Another character with more than one name, and another character worth falling in love with. Personally, I think I have a soft spot for characters with numerous names (Patch/Jev Cipriano, Jace Wayland/ Morgenstern/ Herondale/ Lightwood, Four/Tobias Eaton). Apparently one name is simply not good enough for me but, any-hoo moving on. Four from the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth is one of my all time favorite fictional characters. He ranks in my top three with Patch Cipriano (Hush Hush Saga) and Daemon Black (Lux Series).
The quickest way to describe Four would be to simply say that he is badass. However, he is also capable of being sweet, kind, and caring. Four and Tris (Fourtris) make the perfect couple because their relationship is imperfect. They have to work at it and it is not idealized in any way. Four is a character with a very traumatic past, one he has to constantly work to move on from. No matter how hard he tries to escape it, it still comes back to haunt him.
Personally my favorite thing about Four is the way he treats Tris. He never once coddles her. He knows that she is strong and capable of taking care of herself. While most male leads are overprotective and suffocate their girlfriend, Four never does this. He recognizes that Tris is her own person and is capable of making her own decisions.
Veronica Roth created a wonderfully complex but lovable character in Four. He is sexy without knowing it, strong without boasting about it, and dangerous without being scary. It is easy to see why Tris fell for him.
Favorite Four Quotes:
"But becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it, that's the point." -Divergent
"Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up. I've seen it. It's fascinating." He releases me but doesn't pull away, his hand grazing my jaw, my neck, "sometimes I just... want to see it again. Want to see you awake." -Divergent
"Fine. You're not pretty. So?" He kisses my cheek. "I like how you look. You're deadly smart. You're brave. And even though you found out about Marcus..." His voice softens. 'You aren't giving me that look. Like I'm a kicked puppy or something." -Divergent
"You were right," Tobias says quietly, balancing on the balls of his feet. He smiles a little. "I do know who you are. I just needed to be reminded." -Insurgent
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