Saturday, 15 November 2014

One Hundred Character Meme, Part Two

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 36-70 (from left to right: for 1-35 see Part One)

36. Hei (Darker Than Black)
The quiet protagonist, a Contractor working for the Syndicate. Contractors are humans who've gained supernatural powers and have lost their empathy, but every time they use their power they have to pay a 'price', a compulsion they can't control. Hei however seems the exception to this, although he always seems to be eating. With his fancy moves and white mask, he's certainly not to be trifled with.

37. Prince Ashitaka (Princess Mononoke)
The exiled prince who becomes the mediator for the forces of nature who want to crush the humans spoiling their lands and the humans who are struggling to survive on the harsh plains. He's honourable, honest and kind, and his journey is something not to be missed.

38. Wander (Shadow of the Colossus)
The mysterious progatonist of the aforementioned game. All we know is that he carries a dead woman with him to a forbidden land, seeking a power to restore her to life. We know nothing of his past, or how he came to be in the situation he's in; we just take control and help him meet his goal. The mystery makes the draw to him all the more stronger, as you try and get him his happy ending.

39. Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club)
An unfortunate honours student who's forced into the service of the Host Club after breaking an expensive ming vase. However, much to the surprise of the Host Club members, she's actually a girl, albeit with a somewhat masculine haircut. Nevertheless they keep up the pretense. Haurhi's more than that, though, with her twists on gender stereotypes and how she deals with the smug rich kids in school. One of my favourites.

40. Date Masamune (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings)
Based upon a real Sengoku era general of the same name, I have to say it's his design I love more than anything. With his crescent moon helmet and six katanas, what's not to love?

41. Haytham Kenway (Assassin's Creed III)
The charismatic Templar leader paving the way for the Order to take root in the Americas. Despite being a Templar (which incidentally you don't find out until you've played some levels as him!), he's honest, cunning and trustworthy, and skilled in the Assassin skills, too.

42. England (Hetalia Axis Powers)
I like a lot of the Hetalia 'countries', but England is my fav. He can talk to mythical animals, he can't stand France, and likes his tea. And who can forget those eyebrows?

43. Alexandra Roivas (Eternal Darkness)
A sorely underrated game based on the lore of H.P.Lovecraft, and Alex is the modern day protagonist, unveiling the hidden secrets of a millenia long war against the return of the Ancients. Alex is sharp-witted, highly intelligent and not too bad with a gladius, either.

44. Irma Lair (W.I.T.C.H)
The wisecracking, sarcastic Guardian of Water from the W.I.T.C.H series. She's a master of her element and always has a one-liner waiting for both her friends and enemies. The episodes where she's alone or goes on a tangent are great, showing her flaws and development, and she's a thoroughly enjoyable character.

45. Rosalina (Super Mario Galaxy)
Mario's main guide in the Galaxy games. We don't know much about this mysterious, Luma-surrounded lady, but she's certainly interesting with her magical power and love for the adorable Lumas. She's also my favourite character to play as in Mario Kart Wii.

46. Robert Foster (Beneath a Steel Sky)
A old point-and-click adventure for PC (which took me 12 years to complete!), Robert Foster is the estranged hero. The lone survivor of a helicopter crash as his mother tried to escape the city of his birth, Rob was brought up by the nomads of the Gap. However as an adult his past catches up with him and he's captured and taken back. He's a likeable character with a quick mind, and it was fun following him to the conclusion of his tale.

47. Ike (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
Truth be told I'm more familiar with Ike from the Smash Bros point of view, but he plays an important role in Path of Radiance. Son of a mercenary, Ike is a skilled swordsman and kind-hearted young man. He's not prejudiced like many of his peers, either, and grows into a confident and competent leader.

48. Lumina (Final Fantasy: Lightning Returns)
The cheeky young girl who appears in the third installment of the FF13 franchise, she's a real trickster, sometimes helping and sometimes hindering Lightning in her quest. I like her unpredictable nature, and the twist regarding her in the story actually surprised me.

49. Asuna (Sword Art Online)
This was hard for me to list, for while Asuna is a great character she's treated HORRIBLY in SAO (especially in the second half, made me cringe). Still, she's talented and brave, if a bit naive at times, and feels she has a lot to prove.

50. Mystearica 'Tear' Grants (Tales of the Abyss)
Mystearica, or Tear as her friends know her, is a skilled Seventh Phonist who also knows the sacred Fonic Hymns. She tries to present herself as cool, reserved and serious, but inside she has a secret love for cute things which she's no good at hiding at all.

51. Mulan (Mulan)
Mulan was one of the first Disney films I really really liked. For one thing she left home not to bag herself a man but to fight for her country, and through her guile and strength of heart she succeeded. She was cunning and a great strategist...a shame she turned down the Emperor's offer at the end!

52. Balthier (Final Fantasy XII)
The self-proclaimed 'leading man' in FF12. Along with Fran, this sky pirate is devious, cunning but he's got a real heart of gold. His taste for riches and crystals get him dragged down into the main conflict of the game, and he proves a very resourceful character. Not to mention he gets some of the best lines!

53. Bayonetta (Bayonetta)
Everyone's favourite kickass witch, I loved the game and I love sassy Bayonetta. Unlike the predecessor to her franchise (DMC), she actually has some real personality and her game actually has a coherent story. With her Wicked Weaves and quadruple gun play, she's a powerful Witch, and the Lumen Sages better watch their backs.

54. Knuckles the Echidna (Sonic the Hedgehog)
I instantly adored this guy the moment I saw him appear in Sonic 3, and his best moments were in the Sonic Adventure series. However sadly he's gone through a lot of character decay, being replaced as Sonic's rival by Shadow, the whole 'Guardian of the Floating Island' thing gone to the wayside, and don't get me started on his horrible design and characterisation in Sonic Boom...but he's still an awesome red-dreaded echidna, and I hope one day he'll return to his former glory.

55. Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)
My very first game, and the very first fandom I ever got into, Sonic will always hold a special place for me. While I much prefer his Japanese incarnations to his Western ones, you can't deny Sonic's memorability. With his trademark blue hue and red sneakers, he's had a bit of a struggle with his franchise, but I still keep buying his games and enjoying whatever adventure he's thrown into.

56. Merida (Brave)
This film was a pleasant surprise for me, as before watching I didn't really know much about it. Finally a film that moved AWAY from the obligatory princess romance and focused on a much unseen relationship; that of mother and daughter. Merida is your typical tomboy, preferring archery and riding to dressing up and acting with decorum, but after a revenge plot against her mother goes awry, she learns to take responsibility for her actions. And you gotta love that curly hair of hers!

57. Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII)
The brooding, angsty teenager of FF8. At the time I first played the game I could relate a lot to Squall, and he also has an interesting design (practical impossibility of a gunblade aside). He prefers logic to emotion, yet while he's a bit aloof from his peer he still garners their respect and admiration as a leader. 

58. Asuka Langley Soryu (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
The loud, proud (if irrevocably damaged) pilot of Unit Two. Asuka really stood out as a character in NGE, contrasting to the reserved Rei Ayanami and cowardly Shinji Ikari, but of course (being Eva) she didn't escape the 'shaped by tragic past' schtick. Watching her mental unravelling was very heart-breaking, and even though she gets a tiny bit of glory in End of Evangelion, it ultimately amounts to nothing. But still, a memorable and awesome character.

59. Amaterasu (Okami)
The goddess of the sun, reincarnated in wolf form in this beautiful game. 'Ammy' has to travel all of ancient Japan (Nippon) and rid it of the dark demons that now plague the lands. Restoring nature, killing evil spirits and fighting against the greatest source of darkness, Ammy lives up to her title of deity and saves the world. Also seeing her act like a puppy in some scenes was just adorable!

60. Tenebrae (Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of a New World)
The snide, sarcastic Centurion of Lord Ratatosk, I love everything this character says. Always knowing exactly how to stir conversations the wrong way, always in praise of darkness and yet with a surprisingly honest and open view on things, he's a great supporting character in the game, and I can watch his skits over and over.

61. Kusanagi Shiyu (X/1999)
One of the Dragons of Earth in the military, and yet he doesn't quite share his fellow Dragons' disdain over humanity. His line about people still crying when others get hurt I thought was pretty profound (especially when most media love to critisize how evils human can be), and I enjoyed his friendship with Yuzuriha.

62. Arashi Kishu (X/1999)
The skilful samauri, Arashi doesn't waste words and is your typical stoic soldier type. She does gradually change, though, and I enjoyed her little arc.

63. Lord Darcia III (Wolf's Rain)
This guy is a true menace in the world of Wolf's Rain. Following on from the horrendous crimes committed by his father and grandfather, his devotion to his dying love turns to madness, and we're able to watch first hand how deeply he sinks. He gives a great final battle, and is definitely a villain you won't forget.

64. Sheena Fujibashi (Tales of Symphonia)
The clumsy assassin ninja from my favourite Tales...game. Sheena's past isn't without tragedy, but it becomes something she learns from and shapes her character development. As one of the last Summoners, she also plays an important role in the plot. Plus you can't help but love that as badass as she is, she has a tendency to fall into hidden traps far more easily than you'd expect.

65. Momou Inugami (Good Luck Girl)
The adorably cute puppy-spirit who has a certain fetish for S&M. He's hilarious with his antics and knows how to use his cuteness to his advantage. Devote to Momiji, he does also develop a soft spot for Sakura too. Loyal, brave and downright indestructible (hit him too hard and he'll turn from dog to human or vice versa), he's a grand addition to the cast.

66. Sakura Ichiko (Good Luck Girl)
For some reason or another, Sakura's always been blessed with excessive good luck, and everything in her life has gone swimmingly...until a poverty goddess shows up to shake things up. But in fact Sakura's not as happy as she proclaims, revealing that her good luck and her propensity to take the good luck from others has left her very lonely. Her character development was spot-on, and I thoroughly enjoyed following her journey.

67. Princess What's Her Name (Earthworm Jim)
Sister of Queen Pulsating-Bloated-Festering-Sweaty-Pus-filled, Malformed-Slug-for-a-Butt. The Princess was locked away from a young age by the Queen, and grew into the leader of a band of ragtag rebels on her home planet of Insectica. She's a great fighter, although this comes out more in the cartoon than the game.

68. Professor Hannah Awkward (Believe Nothing)
Professor of Pedantics at Oxford University, and the pursued love interest of Quadruple Professor Adonis Cnut. She has great quirks, and a bit of a sweet tooth to boot. A pity the series was so short-lived.

69. Bugs Bunny (Looney Toons)
'What's up, Doc?'. One of the defining cartoons of my childhood, how could I not include Bugs here? He's scheming, sneaky, and yet never in a malicious way, so you can't help but root for him. Whether he's foiling Elmer Fudd or driving Daffy up the wall, every moment is a joy to watch.

70. Puss in Boots (Shrek)
Our Latino cat-warrior, he really did brighten up the Shrek cast. He's a fast talker, romancer, and skilled swordsman, too. Perfectly cast and perfectly written!

71. Carl Fredricksen (Up!)

72. Hiccup (How To Train Your Dragon)

73. Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians)

74. Maia (Summoner: A Goddess Reborn)

75. Nel Zelpher (Star Ocean: Til the End of Time)

76. Rebecca Crane (Assassin's Creed II)

77. Shaun Hastines (Assassin's Creed II)

78. Luka Megurine (Vocaloid)

79. Jessie Bannon (Jonny Quest)

80. Sam (Totally Spies)

81. Wreck-It Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph)

82. Falco Lombardi (Star Fox)

83. Kyoko Sakura (Madoka Magica)

84. Light Yagami (Death Note)

85. Tybalt Volumnia de Capulet (Romeo x Juliet)

86. Prince Marth (Fire Emblem)

87. Pinky and the Brain (Animaniacs)

88. Metal Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)

89. Soundwave (Transformers Prime)

90. Kilik (Soul Calibur)

91. Harry Potter (Harry Potter)

92. Flynn Rider (Tangled)

93. Skye (Darkened Skye)

94. Dorian (Darkened Skye)

95. The Black Knight (Monty Python)

96. Aqua (Kingdom Hearts)

97. Avatar Wan (Legend of Korra)

98. Jenna (Darkweaver Legacy)

99. Genie (Aladdin)

100. Cassandra of Troy (Greek myth)

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