I don’t know about you but for the most part of my life, I’ve looked upon fiction characters, revered them and I will not have it any other way. These characters fabricated from the minds of a variety of people out there, not only mesmerize me with the angles and degrees they had been sculpted with but urges me to dwell upon the endless possibilities that come along with imagination. More often than not fictional characters inspire to make certain, very real decisions based on the outlook they bestow on the very people who are enamoured of them.
Now previously, I wanted to write this article to point out some of the more orthodox characters who are adored by the majority of people out there and I went for a survey without limitations; I didn’t bother to provide the people with options they had to pick from, instead I hoped to coincidentally come across a handful of common names and unsurprisingly only one name came up twice (Harry Potter), apart from that all the other names stood on their own but alas I’m not going to go with Harry Potter because I have decided on providing my own preferences and Harry Potter isn’t one of them (shrug).
I do feel like I should mention some of the names provided to me oh so courteously and they are: Mariam and Laila from ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, Luffy from ‘One Piece’, Inej Ghafa from ‘Six of Crows’, Coraline, Celie from ‘The Colour Purple’, Sandy shortt from ‘A Place Called Here’, Rahel from ‘The God of Small Things’. Hari Michaelson from ‘Acts of Caine’. Percy Jackson. Sherlock.
Before further ado, I’ll dive into the list now:
The character that inspired me to write this article in the first place. His unwavering ‘guttiness’, his passion towards the most humane of approaches, his resolute belief to always see the good in people left me in awe. I can honestly say that I have yet to come across a character such as Naruto. He spent his childhood in negligence, the kind that could quite possibly burden any good heart but he broke through all expectations and he pursued his glorious path as he paved it himself. Safe to say his morality stood firm from the very beginning, ever since Iruka Sensei. What we can try to take from him is his unrelenting force to never give up and tread ahead despite of what life throws our way. The desire to look for the lightness in the darkest of souls is another thing human beings ought to be accustomed with. Not mentioning his ebullient approach towards absolutely everyone won’t do justice to the character, for his demeanor itself is a warm welcome regardless of the sprinkle of absurdity he might exhibit every now and then. Benevolence can begin from just one soul and spread almost everywhere is what he taught me. Believe it!
She came in like a hurricane and swept my heart away when I saw the movie ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ for the first time ever. I had no idea that the movies were made from the books (don’t judge I was a puny little kid), but when I eventually found out about the books, I essentially devoured them besides falling for Hermoine, harder, in the most respectable way of course. Her fierce demeanour and uninterrupted zeal for justice largely inspired me. It showed me an example of a person I could hope to become. Her eminence as a student compelled me to push my own boundaries for the best possible outcome. Standing up for what she believed in and notwithstanding the wrongs within the system propels her to the top in my personal list of idols. Her actions throughout the series may not have been effective to a large extend in terms of societal change but her actions were more than sufficient to bring out the true questions of what actually is right and significant.
The caped crusader, the watchful guardian, the Knight of Gotham among several other callings, is the hero almost everyone admires. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I were to say that Bats has a greater fan base than Supes, and no I will not be using the territorial and outright general ‘because he is batman’ as an excuse. Yes he is Batman but he never truly vanquished the biggest regret of his life. He suffered emotionally as a kid after which he went out of his way to care and protect the meaningful elements in his life. In the face of adversaries he does whatever it takes to get to his destination. His proclivity towards survival at all cost is undeniably endearing, at least to me. The tendency to examine situations pragmatically along with keeping an open mind is what I mostly took from him. Lastly, Kudos to him for moulding Nightwing (along with other really cool kids); the delight of the bat fam.
Now Peggy Carter is most certainly my kind of a character. Granted she deserved more screentime in ‘Captain America The First Avenger’ but she shone through and through in her own tv series Agent Carter. After the second world war around the 1950s, Peggy Carter was forced to work for administrations despite of her far greater stature, thanks to the patriarchal society then. But she, being the rebel that she is, went out with her blazing guts and her dominating might, to ward of the rising evils from the remnants of the war she took part in. She helped train Captain America for crying out loud. Her steadfast existence and irrefutably considerate personality, among other things, bedazzled me and I will forever consider her as the greatest female character in MCU, just putting it out there.
Because I’m done watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I feel obligated to put his name in here. He is the precious cinnamon roll, the world can’t help but adore. His lovable awkwardness and unyielding tenderness aside, he can be a force to be reckoned with. He is a free spirit capable of comprehending realities as they are. His serenity is the the kind that I as a person hope to obtain and contain. It’s just cool, sort of like Bruce Wayne but obviously Bruce’s tranquility has an assortment of arrogance unlike Newt’s. But JK Rowling does not disappoint at all with this character. I can’t wait to learn a whole lot more about him.
The exploring amazonian from Themyscira is hard to miss but her staunch beliefs are harder to deny and dismiss. An icon that empowers people for the sake of humanity, yeah that about sums her up. She can be whatever she needs to be, a protector, a warrior, a guide to seek help from and also a friend to those in need (cough, justice league, cough). She comes from a matriarchal society, heck her society only consists of females and yet there isn’t a hint of misandrism in her. She acquires a voice for equality and is the appreciator of merits (get the hint already! It’s 2016 and we still have to be vocal about being appreciated equally with our male peers based on our merits). She intimidates with tenacity and believe it or not, respect. She exudes respect, the kind that she is reciprocated with. Safe to say, she will continue being herself for the years to come, considering the world requires it from her.
I happen to be a weakling for side characters. I pay greater attention to them than protagonists and one such side character is the borderline cool earthbender, Toph. I’m not sure if I should be calling her a side character, I mean she is in a league of her own. She comes from a lavish family and she is blind yet she defies all odds and stands out by becoming her own person, she feels the need to do so because of her passion towards earthbending. She isn’t spoilt despite her riches and she never allows her blindness to weaken her. She finds strength in her blindness, she exploits the strength to become an earthbending master. She is an embodiment of saying no to limitations. Her savage, almost ludicrous demeanour is the chocolate fudge on top (I don’t like cherries). Simply put, pursuit of strength and passion is what can be taken from her.
I feel like I love to hunt for characters from almost everywhere and it was incredibly difficult for me to narrow down the names from a list that is dear to my heart.
N.B : All the pictures were collected from google.