Best Characters From Young Adult Fiction Books


The Top Ten

1 Percy Jackson - Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson, because he's loyal to his friends (so much so that it's his fatal flaw), he's an amazing sword-fighter, he's got awesome powers over water, and he's got a great sense of humor. Take this quote, for example:
"All I could think of was that the teachers must've found the illegal stash of candy I'd been selling out of my dorm room. Or maybe they'd realized I got my essay on Tom Sawyer from the Internet without ever reading the book, and now they were going to take away my grade. Or worse, they were going to make me read the book."
Percy has great values, and he always stands up for what he believes in. He puts the people he cares about first every time, and his narration is just about the wittiest, most sarcastic, and all-around enjoyable point of view I've ever read. I think he's a great role-model, and that's why he's my hero. If you haven't already, you should really give reading his narration a shot, and maybe he can become your hero too. All you have to ...more

Although Percy Jackson and the Olympians is not the best young adult fiction ever written, the son of Poseidon is probably the most heroic teenage character ever portrayed in this genre. He is brave, bold, loyal, sarcastic, open minded, non-angsty, funny. Even though he has done amazing deeds Percy Jackson is not at all arrogant. He is the epitome of an easy going normal kid. I think people never properly realized what a great person Percy Jackson is because all the first books are told from his own narrative. If we could read them from someone else's perspective than I think our love for the hero of Olympus would only rise more.

Percy's the funniest character ever. He killed the Minotaur when he was 12 and held up the sky. He fell into Tartarus with Annabeth, just to be with her. He gives everyone a second chance. He controls water and can talk to horses. He turned down immortality for Annabeth. Let Ethan live. Killed Kronos. Found the golden fleece. Survived the Labyrinth. Got an Achilles heel. Told Annabeth his Achilles heel. His nosebleed awoke Gaea (although that was a bad thing, but the point is even his blood is powerful).

He did so much more but I already wrote too much.

Percy will live on forever in our hearts.

Percy is awesome

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2 Katniss Everdeen - The Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen - The Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen is a fictional character and the protagonist of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. She is portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film adaptation franchise.

Katniss could of lived by the Capitals rules, and lived happily ever after, but she didn't she fought for the ones she loves and for the future, to see something bright when it was full of darkness. She fought, sacrificed herself to defend everyone, and took risk for simply things that would change their generation for the better. And if that isn't bravery, courage, sacrifice and all the worlds focusing on strength then what is? I think courage, initiative, sacrifice and bravery should have katniss written as the definition.

She is the only young adult book character I can tolerate. I'm only voting for her because battle royale is to mature to be considered young adult. Read that book if you think mantissa is awesome then you'll see how stupid you really are. She isn't very good with plans and in battle royale her little berry stunt wouldn't have worked. Her life sucks I'll give her that but if she we're put into the program she would have died.

Katniss is a brave, daring young woman. She inspires people to think outside the box and try their hardest to survive, no matter what.

I definitely love Percy Jackson but Katniss is the most qualified for number 1. She is kind courageous and brave.

Girl on Fire

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3 Harry Potter - Harry Potter Series Harry Potter - Harry Potter Series Harry James Potter is the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard.

Harry Potter wasn't the smartest, or the most powerful wizard of his age. He had his faults, and that is what makes him a hero. He was human, he made mistakes. Yes he could of been more educated, perhaps tried harder, but couldn't we then also? Harry was a child like so many of us were, someone in which we grew up with. He was part of a complete other world than which he was raised in, a foretold hero. One who had suffered before he was aware of the circumstance, of the reason why. He may have not had the worst of childhoods compared to other heroines and heros, but to us he did. To witniss his friendships and watch him mature and grow at our side is perhaps Rowling's greatest gift.

Harry Potter, what can I say about him?! He shows that even if you're not good at everything, you can still be a hero. His bravery, loyalty and willingness to sacrifice is truly inspirational. As stated by Hermione in the books, Harry is surely a better wizard than her! - TheDarkWolf

How is Harry not no. 1? He is awesome and totally badass. He has got to be THE most realistic character ever created in YA books. He is so believable and relatable and who wouldn't want Harry to be their BFF? I absolutely adore him! Katniss is cool also, but a bit too antisocial. Percy is awesome, but a bit of a Mary Sue perfect character. Harry is the most interesting and the best and I love him!

This should be number 1

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4 Hermione Granger - Harry Potter Series Hermione Granger - Harry Potter Series

Hermione has influenced me so much as I've grown up. She is such a strong, smart and independent female character. She doesn't put up with other people's rubbish and she stands up for herself and those she loves.

I'm not one to bring down other characters to try and boost my favourite on this list, but Hannah Baker is #4 on this list, whereas Hermione is 9... '

She so smart but sassy at the same time. She won't let anyone get away with anything. She is a strong, determined person who fights as hard as she can and never gives up.

Hermione is amazing. Lots of people say she taught theme to fight for equality. I disagree. I say she fights for truth and justice.

Hermione Granger is a awesome role model for young girls

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5 Max Ride - Maximum Ride

I love Max, not only is she an incredible leader, but also a great friend. She supports the flock even when she disagrees with them (Nudge). She is sassy and sarcastic and great in a fight. Max also does what she thinks is the right thing, no matter the consequences, a trait many people today lack.

I love max. I think she's the awesomest thing ever. I'm being her for Halloween. She's amazingly perfect and she's great for a book like this because she's not just all girly helpless. She's an amazing blonde heroine.

Max is so independent and powerful and she's only 15 she proved she doesn't need anyone to help her or her flock. To me she is way better than Harry or Percy on so many levels. This girl is #1 on my list. P.S. Fax all the way

There is no way to describe Maximum Ride except she is completely awesome and fearless leader who is destined to save the world

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6 Annabeth Chase - Percy Jackson & the Olympians Annabeth Chase - Percy Jackson & the Olympians

Does anyone else realize how similar Hermione and Annabeth are? I mean, if we're being honest, they would both be Gryffindors, they're both intellectual geniuses, they would both sacrifice more than I can say for those they love, they are both needed in their respective series or else everyone else would be dead, and they both had to fight and work harder than most to get to the places they were in series. They are both amazing characters, and I don't understand how Annabeth can be ranked over 10 places behind Hermione.

I think of Hermione erasing her parents' memory and Annabeth falling into Tartarus and I want to cry.

How the hell is Annabeth #15?! She was one of my biggest influences growing up. She's strong, incredibly smart, ridiculously badass, and one of the best characters I've ever come across. She's been through so much but she doesn't let that stop her; she deserves to be ranked right behind Hermione.

How does one not love Annabeth? She's smart, witty, and has all the characteristics of a great character, not to mention she has a good backstory. Plus, she's not as over powered as some OTHER characters in that series, no matter how much I love all of them.

She should be higher up! She held the sky, stabbed a cyclops at 7, ran away at the same age, went on many horrific quests, was kidnapped, faught in the labrynth... and more! She lost her love for nearly a year, went on a solo quest, fell into Tartarus and survived.

She is my inspiration, and she taught me to never give up and appreciate wisdom and family and friends.

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7 Hannah Baker - 13 Reasons Why

The thing that I admire about Hannah Baker is that she's real. She has a story that doesn't involve magic or powers or weapons, but a powerful and heartbreaking story all the same. And moreover, a story that applies to so many lives at least as much as any of the other books on here. No, her story was not a happy one. She did end up living happily ever after with the boy she was meant to be with, but that's reality. It doesn't always happen and while I love Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games, etc., I am very happy that this book is so far up on the list. If you haven't read it yet, I recommend it, times 1000.

WHAT THE HELL? SHE KILLED HERSELF FOR BAD REASONS! HER STORY MAKES FUN OF SUICIDE IN A WAY. She had a great, loving family and she could've had a good future but she threw it all away! Read some articles on why 13 reasons why is bad and you will see my point of view! She could've helped herself! - missyweirdo

Hannah, even though she killed herself, was a great character. She helped me be strong and has inspired me to never give up and to never feel hopeless.

Why is she above Annabeth Chase? Jace Lightwood?

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8 Augustus Waters - The Fault in Our Stars

You just fall in love with Augustus immediately. It's inevitable. Just like oblivion.

I love the way he smiles. I love the way he talks. I love the way he loves hazel. I love the way he says, Hazel Grace Lancaster.

He's on a roller coaster that only goes up...

Come on people don't spoil the story - pouria_mt

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9 Celaena Sardothien - Throne of Glass

Celaena is definitely one of the strongest characters ever. She can knock your lights out without a problem, but she also loves to read, puppies, shopping, and chocolate. Which I think is amazing! I feel like most young adult books have characters that either really stupid and have no helpfulness, and are your stereotypical girly-girl, or they are a stereotypical tomboy and hate all things remotely girly. Well most people aren't like that, and Celaena isn't either. And even though she is the most successful and feared assassin in the kingdom, she is sarcastic, sassy, badass, and just a tad bit girly. She also is totally confident in herself and doesn't need a man to tell her she is beautiful or protect her. Celaena also shows true character development unlike most YA characters (I love you Percy, but looking at you). She goes through many relationships, which is way more realistic than having two dashing suitors decide from and ending up marrying the one you pick.

Celaena is strong, smart, a total badass and somehow manages to be an assassin with morals. She is so complex that I could really imagine seeing her walk down the street with a pissed off look on her face until she sees a puppy and erupts into giggles. She's got some serious flaws and shows that even a person as powerful and capable as she is can be deeply afraid. Of failure or mortal danger. And she manages to take control of her own identity as a woman in all senses of the word.

Celaena Sardothien is intelligent, witty and never afraid to back down from a fight. I admire Celaena because, unlike many other YA heroines, she did not need a lover to tell her she was beautiful to believe it. She has incredible confidence and strength, which is an admirable quality, something writers need to create more of.

She should be right at the top people. I mean..Duuh?!
She is probably the best here ( maybe rivaling PERCY JACKSON)
She uses her fire magic like her hands plus she's an awesome Assassin! NOT TO MENTION SHE'S QUEEN!

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10 Alaska Young - Looking for Alaska

She is smart but not only in the way that she reads a lot of books but also that she thinks in ways people often don't think unless she shows them. You just have to read what she said in the books and you will realize that she is a million times smarter than you.
She is a feminist and will stand up for women rights no matter what even if she gets on someone's nerves. That maybe just encourages her. She lives her life the way she wants it to be and doesn't care about what other's think about her. Sometimes people think to much for the future and forget that they are living in this moment in this time at this exact second.
She is the person in a group who comes up with the craziest ideas but they are also the ones who make the best memories. You can not meet Alaska and forget her later on because she has a storm that lives inside her that makes her unforgettable.
She seems like a dark secret and then she shines so bright.

"She is a Hurricane"

If people were Rain, we Were drizzles And she was a Hurricane.

She's inspired me to be who I want to be.

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The Contenders

11 Jace Lightwood - Mortal Instruments

#23? Really, people? How can you not love Jace? He's funny, sarcastic, arrogant, and badass, but also has this secret vulnerability to him that he hates people to see, and he only reveals his true self to Clary. He's totally brave and nearly fearless, which I really admire in a character. But he's secretly really selfless, which is a quality I think should be in everyone, but unfortunately, is not, because some people feel that they should put themselves first, but Jace doesn't think that. Sure, he's a bit rude and full of himself a lot of the time, but he would never let anything bad happen to the people he loves. He's a very entertaining character to read about, there'll never be a dull moment if he's there. He will always be my favorite fictional character.

Jace Lightwood is bloody awesome. He's all smart and sarcastic and you really want to slap him sometimes but then when he's around Clary you can see how much he loves her and cares for her. By being afraid to lose her, he shows how truly vulnerable he really is instead of the shell he puts up around other people.

There's nothing to hate about Jace. He's awesome and the moments never dull when he's around. He cares for all those he loves and makes sure nothing bad happens to them. He's sometimes irritating and frustrating but you still love him. Jace should be up at the top of the list.

Love him

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12 Tris Prior - Divergent

Tris is a character who over the Divergent novels have learned and developed in ways commonly missed by other authors. In each novel, we learn more about Tris as she is learning more about herself. In a world where labels are so widely accepted, she finds her place among the world and adapts. She analyzes her actions and her thoughts and holds on to her true self regardless of other's perceptions of her. She accepts realities and is not afraid of being judged. Her humbleness and refreshing perspective is magnetic, and she is a character not easily forgotten.

Um... Tris deserves to be in the top 3. Really? Katniss? KATNISS? She's gotta be one of the worst characters here (second only to Bella)! The character is so poorly written. There is no motivation to ANY of her actions whatsoever. Suzanne thought she could make her different just by giving her a bow and arrow and making her all athletic. Deep down she's just another one of those sappy "heroines" stuck in a love triangle! Katniss is a heroine - Tris is a hero.

Oh, and seriously, why isn't Harry number 1?

Tris is - for me - the best fictional character of this list. nit only because she's brave, strong or heroic but because she's human and she sacrifices herself for the people that she really loves and that's the most heroic thing I can think of. (well now I'm literally crying)

She has more personality and is more badass than Katniss! - missyweirdo

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13 Gandalf - The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings Gandalf - The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings

The hobbit is a children's book and the lord of the rings is for all ages so not really young adult books. That genre didn't even exist until recently. One of the best characters ever... Just not appropriate for this list - maverick88

A wizard is never late or early, he arrives exactly when he means to.

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14 Peeta Mellark - The Hunger Games

Peeta is so kind and thoughtful. Instead of putting himself first, he puts the needs of those he loves in front of his. I just don't understand how anyone can dislike him.

Go Peeta! I am so team Peeta and think that he has a part in influencing Katniss to stand up to the Capital. Way to go Peeta!

Lol peeta needed katniss to save his ass. He can't even take care of himself, he would not be alive without her! He is pretty pathetic and stupid and a bit of a sissy! - missyweirdo


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15 Suze Simon - The Mediator

I love Susannah the bad as girl who ain't afraid of no one. And I am hopelessly head over heels in love with Jesse Da Silva

16 Charlie - The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I believe that Charlie was on of the most complex and extraordinary characters in all of literature. Not only did he have a realistically sad past, but he also displayed traits and actions not often found in main characters- Not even supporting characters! Charlie was such a unique and lovable character that I'm not sure how anyone could forget him. - Skyleesue811

Charlie is so amazing and I am inspiring to be like him. It is only at the end of the book when you are filled with the answers that tell you why Charlie is so reserved and fragile. I think that this character represents what it is like to grow up with no friends and then have friends that would die for you. I love Charlie.

Charlie is just the perfect amount of tortured, broken, and confused that makes a character so real and relate-able.

Charlie is so nice.

i wish I had a friend as nice as charlie.

i hope charlie lived happily ever after.

charlie deserved a happily ever after.

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17 Katsa - Graceling
18 Mia Hall - If I Stay; Where She Went

She's a great role model that look up to in both the performing arts and as an older sibling. As an older sibling, I look up to her as she loves her brother so much, cares for him in every way possible and her story is a tragic, beautiful amazing stories that will make you weep buckets and pull at your heartstrings.

She's thoughtful, intelligent and I cried bucket loads of tears when I read her story. - Starsparks

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19 Nico DiAngelo - The Percy Jackson Series

I was surprised to find Nico in the top 20, but I realize that he is such a forgotten hero and he deserves a lot more credit than he gets.

I love the darkness and torture Nico goes through, and the fact that how no matter how bad things get for him he still helps his friends save the world.

I am glad to see Nico on this list. He was a character I related to and still do. He is realistic, has his flaws and is a very infesting person. Why is a girl who killed herself above him, the hell?

Some people say that he is not relatable, but for some if us, it is...I was a closet gay and tried to hide myseld in music and black clothes, thinking that If I looked bad ass or whatever, that I would be megt alone. Nico went throigh te same thing, byt in the end with the help of friends he learned to accept himslef.

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20 Mia Thermopolis - The Princess Diaries

An amazing character both down in the books and in the movies

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