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Not gonna lie, this was actually really hard for me! I have read many books with funny characters, but not too many that really stand out to me and make me think, “man that character was so funny!” I guess because most characters can be witty every once-in-a-while, but that characteristic doesn’t stick with me…unless it’s like the defining feature of that character. Since many of the books I read aren’t exactly humor books, this isn’t often the case.
But, here is my list of, in my opinion, the funniest characters that I remember to be funny. Who knows, there might be others out there. I honestly can’t wait to see other peoples’ lists!
1. Fred & George Weasley (Harry Potter Series)
Now, you two – this year, you behave yourselves. If I get one more owl telling me you’ve – you’ve blown up a toilet or –”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
“Blown up a toilet? We’ve never blown up a toilet.”
“Great idea though, thanks, Mum.”
Were you expecting Ron? I know I expect Ron to make it to other peoples’ lists of funny characters, but for me, he was always just a generally funny guy. I found Fred and George to not only be more interesting, but also funnier. Maybe that’s why they’re the ones that open a joke shop?
Anyway, I really think they’re two of the funniest people in this series. I love their constant plays on being twins, using that to get people. I feel like if I were a twin, that’s what I’d be doing all the time – pranking people with my twin. But seriously, they’re some of the brighter spots in this series, which gets progressively darker as it goes, so it’s much appreciated to have them around.
2. Mark Watney (The Martian)
They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars.The Martian by Andy Weir
In your face, Neil Armstrong!
Raise your hand if you knew Mark Watney was going to be on this list! Of course I had to list him! This book is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and it’s all because of Mark Watney, the most hilarious astronaut I know. I mean, he’s just so, so funny. Most of the book, he’s by himself, but he’s able to keep himself, and the reader, amused because of his witty commentary on his situation. This book should be a dark, depressing drama, but instead it’s a rollicking comedy because Mark doesn’t let things get him down. He slaps a good ol’ dash of humor on every wound.
3. Philip Digby (Trouble Series)
We’re millenials, Princeton. We’re all post-traumatic.Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly
I’ve used this book before for other prompts, but I knew I had to include Digby on this list because, well, he’s hilarious!
One of the things I love most about this book, and this series, is how funny it is, in addition to being a mystery series. Not too many books, particularly YA books, read like comedies, but this series does! And I love it. Tromly is excellent at snappy, quick, smart dialogue and it really shines in this book.
4. Catherine (Catherine, Called Birdy)
10th Day of August, Feast of St. Laurence, who was roasted over hot coals and now is the patron saint of cooks. Sometimes religion is as mysterious as love.Catherine, Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman
One of the things I love most about this book was how funny Catherine is. She may be a girl living in the 1200s, but she has the caustic wit of a millennial. I love her! The book itself is not meant to be a humorous book, but more of a slice-of-life for a girl in the 1200s. Catherine’s life is not her own to do as she pleases, though often she tries to do so anyway. If you haven’t read the book, I really recommend it. It’s a short, sweet ride. Plus, Catherine is always telling it like it is.
5. Penryn Young (Penryn & the End of Days Series)
Your giant head is getting too big for this forest. Pretty soon, you’re going to get stuck trying to walk between two tress. And then, I’ll have to rescue you.” I give him a weary look. “Again.Angelfall by Susan Ee
Again, not a humor book in the least – it’s an apocalyptic dystopian – but the wit in this book is on point! I laughed out loud at several points, mostly because I think Penryn is hilarious. She’s one of my favorite book characters, I think of all time, because of it. The book is full of her witty comebacks and sick burns, plus, her inner monologue is hilarious, as well. I enjoyed this book immensely simply because Penryn was kicking ass and flinging witty retorts at anyone within earshot.
Thoughts & Thanks!
What do you think of my selections? Did any of your favorites make it on this list? Thank you for reading this post. Let’s chat in the comments! And, as always, happy reading!