"They say, best men are moulded out of faults,
And, for the most, become much more the better
For being a little bad."
-- William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure", Act 5 Scene 1
Today, I think we'll take it from an expert.
All of my favorite characters on the All-Exclusive All-Time list are definitely flawed. (Peeta's on that list, which almost dashes the continuity there, but I think Snow and a certain venom took care of that.) Maybe that's just a personal preference of mine, but I think it raises a point. We all know that no one likes perfect characters, and most normal people don't like purely awful characters either. Society tends to frown upon that -- but then again, I frown on society, so who knows.
All of my Favorites have some sort of quirk that makes them interesting -- and not necessarily nice -- and influences the story line.
A great example of this is Artemis Fowl. He's not one of my Favorites -- I mean, he's a great character and all, but he's not on The List --, but he's quite flawed, thank you very much. He can be ruthless, manipulative, completely full of himself. (The fact that he's the biggest supergenius out there doesn't exactly hurt matters, either.) He ends up showing gradual growth -- peachy -- but he doesn't completely lose his flaws in the process.
What about you? Is there a common thread between all your favorites -- or do you even pick favorites? (The notion is completely foreign to me, but my mom actually doesn't pick favorites . . . except for Peeta, that is.)
And what scale should the characters be on -- way flawed or, in the words of Shakespeare, "a little bad"?