I’ve been very excited for this top five Wednesday because I love unlikable characters and that’s what it’s all about this time around.
Unlikable protagonists are those protags that you just love to hate. Weirdly enough these are often my preferred characters. There’s typically a lot more to them than our typical main character protag.
With that said, here are my five favorite unlikable protagonists.
Roque au Fabii (Red Rising by Pierce Brown)
Let’s get one thing straight. I never liked Roque. From the first mention of this little traitors name I knew I hated him. He was always so pretentious and insufferable that he’s likely the only character on this list that I truly didn’t like. For that he’s immediately one of my favorites. If you can make me hate a character as much as I loathe Roque than I applaud you. I hope I never read his name in another Pierce Brown book again though.
Nesta Archeron (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas)
This girl could win an award for greatest “unlikable” protagonist in the history of all unlikable protagonists, in my opinion. Nesta is a queen in my eyes not to mention a total badass. She’s such a nasty character that it’s hard not to love this ice queen.
Aaron Warner (Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi)
This was a hard one to do simply because I love Warner. I loved him in the entire series, even before he redeemed himself for Juliette. Actually, if I’m being completely honest, I preferred him when he was all murder-y. Something about cruel and cunning assholes just sparks my interest, which would suggest that maybe I’m not a great person. *insert shrug emoji*
Margo Roth Spiegelman (Paper Towns by John Green)
Margo is an awful person and I’m not sure if John Green wanted us to like her or hate her. Sometimes it felt like a mixture of both. In any case, I think Margo is a character that is highly underrated as one of John Greens best awful characters. I mean, I know Alaska was obnoxious, but Margo just really got to me.
Adelaide (The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead)
I chose Adelaide because I love to hate her. When I originally read The Glittering Court I found myself laughing out loud to some of the ridiculous things she said and did. To this day I look back fondly on this book simply because of how much I hated Adelaide.