Top 10 Literary Characters Who Would Make Excellent World Leaders

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)

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This topic was more challenging than I expected to be, and I think many of the characters I’ve chosen are on the young side, so we’ll just have to imagine that they have future careers as world leaders (Presidents, Prime Ministers, etc.)

 

Top 10 Characters Who Would Make Excellent World Leaders

 

1 and 2.  HERMIONE GRANGER & MINERVA MCGONAGALL from the HARRY POTTER series

Both of these woman who intelligent, resourceful, brave, and loyal, all qualities that I think would make either of them ideal candidates to lead a nation.

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3.  RHYSAND from the A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES series

With the selflessness he shows when it comes to his own people, Rhysand has already demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a great leader.

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4. KATNISS EVERDEEN from THE HUNGER GAMES series

Katniss had what it took to lead a rebellion. Does she have what it takes to lead a nation?  I think so!

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5. STARR CARTER from THE HATE U GIVE

She’s incredibly brave, intelligent, and she cares about justice.  I think now that Starr Carter has found her voice, she could have a long career in making that voice heard and could be a very powerful world leader.

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6. ATTICUS FINCH from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

He’s smart, compassionate, and is very persuasive and eloquent speaker, all qualities I hope to see in a leader.

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7. MATILDA WORMWOOD from Roald Dahl’s MATILDA

Matilda is intelligent, clever, and most importantly, she’s a fighter and doesn’t give up.  I think that kind of determination would make her an ideal leader when she grows up.

 

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8. ROBERT LANGDON from Dan Brown’s ANGELS & DEMONS


Robert Langdon is another character who is intelligent, resourceful, and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the better good.  I could easily see him as a candidate for President.

 

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9. DIANA PRINCE from WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER


Duh, she’s Wonder Woman!  She’s born to lead and she’s a major badass too!

 

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10. JUSTYCE MCALLISTER from DEAR MARTIN


Justyce is smart, he’s an excellent public speaker, and one of his heroes is Martin Luther KIng, Jr.  I could see Justyce using the tragic events that took place in Dear Martin and using them as a catalyst to begin a career in politics or in some other area of social justice where he could take a leadership role and be a champion of social justice and equality.

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Question:  What literary characters do you think would make excellent world leaders?

26 replies
  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    Some interesting picks. I love Rhys, so any list with him on it, is fine by me, but I love that you included Atticus and Matilda. Atticus had a great way of seeing the world and sharing his vision, and Matilda was able to keep going when there were so many things that should have forced her to quit.

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  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    I totally agree with Hermoine and McGonagall – we need more women in charge, especially women like them! I also agree with Katniss, although I think she would be a very reluctant leader – I think she’d rather stay out of the spotlight!

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Right?! We definitely need more women in leadership roles. I was thrilled watching our election results come in last night and see how many women ran for office and won this year. So amazing!

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  3. Nuria
    Nuria says:

    Yay! I also have Matilda on my list. Love that girl to pieces and am sure that she would make an amazing world leader. But there are other great ones on your list as well. Maybe one of these days I’ll read Harry Potter… 🙂

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  4. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    Ooh good choices. I totally agree with Hermione and Minerva from HP and Katniss of course. I like that you included Matilda – I wouldn’t have thought of her but she’d totally make a great world leader. 🙂

    -Lauren

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  5. Jordan Rose
    Jordan Rose says:

    Great list, I completely agree with all of your choices! Minerva has always been one of my favorite characters, so I can’t fathom why I didn’t even think of her. Hermione also made mine, and Rhys would make such a fantastic leader. I can’t believe I didn’t think of Starr Carter–she would be amazing!

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  6. Di @ Book Reviews by Di
    Di @ Book Reviews by Di says:

    McGonagall! I think she would be an amazing leader!

    Rhysand!!!!!!! Aaaaahhh! Man, I can’t wait to get my box set of that series so I can sit with all the pages of goodness and read them all over again. I adore that series, especially M&F.

    Matilda! I just bought that book for my 3 year old. Totally NOT age appropriate… But I’m hoping that she’ll soon be able to deal with me reading a chapter every now and then and be into it with me!

    I just got WWW – I cannot wait to read it!

    Amazing list!

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