Who’s your favorite character of all time?

Great question, but I don’t know if I could nail it down to just one! Let’s see what we have here…

I made a list of all the characters I ever really cared about, and I realized they all had some striking similarities. So I grouped them into four roughly-hewn segments, and I went digging. The more I explored, the more I realized that all of my favorite characters ever fell into these four groups.

I didn’t think it would be too interesting to include them all, so here’s a short list.

Amateur Philosophers

  • Oedipa Maas from The Crying of Lot 49
  • Don Jr. from Foreign Experiences
  • Hamlet from Hamlet
  • The Square from Flatland
  • Hermione from Harry Potter

Hopeless Optimists

  • Valentine Michael Smith from Stranger in a Strange Land
  • Sam Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings
  • Alice from Alice in Wonderland
  • Beanish from Beanworld
  • Odysseus from The Odyssey

Broken Toys

  • Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard
  • Susannah Dean from The Dark Tower
  • Pinocchio from Pinocchio
  • Ben Hawkins from Carnivale

Flat-out Anti-heroes

  • Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica
  • Walter White from Breaking Bad
  • Medea from Medea
  • Olympia Binewski from Geek Love

I’m trying hard not to reflect too deeply on what my favorite characters say about me, but I feel thoroughly naked right now!