7 Of My Favorite Types of Characters

Hey loves!

I’m back with another bookish post after a month of purely short-story-writing and a quick review/rant about Never Have I Ever.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a list (I think this was the last time, and it was in 2019!) so it’s about time to write another one. I’ll be sharing my favorite types of characters. If you still don’t understand, just wait and read it!

I hope everyone’s staying safe and social distancing- I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately and if you want I could share some recipes that I’ve been using!

Now let’s get onto the post- it’s quite wordy 😉

1. Lonely ‘Hides-In-Humor’ Boy

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Leo Valdez (Riordanverse), Keefe Sencen (Keeper of the Lost Cities), Jake Peralta (B99), Sokka (Avatar), Jesper Fahey (Six of Crows)

I swear I am TRASH for this trope. Most of my favorite characters fall into this (and yes, most of the characters in this trope are boys- comment below any girl characters that you think fit this!) and I unashamedly love them.

We’re talking, adorable goofballs who are hilarious but hide their pain in jokes and humor. I’d say the best examples of these are Leo and Keefe but Jake, Sokka, and Jesper Fahey also fall into this category!

2. Nerdy/Smart and Amazing Girls

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Annabeth Chase (Riordanverse), Hermione Granger (do I really need to say what fandom she’s from?), Amy Santiago (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Once again, yes, this is also a gender-specific role, fight me on this!

These girls are every middle school girl’s role model (MINE SPECIFICALLY) (okay, let’s be real: every high schooler, college-goer, and just everyone in general!). We’ve got Annabeth Chase, who is a totally amazing kickass and damn smart girl, Hermione Granger who’s basically the sole reason Harry and Ron survived past the second year, and Amy Santiago, who starts off like the other two- just nerdy- but ends up being a full, developed, beloved character.

Plus, I totally looked up to Annabeth and Hermione and still do!

3. The ~ANGSTY~ Ones

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Zuko (ATLA), Nico di Angelo (Riordanverse), Harry Potter (… once again, we all know him), Kaz Brekker (SoC)

Yes, you named it. (also pretty much all of these are gender-specific which shows that we embrace stereotypes more than we realize. idek)

my angsty boys ❤

Zuko in his ‘Prince Zuko’ phase (“I’m PERFECTLY CALM!!!” *smashes table*) or even when he was good (”why am I so bad at being good?!?!”) was the PINNACLE of angst, but these others were up there for sure. We’ve got Nico, our sweet gay ‘death boy’, Harry Potter specifically in 5th year (nO neED to caLL mE ‘siR’, prOfEssOR), and Kaz who’s kind of different but I believe he still fits in this category. Kaz was more ruthless than these others but his constant pining over Inej gave EVERYONE a headache (angst, anyone?).

5. Sweet Boi 🥺

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Aang (Avatar), Jason Grace (Riordanverse), Noah Czerny (The Raven Boys), Bolin (Legend of Korra)

Oh my gosh, YES. First of all, they are so cute and sweet?!

To be fair, Aang is the best example of this trope: he’s sweet, adorable, and innocent (literally the example of this emoji- 🥺). Also, Jason’s character in the Heroes of Olympus books is more noble than sweet, but I have a headcanon (and the entire fandom basically agrees) that Jason is that one straight white boy who goes to pride parades to support his friends and is unapologetically a huge ally to everyone! He’s just a sweetie ❤

Noah is less of this trope because he’s quieter in my opinion but I still think he’s really cute and sweet. Bolin (!!) is also nice and cheerful and more on the louder side of this trope.

(also, honorable mention to Wylan from Six of Crows! I forgot to add him here XD)

6. The ‘Breaks All Toxic Masculinity Tropes’ Guy

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Percy Jackson is the OG and of course he has to be on this list somewhere! I think he’s a great example of breaking literally every toxic masculinity stereotype- he shows emotion, he loves his friends, treats Annabeth like the queen she is, and drinks ‘respect women’ juice (it’s a meme, don’t call me out).

Terry Jeffords in B99 is also an amazing example of that. He’s played by Terry Crews, a former football player who spoke out with the #MeToo movement and his character is GOLDEN. He looks buff and intimidating, but he’s the most gentle- he adores his wife, loves his kids, respects his coworkers, and isn’t afraid to help out the people he cares about.

Also, Adam from Every Other Weekend fits this mold- I remember specifically thinking that he is the opposite of toxic masculinity while reading it- but I think a lot of you won’t know his character (hugely underrated book!). Plus, I couldn’t find any pictures or fanart because it was released in February lol.

4.  Badass Girls

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Rosa Diaz (B99), Toph Beifong (ATLA), Reyna Ramirez-Arrelano (Riordanverse), Inej Ghafa (SoC), Aelin (ToG)

Guys, gals, and pals: I LOVE THESE GIRLS SO MUCH. The nerdy/smart ones ^^ are also badass in their own way, but we’re specifically talking that type of badass. The motorcycle girls who guard their heart and leave you awestruck. THOSE ONES.

Rosa, Toph, and Reyna are probably the best examples of this and the most accurate, but Aelin is equally badass, but less of a motorcycle-girl-way and more of a slit-your-throat-while-flirting way. Inej probably fits into this category the least, but while she doesn’t necessarily want to hurt you- she will.

7. Macho Tough Dude™ with a Heart of Gold

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Lorcan (Throne of Glass), Ronan Lynch (The Raven Boys), Matthias Helvar (Six of Crows)

I love this trope- and all of these characters are great fits.

Personally, I think most of the men in Throne of Glass fit this? Like Rowan definitely does, and I think Chaol could, too! I’m not a *huge* fan of Ronan from TRB (at least not yet- I’m not even done with the second book) but I remember loving Lorcan and Elide’s relationship and MATTHIAS, he’s great.


And, that’s a wrap! This was surprisingly a lot of fun to write and I’m proud that I made, like, seven graphics 😂

Which of these character types is your favorite? Would you add any characters to any of the tropes, or would you add a trope?


51 thoughts on “7 Of My Favorite Types of Characters

  1. I have so many feelings but they can be best summed up as “THIS POST IS PERFECTION.”
    The Angsty One is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE TROPES (*cough cough* Zuko is the best *cough*), but the rest of these are so much fun too!! Awesome post!

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      (first of all, HI!! it’s been wayyy too long since we’ve chatted and… that’s mostly my fault ugh but it’s so amazing that you commented and I’m so excited!!_
      Hahaha I totally agree- Zuko IS THE BEST and we stan him 🥺💕 thanks for commenting, Nicole!!

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  2. All of the ones in the ‘angsty’ category except Kaz Brekker were my fake boyfriends when I was nine, so I think it’s safe to say I have a character type I always go for as well XD

    I LOVE TOPH. SO MUCH. SHE IS THE BEST. She was probably my favorite character besides Zuko, tbh.

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    1. AHAHA OMG ME TOO- before I knew Nico was gay I kinda shipped Reynico? But now I stan an asexual, biromantic Reyna forever and NICO IS MY GAY BOI I- 🥺
      Also, who’s to say Zuko still isn’t my fake boyfriend?!
      TOPH IS BAE-FONG (omg I’m so proud of that joke!!). WE STAN HER.
      I luv zukoooooo

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  3. Ahhhhhhhh, I’M OBSESSED WITH THIS POST!!!! Omg, your making me reminisce on all my favorite characters over here! This is freaking perfect!!! ❤️
    The Lonely ‘Hides-In-Humor’ Boys are amazing mainly because Leo is hilarious and he made the Heroes of Olympus ten times better. The smart/nerdy girls are the best and Nico and Harry are the definition of angsty, though I love them both. Yesss, Percy is the OG breaks all toxic masculinity trope. Percy is perfect is every sense of the way

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    1. Ahhh, thank you SO much, Lucy!! SJSJSJSJ THANK YOU xxx
      Lmao totally- we STAN Leo and all of the ‘hides-in-humor’ boys 😭🧡 I SWEAR, I HAD A HUGE CHARACTER CRUSH ON HIM. (honestly I would still date him??)
      Percy’s my boi 🥺💕

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      1. Oooh yessss, I would hands down still date Leo!!! Ahhhhhh, he’s such a cutie! 😂💕Love this 🙂
        Oooh, what your favorite HP and PJ book ?!!

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        1. Oh my gosh this is so hard!! For the Riordanverse I’ll say House of Hades or The Last Olympian but probably HoH because it has ALL my favorite characters! For HP I’ll probably choose Chamber of Secrets… ack, I don’t even know!! 😭😂 What about you?

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          1. Hehehe, sorry for asking such a hard question! Oooh , same ! 😉 For the Riordanverse, it would be between House of Hades and The Lightning Theif( it is the book that’s started it all). Oof, for HP probably the Order of Phoenix … though it’s very sad and emotional….. or the Prisoner of Azkaban! Sorry for all the questions but, favorite ships from these series?

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            1. Ah, no problem, this is fun! 😉 and I totally love all of your picks! They’re all great XD.
              OMG OKAY. I LOVE LITERALLY EVERY SHIP FROM THE RIORDANVERSE. But it I haD to pick, 1. percabeth (screams in fangirl, I LOVE) 2. solangelooooo (so cuuuute) 3. jasper/frazel because although the books didn’t do justice to jasonxpiper I think they could have had the CUTEST relationship and of course frazel is adorable!!!
              For HP, I’m a huge shipper of Wolfstar (Remus and Sirius) even though it’s not canon in the books- I’ve read SO many headcanons and they’re perfect for each other XD. I also love Jily- honestly, we got like 0.0003% of the marauders in the books but their headcanons are EVERYTHING, I swear. Romione is cute too!!
              (….. I just realized most of my OTPs ever are from PJO, HoO and the marauders XD)


  4. OMG OMG OMG YESSS LEO VALDEZ AND RONAN AND NICO AND PERCY AND NOAH AND ANNABETH AND HERMIONE AND REYNA asdfghjkl 🥺🥺😭😭 these characters have my actual heart and now i’m fangirling way to hard to be possible hahaha 😅

    i haven’t revisited the Riordanverse or HP in so long but the characters are PERFECTION and you categorized each one perfectly!! and The Raven Cycle is soooo amazing, i’m very close to finishing and i don’t want it to end, but am also excited for the resolution!! i really hope you’ll end up liking Ronan, in my opinion the 3rd book is the best because there’s lots of character development (but i couldn’t choose a favorite character because i love all of them hehe). 😉 angsty and sweet bois are literally the best, and smart, badass girls are also so amazing!!! i loved reading this post, Adi (and hopefully you can actually read this comment lol i used WAY too many exclamation points)! 💖💖💖

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    1. OMG I LOVEEE LEO AND NICO AND PERCY AND ANNABETH AND HERMIONE AND REYNA TOOOOOO 🧡😭💕🥺 ahahah literally everyone was overwhelmed with nostalgia while reading this post XD
      Omg you should totally take quarantine to revisit them! And thank you 🥺 Gah, I’m a bit into TDT but I haven’t read any of it in over two weeks, ultimate procrastinator here!! 😅 I hope I’ll love Ronan and Noah a lot too ❤ yesssss we stannnnnn
      THANK YOU, and yes I could totally read it XD

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  5. Ah I started watching Brooklyn Nine Nine and I’m in love! It makes me laugh so much, and I love how in every trope you had a character from there 😂 I love Rosa, she’s such a bad ass but really kinda soft (kinda… 😆)! And Inej, my gosh she was fave character from SOC/CK like her and Kaz 😞 And all these Rick Riordan characters, Annabeth Chase is a favourite 💗 Incredible post Aditi! One of my favourite lists ever!! 🙂

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      1. It’s so good! I had a really bad day today so I put on some B99 and already I felt happier 😊 You got me into it! *credits to Adi when I become obsessed* Haha yes! I love her sense of humour, she’s got such a no-bs attitude, it’s refreshing (of course, you would NOT wanna get on her bad side 😆) Anytime! 🙂

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  6. Oh my god, all these Riordanverse references have got me drowning in nostalgia; I could cry! I absolutely love all these tropes, and literally every single book I read as a child had them and I ate them the heck up ahahaha! Even that one phase where I wrote stories on wattpad had me sticking to these tropes like they were life (oooh, the memories!)
    So glad I found your blog! Looking forward to reading more from you!

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  7. “Lonely boy hides in humour” is a character I love as well. They make you smile and feel so much *my heart* also that picture of Jake is perfect 😂 (all the b99 characters in this post are giving me life)
    Zuko and his angst was perfection !! 😍😍
    I agree that Noah is so sweet when we get to see him !! I love him !!
    Ahh.. Bolin !!! I loved him and Pabu so much !!! 😍😍
    We all need men like Percy and Terry !!!

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    1. We all stan them so much 🥺 and gosh, yes- that picture of Jake is basically his personality in a nutshell XD. (we love all of those amazing characters)
      YES BOLIN. Pabu is the cutest! But I’m team Appa+Momo for the win 😉
      Thank you so much Soph!!

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  8. I soooo loved this post!
    I would like to mention Will Herondale with the ones who hide pain in humor because when I say he is the most beautifully written character, I mean it.Like I had the worst hangover ever after the ‘Infernal Devices’ and was such a emotional mess. Have you read the Shadowhunter series because if not, oh pleasee doooo try it!:0:)

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    1. Thank you SO much, Mugdha!!
      I haven’t read the Shadowhunter books yet (crazy, right?) but it’s on my TBR- literally everyone has read them XD. Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Badass girls have become so popular lately! I do love funny boys and angsty characters but I really love morally grey characters the most!! Give me the assassins and thieves and the ones who are terrible people and then change throughout the course of the book!!

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    1. They, haven’t they?! I love them though, so who am I to critique 🤣 Morally grey characters are great too! I didn’t include them because every list ALWAYS has them. Plus, I love my angsty boys a little more 😉
      Thanks for commenting!!


    OoooHHh Sammy Lou from The Boy Who Steals HOuses is literally the smolest sweetest little child uGH ahhhhahahahhhuhuhghghghghghghghghhghghhhhhhhuhh I’m sorry I am NOT fine

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  11. aditi, this post was so good i don’t even know what to add to it. i love whenever people are talking about their favorite “type” of characters and you made it so humorous and cute. i also like you added characters from other media apart from books.
    i think the favorites we share are the lonely ‘hides-in-humor’ boy (the moment i saw it, thought about monty montague from gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue. i don’t know if you’ve read that one, but monty fits this type very well, hahah) and the ‘breaks all toxic masculinity tropes’ (magnus chase is also a perfect example of this trope, imo! he was constantly showing emotion and being clingy, lol).
    i think another character type i’d add is the “loving parent trying his best”. we don’t rave enough about good parents in YA, and i feel like most are really trying to be nice, but their angsty teenage children don’t appreciate them enough, hahah.

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    1. LAIS, MY HEART IS SO FULL RIGHT NOW ❤ Thank you so much for your kind words! I love this type of post too, and I'm really glad that I made it come out well 🥰 I always click on the post (some great bloggers who make this sort of content all the time are Sophie, Marie, and you!!) so I thought others might like it too haha.
      Those are some of my favorites, too! I actually haven't (YET) but I really want to 🙂 The 'breaks all toxic masculinity tropes' trope is one of my favorites too. And OH, Magnus is a pretty awesome example of that too!! I feel like some other characters in this post who were in other categories (Like Jake Peralta) could also fit in this trope and others, too.
      Oh, that's a great trope! I really like that- the first ones that come to mind to me are Sally Jackson (is everything in my mind riordanverse?? speaking of which, the disney series was approved I'M CRYING) and Maura Sargent (raven cycle). What are some of your favs? I KNOW there are others but I can't think haha. The Weasleys would work I suppose!
      Thanks for commenting, Lais!

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      1. Hahah, the Weasleys would totally count! I was thinking about parents from some of my favorite contemporaries, such as the parents in More Than We Can Tell, by Brigid Kemmerer, as well as Ari’s mom from Ari & Dante, who’s just the sweetest ever!

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  12. Ooh I love this! And I adore the Harry Potter quote that you included, that always makes me laugh. Lonely boys who hide behind humour and angsty guys are some of the best!! And I love smart girls and Badass Girls – Jude from Cruel Prince is another one of those. I like it when you get really fierce female characters, they seem to be increasingly popular which is so, so good.
    Reading this also reminded me of the fact that I seriously need to start reading Rick Riordan’s books. I’ve owned Lightning Thief for years now…

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    1. Thank you! And haha, of course 🤭😊 Those are some of my favorite tropes too! Ah I need to read TCP for sure haha. Definitely 😉
      AND THE TV SHOW HAS BEEN CONFIRMED!! I need to reread them 😄

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