I like the ones that start out jaded or shitty in the beginning, but grow to be better people as the story progresses. I've noticed that some of the best books I've ever read involve protagonists like that. They start out like complete shit-heads...and then by the end of the book they're like, "I LOVE PEOPLE, OMG!"
Songmaster by Orson Scott Card is one; I'd read it despite all the hype he gets over the Internet for being a homophobe. The guy probably can't figure out whose side he's on, but damn can he write. (The book's also a weird mixture of fantasy, science fiction, and modernism. It made me think of Lord of the Rings in Space.)
The World Ends With You is another example, only it's a video game. I suppose minus the game play, it can be a visual novel. And it pretty much is. It has all those themes in it that get me right in the heart muscle. Learning and growing as a character. Experiencing a side of life no one else gets to and finding out what it means to be alive.
Well the protagonist Ansset starts out as this virtually emotionless being, despite being human, which causes him to act like an ass to his friends and elders. At the time, he can sing like nobody's business. Over time, however, he loses his singing abilities, but learns how to be emotional. So he may not be able to sing like Josh Groban, but he gets the message across anyway, because he can feel. It also helps that he's kind of psychic. He knows what people are feeling/thinking ahead of time before he sings. So he can put those thoughts and emotions into his songs before he sings. In doing so, this makes him extremely famous. It's kinda cheating, I think, but hey! It's the hardships he goes through down the line that really make you involved with him and his story. I guess that's why the ending (which I won't spoil) had me crying like a bitch for two days.
i always agree more with whichever side has more passion and drive. for example, even if the antagonist has a goal of something i dont agree with, if they are full of ambitious drive and a seemingly unquenchable thirst for accomplishment, thats the side im all for!
yes, this even baffles me a bit, but even if it something i do not support. the reason being though, is that typical modern society creates many people who are content with living comfortable, but i really admire people who aim much higher than just that. people who have a goal and pursue it, even if it causes hardship and roadblocks. to me, hard work and determination is so admirable that this is how i feel. what is your take on it?
NOT anti heroes. Also, NOT mavericks who have no respect for authority or law, one-liner smart assess. Most movies have heroes like that, and I hate it. I also dislike "chosen one" heroes, heroes who are heroes because of their birth or some prophecy or some such.
Heroes I like? Dustin Hoffman's Accidental Hero. Selfish, below-average joe who, when push comes to shove, shines.
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The unique kind.
Most protagonists are an "everyman." They have average personalities, and have no unusual traits except being more heroic than average, and maybe being an orphan with a mysterious father. And don't get me wrong, I do like Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter; but these kinds of protagonists are never my favorite character.
I like when the protagonist is as unique as any of the other characters. He has a specific ethnicity, set of beliefs that the readers may or may not agree with, and his own unique strengths and weaknesses that can be *employed* in the story, but aren't necessarily the obvious choices. Perfect example is Hiro from "Snow Crash." He's half African-American and half Koren-Japanese, his skills are hacking and sword fighting, and he's an unaccomplished geek who just got fired from his pizza-delivery job with the Mafia.
It's about a girl who grows up with neanderthals but then must learn to live with people of her own kind (cro-magnons) who are extremely prejudiced against the neanderthals. Jondalar is her love interest.
Heroes are too straight laced for me to stay interested most of the time. I prefer the story of the broken character with problems and a general sense of being human about them. I don't want the knight in shining armor, that's been done and overdone. Sadly the antihero has been gaining in popularity over the years and is becoming far too common and cliche. I also enjoy a good villain that has an active role throughout the story rather than being a faceless figure right up until the final chapter.
I am a fan of the Forgotten Realms series. Also, that character sounds hilariously interesting. Wait, I read 'metal goblin' and thought 'deep gnome' or 'svirfneblin'. What an odd thought journey. It still sounds like it would be a rather entertaining character to read. I'll have to put it on my list.
Nope. golem. His left arm and leg were bitten off by a dragon when he was a child and some wizard took him in and made him robotic parts with magic so he could fight at the arena. Women tend to lead him on to see if the dragon took his equipment too.