourites.
4. BOOKWORMS WHO ARE LEGITIMATELY IN LOVE WITH BOOKS
Now, I call out a lot of supposed “bookworms” in literature. Like a character will “claim” to love books…but do we see them read? NO. THEY ARE LIAAAAAARS. I get that adventures stop characters from reading, but books still can influence their lives! Like Sam from Shiver. I don’t remember him reading a lot throughout the trilogy, but he worked in a bookstore, he often was holding a book, he quoted poems. He was BOOKISH. And it pleased me.
Being a bookworm sort of leaks into every aspect of WHO YOU ARE. I like book characters to reflect that too!!
5. ADORKABLE, GANGLY HUMANS THAT ARE ALL LEFT-ELBOWS AND ODD FEET AND CLUELESS AND ARE ENDEARING AND WHIMSICAL
Basically the whimsical ones always steal my heart. The ones that aren’t…quite…there. I always fall in love with them. Like Luna from Harry Potter or Finn from Bone Gap or Pete from Dorothy Must Die. They usually need someone to pin them to earth or they just la-la away. They always seem more magical to me and in need of protection. I volunteer. These darlings.
6. THE LITTLE BITTER COFFEE BEANS COVERED IN 95% DARK CHOCOLATE
Because, woah, they are bitter little balls of fun. But I still love them?! Especially when they cover their bitterness with sarcasm…or when they just let it go and be cranky at everyone. But they also GET STUFF DONE. And that’s admirable!! Less sobbing! Less dejected wailing! More PUNCH.
Like Katniss (obviously) from The Hunger Games, and oh oh! Let’s not forget Scarlet from Scarlet (woah, original titles there, Marissa Meyer) and Isabelle from Sinner. also Isabel from City of Bones. So basically the name Isabelle apparently means = bitter espresso in bookish language.
7. TORTURED BAD BOYS WHO COVER THEIR TRAGIC BACKSTORIES WITH SASSY BANTER
I know the “bad boy” trope can be utterly annoying. And I highly dislike bad boys who are a) rude, b) controlling, c) commit dangerous acts to scare/intimidate/show-off to other humans, particularly girlfriends. No no no. I mean “bad boy” as in the ones that are assassins, or epic fighters, or anti-heroes. Ones that do BAD STUFF but wish they didn’t. And I particularly like it when they cover up their tragic pasts with witty banter and self-deprecating quips.
8. LOYAL DOGS THAT ALWAYS FOLLOW THEIR MASTERS, EVEN WHEN THEIR MASTERS ARE PEAR-BRAINED HUMANS THAT NEED A SLAP INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK
I love dogs. LOVE ‘EM. They totally count as characters too, do not argue with me. Although I am terrified anytime a dog enters a book because — why do authors so love to kill the animals?! IT HURTS. STAHP IT. But I love the dogs that are so, so loyal and always follow their owners.
9. ENDEARING DORKS WHO MEAN WELL BUT ARE ENTIRELY…. DORKS
It’s adorkable (har har har, very original, Cait) and I am not ashamed of liking this trope. Actually, as a writer, I have at least one character per book who is just a dork. Well meaning, caring, usually the comic relief, not staggeringly smart, but always underestimated. In a crisis they really pull through!! Say hello to Percy Jackson the most adorkable dork of them all. And I’ll add Simon from Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda onto this too.
10. ANYONE WHO BELIEVES IN “BREAKFAST FIRST”
You wouldn’t believe how many characters are like “and then I was too nervous/excited/deluded to eat” and well, then, insta-disconnection. Food is life. If you want me to get 100% behind a character — HAVE THEM STOP TO EAT. My favourite part about Princess of Thorns was when Aurora and Niklass had eating contests. They went on tough journeys and then they wanted to eat. Duh. At least we hear some sense!
tell me what your favourite types of characters are in the comments!! do we share any favourites!?