the fantastical and felicitous fictional character blog tag

Emily, over at The Altogether Unexpected, created this rather awesome tag and was kind enough to tag me.  I LOVE fictional characters and talking about fictional characters and all that, so I’m super excited to fill out the questions.  But first, the rules!

  • Answer every question honestly. (duh.)
  • Use as many gifs and images as possible.
  • Incorporate at least one YouTube video with a favorite scene of a character.
  • NO VAGUE ANSWERS ALLOWED. Explain why you chose that favorite character to fit that description. I love details, my friends.
  • If you can’t choose just one, that’s okay – give us a few answers and geek out if that’s what it takes.
  • Tag at least 3 people.
  • Use fictional characters from any fictional story.
  • If you get nominated and/or decide to participate in this tag, please put a link back to this post in your post and credit yours truly as the creator.
  • Have fun and obsess over fictional characters!

Goody-two-shoes: A character who was just so morally good

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Captain America/Steve Rogers.  You knew I’d have to fangirl over him at some point, right?  I’ve seen very few Marvel movies, but I have seen the Cap trilogy and it’s basic perfection.  From the first few minutes of The First Avenger to Cap’s almost-defeat at the end of Civil War, I’ve been spellbound by his character.  His innate goodness inspires me to practice more goodness myself.  He never leaves a friend behind.  He loves purely and truly (familial love, brotherly love, romantic love).  And, in my mind’s eye, he’ll always be that kid from Brooklyn who couldn’t walk away from a fight.  Who leaped on a grenade to save others.  Who sacrificed everything for the world…and for his best friend.

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Heartbreaker: A character who made you cry

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So many!!!  How am I supposed to pick just one?!  But after sifting through all the possibilities, I’m going with Marian (BBC Robin Hood).  She doesn’t get enough credit and I think that’s a shame because she’s truly one of the greatest heroines I’ve ever known.  And I can’t even count the number of times she’s made me cry.  When her father was killed.  When she punched Guy and ran away.  When she ‘died’.  When she actually died.  When she reunited with Robin.  Whenever her theme music plays.  SHE MAKES ME FEEL ALL THE FEELS, OKAY???

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Parrot: A character who won’t stop talking

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I really dislike characters who won’t stop talking.  So this isn’t going to really be a fangirly answer, but I’d have to say Miss Bates (Emma).  I recently reread Emma and I found myself skipping almost all of Miss Bates’s long, loooooong speeches because #mindnumbing.  But Emma should still have known better than to mock her (and not just at Box Hill). *sigh*

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Devilish: Your favorite villain

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Haha!  I just wrote a post about villains.  I’ve already written at length about my all time favorite villain, Ben Wade, so I’m going to talk about my favorite Disney villain today.  And that would be Ratigan (‘The Great Mouse Detective’).  Some of you might be all “huh?” right now because TGMD is a sadly underappreciated Disney film but, trust me, Ratigan is the BEST.  He says the most chilling/hilarious things.  He’s deliciously, Disney-villainy (all that kidnapping and scheming and speechifying!).  Vincent Price voices him (#yourargumentisinvalid).  And he gets TWO villain songs, both of which are villainous greatness with a side of evil.

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Love interest: A character who, if alive in reality, you would want to marry

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Can I say Steve Rogers again?

But no, let me think about this.  It’s actually kind of hard because any characters I really love are so awesome that I can’t imagine them putting up with me. 😛  I think Barry Allen (CW’s The Flash) would be a pretty sweet, supportive husband.  Also, kind of random, but Sean Maguire (‘Good Will Hunting’) because HE’S SUCH A GOOD GUY (and I need someone who can deal with all my Problems).

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Sidekick: A character who was always loyal no matter what

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John Watson (any Sherlock story, but I’m talking about BBC Sherlock this time).  The first time I watched the show, I was sure that John was going to believe Moriarty’s “I’m just an actor!” bit, if only for a short time.  But he DIDN’T and it was awesome.  It’s a bit surprising that John stayed so loyal to Sherlock through so many of his frustrating/deathly adventures, but he did.  And that’s a huge part of why I love John. (Yes, there was that bit after Mary died, but we won’t talk about it.)

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Complicated: A character you love and hate

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Scarlett [she has so many last names idek] (Gone With the Wind).  Scarlett is selfish, grasping, and small-minded.  There’s no doubt about that.  Many of the things she does in the course of the story make me shake my head.  But I also admire her grit and determination.  She follows through on her promises.  She does whatever it takes to keep her family alive.  She rebuilds her life from scratch.  There’s a stubborn tenacity about her that invites admiration, even when you disapprove of her in general.

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Oddity: A character who was strange, but you loved them that way

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the meme is strange.  it’s all I’ve got for this category.

Winter Hayle (Lunar Chronicles).  All the characters in this series are strange, in one way or another, but Winter is probably the strangest (and my favorite).  She’s vowed never to use her Lunar gift on anyone after a traumatizing event from her childhood.  Because of her disuse of the gift, she begins to see freaky, completely realistic visions of bleeding walls and lopped off heads…and, as you might expect, it messes with her mind.  Honestly, Winter might seem really strange at first but she’s one of the strongest, most admirable character in the series.  I love her.

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King: A male character who you admire and aspire to emulate

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Atticus Finch.  Atticus has been my go-to hero ever since I first read To Kill a Mockingbird and nothing can topple him from that position.  Not the oddly pieced together first draft of TKAM (aka Go Set a Watchman).  Not all the op-eds now saying that Atticus is merely a ‘white savior’ trope and, as such, shouldn’t be taken seriously.  Nothing.  Atticus doesn’t just stand up for what he believes in – he moves others to stand up as well. (Literally and figuratively.)

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Savior: A character who oddly reminds you of Christ

regarding memes, I’ve got nothing.

(I’m not going to say Aslan because he’s from an allegory so it isn’t the same thing.)

However, the character I’m drawn to again and again is Diana/Wonder Woman (new Wonder Woman movie, not the comics ’cause I haven’t read those).  The whole ‘deserve versus believe’ thing that Steve Trevor spells out near the end of the movie always hits me in the feels, particularly because we, as humans, don’t deserve God’s love.  But when we believe in Jesus, that love is given as a free gift. (Plus, Diana’s not wrong about ‘only love can save the world’, though something tells me she isn’t thinking of God’s love.)  Anyway, Diana is a hugely imperfect reminder of Christ (sacrificing her life in  Themyscira to save people and all that) but the fact that she/the film got me thinking about Him at all is rather surprising.  And it makes my heart happy.

See what I mean:

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I tag:

Let me know what you thought of my answers!  I’d love to discuss all things fictional characters in the comments.

Eva

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14 thoughts on “the fantastical and felicitous fictional character blog tag

  1. Awesome answers!!! I’m just about to do this tag myself 😉

    Ahhh. I adore Winter. ❤ She is like a shining light in the darkness; even though she is WEIRD, she is GOOD, and people can't help noticing that.

    So this is what I think about Atticus:

    I think the people saying TKAM follows white-savior tropes do have a small point, in that it’s a story about a white male hero fighting to give black people very, VERY basic rights, yet we never SEE the black point of view–the only p.o.v. character is the hero’s (white) daughter.

    But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good or valuable story. It is. It’s an AMAZING story. It’s just a story that would probably be told in a more inclusive way if it were written today . . . but, it wasn’t, it was written in the 1960s and that’s an integral part of the context. We can’t go back and force young Harper Lee to time-travel to 2019 and write in the accepted manner of 2019, after all. 😉

    I also think it’s important to bear in mind both the enormity AND the ‘smallness’ of what Atticus is doing, if that makes sense? Like what he does (standing up for Tom Robinson at the trial) takes an astronomical amount of courage . . . yet, we have to bear in mind it’s not going to effect enormous change for the black community who are still being oppressed in countless ways, economic and social as well as legal. And Atticus knows this. And I think he feels [rather sensibly] that it’s his job to do what he can, as a lawyer, to fight for justice in this one instance, even if its overall ripple effect will be small.

    Erm, that was a bit of a ramble. But I hope some of it makes sense 😛

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    1. Can’t wait to read your answers!

      And, yes, your rambles about Atticus do make sense. I just get annoyed when people run him down all the time just because he wasn’t doing Huge, Social Justice Warrior Things (like you said, he WAS, but not above the level of individual people). Or they run down TKAM because there’s no black POV characters. I’m still divided over whether or not it would have made the novel better/more powerful had their been a black POV. I’d have to sit down and think about that for a while. 🙂 But either way, TKAM is a legend and I read it every year, so yessss.

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      1. I think these days especially, people in general have a hard time accepting that even great, legendary stories HAVE flaws. You know what I mean? Like I’ve definitely heard people saying “TKAM has flaws!” in a tone of voice which implies no one should like it anymore, cuz I just discovered it has flaws and that automatically trumps all its good points! Erm . . . no. Of course it has flaws. It was written by a HUMAN. But that doesn’t make it not great.

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  2. So happy to see you participated, Eva! I also loved reading it your take. And yes, John Watson is definitely one of the best sidekicks out there – he always puts up with Sherlock’s antics, and those are many. And YES. Atticus Finch. He is one of my favorite characters in American Literature. TKAM was a book I read in high school, and I think I may need to revisit it. It was wonderful.
    Thanks again for participating!
    Emily 🙂

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  3. I might as well go for a condensed version of this in the comments like I usually do.

    Goody Two Shoes – Captain America is a good choice, one that I’d be tempted to pick if you didn’t already. I’ll go for Superman instead. The whole point of his character is that he’s someone you’re supposed to look up to. In fact while their characterization and power sets are very different, they hold very similar beliefs.

    Heartbreaker – This is the last time I’ll go with a superhero character for the sake of variety. X-23 (aka Laura Kinney). She’s a female clone of Wolverine from the X-Men, who spent the first 13 years of her life in captivity by the hands of moral monsters. They wanted her to be an emotionless assassin. As part of her training, they often tortured her, found ways to force her to kill people she didn’t want to kill. Worst of all, the one person who treated her well, her birth mother, was one such person she was forced to kill, the moment she finally escaped captivity as well. She’s been on a long road to recovery and still has issues, but she’s since become more of a straight hero than her clone father has ever been. She’s actually my favourite comic character, partly because of how much she’s overcome.

    Parrot – I kind of wish I didn’t say no more comic characters, otherwise I’d say Deadpool. He’s nicknamed the merc with a mouth after all. But for this, I’m probably going to go with Chris Tucker’s character from Rush Hour. All that needs to be said is that the film’s advertising tagline is “the fastest hands in the East meets the fastest mouth in the West”. It’s a decent action comedy starring Jackie Chan by the way. Lots of language though – more than there needs to be in an otherwise relatively tame movie.

    Devilish – Darth Vader from Star Wars. He’s been my favourite villain for a long time, and as much as there are plenty of other fantastic villains I’ve discovered since, he’s still number one. He’s relentless, ambitious, and he’s got a tendency to kill his officers any time they displease him. Yet despite this, you can tell there’s a bit of conflict within, as if the good man he used to be is fighting to re-emerge. I do agree that Ratigan is awesome though. Vincent Price’s performance alone makes him great – he’s clearly having a lot of fun. But the writing behind London’s rodent crime lord is fantastic in its own right.

    Love Interest – I try not to think of fictional characters that way, but I’ve had the occasional fictional crush from time to time. I honestly can’t think of any at the moment. My relative lack of sleep last night is probably partly to blame.

    Sidekick – Garrus, from Mass Effect. Mass Effect is a science fiction game trilogy from the previous generation where you make a number of choices throughout the series that affects the outcome of the overall story. In Garrus’s case, it also affects the kind of person he becomes. He’s mostly committed to justice, but he’s got a touch of a vengeful side that you can choose to either encourage or teach him the value of mercy. He’s also really funny.

    Complicated – I generally either like or dislike fictional characters. I can’t think of too many I love to hate off the top of my head.

    Oddity – Forrest Gump. It may be a bit unfair to describe a character with low IQ as weird, but he’s the first character that popped into my mind. By no means is this an intelligent character, but his laser focus does help him to be impressive at some things. He’s also a very nice, loyal guy who just wants to help his friends. He also happens to do some extraordinary things despite his low intelligence, while those around him seem to stumble their way through their lives and make very poor decisions.

    King – It’s been a long time since I’ve read or watched To Kill A Mockingbird, but I remember thinking it was really good back in high school. As for me, I think I’d choose Frodo from Lord of the RIngs. As a hobbit, he’s by no means physically impressive, nor is he all that brave in a fight. But he’s got a real strength of character. He’s able to resist the temptation of the One Ring for more than a year – a ring that’s able to corrupt the average man in a matter of minutes. And despite all the hardships he faces and the near certainty of his death, he never gives up on his quest.

    Savior – Wonder Woman isn’t a bad choice for this, but like I said, no more comic characters for me.
    As for me, I think I’m going to wrap this up with a strong parallel between Lord of the Rings and Christianity (of which there are many). Gandalf the Gray/White is an ancient wizard on the side of good. He’s wise, he’s a natural leader, he feels no need to live a rich life even though he easily could, and he prefers to hang out with the little guy. Although he’s very powerful, he usually doesn’t use his magic unless it’s absolutely necessary. But most importantly, his death only ends up making him more powerful after he’s resurrected.

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    1. X-23/Laura sounds like a really great character.

      Honestly, I think Vader would be in my top five villains if I’d ever watched all the SW movies. If I ever get around to doing that, we’ll see…

      I don’t know/haven’t watched most of these characters, but I enjoyed reading your answers all the same. 🙂

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