The characters in a novel may or may not resemble real people, but we end up in either befriending them or admiring the shady ones from afar or even despising the ones that harm our favorites.
Here, we have compiled a list of 10 characters that have inspired many generations by their actions and continue to do so, even now.
Augustus ‘Gus’ Waters
“I’ll fight it. I’ll fight it for you. Don’t you worry about me, Hazel Grace. I’m okay. I’ll find a way to hang around and annoy you for a long time.”
-Augutus ‘Gus’ Waters
His tryst with cancer doesn’t dampen his spirits. A firm believer in the philosophy of living the life to the fullest, he fills Hazel’s mundane life with colours. He even goes out of his way to fix the meeting with Hazel’s favorite author.
Augustus didn’t realize the impact he had on others lives. He lived each day as though it was his last one, even though his end was inevitable.
“Life was not easy, nor was it happy, but she did not expect life to be easy, and, if it was not happy, that was woman’s lot. The man roared like a bull when a splinter was in his finger, and the woman muffled the moans of childbirth, lest she disturb him. Men were rude and outspoken, women were always kind, gracious and forgiving.”
Scarlett O’Hara, the protagonist of the novel ‘Gone with the Wind’ is one of the most badass fictional character of all time. The novel was one among the few ones in that era which revolved around the life of a female character. She is known for her shrewdness, intelligence and not to forget, her trademark fashion statement.
The metamorphosis of her character from a spoilt teenager to hard-working woman to wealthy opportunist to compromised survivor is something that should be studied by the amateur writers.
“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple!”
Roald Dahl was an integral part of our childhood. He had churned the most lovable characters in literature. Some of these characters were endowed with magical abilities, but like us, they possessed their own set of flaws.
Willy Wonka is shown to be an owner of a chocolate factory. A creative genius he was, his antics bewildered the other characters except Charlie, who finds him entertaining. He had a room named as ‘The Inventing Room’, where he claims to be the origin of his creative ideas. Willy organises a contest, where he hides five golden tickets among the famous ‘Wonka Bars’ and is willing to reward the finder with a lifetime supply of chocolate.
“We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false!”
I have a soft spot for the antagonists. Some of them have really managed to give the heroes a hard time, with their shrewd mind and tactful manipulation techniques. One such character is Gollum from ‘Lord of the Rings’. He was corrupted by the ‘One Ring’.
One distinct feature of this character is his speech. He speaks in an idiosyncratic manner. This hater of elfs could also lengthen his life span due to the possession of the ring. Known to be a loner, he is often torn by his affinity towards the ring and his desire to be free of it.
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Before beginning his intro he deserves a few whistles for his flamboyant personality. I’m sure some of the ladies might have even gone on an imaginary date with Mr. Darcy before reality hit hard on the face.
Fitzwilliam Darcy was one of the central characters in the novel, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. He is shown to be a proud and arrogant man towards the members of lesser social status. Darcy undergoes a change of heart when he starts loving Elizabeth.
Elizabeth often mocks him for his behaviour which he accepts in quite a sporting manner.
“I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter – ”
– Severus Snape (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
I’m sure, the mere mention of this name, lights up your face. Severus Snape, who was portrayed to be a stern potion master, became one of the loved characters of the Harry Potter series for his unconditional love for Lily.
Even though the love of his life, Lily was married to his arch nemesis James, he loved her till his last breath. After her unfortunate death, he vowed to protect Harry till his death, even though, his way of protection was different. He joined the dark lord, only to give inside information of the notorious army to Dumbledore.
Severus Snape taught us how to love selflessly, to love without any conditions and also calculate the gravity of words before uttering them.
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much Jon Snow.”
All the GOT fans, give me a loud cheer!
Okay, okay, I have heard you all. Now, calm down.
Tyrion Lanister is the son of Tywin Lanister and younger brother to Cersie and Jamie. He does not have a great physical appeal but is really smart. Not only, that he’s a voracious reader. Tyrion is also known to be extremely self-aware of himself and focuses on his strengths than weaknesses. He does not allow his traumatic childhood to hinder his present and finds humour in the unlikeliest situations. An attention seeker, Tyrion is witty and knowledgeable.
“Swift as a deer. Quiet as a shadow. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Quick as a snake. Calm as still water.”
-George R.R. Martin
Arya Stark is a title character from the GOT series. She is the middle child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark. She’s a tomboy who would rather play with swords than fantasizing about marrying a knight in a shiny armour. Unlike other girls, she doesn’t care about her appearance. She, even trimmed her hair to disguise herself as a boy as a part of a crucial mission. Besides, being fiercely independent, she’s adventurous, brave and kind towards the members of the lower strata.
“This was not Aunt Dahlia, my good and kindly aunt, but my Aunt Agatha, the one who chews broken bottles and kills rats with her teeth.”
Reginald Jeeves or just Jeeves, is a central character of comedic short story series written by the author P. G. Wodehouse. He’s hired as a servant at Bertie’s. Jeeves is known to carry himself with dignity and grace. An impeccable gentleman that he is, he has great language skills and addresses his employers with suitable titles. A voracious reader, he even quotes Shakespeare during his conversations. Having a great intellect, he solves problems of his master in a jiffy.
In addition to that he’s a dependable servant and extremely loyal to his master.
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
I don’t think he needs an introduction. But for formality, here goes-
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients.
He is portrayed to be cold and dispassionate, but instantly lights up during an ongoing investigation. Holmes takes immense pride on his intellect and responds well to flattery. He is also skilled in combat too. All in all, he is a complete package.