ranking the Pevensie siblings

I recently watched all three Walden Media Narnia films and read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Last Battle.  So I thought I’d rank the Pevensie siblings from least favorite to most favorite (‘least favorite’ being a relative term because they’re all dear to me).  I’ve also read The Horse and His Boy and parts of Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader so my opinions are a smattering of book-and-movie perceptions of all the characters. (But mostly the movies because those are the most fresh in my mind.)

#4 – The Magnificent

Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do. -The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

It honestly hurts to put Peter last on this list because I don’t want anyone to be last!  Peter has some amazing qualities.  He’s brave, humble (for being the High King, he doesn’t boast about it or anything), kind to his sisters…Peter is a great character.  But because I love and adore Edmund, he pales a bit in comparison.  I know there are a lot of people who are huge Peter fans, though, so he’s definitely not without a following.

#3 – The Valiant

“I’m sorry, Aslan,” she said. “I’m ready now.”
“Now you are a lioness,” said Aslan. -Prince Caspian

Lucy is almost everyone’s favorite character, it seems.  She is a definite inspiration to me, with her total faith and trust in Aslan.  If I could have a faith like that, I think ninety-five percent of my problems wouldn’t matter anymore.  But at the same time, Lucy seems a little too perfect and unattainable – to me, anyway.  I prefer my characters to be flawed, yet redeemable (*cough* I believe y’all can guess who’ll be #1 on this list *cough*).  I think the Dawn Treader movie did a good job of giving Lucy some flaws so I liked that.

#2 – The Gentle

It is a mistake to think that Susan was killed in the railway accident at the end of The Last Battle and that she has forever fallen from grace. It is to be assumed, rather, that as a woman of twenty-one who has just lost her entire family in a terrible crash, she will have much to work through; in the process, she might change to become truly the gentle person she has the potential for being. -Companion to Narnia by Paul Ford

Susan reminds me of myself, sometimes more than I want.  I like being able to see and know what I’m getting into instead of taking a leap of faith.  I keep an eye on my siblings.  I falter in my faith far too often.  But Susan has good qualities, too.  She’s courageous and loyal and steadfast.  She loves her brothers and sister very much.  Like Paul Ford, I don’t believe that Susan is irredeemable and I’m not mad at Lewis for what he did with her story.  It’s actually believable that at least one of the Pevensies would ‘grow up’ and I think it makes her character more realistic.

#1 – The Just

But even a traitor may mend. I have known one who did. -The Horse and His Boy

First off…THAT QUOTE.  GAH.  MY HEART.

Edmund is my favorite Pevensie sibling and my favorite character in the Narnia series.  He was my favorite from the very first time I met him and I haven’t changed my mind since.  As so many people say, Edmund is us.  He fell from grace, he made horrible mistakes that led to Aslan’s death.  And yet, Aslan still loved him and rescued him. *tears*  Because of all this, Edmund becomes a far better person: King Edmund the Just.  He wasn’t King Edmund the Brave (though he certainly is) or King Edmund the Loyal (true again) but instead he is Edmund the Just.  He knows what justice is because Aslan bore the judgement he deserved.  And Edmund lives up to his name, becoming a wise, mature, honorable king.  So he’s my favorite. (Plus, I’m a goner for characters with a redemption arc.  Always have been, always will.)

What’s your ranking of the Pevensie siblings?  Who’s your favorite character in The Chronicles of Narnia series?

Eva

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20 thoughts on “ranking the Pevensie siblings

  1. Aaaah, I’m so glad you’re reading The Chronicles of Narnia! These books have been some of my favorites since I was very young and they become even more dear to me as I get older. Interestingly, my favorite character in the series isn’t one of the Pevensie children at all, but Jill Pole, the heroine of “The Silver Chair” and “The Last Battle.” In my opinion, she’s the most real/relatable of all the From-Earth characters. She the Pevensies’ cousin Eustace are good friends.

    If I *had* to pick a Pevensie, though, it would prooooobably be Peter. Then again, maybe it’s Lucy XD XD XD See, it’s like a mother trying to pick her favorite child!

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    • I haven’t read The Silver Chair yet, but I’m sure I’ll like Jill when I get around to it. (Can’t really pass judgement on her character as of yet since I’ve only read about her in The Last Battle.)

      I knowww! So hard.

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  2. Edmund is faaar and above my favorite, Peter (in the books) is next then Lucy, and Susan faar and below my least favorite. I don’t think the point was that she “grew up” but that she left the “faith.” Her “maturity” was a false maturity many people try to possess, the sort of liking external adult things while sneering at child-like things that appear shallow (to those people) but are actually excellent character traits that should be kept and developed. I know I have some character traits like Susan (I tend to dislike the characters most like me, easier to see the negatives in front of me rather than in my character), like her know-it-all attitude and other things like her self-righteousness (granted the movie makes this worse, I think than the books) are part of a group of character and people that I can’t stand, goody-goodies (I’m not that; and I don’t mean kind, good people, but the ones who confuse behavioralism with goodness), and Edmund is exactly the type of character I love, the truly understanding and changed ones, he is humble and kind. I also like Eustace for that reason, the very bad ones can be very sweet later. And I like Jill more than Lucy. Caspian and Trillian are the “born good” characters that I like.

    I think Netflix or Amazon is supposed to be producing these as a serious, I’m curious as to how that will turn out. Rather afraid though.

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    • Well, yes, I recognize that Susan left the faith, so to speak. 🙂 But she CAN come back and I truly believe she does.

      “The very bad ones can be very sweet later” <—— THIS. 100% agree!

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  3. I love this! I agree with you about Susan, I definitely think her story isn’t over. Growing up reading these books (all of them more than once and they just keep getting better and better!) I have a love for all the characters, but I’ve always admired Lucy and Edmund. I especially see myself though in Susan and Eustace.

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  4. Dang I would have a super hard time ranking them, but this is well thought out. I definitely relate to Susan and Edmund, honestly I basically am Susan, just less pretty. But Lucy and Peter have such special places in my heart, they all do, so idk. But I liked reading this.

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  6. I remember reading a chunk of these books back when I was in grade school, but I have virtually no memory of the books. I do have a good memory of the movies though, both the Disney/Fox trilogy (they’re trying to make The Silver Chair, with filming originally set to start filming soon, but there’s been no news about that for a while), and the BBC adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe from the 80’s. The 80’s BBC show ended up adapting four of the books, but I’ve only seen the first.

    I can totally see why Edmund could be someone’s favourite. He grows from an arrogant jerk who easily succumbs to temptation, to a voice of reason. By the second movie, he’s already showing potential to be a better leader than Peter. The fact that he’s the only sibling of the three who believes Lucy’s Aslan sightings also shows a lot of character growth.

    It’s been long enough since I’ve seen the movies that I’m not sure which of the four kids I prefer though. This post serves to remind me that I’ve wanted to read through the Chronicles of Narnia for a while now. Hopefully I can get on that sooner rather than later.

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    • And apparently Netflix is adapting all the books? Or at least that’s what I’ve heard.

      Edmund and Lucy’s relationship in the movies is really sweet. And, yeah, you’re right about him being the only one to believe her. ❤

      Good luck on your reading!

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  7. Lucy was always my favorite Pevensie sibling, and always will be. I think it helped that I was only eight years old when I first read TLTWATW . . . so I was almost exactly Lucy’s age, and I just felt this instant connection with her. I still feel that. She’s “my” Pevensie.

    I love the others too, of course ❤ LOVE the "even a traitor may mend" quote. It's so good. *grins*

    I'm trying to think about why exactly I've never wanted to watch the movies. I think it just is about having grown up with these books, since I was a child, and rereading them dozens and dozens and dozens of times. Narnia has become this really intricate, really nebulous universe that's built entirely inside my head, and NO movie adaptation, no matter how well-done, could capture that. So I don't want to mess it up, I guess.

    I supposeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight check out the Netflix stuff, though . . . idk . . . 😉

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