After recently naming my five favourite book series of all time, I thought I’d now go through the characters I’ve read about that have really left a lasting impression on me.
Whether they’re plucky heroes or cocky villains, main protagonists or supporting characters, there’s a large variety of different literary that have stolen my heart over the years, but here are the five I consider my all-time favourites.
5. Arya Stark – Game of Thrones
Arya Stark quickly stole my heart while watching the Game of Thrones TV show and the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series was no different. The third of the Stark children, Arya had no interest in the ladylike activities she was expected to undertake, in which her sister Sansa thrived.
Arya was more interested in learning to fight and made it no secret she wanted to learn how to use a sword. I just loved the character’s unashamed admittance about the fact. She never tries to be someone else, and is always open with who she is, something very rare amongst the people of Westeros.
Her bravery, despite being so young, is admirable and I constantly found myself enjoying her view point chapters more than I did almost any other character throughout the first book. I’m currently reading the second book in the series, A Clash of Kings, and find myself enjoying her chapters just as much as I did in the first.
4. Finnick Odair – The Hunger Games trilogy
A supporting character first introduced in the second book in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, Finnick initially comes across as arrogant and selfish, but as the series progresses, he’s eventually shown as a selfless and caring man. His relationship with his love, Annie, is a true highlight and gives him a chance to showcase his strength and the emotional depth he possesses.
Throughout the series, there’s a lot of standout characters that deserve a lot of love, but Finnick stands out to me and was the one character I left the series wishing I got to read more of.
3. Matt Freeman – The Power of Five series
The leader of the five, Matt Freeman was the very first protagonist we were introduced to in the Power of Five series and his story arc is a pretty incredible one.
Starting Ravens Gate as a troubled youngster who found himself on the wrong end of the law, by the series’ end, Matt had grown into a strong and noble young man and leader. He was the driving force in the group’s battle against the old ones and was pivotal in everything that went down throughout the five books.
His heroics and his attitude are what really drew me to the character. All he ever wanted was a normal life and childhood, but he refused to let me hinder him and he thrived as the leader of the children destined to save the world.
2. Fred and George Weasley – Harry Potter
There’s a number of characters I could mention from the Harry Potter series that I love. Whether it be Sirius Black, Ron Weasley, Cedric Diggory or even Harry himself, the books are spoilt with multiple great figures that I really warmed to.
That being said, Fred and George Weasley stood out among the rest. The older twin brothers of Ron, Fred and George are synonymous with mischief and terrorised their parents and Hogwarts with their pranks and misbehaviour throughout the first several books.
Whenever they were involved you were guaranteed to get a few laughs and were the much needed humour in what was becoming an increasingly darkened world. I also found myself relating to the two far more than I did anyone else in the series, so that probably helped.
1. Eddard Stark – Game of Thrones
Despite only appearing in one book I’ve ever read, Lord Eddard Stark is undoubtedly my favourite ever book character.
An honourable man among a world of the unhonourable, Ned was a beacon of righteousness and everything he did, he did knowing it was the right thing. The character was just good in the purest sense of the word and had the best intentions throughout the book.
There’s no one who’s chapters I enjoyed in A Game of Thrones more than Ned and, with how many awesome characters the book possesses, that’s truly a testament to just how great I thought he was. This hardly came as a surprise to me though, with Sean Bean’s performance in the Game of Thrones TV show also a standout performance for me and one of my favourite in the HBO series.