Recently a wrote a post like this listing my favourite female characters from books, games, films and TV. Obviously there needs to be a counter part to that (gender equality and all that) so here is my list of male characters I love!
10.) Batman (as portrayed by Adam West)- Batman series
1969 saw the best Batman production released.
This cheesy, charming Batman portrayal was one of the greatest in its own right. Not only was legend Adam West in his prime, but the show just worked. What I love about this Batman is that he's hilarious, sometimes even trying to take himself seriously as he saves Gotham from various, overly humorous threats. He is a spoof, but also a hero in his own right, thus making him the best! Cheers me up every time!
"It's sometimes difficult to think clearly when you're strapped to a printing press."
Robin: "Where'd you get a live fish, Batman?"
Batman: "The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin."
"Let that be a lesson. In future, be more careful from who you accept free lemonade."
9.) Flynn Rider/ Eugene- Tangled
Unlike every other Disney prince in my repertoire, Eugene has a personality of his own, with or without the amazing Rapunzel by his side. This is essentially what I love about him. He's funny, witty, charming and super sweet rather than just being typical and robotic, and even a little bit villainous, in the beginning. Eugene uses dry humour to break the mould of traditional Disney stereotypes and we absolutely love it!
Rapunzel: "Something brought you here, Flynn Rider. Call it what you will... fate... destiny..."
Flynn Rider: "A horse."
"This is the story of how I died. Don't worry, this is actually a very fun story and the truth is, it isn't even mine. This is the story of a girl named Rapunzel."
"I know not who you are, nor how I came to find you, but may I just say... Hi. How ya doin'?"
8.) Booker Dewitt- Bioshock Infinite
Booker Dewitt is the face of the Bioshock franchise after the events of it's brilliant third instalment. He uncovers the secret of his shocking past throughout the game after unknowingly discovering the floating utopia of Columbia when on what he thought was a simple enough P.I job in order to wipe away his mysterious debt. Booker is capable of independent choice unlike his protagonist predecessors in previous instalments, with his own rich personality: Hell, he even gave up his own daughter only to travel through a tear to an alternate reality, having his memory erased in the process, to get her back twenty years later with the help of the Lutece twins.
"One thing I've learned: if you don't draw first, you don't get to draw at all."
"You think a dip in the river is gonna wash away the things I've done?"
"This is my airship you're hanging me out of!"
7.) Archer- Archer
Archer is a douche. I'm just gonna say it. He's a massive, hilariously inappropriate douche (key word being hilariously). He's also the funniest character in current television with his shamelessly elaborate voicemails to his obsession with Carol/ Cheryl/ Cherlene's ocelot, Babou. He somehow manages to be suave and espionage-ready as well as idiotic and... did I say inappropriate already? He works so well, becoming a pop culture icon in his own right. He even wrote a book!
"I can’t hear you over the sound of my giant, throbbing erection!"
"No Cyril, when they're dead, they're just hookers!"
“That’s how you get ants.”
“I swear to god I had something for this.”
6.) Dandy Mott- AHS: Freakshow
Dandy was easily the silver lining of American Horror Story's latest and debatably weakest season with his utter insanity, uniqueness and originality as Twisty's number 1 fan- before becoming the new and more terrifying killer clown. Dandy is a spoilt, rich man- child who believes with all his heart he can buy and sell the world for his own evil gain, even going as far as to buy the authorities. On the plus side, he was one of the only 'normal' humans in Jupiter who supported the freakshow, even wanting to join it- you know, before being rejected.
"Your silence is utterly provocative."
"I don't like this game anymore! You're not playing by the rules!"
"Do you think it's possible to take someone's power by eating their flesh?"
"I am the law!" [Alright, Stallone]
5.) Joel Miller- The Last of Us
Joel holds a place very near to my heart, as does this game. He is truly an everyman, fighting his hardest against trauma, the apocalypse and survival- sometimes winning, sometimes losing. This antihero is first seen as a loving, wise cracking father, before becoming a recluse and shut down killer and then finally crawling painfully back to his father status with Ellie- for better or worse outcomes after the games in-story's arc. (seeing as he lied about certain details I won't spoil for anyone) He's the main playable character and is truly a badass.
"I struggled for a long time with survivin', and no matter what, you keep finding something to fight for."
"Goodnight, baby girl."
"Hmph, Endure and Survive"
Cannibal: "Fuck you, man. He told you what you wanted. I ain't tellin' you shit."
"That's alright. I believe him."
4.) Pat- Silver Linings Playbook
After being released from Baltimore psychiatric hospital after years of treatment, Pat (who has bipolar disorder) moves back into his childhood home with his parents, believing that his life is a movie made by God, and the silver lining of this will be the end of his 'apart time' with wife Nikki, who he doesn't really remember parting anymore. What I love about Pat is that he is broken- that's the premise of his character. He is a broken man who does not stop trying to put himself back together and rebuild his life, which he eventually does with the help of Tiffany, in one of my favourite book endings of all time (yes, by the way, I am basing this on the book rather than the film due to preference).
“If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.”
“I don't want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.”
“I am practicing being kind over being right.”
“Looking into another person's eyes for an extended period of time proved to be a powerful thing. And if you don't believe me, try it yourself.”
3.) Rorschach/ Walter Kovacs- Watchmen
Rorschach takes the win for superheroes. Well, vigilantes, technically. Either way, badassery. Badassery with no compromise- not even in the face of, I don't know.. Armageddon, perhaps?
Rorschach takes the prize for the best quotes as well as having a great amount of depth in this entire list. Mistreated horribly as a child by his mother and her 'gentleman callers', he was eventually taken by social services and placed in a home for troubled children, during following years excelling in academia and sport. After leaving the home, he took a job in a dress shop as a garment worker- it was here that he discovered the magical morphing ink splatter material that would become his infamous mask. The black and white pretty much sums up Rorschachs' mentality: good and evil sit on opposite sides and these sides are clear. What's funny is that pretty much every other character in Watchmen basically reverses this ideal (i.e. the Comedian doing many many acts of cruelty or Ozymandias being the most seemingly good hero but actually turning out to be the comics' villain). ANYWAY, onto the quotes [before I go on forever]
"Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon."
"Give me back my face!"
"None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with me!"
"Rorschach's Journal: October 12th, 1985. Tonight, a comedian died in New York."
"I heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Life seems harsh, and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says: "Treatment is simple. The great clown - Pagliacci - is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears. "But doctor..." he says "I am Pagliacci." Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains."
"Rorschach's Journal. October 12th, 1985: Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!"... and I'll whisper "no.""
2.) Han Solo-Star Wars Original Trilogy
Obviously, Han Solo had to be on this list somewhere-- you know, somewhere very near the top! He's the heart and soul[o] of the Star Wars original trilogy (soon to be episode VII, I might add! *squeels*). He's charming, funny, clever and courageous, becoming the face of the franchise along with his Wookie BFF. Like Flynt, his morals are questionable at first being a smuggler- however, he would do anything for his friends and family even if he puts himself at serious risk... even carbonite.
Han Solo: "Marching into a detention area is not what I had in mind."
Luke Skywalker: "But they're gonna kill her!"
Han Solo: "Better her than me!"
"Yes, Greedo. I was just going to see your boss. Tell Jabba I've got his money."
"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
"Wonderful girl. Either I'm going to kill her or I'm beginning to like her."
1.) Captain Spaulding- House of 1000 Corpses/ The Devil's Rejects
I have a thing for these psychopath characters. Especially when they're as damn charming, humorous and iconic as Captain Spaulding; seriously, he's a pop culture icon from the horrifying, amazing mind of Rob Zombie. House of 1000 Corpses premieres the Museum of Monsters and Mad-Men, gas station, and fried chicken franchise owner, and clown (of course) in his amazing glory. We all know Zombie has a thing for clowns.
[getting angry] "Ya'll think us folk from the country's real funny-like, dontcha?"
"Goddamn, motherfucker got blood all over my best clown suit."
"But MOST of all... fuck YOU!"
"Folks! You like blood? Violence? Freaks of nature? Well then, come on down to Captain Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Mad-Men. See the Alligator Boy, ride my famous Murder Ride. Most of all, don't forget to take home some of my tasty fried chicken! Ha ha! It just tastes so damn good!"