Who Is The Funniest Character In Literature?
Posted on 4th of August, 2018


Is there really a thing such as a funniest character in literature? Plenty of characters in books have made me laugh out loud, but so have many people in reality and I wouldn't consider any of them to be the funniest. A character that just tries to be funny all the time is going to be like a clown and not very useful for the progression of the story. Books should include humor sure, but characters that are just funny all the time will be too one dimensional.
I have found that comedy is unfortunately one of the things that become very dated in literature, especially when authors try to incorporate elements of what is funny at the time of writing. Of course there are exceptions to this, but in general characters who may have been laugh out loud funny in their time now just come across as shallow or dated.
I haven't read nearly enough books to conclusively answer this, but from all the books that I have read there is one character that stands out. His name is Rincewind and he can be found in a number of the Discworld novels by British author, Terry Pratchett. Rincewind is a wizard, but not a very good one and flunked out of the Unseen University if I remember correctly. The only skills Rincewind seems to possess is the ability to turn just about any situation into a catastrophe and then run away from the people who inevitably want to kill him. Rincewind isn't actually the bumbling fool that he and everyone around him believes he is, but that just makes the situations that he finds himself in even funnier. Rincewind isn't in all of the books, so read The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Sourcery, Eric, Interesting Times, The Last Continent and The Last Hero to follow his adventures.

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