It’s time for the Smashing and Dashing Character Awards (originally created by Cait @ PaperFury), the 2021 edition. To be honest, 2021 wasn’t one of my best reading years (maybe I’m just getting more picky…ha ha, I’m definitely getting more picky), but hopefully I’ll be able to scrounge up enough characters to pull through on this tag…
Most Relatable Character
I am going to have to say Murderbot from The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red. Because Murderbot uses the consumption of media to avoid facing actual problems. Murderbot is less-than-adept at social interaction. Murderbot feels uncomfortable around humans in general. Murderbot is way too relatable.
Most Pure Animal Companion
Black Hayate, Lieutenant Hawkeye’s dog from Fullmetal Alchemist.
Though I was tempted to say Zazie’s stuffed tiger from The Promised Neverland.
There were several fierce fighters from the books I read in 2021, and it’s hard to decide. I think I might have to go with Adam Wayne from The Napoleon of Notting Hill. Since he doesn’t really have a setting below 1,000%.
Am I Surprised That I Loved You??
Zeb from The Home Ranch. We love Zeb. I was not expecting to love Zeb. It just kind of… happened.
Yuzuru from A Silent Voice. She is the sweetest kid ever. But the sass, though. It’s real.
Guys, I still don’t really understand what an antihero is. Does Auberon Quin from The Napoleon of Notting Hill count?
The Best Friends of All
I am not going to be able to decide, so we’re going with both here:
Ed, Al and Winry from Fullmetal Alchemist.
Mustang, Hawkeye and co. from Fullmetal Alchemist.
I guess there are just some stellar friend groups in Fullmetal Alchemist, guys. Friendship goals.
Best Villain TO HATE
Leonidas Shug from Just Like That. This guy is SUCH a CREEP and we HATES HIM FOREVER.
Award for Best vs. Worst YA Parents
Best: Darius and Sophia Malcolm from Just Like That. They aren’t even in that much of the book but they take such good care of Matt. Every lost child needs a Darius and a Sophia in their lives.
But also Sig and Izumi Curtis from Fullmetal Alchemist. Because I can’t not mention them.
Worst: Benjamin Malvern from The Scorpio Races. He is…the worst. I mean, his son is totally awful and obnoxious but it’s kind of hard to imagine him turning out much different considering how he was raised. 0/10 parenting.
Ship of All Ships in 2021
I can’t decide again? Pete Wyatt and Beatriz Soria from All the Crooked Saints. But also Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist. Just be impressed that there was more than one couple that I actually loved that much. It doesn’t always happen like that, trust me.
Most Precious Must Be Protected
Zazie from The Promised Neverland. MY SON. This child. Sure he is a soldier child with mad sword skills but he is also a CHILD and someone needs to help him PLEASE.
Honestly Surprised You’re Still Alive
Adam Wayne from The Napoleon of Notting Hill. I mean…he just throws himself into things and “staying alive” is NOT high on his priority list.
Award for Making the Worst Decisions
There were actually a lot of poor decision-makers, but I think I have to go with Matthew Malvern from The Scorpio Races. Because I don’t think he made a single less-than-terrible decision throughout the entire book.
I kind of have to put Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist as an honorable mention, for obvious reasons.
Most in Need of a Nap
Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. Please let this boy sleep. This state of not sleeping for years on end CANNOT be good for his mental health.
Want to Read More About You
Finn Connolly from The Scorpio Races. I didn’t even like The Scorpio Races that much. But I did like Finn. So just a book about Finn, please.
Well, I wasn’t exactly expecting so many of those answer to be manga related… but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised considering how many characters I met of the manga variety. I only read two and a half manga series’ last year but each one had SO MANY characters. So it makes sense.
What noteworthy characters did you meet in 2021? Who was your favorite? Least favorite? Which character do you want to protect and which one do you want to read more about? Were there any terrible or admirable YA parents in your 2021 reading? Tell me all your bookish thoughts in the comments!