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11th Mar '18 2:43:09 PM nombretomado
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** Reputation of [[AngstDissonance wangst]] aside, Tobias is a truly compelling character. He is caring, loving, and gentle to his friends, yet bluntly refuses such compassion for himself, for fear it will make him weak. He is a predator and relentless warrior, but tries to hold on to mercy for the weak and defenseless. Such a dichotomy makes for a fascinating read. Also, he is a part of the TropePantheons!

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** Reputation of [[AngstDissonance wangst]] aside, Tobias is a truly compelling character. He is caring, loving, and gentle to his friends, yet bluntly refuses such compassion for himself, for fear it will make him weak. He is a predator and relentless warrior, but tries to hold on to mercy for the weak and defenseless. Such a dichotomy makes for a fascinating read. Also, he is a part of the TropePantheons!Pantheon/TropePantheons!
18th Jan '18 5:20:21 AM Derkhan
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** But in the latest book, [[spoiler: makes an astonishing HeroicSacrifice that redeems his entire people. Damn.]]
** I can honestly say I love Kallor, because he's such a monster. Three gods cursed him. And what did he do? He cursed them back. And it worked. And became a sociopathic BadassGrandpa despite everything. And (or so I'm told) took a freakin' dragon Soletaken with him when he finally died. And hell, ''killed'' the main character, and a bunch of supporting characters, and knocked out a friggin' mage, all in one battle. Again, a total psycho. But kind of cool too.
** Itkovian. His [[spoiler: tragic death]] at the end of Memories of Ice makes me well up every time.

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** But in the latest book, [[spoiler: ''Literature/TollTheHounds'', [[spoiler:he makes an astonishing HeroicSacrifice that redeems his entire people. Damn.]]
** I can honestly say I love Kallor, because he's such a monster. Three gods cursed him. And what did he do? He cursed them back. And it worked. And he became a sociopathic BadassGrandpa despite everything. And (or so I'm told) took a freakin' dragon Soletaken with him when he finally died. And hell, ''killed'' the main character, and a bunch of supporting characters, and knocked out a friggin' mage, all in one battle. Again, a total psycho. But kind of cool too.
** Itkovian. His [[spoiler: tragic [[spoiler:tragic death]] at the end of Memories of Ice ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'' makes me well up every time.
30th Nov '17 11:33:19 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Whatever one may think of ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'''s PerspectiveFlip, this troper isn't ashamed to say he fell head-over-heels in love (no, [[PerverseSexualLust not like that]]) with Elphaba. Also in the sequel, Brr reminds him of [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} his favorite comic book character]].

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* Whatever one may think of ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'''s PerspectiveFlip, this troper isn't ashamed to say he fell head-over-heels in love (no, [[PerverseSexualLust not like that]]) with Elphaba. Also in the sequel, Brr reminds him of [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen his favorite comic book character]].
5th Nov '17 2:03:39 PM Eievie
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** I started to love Joscelin in book 2, when he was being stubborn as hell and refusing to be what Phèdre wanted him to be. It was such a great fuck-you to ProtagonistCenteredMorality: No, ''no'' I can't just turn my back on everything I was brought up to be to conform with what the protagonist wants. Even if the Cassiline vows are problematic and overly rigid, he still made them, and they're still part of who he is--as much as Kushiel is to Phèdre.
3rd Nov '17 8:59:42 PM DustSnitch
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* The Literature/{{Honorverse}} is ''full'' of them. Starting with Honor Harrington herself, of course, but the supporting characters are almost ''better'' than the protagonist. Especially Eloise Pritchart, she who can lie to a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny for six long years, survive two revolutions, and wind up as [[spoiler:the truly elected president of a republic that hadn't existed for two centuries]], and Shannon Foraker, BadassAdorable techno nerd who can wipe out ''two whole squadrons'' of superdreadnoughts with only the word "Oops." And then there's Dame Estelle Matsuko, the world's greatest diplomat, and Augustus Khumalo, who proves his badass in the most unlikely manner, and the sheer unadulterated awesome that is Aivars Terekhov and Michael Oversteegen, and BadassPrincess Abigail Hearns, who is the first-ever Grayson woman to serve in the Navy, and Michelle Henke, Honor's best friend, who is awesome and snarky and also an amazing tactician, and Tom Theisman who is basically goodness incarnate, and poor Allen Higgins who just needs a goddamn hug already, and Benjamin Mayhew who's basically restructuring an entire society while keeping the bones of it intact, and....

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* The Literature/{{Honorverse}} is ''full'' of them. Starting with Honor Harrington herself, of course, but the supporting characters are almost ''better'' than the protagonist. Especially Eloise Pritchart, she who can lie to a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny for six long years, survive two revolutions, and wind up as [[spoiler:the truly elected president of a republic that hadn't existed for two centuries]], and Shannon Foraker, BadassAdorable techno nerd who can wipe out ''two whole squadrons'' of superdreadnoughts with only the word "Oops." And then there's Dame Estelle Matsuko, the world's greatest diplomat, and Augustus Khumalo, who proves his badass in the most unlikely manner, and the sheer unadulterated awesome that is Aivars Terekhov and Michael Oversteegen, and BadassPrincess Princess Abigail Hearns, who is the first-ever Grayson woman to serve in the Navy, and Michelle Henke, Honor's best friend, who is awesome and snarky and also an amazing tactician, and Tom Theisman who is basically goodness incarnate, and poor Allen Higgins who just needs a goddamn hug already, and Benjamin Mayhew who's basically restructuring an entire society while keeping the bones of it intact, and....
30th Oct '17 1:25:51 PM WhyAmIEven
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** And Cheery! She comes out as female despite all the deep-downers hating her for it, is brilliant at her job and pretty much single-handedly started the female dwarf movement.
30th Oct '17 1:22:10 PM WhyAmIEven
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* My favourite book is one that no-one has ever heard of. It doesn’t even have a page on this wiki. It’s called The Dragon Whisperer (by Lucinda Hare).
** The main character, Quenelda, is absolutely awesome. She’s eleven, already knows exactly what she wants to do with her life and won’t let anything, least of all the rampant sexism in her world, stop her. She is determined to be the first girl to fly dragons in the SDS (her world’s military). [[spoiler: And she succeeds]]. Despite her father always being away fighting in the war, and not having a mother, and her brother absent all the time [[spoiler: and evil, although it takes her a while to figure that out]], she successfully heals a battledragon, [[spoiler: something no-one has ever done before]], with the help of her mentor Tangnost and learns to [[spoiler: harness her powers as a dragon whisperer]]. She is realistic, and flawed, and grows and develops so much over the series.
** And her [[spoiler: best friend]] Root. He lost his entire family as a child, and is paired with Quenelda as her squire, where he has to put up with bullying from the other squires and Quenelda’s impatience. He works really hard at everything and finds that he is actually quite talented at certain things. [[spoiler: He finds himself a new family, becomes the first gnome to train as a dragon lord, takes a feared enemy warlord prisoner with only a frying pan and frees many of his people from slavery (nearly dying in the process, because he went to scout out the area in the hopes of reducing civilian casualties).]] Did I also mention he is the same age as Quenelda?
** And Quenelda’s dragons; Two Gulps And You’re Gone, and Two Gulps Too Many.
30th Oct '17 12:55:00 PM WhyAmIEven
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** Celaena[[spoiler: /Aelin]] is absolutely badass. She survived a year in horrific conditions in a prison where most prisoners are lucky if they live three months, she lost everything she ever cared for three times, [[spoiler: defeated a group of the worst criminals and thugs the rich people could find, one of whom was being aided by a supernatural power]], [[spoiler: reclaimed her name and went on a journey to reclaim her kingdom]], [[spoiler: manipulated everyone into exactly the right positions to forfill her aims, which involved calling in debts from across two continents]] and [[sacraficed everything, including herself (to Maeve), so that her friends could complete her mission and live in safety.]]

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** Celaena[[spoiler: /Aelin]] is absolutely badass. She survived a year in horrific conditions in a prison where most prisoners are lucky if they live three months, she lost everything she ever cared for three times, [[spoiler: defeated a group of the worst criminals and thugs the rich people could find, one of whom was being aided by a supernatural power]], [[spoiler: reclaimed her name and went on a journey to reclaim her kingdom]], [[spoiler: manipulated everyone into exactly the right positions to forfill her aims, which involved calling in debts from across two continents]] and [[sacraficed [[spoiler: sacraficed everything, including herself (to Maeve), so that her friends could complete her mission and live in safety.]]
30th Oct '17 12:54:24 PM WhyAmIEven
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* [[Literature/ThroneOfGlass]] anyone?

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* [[Literature/ThroneOfGlass]] [[Literature/ThroneOfGlass Throne of Glass]] anyone?
30th Oct '17 12:53:42 PM WhyAmIEven
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* [[Literature/ThroneOfGlass]] anyone?
** Celaena[[spoiler: /Aelin]] is absolutely badass. She survived a year in horrific conditions in a prison where most prisoners are lucky if they live three months, she lost everything she ever cared for three times, [[spoiler: defeated a group of the worst criminals and thugs the rich people could find, one of whom was being aided by a supernatural power]], [[spoiler: reclaimed her name and went on a journey to reclaim her kingdom]], [[spoiler: manipulated everyone into exactly the right positions to forfill her aims, which involved calling in debts from across two continents]] and [[sacraficed everything, including herself (to Maeve), so that her friends could complete her mission and live in safety.]]
** Manon. Oh my god, Manon. Just... Manon.
** And Abraxos.
** Don’t forget Asterin and the thirteen.
** Elide. [[spoiler: That scene where she’s on her period, and absolutely destroys anyone who tries to hurt her. It even shocks LORCAN]]
** Lysandra was forced into prostitution at a very young age, effectively held prisoner until she paid off the cost of her training, forced to sleep with a man she hated ([[spoiler: because he was responsible for Sam’s death]]) for years, and yet she still freed Evangeline, helped Aelin even though Aelin had been horrible to her for years, [[spoiler: tore through a load of Valg soldiers, vomited over Lorcan]] and [[spoiler: played a vital part in Aelin’s plans despite knowing it might turn the man she loved against her.]] Plus she is a [[spoiler: shapeshifter]].
** Nehemiah. She was the first real friend Celaena had after getting out of Endovier, helped and protected her over the course of the the first book, and her and Celaena’s friendship was awesome. And of course, now we find out that she [[spoiler: sacraficed her life just to provoke Celaena into acting, went to Adarlan knowing that she would never return home and was the Chessmaster all along.]] I’m not sure if that makes me like her more or less, though.
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