What characters do you relate to most? Which ones do you wish you were more like?
I'm not entirely sure what sort of characters I relate to the most, since it's merely a hodgepodge from a variety of my fandoms (ex. I identify a lot with Faith Lehane and Dawn Summers, but I also share similarities with Kaylee Frye and River Tam). So it's really difficult to determine since there are a lot of attributes that I can relate to from nearly all the characters I come to like.
The characters I wish I were more like are the ones who have a certain confidence with themselves, like Inara Serra and Kahlan Amnell, or ones who are powerful and courageous in their particular roles, like Zoe Washburne. Basically, the kinds of characters that have characteristics that I most want in myself. Sometimes it's even little things that I used to have but, due to obstacles in my life, want to find again. Such as optimism or freedom of anxiety, or just having control of my life. Sometimes I want to live vicariously through a certain character because they give me a certain sense of satisfaction based on what they're going through. Like, if a character is going through a rough time or has been wronged in a certain way, seeing them get back on their feet and get revenge in some form or other is enough for me. Does this make sense?
Asked by sakuraberries:
What are your top 5 male and top 5 female characters of all time and why?
Let me just say upfront that with me I have a lot more women characters that I consider my favorite than I do with men. With male characters they really have to have something special about them in order to be considered part of my favorite list, whereas with the ladies there's a shitload more that I had to narrow down, because I have a lot more bbys in that category that I love. ♥
Top Five Female Characters
01. Faith Lehane from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I adored her character arc, it felt completed and that there was actual development and growth that happened with her. From wanting to be accepted to going on a downward spiral to being on that long hard road of redemption. I can honestly say, out of all the characters on that series, Faith's journey felt the most complete. Also, like I mentioned above, I felt connected with her in a way. And I love Eliza Dushku, so.
02. Lara Croft from Tomb Raider. Being that Tomb Raider was my first big gaming experience growing up, I have a soft spot for Lara Croft. She was essentially the female Indiana Jones, and I wanted to be her so badly! I still do, if I am to be perfectly honest.
03. Anne Boleyn from The Tudors. I could also say one of my favorite historical figures, too, but for the sake of the show I pretty much adored what was done with Anne. Or, more specifically, what Natalie Dormer did with the character, as she fought for certain things to be representation for Anne within the show itself.
04. Spencer Hastings from Pretty Little Liars. It's often a three-way tie between Spencer and Hanna and Emily, depending on what is happening in the show itself and how much I want to wrap blankets around them and get them away from certain situations (which let's be real, is all the time). But even though I love all the girls, I have found out that Spencer has become my all time favorite. I don't know if it's because of Troian Bellisario, who I have come to love her as much as her portrayal, or simply because of Spencer's entire character arc in general.
05. Caprica Six and Sharon (both Valerii and Agathon) from Battlestar Galactica. Aside from the fact that they are the reason why I started watching BSG in the first place, I really love the idea of seeing machines learning and understanding humanity through their own personal experiences. From falling in love with humanity to having an identity crisis, seeing them questioning things and seeing their stories told throughout the series is something I truly loved seeing and I loved their characters so much. Machines being people too is a concept that I love, it's why I kind of get attached to machines a bit more (e.g. Cameron from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).
Top Five Male Characters
01. Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit. Being as it is my current obsession, just everything surrounding Thorin's character makes me want to wrap him in a blanket and keep him safe. Most of this is attributed to Richard Armitage's portrayal in the films, because he adds so much layers to the character and it makes my cry just how much I love Thorin, that stupid stubborn dwarf.
02. Indiana Jones from Indiana Jones. My first crush, he was a hot professor and adventuring archeologist who beat up Nazi's and discovered cool shit, not the mention was played by Harrison Ford. Need I say more?
03. Castiel from Supernatural. I quit watching this show ages ago and have since stopped caring about what happens to the characters, but when I was part of the fandom Castiel became my favorite character. I have this thing with non-humans experiencing, learning from and loving humanity, and that is what Castiel was to me. He was this otherworldly being, an angel, who loved humanity so much, and because he cared so much is what led to much catastrophic things happening around him.
04. Mohinder Suresh from Heroes. Back when I watched this show (the first two seasons, really), Mohinder was practically the only character I cared about aside from Claire Bennet. Besides the fact that Sendhil Ramamurthy is insanely attractive, Mohinder was a character I loved from the start because he was just a scientist who was looking for the truth, and got more than he bargained for. He was smart, resourceful, kindhearted, and I feel like we could have gotten a whole lot more of his character bringing all these characters together if the show hadn't royally fucked everything up, but I digress. Basically, I only continued watching the show in S2 because of Mohinder, but beyond that, seeing what they were doing with him, I was out. S1 remains the best season for him, imho.
05. Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter. For all his git behavior, I've always had a soft spot for Draco, particularly with his arc in The Half-Blood Prince. I view his character as someone who had an upbringing up instilled archaic values but managed to grow out from that, plus I definitely have a soft spot for the Malfoy family after The Deathly Hallows because, after everything, they were all about family in the end. I just have a lot of feelings about Dracoc and his family, okay.