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

Percy Jackson is awesome! I really like Annebelle and everyone else!

Percy is such a loyal, lovable character, it is impossible not to fall in love with him. He is charismatic, funny and overall the perfect guy. He set my standards so high with guys it is ridiculous. He has everything; courage, humour, dorkiness, loyalty, sarcasm, selflessness, sweetness, and so many other amazing traits. His narrative throughout the books is what draws readers in, and I'm proud to say he was and still is my first ever book crush. The Percy Jackson and Olympian novels introduced me to YA literature in the best way possible. He evolves though the books and becomes, I guess, a part of you, as the reader. You learn from, admire him. He definitely deserves number 1!

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.

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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.

Strong, Brave, Independent and fierce.

Why is Katniss second on all these lists? She deserves better. Katniss is the best and I'm sorry but I hate Percy Jackson, the character and the series. I just don't get why it's supposed to be good, the Hunger Games is what I call a great book series, or Warrior Cats, but not some prance-about little boy who likes going around pretending he's the greatest and likes saving the world. - Swiftdawn

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’s only human, she makes mistakes sometimes, yet recovers from it and learns from it. She’s been through a lot, yet she keeps fighting.

We could use more role models like her.

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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!

Why the hell is Harry below Katniss? I like Katniss, but she's kind of boring. I like Percy but he is a Gary Stu. Harry is THE most complex, multi-faceted main characters I have ever read! Most main characters tend to be stereotypical Mary Sues and Gary Stues. Not Harry. He's badass, he's snarky, brave, intelligent, kind, and overall incredible character! I am shocked that he's not number one. He's practically an icon, a role model! Percy Jackson was a fun character to read about, but hardly as iconic as Harry ' Potter! Come on, people!

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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... '

Hermione's awesome.

No need to say why

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5 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.

I love Annabeth Chase, so strong and capable. Always keeps her strong front on for other people. Very smart and an amazing character.

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6 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

She's so awesome having wigs and all I would always pretend I had wings an her powers her series is amazing I would read it 20 more times

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7 Hannah Baker - 13 Reasons Why

Truly pulled on my heartstrings. I love her so much, she is very realistic and lots of people can relate to her. it does NOT romanticise suicide in ANY way.

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

Are you referring to the books or the Netflix original? I personally thought that she made that choice herself, but the books were actually a really good series. - JoMama163

People please realise that the book is far different from the Netflix Original Series. Please go read the book once if you haven't,it won't dissapoint you.PLEASE.

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8 Augustus Waters - The Fault in Our Stars

You fall in love with Gus like falling asleep, slowly, then all at once!

He's just DA BEST. I know, his empathy goes so far...

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.

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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.

Love Celaena. She is at once strong, opinionated and fun.

I’m actually really happy to see that Celaena made it here she is incredible! If you have not read the series I highly suggest it! - helloitisi_12

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.

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10 Alaska Young - Looking for Alaska

She showed what and all a girl can be. Always inspiring

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"

She first appears as a typical edgy college hot girl, but overtime the reader realizes how smart she actually is and always stands up for whats right - Ang2001

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

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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 is amazing. Nothing more to say

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.

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12 Gandalf - The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings Gandalf - The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings Gandalf the Grey, later known as Gandalf the White, is a fictional character and one of the protagonists in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He was an Istar, sent by the West in the Third Age to combat the threat of Sauron, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring more.

Fool of a Took!

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

Gandalf can steal your highschool girlfriend fam, better watcho ass out there my dude, cause when gandalf's in the name of the game your all out toads

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

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13 Peeta Mellark - The Hunger Games

Peeta is by far the best character! He went threw all of the same pain of Katniss in fact probably even more. How on earth is Peeta placed 13th! That's just crazy! Team Peeta, VOTE FOR PEETA MELLARK! If you don't know who Peeta is just read or watch 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.

Team peeta all the way

Team Gale... the ending ruined the series for me if you understand what I mean - Potterhead2001

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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14 Tris Prior - Divergent

She learnt to not care about others opinions, how to be strong. When she was told to hide who she was, she eventually showed it even more. She had very good morals and personality; one of the best characters ever.

Katniss is far better and more badass. I'm looking at you missyweirdo! And to all you eggheads, Tris Prior is the perfect example of stupid! No one actually cares if she's dead! The books were boring. She could have been a loot better if she weren't such a bland character!

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?

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15 Finnick Odair - The Hunger Games

Finnick was just such a great character. I very rarely get attached to characters, but Finnick is my favorite character out of every single book I've ever read. I sobbed for two hours when he died (which kind of stunk because I was on a field trip and not even supposed to be reading), and I couldn't even watch his death in the movies. I despise those stupid lizard mutts for killing him and I will forever hold a grudge against lizards.

How is he not in the top 5? Finnick is amazing! Whyyy did he have to die? I read the books several months ago and am still sulking over his death. :(

He’s my bby boy and I love him so-

I can't believe no one voted for him. Have any of you seen him in his underwear? Or are you just jealous because he still hasn't offered you a sugar cube?

Hahah, he's hilarious, though. And obsessed with handling bread.

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16 Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
17 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.

I love Charlie so much. He's like one of those people who you hope are always happy with their lives and wish that nothing bad ever happens to them.

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18 Katsa - Graceling

Katsa carried a girl on her back through a passage not a single hero survived going through for miles on end despite frostbite, exhaustion and fatigue.
Katsa blatantly refuses marriage to a respected nobleman who any girl would die for and rested her case with her opposition to marriage even when she found love.
Katsa stood up against the most powerful man in her kingdom who happened to be her despised uncle who molded her into a killer.
Katsa put a whole troop of guards to sleep by knocking them out in less than a minute when all of her allies told her to kill them, she refused to.
Katsa travelled the world to fight a King who had nothing to do with her for a stranger and his half-dead grandfather.
The list goes on. All of this to say that Katsa is the most brave, selfless and strong character of YA fiction. She shows determination and strength and resilience in situations where no one would and hell she chooses to spend the rest of her life teaching defenseless girls ...more

19 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

20 Newt - Maze Runner

Newt deserved so much better! (Warning, spoilers below). He is to me, and I think to everyone else as well, so much more than a fictional character. He had feelings for everyone, he cared for many people, and he was respected by all of his friends. He was innocent, he had a family that cared for him, and he never got to remember his sister, and he deserved a life as a normal human being just like everyone else, even though he wasn't immune. He was one of, if not the, most real characters I think in the book. He is a great leader, people really looked up to him, and he was a great role model for everyone. He deserved so much more. I think every Newt fan will agree!

Newt is so much more than a fictional character! He is a boy with a soft heart, he is considerate and kind! He is the Glue that holds all the Gladers together, but also because people always grow attached to him! Like how can you not love Newt? Such a sweet character who cares for everyone but himself! Newt is sensitive and after all, he is not a hero. He has weaknesses like all normal people, that's why we can all relate to him so easily! Newt for me is not a fictional character. He is a person... And the best role model you are looking for in a book. Basically there are no words to describe how amazing he is! Most importantly, Newt will always be there for you. He will always be your friend... No matter what

Newt is such an amazing character in The Maze Runner series. I believe he deserved so much better than what he got. To me, he's the best character in the entire series because he is someone you can relate to and someone you can fall in love with so easily. He's a boy with a gentle heart, kind, and light-hearted. He was torn apart from his family and was brought into the Maze. He shouldn't have died and he should've had a happy life with his family. He deserved it.

Okay, Newt deserved to live. I absolutely love him and he’s such a complex character which makes me love him even more

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21 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

I love the movie! It was sooo sad! Best carácter ever! - AnonymousChick

22 Nico DiAngelo - The Percy Jackson Series

Nico is a character that hits me to the soul. He's afraid, and that makes him angry and bitter.

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?

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23 Aaron Warner - Shatter Me Trilogy

Can someone be sassy, fashionable and stunning so much so that you fall in love through pages? Meet Aaron Warner

In starting, Shatter Me, I was actually rooting for Adam. Then this guy shows up, with his AMAZING personality, his PERFECT lines and did I mention good looks? I like how he developed throughout the trilogy and he makes people believe that everything is not what it seems - there are millions of sides to a certain story. He has jagged edges, but that just makes him even more amazing. He can get angry, he can be selfish, but in the end, we all are. I love how he's so humane, yet somehow seemingly unattainable.


! You don’t know how happy I was to see Aaron on this list. I think I fell in love with a book character.

He is amaaazing! I LOVE HIM

24 Mia Thermopolis - The Princess Diaries

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

One word,AMAZING

25 Tally Youngblood - The Uglies Series

In Extras, they mentioned a certain Youngblood cult. It may be sacrilegious, but hey! I would probably join...

I think tally is very courageous and is not afraid to get in the Action Tally should be Top 5 at least why is she #18 come on TALLY

26 Edward Cullen - Twilight Saga Edward Cullen - Twilight Saga Edward Cullen is a fictional character in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. He is featured in the books Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, and their corresponding film adaptations, and the as yet unfinished novel Midnight Sun—a re-telling of the events of Twilight from Edward's perspective. more.

Edward is a creep who stalks a girl who moves to his town and isolates her from making any friends. And instead of using his immortality to do something beneficial for the human race, like solving world hunger or curing cancer, he goes to high school a billion times and seduces a 17 year old girl, who is, frankly, an idiot too. And, no offense to Stephanie Meyer, I know it's hard to write a book with compelling characters, not to mention a plot, but she tried way to hard to make him appealing. He sparkles, is (who decided this? ) insanely gorgeous (apparently), doesn't eat people, and lives in a beautiful forest (let's face it, he's not a vampire, he's a flipping fairy). He's freezing cold, he's way too old, too overprotective, and he has seemingly no faults. I mean, who wants to relate to someone who is perfect? What makes them relatable?!

Edward's fiercely loyal, protective, funny, caring, and incredibly intelligent. Why is Christian Grey ranked higher than he is?

He stalks bella like a maniac! HE IS INSANE! GOD HELP HIM! - missyweirdo


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27 Scout Finch - To Kill a Mockingbird

Scout is a curious little girl who is still trying to figure out life in the South. She acts very mature and polite around important people and people who are important to her. How could you not live Scout.

She teaches young girls that they can grow up to be whatever they want. She is a very empowering person to young girls out there.

She's clever, fun and saved a man's life! - Starsparks

Hell yeah! Scout is my role model.

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28 William Herondale - The Infernal Devices

How is he under hannah baker?

Will is a fierce lover; he'll do anything to protect those he loves no matter the cost to his emotional well being. He puts others' happiness in front of his own. He is selfless and loving and strong.

Will Herondale has the wittiest, most incredible sense of humour. He gains every readers love and respect through all his inspiring quotes and dark (not to mention sarcastic) comments. I mean, seriously, some of William's most famous quotes are about ducks and an irrational fear of knees! And yet TID still manages to be a tear-jerking trilogy.

I love him and I can't believe no one voted for him. He is witty, sarcastic and dark but also charming, loving, caring and he says the most BEAUTIFUL things

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29 Effie Trinket - The Hunger Games

Effie has a wonderful sense of fashion. it would be so fun to be her for Halloween!

I personally thought that she was a bit overdrawn, but sure. To each their own. - JoMama163

"May the odds be ever in your favor."

30 Ginny Weasley - Harry Potter Ginny Weasley - Harry Potter

She is so kick ass in the books. She is sarcastic and funny and is willing to fight. Nice going with the characters, josaphine rowling!

31 Luna Lovegood - Harry Potter Luna Lovegood - Harry Potter Luna Lovegood was a witch, the only child and daughter of Xenophilius and Pandora Lovegood. Her mother accidentally died while experimenting with spells when Luna was nine and Luna was raised by her father, editor of the magazine The Quibbler, in a rook-like house near the village of Ottery St Catchpole more.

The real hero of our generation

Luna is fun and insightful character. She is not afraid to believe in things that others find ridiculous. She is a loyal friend to Harry throughout the series.

32 Grover Underwood - Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The funniest side-kick ever. He's always there for you and cares even about the littlest things. If you're hurt? He'll make you better. If you're alone? He'll be there for you.

If you don't like grover then you my friend have a damn problem.

No one can Mach this goat, and pingpong balls n' cheese wiz doesn't sound all to bad...

Funny, sweet and amazing.
Goat-boy. Should be a super hero

33 Theodore Finch - All the Bright Places

Theodore Finch was easily one of my first book crushes, he is quirky and is adventurous and not only does he seem carefree (at least in the beginning of the book) he was also able to bring out the best in other people. The way he is able to share his insights on life with readers is captured so perfectly that he draws readers in even more. Definitely one of my favorite YA characters for sure.

Finch is a person that lives inside all of us a little. His energy, strength, humor and all of his darkness is something everyone can relate to. His humor and vulnerability makes us love him and his realness breaks our hearts. Theodore Finch is hands down my favorite literary character of all time. All the bright places makes me with he was a real person and is a character that sticks with me long after I finished the book.

Honestly, Theodore Finch is one of my favourite book characters of all time ♥

34 Stargirl Caraway - Stargirl
35 Leo Valdez - Heroes of Olympus Leo Valdez - Heroes of Olympus Leo Valdez is a character from the book series Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. He is one of the seven heroes in the Prophecy of Seven. He is a Greek demigod and is the son of Hephaestus, and has the ability to create and manipulate fire (pyrokinesis).

Leo is not only a great character to read about but one to be like. He is optimistic and loves others even though he feels like no one loves him ( he hasn't met the fangirls yet though) and always does the best he can do, he is willing to sacrifice himself for people who he thinks think of him as the seventh wheels. He is smart and funny and I am totally team Leo!

Ok, don't get me wrong, I love Percy, but he never had to go through what Leo did. Leo is one of the funniest, saddest, loneliest characters ever and I felt so bad for him... When Nemesis said he was the seventh wheel, the one who would never find a place, when Calypso said he was a mistake... Leo had every reason to fall apart and become broken on the inside and out, but instead he put on a brave face and covered everything up with humour. And although at first he was never considered a hero by the demigods the way Jason or Percy were, he did some things they didn't that deserve remembering. He went through fire and death (literally! ) to come back for Calypso, and [SPOILER] ended up being the one to die at the end. He's a genius! Who built the Argo II? Who repaired Festus? Who did the impossible coming back from the Underworld to help Calypso? Leo is the most relatable and lovable seventh wheel for all of us.

Leo is as brave and as funny as (if not more than) Percy Jackson or any other awesome character.

I agree with the random nymph who screamed "TEAM LEO" when they were taking the celestial bronze plate from Narcissus. Where do I buy a team Leo shirt? He is funny and awesome while still having emotional depth. I can relate to him a lot. LONG LIVE THE KING OF HOTNESS CAUSE HE IS A MCSIZZLE BURGER WITH EXTRA HOT SAUCE! Seriously one of the best book characters ever. Which good considering that he shared a series with Octavian one of the worst book characters ever.

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36 Juliette Ferrars - Shatter Me Trilogy

A good character with good development

37 Ponyboy Curtis - The Outsiders Ponyboy Curtis - The Outsiders Ponyboy Michael Curtis is the narrator and protagonist of the 1967 novel The Outsiders, and its 1983 film adaption. He is portrayed by C. Thomas Howell in the film.

One of the only characters I actually consider a real character in a real book. Read some classics people, it helps you grow

Ponyboy Curtis stands out from the people he's grown up with: he's seen as intelligent and quiet, preferring to stick close to his friends and his creative side.

Super underrated! deserves way higher, an amazing character - pjo

Super underrated and deserves so much more attention! - missyweirdo

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38 Mira Levenson - Artichoke Hearts
39 Rosemarie Hathaway - Vampire Academy

I will always vote for Rose Hathaway. How can you not love her?! She is strong and fierce and passionate, and though I love the way they portrayed each character in the movie (except Lissa! ), I hate how they made her up to be invincible, because the best part about Rose is that she isn't. She has flaws, though she doesn't want to admit it, and she is a great role model. I wish I could be more like her.

40 Tiny Cooper - Will Grayson, Will Grayson
41 Hazel Grace - The Fault In Our Stars

Hazel is one of my favorite characters of all time. She is funny and sarcastic and actually pretty optimistic for someone in her situation. I don't know that I would've been able to keep my sense of humor if I had cancer. She is an insightful and complex character.

This girl thinks. A lot. - Starsparks

Hazel should be in the top ten.

42 Ron Weasley - Harry Potter Ron Weasley - Harry Potter Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. His first appearance was in the first book of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as the best friend of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.

Ron is one of the best characters I have ever read about. Yeah, sometimes he can get a little jealous, but everyone has flaws and Ron is comfortable enough with himself that he doesn't try to hide he's minor imperfections, and that's what makes him the lovable character that he is. He is caring and has a better sense of humor than anyone else in the series (except maybe Fred and George).

How can you not just love Ron Weasley.

"Why are they all staring? " demanded Albus and he and Rose craned around to look at the other students.
"Don't let it worry you," said Ron. "It's me. I'm extremely famous."

Ron is real and relatable.

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43 Violet Markey - All the Bright Places
44 Liesel Meminger - The Book Thief

She is the best so is rudy

She's adorable and has a soft side that I think everyone should have. I enjoyed this character immensely.

She is so amazing! Soft and kind but brave and curious too. I think she is so real. Love Markus Zusak and love The Book Thief.

She is so

45 Skulduggery Pleasant - Skulduggery Pleasant

The wise-cracks, the sarcasm, the magic.
A detective with a twist. (A really dark one at that.)

Let's not forget the impeccable dress sense, THE HAT and the 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental.

The coolest guy here, for sure.

Screw Tris Prior, Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen and all the other OVERRATED characters. Skulduggery Pleasant is the BEST character someone ever made. (Is worshipping Derek Landy a religion? )

Whoever didn't vote him has got big ears


46 Cinder - The Lunar Chronicles

I LOVE Cinder's personality. Everything she says makes me smile.

Favorite character of all time- and second is Cress.

A sarcastic sassy cyborg? What is there not to love

47 Clary Fray - The Mortal Instruments Clary Fray - The Mortal Instruments

Clary is the reason why I love the Mortal Instruments series! Clary and Jace have the best relationship that is so heartwarming. Cassandra Clare is amazing. How did you come up with this amazing character and even more characters as well as the story? Cassandra Clare is also coming up with other characters for her spin off series. How can you not love Cassandra Clare when she created the best series on the planet and Clary Fray? Cassandra Clare is the reason why I want to be an Author.

She is amazing

I agree with you guys what is wrong with these people go Clary. She is pretty cool and actually knows that love is one of the most powerful thing in the world she opened my eyes.

The Mortal Instruments needs Clary... Think of Jace without Clary!

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48 Haymitch Abernathy - Hunger Games

Can't love him, can't murder him in his sleep.Decisions decisions...


49 Lyra Belacqua - Northern Lights / The Golden Compass Lyra Belacqua - Northern Lights / The Golden Compass Lyra Belacqua, also known as Lyra Silvertongue, is the heroine of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.

She's brave and rides on a polar bear - Starsparks

Sacre Blu! What the Hell is Hermione doing ahead of Lyra. - jezza0

50 Isabelle Lightwood - The Mortal Instruments Isabelle Lightwood - The Mortal Instruments

ISABELLE LIGHTWOOD ALL THE WAY! Absolute badass. She's a woman who is aware of all her weaknesses and even so, a woman who does everything to overcome them. IZZY is an absolute perfection for me.

Isabelle is the greatest, most inspirational female character I've come across. Strong and independent, so beautifully fierce and yet, so beautifully human. Not once she whined or ranted, not once she disappointed me.

This girl is amazing. So pure at heart that it repels the dirt off her clothes.

And gosh, you gotta love her cooking. Even her pasta can be more fateful than being drowned in a washing machine.

How can you not love Isabelle? Throughout the book she holds Simon, Alec, Jace, Clary and EVERYONE else together! And let's not forget how badass she is

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