Most of my favorite characters in fantasy begin the story as either completely inexperienced "noobs" or as world-weary, highly effective professionals. I've found myself wondering which characters I prefer: Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione or Dumbledore, Snape, and Voldemort? Jezal, Artee, and Collem or Logen, Bayaz, and Glokta? Rand, Mat, and Perrin or Moraine, Thom, and Lan? Caine or Darrow? Kvothe or Granny Weatherwax? Locke Lamora present day or Locke Lamora flashbacks? It sort of surprised me when I realized that so many of my favorite characters are the highly trained professionals, because I really do like bildungsroman novels. What do you guys think? Do you prefer noobs or pros?