August 14th, 2017

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Character Commonalities

These are some of my favorite manga, movie, and tv characters from over the years. I grouped them based on some characteristics that they share.

Frodo, Lord of the Rings
Hound, Transformers
Acres, Poseidon Adventure
Robert Muldoon, Jurassic Park

They press on despite their pain so that they and others can be saved. Humble, patient, genuine.

Dev Sibwarra, The Truce at Bakura
Sumeragi Subaru, X
Hiwatari Satoshi, DNAngel
Crona, Soul Eater

These are kind-hearted characters who are controlled by more powerful characters. Their responses vary from quiet depression to frenzied anger, but in all cases reluctance is a major aspect of their personality. They are also talented in the arts, language, music, or other areas.

(As a side note, I've never been satisfied with how these characters have been resolved. One died at the end, another suddenly began to fulfill a normal life, another disappeared, and one never had an ending at all. There has to be some way to resolve these types of characters in a satisfying way. Especially since these have been the characters with whom I've resonated the most strongly.)

Midshipman Hollom, Master and Commander
Pasha Antipov, Dr. Zhivago
Loki, Thor

These are also sensitive characters, but negative emotions and circumstances have led them to become cruel to others or to themselves. I don't admire them, but I sympathize with them.

Treize Khushrenada, Gundam Wing
Various generals in Gettysburg
Paul Atreides, Dune

Leaders who value life and morality. They are intelligent, responsible, and respected.

Heero Yuy, Gundam Wing
Lady Une, Gundam Wing
Roland Tembo, The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Spock, Star Trek

Skilled warriors and officers who are loyal to the mission. They feel emotions, but do not express them as most people do.

Luke Skywalker, Star Wars
Thomas Chamberlain, Gettysburg
Asahi Hinata, Suki Dakara Suki
Minamoto no Hiromasa, Onmyouji

Sweet, enthusiastic characters. Also courageous when faced with challenges.