Hark, I have been tagged by Victoria Grace Howell! The rules are simple:
-List your ten favorite screen characters (from movies and TV; but since I don’t really watch TV, we’ll stick to movies).
-Tag ten other bloggers.
Narrowing it down to only ten—that part is not so simple. I could list twice as many. In fact, it would be so much easier if we could define the category further. Ten favorite superheroes, for example. Or ten favorite female characters, male characters, animated characters, villains, supporting characters, funny characters, or favorite despised characters! I mean, really, I have at least ten favorites in all those categories. Probably more.
But I am forced to pick just ten. *le sigh* Here we go!
1. CAPTAIN AMERICA: Favorite. Superhero. Ever. He’s upright and courageous, one of the only heroes who consistently holds to his morals. (Not the only one, but pretty close.) He’s not perfect, but he does his best. Grounded in “old-fashioned” values, he does his job with humility and commitment. Plus, he’s got the best one-liners.
"I know I'm asking a lot. But the price of freedom is high. It always has been.
And it's a price I'm willing to pay. And if I'm the only one, then so be it.
But I'm willing to bet I'm not."
2. TOOTHLESS: I adore dragons, and an uber-fast dragon with powerful breath, adorable personality, and an affinity for fish will instantly steal my heart. Look at that face—how can you not love that face? I want my own Toothless.
3. BILBO BAGGINS: I confess, I have a bit of hobbit in me. Home is my favorite place in the world, and I enjoy the comforts found there. So, like Bilbo, I sometimes need a Gandalf to knock on my door and drag me into an adventure. All that aside, Martin Freeman pulled off Bilbo’s character perfectly. His mannerisms and personality—everything. And our dear little hobbit turns out to have a giant load of courage.4. SPIDER-MAN: I specifically mean the amazing Spider-Man. (Don’t get me wrong, Tobey Maguire really brought out Spidey’s awkward and geeky side. That’s lovable. But the new Spider-Man played by Andrew Garfield is just awesome.) Cap may be my top favorite hero, but Spider-Man comes pretty close. He’s young, he makes mistakes sometimes, but he puts his life on the line for the sake of helping others. And his humor. Oh, his humor.
|"I just need to sit quietly for a moment."|
|"I like to think Spider-Man gives people hope."|
5. WINNIE THE POOH: I know, he doesn’t seem to be in the same league as superheroes, dragons, and burglar hobbits, but this bear with a very little brain has a special place in my heart. I have never outgrown the Hundred Acre Wood; I’ve laughed harder at Pooh movies in the last five years than I did as a child. Pooh is a rather straightforward sort of person: the most important things in life are honey and friends. Silly old bear.
6. FLYNN RIDER, a.k.a EUGENE FITZHERBERT: This guy is impossible to dislike. He’s handsome, charming, full of himself, hilarious, and deep down . . . a really great guy with a soft heart. He may have started out with ulterior motives, but in the end, he sacrifices for the one he loves. And did I mention he’s hilarious?7. EUSTACE CLARENCE SCRUBB: Aha, so not all of my favorites are the nice guys. Eustace is a complete brat, at least at first. But he’s the kind of brat you love to despise, until he begins to change, and then somehow, you find yourself liking him quite a bit. His character arc is fabulous. (And I was very sad to see the Narnia movies halted, because I so wanted Will Poulter to play in The Silver Chair.)
|"They just can't get my nose right!"|
|"That giant rat thing just tried to claw my face off!"|
8. LUCY PEVENSIE: Can I list two from the same storyworld? Lucy is an amazing girl. Her faith in Aslan never wavers, even when she can’t see him, even when others doubt, even when it doesn’t make sense. And if it wasn’t for her, the Pevensies would never have found Narnia! Oh, and her struggle with temptation in Voyage of the Dawn Treader is also inspiring, as she learns to accept herself and goes on to encourage another girl to do the same.
|"When you grow up, you should be just like you."|
9. TADASHI HAMADA: What a hero! And he officially broke my heart. I won’t give any spoilers, but . . . he did make me cry. I’m not a very weepy movie-watcher, but his role in Big Hero 6 was a bit of a tear-jerker. He’s a great older brother to Hiro, protecting him, teaching him, looking out for him. Tadashi is the kind of big sibling that I aspire to be.
|"Welcome to nerd school, nerd."|
10. LOKI: See, here’s another really not so nice guy. Loki has got to be one of my favorite villains. There’s just no explanation needed. He’s terribly evil, yet with a sympathetic backstory, and in the middle of his diabolical plots, he manages to make me laugh. Is that not perfect? He is also an extremely quotable character.
|"You'll kill me? Evidently there will be a line."|
That was hard! I have so many other characters that almost made the list. Brave ones like Katniss Everdeen or Captain Nichollsen of War Horse or Gandalf. Funny ones like Larry the Cucumber, Radagast the Brown, Olaf, Gru and his minions, Dory of Finding Nemo, Mater, Jack Sparrow, and Baymax. Heartbreaking ones like Bucky. Inspiring ones like Aslan. Miscellaneous ones like Thranduil, Jack Frost, Mary Poppins, Gwen Stacey, or Diaval of Maleficent. So many!
(And I just realized how few girls actually made my top ten—only Lucy. Hm. That makes it sound as if I don’t like the female characters, which is completely untrue. Somehow the males dominated this list.)
On to the tagging! I choose these wonderful gals:
To all you adventurers: who are some of your favorite screen characters? Do any of the ones on my list make yours too? Regale me!