Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

Posted January 29, 2013 by Kara in Uncategorized / 37 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic: Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever.

There are characters you love, characters you would shag, characters you would exchange friendship bracelets with in a second, and characters that you would keep in your closet forever  confess your eternal devotion until the universe imploded.  

Unfortunately, this is not a list of those characters.  This week, we devote our Tuesday to the characters who make you cringe and make you want to toss the book right out the window.


Listed below are the top ten most frustrating characters to ever grace the imaginary book universe. 

10. Catelyn Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin – I can’t quite pinpoint her personality because she runs from one range to the next in a matter of 2 pages.  To quote from my Game of Thrones review: horrible character, poor choices, oh woe is me, I am so much more noble and I am always RIGHT when I overreact, but no one else can overreact. “ She doesn’t warm my heart.  At all.

9. Deanna Lambert from A Story of a Girl by Sarah Zarr – I know this book was a fan favorite on Goodreads, but my feelings tend to sour when a girl hates her best friend because of the guy she is dating, and forced herself on said guy for attention.  No.  No no no.

8. Corial from Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn – The story was touching, but the main character was a shallow character and very flat.  She wasn’t able to carry the story on her own due to the fact that she was too busy gossiping about everyone else in court. No, thank you.

7. Todd Hewitt from The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Not only was the entire book a sore spot in my heart, but Todd was so unlikable that I swore off the rest of the books by the end.  Where is the love for a character who treated a DOG like a horrible scab because the dog was loyal? Nope.

6. Daemon Black from Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I loved this book, and I adore the author, and Katy is so freaking awesome, but Daemon made me consider homicide as a favor to the rest of humanity. He’s such an ass.  Period.

5. Prince Caesar from The Vampire Empire Series by Clay and Susan Griffith – The Vampire Empire series ranks in my top favorite books, but this doesn’t deny the fact that this vampire needs a stake in the heart and a kick in the man bits.  I don’t want to spoil the storyx, but the last book of the series cemented my hate for the guy for eternity. 

4. Tris Prior from the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth – Oh boy, this isn’t going to win me any brownie points, but I have to be honest: Tris Prior causes me to break out in an explosive case of cursing.  I’ll link the Insurgent book because that was the book that caused my newly found Tourette’s to come to the surface. Eaves-dropping, constantly bitching about your boyfriend and self-sacrifice aren’t qualities that I find endearing.

3. Joffrey from A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin – what a creepy little shit. I have no words to properly convey my rage I feel for this character. 

2. Bella Swan from the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer – I know this looks like a cop-out, but I never had any strong, positive feelings for Bella.  Kristen Stewart really deepened those feelings as well when the movies released.  I should feel more sorry for her, but she wasn’t a pillar of an upstanding citizen from the start.  So here she is, on the list.

1. Lugh from the Dust Land series by Moira Young – I told Kara I was considering listing this character ten times for this meme.  Lugh does not have an ounce, a speck, a DOT of decency in his entire character.  Every time he appeared in Rebel Heart, I did this:

Then this:

And finally, this:
The guy makes me angry. Seething, nose-bleeding pissed off. 
To quote Kara, I want to “feed him rat poison”. 


What characters did you list for this week? Leave a link below!

37 responses to “Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

  1. I actually really enjoyed Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking series, but I agree that Todd is frustrating. For me, he got even more so by the end of the trilogy! The intense plot and great villains saved the series for me, though.

  2. What I love about Knife of Never-Letting Go is that Todd grows and changes throughout the trilogy. He’s not perfect and makes dumb decisions, but he’s real. He’s a kid in a horrible situation who doesn’t usually do the right thing. The dog takes the brunt of Todd’s frustrations, and he spends the rest of the series lamenting what happened.

    • Thank you for your feedback. I really really REALLY tried to connect to the seires, but I think it is not for me. I will admit that Ness is one hell of a writer, and I look forward to his other books.

  3. Amy

    Okay, so I am dying at the cat pic at the beginning of the post. I actually had to tweet about it before coming back and actually reading this. Okay, now that I got that out of my system… What a great list. I totally get what you mean about Tris. She could be quite infuriating. And Bella. Yes!! I still need to read Rebel Heart, but I didn’t care for Lugh in Blood Red Road either and have heard he is awful in Rebel Heart.

  4. OMG, that poor cat. lol!

    Oooh, I’ve only heard about how hot Daemon is. This is a change.

    *fistbumps about hatred of Tris*

    Bahaha, oh geez. I am a bit scared of Rebel Heart, since he’s apparently the worst ever.

    • Woot! I really thought I was going to be burned at the stake for making a reference to Tris (so many people love it), but she really makes me want to tear something apart.

      • Ella

        OMG!!! I thought I was the only one that hates Tris!:) She is so insecure and not at all badass. Plus her with Four is actually kinda creepy…

  5. Catelyn doesn’t particularly bother me, who really bothers me is…ugh now I can’t remember her name…the woman night, who is in love with Jamie, Brienne! That’s her name. So much potential for awesome, but no, she’s just the shy ugly girl in the corner who gets picked on by the hot boys then falls in love with their leader. Ugh.

  6. Aw… I actually like Catelyn Stark, though she’s not my favorite. But she’s not my leats favorite.
    Totally agree with Bella and Joffrey! Oh Joffrey. I just love HATING him because he’s just so easy to hate!
    And I do admit… I actually didn’t like Tris in the FIRST book *hides from tomatoes being thrown* :/

  7. Bella definitely, Tris is an interesting one though! I haven’t read Insurgent yet, so I’ll have to see if I find her frustrating in that. And joffrey, yes. Can we stabs him now? Please?

  8. Thank God, someone feels the same way about Todd. I hated him from the beginning. Never warmed up to him. Viola/Violet (can’t remember her name, the other narrator) wasn’t any better either. Ask and Answr was such a chore to read since I didn’t like either perspective. I haven’t read the last one and I have no desire to. The only characters I liked and cared about, died. So, no thanks. I haven’t read Rebel Heart yet but I didn’t realize Lugh would make such an annoying character.

    • A lot of people are upset that this choice is on the list, but the kid really irked me. But you are right – none of the characters were really all that wonderful.

  9. YES! LUGH! GOSH I WANTED TO MURDER HIM! He was SO IRRITATING! What kind of brother acts like that anyway? JERK! Bella, of course, is a classic as well. Great list! 😀

  10. It’s interesting you have Todd on your list as he’s one of my favourite characters ever 🙂 Thinking about it, I guess he blamed the dog for a lot of things. I don’t remember him ever being cruel or actually physically harming Manchee – more that he complains and grumbles and calls him names (but it has been a while since I read it) – but I just read that as he’s a kid, on his own and some terrible shit is happening to him and around him, and he lets his frustrations and fear out on his pet. Let’s not forget he doesn’t really have anyone else to talk to. It felt realistic to me even if it wasn’t likeable. And I’ve always liked flawed characters. I always thought it was very clear he grew to love Manchee.

    Then again, maybe it’s just that I don’t like dogs and can totally understand resenting having to look after one *shrug* But I know a lot of people in real life will take it very personally if you say you don’t like dogs, so I can understand why some readers would be really turned off by Todd as a character.

    I’m so glad to see Daemon, Lugh and Tris on someone’s list! I think your gifs sum all three up perfectly! 😉

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