Top Ten Tuesday – My Top Ten Favorite Non-Main Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke the Bookish where bloggers are encouraged to post their own top ten list responses to the topic of the week.  This week’s topic is:  A Freebie, so I chose:  My Favorite Non-Main Characters!

1.  Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – I love Effie because we are able to see her evolve as a character on the fringes of the story.  We are never given her perspective of events as they are unfolding around her, yet we can see just how much she is changed by them.

2.  Edward from Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton – In the vampire world of this series, Anita Blake is known as the Executioner but Edward is known as Death.  His character has always been shrouded in mystery but over the course of the series we are shown more and more of who Edward actually is, or at least who he wants you to think he is.

The Night Circus:Contortionist by Fluffball264

All credit goes to the artist (fluffball264 on Deviant Art) for the above image.

3.  Tsukiko from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I find Tsukiko to be an incredibly alluring character through the progression of the novel because she is one of the few people involved in the circus that has a perfect understanding of what is going on and what it ultimately means for Celia and Marco – yet, she goes from strictly observing to directly interfering in the competition for reasons which are strictly her own.

4.  Dumbledore from The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling – There is a lot of differing opinions surrounding Dumbledore across the world of Harry Potter fans, but in my opinion that is evidence of a well-written character.  What I most appreciated about Dumbledore’s character was that he wasn’t perfect, but he genuinely wanted to help Harry prepare for the hard future that was ahead of him.

All credit goes to the artist (emmav on Deviant Art) for the above image.

5.  Kelsier from The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson – I may catch a little flack for this, but I don’t consider Kelsier to be a main character since he is just involved in the first book, Mistborn: The Final Empire.  I loved the character of Kelsier, he lived his life on his own terms which wasn’t normal for the common citizens of The Final Empire.  What is fascinating about Kelsier is that he is ultimately deified and incites a revolution – a revolution for equality, but Kelsier’s motivations weren’t as benevolent as all of that.  Kelsier’s only desire was to avenge his wife – to destroy the man he blamed for her death.

Vin and TenSoon by 626elemental

6.  TenSoon (pictured above in Wolfhound form) from The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson – Again, I am not sure whether or not TenSoon can be considered a “main” character but he is one of my favorite characters in The Mistborn Trilogy.  TenSoon is a Kandra, a creature born to obey the Contract (that is all Kandra know of life) but because of his own feelings and beliefs he chose to go against everything he knew in an effort to help Vin.  He returned to his homeland and after telling his story was imprisoned for his crime of betraying the Contract.  Yet, TenSoon never gave up fighting for what he believed to be right and fought to escape and help Vin to fulfill the prophecies of the Hero of the Ages.

7.  Legolas from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien – We come to know Legolas strictly through observing his interactions within the Fellowship.  I love the friendship that develops between all of the Fellowship, but Legolas’s brotherhood with Aragorn and friendship with Gimli are just wonderful.  Legolas and Gimli compete on the battlefields and talk about the adventures they will go on after the fighting is won.  An elf and a dwarf would seem two of the most unlikely of friends, but they have a friendship to last the ages.

8.  Lanfear from The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan – I am absolutely in love with the character of Lanfear and I haven’t even finished the series yet!  What I love about Lanfear is that while she is Forsaken, she is more interested in attaining her own goals than necessarily the goals of her compatriots.  While she will conspire with her fellow Forsaken, she will also go about helping Rand (who she sees as his past self, Lews Therin Telamon) in ways which could eventually lead to their downfall.  For example, Asmodean (another Forsaken) and Lanfear were travelling among merchants trading with the Aiel in the wastes.  Upon their discovery and Rand’s battle with Asmodean, Lanfear lessened Asmodean’s ability to channel thus rendering him drastically less powerful.  She then sacrificed Asmodean to Rand, suggesting that Rand learn to channel from him but telling other members of the Forsaken that he had defected and chosen to teach Rand of his own accord.  Her motives are always her own and it will be incredibly interesting to see how she continues to develop over the course of the series.

9.  Aviendha from The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan – I really enjoy Aviendha as a character because she is just so completely who she is and doesn’t compromise herself for anyone – and I love that.  It is interesting observing how her and Rand interact because they hold to such different sets of standards, yet neither of them is wrong in their beliefs or understanding of the world – they are just different.  I am curious as to how her character is going to develop further and how her relationship (and possible feelings for?) Rand are going to impact her other relationships, especially with Elayne and Egwene.

10.  Jesse Reeves from The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice – If you have only encountered Jesse Reeves through the movie adaptation of The Queen of the Damned, then you don’t know the entirety of her story and to clarify – no, she doesn’t actually end up with Lestat!  I love Jesse because she is curious, she constantly questions and has an open enough mind to accept things that she doesn’t entirely understand.  What I love about her is that she was entirely capable on her own, she had made a successful life for herself living on the fringe of the supernatural.  Eventually, the supernatural caught up with her and she became part of it gaining the opportunity to truly be with her family – something she had always wanted.

What was your topic for today’s Top Ten Tuesday?!  Leave me a link in the comments below and I will check it out!  Until next time<3

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    • I don’t think it is so much people not liking/loving Dumbledore as it is people don’t necessarily agree with his methods. There are also those who look at his history and it colors their judgment of him, though his present day character is much changed from his past self. And yes, that is what I love so much about Effie is how she evolves from accepting the ways of the Capitol as normal and right until she experiences the cost of victory with Katniss and Peeta – it truly opened her eyes to the evil surrounding her.

      Thanks for stopping by and I will definitely check out your link!

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