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Brian Jacques RIP: Top ten Redwall characters

Brian Jacques RIP: Top ten Redwall characters

10. Tansy Species: Hedgehog Appears in: Pearls of Lutra, The Long Patrol Reminds us of: Mary Poppins Why she's on the list: One of the better good-natured matronly characters in the series.

9. Grath Longfletch Species: Otter Appears in: The Pearls of Lutra Reminds us of: Matt Damon's character in the Bourne series. Why she's on the list: The revenge-bent loner was our favorite Redwall character trope, and Grath was particularly badass. This was the best of the non-core story books.

8. Basil Stag Hare Species: Hare Appears in: Redwall Reminds us of: Winston Churchill Why he's on the list: The rabbits seem like the species you'd want to get a beer with, and Basil most of all.

7. Cluny the Scourge Species: Rat Appears in: Redwall Reminds us of: Napoleon Why he's on the list: First villain written, and Jacques never topped him.

6. Bella of Brockhall Species: Badger Appears in: Mossflower, The Legend of Luke, Outcast of Redwall Reminds us of: Shaq Why she's on the list: The badgers are the most kick-ass species in the world of Redwall, and Bella's probably the most likeable of the bunch.

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Brian Jacques RIP: Top ten Redwall characters

5. Samkin Species: Squirrel Appears in: Salamandastron Reminds us of: Frodo Why he's on the list: There are tons and tons of scrappy underdog heroes in these books, but we thought Samkin was the most believable and relatable.

4. Mariel of Redwall Species: Mouse Appears in: Mariel of Redwall, The Bellmaker Reminds us of: Joan of Arc Why she's on the list: People accuse this series of being repetitive. So maybe Mariel is just Martin with a different gender and a few new backstory details. Whatever -- we were something like ten years old at the time.

3. Finbarr Galedeep Species: Otter Appears in: The Bellmaker Reminds us of: Jeff Bridges/John Wayne's character in True Grit Why he's on the list: Every good warrior quest needs a reluctant yet indispensable old-timer.

2. Sunflash the Mace Species: Badger Appears in: The Outcast of Redwall Reminds us of: Henry Rollins Why he's on the list: He's an intellectual character who kills bad guys with a goddamn tree. How do you not love that?

1. Martin The Warrior Species: Mouse Appears in: Nearly every single book, in one way or another Reminds us of: Jesus Christ and/or Mohammad (duh) Why he's on the list: If you've read any of the books, this should be self-evident

This is all completely subjective, of course. Tell us your favorites in the comments.

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