In The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan, Tim Macbeth knows what it’s like to be different. He’s an albino; he’s not all that popular; and to top it off, he’s just moved to a new school—second semester, senior year. In spite of everything, he starts an unlikely relationship with the ultra-popular Vanessa. Will their secret relationship survive, or will their different social statuses ruin everything?
Some of our favorite characters are misfits just like Tim: People rarely “get” them, but they’re secretly cooler than everyone else. Inspired by The Tragedy Paper, we’re counting down our favorite characters who march to the beat of their own drums. Check out our picks and vote for the best below!
Stargirl from Stargirl
You can tell from one glance that Stargirl’s a misfit: She wears crazy clothes, plays the ukulele, and carries her pet rat with her everywhere. Everyone at school thinks she’s super weird, but she sounds pretty cool to us. And even if Stargirl’s antics get a little extreme, you have to give her props for doing her own thing.
Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter
Luna’s name has pretty much become synonymous with “awesome outcast” at this point. And let’s face it—she kind of rules. Yeah, her crazy theories are always good for a laugh, but she’s also totally brave and endlessly loyal to her friends. We’d follow crumple-horned snorcacks with her any time!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A self-proclaimed “wallflower,” Charlie basically has no friends until a group of lovable outsiders makes him part of their crowd. Through the joys of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Charlie really comes into his own. We love him, both in print and on film (although we don’t love Emma Watson trying to say his name in an American accent).
The Doctor from Doctor Who
The Doctor might be a brave and stylish alien, but we can’t forget that he’s an exile. He just can’t stop himself from getting involved in the universe, and the Time Lords are strictly against intervention. Seriously, though, we have no problem with it. Come intervene in our world anytime, Doctor!
Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock
Sherlock is totally brilliant, but there’s no denying that he’s an oddball. He can solve mysteries at the drop of a hat, but when it comes to social skills—yeah, there’s really not much to work with. In spite of that, he manages to be half of one of the best bromances ever.
Edward from Edward Scissorhands
Even though he looks a little scary, Edward’s good at heart. But when you have giant metal scissors for hands, it’s kind of difficult to keep a low profile. At first, everyone likes him, but over time, the townspeople start thinking he’s dangerous. We, however, would love to give him a (very careful) hug.
Buddy from Elf
Since Buddy thinks he’s a Christmas elf, he really has no idea how to act around regular people. Some of the other characters find his ways annoying, but we would love to have a friend like Buddy. He’s way into the holidays, he’s enthusiastic about everything, and he only eats candy? Yes, please.
Mulan from Mulan
Mulan always feels a little out of place—she’s a woman pretending to be a man so she can fight in a war. But she’s so awesome that she pulls it off, singing and dancing along the way. We’re even willing to overlook the glaring historical inaccuracies because those songs are just SO. CATCHY.
Batman from Batman
He may be a gazillionaire, but Batman’s not exactly the most popular guy. He lives on the margins of society, fighting crime while mourning the deaths of his parents. His only friend is his butler. But he takes all that emotional turmoil and puts it toward defeating bad guys, which we think is a pretty good use for all that angst.
Katniss from The Hunger Games
Katniss is used to going against the grain—she actually volunteers for the Hunger Games. She’s way better than any of the other competitors. And, in the end, she leads a full-blown rebellion! She’s definitely an outsider, but it’s mostly because of her unadulterated awesomeness.
Which of these misfits do you dig the most? Vote now! Which awesome outcasts did we leave out? Let us know in the comments!
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