Books contain some of our most loves and most hated characters of all time. A writer’s talent lies in how believable and unique he can make his characters. The most memorable and lively characters are vibrant and lively personalities that leave a mark in our memory with their wit, intelligence, charm, attitude and unique personal style. There are many lively characters that have been brought to life in theatre and movie adaptations of famous novels. Here are 10 such characters that have left an indelible mark in the minds and hearts of millions of readers.
10. Rhett Butler:
Rhett Butler is the main protagonist of Gone with the Wind written by Margaret Mitchell. He is a suave worldly guy who despite having being thrown out of West Point Military Academy shows a lot of knowledge about literature, philosophy and psychology. He has a strained relationship with his father and a deep understanding of the psyche of most other characters in the novel. Clark Gable’s portrayal of Butler has become iconic.
9. Rupert Psmith:
Rupert Psmith is a fictional character created by P.G. Wodehouse. He is Wodehouse’s favorite character and he used him repeatedly. His character is defined by the silent P in the front of his name that he added himself to distinguish himself from all the other Smiths. He supports a monocle and is witty and charming with a way with words.
8. Kimball O’Hara:
Kimball O’Hara is an Irish orphan from the novel Kim by Rudyard Kipling. He is an orphan living in the streets of Lahore who meets a Tibetan monk and becomes his student and follows him on his journey along the Grand Trunk Road. This novel and this character is considered to be a master piece by Rudyard Kipling. Kim is every little boy’s dream as he goes from one adventure to the next.
7. Hannibal Lecter:
Hannibal Lecter is perhaps the most charming yet horrifying villain of all. He is the main antagonist of Thomas Harris’s series of thriller horror novels. The character has been portrayed by many actors but Anthony Hopkins made it his own with his Academy Award winning performance in The Silence of the Lambs.
6. Becky Sharp:
Becky Sharp is the anti-heroine of Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. This satirical novel takes a critical look at the 19th century society of Britain. Becky Sharp is a cynical and beautiful young woman who is fluent in French and English and has a lot of wit. She uses her charm, wit and sexuality to climb the social ladder. Her lack of morals and conscience make her a very interesting character.
5. Jay Gatsby:
Jay Gatsby is the main protagonist of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is a self made millionaire who has become an archetype for those chasing the American Dream. The character has been played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the latest movie adaptation of 2013 by Baz Luhrmann. He is one of the most recognizable character of all time.
4. Sherlock Holmes:
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous characters to have ever been penned down. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s eccentric detective is a character that has inspired countless imitations and adaptations. He is exceptionally intelligent and witty and possesses a great ability to work with deductive logic. Robert Downey Jr. plays the detective in the recent Sherlock Holmes movies with a touch of his own style.
3. Tom Ripley:
Tom Ripley is a character that was created by Patricia Highsmith for her crime novel series. He is a lovable character who turns out to be an anti-hero and does crimes you can’t even imagine with heinous ease. His ability to lie and charm his way out of any situation makes him a very memorable character. Matt Damon plays Ripley in the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley and does a lot of justice to the character.
Shakespeare has created many memorable and distinct characters who have inspired so many other versions in countless other works of literature. One very memorable character is that of Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet. He is a close friend of Romeo and the only character who is friendly with both the Montagues and the Capulets. He is a very witty and fun loving character with a lot of vitality and a tendency to lose his temper and sudden mood swings.
1. James Bond:
The most lively character ever has to be Bond, James Bond. This charismatic spy with a license to kill was created by Ian Fleming. This sharply dressed, womanizing, good looking, sharp witted character is the handsome devil most guys wish they were. 007 has been portrayed by countless actors in the James Bond movies and 6 other authors have given their own touch to this character after Fleming’s death in 1964. It is a matter of passionate debate as to which actor was the best James Bond.