Top Ten Tuesday is a hugely popular weekly meme hosted by the lovely people of The Broke and the Bookish. The number of participants is simply baffling and you should go check them out.
As I saw that a February TTT topic is “favourite heroines”, I decided to use this week’s freebie to take a look at my favourite male characters from fantasy novels. Guys deserve their share of spotlight, too. While I chose the word “heroes” for the title of this post, I’m not sure I would classify all of these boys/men as heroes in the strictest sense of the word. But you can be the judge of that.
- Locke Lamora from Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard sequence. Oh, Locke. He of the unremarkable phisique, rapier-sharp wit, and silver tongue. He is, without a doubt, one of my top five fictional characters EVER (I think he even beats Mr. Darcy on that list. *le gasp*)
- Kvothe from Patrick Rothfuss’s The Kingkiller Chronicle. What is it with me and orphans? Well, I’d give my left kidney to hear Kvothe play just once and I’m really fond of my kidneys (all three of them).
- FitzChivalry from Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy. Again with the orphans. I loved Fitz and his story, his loyalty and abilities. He’s also bonded with the coolest wolf, Nighteyes.
- Faramir from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Ooh, I really liked him. He’s my favourite LOTR character. I disliked how they changed his story in the film, but I quite enjoyed the physical manifestation.
- Jon Snow from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Ah, bastards. Bastards are nearly as fun as orphans. Samwell Tarly and Jamie Lannister almost made the list, but Jon is better.
- Victor Vale from V. E. Schwab’s Vicious. Such a lovely, sociopathic person. Not so much of a hero, though. I think he’d call himself a villain. He’s great. Go read this book.
- Perrin Aybara from Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. Another wolf-loving individual. I have no idea what happens to him later on in the series, but I liked him because he was shy, serious and strong.
- Ziri of the Kirin from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. The sweetest flying devil ever. Also, if I was a chimaera, I’d totally want his wings.
- Prince Yarvi from Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King. A crippled, ridiculed kid who nearly gets murdered by his uncle. But also a conniving, scheming little genius. Yes.
- Tristran Thorn from Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. He’s a new addition to my list. I like how clueless he is and how much he grows. I still have to review this one.
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Who are your favourite heroes (or villains, for that matter)?
Who would you add to my list and who would never make yours?
What did you choose for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)