ByMara Mullikin, writer at
I'm an aspiring writer, filmmaker, actress and werewolf.
Mara Mullikin

It's neat when you notice that you and a character share similar traits. It's especially neat when you and said character have nearly identical personalities. Now, what's the significance of this? Well, when you compare how they interact, make choices and how you'd interact, and make choices, you may learn something new about yourself. I'd relate it to an out of body experience.

So, in an attempt to discover something about myself I hadn't notice before I've complied nine various individuals with different quirks, demeanor and characteristics. Here we go!

9. Alice Tompkins from The Critic

Alice Tompkins was a single mom who'd just moved to New York before meeting Jay, and eventually becoming his assistant and girlfriend. Despite being sporadically stubborn and hard-headed, she has her priorities straight and doesn't tolerate foolishness. Alice is also a loving mother, and a supportive partner to Jay. Similar to Alice, I tend to be thick-headed and stubborn, but I usually know what I need/want and I don't take bull crap from anyone.

8. Velma from Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc.

This iteration of Velma is more developed than her original counterpart. Instead of being just a "brain," she's sardonic, tenacious, sassy and cynical. On the show, she was determined to not only unravel the mysteries of Crystal Cove, but also have a relationship with Shaggy, free of Scooby-Doo. She was skeptical of anomalies, and believed all paranormal events could be explained through logic. I'm the same way. I try to find plausible explanations for strange occurrences. We also share a wry sense of humor, and regularly spout sarcastic remarks.

7. Edd from Ed, Edd and Eddy

Among his small group of best friends, Edd was the smartest, most organized, resourceful, timid and neurotic. He did his best to keep everything in place, and and remain on good terms with the neighborhood kids, but everything — either because of the other Eds or by his own doing — eventually falls apart. Despite being sporadically messy, I'm similarly obsessed with having my belongings organized. And likewise, I try to be diplomatic with everyone and not cause any problems.

6. Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons

Lisa's a child prodigy who sticks out like a sore thumb not only at school, but also at home. She relishes academics, expressing herself through art and watching cartoons. Lisa and I both had "middle-child syndrome" — we were the peace keepers, sometimes went unnoticed and were socially awkward. Back during my elementary days, I thought of myself as a copy of Lisa Simpson. Today, I still identify with her. Despite not being able to always relate with people we've managed to learn to love ourselves, and our identities.

5. Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Katara was one of the main members of "team Avatar" and the group's "mother." She's the team's only waterbender and as time passed, her skills improved to the point where she became Aang's waterbending teacher. Katara's maternal nature caused her to be very protective of her friends and constantly nurture them (sometimes to their annoyance). She regularly kept a cool demeanor, unless she was emotionally provoked, or someone threatened to harm her brother or pals. I tend to mother my friends, sisters and cousins because I care about them, and one of my deepest fears is seeing them hurt or in danger.

4. Korra from The Legend of Korra

Korra was the Avatar after Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Korra was his complete opposite in almost every way. She was cocky, ambitious, aggressive, rebellious, tough and thick-headed. She was also driven by her convictions, and while she made mistakes her intentions were good. While I'm no badass (I wish), when I want something I'll do what it takes to achieve it. We sometimes make decisions without thinking twice about the consequences, but we have big hearts.

3. Jane Lane from Daria

Jane Lane was a gifted artist, and Daria's best friend on the show. Jane was indifferent towards school, but reveled in the arts, messing with the status quo (when provoked) and sleeping for long periods of time (same here). I related to Jane because we are both sarcastic, and make passive-aggressive comments about awkward scenarios and rude people. Not only that, but also like her I enjoy exploring and trying new things. While I'm not as confident as Jane, we're both comfortable in our own shoes and we don't care if anyone has a problem with it.

2. Tina Belcher from Bob's Burgers

Tina Belcher is the oldest Belcher child, and a free spirit. Tina was everything I was at her age. We are socially awkward, shy, anxious, creative, imaginative, hopeless romantics and naive. We also had weird crushes. Tina is/was attracted to zombies, and I had crushes on older men — specifically Michael Chiklis. Not because Michael Chiklis is weird, but when you're twelve/thirteen it's odd. I admit that now. Another difference is while we both love to write, though I didn't write fan-fiction ( I didn't really know about it back then).

Think you know the Belcher family well enough to score on this quiz?

1. Ginger Foutley from As Told By Ginger

While I could've related a lot to Tina back when I was thirteen, I feel Ginger and I were kindred spirits during my junior high years. Even today, I still identify with her. On the series, Ginger wasn't cool, but she wasn't a "geek" either. She did well in school, enjoyed writing in her journal and composing stories, singing and hanging out with her friends. While she was nice girl, she did break the rules occasionally and was peer-pressured. However, senses would come back to her at just the right moment and she'd manage to come out okay. This was/is usually the same case for me when I get in trouble.

So, did I learn anything? Nope! Goodbye!..Actually, I learned that I'm much more than this introverted, wimpy and insecure person. I saw that I can be tough, compassionate and naive, but also logical. And while I initially thought I was a pushover, I realized that when I'm pushed I will absolutely not accept bullshit from anyone.

Do you think you can learn anything about yourself from characters you resonate with? Well, write a post and find out.

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