If you wanted some insight into my character, you could easily find the traits in numerable characters I idolize in the fictional universe. In no particular order, these are my top 10:
1. Jack Bauer: The quintessential American hero, he will do anything and everything to protect his country, even at the cost of his friends and family. Over the course of “8″ tragic days in his life, he has been tortured, wounded, “killed”, and abused more than anyone should live and tell. Hopefully in the “movie” whenever it gets made, a happy ending will be in store for his character. Here’s a clip of him interrogating Santa Claus.
2. Rachel Berry: Though she started off as a truly “over-bearing” character, redemption was possible in the “Glee” universe as she became less selfish toward the series’ third season. Her true merits lie in her aspirations, and can be seen in her the hard-work she puts into the implementation of her dreams. She in essence doesn’t just have dreams – she works hard to make sure they become a reality. And let’s not forget about her wonderful voice.
3. Arthur Read: Arthur is a pretty standard character in his own universe. Every character in the Arthur universe plays to be a sole “contrast” to him – D.W. being more whiny, the Brain being smarter, Buster being funnier, Muffy being richer, and Francine being more aggressive. Therefore, Arthur represents what it’s like to be “normal”, while at the same time inspires us all through his acceptance of various moral lessons as presented in the series. Here’s him singing.
4. Homer Simpson: Homer Simpson’s intelligence has declined more and more so as the Simpsons have aged, but his high moral regard for his family remains. His decision to work at a nuclear power plant was solely to provide for his family – Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie. So… when Mr. Burns forced a banner that reads “Don’t Forget. You’re Here Forever” as punishment on his wall, Homer simply replaced it as “Do it For Her”, to remind him of his primary motivations in life. (in this case Maggie).
5. Emma Nelson: The center of the Degrassi (The Next Generation) universe, Emma Nelson provides a moral compass around the other morally ambiguous characters (i.e. Manny, Paige, etc.). And though she’s been through her share of problems (not limited to pregnancy scares, anorexia, and failing college), her heart remains in the right place. 100% for the environment, she actually goes out of her way to project her feelings to people; her crusades show that this is a person who believes in something enough to fight for it.
6. Michael Bluth: He could just as easily choose to abandon his family due to their inability to actually do anything right. Despite this, he will do anything and everything to protect and preserve the Bluth Family Company, despite the shortcomings in life that will arise because of it.
7. Ted Mosby: TWO WORDS: HOPELESS ROMANTIC. His aspirations for a wife are truly inspiring (although dragged out season after season).
8. Ryan Atwood: The way he was able to reverse his life situation (mostly through luck, but also hard work) should be a wake-up call to everything. Though fictional, he went from basically poor to becoming an architect all in the span of just four seasons.
9. Katniss Everdeen: Everything+everything else. She protected her sister when no one else would. She defied the Capital when no one else would. She would be the face of a revolution in the trilogy that IS THE HUNGER GAMES. I can’t leave out the fact that she was also a tease to both Peeta and Gale (so sad).
10. Brandon Walsh: What’s not to like? He was the moral center of the show and the glue that held every single character on Beverly Hills 90210 together. Without him, the show inevitably fell apart. He set an example for everyone else, while making a few morally ambiguous mistakes of his own.