Friday, 15 April 2011

Memorable Main Characters (A to Z = M)

Today's Friday Five looks at memorable main characters. Every reader, television junkie, or movie watcher has them - the main characters you fall in love with, spit venom at, would follow to the ends of the world with, or just wish you'd created yourself. Here are my top five most memorable main characters:

1. James Tiberius Kirk. Gene Roddenberry I salute you.

2. Mr. Darcy. Colin Firth. Jane Austen. I need say no more.

3. Spock. Again, I salute Gene Roddenberry.

4. Helward Mann from Inverted World. Not my favourite sci-fi novel but the name is sheer genius. You'll need to read the book to understand.

5. Sol Tigh from the remake of Battlestar Galactica. Technically not the main MC, but easily my favourite character from the entire series.

Five names just isn't enough, is it? But it's Friday Five and I need to follow the rules. Hang on a minute, I made the rules. Okay, one more:

6. James Bond. 007. Has there ever been another character who people from all corners of the globe instantly recognise? Well, other than Harry Potter.

Who are your five six most memorable main characters?

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  1. 1. Ignatius J Reilly (A Confederacy of Dunces)
    2. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
    3. The Dude (Big Lebowski)
    4. McMurphy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
    5+6. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (best team up in Fantasy)

    Coulodn't think of any female characters, and neither could you. What does that say about us Ellie?

  2. Ooh now that's an interesting one:

    Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I
    John Thaw as Morse
    Reece Witherspoon as (the best) Becky Sharpe (I have seen)
    Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall
    Scott Cohen as Wolf in 10th Kingdom
    I like your list too, interesting how different it is to mine :O)

  3. Erm..
    1) All the male leads of Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Neumar! plus the sublime Stockard Channing!
    2) Tracey Turnblad of Hairspray!
    3) Tess of the D'Urbevilles!
    4) Everyone in Babylon 5!
    5) Lt Uhura! :-)
    6) Xena!

    Take care x

  4. Rhett Butler--Gone with the wind " Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"
    William Wallace--Braveheart "It's all for nothing if you don't have freedom"
    Aragon--Lord of the rings "If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. You have my sword..."
    Jack Lucas--The Fisher King "It's important to think. It's what separates us from lentils."
    Raymond Babbitt---Rainman "Dad lets me drive slow on the driveway. But not on Monday, definitely not on Monday."
    Forest Gump---"Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?"
    You already used Capt. Kirk ;)

  5. Sam Gamgee - by far the best Hobbit ever!
    Heathcliff - I loved him to bits when we did him for O level. Cathy was an idiot to trade him in for Edgar.
    OWEN MEANY - a little guy with a big voice.
    Winnie the Pooh - let's face it, he's perfect.
    Comfrey - the healer mole of Duncton. I actually cried when he died.

    Wonder what it says about me that three of them aren't human?

  6. Oh yes, that really gets me thinking, my top 5?

    1. Edward (don't need say which one I guess)
    2. Hermione
    3. Brittany (Glee)
    4. Captain Jack Sparrow
    5. Juno

  7. If by Bond you are referring to the Sean Connery variety, then we're square. :)

    I'm terrible with favorites lists but I will say Colin Firth's Darcy was probably the best portrayal I've ever seen.

  8. Great list. Tigh was fantastic wasn't he? Frakkin' skin jobs! Coming up with a list of five faves is well-nigh impossible, but here goes :

    1. Sparrowhawk (Earthsea)
    2. Spock (I'm allowed to copy, yeah?)
    3. Dr. Who (current incarnation is fine)
    4. Sherlock Holmes
    5. Gregory House (from House)

    And Brittany from Glee is great too!

  9. 1. Mr Rochester
    2. Mole from 'Wind in the Willows'
    3. Black Beauty
    4. Scrooge
    5. A.F.Tschiffely (Tschiffely's Ride)
    6. James Caviezel in 'The Thin Red Line'

  10. Maxim de Winter from Rebecca
    Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird
    Jude the Obscure
    Rattie from Wind in the Willows
    Jeeves from P.G. Wodehouse

  11. As I don't watch many films I have not got a favourite list, but I enjoyed reading about yours.


  12. Jayne Cobb from Firefly. His name alone is memorable.

  13. Tess - of the D'urbevilles
    Hassan - Kite Runner
    Miss Brodie - the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Hanna Schmidt - The Reader
    Tom Ripley - Talented Mr Ripley
    General Wormwart - Watership Down

    Sorry, that's six!

    Great post.
    Good to make your acquaintance. Look forward to following your posts and writing.

    warmw ishes

  14. Chase Manhattan - Breakthrough
    James bond, but not the Roger Moore one
    Agent Pendrgast - Douglas and Child character
    Uma Thurman in Kill Bill
    Any of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 characters

  15. 1. Frodo From lord of the Rings
    2. Sturm From dragonlance
    3. Pippin from dragonlance
    4. Amberle from The Elfstones of Shannara
    5. Kin Sacket from the warriors path

  16. How come these are all MALE characters, hmmm?

    I do love me some Captain Kirk, though.

  17. I love that mug! Want it!

    Great list Elle,

    A few of mine:
    Darcy-Colin Firth
    Rochester-Timothy Dalton
    Arthur-Clive Owen
    Gladiator-Russell Crowe
    Jack Dawson-Leonardo DiCaprio

  18. So many good main characters mentioned above, I'm hard pressed to come up with more. Pardon any misspelling of names!
    John McClain (Bruce Willis)
    Lora Croft (Angelina Jolie)
    Michael Clayton (George Clooney)
    Captain, that's Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)
    Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck)
    Steve Magarrett (Jack Lord, original Hawaii 5-0)

  19. Frodo.

    Darth Vader. (so cool)

    Captain Jack.

    Meg (Little Women)

    Anna (my book) :-)

    Great post. Nice mug.

  20. Kirk and Spock? Mos def. But don't forget Bilbo Baggins, Malcolm Reynolds, and The Bride.

  21. 1. Captain James T. Kirk(William Shatner)
    2. Phantom of the Opera(Gerard Butler)
    3. Bond, James Bond(Sean Connery)
    4. Nate Fischer(Six Feet Under) Peter Krauser
    5. Dexter Morgan(Dexter)Michael C. Hall

    Can't we have 5 males; 5 females ;-D
    This is hard, I can think of so many more~

    I, too love Colin Firth; I might have to switch him to 3 and Bond to #6.

  22. I love your list.
    1. Kirk, Spock and bones (as a trio)
    2. Dr Who
    3. Samwise Gamgee
    4. Katniss (in book 1 only)
    5. Jack Sparrow
    6. Death (Terry Pratchett)

  23. Oh woops..not all on my list are main characters... oh well.

  24. It's Friday night - it's against my rules to have to think, LOL - I guess we all know why I choose photography over writing now don't we ;-)
    Hope you have a great weekend

  25. Love this idea.

    1) Phedre no Delaunay from Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy
    2) Damon Sadi from Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Triology
    3) Elizabeth Webber from General Hospital
    4) Gambit from the X-Men
    5) She-Ra
    6) Jem

  26. Aragorn, Jack Sparrow, Piccard, Duncan McClain, Erik Nordstrom . .

    Wow, I could go on for ages :)



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