Almost Otaku: Who're YOUR Favorite Characters?

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 24, 2010. Last post by wvanwijngaarden 4 years, 4 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  You got to love a guy who fidgets this much.
 You got to love a guy who fidgets this much.

Today’s question is such a fundamental one, I’m shocked that it’s never come up before. Kudos to AgentJ for cutting to the quick!

AgentJ: What characters in particular have you either enjoyed unfolding or related to the most?  

Big surprise - - the first one the pops into my mind is L. There’s the obvious stuff about him being brilliant and always five steps ahead of everybody else… but what I enjoyed the most about him is that he's depicted as he really would be rather than like any of the throngs of charming, dashing master detectives in fiction have been.  

  You see these eyes? These eyes are unclouded by hate. 
 You see these eyes? These eyes are unclouded by hate. 

L’s socially awkward, he's awfully pedantic,  willfully disregards rules of dining, dress and etituqe and his relationship to regular people verges on Asperger’s.  Even comic relief moments like his brief bout of puppy dog infatuation with Misa and his random instances of pop culture knowledge subtly hint that this is a lonely young man who can’t really function outside of his work, grandiose though it may be. He's one of those rare characters where you’d really almost want to see an interview with him, just to hear his take on the world.  

  Just don't ask her about Daddy.
 Just don't ask her about Daddy.

Digging a little deeper, I’d also include Ashitaka from PRINCESS MONONOKE. He’s a leading man who you experience the plot through, yeah, but he’s got an unique, virtuous innocence. His philosophy’s almost akin to a shaolin monk’s in that he isn't ignorant of moral temptations, he’s just immune to them. He uses violence, and he’s an adept killer, simply because he knows that’s the way of the world. He’s at peace with it, but he never relishes in it. His romance with San’s really puts this into focus.  She’s just as baffled as you are about this man being free of corruption, even as his flesh is being corrupted by that disease. 

And I’d have to include Misato. Sure, I haven’t crushed on a toon like her since Jessica Rabbit - - that's a big reason - - but I also loved how she was so many charming, yet so screwed up. She's as emotionally vulnerable and complicated as she is hard-minded and deadly. Plus, she looked good in a red leather jacket and beret!

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Post by keoskey (7 posts) See mini bio Level 13
L is so awsome .. have to say it FIRST!!
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Misato only looks good naked. I have to agree that she is much like a real woman in the way of emotions and manner. L is quite the character as he is entertaining in not so much the comedic but in the psychological.

Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20
I personally like Shinji. He reminds me of myself when I was fourteen, only saner.
Yeah. That was when my aspergers was acting up so I was like a mix of Shinji, L, and Asuka.
"Look at me! Don't hate me! I can put my foot in my mouth both literally and figuratively! Why did you just push me over?"
 
Seriously, if I ever get the chance to meet my younger self, I will punch myself in the face. I wish my younger self was a bit more like Shinj Ikari.
 

 
Post by Count_Zero (344 posts) See mini bio Level 20
For me, even though if you really think about it, he's not really that deep of a character, I like Captain Harlock. The character has the never-say-die attitude of a Kamina character, but rather then demonstrating it through hot-blooded posturing, he demonstrates it through a calm, reserved demeanor. That, and he's got that whole Captain Nemo In Space! thing going on.
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Misato is a great character in NGE, on of my favorites behind Rei and Asuka. 
L is cool but I always preferred Light and even Ryuk 
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Post by sickVisionz (4,311 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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I don't really relate to them but I always enjoy anytime these people are on screen: 
 
Gendo from Evangelion, Aizen from Bleach (anime), Oroachimaru from Naruto, Dante from FullMetal Alchemist, Light from Death Note, Makoto and Sekai from School Days.
Post by rubberluffy (596 posts) See mini bio Level 16

 I liked L, but I really don't like Death Note.
 
But for my favorite characters, not for how deep they are, but for entertainment/enjoyment:
Justy Ueki Tylor (Irresponsible Captain Tylor)
Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)
most of the Genshiken cast
Ranma (Ranma 1/2)
Nozomu Itoshiki (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
Negishi/Krauser (Detroit Metal City)
Gintoki (Gintama)
Ling Yao (FMA)
 
I'm probably forgetting a lot, but I'm sick and my head is fuzzy.
Post by YotaruVegeta (612 posts) See mini bio Level 12
Um Vegeta? Just kidding, folks. But really, I do love him a lot.
 
I love all the characters from Cowboy Bebop, but especially Spike and Ed.
 
I want to see more female characters like Casca from Berserk. Well, not Casca at the end of the Berserk anime ;)  

Speaking of female characters, I love Revy from Black Lagoon. You'd be a fool not to. 
 
For more recent anime, I really liked Kamina from Gurren Lagann. He's obviously a nod to the overexuberant mecha heroes, but he also had a style all his own I appreciated.
Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
i have a bunch of favorite characters, and while i like some more than others, it really depends on my mood, there is no overall favorite character for me
Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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I haven't watched any of the series you are talking about Tom... so I wouldn't know who those characters are, but as far as my favorite characters go:
Post by Kris (130 posts) See mini bio Level 7
This is a weird choice, because she's barely in the show at all (physically, anyway), but I've always loved Julia from Cowboy Bebop. 
She's the driving force of so much that goes on in the show, but she remains a total mystery until the last two episodes.  Well, even then she's still mostly a mystery.  We don't know much about her.  Then again, we don't really know that much about Spike, either, even though he's the main character.  There's just something captivating about her, and I love that beautiful, lonely, sad expression she's always wearing.  
Post by metalsnakezero (680 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Usually my favorite characters are ones that are interesting, likable, complex, and funny individuals.
For a full list look on my Animevice profile or on my Myanimelist profile
Post by Knucklesthegreat (6 posts) See mini bio Level 12

i'd say off the top of my head.. 
Kizaru, akainu (until he killed ace anyway...), whitebeard, Broli, Gogeta, Don patch(when super and in japanese only.) Bo-bobo, Kinnikuman, Warsman, neptuneman, akuma shogun, super phoenix, kittan, guy,luffyjinbei,kuma, Goku, ryoma, Ramenman, buffaloman, kenshiro, raoh, Over, and..... Vegeta~! 
The only character i don't like A lot...is probably Blackbeard... 
However this is only my opinion. Free country here, ya know? 
-G.
Post by Zanthox (2 posts) See mini bio Level 4
L, Vash the stampede, and Osaka take the cake.
Post by CapeBarnes (509 posts) See mini bio Level 18
Current favorites: 
 
Geist (MD Geist)
Priss Asagiri (BGC oavs) 
Yoko (Gurren Lagann) 
Roger Smith (Big O) 
Saki (Steel Angel Kurumi) 
Adam Blade (Needless) 
 
Too tired to give reasons right now.
Post by Tommy_X (6 posts) See mini bio Level 5

Mine are Gohan (DBZ), Kei Kurono (Gantz), Kira Yamato (Gundam Seed) and Light Yagami (Death Note). I also like Shinji and Misato.
Post by Superevil225 (6,742 posts) See mini bio Level 17
Claire Stanfield from Baccano! FTW!!!!!!!
Post by gla55jAw (109 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Brandon Heat , not Beyond The Grave. I really like seeing him change throughout the years of the show, but I don't like his character design for Beyond The Grave.
Spike Spiegel - he's just a great character
Aoshi Shinomori - He's so bad ass and goes from enemy to friend.
Kenshin Himura - Although a great character, he's much more interesting in trust and betrayal
Yamcha - when he is still relevant, I've always liked him for some reason.
Just to throw a few more out there Wolfwood from Trigun, Rock Lee from Naruto, Ichigo and Kenpachi from Bleach and I can't forget Goku, he's too loveable.
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