Another TTT yay! You might have noticed I skipped the last one, simply because I really didn’t know what to write, so I’m happy I’m back at this meme after two weeks! This one was a bit hard for me, because when you reaaaly think about it, there are many awesome character names out there. Especially in my favorite series ever, Discworld. So I had to contain myself from not turning this into a Discworld post haha. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things.
1. Kell Maresh (A Darker Shade of Magic)
Kell is an Antari, one of the last of his kind, basically a magician able to travel between parallel Londons in Schwab’s trilogy, using blood magic. I just think this a cool, simple name (without the additional aeaeae that most fantasy writers use), and Kell’s my book-crush so I had to mention him. 😛
2. Moist Von Lipwig (Discworld)
One of the greatest Discworld schemers, with a terribly embarrassing name, who introduces himself with “I’m Moist. Please don’t laugh.” I can’t not laugh. 😀
3. Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler (Discworld)
Certainly my favorite Discworld side-character, Dibbler is first of all a schemer too (but isn’t that true for all street vendors?), selling dubious meat by-products to unsuspecting citizens of Ankh-Morpork, somehow appearing first on the scene on all major events around the city, including mass fights, public executions and even dragon attacks. His motto is ‘I’ll sell it for less, and that’s cutting me own throat.’, hence his name.
4. Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows)
Another schemer (do I have a type?) and a leader of a gang called the Dregs, in Bardugo’s imaginary city of Ketterdam (based on Amsterdam). His nickname is Dirtyhands, and there’s more to it than you can imagine, but you need to read the books to find out. 😉 I love him as a character, and I think he has another short, cool name.
5. Esmerelda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre (Discworld, it’s the last one, promise)
Esmerelda is the daughter of King Verence II of Lancre and Queen Magrat, ex-witch, Garlic. Her middle name (Note Spelling) is the result of a Lancre tradition that whatever the priest says at the naming ceremony is your name (thus, Lancre once had a king called My-God-He’s-Heavy the First.). Magrat, who owed her own name to a combination of this tradition and her mother’s inability to spell “Margaret”, attempted to correct this mistake from happening again by adding *Note Spelling, in the note she gave to the priest. He, unfortunately, read the entire sentence aloud.
6. Blue Sargent (The Raven Cycle)
Blue is one of my favorite TRC characters and I adore everything about her, including her unusual name (not the Jane one, mind you 😉 ). I love all the boys too and their quirky names which, as one particular reviewer noted, sound like horse names. When you really think about it, Ronan and Gansey (and Blue) would be awesome horse names, but that’s because I actually love the characters, not because I find them utterly boring, like the aforementioned reviewer. 😉
7. Horace Slughorn (Harry Potter)
Of course I had to include some HP characters, some of which have very cool and unusual names. Slughorn is one of my favorite teachers at Hogwarts, and even though the book Slughorn fits better with his name, I adore the movie Slughorn too.
8. Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit)
What kind of list of characters would this be without Bilbo, my favorite Hobbit? 🙂 I even have an anecdote for this one. One summer, I was solving a quiz in my silly/nerdy kids newspaper, and I had a question about Bilbo. I went outside and shouted to my mom: “Mom, what’s a Bilbo?”. She laughed, explained it to me, and I forgot all about it, until next summer, when she bought me a copy of The Hobbit because I finished my school year with top grades. I was eleven then, and I still own (and frequently read) the same copy.
9. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (Harry Potter duh)
Well of course I had to include him too! This man, with a name no less awesome than he, himself is, is one of my favorite HP characters, the wisest man that ever was, and the most quotable character ever.
10. Daenerys Targaryen (A Song of Ice and Fire)
I love many other characters from the series, and many of them have unique and memorable names, but from the moment I read Daenerys’s first chapter I knew she’ll be one of my favorites, and she still is. Her name is totally regal, but I just love when people call her Danny. 🙂
I have, like, thirty more characters perfect for this list but as this is not top forty Tuesday, I have to stop here, so I just put the ones that came to my mind first. Which character names do you love? Do you love the characters that go with the name? 🙂 Happy Tuesday and happy reading everyone!