My name is Wesley Hunt, alias Dr. W.
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1-Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
WARNING: TO TALK ABOUT WHY TYLER IS #1, I HAVE TO GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY!! THE FOLLOWING IS ONE BIG FIGHT CLUB SPOILER!! IF YOU DO NOT WANT ONE OF THE GREATEST TWIST MOVIES OF ALL-TIME TO BE SPOILED FOR YOU, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER!!
It seems so odd Tyler would be number one. Do I admire him? Is he the ideal model of myself? Am I supposed to like him?
Then it hit me. Tyler is at the top of the list BECAUSE he’s none of the above. I said most of these characters are like me, but secretly EVERYBODY is Tyler. This was the whole point of the movie. Tyler does not and cannot exist, even in the film’s universe, but we all wish he could in spite of ourselves. 
Tyler is the ideal scumbag. The anonymous narrator is fed up with stasis in life, and his id demands freedom. Eventually, the insomnia makes him crack and these repressed desires take on a life of their own. The ending is about controlling that restrained id. 
The depressing thing is, in the end, though Tyler dies, he wins! The buildings still get blown up to the depressingly appropriate “Where is my Mind?” Fight Club can be read as a cautionary tale of what happens when we let our imaginations go too far. 
And this performance…DANG!!! I never was a huge fan of Brad Pitt, but he owns the part and plays such a despicable scum-of-the-Earth perfectly. You love him and hate him, exactly as his character would want. I also think a large part of the fun is David Fincher’s direction. Pitt and Norton never share a frame, making it all the more fun to watch a second time looking for clues to the twist. 
I think it is perhaps a good time to address Tyler’s greatest irony. Tyler says “you are not your job”, but the entire reason he is allowed to exist is because the narrator is in his job. Tyler only works to counter the establishment and perform functions of anarchy and chaos. There was never a man more of his job. But this is all the more fascinating. If we are indeed of our job, we could also slip into doing mayhem like Tyler and become of our job in the very worst of ways. The “all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world” is exactly where we don’t want to go. But at the same time, we are one step away from meeting our Tyler, always. 
And that’s not even half of what I have to say about this guy. I could go on all day about the mythological, psychological, and philosophical interpretations of this character. 

Tyler is a figment of our imagination, but his modus operandi and unrestrained character are scarily all too real! 
End Note: So, that’s the full list. Maybe I’ll post more characters when the time comes, but these are the personal faves. Hope you liked the list, and if you want to add something, send the fan mail! 

1-Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

WARNING: TO TALK ABOUT WHY TYLER IS #1, I HAVE TO GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY!! THE FOLLOWING IS ONE BIG FIGHT CLUB SPOILER!! IF YOU DO NOT WANT ONE OF THE GREATEST TWIST MOVIES OF ALL-TIME TO BE SPOILED FOR YOU, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER!!

It seems so odd Tyler would be number one. Do I admire him? Is he the ideal model of myself? Am I supposed to like him?

Then it hit me. Tyler is at the top of the list BECAUSE he’s none of the above. I said most of these characters are like me, but secretly EVERYBODY is Tyler. This was the whole point of the movie. Tyler does not and cannot exist, even in the film’s universe, but we all wish he could in spite of ourselves. 

Tyler is the ideal scumbag. The anonymous narrator is fed up with stasis in life, and his id demands freedom. Eventually, the insomnia makes him crack and these repressed desires take on a life of their own. The ending is about controlling that restrained id. 

The depressing thing is, in the end, though Tyler dies, he wins! The buildings still get blown up to the depressingly appropriate “Where is my Mind?” Fight Club can be read as a cautionary tale of what happens when we let our imaginations go too far. 

And this performance…DANG!!! I never was a huge fan of Brad Pitt, but he owns the part and plays such a despicable scum-of-the-Earth perfectly. You love him and hate him, exactly as his character would want. I also think a large part of the fun is David Fincher’s direction. Pitt and Norton never share a frame, making it all the more fun to watch a second time looking for clues to the twist. 

I think it is perhaps a good time to address Tyler’s greatest irony. Tyler says “you are not your job”, but the entire reason he is allowed to exist is because the narrator is in his job. Tyler only works to counter the establishment and perform functions of anarchy and chaos. There was never a man more of his job. But this is all the more fascinating. If we are indeed of our job, we could also slip into doing mayhem like Tyler and become of our job in the very worst of ways. The “all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world” is exactly where we don’t want to go. But at the same time, we are one step away from meeting our Tyler, always. 

And that’s not even half of what I have to say about this guy. I could go on all day about the mythological, psychological, and philosophical interpretations of this character. 

Tyler is a figment of our imagination, but his modus operandi and unrestrained character are scarily all too real! 

End Note: So, that’s the full list. Maybe I’ll post more characters when the time comes, but these are the personal faves. Hope you liked the list, and if you want to add something, send the fan mail! 

2-Sherlock Holmes (Various Media)

I always felt like I was secretly Sherlock Holmes. A little off, good with facts, socially awkward, I was all this. The only thing separating us is sense of detail. Sherlock can do the eponymous “Sherlock Scan”, and I always envied him for it. There’s a reason why Sherlock is the most adapted character of all time, rivaled only by Dracula. 

I grew up reading the books, so I always like my Sherlock performances to be as aloof as he was in the books. My favorite Sherlock is Jeremy Brett from the 1970s-ish series. He was a bit more uptight and reclined than the books, but still embodied the right intellect and antisocial nature Doyle’s character had. 

And…*sigh* yes Cumberbatch is that good as Sherlock Holmes. I think if you like a nuttier, even less sociable Mr. Holmes, he’s your man. He is very serious about his role, but plays the crazy parts well, too. There are so many “oh no, you didn’t” moments, though, that I was laughing through many of the best Sherlock episodes.

Part of what makes Detective Holmes work is because he’s a twist on the intellectual stereotype. Yes, he’s smart, but also rash at times and drifts off frequently, becoming obsessed with his tobacco pipe more than the actual story. What puts him this high is the simple fact he’s fun to follow and the books are a great read because he’s so wacky. 

Sherlock, he’s the detective who’s not all there, but all the better for it

3-The Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz)
Nearly everyone has seen The Wizard of Oz at some point in their life. Most people would probably have a character on their list too. 
No offense to WWW, but the Scarecrow was always my favorite. I find this list is crowed with characters I feel like. They are not necessarily ones I admire, but they’re ones I feel like. 
The Scarecrow, I think, is both. All he wants is intelligence, the power of thought, rationality and helpful ideas. With a great brain, one can gain wisdom and negotiate with others. 
Of course, we all know the Scarecrow already has a brain (I just spoiled a 75-year old movie ranked in the AFI Top 10, deal with it). Oz cannot give anything that was not already inside the whole time. The journey was not about finding a brain, it was about realizing he had one. 
Scarecrow was the levelheaded one of the group. With his diplomacy, he was able to convince the others of a plan to rescue Dorothy. He could also set aside emotions, and think about the next move, which proved effective in battle. When Oz passes the diploma, it’s only a sign of book smarts. To prove he has a brain, Scarecrow uses his intellect to help people and hold his team together. 
This is what makes him the winner for me. He is smart, but does not condescend because his companions do not value their intellect. He is the moral center, and his actions are commanded by prudence and wisdom, not by rash decisions. He always had the brain, but in this quest, he more than earns it! 
Scarecrow wishes he only had a brain, but you hardly need to squint to see it in him. 

3-The Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz)

Nearly everyone has seen The Wizard of Oz at some point in their life. Most people would probably have a character on their list too. 

No offense to WWW, but the Scarecrow was always my favorite. I find this list is crowed with characters I feel like. They are not necessarily ones I admire, but they’re ones I feel like. 

The Scarecrow, I think, is both. All he wants is intelligence, the power of thought, rationality and helpful ideas. With a great brain, one can gain wisdom and negotiate with others. 

Of course, we all know the Scarecrow already has a brain (I just spoiled a 75-year old movie ranked in the AFI Top 10, deal with it). Oz cannot give anything that was not already inside the whole time. The journey was not about finding a brain, it was about realizing he had one. 

Scarecrow was the levelheaded one of the group. With his diplomacy, he was able to convince the others of a plan to rescue Dorothy. He could also set aside emotions, and think about the next move, which proved effective in battle. When Oz passes the diploma, it’s only a sign of book smarts. To prove he has a brain, Scarecrow uses his intellect to help people and hold his team together. 

This is what makes him the winner for me. He is smart, but does not condescend because his companions do not value their intellect. He is the moral center, and his actions are commanded by prudence and wisdom, not by rash decisions. He always had the brain, but in this quest, he more than earns it! 

Scarecrow wishes he only had a brain, but you hardly need to squint to see it in him. 

4-Terra (Teen Titans)
Terra stole the show right from under the lead five. While each of the Titans was great in their own right, Terra’s story was heartbreaking, moving, and though familiar, was still tragic. 
Please note I didn’t read THAT much of the comics and only know a little about the full details of the Judas Contract. This post is mostly about the animated series Terra. 
Oh, look. Yet another troubled teen character! Terra walks in, and she knows she’s special, but refuses to utilize these talents. This is very common in young people. Much like Ed Elric, Terra just wants to be young a bit longer, because she knows she won’t be able to. Terra is afraid of hurting her loved ones and wants nothing more than to be normal. This normalcy is eventually what destroys her. 
The rest is like the Darth Vader story. Terra shuts away all fear and lets it go. I teared up towards the end where she finally comes to and realizes she became exactly what she feared. The heartbreaking reality of our lives is whenever we try to set tings right, we ultimately become the cause of what we try to prevent. 
While Teen Titans was one of the best shows of its time, I have several nitpicks with the show. One of these was the treatment of the Judas Contract. I thought if you’re going to give the story more of an emotional impact and give more reason for us to care about the psychological implications, you have to go all the way. I can understand the censors or the worried parents, but I just thought it should have done the full details. We should have seen Terra’s torment. 
But what makes Terra the breakout is how Season 2 is basically her season. It’s advertised as Beast Boy’s, but we all know the truth. I think, again, the empathy I share with the character is what lands her here. Also, I thought she was portrayed very realistically in the series. She was like someone I would know in real life, with whom I’d have long phone conversations and pleasant walks.
Terra might not have lived up to her full potential, but what she got was pretty darn good! A Shakespearian figure crushed by caring too much.  
:(

4-Terra (Teen Titans)

Terra stole the show right from under the lead five. While each of the Titans was great in their own right, Terra’s story was heartbreaking, moving, and though familiar, was still tragic. 

Please note I didn’t read THAT much of the comics and only know a little about the full details of the Judas Contract. This post is mostly about the animated series Terra. 

Oh, look. Yet another troubled teen character! Terra walks in, and she knows she’s special, but refuses to utilize these talents. This is very common in young people. Much like Ed Elric, Terra just wants to be young a bit longer, because she knows she won’t be able to. Terra is afraid of hurting her loved ones and wants nothing more than to be normal. This normalcy is eventually what destroys her. 

The rest is like the Darth Vader story. Terra shuts away all fear and lets it go. I teared up towards the end where she finally comes to and realizes she became exactly what she feared. The heartbreaking reality of our lives is whenever we try to set tings right, we ultimately become the cause of what we try to prevent. 

While Teen Titans was one of the best shows of its time, I have several nitpicks with the show. One of these was the treatment of the Judas Contract. I thought if you’re going to give the story more of an emotional impact and give more reason for us to care about the psychological implications, you have to go all the way. I can understand the censors or the worried parents, but I just thought it should have done the full details. We should have seen Terra’s torment. 

But what makes Terra the breakout is how Season 2 is basically her season. It’s advertised as Beast Boy’s, but we all know the truth. I think, again, the empathy I share with the character is what lands her here. Also, I thought she was portrayed very realistically in the series. She was like someone I would know in real life, with whom I’d have long phone conversations and pleasant walks.

Terra might not have lived up to her full potential, but what she got was pretty darn good! A Shakespearian figure crushed by caring too much.  

:(

5-Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is my favorite serial anime ever. And even though I have seen several great series since, I think it will take a lot to top it. Much of my enjoyment of the series comes from the protagonist, and in a cast this colorful, that’s saying something. 
Please keep in mind this is about the Brotherhood version of Ed. The original did a good job with him, but there are subtle differences. This is not about that Ed. 
This Ed is another lovable sufferer. He keeps going after he lost nearly everything, because he is task-oriented and unrelenting in the face of danger. In situations that would make most grown men buckle down, this fifteen year-old stands strong and never gives up. 
Added character appeal is his knack for the craft. This kid is a prodigy! His love of alchemy is the catalyst that reminds him there is still a life. And he soaks in every ounce of his trade. Through this, he is able to advance and take his talents to a new level and discover his destiny through what he’s good at. 
What puts Ed on this list though is excellent writing. This character could have become a Gary Stu or someone who would be a weak lead and be too passive to carry the story. This is not so with Ed. He still proves to be charismatic and admirable. This is probably because the writers understand he’s still just a teenager, so they don’t go out of their way to make him talk like an adult. He still feels like he can be young a little longer even after all this disaster. This sense of optimism is an inspiration to us all. 
Ed Elric is the kid who had the ultimate bad day, but kept going through all the pain. 

5-Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is my favorite serial anime ever. And even though I have seen several great series since, I think it will take a lot to top it. Much of my enjoyment of the series comes from the protagonist, and in a cast this colorful, that’s saying something. 

Please keep in mind this is about the Brotherhood version of Ed. The original did a good job with him, but there are subtle differences. This is not about that Ed. 

This Ed is another lovable sufferer. He keeps going after he lost nearly everything, because he is task-oriented and unrelenting in the face of danger. In situations that would make most grown men buckle down, this fifteen year-old stands strong and never gives up. 

Added character appeal is his knack for the craft. This kid is a prodigy! His love of alchemy is the catalyst that reminds him there is still a life. And he soaks in every ounce of his trade. Through this, he is able to advance and take his talents to a new level and discover his destiny through what he’s good at. 

What puts Ed on this list though is excellent writing. This character could have become a Gary Stu or someone who would be a weak lead and be too passive to carry the story. This is not so with Ed. He still proves to be charismatic and admirable. This is probably because the writers understand he’s still just a teenager, so they don’t go out of their way to make him talk like an adult. He still feels like he can be young a little longer even after all this disaster. This sense of optimism is an inspiration to us all. 

Ed Elric is the kid who had the ultimate bad day, but kept going through all the pain.