For some, there comes a time when you encounter a hero/heroine who is just WAY too badass and extremely unrealistic. Yeah, yeah, it's fiction, but we crave a character with flaws, who isn't perfection incarnate, and who makes mistakes. Sometimes, I think, authors take the badassery way too far and end up creating a character whose only purpose is to defeat the bad guys. There's no personality, no imperfections, NADA.
Well, I guess this is better than the alternative - to have insipidly weak heroes and, more commonly, insipidly weak heroines. But there's got to be a balance, y'know?
1.) Jace, from City of Bones
|LOOK AT THAT PERF CHEST|
|You go, Emma|
2.) Scarlet, from Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
If you've read my review of Scarlet, you know that I adored the first installment, at least when I first read it. A few months ago, I read Lady Thief, and from then on, things went downhill. That is to say, I started to notice the major flaws of the series; namely, the protagonist, Scarlet.
While I am all for female empowerment and proving that we are not in constant need of saving, Gaughen went to extremes. Yes, Scarlet is a badass, but she is nowhere near realistic. At first glance, she is actually quite admirable - albeit a bit scary. But digging deeper, I start to notice she has nothing more to her personality other than the fact that she is a master thief. Which made her seem one-dimensional. Which made me dislike the series entirely.
3.) Day/June, from Legend by Marie Lu
I say Day/June because they are both exactly the same. I've read the next and half of the third, but the lack of characterization/distinguishing between the two is pretty bad in this installment. Here you have June, who is perfect at everything, and Day, who is also perfect at everything.
Therein lies the issue - they are too ideally badass from the beginning of the series that they a) have no room to grow and b) have zero personality. They're not only badass in fighting, they are also badass at being geniuses and stuff. You know, much smarter than the average mortal. /sarcasm
Do you guys know any characters that are waaay too badass for them to be considered realistic? Does it bother you when authors choose to make their characters like this? Let me know in the comments!