Top Ten Tuesday: Unlikable Characters I Love

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Unlikable Characters You Can’t Help but Love. I love villain characters or the characters you aren’t supposed to love. If an author can get me on the fangirl train for an unlikable character then I think they did their job well. For some of these, I’m not sure if they’re 100% unlikable, but there are definitely aspects of their character that aren’t great… yet I still love them.

Power from the Aurelian Cycle by Rosaria Munda: Power is a terrible person at times. Other times he does or says exactly what the other characters need to propel them forward. I can’t completely hate him because there’s just something about his character that works. It’s awful, but he’s not wrong.

Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen: Supposedly Austen create Emma in order to create an unlikable protagonist. But I can’t help but love Emma and all her shenanigans. Yes, she does awful things and is super full of herself, but it makes the book fun.

Loki from Marvel Comics: This is probably an obvious one to add but I love Loki. Sure, he makes a lot of bad decisions. Yes, he’s a villain at times. But his character is interesting and fascinating and played by Tom Hiddleston. I can’t help but like him.

Murtaugh from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini: I don’t know if Murtaugh is supposed to be unlikable, but he definitely goes down a dark path in these books and says and does some nasty things. But still, I will always be Murtaugh trash. Always.

Count Olaf from A Series by Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket: Count Olaf is such a silly villain that I can’t completely hate him. Oh, he’s awful. He makes the Baudelaires’ lives miserable. He deserves the ending he got. But he’s so great.

Winter from Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore: Winter isn’t a nice winter spirit. She plays tricks on people. She’s selfish. She is horrible to anybody who opposes her. But she’s also fun. I love how Shannon created her character, making her much more than just a villain or an obstacle in the characters’ path. She has a personality and depth.

Matthias Helvar from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Again, I don’t know if Matthias is supposed to be unlikable, but I know a lot of people who didn’t like his character. But the more times I reread this duology, the more I like him. Sure, he’s not great at the beginning. He’s so mean to Nina and some of the other Dregs. He’s definitely prejudice and malicious. But I think I love his character arc the most. He constantly fights with what he was taught and what he’s experiencing and he doesn’t let it consume him. I just love him so much.

Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: Let’s be clear here, Monty is an idiot. 100%. He’s selfish and enabled and spoiled. But he’s also fun. He makes life interesting. Without him, there would be no story. So I can’t hate him.

Boromir from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: I’ve always felt that Boromir gets a bad rap. Sure, he doesn’t make the greatest decisions or comments and he also tries to take the Ring from Frodo in a moment of weakness. But Boromir is just a man with huge responsibility thrown onto his shoulders. Anybody would crumble beneath that weight (along with the weight of the Ring’s influence). I feel like people often don’t like his character because of what he’s done, but I have a soft spot for him when I truly think about his character. Plus, he takes a couple arrows for Merry and Pippin, so he can’t be completely awful.

Lord Greco from the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren: I don’t usually go for the “bad boy” type characters, except when it comes to Lord Greco. The moment he showed up in Cascade, I knew I was going to love him. I don’t know if he’s really unlikable later on in the series since there is this lovely thing called character development, but at first, he’s a terrible person. He’s so mean to Gabi and so adamant in his beliefs. But… I still loved him anyways.

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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Unlikable Characters I Love

      • Yeah, I was going more for unlikeable based on their reputation / they need some major character development than straight up villain. There are just aspects of their character that need to be improved and while we see it with some–like Emma–we don’t always get character development from all of them. Or not enough XD

        (Movie Boromir gets justice, but he doesn’t have that great moment with Aragorn before he dies in the book XD)

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