Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This is my first time doing it, and today’s list is a freebie as long as it involves characters, and this post is long overdue. For today’s list I decided on 10 of my favourite protagonists in books I’ve read. They’re not necessarily the best protagonists, but they’re some of the best.
They are in no particular order.
Tarzan might be one of your favourite Disney characters, but he is also the star of a number of books. I really enjoyed reading Tarzan’s books and that’s why he is on my list. He’s obviously a very strong and athletic human and could quite easily beat up any of his enemies, but he is one of the most gentle characters I’ve ever read.
I really enjoyed learning alongside Tarzan, and his love of Jane was a refreshing romance that develops throughout the books.
This is one of the newer members on this list, but honestly she would probably be in my top 5 favourite characters if I was ranking them properly. I love how strong of a character she is, and how determined she is to be the best at what she does.
What I like most about her though is the fact that she pushes herself. She pushes herself, often too hard, to be the best and do better, and blames herself even when something minor goes wrong. She pulls off some amazing feats, and then will immediately blame herself for something she did wrong. I related to this so much, and this is why Nynaeve is one of my favourite characters of all time.
Arya is cool, badass, smart, scary, and downright awesome all wrapped into one. As one of the Stark kids, her life has not been easy, but she has pushed through it all and has become pretty amazing in the process.
She’s also a main source of the non-Westeros story line we get in Game of Thrones. She develops some magical powers, and it’s cool seeing a female character, in a world where they are often useless, become one of the strongest and scariest characters in the whole world.
Liesel made this list because I feel like she represents an aspect of who I am. She discovers a love of books and reading, and sacrifices her safety for the safety of others.
I want to believe that I am similar to her in some ways, and the sadness of her story is what makes her character so amazing.
I’m speaking of King Arthur from The Once and Future King more specifically, but Arthur in general is one of my favourite characters across any platform.
He stands for chivalry, honour, wisdom and strength. He represents the good in people, and isn’t the stereotypical warrior king that people might assume come from the Middle Ages period.
Even during all this, he is still human. He feels betrayal, he shows weakness, he gets hurt. He’s a godly figure that lives as a human, an that’s why he has made my list.
This is the second and last Game of Thrones entry on this list, but I think he is deserving of the praise. Jaime makes my list because he is a lot like King Arthur in a way. He is this praised and revered character that basically has the heavens opening up for him…until he is dragged through the mud and the dirt and left in the garbage.
He is taken from his high horse, and he changes. He adapts. His character changes and develops and grows with the story, and he becomes a good guy. We see a character change from evil to good, and as he is no longer praised by the story characters, he starts being praised by the readers.
Martin the Warrior
Did you ever think a mouse could make the list? Well you would be wrong. Martin the Warrior is from some of my favourite books of all time, and he stands for the good in people.
He’s a noble warrior that fights for the good of those who can’t protect themselves. His life isn’t easy, but he fights through it, serving the side of good and helping anyone he can, despite his pain and his own problems.
This may be more of an unknown member on my list, but I like Garrett Reilly a lot. He’s a gifted genius who has struggled through life, and still struggles. He could very easily be making millions of dollars, living any life he wanted by using his intelligence, but instead he uses his brains to help defend his country from opposing threats.
There’s not much else to say here other than I really enjoy his development. He is very much a lone wolf that we see develop into not only a team player, but also a leader and friend.
This might not be a surprise to anyone who reads this blog, but Luffy is definitely one of my top 5 characters as well. The biggest reason is that he stands up for his ideals and his friends.
You can insult him all you want, and people do, but as soon as you try to crush someone else’s dreams, or hurt someone weaker than yourself, he is going to make you wish you didn’t. I could probably write an essay on Luffy and why he is such a good character, but I will leave it there.
Kaladin is from the Stormlight Archives, and like Luffy and Nynaeve, he is in my top 5 characters. Why do I like him so much? He’s not perfect. Yeah he’s probably the best doctor around, and definitely one of the best fighters, but he doubts himself.
He makes mistakes and beats himself up and doubts himself constantly, but will consistently help others. He will see the best in them and trust them completely, even if it hurts him.