7 Different Types of Characters in YA Fantasy Novels

I’m trying something a little bit different today.

I’m basing this post off of iiSuperwomanii’s video style. She always makes videos of different types of [insert noun here]. I wanted to do a post like that, but making it into something bookish related. That being said…

This post isn’t meant to offend any authors or aspiring writers.

Even as I make fun of some the characters, I still love them all and will continue to read books with these types of characters in them.

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Bad-ass Warrior

I have nothing against the protagonist being a bad-ass warrior. However, I have a problem when in every single one of the fantasy novels I read, the protagonist is some sort of really tough, talented fighter. Why can’t we have more normal people to be the star of YA fantasy novels? Take, for example, Shahrzad from The Wrath and the Dawn series by Renee Ahdieh. She’s a normal village girl trying to avenge her best friend’s death. She has little to no experience with combat, but she truly loved her friend.

The Boyfriend/Girlfriend/Lover/Whatever the heck you want to label the relationship

Seriously. Stop. We get it. Your relationship is complicated. Moving on!

The Street Urchin/Villager

There types of characters always become some of my favorites.

Here’s a few:

*ahem*

Kaz Brekker from the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo

Vin from the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Delilah Bard from the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab

Feyre Archeron from A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

The Awkward Kid

I don’t know why the awkward kids always get the short end of the stick. They’re actually really helpful to the protagonists, but they don’t get much, if any, credit. We need more Neville Longbottoms in literature.

That Old Wise Person

Is it just me or is there always that one old wise person the protagonist has to seek in a secluded place just to get some sort of prophecy or an indirect answer to their questions? To be completely real, normally the protagonists leaves with more questions than they started off with. Sometimes, I wonder why the wise person can’t just straight out tell the protagonist the answer.

I guess then the protagonist wouldn’t have to go on the quest and the story would be super boring.

Quirky Animal Companion

This is the character that everyone loves, because hey, who doesn’t love animals? Also, this is the one character that is either guaranteed to die or guaranteed to live. I’m talking to you, Sarah J. Maas. I swear the only character alive at the end of the Throne of Glass series is going to be Fleetfoot.

That One Person the Protagonist Can’t Live Without

No, literally. The protagonist would be dead without this person because this is the person who saves the protagonist from meeting their ultimate demise. I don’t know what it is about life sacrifices, but fantasy authors like to use them in their stories. Unfortunately for us, that person happens to be one of our favorite characters.

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Do you agree with some of the things I said? Disagree?

What are some character trends you’ve noticed in books?

Is there a trend you’d like to see more in YA literature?

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Until next time….

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15 thoughts on “7 Different Types of Characters in YA Fantasy Novels

  1. avathenerd 10/14/2016 / 8:43 am

    This is so accurate. Every YA fantasy novel features atleast one of these character types. It’s the YA cliche, I guess. And there are also predictable love triangles! But I enjoy such books, nonetheless.

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    • Jessica 10/14/2016 / 4:04 pm

      Same here! Even though there are a lot of character cliches, I still love reading about them.

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  2. Nil 10/14/2016 / 9:44 am

    Nice post. And iiSuperwomanii is one of my favorite youtubers.

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    • Jessica 10/14/2016 / 4:05 pm

      iiSuperwomanii is one of my favorite YouTubers too! She’s so hilarious.

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  3. meenaks 10/14/2016 / 11:16 am

    This comment is just a random, alright/
    But i seriously love Neville.And when he pulled the sword out of The Sorting Hat?? My heart burst with pride and happiness.

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    • Jessica 10/14/2016 / 4:12 pm

      Yes! Neville is amazing, especially in the scene with the sword 😊

      Like

  4. Pet @ Books and Beauties 10/14/2016 / 3:14 pm

    Hi, I loved your post! I’m an aspiring writer, and I was working on a story about a year ago, that I had made soooooo much progress on, but then it hit me one day when I read another blog like this one, my characters were all characters I had seen before in fiction. It was “boy and his five compainions go against a evil man who wants to destroy their home” I mean, there was a lot that was way different but the very backbone of the story was like every other fantasy series out there. Which sent me into a huge writing depression. I seriously like posts like this one because they point out how much we need more diverse plot lines! Anyway, sorry the essay, I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you!

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    • Jessica 10/14/2016 / 5:26 pm

      Ahhhh thank you! This just made my day 😊 I feel like a lot of books have the same story outline because that’s what a lot of people love to read. I admit that I read a lot of certain fantasy novels even though they all have the same general plot. I still love them all! Stay strong and keep writing! ❤

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      • Pet @ Books and Beauties 10/14/2016 / 7:28 pm

        You’re welcome! And thank you! I’ll try! 🙂

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  5. Melissa @ BookNerdMomo 10/14/2016 / 11:54 pm

    The last one is one that I really don’t like. All of my favorites end up dead because of it. I’m always like “WHY!?”. But yeah definitely in most if not all fantasies. Great post!

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    • Jessica 10/15/2016 / 9:54 am

      Yeah… A lot of my favorite characters end up dead in fantasy novels because of it too.

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  6. Ashleigh 10/16/2016 / 7:51 am

    Ahhh this is so true! And while I see them everywhere, I’ve got to admit I love reading about these sort of characters ahaha 😆

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  7. Alexander Thomas 10/23/2016 / 1:31 pm

    It’s interesting you mention the character who is a warrior by default. I always struggle to imagine a Fantasy story of the scale we’re used to that doesn’t have that kind of character. The way I see it working is if It’s a very intelligent tactician, who basically could command other strong warriors and that’s how they win.

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