Welcome to Day 18 of the A to Z Challenge. For this year’s challenge, I’ll be examining different types of characters that can be found in international fiction. Today I’m looking at rejected rebels.
Rejected rebels are characters that rebel against a system that does not accept them or their actions. They can either be outlaws or characters within a system trying to bring about change.
These characters tend to have a motive to challenge the world around them. They also end up impacting the system that has rejected them, or at least one person within it.
Warning: This post contains spoils for Guardians of the Galaxy, The Help and Lean on Me.
Rebellious rebel’s motives aren’t always altruistic. Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy at first has motives that are purely financial. Skeet in The Help starts out trying to find a story that will further her career.
In some cases, however, rebels see clearly an aspect of a system they want to change and decide to do something about it. Joe Clark in Lean on Me, is an example of this.
Changing the System
Peter Quill ends up saving the planet that had him arrested and outlawed. Skeet’s defiance leads to more rejection, but she ends up impacting the lives of several women who suffered within it. Joe Clark helps the people within his school find hope for a future.
Rejected rebels can appear in non-fiction and political stories, along with other genres. Other examples of rejected rebels are Hans Solo in Star Wars, Uncle Ermu in “The Armed Letter Writers” and William Wallace in Braveheart.
Most of the rejected rebels in this post had a happy ending. Can you think of any rejected rebels that met a not-so-pleasant end?