There are so many characters throughout the realms of fantasy and sci-fi that I have fallen in love with over the course of my life. This list is always going to be changing from day to day, but these are my current favorite fantasy characters covering all types of media. There are tons of different reasons to like characters, whether you like them because they are interesting, have unique gifts, or they are just plain funny. They might be a total bad ass, or you might just connect with them on a personal level because you share common trait. I made an enormous list of well over 500 characters that I really like for one reason or another. I struggled to narrow it down to just 10, and I’m already second guessing myself. These are not in any certain order. So I guess I’ll just jump right into it!
- Kaladin Stormblessed
This was one of the easiest choices for me. Kal is from the Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson. He is honorable, strong, and intelligent. He is always trying to save other people before thinking about saving himself. Although he is all of these things, it doesn’t come easy for him. He is the character you just want to comfort because of the trials he has had to endure. Even though he is so broken inside he keeps on fighting, though he does have others to keep on pushing him every now and again.
2. Granny Weatherwax
One of the main characters of a bunch of discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. I really wanted to include at least one character from discworld and it was tough to decide which one. I had it narrowed down to Granny, Sam Vimes, and Death. I couldn’t decide so I played rock, paper, scissors with myself and Granny won. Granny has many of the stereotypes of a “wicked witch”. She’s competitive, ambitious, and selfish. Her quick temper and a sharp tongue compliment her gaze that is “stern enough to make bears cower in humiliated shame”. Granny however is a Good witch(capital G). She always knows what is best for you, even if you don’t. She always does what is Right(capital R) even if sometimes it isn’t Nice(capital N).
3. Rand Al’thor
The Dragon Reborn, Coramoor, Car’a’carn, He Who Comes With the Dawn, Shadowkiller, King of Illian, Lord of the Morning. Rand has a special place in my heart. One of the first epic fantasy series I really got into was the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and later finished by Brandon Sanderson. Rand is your basic “farm-boy to hero” type character. Prophesies are written about him. He becomes the most powerful hero/adventurer in the land. Defeating all evil that is thrown at him. Uniting all the land to stand against the evil threat… etc. A huge series of books with tons of lore and history. This may sound like a very over done fantasy trope, and it is to a certain point, but unlike some fantasy books this one is done incredibly well. Lots of fun to read if you enjoy epic fantasy.
Kvothe, the protagonist of the King Killer Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss is raised by a troupe of elite performers known as the Edema Ruh. Kvothe is incredibly intelligent, quick-witted, and clever. He is an amazing musician and has a sharp tongue. He is also very curious, and of course this often gets him into trouble. He has a nasty temper, is reckless and more often than not acts before thinking. Kvothe made my top 10 because of his insatiable thirst for knowledge. He is driven to learn all the secrets of the world no matter the cost, even if that cost is jumping from the roof of a building. He constantly seeks out the best most knowledgeable people and learns everything that he can possibly learn from them. He is driven in part by the death of his family and the mystery surrounding it. There are 2 books in this series so far, and a third coming hopefully soon. There are also some companion stories and a novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, that is about another character that I absolutely adore and should probably be on this list.
5. Geralt of Rivia
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher and the main character of the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. I have to admit I was first introduced to The Witcher in the witcher 3 on playstation 4. I did things in reverse and went on to play witcher 2 before finding out the game series was based on a book series. He is the ultimate bad-ass. He is a “witcher”, a monster hunter for hire. Witchers posses super human abilities because of a process where they are experimented on with mutagens. Geralt was more tolerable to this process and so he was even further exposed to mutagens granting him even more power that a normal witcher. Insane speed, strength and stamina tied together with the fact that he is a master swordsman makes Geralt the best of the best at what he does and has earned him a spot on my top 10.
6. Alcatraz Smedry
I really wanted to put a bunch of the Smedrys on my top 10, but decided on just one. The alcatraz series, 5 books in total, by Brandon Sanderson is a series of books for young adults or kids. It is told from the point of view of a boy named Alcatraz telling his story. Alcatraz makes it known very quickly that the book is in all accounts true.
“This is my story—the story of a selfish, contemptible fool. The story of a coward.” – Alcatraz.
A 100% non-fiction autobiography. The only reason the book is listed as fiction here in the “hush lands” is to keep it out of the hands of the diabolical, sinister, and completely evil librarians who are secretly controlling everything we know to be true in this world. This series will entertain the kids in us all, and even though its a kids book, will make you really think about who is really in control. Oh, and there are talking dinosaurs.
7. David Charleston
David is the main character of another series by Brandon Sanderson, The Reckoners.
“I’ve seen Steelheart bleed. And I will see him bleed again. ” -David Charleston.
I was so excited to see lift in oathbringer. She is a 13 year old girl with the power of a radiant. Quite often she uses her powers in seems like childish ways, but i think she is “playing the fool” just to annoy her spren.
“ You’re my pet Voidbringer, and no lies are going to change that. I got you captured. No stealing souls, now. We ain’t here for souls. Just a little thievery, the type what never hurt nobody. ”
She is a thief not interested in gold or jewels. She just steals stuff to see if she can. Most often its to steal someones meal. Kind of a funny character, not letting people know how much she actualy cares. But its pretty obvious that she does care about people because, “Someone has to care. Too few people care these days.”
9. Arya Stark
Game of Thrones characters are so tough to pick from. Characters you are annoyed with through 3 books all of a sudden become your favorite, and the reverse is also true. Its easy to love a game of thrones character and then be annoyed and bored with them, only to end up liking them again in the next chapter. Arya is one of the few characters in this series that I really liked throughout the entire thing. Who knows if she will still hold a spot after the completion of the books or TV show. Without too many spoilers, Arya has a tragic story much like all the other characters in this series. She is trained by a master “water dancer” a type of sword fighting akin to fencing. Shes later gets a more “specialized” training that lets her become the anti hero she is at the end of the TV show. Kind of like a young female version of the punisher but with swords and knives?
10. Severus Snape
If you haven’t read, or at least seen the Harry Potter movies what the hell are you waiting for? I’m going to spoil stuff for you here, so stop reading this and go buy the book or rent the movies or get an audio book. One of my favorite things a good author can do is really make you detest a character. When there is a character in a book that you hate so much you just want to reach inside the book and strangle them while screaming at the top of your lungs, you know the character is really well written. This is how I felt about Snape throughout the beginning books. Later once I got more background I started feeling bad for him, and guilty on top of that for wishing him dead. Then at the very end when he gives his life to protect something that he truly loves, you find yourself crying because you really love him. Snape is one roller coaster of a character at the end. He made this list because of how well he was written. To be able to make me feel all those emotions about a single character is what earned Severus Snape a place on my top 10.
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