Ten Favorite Screen Characters

I have book winners to announce. But that will have to wait until the end of this post, since I was tagged by Celine Jeanjean at Down the Rabbit Hole to name my ten favorite screen characters. You can read her list by clicking here. Like Celine, I was supposed to tag others. But everyone I know is pretty busy. So you’re stuck with me unless you escape to Celine’s blog. Mwahahahaha!

This was a tough but fun assignment. There are many characters beyond those below who are favorites. I chose the following, because they inspire me in different ways. Since this list is in no particular order, I decided not to number it. Ha ha!!!

Eowyn (played by Miranda Otto)
Eowyn is one of my favorite characters in Tolkien’s trilogy and the film adaptations directed and co-written by Peter Jackson (2002—2003). I can relate to her sadness and frustration. Eowyn wanted a man she could not have. She also longed to do heroic deeds, though others tried to dissuade her. I love the fact that she refused to let the naysayers have the last word, thus proving a woman could be brave in battle.


Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell)
He’s a supervillain with a big heart in the 2010 film written by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons and directed by Tom McGrath. This film is a delightful twist on the superhero genre. I love the wonderful banter, the character design—basically, I love everything about Megamind’s journey in this film. He taught me that even supervillains can be heroic.


The Incredibles/Parrs (voiced by Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Spencer Fox)
I can’t pick one character. This family works as a team, and an awesome one at that. The Incredibles, a 2004 Disney/Pixar film written and directed by Brad Bird, was the “Fantastic Four” movie we really wanted. It’s one of my favorite movies period. I love the dialogue (which deftly showcased character), the action, and the pacing. It deserved the 2005 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.


Elizabeth Bennet (played by Keira Knightley)
Lizzie is my favorite in the book, so of course she is my favorite in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (directed by Joe Wright). She’s a young woman who speaks her mind, even when she’s totally wrong. Keira, who was the same age as the character when she played her, was an inspired choice.


The Doctor (played by too many actors to name here)
Turning to the small screen here. I’ve been a Whovian for many years—no matter who plays the time-traveling Doctor in the BBC show, Doctor Who. (There are films also.) The Doctor usually takes it upon himself to save the world. He travels with a companion, who is usually an Earth dweller (though not always). I simply love this show, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2013. By the way, I loved it when it was still just a cult favorite. Lately, famed author Neil Gaiman has penned episodes of this show.



Nausicaä (voiced by Sumi Shimamoto [Japanese version] and Alison Lohman [English language version])
Princess Nausicaä is a creation of Hayao Miyazaki who wrote a manga series about her and made an environmentally conscious animated movie on her exploits: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984). I’ve probably seen this film 20 times. Nausicaä is the kind of character who makes me want to be a better person. She’s selfless in her defense of creatures others despise. And when she needs to wield a weapon, she’s good at that too.


Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson)
Every character Samuel L. Jackson plays is vivid and memorable. My favorite is Nick Fury, the beleaguered leader of SHIELD—a creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby—because I love his leadership in the Marvel movies, especially the first Avengers (2012), written and directed by Joss Whedon. His question to Thor, “I’m asking, what are you prepared to do?” sears me every time I watch this movie.


The cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender (the animated series; voiced by too many people to name here)
Again, I can’t choose just one person, though Prince Zuko (below right) is dreamy. 🙂 This cast, created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, made the Nickelodeon series (2005—2008) one of my all-time favorites. Go Team Avatar!

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Gandalf (played by Sir Ian McKellen)
Whenever I think of a wizard, I first think of Gandalf. Though I love you, Harry Potter, Gandalf first claimed my heart. Consequently, I’ve read The Hobbit and LOTR dozens of times and watched all of the film adaptations. Gandalf is old, wise, and wonderful. And Ian will always be Gandalf to me.

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Samurai Jack (voiced by Phil LaMarr)
Okay. I can admit to having a major crush on a cartoon character. I’m not ashamed to admit that my heart beats for Samurai Jack, a brave, selfless Shaolin monk who hopes to defeat the ultimate evil—Aku. This creation of Genndy Tartakovsky (2001—2004 on Cartoon Network) has inspired many, many artists, including Tomm Moore, the director of Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells.


Who are your favorite film or TV characters? While you think about that, I’m giving away a book by Charles E. Yallowitz featuring a character I hope will become a favorite of yours—Ichabod Brooks and the City of Beasts.

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There are two winners. And they are . . .

Phillip McCollum


Laura Bruno Lilly!!!

Congratulations, Phillip and Laura! If you’ll confirm below, then email me at lmarie7b(at)gmail(dot)com, I’ll have this eBook sent to you. I’ll need the email address you use with Amazon.

Eowyn from revolutionmyspace.com. The cast of Avatar from fanpop.com. Nick Fury from atlantablackstar.com. The Incredibles from thewallpapers.org. Nausicaä from nausicaa.net. Gandalf from nerdreactor.com and blockscreeningreviews.blogspot.com. Elizabeth Bennet from bookriot.com. The Doctor from cinemablend. Samurai Jack image from samuraijack.wikia.com.com. Megamind from worldsoforos.com.

43 thoughts on “Ten Favorite Screen Characters

  1. Oh jeez, this will take me forever to come up with ten favourite characters. I’m already thinking on it. (My favourite Doctor is easy, though, and shows my age.)
    And what about ten favourite characters in books . . . thank you. You have just taken up six months of my time!

    • I think we’ve had this discussion before on the Doctor. Tom Baker is when I started. There! I’m sure I have you beat on the age factor. 😀

      I couldn’t possibly name my ten favorite book characters. There’s no way I can narrow down the list. I wrote a list of my top 100 books awhile ago. That’s about all I could do. There are several characters in LOTR who are favorites, including Sam and Faramir. I chose Eowyn, because she’s the first person I thought of in regard to LOTR.

  2. Great list!! Eowyn and Gandalf are great choices (to be fair any character played by Ian McKellen is amazing in my book). And I totally agree with you on the Incredibles, you can’t break them up. I hadn’t heard of Nausicaa, but I’ll have to check her out — I take it there’s no link with the Greek Mythology character?

    • Thanks for tagging me. 😀 The name did indeed come from Greek mythology. 🙂 Miyazaki was inspired by Ursula LeGuin, Tolkien, and others too. I love this film to pieces! People who write post-apocalyptic fiction should definitely watch it.

  3. Thanks for the contest. Love that Samurai Jack is on the list. Really wish that show went for more seasons. Though they’re rebooting Powerpuff Girls, so maybe Jack will come back. I hope better than ever instead of getting the Teen Titans Go treatment.

    • I heard about the Powerpuff Girls reboot. I’m all for that though I’m hoping it will be good and not cheaply made.

      I was hoping for a Samurai Jack movie like Genndy Tartakovsky said years ago was in the works. But I’m guessing he didn’t get the funding for it. I want closure on that!! I would love to see more seasons as well. I watch the old ones over and over.

  4. Congrats to the winners! And thanks, L. Marie, for another great post! It’s fun to see some characters that I’d agree with and some that I’m not familiar with!

  5. Love your choices for favorite characters. That’s a tough one to narrow down. I’ll have to give it some thought, but I do know Melissa McCarthy’s character in the new movie ‘Spy’ might make my list. Smart, sassy, capable heroine. 🙂

    • I haven’t seen that one yet, Carrie, though I’ve heard that so many people love it. I hope you’ll make a list!

  6. I concur ~ I adore the character and the casting of Kiera as Elizabeth. The perfect pairing!

    Congrats to the winners.

    Saving Santiago arrived yesterday.
    Thanks, Lyn! And Linda!

    • Yay!!! So glad it did, Nancy!

      I love that version of Pride and Prejudice. Granted, I love the 1995, six-hour A&E version. But the 2005 cast was so spot on.

  7. I’m playing catch-up, so this was a welcome surprise! Thank you for the opportunity, Linda. I love your list of characters BTW. I’m partial to Tom Baker as I have fond memories of my dad watching his episodes every Saturday afternoon on PBS.

  8. Congratulations to the winners! Oh, Keira Knightley was a perfect cast…love her! One of my all time favorite male screen character is Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption.

    • I think that character is a favorite of many. He would be on my list too, along with his Lucius Fox and Michael Caine’s Alfred in Batman Begins. Batman himself would be number 11. 🙂

  9. Congratulations, lucky winners! 🙂
    Oh, this is fun, but, I’m going to need to really think on this . . . I’ll just start with Gene Wilder’s Willie Wonka and I am really showing my age in naming Art Carney/The Honeymooners when he played Captain Video. It is dated and corny and has me laughing tears all the time.

  10. Holy Unexpected fun! I was just catching up on my blog reading and there it was:
    First a reference to our fam’s fav movie ‘The Incredibles’ and then…say what? My name? Oh wow!
    As you know, been a bit busy on the 37yr anniversary thing, so I hope this response isn’t too late to ‘Claim my Prize” HA!
    And, parallel to all of this, I tagged you for a 3quote/3day thingie…geesh, when it rains, it pours! (you’ll see it on my latest blog post)

    • Hi, Laura. The book was sent to you. If you didn’t get it, please let me know.
      Thanks for tagging me. Unfortunately, I can’t participate. But thank you for thinking of me. 🙂

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