If I were to pick a show you like and ask who your favorite character is, you would give me a name. If I were to pick five shows and ask for a favorite character across those five, would the favorite be the same? What if you picked a few favorites across all shows and movies?
Would the original fav make the list? And would those characters have commonalities?
The husband and I have a DVR and TV service that has an On Demand option. The result of this is while we have access to hundreds (maybe thousands) of channels and shows, we find ourselves watching pre-recorded favorites.
One of these is NCIS. The original one, not the spinoffs with all the melodrama and overacting. I’ve watched it for years, and one of the perks of taking an extended TV hiatus while I was constructing novels is I have a whole backlog of new-to-me episodes. So I’ve been watching several episodes per week.
It struck me during one episode why I love the show: the characters are awesome. One character, specifically, keeps me tuning in.
Does anyone else adore Abby? She’s goth. She’s wicked smart. She’s socially awkward. She carries a black lace parasol when she leaves the lab.
It took me a while to figure out the funky music that plays in the lab is her music, not just background for cinematic ambience. How cool is that?
A few nights ago, Men In Black 3 was on. We enjoy that one because of the supposedly 29-year-old edition of K, but for me, a different character stands out.
Whenever Griffin’s not on screen, I wish he were on screen. He has the gift of seeing infinite possibilities, often minor differences that result in major outcome changes. He has the air of a human savant, which is why I think I’m drawn to him. He speaks quickly about the different possible outcomes, taking us on a journey as he does so.
Of course, being a nerd, one of my favs appears in Star Trek. The new Star Trek movies, to be precise.
No, not the crusty alien sidekick. Scotty.
I don’t think the circumstances under which we first met this Scotty could have been more perfect. Isolated on a frozen hell of a planet because he accidentally lost a professor’s beagle in a warp experiment. Oops.
Of course, the accent doesn’t hurt. Nor does the sidekick. He’s the brains of the operation – in a world where Spock is present. If not for Scotty, the Enterprise wouldn’t last long (he even says so: “One day I’ve been off this ship! One! Day!”)
So what can my favorite characters teach me?
They’re all brilliant in their own way. They’re quirky. They break stereotype. They’re memorable. And they’re secondary.
Did you notice that? None of my favs are the main character. Sure, I love DiNozzo (or Gibbs), J, and Kirk too, but they don’t stand out as much for me. They aren’t the reasons I return to those shows and movies.
I guess I root for the supporting rolls, which is something I ought to keep in mind when constructing my own stories.
What about you? Who are your top three (or one or two) favorite characters?