My Favorite Screen Characters

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)

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“And I shall take over the entire Tri-State Area!!!”

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.

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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.

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Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)

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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.

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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.

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Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls)

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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:

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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)

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I’m not quite sure, but I THINK Luna is supporting Gryffindor in today’s Quidditch match.

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.

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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:

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Han Solo (Star Wars original trilogy)

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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.

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Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings trilogy)

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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.

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Dory (Finding Nemo)

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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!)

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Benny (The LEGO Movie)

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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.

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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)

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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.

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Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park)

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Malcolm is my favorite character from this movie. Why? Do I really need to explain?

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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!

Why Summer Is My Favorite Season

First, apologies once again for a late post. But a late post is better than no post, am I right?

So, anyway, it’s not technically summer until late June, but I did just end my first year of college a couple of weeks ago. For me, then, I’m on summer vacation, which is undoubtedly my favorite time of year.

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Why is that? Sure, it can get stiflingly hot and humid sometimes. But . . . that’s really the only drawback I can think of (okay, besides wasps and other such pesky arthropods). Think of all the amazing things about this season!

First thing: NO SCHOOL! Well, unless you opt to take summer classes. But if you’re like me, you would never dream of doing that unless you had to. Having three entire months without having to worry about essays and due dates is nothing short of glorious.

Another thing. When Shakespeare wrote the line “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” he knew what he was talking about. Summer can often be amazingly beautiful. Sometimes I feel like I live for clear, sunny days in the low to mid-seventies with low humidity and light, cool breezes. I could just sit outside for hours on days like this and be perfectly content (at least until it’s time to go inside and eat). And even when the weather isn’t quite that perfect, it’s still gorgeous when the sun hits the leaves on the trees in your backyard, or when the flowers in the field you’re walking by sway back and forth in the wind, or when the water of the lake glitters in the sunlight and ripples in the breeze.

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Summer is also the time when I usually perform in plays alongside my friends, which is always a blast. It’s a great time for movies as well, what with all the major blockbusters coming out. Also, swimming! And swimming pools. And the way the water in swimming pools looks like in the sun.

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So mesmerizing. ^_^

You know what? I’m just going to list a bunch of the other things I love about summer so I don’t get too long-winded.

Boating. Kayaking. Fishing (sometimes). Grill-outs. Campfires. S’mores. The smell of sunscreen. Dandelions. Shorts, T-shirt, sandals. Independence Day. My birthday. Bike rides. Basketball. Blowing bubbles in the yard. Family vacations. Sandy beaches (at the lake, since I’ve never been to the beach). Kites. Catching fireflies. Running away from bees and wasps. Theme parks. Popsicles.

I’m sure there are more, but I’ll wrap it up with the two biggest ones.

1. FREE. TIME. The older you get, the more valuable it is.

2. Spending that free time with family and friends.

So . . . yeah, that about sums it up. Summer is my favorite season. Sue me, autumn-lovers. :P (I kid, I kid.)

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See you guys . . . in a few days, actually.

A Somewhat Lame Attempt at Poetry — Part the Fifth

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It’s May! Hooray! Let’s all give a shout
For May is quite special — there’s really no doubt.
I’ll tell you the reasons, if you care to learn why
Though I’m sure that you already know. *deep sigh*

May is the month when I get out of school.
It’s true, my friends! I’m feeling so cool!
My first year of college has been pretty great,
But I’m definitely ready for summer — no hate!

It’s also this month that we have Mother’s Day.
‘Tis a grand day indeed. Callooh! Callay!
Let’s all thank our mothers for the hard work they do
And don’t forget to say: “I love you!”

I’d better get going, ’cause this is real cheesy.
That’s my poetry for ya. My skills are quite measly.
I hope that you all have a wonderful month,
And . . . does anyone know a word that rhymes with month?!

Turn Signals. Use Them.

What’s your number one driving pet peeve? I’ve got to say that mine is people not using their turn signals.

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I’m right there with you, Luigi.

So, you’re driving along, minding your own business, feeling pretty good about the day . . . when suddenly, the person in front of you starts slowing down, often finally to a stop.

What the heck? you think to yourself. What are you doing?!

Then, finally, when everything is clear, they make a turn, continuing on their way as usual.

And to them I say:

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I MEAN SERIOUSLY! How hard is it to flip that little switch on the side of your steering wheel before you make a turn?! DO YOU EVEN HAVE A BRAIN?! OR ARE YOU REALLY SO LAZY THAT YOU’RE GOING TO PUT OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES IN DANGER?!

Oh, come on! You've never even heard of it?!?!

Oh, come on! You’ve never even heard of it?!?!

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Look. Look here. See this? You see it? IT’S CALLED A TURN SIGNAL, YOU IDIOT!

Really, though. It’s not just annoying. Using your turn signal is helpful to other drivers, much more than I think people realize. And it’s downright unsafe to not do so! And I don’t just mean when you’re making a turn. You should also use your turn signal when you’re about to change lanes.

Really. Look it up. It’s the law. (At least where I live. I’m pretty sure it is elsewhere.) In fact, I just learned today that you can get pulled over for not using your turn signal.

. . .

SO PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS GOOD IN THIS WORLD, USE YOUR TURN SIGNAL!!!

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Oh. Is that why people don't use them? Huh. Someone needs to fix this issue.

Oh. Is that why people don’t use them? Huh. Someone needs to fix this issue.

*deep breath*

Okay, rant over. See you guys next week!

(Also, major apologies for not having a post last week. College life, you know.)