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Turin Turambar

Most/least Favorite Characters

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Ok, I didn't want to resurrect a dead topic because I remembered and vaguely recall something about not doing that, So I wanted to create a new thread about everyone's least and most favorite characters.

I love:

Mat - Best character of WoT, if not ever. Not much more to say.

Rand - He's great, other than 2 problems. 1 He's the main character, and I personally don't let myself chose the main character as a favorite. 2 He's so moody in the late middle books oh I have to die so I can do whatever.

Androl and Pevara - I'm listing them together for obvious reasons. Their relationship is the only interesting one (for me) in the entire series. Circumstance might have something to do with it.

I hate:

Most of the girls. No offence to all the women out there intended AT ALL. Especially all the Aes Sedai. Brandon mentioned that there was some gender role manipulation, but I can now sympathize whatever gender discrimination now.

 Aes Sedai - They all think that they're the only ones that know what are going on, and the White Tower is perfect, and everyone should bow to Aes Sedai whims because Aes Sedai knows best. 

Perrin - Just boring. I mentioned him because so many people love him.

 

What about everyone else?

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I love

Rand- Just a beautiful transformative arc, and his interactions with LTT are some of the most interesting I've read

Egwene- I really relate to Egwene a lot, and I find her arc as Amyrlin to be one of the most fun to read even in the slump

Mat- Who doesn't love Mat? No seriously, who doesn't?

Nynaeve- As a sort of elder sibling figure/guardian, I really relate to her motives in joining the Ta'veren and Eggy on their journey. Also, her and Lan's relationship is so gosh dang healthy.

Aviendha- All the Aiel are super interesting, and Avi is just kind of a bean.

Perrin- Perrin is the kind of person I would look up to IRL, He's just so committed to his moral code, and that's something I share with him.

Moiraine- I have a thing for mentor characters. 

I hate

Cadsuane- To quote Brandon himself "Cadsuane, you're not my real mom. I want my real mom back, and her name is Moiraine"

The Shaido Aiel- couldn't they have just been done after Dumai's Wells

Liandrin- She's so obviously Black Ajah from the moment you meet her, and I really hate her for being the cause of Egwene's tenure as a Damane

Gawyn- Randland's number 1 Emo, who makes rash unplanned decisions

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I love:

  • Egwene - her chapters in the middle-later books (where she is becoming Amyrlin) are some of the only redeeming ones. Her arc throughout the entire series is fantastic, and I love that she never looses her curiosity.
  • Siuan - I enjoy her arc as well, from her scheming with Moiraine, to her being cast down, to her scheming with Egwene.
  • Perrin - I like Perrin because while he is generally competent he seems to have almost no idea. He is also excellent at bringing people together, even people who initially hate him (and one another) come to respect him. I especially like his interactions with Galad and, of course, the hammer forging.
  • Aviendha - Aviendha is fun to have around, and I always enjoy her chapters. Particularly her relationship with Elayne.
  • Mat - But only after the Aiel wastes. Before that he is a whiny idiot who never does anything to help. After that he is awesome and highly competent despite his best efforts.
  • Lan - Seriously, who doesn't like Lan? The most badass character. I do wish we had gotten a little more time for closure between him and Moiraine at the end.

I hate:

  • Seanchan - There are some individual Seanchan that I do like (Egeanin and Tylee are the only ones that come to mind), but overall their culture is disgusting. I was sickened by their treatment of Egwene at Falme, and by the concept of Damane in general; dehumanizing people is somehow even worse than just enslaving them. Despite their increasing involvement across the series, this initial impression was never challenged. They suck and Rand should have wiped them all out.
  • Tuon - Tuon is easily the worst character that doesn't serve the Dark One (including Elaida and even Padan Fain), though she is obviously evil. Confronted with evidence that the Damane are no different than her, what does she do? Comfort herself by relaxing in the room where new Damane are broken. No idea what Mat sees in her, I hate reading chapters from her perspective (except for instances where she is slowly realizing how awesome Mat is).
  • Cadsuanne - For reasons I can't figure out, everyone (in book) acts as though she is intelligent and competent. Not sure why, because she screws almost everything up. Plus she is super annoying.
  • Nynaeve - I absolutely loathed Nynaeve in the first few books for her extraordinary arrogance and lack of empathy or patience. Also the braid tugging. She does get better across the series, and by the end I did like her, but along with Mat she is terrible in the first few books. She is down here, rather than in the upper list like Mat, because of how much longer it takes her to not suck.

 

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I love: Mat, Perrin, Rand, Egwene, Aviendha, Thom, and Lan. Galad too.

Don’t like: Elayne, Cadsuane

Hate with a burning passion: Gawyn.

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On 6/9/2019 at 0:28 PM, Jaywalk said:

I love: Mat, Perrin, Rand, Egwene, Aviendha, Thom, and Lan. Galad too.

Don’t like: Elayne, Cadsuane

Hate with a burning passion: Gawyn.

Second on the Gawyn bit. How do you feel about Nynaeve?

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5 minutes ago, Wyndlerunner said:

Second on the Gawyn bit. How do you feel about Nynaeve?

I like her. She got better once she was with Lan.

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Just now, Jaywalk said:

I like her. She got better once she was with Lan.

Best WoT ship by far! even when they aren't married, they're such an old married couple:P

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Just now, Wyndlerunner said:

Best WoT ship by far! even when they aren't married, they're such an old married couple:P

Right? They’re perfect!

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I'm still going to vote Androl and Pevara as the best relationship. Nynaeve and Lan are OK, but not amazing.

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1 hour ago, Turin Turambar said:

I'm still going to vote Androl and Pevara as the best relationship. Nynaeve and Lan are OK, but not amazing.

Ooh, I forgot about Androl and Pevara! They're also great, and since they're both old-ish, they're also actually an old married couple.

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I meant how Pevara is a red in mentality, and actually ends up liking a man who can channel.

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Not to be overly contrary, but I really didn't like Mat, myself. He was a cool character, with very interesting powers, but as a person I found him slightly detestable. His conclusion in A Memory of Light redeemed him for me, but still. The way that he treated women rather bothered me, and his whole attitude toward Rand made me mad. They seemed to have been fairly close friends in the Two Rivers, but Mat kinda abandoneds him, once he begins to worry about Rand going mad. Even after the taint was cleansed, Mat tried to avoid him.

Aside from that semi-rant, some of my favorite characters include:

Egwene

Spoiler

Who totally shouldn't have died. I mean, she was possibly the best Amyrlin the Aes Sedai ever had. If anyone was to rebuild after the Last Battle, and heal the honestly messed-up system of Aes Sedai, it should be her. 

Perrin

Min

Talmanes

Androl (and, yes, Pevara)

Loial

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1 hour ago, Rushu42 said:

Not to be overly contrary, but I really didn't like Mat, myself. He was a cool character, with very interesting powers, but as a person I found him slightly detestable. His conclusion in A Memory of Light redeemed him for me, but still. The way that he treated women rather bothered me, and his whole attitude toward Rand made me mad. They seemed to have been fairly close friends in the Two Rivers, but Mat kinda abandoneds him, once he begins to worry about Rand going mad. Even after the taint was cleansed, Mat tried to avoid him.

Aside from that semi-rant, some of my favorite characters include:

Egwene

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Who totally shouldn't have died. I mean, she was possibly the best Amyrlin the Aes Sedai ever had. If anyone was to rebuild after the Last Battle, and heal the honestly messed-up system of Aes Sedai, it should be her. 

Perrin

Min

Talmanes

Androl (and, yes, Pevara)

Loial

Mat is the classic Rogue character type. outwardly uncaring, but a heart of gold on the inside. Some people don't like that, and that's fine. I never found the way he treated women to be overly egregious, I saw him more as a 'Ladies Man', than as a 'Player'

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Favorites, in order:

  1. Nynaeve
  2. Mat
  3. Verin

Honorable mentions: Lan. Moiraine. Androl & Pevara. (I loved what Brandon did with them. Just not enough book time for me to list them as favorites.)

Least favorites, in order:

  1. Gawyn (after book 4)
  2. Elayne (after book 4)
  3. Egwene (until book 11)

Honorable mentions: Rand when he's in a self pitying mood. Perrin when Faile is kidnapped.

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