Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantastic Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic:
SEPTEMBER 26TH – Top 5 characters I would team up with to rule the world!
Characters’ moral compasses may vary.
Sansa Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin). My girl!!! I think I’ve waxed eloquent about my love for Sansa Stark enough on this blog, so I’ll just get right to it. Sansa is the sort of character who has a tremendous amount of growth, and while I wouldn’t necessarily want to team up with her 11-year-old self to rule the world, the young woman she becomes is one of the most formidable and capable characters in the entire series. She learns from the best and the worst alike, and she knows how to navigate the complex political situations she finds herself in. I want to team up with her to save Westeros and then dismantle the patriarchy.
Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo). (I would just like to point out that Sansa and Kaz are like….. the very embodiment of the two Types of characters I always fall for. The dichotomy of my being summed up in this one unlikely pair.) Anyway, this one doesn’t require a whole lot of explanation… Kaz is the sort of character you’d rather have on your side than against you, so while he may not be the most trustworthy person in the world, I’ll take my chances. He’s the sort of criminal mastermind who could easily take over the world if he decided that would be an advantageous course of action.
Henry Winter (The Secret History by Donna Tartt). Henry is one of the most memorable characters I’ve ever encountered. He may not be a Good Person, but I don’t think he’s a bad person either… and at any rate, he’s another one who I’d rather have on my side than against me. Plus, his idea of taking over the world would probably include ‘make The Iliad required reading for everyone’ and let’s be real, that aligns very nicely with my own agenda.
Helen of Sparta (The Iliad by Homer; classics). Anyone powerful enough to (inadvertently) bring about a war is someone I want to be partners in crime with. Helen is one of my favorite characters, and the thing that makes me defend her character is how little agency she has in her narrative: she’s stolen by Paris and then her husband Menelaus wages a war to get her back. The question of what Helen herself wanted has long been debated – did she go willingly with Paris, or was it kidnap? – and anyway, I’m saying all this because I want to give Helen a narrative where she’s in total control. i.e., Ruling the world.
Aliena of Shiring (The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett). Aliena is one of the most capable characters I can think of. She goes from being brought up in nobility to having absolutely nothing, to starting her own business as a wool merchant. She’s someone who gets shit done, and above that, she’s also just a deeply good person. I’d gladly rule medieval England with her.
Which character(s) would you team up with to rule the world? Comment and let me know!