Best Throne of Glass Characters

Throne of Glass is a young adult high fantasy series by Sarah J Maas, telling the story of the assassin Celaena Sardothien under the rule of a tyrannical king as she forms new relationshios and uncover a conspiracy amidst her adventures. As of 2015, the series consists of four novels, excluding the prequel book Assassin's Blade which consists of novellas about Celaena's life prior to the events of Throne of Glass. A fifh book is set to be published in September 2016.

The Top Ten

1 Manon Blackbeak

Manon Blackbeak is ruthless; she kills men so she can drink their blood, and probably disembowels them just for the fun of it.

She's also a very interesting character, not just because she's a badass witch with iron teeth and claws and a wyvern for a pet, but also because in a way, her development is the subtlest, but the most recognizable.

While Celaena's development mostly consisted of her learning to accept herself, Manon is fully aware of her abilities and embraces them, but for the wrong reasons. When we first met her, she's a flintily ambitious witch who blindly follows her grandmother.

Her relationship with her wyvern, Abraxos, Elide and Asterin changed that: she went from a witch incapable of remorse to someone who sees the wrong in her grandmother's ways, feels regret, and is not afraid to fight for those who cannot stand for themselves.

And, despite her trying to believe in the contrary, she does have a heart, and it's a pretty good one. - greekingout

While I absolutely adore Aelin, Manon is both interestingly ruthless like Aelin and hilariously bloodthirsty. She's so cool and totally badass as an Ironteeth Witch. I have to say, Manon and Aelin make a deadly team.

I fell in love with manon after Heir of Fire. Her character development (while sometimes inconsistent at some parts), was amazing. She goes from a ruthless killer (who constantly has to remind herself that she has no feelings), to someone who goes against everything she was taught (by her grandmother), and sacrifices herself for her friends. She risked everything to save Elide, Asterin, the Thirteen, and Dorian, which made me fall in love even more. And come on - she is a powerful immortal with iron claws, teeth, a badass sword, and a puppy wyvern.

She's the bomb

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2 Celaena Sardothien / Aelin Galathynius

My favourite female character ever written. So ruthless, so selfless, so willing to sacrifice it all. To all those calling her cocky, spoiled, stick it through to number 7. If you still think so, you're just not ready for a badass woman.

Literally the most amazing character ever - anakanishi

Best character ever

I love her sarcasm and the way she plans everything so thoroughly and meticulously. I love how unpredictable her plans are and they always keep me engaged. Aelin grows throughout the Throne of Glass series -- at first we see her as a somewhat nonchalant assassin serving her self interest which is to earn back her freedom, but over the course of the books she develops into a brave and selfless young woman who will go to great lengths to protect the people she loves and cares about. Aelin is one of my favourite book characters of all time. Love her!

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3 Chaol Westfall

Chaol is a treasure, I'm way too in love...

I bet he is really HOT!

He's the most complex, sensible and grounded character in the book. I love this guy!

He doesn't deserve the hate.

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4 Nehemia Ytger

Oh, Nehemia. She's lovely and intelligent and brave, fully accepting Celaena for who she was, all the while being stuck in a kingdom full of rich snobs and ruled by the king who enslaved and executed thousands of her people. She would have been a perfect game player in the later books with her great political mind and knowledge of Wyrdmarks, but since the white main character needs something to push her, why not murder the badass black woman? Alright, it probably sounds salty, but admit it. It's true. Nehemia's death might have been orchestrated, and it probably makes sense to a lot, but she definitely deserves better than being another plot device. - greekingout

She deserved so much better. Imagine: the main trio of the series consists of Nehemia, Manon, and Chaol. Wouldn't that be awesome?

She's cool

She was my favorite character. R.I.P Nehemia - 906389

5 Dorian Havilliard

He's black haired, blue eyed, and a charming prince. Oh, said many, just another bland but sexy love interest.


Though not the most complex character in the story, he's more than another handsome prince. He has his own problems, and he could easily have been just another part of a love triangle, Maas thankfully avoided that by giving him a great storyline and making him a flawed, but deeply lovable character. His love for books is an endearing trait, but what really makes him a special character is that while Celaena took some time to fully embrace responsibilites as a ruler of a kingdom, Dorian was aware of it for a long time and didn't find the need to think that having a difficult and important job would put him higher than everyone else. He's spent a lot of time living in his father's shadow, and though he's been questioning his father's motives for a long time, it took him quite a while to finally do something about it.

Dorian is a kind and ...more - greekingout


6 Nesryn Faliq

I swear this series would never have a shortage of badass women. I wish she was given more depth than just being Chaol's new love interes,t though she's certainly still a good character despite that. Still. If she ends up dead as well to further someone's development (which seems to be a trend for POC characters), I'll eat my dog's tail. - greekingout

7 Fleetfoot

Best good boy

I always got a smile on my face whenever Fleetfoot was in a part or mentioned. - 906389

Suce a cuite, fleetfoot can not die!

Tastes nice

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8 Aedion Ashryver

Fiercely loyal to Aelin, and an unofficial pain in the ass because of his Fae-male territorial bull, Aedion is a reliable man; an excellent warrior, a strong ally, and a flirt. Honestly, he'll probably flirt with a nightstand wearing a nightgown. Still, he's a well-written character, and his love for his cousin is heartwarming. - greekingout

He's been through a lot but he still never gave up and trusted Aelin to be alive. He's so loyal and funny. He is my favorite character.

9 Rowan Whitethorn

Wow...he is low. I thought he was a fan favourite?

Rowan and Manon are so close, but I think I've gotta go with Rowan

I love Rowan he is my favourite character in the entire book series!

He is a complete boss!

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10 Abraxos

He's a fearsome wyvern capable of soaring through the fiercest winds, has a roar that can shake a mountain, and teeth and claws that coukd tear through tendon and flesh... and he's obsessed with wildflowers. Honestly. What a lovable worm. - greekingout

The Contenders

11 Asterin Blackbeak

She is amazing, and had a horrid past. She deserves more love.. Plus, she shows the most admiration.

She's probably the most human of all the witches, and her love and loyalty for Manon is admirable. - greekingout

12 Nox Owen

Team fort Nox

Good boy

Big boy

Literally the best character.
The king tells nox to do stuff but instead nox just leaves. Nox keeps it 💯

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13 Ansel of Briarcliff

I can't help but admire Ansel, all she wanted was her land. She had her family killed just like celeana, and she became an assassin, just like celeana. Then she tried to kill her master, just like celeana. I really think they make a great team and a formidable opponent. Ansel should play a bigger part in the series. She is fearless and fun loving.

14 Lysandra

Love her to death

What a badass: she's a shapeshifter in a country where magic is gone and any trace of it (however dormant) will get your head chopped off, she is constantly around the person who murdered his love and best friend, and yet. She's loving, she's fiercely loyal to her friends, and she has a thing for wicked animals. In fact, she's a pretty wicked girl. Don't be fooled by the pretty face and the frilly dresses; she's just as likely to mauk anyone's face off as Aelin. - greekingout

I just love her. that's it

15 Sam Cortland

Sam is no doubt one of the best characters in the series. He's one of those characters that you just can't help but love. He had such a big heart and truly deserved better. Life treated him terribly yet he still was an incredible person. He is truly underappreciated.

He is really cool


16 Ren Allsbrook
17 Elide Lochan

Nice girl lol

18 Lorcan Salvaterre
19 Arobynn Hamel

He's such a bastard, honestly, but he's also such a complex and well-written character that it's easier to be intrigued than hate him. - greekingout

20 Fenrys

He is so funny. RIP Connal

Can we not deny his epic fae sarcasm PLEASE

21 Sorrel Blackbeak

Sorrel (and the rest of the Thirteen) are SO underrated and all I want is to learn more about them in the next books (or possible novellas)

22 Mort
23 Phillipia
24 Elena Galathynius Havilliard

She is kind and cares for celeana. While she made a mistake, she did what she thought was right, and is sorry.

25 Yrene Towers

She is awesome

26 Ghislaine Blackbeak
27 Evangeline

Brave, kind, loving. She represents the goodness of Lysandra, and as something I believe is seriously underrated in the series, I cannot help but love her.

28 Rolfe / The Pirate Lord

Funny, quick witted, a hilarious rival for Celeana Sardothien in book 1 (Assassins Blade) and book 4 (Queen Of Shadows). He is one of my favorite characters in the series.

29 Kaltain

Even if she was annoying at first, she is underrated and was a really good character later on.

30 Sartaq
31 Gavriel
32 Vesta Blackbeak
33 Vaughan
34 Mauve

I was a bit confused about her death. Maas strikes me as the kind of author who makes you relish a character death, either because it is so devastatingly sad, or because so well deserved. Is it strange that Mauve's love and loyalty to Erilea almost made me hope she wouldn't die? She loved it the only way she knew how, and while that was corrupt and awful, she almost had no other alternative. It just wasn't the kind of satisfying and morally unquestionable death of Erawan. I don't know if she deserved her end.

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Top Remixes

1. Manon Blackbeak
2. Nehemia Ytger
3. Chaol Westfall
1. Manon Blackbeak
2. Nehemia Ytger
3. Nesryn Faliq
1. Celaena Sardothien / Aelin Galathynius
2. Manon Blackbeak
3. Dorian Havilliard


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