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I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.

Fifteen Favourite Fictional Characters

Alright, so I figured I needed another blog post idea, so here it is. This one touches more on literature and myself. I may have forgotten one or two characters, because, let's be honest. Fiction in general (including films) is a very broad area! These characters mention beat out such characters as Malcolm Reynolds, Jack Harkness, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, Iron Man, Cthulhu and even a personal favourite of mine in Spiderman...

So, I hope you enjoy my reasons for why I personally rate these as my favourite fictional characters...

 

15. I am going to kick my list off with Superman, because not only is he the world's greatest superhero in terms of his ability, but he is the paradigm of what superheroes have aimed to be. As a character he lacks in terms of his overall charm, due in part to his overpowered ability, but this is made up for with the presence of his alter ego and day to day life. The way in which he balances his incredible powers with living as a newsreporter provides much of the interest in him as a character, combined with the existence of his weakness: kryptonite.

 

14. Gatsby, what Gatsby? Jay Gatsby may not be a 'great character' when you come to think of it, aside from the fact that he is the main character of the GREAT Gatsby. Yet to me he is a quintessential representation of the hopes and desires of the 1920s American man. He points out the desire to be both rich and to have love. To have everything one can physically and emotionally. And he also shows that you cannot repeat the past, but will end up drawn back into it. These lessons for today are what truly make Gatsby great.

 

13. Hamlet is the great tragic hero. I mean, Shakespeare wrote some classically doomed heroes like Macbeth and Romeo, but for me Hamlet is the best. He spends plenty of time trying to frustrate his lover (which literally kills her) and the rest of his time trying to break up his mum and Uncle while depressingly showing how crazy he is. If none of that points out how great he is as a character, nothing will.

 

12. 'My...precious...' 
Sure, the Nazgul or Ringwraiths were scary and dressed all in black, but they were not the poor twisted souls that Gollum was. Gollum, with his desire to learn to become Smeagol again and his lust for the Ring of Power, is easily one of the most fascinating characters written by Tolkien. Not only that, but he is a symbol of where desire can take one...

 

11. Indiana Jones is your archetypical explorer type, perfectly defined in literature but more importantly by the original role taken by Harrison Ford. I include him here because I love the way in which he characterises what it is to be an explorer hero type now. Plus I also find the character charmingly fascinating.

 

10. Katniss Everdeen is the one female on my list, but I have my reasons for including her alone. And yes, I've actually given consideration to whether I should have switched out some of the male characters for female characters. Yet, I don't see that there is much honest in doing so, and much as I also love Jane Eyre or Elizabeth Bennet, as characters they are bound to stereotyped gender roles in my eyes. However, while it may be debatable as to how 'strong' a character Katniss is, the fact remains that she is not typical or sterotyped. She to me is the breadwinner, and she does this while still being feminine. You see, I don't think that being strong means a loss of femininity, but it does mean not being sexualised or bowing to set roles. And Katniss does neither of those things for the most part. Okay, it also helps that the screen version of her was played by Jennifer Lawrence. But to be honest, as a character she just fits the type of character that I appreciate the most. The stubborn, rebellious type who cares and does not care...

 

9. Han Solo, the roguish bounty hunter who ends up with a princess. It's almost a cliche to write or create this type of character now but who can forget the lines and way Harrison Ford played this role. Personally I rate him ahead of Indiana Jones as a character because of that roguish sci-fi aspects...

 

8. Matrim Cauthon is again the type of roguish character that I like. Albeit with his own twist. Mat has the fragmented memories of all other lives that he has lived previously up to his current incarnation, trapped inside his head. The thought of what it could be like to live with that kind of tortured mind, remembering bits and pieces of lives you have lived but cannot feel that you were living, coupled with the enigmatic nature of Mat, makes him a great character of fantasy. In fact, to me, he is perhaps the defining character of the entire 14 book Wheel of Time series...

 

7. Darth Vader is the kind of tortured soul that I love as a character. Not to mention that he perfectly fits the good character turned bad, turned good, role that I love. Okay, well there are hardly any characters like that anymore. But he is one of them and he is one fascinating good-bad-good character.

 

6. Aragorn is my next character I have to add on this list. The very idea of the king returning to claim his throne is one that fascinated me as a child and still fascinates me. And few characters have the grit, determination and leadership of Strider/Aragorn. One of the best characters in a wonderful book (and now film series).

 

5. Now, let's be honest, we all want to be immortal right? More time for reading and becoming wealthy, more time for seeing the changes of the world. Well Wolverine as a character identifies for me the problem with being a long-lived individual: it also creates a lot of pain. But sometimes the pain is worth it for the joy that can be felt in life itself....

 

4. The Doctor is just brilliant. I mean, whoever thought of an eccentric alien travelling space in a phonebox really deserves a knighthood and their own country. Or maybe the Doctor himself created the idea, because he has become a character that transcends time and space in many ways...

 

3. Batman may be only my second favourite superhero, but as a character he easily eclipses Wolverine because he is such a three dimensional personality. His tragic past and driven nature make him more endearing than the golden paradigm of superheroes - Superman - for he is the night made incarnate. He's the guy you wouldn't want to know, but the guy you're glad is out there protecting you.

 

2. The world's greatest detective aside from Batman takes the second place on this list. And of course I am talking of Sherlock Holmes. Aside from his many forms in books and film, Sherlock makes this list because he is one of those enigmatic characters that I love. A man with a penchant for one thing: to solve mysteries and to solve them well. Whenever you think you have it all solved, well Sherlock Holmes solved it first and better.

 

1. My number one favourite fictional character will always be Gandalf. From the moment I first read of Gandalf in The Hobbit I recognised that he was far from the ordinary wizard, that he was both wise and fair, old and young at heart. Yes, he was inspired by the character of Merlin, but Merlin was never also a spiritual being like Gandalf. And while Merlin is one great character, Gandalf has his own definition and really is the guiding force behind the events of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.