Books and TV: Favourite Morally Grey and Anti-Hero Characters [Wyrd & Wonder 2023 Day 15]

For Wyrd and Wonder Day 16’s topic of favourite villains, I am in a bit of a bind. My favourite villains are Twist villains and I don’t like giving spoilers on my blog. Which is a bit of a conundrum on my side because now, I have prepared for you a list that I cannot explain. So in thinking about what I could possibly do, I came up with a semi-simple solution, one I hope you like. Instead of villains, I am going to talk about my all-time favourite morally grey characters across books and TV shows

I hope you enjoy ^_^

Wu Zetian from Iron Widow

With a focus on revenge that very rarely shifts, Zetian is most often beyond caring as to how she gets what she wants. I adore her for it, but her morals are grey at best.

Jet from Avatar the Last Airbender

A freedomfighter to the core, he might not willingly or knowingly harm innocent people but a few fire-nation lives along the way? That never hurt anyone right?

Kaz Brekker from the Six of Crows Series

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Once again, not necessarily the best guy on the block. He can and will do what it takes to get things done. And a large part of his reputation is carefully constructed to make him worse than he is, because at the end of the day, there’s something about him that strikes true.

Aelin Galathynius Throne of Glass

When you meet her, she has no cares. And when we leave her, she has a few. But in the in-between, there is a part of Aelin that will trade favours and pull strings to make sure she gets what she wants…when she wants it.

Death Note

I couldn’t pick betweeen Light/Kira and L. I feel like both of them sit in a spot where they aren’t fully white or black in terms of morality. Accepting losses for what they are and taking in any wins that they can get.

Katherine from Three Dark Crowns Series

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It’s been a while since I read the series, but I remember how much she struck out to me. None of the princesses in the series are morally light, but there is something interesting about the change that happens to her the shift from the scared to the cunning that draws you in to this Poisoner Queen.

No Face from Spirited Away

Honestly, by function No Face is morally grey because on his own, he does not have a personality. Through most of the movie, his biggest traits are lonliness and the corrupted arrogance that he adapts to in the bathhouse.

I adore him either way.

Until Next Time!


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