History CharacterGush / Literature

9th Jan '17 2:42:04 PM MasterFuzzy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Danny Saunders from The Chosen. He was something of a Woobie. He was destined to be Rebbe of a Hassidic congregation and therefore subjected to a TrainingFromHell that included being shunned by his own father because a Rebbe "Needs to know what it is to suffer". He was always bewildered but tried to struggle on like TheDutifulSon he was. I have sometimes wondered if Danny was meant to be a metaphor for the Jewish People. That sounds like something Chaim Potek would do.

to:

* Danny Saunders from The Chosen. He was something of a Woobie. He was destined to be Rebbe of a Hassidic congregation and therefore subjected to a TrainingFromHell that included being shunned by his own father because a Rebbe "Needs to know what it is to suffer". He was always bewildered but tried to struggle on like TheDutifulSon he was. I have sometimes wondered if Danny was meant to be a metaphor for the Jewish People. That sounds like something Chaim Potek Potok would do.


Added DiffLines:

***The best part of his character? He's all of that-and a FriendToAllChildren, to boot. [[spoiler: After being kidnapped and brutally tortured, once he was rescued, he made sure Ivy was taken care of first.]]
7th Jan '17 9:37:47 AM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** I have a thing for Bella. Even if [[MarySue her]] [[TheSociopath character]] [[DamselScrappy suffers with]] [[DesignatedHero each]] [[SuetifulAllAlong book]], I can at least always love her for PerverseSexualLust reasons (though that's mainly due to KristenStewart rather than the character.)

to:

** I have a thing for Bella. Even if [[MarySue her]] [[TheSociopath character]] [[DamselScrappy suffers with]] [[DesignatedHero each]] [[SuetifulAllAlong book]], I can at least always love her for PerverseSexualLust reasons (though that's mainly due to KristenStewart Creator/KristenStewart rather than the character.)
14th Dec '16 11:10:36 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[Literature/TheElenium Sparhawk]]. An aging, world-weary knight whose conviction he's nothing more than an old soldier, driven almost entirely by loyalty. He might ''look'' far from the KnightInShiningArmor and have no shortage of flaws, but he's clever, poetic, compassionate, and noble. He was [[Tropers/{{Roland}} this troper's]] first fantasy hero, and he remains one of his favorites.

to:

* [[Literature/TheElenium Sparhawk]].''Literature/TheElenium'':
** Sparhawk.
An aging, world-weary knight whose conviction he's nothing more than an old soldier, driven almost entirely by loyalty. He might ''look'' far from the KnightInShiningArmor and have no shortage of flaws, but he's clever, poetic, compassionate, and noble. He was [[Tropers/{{Roland}} this troper's]] first fantasy hero, and he remains one of his favorites.
11th Nov '16 4:11:15 PM Berrenta
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* I almost can't say enough good things about [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]]. Her unflinching narration, her complex psychology, her, let's face it, awesome survival skill. The fact that she can have a troubled backstory, wear flaming dresses, be deadly in combat, sacrifice herself for her sister, inspire just about everyone, ''and'' have two guys throwing themselves at her--all without being even remotely a MarySue--is a feat you won't believe unless you read the series. She's damaged, deeply flawed, and highly believable. Underneath everything, she's just trying to do the right thing. I'm not one to complain that GirlsNeedRoleModels, but seriously--''that'' is a heroine.

to:

* I almost can't say enough good things about [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]]. Her unflinching narration, her complex psychology, her, let's face it, awesome survival skill. The fact that she can have a troubled backstory, wear flaming dresses, be deadly in combat, sacrifice herself for her sister, inspire just about everyone, ''and'' have two guys throwing themselves at her--all without being even remotely a MarySue--is a feat you won't believe unless you read the series. She's damaged, deeply flawed, and highly believable. Underneath everything, she's just trying to do the right thing. I'm not one to complain that GirlsNeedRoleModels, girls need role models, but seriously--''that'' is a heroine.
6th Nov '16 4:04:16 PM dlchen145
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Artemis Entreri, from the same. Initially, he was just another awesome example of TheRival; time passed and we got to see him [[DeadpanSnarker snark]], smirk, [[PerpetualFrowner scowl (a lot)]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast reflect]], [[FlashBackEcho flashback]], and of course, [[BadAss kick a lot of bad-guy ass along the way]]. After his initial appearance (and that whole 'kill Drizzt' thing), Entreri was really more of an [[ByronicHero Byronic]] AntiHero, with help from the above tackily-dressed drow. And then, resolving his massive childhood trauma, Artemis is together enough to ditch said helpful-if-oh-so-manipulative drow and [[WalkingTheEarth forge his own path]], this time on much more stable ground. Also, he's [[TallDarkAndSnarky attractive]] and has a [[PermaStubble five-o''-clock shadow]] and [[Tropers/DesignatedNPC This Troper]] may or may not be [[InLoveWithYourCarnage in love with his carnage]] so there's that too.

to:

** Artemis Entreri, from the same. Initially, he was just another awesome example of TheRival; time passed and we got to see him [[DeadpanSnarker snark]], snark, smirk, [[PerpetualFrowner scowl (a lot)]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast reflect]], [[FlashBackEcho flashback]], and of course, [[BadAss kick a lot of bad-guy ass along the way]]. After his initial appearance (and that whole 'kill Drizzt' thing), Entreri was really more of an [[ByronicHero Byronic]] AntiHero, with help from the above tackily-dressed drow. And then, resolving his massive childhood trauma, Artemis is together enough to ditch said helpful-if-oh-so-manipulative drow and [[WalkingTheEarth forge his own path]], this time on much more stable ground. Also, he's [[TallDarkAndSnarky attractive]] and has a [[PermaStubble five-o''-clock shadow]] and [[Tropers/DesignatedNPC This Troper]] may or may not be [[InLoveWithYourCarnage in love with his carnage]] so there's that too.



*** Agreed. I always loved Tonks- she was hilarious from the moment she was first introduced! Also, she was pretty much the youngest member of the Order, having not even been old enough to participate in the first wizarding war or be in the original Order, but was able to hold her own alongside some seriously {{Badass}} experienced wizards. There's a reason she qualified to become an Auror!

to:

*** Agreed. I always loved Tonks- she was hilarious from the moment she was first introduced! Also, she was pretty much the youngest member of the Order, having not even been old enough to participate in the first wizarding war or be in the original Order, but was able to hold her own alongside some seriously {{Badass}} badass experienced wizards. There's a reason she qualified to become an Auror!



** Samwise Gamgee. I claim Sam is THE hero of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings TLotR.]] The most BadAss [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass simple gardener]] of all literature, and a lovable, selfless guy on top of that.

to:

** Samwise Gamgee. I claim Sam is THE hero of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings TLotR.]] The most BadAss badass [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass simple gardener]] of all literature, and a lovable, selfless guy on top of that.



*** One Word: Jane. Who wouldn't like to be a PersonOfMassDestruction? Ok, so it isn't literal, but she is just SO BadAss in New Moon. There's no way around it, even if you are a hardcore Edward fangirl like this troper.

to:

*** One Word: Jane. Who wouldn't like to be a PersonOfMassDestruction? Ok, so it isn't literal, but she is just SO BadAss badass in New Moon. There's no way around it, even if you are a hardcore Edward fangirl like this troper.



** No love for Jasper? He's arguably one of the most complex characters in the series, and manages to be a {{Woobie}} and a BadAss at the same time.

to:

** No love for Jasper? He's arguably one of the most complex characters in the series, and manages to be a {{Woobie}} and a BadAss badass at the same time.



* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': [[@/{{Spectrum}} This troper]] maintains that Anomander Rake is the most awesome character ever. [[{{Tragedy}} Tragic]], [[ShroudedInMyth mysterious]] and radiating {{Badass}}itude in every direction. Only problem is that he has so few appearances that he is almost a OneSceneWonder.

to:

* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': [[@/{{Spectrum}} This troper]] maintains that Anomander Rake is the most awesome character ever. [[{{Tragedy}} Tragic]], [[ShroudedInMyth mysterious]] and radiating {{Badass}}itude badassitude in every direction. Only problem is that he has so few appearances that he is almost a OneSceneWonder.



** Karin Murphy, much more BadAss than Nicodemus by the way.

to:

** Karin Murphy, much more BadAss badass than Nicodemus by the way.



* [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Arya Stark]]. Most {{Badass}} 12-year old girl ever.

to:

* [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Arya Stark]]. Most {{Badass}} badass 12-year old girl ever.



* I would like to add Dairine Callahan and Roshaun ke Nelaid to this page, taking the risk that no one will know who they are. BadAss alone, double as a team. Two of this troper's favorite book characters by far.

to:

* I would like to add Dairine Callahan and Roshaun ke Nelaid to this page, taking the risk that no one will know who they are. BadAss Badass alone, double as a team. Two of this troper's favorite book characters by far.



** All of Diane Duane's original characters are great. In her ''Franchise/StarTrek'' books, she features a BadAss ''Horta'' Ensign with a sunny, cheerful personality (hortas look like [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Horta this]], by the way), a glass spider whose HeroicSacrifice is a five-alarm TearJerker, and Ael i-Mehessian T'Rllaillieu, [[strike:Romulan]] Rihannsu BadAss chick and bane of my spellchecker.
*** [[AcrossTheStars I]] would like to pile on the Creator/DianeDuane Franchise/StarTrek character love, and put in for mention the Sulamid (vaguely squid-like beings with a ton of tentacles); the Sadrao (bipedal cats who literally cannot comprehend the past tense); the various species of Denebians (various [[StarfishAliens non-hominid]] body types with one thing in common: ''big''; and the entire [[spoiler:good]] crew of [=ChR=] ''Bloodwing'', particularly Aidoann, whom I would like to marry. Also, Diane seems to have made it her personal mission in life to make Dr. [=McCoy=] as BadAss and completely, addictingly awesome as humanly possible, and her characterizations of the entire original crew deserve accolades that echo to the Andromeda Galaxy and beyond.

to:

** All of Diane Duane's original characters are great. In her ''Franchise/StarTrek'' books, she features a BadAss badass ''Horta'' Ensign with a sunny, cheerful personality (hortas look like [[http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Horta this]], by the way), a glass spider whose HeroicSacrifice is a five-alarm TearJerker, and Ael i-Mehessian T'Rllaillieu, [[strike:Romulan]] Rihannsu BadAss badass chick and bane of my spellchecker.
*** [[AcrossTheStars I]] would like to pile on the Creator/DianeDuane Franchise/StarTrek character love, and put in for mention the Sulamid (vaguely squid-like beings with a ton of tentacles); the Sadrao (bipedal cats who literally cannot comprehend the past tense); the various species of Denebians (various [[StarfishAliens non-hominid]] body types with one thing in common: ''big''; and the entire [[spoiler:good]] crew of [=ChR=] ''Bloodwing'', particularly Aidoann, whom I would like to marry. Also, Diane seems to have made it her personal mission in life to make Dr. [=McCoy=] as BadAss badass and completely, addictingly awesome as humanly possible, and her characterizations of the entire original crew deserve accolades that echo to the Andromeda Galaxy and beyond.



*** Leia's also quite awesome in the Barbara Hambly novels. She's a bit more of a PrincessClassic, and she [[RecycledScript gets kidnapped a few too many times]] by the BigBad, but she's sure as ''hell'' no Distressed DamselScrappy (one book, the baddies have to ''drug her'' so she doesn't cause havoc). She's snarky, clever, aristocratic, and a total BadAss with a lightsaber. And her InnerMonologue give you some absolutely fascinating hints about her life on [[DoomedHometown Alderaan]], and her [[HappilyMarried love for Han]] is just ''[[{{WAFF}} aaaawwww]]''.

to:

*** Leia's also quite awesome in the Barbara Hambly novels. She's a bit more of a PrincessClassic, and she [[RecycledScript gets kidnapped a few too many times]] by the BigBad, but she's sure as ''hell'' no Distressed DamselScrappy (one book, the baddies have to ''drug her'' so she doesn't cause havoc). She's snarky, clever, aristocratic, and a total BadAss badass with a lightsaber. And her InnerMonologue give you some absolutely fascinating hints about her life on [[DoomedHometown Alderaan]], and her [[HappilyMarried love for Han]] is just ''[[{{WAFF}} aaaawwww]]''.



** Eponine has to be one of the best female characters ever. So what if she's a stalker? She's so {{Badass}}, anything can be forgiven. We're talking about a 16-year-old girl who scared away a gang of bandits and murderers and who stopped a bullet with her hand. She speaks her mind, she is literate, and she is fairly cheerful and talkative. She's like Natasha Rostova, but not as stupid and annoying. And much more of a fighter.

to:

** Eponine has to be one of the best female characters ever. So what if she's a stalker? She's so {{Badass}}, badass, anything can be forgiven. We're talking about a 16-year-old girl who scared away a gang of bandits and murderers and who stopped a bullet with her hand. She speaks her mind, she is literate, and she is fairly cheerful and talkative. She's like Natasha Rostova, but not as stupid and annoying. And much more of a fighter.



** As far as the Old Testament goes, Moses is the man. The guy was born in rags, rose to riches, then went "FU Egypt!" and ran away to Arabia. Then {{God}} comes to him and he is like, "[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Go to hell, dude]]", so God ''begs'' him to get the Jews outta Egypt. Then Moses says, you know, I was raised as a pharaoh's son so I know rhetorics and shit, but I don't wanna do the talking for You. And God's like, no problem, and appoints Aaron as his PR manager. So Moses goes our and shows everyone what it's like to be made of pure, condensed {{badass}}. For 40 years in a row! And then the God's like all grateful to him and Moses just goes "FU, man, lemme die in peace, already". And that's so badass, God buries him personally. Now, that's a man we are talking about.

to:

** As far as the Old Testament goes, Moses is the man. The guy was born in rags, rose to riches, then went "FU Egypt!" and ran away to Arabia. Then {{God}} comes to him and he is like, "[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Go to hell, dude]]", so God ''begs'' him to get the Jews outta Egypt. Then Moses says, you know, I was raised as a pharaoh's son so I know rhetorics and shit, but I don't wanna do the talking for You. And God's like, no problem, and appoints Aaron as his PR manager. So Moses goes our and shows everyone what it's like to be made of pure, condensed {{badass}}.badass. For 40 years in a row! And then the God's like all grateful to him and Moses just goes "FU, man, lemme die in peace, already". And that's so badass, God buries him personally. Now, that's a man we are talking about.



** And playing opposite him, Martel, everything an EvilCounterpart should be and more. Their final duel was BadAss, and Martel's death, despite everything he'd done, managed to be sympathetic without seeming too overdone. Good job Mr. Eddings.

to:

** And playing opposite him, Martel, everything an EvilCounterpart should be and more. Their final duel was BadAss, badass, and Martel's death, despite everything he'd done, managed to be sympathetic without seeming too overdone. Good job Mr. Eddings.



* [[Literature/HisDarkMaterials Iorek Byrnisson]]. Even if you hate the series, he is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [[BearsAreBadNews Certainly not everything is worse with bears]]; on the contrary, he is a titanic container of BadAss.

to:

* [[Literature/HisDarkMaterials Iorek Byrnisson]]. Even if you hate the series, he is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [[BearsAreBadNews Certainly not everything is worse with bears]]; on the contrary, he is a titanic container of BadAss.badass.



* Rowan from the ''Literature/RowanOfRin'' series. A shy, small, sensitive boy who lives in a village where physical strength and bravery are valued above all else. He is considered a weak, pathetic disappointment by nearly everyone. Until he's the only one capable of saving everyone on five separate occassions, each time by using his brains instead of blindly leaping to attack, as everyone else tried and failed to. Also from the Rowan series, Zeel and Allun are massively awesome too. Both outcasts like Rowan, but in different ways. Allun is half Traveller, whom most Rin people do not like, so he does not fit into either world, but always makes the best of things and is always joking and cheerful. Zeel is a Zebak orphan who was adopted by the Travellers. (Zebak are at War with Rin/Travellers.) Zeel must put up with people assuming her to be a traitor because of her biological parents, but even when inside Zebak territory, she never once considered betraying her adoptive people. And she's a BadAss ActionGirl to boot.

to:

* Rowan from the ''Literature/RowanOfRin'' series. A shy, small, sensitive boy who lives in a village where physical strength and bravery are valued above all else. He is considered a weak, pathetic disappointment by nearly everyone. Until he's the only one capable of saving everyone on five separate occassions, each time by using his brains instead of blindly leaping to attack, as everyone else tried and failed to. Also from the Rowan series, Zeel and Allun are massively awesome too. Both outcasts like Rowan, but in different ways. Allun is half Traveller, whom most Rin people do not like, so he does not fit into either world, but always makes the best of things and is always joking and cheerful. Zeel is a Zebak orphan who was adopted by the Travellers. (Zebak are at War with Rin/Travellers.) Zeel must put up with people assuming her to be a traitor because of her biological parents, but even when inside Zebak territory, she never once considered betraying her adoptive people. And she's a BadAss badass ActionGirl to boot.



* It's not massively well known, but my love for [[{{Badass}} Paul Turner]] from the ''Department 19'' series knows no bounds. In the first book, he's not really anything more than a mildly menacing presence and a pair of cold eyes, but gradually we learn more about him. In-universe, he's a MemeticBadass who has a reputation for being cool, calculating and almost robotic. He scares the hell out of most people. Then his son dies in the second book and we see him ''cry''. It's absolutely heartwrenching, and that's only the start. He makes friends with said son's girlfriend and their friendship is one of the most adorable things in the whole series, and it only gets better from there. Finding out that one of the most feared Operators in the department is actually an IronWoobie who has ''so many'' feelings of despair and inadequacy in him but ''[[TheDeterminator just keeps going]]'' is simply amazing.

to:

* It's not massively well known, but my love for [[{{Badass}} Paul Turner]] Turner from the ''Department 19'' series knows no bounds. In the first book, he's not really anything more than a mildly menacing presence and a pair of cold eyes, but gradually we learn more about him. In-universe, he's a MemeticBadass who has a reputation for being cool, calculating and almost robotic. He scares the hell out of most people. Then his son dies in the second book and we see him ''cry''. It's absolutely heartwrenching, and that's only the start. He makes friends with said son's girlfriend and their friendship is one of the most adorable things in the whole series, and it only gets better from there. Finding out that one of the most feared Operators in the department is actually an IronWoobie who has ''so many'' feelings of despair and inadequacy in him but ''[[TheDeterminator just keeps going]]'' is simply amazing.
16th Oct '16 9:19:32 AM Gowan
Is there an issue? Send a Message
16th Oct '16 5:58:35 AM Gowan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[Literature/ABrothersPrice Princess Trini]]. She doesn't want to marry, and least of all a guy she doesn't even know, but when she is told that if she doesn't consent to marry him, he will have to marry the sisters of the man who [[spoiler: raped]] her, she rather risks him being a [[MaritalRapeLicense rapist]] than put him in danger.

to:

* [[Literature/ABrothersPrice Princess Trini]]. She doesn't want to marry, and least of all a guy she doesn't even know, but when she is told that if she doesn't consent to marry him, he will have to marry the sisters of the man who [[spoiler: raped]] raped her, she rather risks him being a another [[MaritalRapeLicense rapist]] than put him in danger.danger of being raped himself.



* [[Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant Skulduggery Pleasant.]]

to:

* [[Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant Skulduggery Pleasant.]]]]
* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia. Like the hobbits in the LoTR example above, his superpower is resistance to the corrupting influence of power. He was mistreated for about half of his life, and then becomes emperor overnight, but he still doesn't use his new power to take revenge. It is not that he doesn't ''want to'' take revenge, it is that he acknowledges he would become a tyrant by doing so, and he just doesn't want to be that kind of person.
16th Oct '16 5:47:43 AM Gowan
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* [[Literature/ABrothersPrice Princess Trini]]. She doesn't want to marry, and least of all a guy she doesn't even know, but when she is told that if she doesn't consent to marry him, he will have to marry the sisters of the man who [[spoiler: raped]] her, she rather risks him being a [[MaritalRapeLicense rapist]] than put him in danger.
26th Sep '16 11:45:00 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Bren Cameron of Creator/CJCherryh's ''Foreigner'' novels. Having the guts and mind to forge his way to a top spot in an alien culture which doesn't even have a concept for 'friend' and assassination is acceptable problem-solving... and being the ''only'' human there? And his position was supposed to be more like a low-order clerk and dictionary maker? Part {{Woobie}}, part MoralityChain, part BadassBookworm. Crazy. Awesome.

to:

* Bren Cameron of Creator/CJCherryh's ''Foreigner'' ''Literature/{{Foreigner}}'' novels. Having the guts and mind to forge his way to a top spot in an alien culture which doesn't even have a concept for 'friend' and assassination is acceptable problem-solving... and being the ''only'' human there? And his position was supposed to be more like a low-order clerk and dictionary maker? Part {{Woobie}}, part MoralityChain, part BadassBookworm. Crazy. Awesome.
17th Aug '16 1:12:36 AM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]]. He's overcome severe birth-defects, anti-mutant prejudice, his own ''grandfather'' trying to kill him and being used as a pawn in a lethal power struggle even before he was born to become a interstellar spy and mercenary. And now, in his own name, he's one of the Emperor's personal troubleshooters. Mind you, he does have equally awesome parents. And friends.

to:

* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
**
Miles Vorkosigan]].Vorkosigan. He's overcome severe birth-defects, anti-mutant prejudice, his own ''grandfather'' trying to kill him and being used as a pawn in a lethal power struggle even before he was born to become a interstellar spy and mercenary. And now, in his own name, he's one of the Emperor's personal troubleshooters. Mind you, he does have equally awesome parents. And friends.



*** While we're at it, let's talk about Lady Alys. Lived in hiding in Vorbarr Sultana during the pretendership, which resulted in her witnessing the murder of her husband, giving birth to her only child in an alley. From there, she went on to [[spoiler: work for/with impsec internal affairs]] and control the emperor's social calendar. This puts her in a position to play the Council of Counts like a violin, which she does without a qualm. The scene in ''A Civil Campaign'' where Miles gets the letter detailing her latest political machinations is absolutely priceless.

to:

*** ** While we're at it, let's talk about Lady Alys. Lived in hiding in Vorbarr Sultana during the pretendership, which resulted in her witnessing the murder of her husband, giving birth to her only child in an alley. From there, she went on to [[spoiler: work for/with impsec internal affairs]] and control the emperor's social calendar. This puts her in a position to play the Council of Counts like a violin, which she does without a qualm. The scene in ''A Civil Campaign'' where Miles gets the letter detailing her latest political machinations is absolutely priceless.
This list shows the last 10 events of 287. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=CharacterGush.Literature