Anyone who’s seen Alice’s version of the Resident Evil series knows that no one can really live up to her perfection. Dear old Leon Kennedy couldn’t even manage to upstage her in the last movie, and Chris Redfield was as good as a hood ornament on that plane she magically managed to learn to fly. But I’m getting ahead of myself. See, once upon a time, there was a guy in Alice’s Resident Evil series that was just as much of a badass as her. And his name was Carlos. See, Carlos, unlike the other watered down characters of this series actually became the biggest on-screen badass that was never meant to be a main character. But like every character that Oded Fehr plays, he stole our attention and our hearts.
Now, lets just give Carlos a moment of respect for being the only person in Alice’s life who was man enough to be her lover, and managed to live just long enough to share one kiss. Before Alice became the only cool character in the series, there was the Apocalypse movie, which introduced Carlos repelling (as a member of Umbrella) out of a helicopter in an effort to save an innocent woman from a zombie hoard. But wait, there’s more. Not only did he repel out of a moving helicopter, but he did it while shooting two guns, and before anyone had managed to tie his safety line down to the helicopter. While he was in seemingly free fall, he picked off many of the members of the hoard long before he hit the ground. And when he finally did die, he went out in the most epic blaze of glory ever.
But what we love about Carlos isn’t just how kickass he is. It’s also the fact that in spite of his manliness, he’s also a genuinely great guy. He’s kind and intelligent. He takes things in stride, but you really see how much he loves and cares for the people around him, especially Alice of course. And the only reason he’s a supporting character is because in Alice’s Resident Evil, everyone is a supporting character next to her.
Regardless of how you feel about the show Almost Human, it can’t be denied that creativity and interesting ideas are part of its strong suit. This is where we find ourselves with the most badass hacker ever. You know all those shows that have an episode involving murderous computer systems—robots, houses, etc. that just went wrong? Imagine a hacker who can battle all those at the same time, while trying to thwart another hacker. While Crispin X is sadly only a one episode character, we can’t deny the importance of his badassery. Without Crispin X, Detective John Kennex would be no more.
What we can all appreciate about Crispin X, I think, is that unlike many people in the show, he has a wide arsenal of facial expressions and emotions. He also makes nerds look cool. Coming off kind of like a rock star in the world of hackers, it’s good to see that he can combat real life threatening problems with his computer skills—as he saves John’s life many times, as well as the woman he’s trying to protect. He thrives under challenging circumstances and it shows. Perhaps one of the most beloved guest starring characters ever, Crispin X is someone many of us probably wouldn’t mind seeing again.
Harry Potter is an enormous story… 7 books, 8 movies, and an incredible collection of amazing and very different characters. There are a number that could make it onto this page, but I think Dobby is the one character that people love and hate the most. For me, Dobby was one of the most annoying characters in the series, but he was lovable too, because, even though he had the most bizarre way of showing affection, and he often got in the way, when he helped Harry, he did so in big ways. There was something about Dobby that just eliminated boundaries… a brave little character who came off in the beginning as loud and very odd, we learn was actually very quiet and genuine. Dobby stood for truth and good. I think many people can relate to that, and also wish secretly that they had someone like him in their lives. He is the trump card that exists outside logic, time, and space. He knows things he shouldn’t know, can do things he shouldn’t be able to do, and has silently and completely captured the hearts of millions.
Finn Macauley in Resident Evil 6 is a side character that I’m sure has been loved by some and caused annoyance to others. For me, I loved Finn when I played the game. He was always trying his best, being the goody two shoes, vying for Chris’s attention and causing Piers to get defensive as a result. But Finn was genuinely pure at heart. He really trusted Chris, all the way up to the end. In any Resident Evil game, you tend to take to characters that help you out the most. (The merchant is another that I should mention at some point.) In Finn’s case, he took to Chris just as Piers had, and was actually rather useful. Finn was the explosives guy, taking out torrents, gates, trains, and anything else that got in the way. He was eager and intelligent, and was much more useful in protecting Chris than any of the other soldiers were (trust me, I played as Piers… the guy I was stuck with was useless). But the best part about Finn was that he was so vocal. In a way, he expressed the thoughts, concerns, and personalities of not only himself, but his fellow soldiers. So you felt like you were actually getting team feedback.
I also truly believe that Finn’s death and the reaction that Chris had to it caused Piers to grow into a full man. That new found maturity was later essential in bringing back and healing Chris’s soul enough to continue on.
Eyal Lavin in Covert Affairs, played by the charming and handsome Oded Fehr brings a firm person into Annie’s field that she respects. Though seemingly very rough at first, Eyal is intelligent and resourceful and shares with Annie a kind of wisdom that she sometimes lacks, being a rash and fairly new agent. He’s also saved Annie’s life a small number of times, including going into a Russian prison to save her under Auggie’s direction. Though he’s a master of mysteries and can lie like any good spy, he likes to tell the truth. He’s always one step ahead and brutal when he needs to be, having a low tolerance for bullshit, which is why he so often calls Annie on hers. But he’s not unkind. He’ll go out of his way to help someone he truly cares about, even if it costs him dearly. He learns from his mistakes, watches always and often assumes responsibility for things that are not his to be responsible for, which has almost gotten him killed a couple times in the past. Ultimately, he’s a friend in the field that Annie truly needs.
Many minor manga characters don’t translate as well when the series is made into an anime, and even fewer still translate well into live action. Yukihito Yashiro, or Du Jin in the live action version, is the rare exception to the rule. And not only that… he’s always been awesome.
What makes Yashiro an awesome character isn’t simply his support of Ren. Its the way he supports Ren’s feelings for Kyoko too. Without Yashiro, Ren may have never admitted that even had feelings for Kyoko, not to mention pursue them. Yashiro has a genuine want to see his friend happy, which turns him into the most fanboy-like shipper you can possibly imagine, armed with an arsenal of expressions and inner-monologues that are guaranteed to make you laugh. We love him because he means well, and the few times that he plots or schemes, his ideas are always good-natured, and his intentions are always pure.
Anyone who’s ever seen Burn Notice knows that Michael Westen gets in a boat load of trouble regularly. And who’s always there to nag this bad boy spy when he goes a little too far? Well, his mother of course. Madeline Westen is Michael’s chain-smoking mother. And while people might think she’s a little rough around the edges, Madeline is also awesome. She’s the kind of mom that knows that her family’s been on the rocks, but she’s still making the best of it. What other mother do you know of that would not only allow one of her son’s friends to blow up part of her house on account of a hairy situation, but would help him do it?
Yes, I know, this next one is going to make some of you look at me like I’m crazy and demand that I’m already running out of ideas, but fear not… I’m perfectly sane and there are plenty more characters to indulge in.
Next up is the is the witty, yet highly intelligent artificial intelligence… Tony Stark’s grand computer/house, Jarvis. Now, surely in most people’s minds Jarvis doesn’t even have a body or even a single computer to call home… so how can it be a character? Simple… it has a name and it has a personality. And does the Iron Man computer ever have a personality. Jarvis is probably the butler, the voice of logic when Tony won’t listen to Pepper, and the loyal work horse behind all of Tony’s spectacular plans. We love Jarvis, because he/it adds an accountability and accessory to Tony while he’s in the suit that he wouldn’t otherwise have. And lets face it, while we love hearing Tony having monologues with himself… its much more interesting to have some sort of reaction to them… even if those reactions are mechanical. Not to mention, without Jarvis, Tony would’ve been toast when he jumped off his balcony in The Avengers.
Ghost In the Shell is an anime that’s gone through an ever changing evolution. But one thing I’m glad to say hasn’t changed that much is the idea behind the characters of the tachikoma. These little robots are part battle tank, part think tank, and they have the most adorable voices. Unlike a lot of side characters that support main characters mentally, the tachikoma support them physically. They also bring to the series an unexpectedly humorous, cute, and almost pet-like quality. They’re robots that act almost like small children, and somehow that’s simply lovable.
So I’m pretty new to tumblr, and I haven’t quite gotten the chance to introduce myself. My name’s Celia. I love doing a lot of fan related work which is what you’re going to see on here. Thanks to the people who are following me (all 3 of you :D ).
If you’re interested in more of my ideas, I have two fan channels on youtube:
If you like Piers Nivans from RE6, I started a project on blogger that you might be interested in. Its a kind of real time diary: http://piersnivansjournal.blogspot.com/
Happy New Year everyone!