I haven’t properly fangirled on this blog in a while, so today I’m going to be talking about a favorite character trope (and favorite characters to go along with said trope). The trope is ‘traitor/antagonist/villain/generally dislikable character turned awesome and sweet and perfect’. It’s a thing and it’s the best. Might even be my favorite trope of all time. In this post I’m going to list seven characters who left the dark side and talk a little bit about why I love them so.
- Dan Kean (Little Men/Jo’s Boys) – Dan was the first character to make me fall for this particular trope. When he first came to Plumfield he was surly, antagonistic, and generally a bad influence. But then everything changed through a series of interesting/sad events and I love it and I love him. I’m going to write an article about Dan for Feminista where I’ll explain more about why he’s my favorite fictional character evah. So stay tuned for that.
- Edmund Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia) – EDMUNDDDDD. I kinda wish Lewis had spent more time diving into Edmund’s angst and emotions but the Narnia books aren’t really suited to that (I guess). That’s what fanfiction’s for! Honestly, though, Edmund is great and you can read more of my thoughts on him in this post.
- Ben McKenna Morgan (The Adversaries) – The Adversaries is a book by Jack Cavanaugh which you’ve probably never heard of. Ben is an officer in the Union army who hates several of the book’s main characters, for various reasons. But by the end of the story he’s found out that he’s actually related to those main characters he’s hated and he gets saved and his personality completely turns around. The transformation always makes me tear up.
- Chris (Shane) – It’s been a while since I read Shane, but Chris always stood out to me because of his switch from mindless lackey to a maturing young man who thinks for himself and chooses the right path (mainly because of Shane himself).
- Phillip (The Candymakers) – Phillip is one-third of the reason why The Candymakers is one of my favorite books of all time (the other thirds are Miles and Logan). At first glance you think he’s a spoiled rich kid who’s basically the definition of ‘snobbish’. But there’s soooo much more to him and it’s great.
- Allan (BBC’s Robin Hood) – First season Allan is a trickster whose loyalties are shaky at best. Second season Allan is a traitor (up until the last episode or so). But third season Allan is brave, loyal, and smart. He grows and changes and matures AND THEN THE WRITERS HAD TO KILL HIM OFF IN THE MOST AWFUL WAY. I will never get over the injustice of Allan’s death.
- Julian Albert (CW’s The Flash) – I believe I’ve already fangirled over Julian – a lot. But still. He was Doctor Alchemy for the first few episodes of Season 3 but that wasn’t really his fault because he was brainwashed. But he also disliked Barry (for understandable reasons) and it was awesome seeing him thaw out over the season. I’m a fan. (And even if his character was rather unneeded, he’s still a sweetheart and I hope he comes back.)
Sooooo…what’s your favorite character trope? Do you like/love any of the characters I listed above? Let me know in the comments!