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September 18th, 2006


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02:24 pm - Character Love Meme
Totally stolen from jedibuttercup:

Name a character, and I will tell you in no less than 100 words why I love that character.

Fandoms you may question me on are: Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI (Vegas), Firefly/Serenity, Harry Potter, The Invisible Man, The Lord of the Rings, Numb3rs, ReBoot, Star Trek (DS9), Stargate SG-1, The Sentinel

Of course, you could also ask about any of the other fandoms I've written for or admitted to watching, but I can't guarantee being able to come up with a love-paragraph about any given main character for every one of them. :-)
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From:jd3000
Date:September 18th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure you could give us a love-paragraph about Rear Admiral Albert Calavicci. :-D

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 18th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Ah, Al. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

Firstly, the fact that the potential joke inherent in the rank of Rear Admiral is entirely appropriate to the man. His--er--appreciation of the female form, his creative ways in expressing that appreciation, and the fact that his hologram status means he can make comments about this subjec whenever he wants to, make for more *facepalm* moments than for any other character in my fandoms.

Secondly, he's one half of one of the most mis-matched friendships on television. Al's military outlook, his abiding loyalty to his friends and comrades, his flashy fashion sense (or lack thereof), and his eye for the ladies all make him the opposite of his time-hopping best friend.

Thirdly, beneath Al's wise-cracking exterior is a heart that's already been broken many times (as a POW in Vietnam; presumed dead by Beth the love of his life; his family history), and yet.... He still has the strength to love. He even as the strength to be the person who does nothing but wait and encourage--you can tell how much he wishes he could help Sam more, but he deals with the frustration admirably (usually!), and comes up with creative ways to get in on the action.
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From:lizamanynames
Date:September 18th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Why do you (or don't you) love Hexadecimal? :) If that's a little beyond you, how about Sam Carter?
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 18th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Oh, Hexadecimal is my favorite ReBoot villain! :-)

Her nature is chaos, and that means she turns up unexpectedly, switches sides just for the hell of it, and turns out the weirdest of weird plans to take over Mainframe. Seriously, one of my favorite episodes is "The Medusa Bug," because what she does is both actively sadistic (I'm not sure what else you could call her attitude as she watches sprites and binomes turning to stone) and because once Bob calls her bluff ("Just peace, and calm, forever..."), she does a complete 180 and undoes the bug entirely.

And yet you can't be sure that wasn't what she was planning all along.

Also, her collection of masks is the most awesome thing--one for every occasion, and changed with a sweep of the hand! I want her masks. :-)

I also wanted to own Scuzzy, because he's basically a cat, and he has spycam powers, and because he deserves an owner that won't abuse him randomly as Hex does (even though she really is quite fond of him!).

Oh! I can't forget how completely uncomfortable she makes Bob. Hee. Poor boy doesn't know what to do with her! Especially when she was temporarily turned from virus to sprite.

(I gotta have a ReBoot marathon. It has been way too long.)
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From:scorptilicus
Date:September 18th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
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How about Damar? Would you drink kanar with Damar?
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 18th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
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I would drink kanar with Damar.

That was not always the case, however. Initially I figured him for just one more fanatically loyal Cardassian soldier--and the jerk was so fanatical that he killed Ziyal! On his own initiative! For that alone he deserved to be stoned, or maybe drawn and quartered.

But he had to start there, really, to have the character arc that turned out so brilliantly. Damar had a place of remorse to come from, and a starting point where he had to start questioning his loyalties and where they were leading him and his people. And he made the right choices, doing what was right instead of what was easy. I was enourmously proud of him for the whole resistance movement, and by the show's final episodes I would have followed him--and I did grieve a little for him.

Probably what I loved most about Damar, then, is that he showed himself to be a man of honor. Even with acts in his past which he came to regret, he still stood up and lived by what he believed in.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 18th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Faramir. 8-)
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 19th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
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"Not if I found it by the highway would I take it, I said; and still I would hold those words as an oath, and be bound by them."

I may be paraphrasing a bit, but that line spells out the core of my love of Faramir, son of Denethor, Captain of Gondor. He is a man of honor--not an honor that needs to be seen (that would be his brother Boromir), or that even needs to be satisfied in "significant" ways. A statement made without all the facts, based on a simple and certain moral judgment, still holds for him all the weight of a formal oath. He is a man of keen vision, who takes careful thought for his actions, but at the same time he will not be persuaded into a course that does not seem right to him.

I'm also very much drawn to Faramir's personality and loves. He's a warrior, and a leader of men; but he is also a scholar, who knows his people's history, and studied with Gandalf. He fights for the love of his people and city, not for love of the sword itself. A man of peace thrust into the middle of a war, who nevertheless aquits himself well in both arenas.

Faramir is the kind of man I can wholeheartedly respect. Would that there were more like him in the Real World.
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From:kizmet_42
Date:September 18th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Do you love Peter Pettigrew?
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 19th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh, you would pick Peter.

I don't hate the guy--he's too pitiful for that. I imagine he had the youngest-child place in the Marauder gang; the one the others looked out for, thought of as weak and in need of protection, and probably pestered to death when they were bored. I have as much sympathy for how he must have spent his time at Hogwarts as I do for Neville. They're both seen as having lesser powers and skills, not being cool (except by association), not being leaders.

Right now the difference that makes me adore Neville and hold off judgment on Peter is their demonstrations of courage. Neville is, at his core, a true Gryffindor; there's not a speck of cowardice in the boy. Peter, otoh, seems to have a ridiculously high sense of self-preservation.

But he was a Gryffindor. And he was a Marauder.

And like many fans, I'm waiting to see if he'll find his courage at the end, and turn on Voldemort--the creature who forced him to betray his friends. I think it's possible, but I've been wrong before.

I hope I'm right.
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From:maevebran
Date:September 18th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Angel

Col. Jack O'Neil
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 19th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Angel

I go back and forth about Angel. There were times, mostly when he was on Buffy, when I really loved him. Quiet, stealthy, coming out of the shadows of the night to help the good guys.... And I don't care if it's cheesy: I find the idea of the vampire cursed with a soul really cool. The complexity, the struggle, the unending remorse, all that fascinated me.

Frankly, I liked him even better in the first season of Angel, because a vampire as a supernatual P.I. in Los Angeles is too perfect. And when he has something to do, Angel doesn't get as broody. Broody to me = boring, so it was when he was interacting with Kate, and kicking ass and taking names (or even when he was making a fool of himself in the process of helping the helpless), I could cheer for him.

Later seasons of Angel...bleh. Broody = boring.

Though I will admit that I am haunted by the final image from the final episode of that show. That's exactly how Angel should have gone out, and I salute him.

I'm not doing Jack until you clarify whether you meant to spell his name with one "l" or not. I love double-"ll" Jack more than single-"l" Jack, but I suppose I could write about either. *shrug*
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From:jedibuttercup
Date:September 18th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Aww, kerravonsen picked the one I was going to ask.

How about Julian Bashir?
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 19th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
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*pats your icon lovingly*

Actually, that about sums up my feelings for Julian Bashir. Ever since I started watching the show, he is the one who made me want to hug him and pet him and call him George. :-)

A lot of that stems from his youth, I think. When he arrives on the station, he's so naive. Over-eager, far too intelligent for his own good, and prone to sticking his foot all the way down his throat at the smallest opportunity. One wants to protect him from the big bad world (or maybe the world from him, depending on the situation).

His looks don't hurt; he's just so cute. And the accent--well, I'm a sucker for English accents, so, yeah.

And the fact that he managed to carry a torch for Jadzia Dax for just about the entire series only made me like him more. I turn to mush over male characters who do that (assuming they don't turn into scary stalkers, which he didn't). Complete mush.

That's me around Julian Bashir.
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From:scionofgrace
Date:September 19th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
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Well, since you haven't done any Stargate folks yet...

Gen. Hammond.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 19th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Oh, no problem here. :-)

General George Hammond holds a very specific set of roles during the first seven seasons of SG-1. He's the base commander (aka authority figure); he's a friend of Jack O'Neill's (not intially, but it doesn't seem to take long); and he is the decision maker, the man with whom the buck (usually) stops.

In other words, he's the man who has to say "no" to a doomed rescue mission when someone has gone missing under dangerous circumstances through the 'Gate--except that as often as he can get away with it, he says "yes" instead. He even joins the mission a few times!

He's the man who has to keep O'Neill in line--except that he trusts Jack's insticts and takes them into account as much as possible.

He's the man who has to report back to Washington and keep the SGC on task--except he cares a lot more about Earth's people and about his own subordinates than about politics, and his actions show it.

To top it all off, over and above his honor, his wisdom, and his thoughtful military mind, he's got grandchildren. From what little we see, I bet you he's the best sort of teddy-bear grandfather anyone could have. A real family man. Plus a sense of humor. :-)

George Hammond is a man I would be proud to follow, but even more proud to count among my friends.

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