My Favorite Fictional Characters

For me, characters make the story. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of character-driven plot. Here’s a list of some of my fictional homies:

Wolf Larsen

Wolf is the captain of the Sea Wolf, the boat in the novel …Sea Wolf. He’s masculine, tough, and almost a little animal in his nature. His simple, primordial drive is what draws me to him, however, and the novel does an incredible job of studying his character.

Holden Caulfield

A lot of people hate this guy. And I can see hating him. I can’t see why so many people do, however, since I think most people can relate to him on one level or another. He’s angsty, he’s foul-mouthed, but he’s an excellent narrator. The opening to The Catcher in the Rye is often listed as one of the best novel openings of all time.

Tyler Durden

He represents letting your inner animal out, being the human you wish you were. Tyler represents freedom, expression, uninhibited mischief.

Scarlett O’Hara

She’s fierce, bitchy, manipulative, and tough as nails when she has to be.

Fitzwilliam Darcy

The first time I read Pride and Prejudice, I was aghast at this guy’s arrogance and unfriendliness. Then, much like every other woman ever to walk this earth, I fell madly in love with Mr. Darcy by the end of the book. I was shocked by my change of feelings, just like Elizabeth Bennet.

Dallas Winston

Dally was an instant favorite characters when I first read The Outsiders in middle school. He’s emotionally repressed and macho to a fault, but his love for Johnny leads to his heartbreaking suicide-by-cop at the end of the book.

Minny Jackson

Minny represents not backing down, and making bitches (literally) eat your shit when they do you wrong.

Ben

This one might be a touch obscure, but one of my favorite fictional characters is a rodent. Ben from Willard is an enormous, terrifying rat. The main character, Willard, has a special place in his heart for just one of his buck-toothed pets, however, and that’s Socrates. Ben is, in his beady-eyed way, clearly jealous of this bond, and though he works hard seemingly to win Willard’s heart, he’s constantly overlooked. He’s quiet, speculative, and wins in the end.

Who are some of your favorite fictional characters and why?

 

9 thoughts on “My Favorite Fictional Characters

  1. This is an excellent post! I totally agree with you that a well-written character is so important for the story! I was actually thinking of writing a similar post a few days ago because I thought it would be fun. But then I couldn’t think of enough characters, so I put this idea on hold. Really funny to see that you had the same idea (and actually came up with enough characters to fill a post 😀 ) I really enjoyed the way you captured the essence of the characters as well. Although I know only a few of them, I really have an image of the other ones now, too!

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  2. My all time favorite character is Celine’s antihero Ferdinand from A Journey To The End Of The Night. Not really in a way that I empathize with him or like him as a being, but in a way how the first person narration makes me look at the world through his eyes and in such a personal way that one cannot escape feeling his hatred and disappointment at times (that’s when I usually stop reading for a couple of hours, to remember loving again 😀 ).
    Interesting post, by the way 🙂

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    1. I’ve never read it, but I think based on your description alone I’ll add it to my list of things I want to read. I love antiheroes, and when you can really a character’s emotions through their narration. Thank you!

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