Top 10 Tuesday: My Top 10 Protagonists

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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This is my first time doing it, and today’s list is a freebie as long as it involves characters, and this post is long overdue.  For today’s list I decided on 10 of my favourite protagonists in books I’ve read. They’re not necessarily the best protagonists, but they’re some of the best.

They are in no particular order.

Tarzan

Tarzan might be one of your favourite Disney characters, but he is also the star of a number of books. I really enjoyed reading Tarzan’s books and that’s why he is on my list. He’s obviously a very strong and athletic human and could quite easily beat up any of his enemies, but he is one of the most gentle characters I’ve ever read.

I really enjoyed learning alongside Tarzan, and his love of Jane was a refreshing romance that develops throughout the books.

Nynaeve

This is one of the newer members on this list, but honestly she would probably be in my top 5 favourite characters if I was ranking them properly. I love how strong of a character she is, and how determined she is to be the best at what she does.

What I like most about her though is the fact that she pushes herself. She pushes herself, often too hard, to be the best and do better, and blames herself even when something minor goes wrong. She pulls off some amazing feats, and then will immediately blame herself for something she did wrong. I related to this so much, and this is why Nynaeve is one of my favourite characters of all time.

Arya Stark

Arya is cool, badass, smart, scary, and downright awesome all wrapped into one. As one of the Stark kids, her life has not been easy, but she has pushed through it all and has become pretty amazing in the process.

She’s also a main source of the non-Westeros story line we get in Game of Thrones. She develops some magical powers, and it’s cool seeing a female character, in a world where they are often useless, become one of the strongest and scariest characters in the whole world.

Liesel Meminger

Liesel made this list because I feel like she represents an aspect of who I am. She discovers a love of books and reading, and sacrifices her safety for the safety of others.

I want to believe that I am similar to her in some ways, and the sadness of her story is what makes her character so amazing.

King Arthur

I’m speaking of King Arthur from The Once and Future King more specifically, but Arthur in general is one of my favourite characters across any platform.

He stands for chivalry, honour, wisdom and strength. He represents the good in people, and isn’t the stereotypical warrior king that people might assume come from the Middle Ages period.

Even during all this, he is still human. He feels betrayal, he shows weakness, he gets hurt. He’s a godly figure that lives as a human, an that’s why he has made my list.

Jaime Lannister

This is the second and last Game of Thrones entry on this list, but I think he is deserving of the praise. Jaime makes my list because he is a lot like King Arthur in a way. He is this praised and revered character that basically has the heavens opening up for him…until he is dragged through the mud and the dirt and left in the garbage.

He is taken from his high horse, and he changes. He adapts. His character changes and develops and grows with the story, and he becomes a good guy. We see a character change from evil to good, and as he is no longer praised by the story characters, he starts being praised by the readers.

Martin the Warrior

Did you ever think a mouse could make the list? Well you would be wrong. Martin the Warrior is from some of my favourite books of all time, and he stands for the good in people.

He’s a noble warrior that fights for the good of those who can’t protect themselves. His life isn’t easy, but he fights through it, serving the side of good and helping anyone he can, despite his pain and his own problems.

Garrett Reilly

This may be more of an unknown member on my list, but I like Garrett Reilly a lot. He’s a gifted genius who has struggled through life, and still struggles. He could very easily be making millions of dollars, living any life he wanted by using his intelligence, but instead he uses his brains to help defend his country from opposing threats.

There’s not much else to say here other than I really enjoy his development. He is very much a lone wolf that we see develop into not only a team player, but also a leader and friend.

Luffy

This might not be a surprise to anyone who reads this blog, but Luffy is definitely one of my top 5 characters as well. The biggest reason is that he stands up for his ideals and his friends.

You can insult him all you want, and people do, but as soon as you try to crush someone else’s dreams, or hurt someone weaker than yourself, he is going to make you wish you didn’t. I could probably write an essay on Luffy and why he is such a good character, but I will leave it there.

Kaladin

Kaladin is from the Stormlight Archives, and like Luffy and Nynaeve, he is in my top 5 characters. Why do I like him so much? He’s not perfect. Yeah he’s probably the best doctor around, and definitely one of the best fighters, but he doubts himself.

He makes mistakes and beats himself up and doubts himself constantly, but will consistently help others. He will see the best in them and trust them completely, even if it hurts him.

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Top 10 Manga Quotes

Since I covered a One Piece arc this week, I thought I’d give you some of the best manga quotes out there. These are just some of the ones that popped up on multiple lists I found, but they’re all good in my opinion.

I hope you enjoy them!

“Weaklings will stay weak forever. But weakness is not evil, since human beings are weak creatures to begin with. Alone, you feel nothing but insecurity; that’s why we form guilds, that’s why we have friends. We walk together in order to live a strong life. The clumsy ones will walk into more walls than the others, and it may also take them longer to get there. If you believe in tomorrow and put yourself out there, you can naturally obtain your strength. That’s how you will be able to smile and live strong.”

Makarov Dreyar (Fairy Tail)

“The true measure of a shinobi is not how he lives but how he dies. It’s not what they do in life but what they did before dying that proves their worth.”

Jiraiya (Naruto)

“I want you to be happy. I want you to laugh a lot. I don’t know what exactly I’ll be able to do for you, but I’ll always be by your side.”

Kagome (Inuyasha)

“I don’t want to conquer anything. I just think that the guy with the most freedom in this ocean is the Pirate King!”

Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)

“I want…to change things. I want to believe that anything can be changed. The moment I met you, a new world opened up for me. You see, after wandering in the darkness for so long, a light brought me happiness. It’s all thanks to you.”

Chrono (Chrono Crusade)

“If you only face forward, there is something you will miss seeing.”

Vash the Stampede (Trigun)

“We are all like fireworks. We climb, shine, and always go our separate ways and become further apart. But even if that time comes, let’s not disappear like a firework, and continue to shine forever.”

Hitsugaya Toushiro (Bleach)

“Don’t be so quick to throw away your life. No matter how disgraceful or embarrassing it may be, you need to keep struggling to find your way out until the very end.”

Clare (Claymore)

“The world’s not perfect, but it’s there for us trying the best it can. That’s what makes it so damn beautiful.”

Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist)

“Even if I die, you keep living okay? Live to see the end of this world, and to see why it was born. Live to see why a weak girl like me ended up here… And the reason you and I met.”

Sachi (Sword Art Online)

 

 

Thursday Thoughts: My Top 10 Fictional Worlds I Want to Live In

I think every reader thinks of being a part of the books they read, and has had more than a few dreams being in those books too.

Everyone who has ever dreamed that has a list of their favourite worlds they’d want to be a part of, so I’m making mine official.

The criteria for this list is that I will be assuming I am a person of at least minor importance in the world, because assuming I am just a dime a dozen character, my experience of the world wouldn’t be very much…here goes.

NUMBER X: INKWORLD

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This one really only made my list because I am assuming that I have the ability to, or know someone who has the ability to bring books to life. It would be amazing to be able to bring any other book to life and meet the characters or have them live in my world, assuming I don’t accidently bring a dragon or some beast to this world and destroy it.

 

NUMBER IX: STAR WARS

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The Star Wars Universe made this list because of how vast it is. There are so many planets that could be explored, and some interesting technology that would fascinate me. Now I’m gonna assume I’ve got a little bit of money or skill that would allow me to travel around the galaxy, and not some moisture farmer that never lets me leave Tatooine.

 

NUMBER VIII: OZ

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I was a little surprised myself that Oz made it into my list. It was an honorable mention when I first started out, but then I realized how cool it could really be. I mean there is witches, munchkins, the Lollipop Guild, talking lions, and who knows what else. I haven’t had too much experience with Oz, but I think it would be an amazing world to explore and expereince.

 

NUMBER VII: INFERNAL DEVICES

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For those that don’t recognize this world right away its the Shadowhunter World, like City of Bones, but set in the Victorian era, and not modern times. Assuming I can be some nameless Shadowhunter, I would love to be able to experience werewolves, vampires, demons, and countless other monsters and demons as a part of my regular life. Plus the interaction between the Shadowhunter world and the Victorian era was much more interesting to me than the modern time interaction. The only reason it’s coming in at #7 is because being a nameless Shadowhunter in that world probably means I would die pretty young, and I’m not a big fan of dying.

 

NUMBER VI: HOGWARTS

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I think every book lover wants to live in the Harry Potter world, whether they’ll admit it or not. For this one I’m assuming that I have some magical powers, and attended Hogwarts or something. It’s magic. How could you not want magic? It would be cool living a “secret life” and hiding your magic from Muggles. Like any HP fan I’ve gone on to Pottermore and been sorted, and turns out I’m a Gryffindor. Don’t know if that would be the same if it were real, but just going through the wizarding experience would be amazing.

NUMBER V: TENERANT (KINGKILLER)

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This may come as a surprise, but I think Tenerant would be one of the best worlds to live in. The magic is subtle, and doesn’t influence regular life very much, but it is still there. I don’t really have a lot to say about it because there is so much of it that is still a mystery, but the mystery is why it’s #5 on my list. I don’t imagine I would be smart enough to be a student at The University, but I imagine I am somewhat smart and have enough money to explore the world. I would love to learn from someone who attended The University, and maybe pick up a trick or two.

 

NUMBER IV: NARNIA

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I think the biggest appeal of Narnia would be the different talking animals and the different creatures that inhabit the world. The one catch is that I don’t want to live my whole life in Narnia. I’d want to time jump basically. Come and go as I please, and see the change in Narnia every time I came back. It seems that humans were a rarity for some time in Narnia, so it would be cool to be a rare creature in the world, and then maybe come back to a point where humans were much more common (like in the books basically). I think my biggest goal would be to document Narnia’s history. Maybe come back every so often and talk to people who could tell me what happened since I was there last.

NUMBER III: RANDLAND (WHEEL OF TIME)

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I’m obsessed with Wheel of Time right now so that is definitely a contributing factor as to why its #3 on my list. I’m gonna say I lived before Rand lived, so I don’t have the books influencing my life at all. The biggest reason I would want to live there is because of the Aes Sedai. They are such a common part of the world that it would make life so much more interesting. I don’t expect to be anyone of great import, but maybe I could be a gleeman and travel the world, collecting stories and interacting with people from all over the world. PLUS, maybe if I was lucky I could be like Perrin and speak to wolves…but thats just a dream.

NUMBER II: MARVEL

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Who wouldn’t want to be a superhero? Even some minor power would be cool, even a seemingly useless power can be useful in certain situations. The reason the Marvel Universe is #2 on my list is because whether or not I was a superhero, that world would be amazing. Yes, I know there is a high risk of dying from countless laser beams, finger snaps, buildings falling, or even interdimensional portals opening in my bedroom while I was sleeping and cutting me in half, but I think the risk is worth the reward. Getting to see Spider-Man swing by or climbing up my buildings wall would make 23 year old me happier than childhood me.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Middle Earth     Westeros     DC Universe     Star Trek     Azeroth

NUMBER I: ROSHAR

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The Stormlight Archive universe is by far my favourite world that I would want to live in. I’m just going to assume that I am not a member of the Knights Radiant, but that I am a light eyed person. The biggest reason I would want to live in that world is entirely because of the entire world’s dependence on gemstones. They’re used as currency, for light, for the Knight’s powers, and a bunch of other things I couldn’t begin to mention. I’ve always loved the medieval themed stories with knights and swords and stuff, but The Stormlight archive is the most interesting one that I have ever experienced.

 

What do you think about my Top 10 list? What worlds would be in your list? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email. I’d love to see what worlds everyone wants to live in.

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