1. Sansa Stark - from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire I realise that little Sansa isn't really a normal top of the list for fantasy characters however her strength is undeniable and the way she handles different situations just shows that she is actually one of the strongest characters in the series, and you need to remember she's only 11 at the start! I can't wait for her to outsmart Littlefinger to be honest! To read about Sansa start with Game of Thrones.
2. Vin Venture - from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy as soon as I read about Vin I have loved her, this girl is fiesty and the story of her development as a young person, particular as a young woman myself, is very believable and her dilemas. Plus her story doesn't quite play out perfectly, which of course adds a real sense of realism. To read about Vin start with The Final Empire.
3. Auraya Dyer - from Trudi Canavan's The Age of the Five, I think I like Auraya cause I see alot of me in her, in as far as she looks kind of like me I think, and her name sounds a bit like how my little brother says it, other than that its because she is a very strong character, she goes out for what she wants and gets it and refuses to do things that are against her priciples! If you want to read about her start with Preistess of the White.
4. Arianne Martell - from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire another strange one I admit from aSoIaF but like Sansa I like Arianne because she's smart, she's strong and she's fiesty! She seems to be one of the only women in aSoIaF who actually seems to fully accept her sexuality and do something about that. I'm expecting a lot more out of her! To read about Arianne...you have a lot of reading to do start at Game of Thrones and keep going til A Feast For Crows and you'll meet her there!
5. Sonea - from Trudi Canavan's The Black Magician Triology - though she makes some mistakes (much older man = probably not right even then) she really sticks up for what she believes in and stands up for those she loves. To read about Sonea start with The Magician's Guild
6. Daenerys Targaryen - from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire finally a less strange choice! I used to love Dany lots and she would have been in the top 5 apart from her little rest you-know-where, I just started to get frustrated with her, and some of the choices she's made, bit strange! Come on Dany get interesting again. To read about Daenerys start with Game of Thrones.
7. Jaime Lannister - from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire ask anyone who's read up to a Dance with Dragons and they will understand why Jaime is here, he deserves to be, he is a fnatastic character and his inner turmoils just add so much more to him! And honestly I do not want him anywhere near Cersei...she is evil! Also I can hear you thinking finally a man! To read about Jaime start with Game of Thrones.
8. Elend Venture - from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn Trilogy who can't love Elend, he is adorable, there are actually no real words to express his amazingness and just how completely lovable he is! To read about Elend start with The Final Empire.
9. Kahlan Amnell - from Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth Series now I know most fantasy readers don't really like Goodkind's series Kahlan will always have a place in my heart (though she's slipping off the scale) as she's from the first fantasy series I read. Most of the time she is a powerful, resourceful and strong woman who doesn't need her husband, but others she seems to think she can't survive without him which ruins her slightly. To read about Kahlan start with Wizard's First Rule.
10. Jon Snow - from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire damn it lets be predictable, though this is partly because Kit Harrington has now given me the imagination that Jon is hot! Though he is very troubled and seems to not take things as lightly as he should sometimes! Which is annoying! To read about Jon start with Game of Thrones.