Tough Travelling“Tough Traveling” is a weekly Thursday feature created by Nathan at Review Barn where participants make a new list each week based on The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. This hilarious little book cheerfully pokes fun at the most prevalent tropes in fantasy. All are welcome to take part, and there is a link up over at his site. Join in any time!

This week’s trope is THE ACE:

Some people are just ridiculously good at everything.  Be it magic, swordplay, or all of the above.  THE ACE has no equal.

After taking a week off from Tough Traveling, I’m back! I struggled this week, but I’m sure as soon as I see other people’s lists I’ll have a few “dang it!” moments when I realize that I should’ve included those characters. Such is life! Let’s get into my picks for this week:

The Princess BrideWestley – The Princess Bride by William Goldman


Westley defeats a master swordsman, climbs a cliff face with his bare hands, cons a con artist, storms a castle, and pulls of a host of other insane victories. And he does it all looking damn fine (shoutout to Cary Elwes!). Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy – but it’s a bit ridiculous when you really think about it.

 City of BonesJace Herondale –
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Jace is a fearsome Shadowhunter, he’s clever and snarky, and everyone – everyone – seems to think that he’s the most gorgeous creature to ever walk the earth. Somehow he’s just really good at everything, and dude’s got the arrogant attitude to back it up.

In the Hand of the GoddessAlanna the Lioness – Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce 

Not only is Alanna one of the most famous and well-respected knights in the world, she also has strong magic – and the support of gods and goddesses. Then there’s the fact that while not conventionally beautiful, Alanna has two very desirable and powerful guys fall at her feet. You go, girl! Four for you.

 Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireCedric Diggory – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 

Cedric Diggory: intelligent, charming, respected, good looking, and Seeker for the Hufflepuff quidditch team. To top it all off, he makes it into the Triwizard Tournament – on his own merit. Unfortunately, being “the ace” doesn’t guarantee a happy ending.