Meg March (Little Women) - adorably modest and old-fashioned; caring
Raskolnikov (Crime And Punishment) - I can't remember why but I had a huge crush on Raskolnikov when I was sixteen and read Crime and Punishment. :/
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Peregrin Took (Lord Of The Rings) - foolish but kind-hearted and therefore very huggable
Gandalf (Lord Of The Rings) - wise, determined, good, principled, caring
Jen Yu / Jiao Long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) - selfish, determined, in need of personal growth, has adorable attitude problems
Scarlett O'Hara (Gone With The Wind) - hot-tempered, selfish, has adorable attitude problems
I don't know why certain combinations of traits evoke deep sympathy in me... but there are some fictional characters that I just instinctively adore, even if they are "bad guys" (like Scarlett O'Hara with her probably narcissistic problems).
I had to resurrect this thread, because it's been a while since anybody posted on it, and I'm interested in seeing other people's favorites.
I couldn't decide on just ten, so here are my ten favorite literary characters, followed by my ten favorite characters from TV, movies, or comics:
1. Sherlock Holmes, from the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Great Detective himself. There's a reason why his popularity never seems to wane. I, for one, never get tired of him.
2. Horatio Hornblower, from the books by C.S. Forester. Logical, introverted, and a total perfectionist. No wonder I love him.
3. Jane Eyre, from the book by Charlotte Bronte. My favorite female character ever. She's just amazing.
4. Atticus Finch, from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. How can such a calm, quiet, understated character be so unforgettable?
5. Gandalf, from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Wise, compassionate, endearingly grouchy. He's the best.
6. Elinor Dashwood, from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Apparently I like calm, unassuming characters with a hidden strength.
7. Edmond Dantes, from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. He practically qualifies as a superhero. Just awesome on every level.
8. Viola, from Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Man, I love Viola. She's so funny and clever and independent.
9. Bertie Wooster, from the Jeeves series by P.G. Wodehouse. Such a lovable dullard. He's probably my favorite narrator. The hilariously silly way he puts words together is just sublime.
10. Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride by William Goldman. As far as revenge goes, he's Edmond Dantes on steroids. He's pretty great in the film, but he gets a lot more character development in the book.
Honorable Mentions: Ford Prefect from the Hitchhiker's Guide series by Douglas Adams, Cyrano de Bergerac, from the play by Edmond Rostand, and Aloysius Pendergast, from the books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (even though they've gotten pretty ridiculous).
1. Bruce Wayne, from the Batman comics. Self-explanatory. He's frigging Batman.
2. Charles Emerson Winchester III, from M*A*S*H. An arrogant, sarcastic snob with a hidden heart of gold.
3. C.J. Cregg, from The West Wing. God, I love C.J. All hail the Flamingo.
4. Hank McCoy, aka Beast, from the X-Men comics. What a lovable nerd.
5. The Doctor, from Star Trek: Voyager. Brilliant, funny, often infuriating, but never dull. He made a sometimes weak series worth watching. Also not a bad singer.
6. Kira Nerys, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She started the series as a shrill harpy, but became one of my favorite Star Trek characters of all time. She's both adorably vulnerable and a total badass.
7. Chuck Bartowski, from Chuck. Just plain adorable.
8. Philip J. Fry, from Futurama. The most beautifully idiotic character ever created. Possesses what I like to call a "moron Zen".
9. Ron Swanson, from Parks and Recreation. The man, the mustache, the legend.
10. Walter Bishop, from Fringe. My favorite mad scientist, after Nikola Tesla. How John Noble never won an Emmy for his portrayal of Walter just baffles me.
Honorable Mentions: Abe Sapien, from the Hellboy/BPRD comics, Elim Garak, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Robert "Sideshow Bob" Terwilliger from The Simpsons, Tom Servo from Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Antonio Salieri from Peter Shaffer's Amadeus. It's a weird mix; believe me, I know.
1. Jean-Luc Picard
2. Hannibal Smith
3. John Locke (Lost)
4. Egon Spengler (The Real Ghostbusters)
7. Samantha Stevens
8. Rube (Dead Like Me)
9. Adam (Northern Exposure)
10. Forrest Gump
In no particular order (and with some plagiarism)...
(and going over 10, I entered the thread years after it started, and so by plagiarism, some of my choices are grandfathered in, too bad!)
1. Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.
2. Jame Retief from Keith Laumer's science fiction novels.
3. Dominic Flandry from Poul Anderson's science fiction novels.
4. James Bond (from the books, not the movies)
8. Lord Peter Wimsey
9. Charles Wallace from Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet
10. Henry Mulligan from The Mad Scientists' Club childrens' series
11.Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo
12. Basil Grant from The Club of Queer Trades
13. Allan Quatermain from King Solomon's Mines
14. Nicholas van Rijn from Poul Anderson's science fiction novels
15. Tock from The Phantom Tollbooth
16. Jeeves from P.G. Wodehouse
17. Sherlock Holmes
18. Katherine Vigneras from A Severed Wasp
19. Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
22. Sheldon Cooper
23. Bugs Bunny
24. (tie) The Engineer from "Conjunction Junction, What's Your Function" *and* "I"m Just a Bill"
"Love never needs time. But friendship always needs time. More and more and more time, up to long past midnight." -- The Crime of Captain Gahagan