What do our favorite things say about who we are? It is an interesting subject, isn’t it? Today, we thought about exploring 10 fictional characters that we like, some because of identification, others for aspirations, and just because. Really curious about your thoughts and please tell us who your favorite fictional characters are, too!
1. Gandalf the Grey
Gandalf the Grey is wise and powerful, but he is also empathetic. Ian McKellen once said that he much prefers Gandalf the Grey’s character over Gandalf the White’s, because pre-resurrection he is “a much more congenial person, and humane, and full of all sorts of life”. I certainly see a lot of traits in Gandalf the Grey that I see (or would like to see) in myself.
The protagonist of Patrick Rothfuss’ “The Kingkiller Chronicle” gets through life on his wits and willpower. He attains considerable fame before we, the readers, even meet him, but basically spends the entire book debunking the myths and legends people have spun about him. I probably like him because he has considerable substance but never fully seizes to be human.
3. Tony Stark
When Tony Stark encounters a problem, he solves it. He doesn’t beat around the bush, but simply acts and gets things done. I have spent a lot of time trying to cultivate these traits within myself, with varying success, which is why watching Tony Stark on screen is always an inspiring experience for me.
4. Sherlock Holmes
What Sherlock Holmes does better than anybody else is to see past all the fluff and expose the truth hidden within. This is true for many portrayals of the character, but my favorite one is (uncontroversially) the one by Benedict Cumberbatch.
5. The Joker
While The Joker is ruthless and cruel, he certainly isn’t a slave to society’s conventions. He questions and exposes the hypocrisy ingrained in the moral belief systems of Gotham’s denizens. While his methods and approach mean his actions are far from constructive, they are undoubtedly effective.
The Graveyard Book is the first Neil Gaiman work that I ever read, and it was magical, albeit not in the Harry Potter kind of way. The characters were strange and quirky, yet very relatable. The world Gaiman created remains vivid in my mind. Out of the cast, Silas is my favorite. He does not say much, broods most of the time, but he does what he is supposed to do and sees his duty until the end. I like that.
7. Bellatrix Lestrange
Minus the evil, Bellatrix is powerful, confident, loyal, sexy, and unshaken. Does she worry about what others think of her? No. Does she hesitate when it comes to doing what is required to attain her goal? No. Does she find anything impossible? No. Bellatrix is an incredibly strong woman and the crazy is her charm. Also, Helena Bonham Carter is lovely in the role!
8. The Addams Family
When I was a child, I watched the cartoon series The Addams Family on TV and I loved every bit of it. The macabre family is aware of who they are, celebrate it, and just have fun every day. It is so refreshing to see how unique, easy-going, and loving they are of each other. I am not sure who my favorite Addams is, but held at gunpoint, I would probably pick Morticia. And no, I did not watch the recent big screen adaptation. The vintage MGM TV series is nice though. It is available on YouTube.
9. Sherlock Holmes
I watched RDJ play Sherlock Holmes in the movies but I think I am more fond of the BBC TV Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch. For someone limited in feeling, he is so dramatic. Hilarious. I am drawn by the intelligence of the character, his impatience, and the struggle to connect and understand others. I binged on the series and truly appreciated the writing. The ending was a little strange to me since it became a family drama and it could have been so much more.
10. Alice in Wonderland
I suppose I could just say Alice, but by now her last name could very well be in Wonderland and nobody would blink. I am fascinated by the character. She just goes. I adore that spirit. Not sure if I would drink from a ‘Drink Me’ bottle or bite ‘Eat Me’ cookies, but I want to, I hope I do. Is Alice reckless? Well, she is certainly care-free, curious, and brave. I enjoy her attitude. I also like tea, very much.
Which fictional characters are close to your heart?