Ron Weasley is a main character in J.K. Rowling's seven-novel Harry Potter series. He is one of Harry's two best friends, along with Hermione Granger. Ron is described as a gangly redhead with freckles. He has five older brothers (Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred and George Weasley) and one younger sister (Ginevra 'Ginny' Weasley). In the film adaptations of the novels (various directors), he is played by Rupert Grint.
In Canon Edit
Ron is Harry's first real friend, and they met between platforms 9 and 10 at King's Cross station. Their friendship is incredibly fast, to the point that not even the strongest magic of the Dark Lord is enough to break Ron's loyalty.
He is often a foil to Harry's destiny – an ordinary boy with an extra-ordinary friend – and supportive and loyal to Harry to the end, although he does have to overcome periods of jealousy. He also foils Hermione's know-it-all propensity by being a little bit boneheaded – just as a teenage boy ought to be. But underneath his sincere, emotion-driven, Chudley Cannons–loving, mother-smothered exterior is an overwhelmingly brave and very clever and intelligent young man. He is a master chess player, a team player, and a fierce and loyal fighter.
He is canonically paired with Hermione Granger, and their relationship takes almost the full run of the book series to develop. He went to the Yule Ball with Padma Patil, but did not once dance with her.
In Badfic Edit
Ron Weasley seems to be disliked by many badficcers, especially by particularly rabid 'Harmonian' shippers who were upset when Hermione ended up with him instead of Harry. He's also seen as an obstacle by Mary Sues who want to worm their way into his place as Harry's best friend and by bad slashers who want to write improbable pairings with his friends and relatives, such as Harry/Draco or Hermione/Ginny.
Therefore, he is often bashed like a red-haired piñata, mischaracterised as far less intelligent, loyal, and strong than he really is so the author has an excuse to discredit him in the eyes of his friends. Sometimes this is taken so far as to make him downright evil, in which case he may become Ron the Death Eater. Other times, he may be written out of the story entirely.
Because he is disliked or disregarded by many Suvians, he is known for his incredible Sue-resistance, almost always acting hostile toward them, pointing out logical errors, and refusing at all costs to give in. If found to be resisting Suefluence in a badfic, he should be approached by agents in need of an ally, since he would be all-too-eager to help get rid of the Sue messing up his friends.
His sister Ginny is also occasionally able to resist, but the resistance runs strongest in her brother.