Hey, all! I’ve been tagged by Christine over at Musings of an Elf to do a post listing my ten favorite screen characters (from movies and TV shows).
Will this be impossible?
Absolutely. Which is why I’m going to cheat a little bit. (Don’t give me that look!)
Rather than actually try to narrow down a legitimate top ten list, I’m simply going to pick some of my favorite shows and movies and pick my favorite character from each (or one of them, if it’s too hard to choose one favorite character).
Yes, I know. I’m pathetic. Don’t judge me. :P
ANYWAY! Let’s do this thing. In no particular order, THE CHARACTERS!
Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Phineas and Ferb)
Phineas and Ferb is my favorite show, and I’ve got to say that Doofenshmirtz is my favorite character from it. Everything about this guy makes me laugh: his voice, his outrageous evil schemes, his cluelessness about everyday things . . . for instance, one of my favorite moments from him is when he “invents” a vehicle that is “like a car, but it can drive on the surface of water!” He calls it the BO-AT (“BOH – at”), which stands for Buoyancy Operated Aquatic Transport.
I nearly gave myself a hernia from laughing so hard the first time I saw this. And believe me, there is PLENTY more where that came from. What a character.
Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Pinkamena Diane Pie, more commonly known as Pinkie Pie (or just Pinkie) is a blast to watch. She’s friendly, fun, sometimes over-the-top crazy, and often hilarious, taking a lot of cues from cartoons like Looney Tunes with her physics-defying antics and fourth-wall breaks.
Besides her humor, she’s great because she’s always on the lookout for ways to make her friends happy. That’s her number one goal in life: to make others smile. And that’s pretty awesome.
Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls)
All of the main characters of Gravity Falls are fantastic, but if I had to pick just one, it would have to be Mabel. She’s funny, she’s adorkable, and she’s always looking on the bright side of things. Observe:
Yup. With her plethora of colorful sweaters, her pet pig, and her braces, Mabel is a joy to watch in every episode.
Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter films 5-8)
Moving on from TV shows to movies, it’s everyone’s favorite Ravenclaw! Well, at least mine. Now, if we weren’t talking specifically about screen characters, I probably would have mentioned a different character as my favorite from Harry Potter (probably Harry himself). However, I felt that a lot of the characters in the movies weren’t quite right. Luna, though, is about as close to perfect as you can get in terms of casting.
Forget the casting, though — this character is awesome! She seems quite odd to most of the other characters, what with her “not quite all there” kind of personality, her strange fashion sense, and how she speaks her mind no matter how others might react. But looking past her eccentricity, you can find a girl who’s perhaps more loyal and kind a friend than any other. In the words of Ron Weasley:
Han Solo (Star Wars original trilogy)
Star Wars has so many great characters, this one was tough. But it’s hard not to love the arrogant, smart-talking smuggler whose heart of gold eventually wins out over his selfishness in the end. He’s funny, he’s brave, and his romance with Princess Leia is . . . well, I don’t have to explain it, really.
Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
Again, LOTR has many amazing characters. But Sam definitely takes the cake for me. Not only is he funny, he’s an exceedingly courageous hobbit, and stubbornly loyal. Without him, Frodo would never have gotten anywhere near Mordor, let alone managed to destroy the Ring. Devoted and caring, everyone should have a friend like Sam.
Dory (Finding Nemo)
My favorite character from the movie, and quite possibly my favorite Pixar character. Dory, as we all know, is a lovable blue tang with an unfortunate tendency to forget things almost instantly. The results are always hilarious, and people still quote her these days, more than a decade after the movie was released. If that’s not a memorable character, I don’t know what is. (Also, fingers crossed that Finding Dory will actually be good!)
Benny (The LEGO Movie)
It was a close call between this guy and Princess Unikitty, but I think Benny is my favorite character from The LEGO Movie — and that’s saying something, what with it being one of my favorite movies and all. There’s really not much to him, honestly — he’s a nice, fun, enthusiastic guy, and . . . well, he really, really loves spaceships. And building spaceships. And flying spaceships.
Let me tell you, that part had me rolling in my seat without the ability to breathe. And that’s really all I’ve got to say about Benny. He’s the definition of entertaining.
Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean series)
While not all the Pirates movies are great, this guy is the best character in each one of them. Never before I saw these movies did I think a pirate could be this funny. Much like Dory, he’s massively quotable, both for humor and for unexpected wisdom. Here, have a few.
Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park)
Malcolm is my favorite character from this movie. Why? Do I really need to explain?
In his own words: “Uh . . . well, there it is.”
*exhales deeply* Whew! That took a while.
Just as a reminder, no, this is not necessarily my actual top ten favorite screen characters of all time. This is just a sampling of some of my favorite screen characters from across the board. If I was to actually narrow it down to my actual top ten . . . well, let’s just say that post would never actually get written, because I would have spontaneously combusted trying to decide. *nods*
I think I’d like to do another list soon! Perhaps my favorite villains next, or favorite side characters. We’ll see.
Hope you guys enjoyed this list, and see you next week!