I absolutely loved reading and watching Les Misérables (I'd even go so far as to say it's one of my favorite novels ever) and I wanted to see what other Nerdfighters thought of it, specifically what their favorite characters are.
I'll get the ball rolling by saying my favorite character is Javert. Now, I know he's supposed to be the villain in the book/movie/play, but he is actually just trying to keep France a just and law-abiding place. Of course he is obsessed with Jean Valjean, but that's just because he sees the world in black and white. He has a clearly defined vision of what's evil and a clearly defined vision of what's good. At the beginning of the book, he puts Jean Valjean in the evil category because in the eyes of the law, which is basically Javert's moral code, Jean Valjean is evil.
However, after Jean Valjean decides to put aside his stealing past and follow the priest's advice to go down the path of righteousness, Javert is left utterly confused. This confusion furthers after Jean Valjean spares his life near the end. And this is ultimately why he committed suicide, because the world had become muddled and gray, the way that everyone else sees it. "Evil" people can change and that was just too much for Javert.
Anyway, the reason that he's my favorite is because if you think about it, Javert is just doing his job, which goes to show that his job (i.e. the law he was repressing at that time) is flawed and not just.