What makes a tragic character work? Because I can think of a lot of tragic characters that fall on their face from a lack of sympathy(like a particularly embarrassingly bad failure of my own,) but a tragic character that works can be some of the most powerful in fiction. Besides that, do you have favorites in tragic characters? I myself have a least favorite(Romero because he is both popular and an idiot with zero impulse control.) Favorite? Perhaps George from 1984, because he can't really do anything to save himself.