Sunday, 23 November 2014

One Hundred Character Meme, Part Three

So on deviantart.com there's a tonne of fun memes to play with, where people make templates for you to fill out. I've done a couple of drawing ones, but then I came across this; could I list 100 characters I like? Not just characters I know about- they had to be characters I actually appreciate/ go fangirly over.

It took a lot of thought, delving into almost every single film/ TV show/ game/ anime/ even myth I know, but here it is!

For the next few weeks, I'll briefly take you through them all and why I love them.

These are numbers 70-100 (from left to right: for 1-35 see Part One and for 36-70 see Part Two)

The list starts from Row 8 Column 1

71. Carl Fredricksen (Up!)
The protagonist of Up!, we follow the touching story of childhood friends turned lovers turned elderly couple and the one wish Carl never got to share with his wife. But even though he's left a widower, fresh life comes in the form of a young boy scout, and Carl sets off on the adventure he always wanted. Cranky and curmudgeonly but with a good heart, Carl was a great lead character.

72. Hiccup (How To Train Your Dragon)
This boy genius sticks out like a sore thumb in this warrior-Viking epic, but it's his compassion and curiosity that eventually win the day. A great character to share this adventure with.

73. Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians)
An under-appreciated character of make-believe, Jack is forced to go up against the forces of darkness with the likes of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Sandman. Mischievous and a trickster, Jack still knows what's best and does his part to protect children everywhere. A charming character.

74. Maia (Summoner: A Goddess Reborn)
The reincarnation of a goddess, Lahara, Maia is destined to fight her arch enemy of darkness and lead the world into an era of prosperity. She's a valiant warrior, a skilled magician, and has the ability to turn into various summon creatures. Her story was great fun and it was deeply satisfying understanding and learning about the lore and myths of her world.

75. Nel Zelpher (Star Ocean: Til the End of Time)
One of the first characters you come across in the game, and a memorable one at that. A skilled fighter and one of the Queen's most trusted allies, there's not much to dislike (apart from her ridiculous outfit).

76. Rebecca Crane (Assassin's Creed II)
The tech brains behind the modern day Assassin's Order, making improvements to the Animus and able to get things up and wired with minimal effort. She's got some great dialogue and her in-game emails can be entertaining to read too.

77. Shaun Hastings (Assassin's Creed II)
The sarcastic, dry-humoured British historian. His Animus entries are hilarious, and the way he interacts with the characters is both a reflection of the environment he's forced to work in and the fact he's a grumpy Brit :P

78. Luka Megurine (Vocaloid)
Not much to say about Luka but she's my favourite Vocaloid and I much prefer her songs to the squeakier-pitched Miku Hatsune. Doesn't mean they don't have some good duets though.

79. Jessie Bannon (Jonny Quest)
The token female of the Quest series, but Jessie's far from helpless. What Johnny has in courage, Jessie makes up for in tech smarts, and she can easily rival Haji. And she's a redhead to boot!

80. Sam (Totally Spies)
Of course Sam would be my favourite spy, as she shares my name! But also she's not as 'ditzy' as Clover and Alex and not quite so girly, which again are traits I prefer.

81. Wreck-It Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph)
How can you not like this poor lug? He's the bad guy yes, but he's certainly not at fault for wanting some recognition for his role. Of course he makes some mistakes along the way, but he's willing to take responsibility and do what he can to make things right again. Even if his talent is to break things.

82. Falco Lombardi (Star Fox)
Fox's friendly rival, Falco was always more interesting to me with his rather callous attitude and he doesn't like being much of a team player, but he always shows up when he needs to and is a very skilled pilot.

83. Kyoko Sakura (Madoka Magica)
My favourite magical girl in this series, as she seems to throw around a casual attitude but like with all the girls in this show, she's been shaped by the wish she made. Also her weapon is just awesome!

84. Light Yagami (Death Note)
The protagonist (antagonist?) of the show, and despite the dark and psychotic path he chooses to tread, I can't help but find him so fascinating. God-complex aside, I did sympathise with him a little, but eventually you see what he's gotten himself into, and the show ends on a suitable note.

85. Tybalt Volumnia de Capulet (Romeo x Juliet)
The 'darker and edgier' rival to Romeo, Tybalt is extremely capable and much more the realist, almost to a disturbing degree. However he gets his development, learns there is a softer side to life, and gets a deserved happy ending.

86. Prince Marth (Fire Emblem)
I was first introduced to Marth via Smash Bros (like most people), but he also got me into the Fire Emblem series. So I'm not that informed about his actual character but he's got a cool design and he's an awesome fighter in Melee and Brawl :P

87. Pinky and the Brain (Animaniacs)
This counts as one! This dynamic duo are always out to take over the world with various schemes. And you'll always recognise their iconic voices!

88. Metal Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Another one from the Sonic franchise, had to go with Metal Sonic because he was one of the first Sonic bosses I had an actual fear of. It took me so many times for me to beat him in Sonic CD, and he made for an entertaining boss in later games, too.

89. Soundwave (Transformers Prime)
So I'm not a huge TF fan but Soundwave always stands out for me, more in his Prime incarnation than G1. Always silent, always masked, but extremely deadly. Easily the more fearsome Decepticon.

90. Kilik (Soul Calibur)
Haven't played Soul Calibur but the character story arcs are pretty interesting. Kilik trained as a monk, was infected with dark energy and almost killed everything he loved, and then had to spend years training to try and rid himself of it. He also looks eerily similar to Squall, another character I admire, but of course that hasn't got anything to do with why I like him...

91. Harry Potter (Harry Potter)
The protagonist of Hogwarts. While there's a great massive cast, I guess I only ever really cared about Harry. From his tragic backstory to the unfair predjudices and expectations placed upon him, to his personal flaws and how he overcomes them, his arc was just the most interesting to me.

92. Flynn Rider (Tangled)
The cocky, arrogant thief who happens to break Rapunzel out of her ivory tower and show her true freedom. And trouble. And betrayal. And all manner of other things! His design was interesting and his interactions with Rapunzel humorous. He's brave and loyal, too.

93. Skye (Darkened Skye)
I love the sarcastic heroine of this sadly often glitchy game. Thrust onto a quest she doesn't really want to go on, meeting a colourful cast of characters and all for the magic powers of Skittles (yes, really). I love her dialogue, and for a amateur hero she does pretty well.

94. Dorian (Darkened Skye)
A side character to Skye, Dorian's rather ditzy appearances and words of wisdom are always welcome. Plus he's not that bad looking for the graphic age he was in!

95. The Black Knight (Monty Python)
A classic! Everyone remembers that confrontation for the ages, King Arthur vs. 'It's just a flesh wound'. Gotta give this guy credit for never giving up.

96. Aqua (Kingdom Hearts)
Aqua is the only approved Keyblade Master of her cohort, but she's willing to forego anything to help her friends. Facing a lifetime of endless darkness just for the sake of Terra, Aqua's certainly an admirable hero.

97. Avatar Wan (Legend of Korra)
The first Avatar in the Avatar universe. After being cast out from his lion-turtle city home, Wan braves the Spirit Wilds, befriends the spirits, and takes responsibility for one of his gravest mistakes. Truly inspiring!

98. Jenna (Darkweaver Legacy)
One of Calvyn's fellow recruits in the Darkweaver books, and she even gets her own story in book 2. A capable archer, brave and determined, Jenna's certainly a soldier you want on your side. Unfortunately she goes get devolved to love interest, but hey it was good while it lasted.

99. Genie (Aladdin)
The mystical genie of the lamp actually has quite the fast-mouth and sense of pop culture references. Robin Williams did a great job, and the blue Genie remains one of the most icon characters of the series.

100. Cassandra of Troy (Greek myth)
Poor, poor Cassandra! She always gets a terrible rep in the Greek myths, and yet most of it is beyond her control. Her gift spoiled by the god Apollo, she can do nothing but watch her home burn and be taken as a slave and concubine by her conquerors. But she's always been interesting to me.

And that's it? What are some of your favourite characters? Can you get 100?

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