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My Top 10 Fictional Characters

Posted by on May 3, 2010

This post I get to blame on my internet friend Mike CJ, who wrote a post called Why You Should Use Fictional Characters As Your Role Models. Some folks know that I patterned my life after some of the values of certain characters, while others I just like for whatever reason.

Anyway, since y’all know how I feel about commenting on Disqus blogs, and the fact that I’ve now been inspired to write a longer post based on what Mike came up with, here are my top 10 fictional characters, in order of favoritism; let’s see you try that one Mike! And folks, no images; not in the mood to deal with copyright issues and the like. Doesn’t mean I won’t have product links, though. 🙂

10. Harry Potter – Some people consider this a kid’s story, but how many of you would be ready to step up to the plate if you were told that you and the most evil and dangerous person in known history couldn’t live together on the same planet, and one of you had to die. Take that information and put it into a 16 year old’s mind and you have the makings of either the most scared kid you’ve ever met or the bravest kid you’ve ever heard of. That Harry Potter chose to be helpful and kind while having his life attacked many times a year since he turned 10 and still persevered is enough to admire, and a lesson to us all that being good or evil is a choice, not a destiny.

9. Foghorn Leghorn – The “Big Chicken”, as he’s normally called by most people, was my dad’s favorite Warner Brother’s character, and became one of mine as well. Truthfully, he has no redeeming value; he’s just funny as sin. If I told you what my college roommate and I used to do on a consistent basis based on something he always did, you’d think we should have been institutionalized.

8. Captain Kirk – Being one of the few, apparently, who actually enjoyed the Enterprise series, one of the things lacking in the main character, who I still liked, was that he wasn’t enough like Captain Kirk. He had all the attributes of a gunslinger and the brains to know that he couldn’t just shoot first and ask questions later. My man crush was sealed when, in the second movie, he proclaimed “I don’t believe in the no-win scenario.” I always believe that we all have the ability to achieve more and better things, no matter what our current circumstances are, and I got it from Captain Kirk.

7. Superman – I don’t know what Superman means to anyone today, but back in the day, who didn’t want to be Superman? He had everything you could ask for; invincibility, x-ray vision, could see through walls, fly in outer space, fly in the first place, super hearing, on and on and on. He could exhibit every superpower that every other superhero had except invisibility. And with all that power, he decided to live for “truth, justice, and the American way.” Okay, it was a nice dream, but it teaches us all that with great power comes great responsibility, as well as the fact that all sorts of folks will come after you if you happen to be top dog.

6. Snoopy – Speaking of top dogs, who in their right mind doesn’t love Snoopy? Today’s kids might be missing out, but Snoopy was the first Renaissance dog. He was a writer, pilot, tennis pro, hit 714 home runs the day after Hank Aaron broke the record, he can do animal impressions, do both disco and ballroom dancing, brought us Joe Cool, is a star hockey player, and sleeps outside the box, so to speak. He’s a man’s dog, independent and savvy, and I have a Snoopy doll, a Snoopy on my key chain, and a key with a Snoopy cartoon on it; always brings me peace. Snoopy proves if you dare to dream, you never know what you can become.

5. Bugs Bunny – The number one Warner Brothers character of all time, more cartoons than any other character in history; that’s saying something. He even has a star on the Walk of Fame. My thing about Bugs Bunny is that he wasn’t the biggest most of the time, but he’d take a whipping and come back for more, eventually overcoming every obstacle thrown at him. Had a lot of talent as well. I learned from Bugs Bunny that you don’t back down to bullies or any other problems in life; you come back stronger and persistently until you persevere.

4. Yoda – If you ever needed a conscience or a boost of motivation, Yoda was the guy. Yes, he was small in stature, but he lived almost 900 years and, when needed, could turn on the juice and be a bad… (shut your mouth; this ain’t about Shaft). How about these for quotes:

“[Luke:] I can’t believe it.
[Yoda:] That is why you fail.”

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

“No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”

Yoda has wisdom and power and he’s less than 3 feet tall; there are no obstacles that can’t be overcome if you trust in your own self.

3. Kermit the Frog – Even though he’s a frog, Kermit is “every man” and “every woman”. In other words, he’s a frog with a dream and a belief in that dream, and no matter what he’s going to go out there and get it, no matter what form it takes. He’s been a news reporter, a dancer, a singer, an author, and a TV show emcee. He’s traveled the world basically just being himself. And he’s the muppet that every other muppet wants to be and wants to follow. Once again, a lot of power with a lot of responsibility, yet he always does the right thing.

2. Captain Picard – It took me probably half the first season of Next Generation to fully start appreciating Captain Picard, but once I did he was the guy I wanted to see prominent in every show. In an odd way he was the anti-Kirk; not as tall or as good looking, certainly not as athletic or brash. But he was dignified and a thinker, and not afraid to get into it when necessary. He was older than Kirk was, which meant he sent the younger first officer into the fray most of the time. But the truth is that true leadership doesn’t always have to be in the forefront. True leadership helps others attain the highest level in doing what it is they have to do for the team, and sends them out knowing that they’re going to ultimately do their best. He was the closest human to ever think like a Vulcan, as he was told many times; that was a pretty nice compliment in my book.

1. Mr Spock – My favorite character of all time, the man I owe for helping me get through the last 2 1/2 years of college. I used to have a quick temper, and I think that was the one feature that kept people from getting close to me. One day I came across this thought about logic, said my anger was illogical because it wasn’t aimed at anything except my own mind, and changed in an instant, based on my beliefs about Mr. Spock. Thing is, he wasn’t perfect, and I certainly wasn’t going to be, but I was a drastically better person, and I think the loyalty of many long time friends proved I became something much better than I was. As I’m working my way through the book The Ethics of Star Trek, I’m reminded again just how much the character of Mr. Spock has meant to my life.

Okay, I’m done, and I had fun. What are your comments, and who are your favorites, and why? And let’s thank Mike for the idea.

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What? No Bugs Bunny? Have to agree with you on all the Star Trek characters. Nice list!
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May 3rd, 2010 | 10:33 AM
Mitch:

Thanks; but Bugs is at #5. How could you miss him? lol

May 3rd, 2010 | 10:39 AM

I’m honored to have been shouted out twice by you in one day Mitch – thanks!

I bet you cried to (I know I did) “I have been and always shall be, your friend. Live long and prosper.”

Great list and I agree with them all.

May 3rd, 2010 | 1:10 PM
Mitch:

Mike, glad to get ideas from you at any time. This one was really fun. And though I didn’t cry, man I almost did. 🙂

May 3rd, 2010 | 1:26 PM

Picard is my favorite! “Make it so!”
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May 3rd, 2010 | 9:13 PM
Mitch:

Picard is definitely the man; it’s too bad he wasn’t real.

May 3rd, 2010 | 9:23 PM

Remember Muttley, the dog with the funny laugh? I loved him!

Superman was also a long time favorite. When I was a kid,we would go visit relatives in PA. My uncle collected comics and all the ones that weren’t in pristine condition were kept for when kids came to visit. He had Superbaby, Superboy, etc…so I literally “grew up” with Superman.

My Dad loved Road Runner- we used to watch cartoons before everyone else woke up on the weekends. Special Times!

But…..I always wanted to be Samantha Stephens of Bewitched!
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May 4th, 2010 | 6:53 AM
Mitch:

Yes Carolee, I was a Muttley fan as well. I went back and forth with the Road Runner as to whether or not I liked him. And I could imagine that many women wanted to be Samantha Stevens; I just wanted to have the power. 🙂

May 4th, 2010 | 10:33 AM

Rhet Butler in Gone With The Wind.
The old man in The Old Man And The Sea.
Zorba The Greek
Spartacus
Perry Mason and
Paul Drake
Howard Roark in The Fountain Head
Jesus Christ
The Buddha

Recently a hero almost impossible to emulate – Jack Reacher, of the novels by Lee Child. I really wish that I could live like him, though not get involved in all the adventures that he runs into.

The others played their roles in my growth as an individual. I hope a good one at that!
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May 4th, 2010 | 10:01 AM
Mitch:

That’s not a bad list, Rummuser, but I do believe Jesus, Buddha and Spartacus were actual living people. 🙂 The only one I’m not familiar with is Howard Roark, as I’ve never read the Fountainhead.

May 4th, 2010 | 10:38 AM
RF System lab:

I have to agree with you about Jack Reacher – he’s at the top of my list of fictional characters. His mix of intelligence, justice, and physical abilities really is amazing.

May 24th, 2010 | 3:41 PM
Jenna:

Spock I can sooo agree with, but Kirk and Harry Potter? Mine goes like this

1. Spock
2. Sherlock Holmes
3. Luna Lovegood
4. Dustfinger (Inkheart)
5. Hermione Granger (I can’t tell where she goes. Sometimes she’s a 1, sometimes she’s a 5)
6.Data
7.Kurt Hummel
8.Inigo Montoya

Ahh.. can’t think of who else. I did love Spock’s death scene though. *tear* I’m actually using it for a Church project (it started as a challenge and ended up being part of the lesson plan. My friend thought Degrassi was deeper then Star Trek, and then I challenged her and said that whoever could find the best thing for next weeks confirmation class. I got screwed. Gene Roddenberry is an atheist. But maybe with that scene I can do something. lol)

May 17th, 2010 | 12:18 PM
Mitch:

Roddenberry was an atheist because he didn’t support anything that saw people from other religions as less than themselves in some way; I’m one for different reasons.

I don’t know who your #4, 7 or 8 are. Kirk has to be on my list; there would be no Star Trek without Kirk. And I explained why Harry Potter’s on the list; imagine your mindset if you knew that by a certain age you either had to kill or be killed and how you’d deal with it; ouch!

Data is pretty good also; he’d be in my top 20 if I went that high. And I’m probably one of the few people in history who’s never read a Sherlock Holmes book; going to have to rectify that one of these days.

May 17th, 2010 | 3:34 PM