Friday Favorites: Fictional Criminals

Yay, it is Friday! FINALLY! I had Monday off work and for whatever reason, four day work weeks always seem to last for 18 days. But we are not here to listen to me ramble about time and its eccentricities. We are here to talk about fictional criminals and how much we love them! Because let’s face it, a story is always more interesting if there is a good criminal involved.

And if you have your own Friday Favorites post remember to drop a link in the comments so I can add it to the link list!! Happy Friday, y’all!


Captain Mal and the crew of Serenity – Now, before you yell at me about adding TV show characters to my list, let me direct you to the fact that there are a series of Firefly novels currently being published. Let’s just ignore the fact that I haven’t read any of them yet. I just couldn’t imagine talking about favorite criminals without mentioning the crew that brought us the phrase: “Shiny! Let’s be bad guys.”

Nik Malikov – When I first started reading Gemina last year I was worried about having to adjust to all new characters. But then I met the boy of questionable quality aka Nik Malikov and I knew everything would be okay. What does it say about me that I felt that way from a drug dealing, mob boy with a neck tattoo? Let’s not go down that road. Thinking about it, Nik may be my favorite criminal on this list. Oh crap…my desire to reread The Illuminae Files again has been triggered…

Kelsier and the crew from Mistborn – One of my favorite things in the world is a crew of criminals and there is no better crew than the one in Mistborn. Led by the charismatic and stabby Kelsier, this crew of cons run a job that drastically changes the world they live in. There is really no way for me to properly describe how awesome the characters in Mistborn are. It is something you have to experience for yourself. Seriously, GO READ MISTBORN!

George Cooper – Full disclosure, SE White is the reason I remembered to include George Cooper on my list. She is constantly reminding me how awesome all the Tamora Pierce books are and I thank her for it. But back to George, wonderfully criminal George. It’s been ages since I’ve read the Song of the Lioness quartet, but I remember a delightfully sarcastic and cocky (but also loyal and wise) King of Thieves that stole the heart of Alanna and me. I’m still a little bitter George isn’t real and currently my husband.

Kaz Brekker and the Dregs – Did you really think I was going to leave the ultimate YA criminals off this list? The Dregs are the criminals I’d want on my side. They may not go about their lives in a good, lawful way, but they are more honest and trustworthy than a lot of characters I’ve read. No mourners, no funerals.

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