Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and Bookish. Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish put out a topic, and discuss their top ten options for said topic. This week it’s all about the Top Ten characters that X (are bookish, are epic, stole your heart, ect…)
Reece Walker from As You Turn Away By Molli Moran. A supporting character, as his younger brother is the main focus of As You Turn Away Reece stole my heart because of the story line that’s laid out for him. He’s suffered heartbreak and still manages to be there for his family and the people who need him.
Gin Ichimaru from Bleach by Tite Kubo. Gin is one of those characters you love to hate. He snuck his way into my favorites with his first introduction. He’s a sneaky, wicked character with lots of complexity and layers. And it hurts. He’s a tragic anti-hero/antagonist. I’m still not over him or his story line.
Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments By Cassandra Clare. I LOVE Magnus. He’s sarcastic, smart, and is so much more than he seems. I love his relationship with Alec, I love the character (within the main Mortal Instruments world, I tried the Bane Chronicles and just—no). He’s one of my all time favorite characters. I’d also love to thank the casting director for the movie for casting Godfrey Gao–because hello. That man is beautiful. I was not ready to see him as Magnus.
Razor Eddie from The Nightside series by Simon R. Green. This is SO difficult for me, because I love this series so much. All of the characters are there in my favorites and my heart. But Razor Eddie stole the show every time he showed up. He’s filthy, disturbing and the god of the straight razor. Impossibly strong, impossible to read he toes the line between foe and ally with John. Their relationship is so amazing, and I wish I could write a character like this.
Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina. Sawako is such a different character. I love how hard she tries, and how much she wants to be friendly with everyone around her. Her admiration/love for Kazehaya is adorable.
Pendergast by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Pendergast won me over very quickly from his first appearance in Relic. He’s constantly two steps ahead of everyone, and seems super human. It isn’t until Still Life With Crows that you get to see the chance at how very human he is. Thrown out of his normal element he almost flounders in places and it makes me love him even more.
Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I always loved Neville. He was one of my favorites from the get-go, and as the series progressed he ran off with my heart. I love how brave he is and how he grows as a character.
Professor Lyle from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. Though I didn’t finish this series I did get pretty far. I loved the character of Lyle, and her take on the werewolves. I would read an entire series based around his character. I really wanted to know more about him, and frankly this character was why I hung on as long as I did. But even he couldn’t save this series for me.
Atticus from the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne. Atticus is a kick-ass, takes no names hero. I love how sarcastic and snarky his narration is. His powers are incredible, and as the last Druid he’s got a lot of people looking for him. I love how much this character grows over the series and evolves. I’m a few books behind, but I really want to get caught up. I miss this world and these characters.
I’m totally cheating here, but the entire cast of Hana-Kimi by Hisaya Nakajo. I love this cast. This was one of the first ‘romance’ type manga that I ever read, and I still love it to this day. I’m tracking down the hard copies so I can own them (I’ve only got two volumes). It’s laugh out loud funny, and full of great story lines.
That’s my Top Ten for this week! If you did a top ten post go ahead and leave a link in the comments.
36 thoughts on “Top Ten Characters who stole my heart. (Top Ten Tuesday)”
I love seeing Neville on this list. I actually haven’t read any of the other books though. Which ones do you recommend the most. I’m always looking for a character who can steal my heart.
I really love the Nightside series by Simon R. Green. The first is “Something from the Nightside” and all of the characters mean so much to me–but Razor Eddie just took over. If you’d like to read a manga, I’d start with Hana-Kimi since it’s completed and done, so you don’t have to wait for ages between volumes.
Thanks for the suggestions!
Neville Longbottom is a great choice. He stole my heart too. 🙂
He’s such a great character.
Wowwww! This list is awesome! I love that you have manga on here especially since I so rarely see them on this list. I still haven’t read Kimi ni Todoke, although it’s at the top of my TBR since I’ve never heard a bad word about the series. But I’m totally with you on Hana Kimi – it’s one of my all time favourite mangas (although Skip Beat takes the prize for me) and I’m not sure who exactly I would pick has my favourite character because they are all so great! I think Magnus Bane is definitely a top choice for a lot of TMI readers which is fantastic! Majority liking a minority racially and sexually! Yay! And of course Neville, the underrated boy who got to show how awesome he was in the end…(I actually totally would have read the HP series from his POV). It doesn’t hurt that the actor who portrayed him went through a crazy transition too haha
Surprisingly I cut a few manga off of the list. For some reason my brain is in manga mode, so EVERYTHING is about the ones I love right now. Hana Kimi is just so much love. It’s one I recommend to people who want to get into manga but might be a little intimidated. I started Skip Beat but I got frustrated because it wasn’t releasing in the states fast enough. I’ll probably go and start it up again. My ONLY complaint about Kimi ni Todoke is at times it drags a little bit–when the mangaka is trying to build tension in the relationships. Magnus is just so much love. He’s so different from a lot of things I read and he only gets better with each book. YES Neville’s actor got beaten with the pretty puberty stick.
Yeah I think I might need to reread Skip Beat from the beginning because I’m having a hard time remembering when sometimes you go MONTHS without an update! Have you read any of the Magnus novellas and short stories? I haven’t yet but I’ve got a friend who’s only read those and not any of the Shadow Hunter books (actually I think she may have read a couple by now) and she swears by them and thinks they’re the best thing ever!
I requested the first few volumes from the library. It take a couple days so I’ll probably read through the Black Butler volumes my friend loaned me. I have a review of the first seven volumes of 07-Ghost going up tomorrow. Have you read that series?
I read one of the Bane Chronicles and tried to read some of the other ones, I just couldn’t get into them. I’m not sure what it is about them–I’m not that fond of them. 🙂
Yes to Magnus and Neville, I love them both so much! Great picks!
Some of the best characters. 🙂 Thanks!
Yooooo, I thorough enjoy the manga inclusions (albeit being thoroughly behind in Bleach)! Ughhh now I’m remembering all of my IchiRuki and Isshin/Masaki feels (thanks for that :I). On the other hand, Kimi ni Todoke is actually pretty funny, I’ll admit. I’m not sure if I read the manga, or simply watched the anime (glorious production i.g. *-*) but it definitely has it’s moments.
I totally agree with you on Neville; he’s totally the unsung hero of HP!
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This almost became top ten manga characters. I was reining myself in all over the place. 🙂 I was so far behind in Bleach. I own up to volume 28 and then I went on a massive reading binge. I’m on volume 60 now, and the Isshin/Masaki feels are so.strong. Unfortunately we must fight to the death because I’m an IchiHime shipper (kidding!) I’ll probably go back to the KnT anime once I’m caught up on the physical publication. It’s such a beautiful anime too.
I think I’d have to unfollow you and all that jazz if you supported IchiHime. Oh goodness the epitome of useless in that child.
She sometimes has her moments of usefulness. But in all honesty I support GinRan and that’s about it. >.> Because I like making myself cry over ships that are tragic.
LOL. I remember my friends were flipping tables at his last scene.
I stopped reading Bleach because someone told me of that scene. I am still flipping tables over it. I knew it was coming and it still gives me feels.
Yes yes yes to both Magnus & Neville. Sweethearts, both of them.
The literary world needs more Magnus and Neville characters. 🙂
I love this list and am so glad to have discovered your blog because I’ve been inching more and more into the world of manga and it seems like you have some great suggestions!
Neville is so under appreciated until the later books I think.
Thanks! I’ve gotten back into manga and I want to post more about it and share series that I love with people. 🙂
So glad to see Neville. He stole my heart too!.
He’s such a great character. I need more Neville. 🙂
Neville is am amazing character, I should have added him on my list of people I would love to be friends with, he’s definitely one that fits the category for me! There were just so many people to sort through. Magnus was a great pick also 🙂
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He is! I love how he grew into a strong character and was able to stand on his own. I really need more Neville in my life.
Wow, I haven’t thought about the Nightside books in ages! I read the first two a while ago, not sure why I didn’t continue. (My favorite character was Suzie Shooter.) I loved the Parasol Protectorate books, and I definitely agree with your choice of Professor Lyle. He and Biffy were two of my favorites, and I’d love to see them show up in future books. Great list!
I love Suzie too– but to be completely honest it was really hard for me not to put every single Nightside character up there. I want to re-read them, I haven’t in a year or two, probably during the summer when I have more time to just hide away and read.
I should probably go back to this series at some point. I think I just got distracted by other things and not got around to continuing — I definitely enjoyed the books in the series that I read!
Neville was one of my favourites in Harry Potter too.
He’s such a great character!
I loved how Neville grew as the HP books went on. He went from being a really minor, comedic relief character, to someone really important to the story. I loved that. Great choice!
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It’s one of the things I love so much about the Harry Potter books, there’s so much character development. Even with the ‘minor’ characters–so many of them change and come to stand on their own.
Neville Longbottom has always been one of my favourite characters in Harry Potter and as you said, while the story progressed so did his character and he went from being the shy and timid boy to being one of the strongest minded character in it. ( it doesn’t hurt that Matthew Lewis has got more handsome as the films went on too haha.)
Magnus Bane was yet again one of my favourite characters from The Mortal Instruments, I actually didn’t love the books as they went on (anything from the 3rd book up) but he remained one of my favourite things about them.
Haven’t read the other books, but they seem interesting.
great list 🙂
Neville is such a great example of wonderful character development. 🙂 And no, puberty being kind to Matthew Lewis didn’t hurt at all. Yeah, the books are a little…off after the third, but I keep reading just for more Magnus. 🙂
You NEED to finish the Parasol Protectorate books. They get so much better. Professor Lyall gets a really great subplot. DO IT. (I think I have them if you need them.)