Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite (and least favorite) character types

Give me all your clichés and archetypes.

Let me swallow them whole.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday was a freebie, which means the bloggers I follow came up with trillions of creative ideas.

There’s a “favorite tropes” TTT coming up, so today I wanted to focus on characters.

Specifically, character types.

I know I’ll love certain characters as soon as I see them on the page.

Likewise, I know I’ll hate certain characters as soon as I see them on the page.

I chose five of my favorite and five of my least favorite character types, replete with examples!

Heeeeeey! It’s Top Ten Tuesday!


Favorite: Jerk with a Heart of Gold

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Examples: Jesper Fahey (Six of Crows), Ronan Lynch (The Raven Cycle),
Jacin Clay (The Lunar Chronicles)

Who’s that prickly jerk who keeps making rude comments?

Who’s that secret romantic pining for the Team Marshmallow?

Who’s that silly sop who ruins everything but feels REALLY BAD ABOUT IT?


My love for this character has limits.

I think certain characters go too far, so your mileage my vary.

But if there’s a love triangle between a courtly prince and a grumbly jerk, of COURSE I’m rooting for the jerk.

Except for you, Will Herondale.

I’ll get to you.


Favorite: Alpha Bitch

photo of cheerleaders in blue and white uniform

Examples: Kara Davies (Avalon: Web of Magic), Lori Carmichael (Unicorns of Balinor), Celeste Newsome (The Selection)

The Alpha Bitch does NOT. HAVE. TIME. FOR. YOU.

She carries a lot of baggage, but she always looks fabulous.

She will cut you down on her way to the throne.

She routinely cracks excellent jokes.

She will rip into the Chosen One, and RIGHTLY SO – who wears leather AND lace??


Favorite: Shy Bean

animal pet cute brown

Examples: Noah Czerny (The Raven Cycle), Finn Connolly (The Scorpio Races)

My favorites of this type tend to be soft bois and men.

I like awkward little goobs who hide behind walls and don’t eat pizza.

They make the kindest friends.


Favorite: Hair-Trigger Temper

human fist

Examples: Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket), Scarlet Benoit (The Lunar Chronicles),
Lady Katsa of the Middluns (Graceling)


Any time there’s an angry character, I’m here for it.

Injustice is worth being mad about.

You gotta get it out.

Get it all out.


Favorite: Gentle Giant

giant yellow rubber ducky on body of water at park

Examples: Rubeus Hagrid (Harry Potter), Wolf (The Lunar Chronicles),
Takashi “Mori” Morinozuka (Ouran High School Host Club)

Oh no, a big scary bruiser!!

Wait…why is he being so kind to that kitten?

And those children?

His heart seems very soft for a monster.

Did he just adopt a raven? And eat tomatoes for the first time??

Uuughgghhh it’s too cute.


Least Favorite: Cocksure Schmoozer

man in blue dress shirt and black formal suit

Examples: Carswell Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles), Ezra Mason (Illuminae)

I lost my taste for Han Solo knockoffs and wiseguys. (Thanks, college!)

Being a consummate liar does not make one charming.

Neither does making unfunny jokes.

Or smirking.

How ’bout you stop trying to flirt with everyone and do something useful?


Least Favorite: Ingenue

back view photo of woman standing near body of water

Examples: Lucinda “Luce” Price (Fallen), Cress (The Lunar Chronicles),
Gigi (Tiny Pretty Things)

These characters are easily confused…and I CAN’T STAND IT.

The darn ingenue keeps trip-tropping into situations we KNOW to be bad news.

This slave trader seems nice!

This playboy seems faithful!

Surely this brand-new side character flashing his mockingjay watch at me just wanted to show off his jewelry!


I despise the ingenue.

The sadder but the wiser one for me.


Least Favorite: Toxic Tortured Loverboy

blur boy close up dark

Examples: Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices), Jace Wayland (The Mortal Instruments), Aspen Leger (The Selection)

THIS is our love interest?

They’re so MEAN.

Oh, DON’T give me that tragic story from their past.

They go WAY TOO FAR in their cruelty toward the protagonist.

You NEVER treat someone you “love” this way.

And THIS jack-off does it MULTIPLE TIMES.

I don’t support this ship.

Not at all.


Least Favorite: Stock Strong Female Character

ancient antique armor armour

Examples: Alexa Hollen (Defy), Tris (Divergent)

THIS character SPURNS dresses.

THIS character REFUSES to show emotion.

THIS character LAUGHS at ladies and their subtle flirtations.


So…the only way to write a strong female character is to demean other women?



Least Favorite: The Frenemy

photo of a woman sitting on the couch

Examples: Sailor Mars (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon), Kagura (Fruits Basket),
Adriane (Avalon: Web of Magic)

I should mention that I HATE teasing.

I REALLY HATE it when “friends” in literature rag on their bestie’s insecurities and weaknesses on a regular basis.

Isn’t it FUNNY??

It’s FINE! They LOVE each other, REALLY! They just bicker sometimes!

I thought friends were supposed to support and uplift each other.

Be my friend or be my enemy. There is no middle ground.


Oh Tuesday. I love a good whine.

May we survive the rest of the week.

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite (and least favorite) character types”

  1. I did grow to like Will Herondale but for like the first book and half the second I was kinda like??? this, this is the guy everyone loves???

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  2. I love your take on this weeks freebie topic. The Jerk with a Heart of Gold character trope is one that will make me swoon every time. I also adore my shy guys and gentle giants. There’s something so endearing about those character tropes. Thank you for linking to my post. 😀

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    1. You’re welcome! Thank you for your nice comment!
      I don’t know what it is about these character types that make my heart automatically soft. I think I’m a little too primed to love these characters, because I’ll read character subtext into genres that don’t do “the heart of gold” part. Whoops.

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