Okay, okay—I’m a fangirl. I’m sorry. But he has a delicious character arc, for starters, and I like his sibling action with Thor. Initially it sounded like he was supposed to be a maniacal evil guy, but he turned into this deeply emotional and justice-seeking individual. ♥ Also, Tom Hiddleston.
Olivia DunhamOne of my favorite things that has been said about Fringe is that it’s the show where the girls get the guns—and she shoots plenty of things. Also, by the way, she’s close with her sister Rachel. AND SHE GETS TO BE WITH PETER AND LINCOLN WITHOUT AN AWKWARD PAINT YOUR WAGON REDO!
Mal ReynoldsI don’t know when I started adoring Mal. Maybe after the third episode—he finally proved that he is a very moral character, but he’s also morally ambiguous. Funny, firm, kind, and a good leader. He also looks lovely in a pretty floral bonnet.
Zoe WashburneFirst of all, I like that she’s a female ISTJ—lots of times they are guys and that is depressing when you like to look up to both genders instead of just one. Elizabeth and I had this discussion the other day—Zoe is good at being a woman. She loves her husband exclusively and passionately, is respectful of authority (unless the authority is stupid), can shoot a gun, and will fight for what she believes in. Yet, she’s kind and nurturing, a strong leader. She’s feminine and emotional, but she doesn’t let those things define or get in the way of what she wants to do.
Also, when she is handed her best friend’s ear, she doesn’t even blink, she just sticks that thing in her bra and drags her husband away like nothing.
SimbaSimba is awesome. His story just goes full circle—he begins as a fearful child in need of forgiveness, and when he confronts his past and accepts his rightful responsibility, he receives it and administers justice in the land. Then, as his daughter reaches adulthood, he learns to step back and give that same forgiveness as well.
Geraldine GrangerI understand why this show got some hate mail—Geraldine is a vicar (that’s British for pastor) and she does some pretty sinful things. She’s been known to sleep around, she turns to food instead of God, she can say bad words, and she almost married Mr. Horton. But I can’t be more grateful that Dawn French asked that Geraldine be more naughty, because pastors aren’t perfect. She shows, in many ways, that your faults do not make you feckless. Sometimes it’s the people closest to God who need the most forgiveness.
Mr. MagoriumI don’t know why I don’t own this movie; it always makes me cry. It’s funny, because I never think I’m going to love it as much as I did last time. But I do. He ignites joy in live, speaks wisdom amid strife, and whispers poignant words facing death. He isn’t afraid of anything, and his defining traits are forgiveness and love. He knows the value of a gift. More than that, he never undervalues what he has already been given: life.
GuinanGuinan is awesome. She’s wise, and unorthodox. She listens to people’s stories and always delivers calm, measured advice. She takes advantage of the opportunities out there and isn’t afraid to jump on beds, nor is she afraid to confront her captain when there is something he needs to hear. My dad’s favorite Star Trek episode is “Darmok” (which is undeniably awesome) but despite the many I have seen, I really like the one following: “Ensign Ro.” She reminds me of myself, and that Guinan would go out of her way to help Ro Laren made me happy.
MadmartiganMadmartigan has the best character arc, too. He’s in a cage left to die, and maybe even for good reason, but he learns to fall in love, learns to work as part of a team, and learns to love a little baby girl he eventually takes as his own. He learns responsibility, and despite the fact that he is the traditional swashbuckling hero he doesn’t arrive at the scene of the climax until the battle has already been won. And he’s funny.
Charlotte La BoufLottie is so funny. She’s the spoiled rich girl who is hankering for a husband—we all know the trope. But I still like her. She’s kind to Tiana and shares her belongings without hesitation. She’s enthusiastic. She’s the blond babe but she doesn’t get a singing role. She loves her dad. When her wedding goes all to pieces and she learns that she was going to marry Lawrence, she still holds it together and is willing to kiss Naveen—no marriage required. She doesn’t get married. She goes to Tiana’s restaurant, dances with Naveen’s six-year-old brother, and she’s happy.
EliotSurprise, Eliot from made his way in here. Maybe an eleventh character is against the rules but in the month that I’ve known him I have fallen for him, head over heels. He cooks, he beats people up, he has amazing hair, he’s smart, he’s funny, and he’s the best. That is all.
Um, yeah. Really. That is all. *ahem*
Who are some of your favorite screen characters? Let me know in the comments or, better yet, link me to your own post!
(Also... I got all these pictures from Pinterest. I do not own them. Obviously. If I owned The Lion King I would probably not have to get a job this summer.)