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Perseverance is one of the most admirable traits a person can have and it’s quite common in fiction to have a protagonist who deals with adversity at every turn. These characters might watch the people they love die, while facing hurdle after hurdle. The average person would cut their losses and give up. Since these fictional characters are so extraordinary, they never give up, despite every hardship they face.

In literature, determination shows up in some of the most famous characters of all time. Odysseus traveled for decades, facing monsters and war in order to get home to his wife. Captain Ahab searched for a mythical whale, even when he was labeled crazy for doing so.

In supernatural fiction, characters like Harry Potter, Frodo, and Buffy are given plenty of opportunities to abandon their quests, but choose to press on. Practically every superhero character is also imbued with this admirable trait.

As rare as perseverance is in real life, it’s a common character trait in some of the best fiction, from television to books. Vote up the best fictional characters below, those who never gave up, even when things were tough.

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Forrest Gump


Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Never Give Up
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Forrest Gump faced his share of adversity in Winston Groom's 1986 eponymous novel and the the 1994 film, but nothing stopped him from reaching greatest. The character met the President, fought in the Vietnam War and became a shrimping boat captain.

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Appears In: Forrest Gump

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Inigo Montoya


Inigo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Never Give Up
Inigo Montoya is a Spanish fencer who appeared in William Goldman's novel "The Princess Bride" and the 1987 film of the same name. He never rests until he is able to confront his father's killer and utter the words, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

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Appears In: The Princess Bride

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Samwise Gamgee


Samwise Gamgee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Never Give Up
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Samwise Gamgee is a Hobbit and loyal companion to Frodo in "The Lord of the Rings" books and films. He journeys with Frodo through Mordor and into the heart of Mount Doom to destroy the ring.

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Appears In: Lord of the Rings

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Hermione Granger


Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Never Give Up
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Hermione Granger is a student at Hogwarts and friend of Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's iconic book series. When she and her friends are faced with impossible situations, Hermione often uses her intelligence and magic skills to find a solution.

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Appears In: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, + more

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