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Gecko
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Someone who spoke to you more than any real human being. Someone who you identified with. Someone who you felt captured a perfect snapshot of the human psyche. Or, simply, someone you felt was really, really cool.

For me, it would have to be a toss up between Holden Caufield and Hamlet. Both are such deep characters that it's scary.

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Denny Crane!
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Hobbes, from Calvin & Hobbes
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Scout.
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Owen Meany.
Croaker.
Garp.
Robert Jordan (not the author)

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bert and ernie?
the cookie monster - most definitely!

and

Oscar the grouch: but only on my bad days.

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Jean-Luc Picard.
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Harry Potter
Bridget Jones
Chandler from Friends
The Buckman from Mad About You
Danny Ocean
Tula from My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Kate and Luc from French Kiss
Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox from You've Got Mail

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Caliban
Professor Fate and Maximillion
The Hero of Canton
Rube & George (Dead Like Me)
I wish I was Han Solo.

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I think everyone has a little Holden Caulfield in them.

I'd have to go with Superman. Or the Hulk. Yeah, definitely the Hulk.

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Sam Vimes and Esme Weatherwax - Discworld
Francie Nolan - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Jo March - Little Women
Inigo Montoya - The Princess Bride
Ford Prefect - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Sam Gamgee - Lord of the Rings
Spike - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Howard Roark from The Fountainhead.
Roland Deschain from The Dark Tower.
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.

They were all awesome.

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Lauren Olamina- Parable of the Talents
Veronica Mars
And to be true to the fangirl in me... Ender, Valentine, and Peter [Big Grin]

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Wow. Good Job, Amanecer, with the Lauren reference. She came to mind first, but I'm giving it some more thought before I give the difinitive answer...
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Terisa Morgan (Mordant's Need)
PAD's Linda Danvers
Maddy (Foxfire - the movie; not the book)
Dagny Taggart

[ September 03, 2006, 08:57 PM: Message edited by: starLisa ]

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Miles Vorkosigan
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Sherlock Holmes
Spock
Gandalph

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I hope to marry a woman who will let me name one of our sons 'Atticus' if that gives you any indication...
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Sydney Carton from "A Tale of Two Cities" and Edmond Dantes of "The Count of Monte Cristo". Close seconds are Sam from LOTR and Athos from "The Three Musketeers"
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Fujiwarano Sai from Hikaru no Go
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Sethe from Beloved and Atticus Finch.

Also, Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (the book, not the film) was my first crush.

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blackwolve, I am rereading The Warrior's Apprentice right now. [Smile]

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Hm...

Gordon Frohman -- Concerned
Atticus Finch -- To Kill a Mockingbird
Sam -- Benny and Joon

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Firstly I'd like to second some of the selections that went before.

quote:
Originally posted by MandyM:

Chandler from Friends

Yeah, that's also one of my choices. A lot of this character's backstory has similarities to my own.

quote:
Originally posted by calaban:

Caliban

I can easily feel the loneliness that he had to experience on that island.

quote:
Originally posted by starLisa:

Dagny Taggart

Even though I'm still reading this book, she has quickly become one of my favourite characters. Following your own star, no matter what anyone might say. Rule!?

quote:
Originally posted by Dan_raven:

Sherlock Holmes
Spock
Gandalf

Ah well, I don't think these need any explanation.

quote:
Originally posted by Little_Doctor

FitzChivalry Farseer

Duty, Solitude and in touch with nature.

Besides those, the first character that comes to mind is Cugel from Jack Vance's "Tales of the Dying Earth". I admire him because he's far from being your typical fantasy type hero. He kicks and screams and rails against the fates, which he seems to think are always in conspiracy against him and yet he perseveres. He's not unwilling to help someone else, but there's gotta be something in it for himself as well. Needless to say I only want to be a bit more like him, because on the whole he's not a very lovable person.

*Wolverine; loner type of hero, gruff exterior with the soft core.
*Link; the elvish hero from the Zelda game series, most especially as he appeared in his two adventures on the N64.
*Pug & Jimmy the Hand; from the wonderful world of Midkemia.
*Roy Calvert; from the novel "The Light and the Dark" by C.P. Snow. A phenomenal linguist struggles with his talents and the way the establishment is trying to push him.
*George Passant; from the novel "Strangers and Brothers" by ibid. A man, while trying to help the people around him, gets into trounble himself.
*Henry Wilt; the man with the grasshopper mind. from the novels by Tom Sharpe.
*Orlando; from the Otherland series by Tad Williams. Battling an incurable disease and still managing to be a hero at the right time. Kudos!
*Richard (Cypher) Rahl; The Seeker of Truth, just because of that function I feel strongly connected to him.

edited for obscurity. [Big Grin]

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The guy with "poor impulse control" in that Neal Stephenson book.

(I kid, I kid.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Joldo:
Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (the book, not the film) was my first crush.

I'm still a little bit in love with him.
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Thought of a few more:
R. Daneel Olivaw - Asimov's Robot books
Tasslehoff Burrfoot - Dragonlance books
Raul Endymion - Endymion series by Simmons
Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin of Perdido Street Station
Willow from Buffy because she's super hot [Wink]

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I know there's probably more obvious reasons to like this character, but Major Motoko Kusanagi of Ghost in the Shell fame, has to be my top cool character.
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I forgot Abner Doon. Is it bad to identify with the bad guys?
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My second choice (and I know he's the love of at least one other): Alessandro Giullani, A Soldier of the Great War
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Armory Blaine. Winston Smith.

(and most characters imagined by Joss Wheadon)

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Jason Fox
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Spike is great; he's the only reason I ever tuned into "Buffy". Ford Prefect is also wonderful -- both in the book and, to my great suprise, as Mos Def plays him in the recent movie. As for Jean-Luc Picard, ST:TNG came on the air when I was three -- I've grown up with him and the whole crew!

My own additions to the list:

Philip Carey from "Of Human Bondage", i.e., my alter-ego.

Charlotte York from "Sex and the City", i.e., my alternate alter-ego.

Night Tenjo from "Absolute Boyfriend", i.e., a manga re-imagining of my boyfriend.

Heathcliff from "Wuthering Heights", whom I had a crush on.

... and for sheer coolness, Jack Sparrow from "Pirates of the Carribean". He's just so increadibly far out of his mind!

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Batman, literally the hero I am fascinated with.

Buffy Summers, love the journey and the hero.

V from V for Vendetta, a great movie and a hero that really isnt but kinda is.

James Bond, cmon gotta give some love to the man who is cool even when he orders a watered down drink.

Pretty much any character by Aaron Sorkin. A writer that I think is better that Joss Whedon.

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Nick Easter from Runaway Jury

Most characters in the Greatwinter Trilogy by Sean McMullen

Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire

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Really cool:
Jack Sparrow from the first movie.
Spider Jerusalem, during my cynical moods.
Robert B. Parker's Hawk.
The demon Crowley.
V.
Death of the Endless.
Spike.

Identified with:
Sam Vimes or Rincewind, depending on my needs.
Oz from BtVS.
Hoban "Wash" Washburne
Peter Parker.
Gomez Addams and Captain Spaulding, when it comes to romance.
Jake Stonebender.

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Lorelai Gilmore

Anne Shirley

Aerin

Ender Wiggin

Charly (from Flowers for Algernon)

Jane Eyre

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Megan Murray O'Keefe from A Wrinkle In Time and sequels.
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Zoe from Firefly
Faith and Spike from Buffy
Death and Delirium from Sandman
Bigby Wolf from Fables
Ed, Catelyn, and Arya Stark and Tyrion Lannister from Song of Ice and Fire
Phedre no Delaunay and Melisande Shahrizai from the Kushiel books
Starbuck from BSG (the new one, naturally)
Delenn, Ivanova, and G'Kar from Babylon 5

I know there's a lot more, but I'm having trouble thinking of them.

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quote:
Buffy Summers, love the journey and the hero
I am always amazed when somebody says that they actually liked her. While I loved that show, I always disliked her.

quote:
Delenn, Ivanova, and G'Kar from Babylon 5
Be still my beating heart.

[ September 05, 2006, 02:20 PM: Message edited by: mr_porteiro_head ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Stray:
Ed, Catelyn, and Arya Stark and Tyrion Lannister from Song of Ice and Fire

Interesting that you include Catelyn in that list. While I agree with you about Ned, Arya, and Tyrion, I actually dislike Catelyn a bit. It's because of her treatment of Jon (Jon being a character that I'd put on the list alongside Ned, Arya, and Tyrion).
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I dislike Catelyn quite a bit as well, but for me it's because of how she abandoned her her youngest sons when they needed her most.
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quote:
Originally posted by calaban:
I forgot Abner Doon. Is it bad to identify with the bad guys?

Who says he's a bad guy?

I think Abner Doon (who should be played by Ben Kingsley, btw) is my favorite OSC character.

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Hmm...it's been quite a while since I read those, maybe I'm forgetting some stuff that would make me like Catelyn less.

quote:
Delenn, Ivanova, and G'Kar from Babylon 5
Be still my beating heart. [/QB][/QUOTE]

[Confused]

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Kingsley, for sure. Or perhaps Tony Shaloub.

Many "bad guys" have reasons for doing what they are doing. Somtimes the reasons may even appear good to them. There is no denying that Abner did some pretty bad things in the name of freeing the universe; to accomplish his goals he had to become the evil he was trying to destroy through deception coercing and killing. He knew he was an angel of distruction and willingly assumed that mantle.

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Xander (from buffy): In a world of 'super heroes' he was the regular guy. He often seemed to be on the outside looking in...but he would do anything for his friends.

Ben Hur (from the book of the same name): He persevered through an insane amount of hardship...but in the end didn't let his rage consume him (and he had every right to feel rage).

Athalus (from the Redemption of Athalus): A very funny character, who never claims to be "good" in our society he would have been locked up, but he still fights those who are evil.

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Do you have a question, Stray?
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