Most Beloved Fictional Characters

gooseberrygirlDecember 31, 2006

Who are your most beloved fictional characters?

Some of mine are:

Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi from the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series

Miss Marple and Hercules Poirot

Leah Ebersol from The Abram's Daughters series by Beverly Lewis

Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility

Miss Bates from Emma

I think there are many more but this is a good start list.

gbg

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dorieann

Definitely Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.

Also, if we're allowed to post from contemporary fiction, I would have to add Lord John Grey from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I just simply adore the character.

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friedag

I have a lot of different kinds of favorites: the good and admirable ones; the best baddies whom I can't help but admire, in a way; the most vivid peripheral characters; the characters I relate to best; male and female favorites in each category, etc.

The character who has been my favorite for the longest (since 1960) is Scout Finch.

I will always love Cassandra Mortmain and her wonderfully "bogus" stepmother, Topaz, in I Capture the Castle. However, I can't recommend the recent film, unfortunately. Though I usually like Tara Fitzgerald, she's not Topaz.

Francie Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I also love Francie's ne'er-do-well father, Johnny Nolan, better than her admirable mother, Katie Nolan. And as a standout peripheral character, no one beats Aunt Sissy!

Favorite young couples: Katherine "Kit" Tyler and Nathaniel "Nat" Eaton in The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Quintus Tullius Pertinax and Regan in The Mistletoe and the Sword

My favorite character who confounds because I like him so much, though he's never better than he ought to be, is Sir Richard Grenville in The King's General. Of course Honor Harris is also a favorite, and then there's Gartred Grenville Denys who surely qualifies as a "favorite" baddie.

Oh, and Huckleberry Finn and Jim, whose naivity and foibles make them even more vivid.

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sheriz6

My absolute favorite is Jo March as I wanted to grow up to be her. Others that spring to mind are Tiffany Aching (apprentice witch) from Terry Pratchett's The Wee Free Men and sequels, and of course Gandalf, Galadriel, Sam and Pippin from LOTR.

I'm sure there are more ...

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anyanka

Gooseberrygirl, Precious Ramotswe is wonderful indeed.

Predictably, I'll nominate Holden Caulfield once again. Still have a weak spot for him almost thirty years after our first encounter.

Another character that I was almost in love with was Prentice from Iain Banks' The Crow Road. He's contrary and stubborn, but somehow incredibly likeable.

From last year's reading, Piper and Charlie, both children in Meg Rosoff's two novels - Piper is a 9-year-old girl from How I live now, Charlie a one-year-old boy from Just in case. They are beautiful characters, with immense capacity for empathy and love.

I also felt strongly about most of the characters in Alice Sebold's Lovely Bones, especially the narrator's younger sister Lindsay, who is a wonderfully strong and resourceful girl.

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ccrdmrbks

All oldies but goodies-I grow attached to characters in books that I reread regularly-or-I reread books about characters that I connect with easily....

Sally and Anne from ...and Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer

Phillipa from In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

all 4 March sisters-Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Jean Brodie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark

Amelia and Emerson, Ramses and Nefret from the series by Elizabeth Peters

Hercule Poirot....need I say more?

Lydia and Noel, Lucy and Sam, Emily and Tom, Henry and Clarissa from the series of Barsetshire novels by Angela Thirkell

Miss Read and Miss Clare from the series by....Miss Read

    Bookmark   December 31, 2006 at 1:38PM
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gooseberrygirl

Oh Phillipa yes, cc, but I also like Cecily even better.

Freida, I second Scout and Cassandra.

oh there are so many!

gbg

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dido1

I was deeply in love with John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, from Anya Seton's KATHARINE, for many years.

Dido

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woodnymph2_gw

Both Jo and Amy, from "Little Women". (I could never identify with either Beth or Meg).

Meaulnes from French novel "The Wanderer". (Le Grand Meaulnes)

Jane Eyre.

Lancelot, King Arthur, and Guinevere.

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georgia_peach

Some of my favorites are supporting characters. I think my favorite supporting character of all-time, though, is Bigwig from Watership Down.

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carolyn_ky

Rhett Butler--he is so romantic
Hannah Fowler, Kentucky pioneer strong woman
Lloyd Sherman, the Little Colonel
Peggotty, goodness personified
Jane Eyre
Jo Marsh

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cindydavid4

Heide comes to mind first, but I am sure I'll think of more. I think my favorite male character is Arthur in Once and Future King.

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rosefolly

To be or not to be?

(Sorry, I could not resist.)

I greatly admired Phillipa, but could not imagine myself ever being anything like her.

Yes, there were times I wanted to be Jo Marsh, and times I wanted to be Jane Eyre, and times I wanted to be Elnora Comstock, mostly when I was mad at my mother.

If I'd read The Perilous Gard when I was younger, I would have wanted to be Kate Sutton. Alas, I read it as an adult.

I would have enjoyed being Robin McKinley's heroines Harry Crewe, Beauty, or Aerin. As for Tolkein, both Galadriel and Arwen are too passive for my tastes, in the novel anyway, so perhaps Eowyn. She had quite a bit of spunk. No, I think after all I would have preferred to be Sam. Not only is he a gardener (like me), but he has many qualities I admire.

Rosefolly

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friedag

Dido, I also fell in love with John of Gaunt, as he was in Anya Seton's story. What did it for me was when he showed up at grim, austere Kettlethorpe as Katherine gave (or had just given) birth to her first child, the daughter she called Blanche after Gaunt's lovely first wife. Little Blanche was Hugh Swynford's child but, no matter, she was special because Gaunt showed a tender side for her. I have no idea if there's any historical authencity to this, but I've always been affected by Seton's suggestion and I tend to view Gaunt more sympathetically because of it.

'Course, John of Gaunt and Sir Richard Grenville (I mentioned above) were real people but the novels they appear in are fiction so I guess they are fictional characters too.

Carolyn, re Rhett Butler, me too! Scarlett thought Melanie was mealymouthed until she lost her loyal sister-in-law and only real female friend. But Rhett always respected Melanie -- he saved Ashley's hide only for Melanie's sake. Melanie is a special character in so many ways.

I also love Christy Huddleston in Catherine Marshall's Christy.

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ccrdmrbks

I forgot Lucia and Mapp in the Benson novels-although I know I would have wanted to slap them both silly in real life, they make for wonderfully entertaining reading.

gbg-Cecily is a wonderfully drawn character, and her path to maturity through the book is always moving even though by now I know it by heart, but I identify more with Phillipa...they are really two sides of the coin.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2007 at 7:37AM
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dido1

Frieda,

In the middle of my obsession with J of G about 35 years ago, I tracked down Kettlethorpe when we were on a visit to the east of the country: still there, much as described. Also saw Katharine's tomb in Lincoln cathedral (one of the loveliest cathedrals in the country). The bare bones of Seton's story, I think, are all substantiated (though it's not certain that K. was Chaucer's sister-in-law). A contemporaary monk referred to K. as 'eximia pulchritudine femina', so her beauty is also documented.

Dido

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martin_z

I rather like Spenser in the Robert B. Parker novels....

I like Poirot, but I always found Miss Marple to be too fluffy - she may have been sharp inside, but she never convinced me, so I have no idea how she ever convinced any police.

I also like Vic Brown (A Kind of Loving et al, by Stan Barstow).

And as for supporting characters - Scrooge's nephew is the sort of person I'd like to be - always detemined to try to find the best in everyone, just a generally nice guy without an unkind word for anyone.

And I'd second Bigwig from Watership Down.

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rosefolly

I have to agree, John of Gaunt was pretty appealing, easily the most attractive of Seton's heroes.

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gooseberrygirl

OT....Martin what is your cat's name?....I look at him/her all the time.

gbg

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Chris_in_the_Valley

I'm struggling to recall my own beloved fictional characters. I have favorites, of course, but beloved, I'm not so sure I've met any in the last few years. Has age rendered me callous?

Cyrano, who was real, but who I know through Rostrand's fictionalized play.

Athos. For some reason Athos spoke more to me - probably because he had a more secret and tragic backstory - than our hero d'Artagnan. For far too long, I loved the silent brooding types until I learned that one really doesn't want to have them about for more than a couple of hours a day. Today I'd choose Porthos. ;D

How could I not passionately love Edmund Dantes?

Antigone. My teenage soul responded to her struggle with faith, family, and the consequences of doing the right thing.

Nora Bonesteel. Sharyn McCrumb's recurring character in her Ballad Series. I want to grow up to be Nora Bonesteel, but alas, I didn't inherit my Grandma's second sight.

Betsy, of Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy, Tacy, and Tib series.

The Old Man of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and how interesting that I don't remember his name.

Theseus from the pen of Mary Renault. In fact, most of her main characters were much loved.

Dream and Death are probably the two most recent characters I've loved. From Gaiman's Sandman series.

Arthur, in all his incarnations.

Dare I say, speaking of incarnations, Milton's Satan?

Corwin and his son Merlin from Zelazny's Amber series.

Podkayne of Mars
Rod Walker from Heinlein's Tunnel in the Sky

Guess I do have some beloved characters after all. And longer cogitation would turn up more.

Interestingly, I've never read Seton, so my impressions of John of Gaunt are based on my reading of Thomas Costain 25 years ago. I remember JofG as a manipulative, nasty man who caused much heartache and bloodshed.

Anya, funny, because I usually think of our tastes as running along similar lines, but Holden rates as my most hated fictional character.

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cindydavid4

dido, I also saw Katherine's tomb. I was very bummed that, on hearing that her house still existed, that I couldn't go it because it was now a girl's school. Oh, so close and yet so far away! As for her not being Chaucers sister in law - I've seen that so many places that I didn't realize there was any question. Interesting.

Actually martin, whats funny is that I like Scrooge in the same way that I like The Grinch - both horribly dispicable with no chance for change. But they both are shown that chance, and they take it and run with it. Sort of the same two sides of the same coin we are talking about in the LOTF discussion - what is human nature, and what is it that keeps us 'civil'?

chris, Antigone was the first play I remember seeing (my parents took us to the theater all of the time). My sis played the lead, and I was enchanted with the story. Took me many years to get what was really happening, but that character has always been beloved by me.

Ashton in Far Pavillions and Kim are two more.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2007 at 8:32PM
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cjoseph

I couldn't call them beloved, and they're not all fictional, but here are some of my favorites:

Odysseus in the Iliad and the Odyssey

King Croesus in Herodotus' Histories

Elektra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, in the various pieces written and composed about her.

Richard III and Macbeth in Shakespeare. Also the witches in Macbeth

Mortimer in Edward II by Chistopher Marlowe. Especially Nigel Terry's portrayal of him in the film.

Long John Silver in Treasure Island. Charlton Heston did him best.

Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair. "I could be good on 10,000 a year".

Jamie/Jim in Empire of the Sun.

And for fun:

Eric Cartman and Butters Stotch in South Park

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 2:00AM
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astrokath

There are several here I agree with, including Rhett Butler, Scarlett and John of Gaunt.

I would add:

Black Beauty
Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series
George from the Famous Five
Lucy from the Morland series by Harrod-Eagles

Several characters I like without perhaps calling them beloved include

DI Bill Slider from Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' mystery series
Several Morlands from her history series
DI Tom Thorne from Mark Billingham

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martin_z

gbg - that cat is Kingsley. We also have another b/w cat called Cleo and a very old Cornish Rex called Sheba.

Back to topic - I've always liked Susan Calvin in the Asimov Robot stories.

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smallcoffee

Don't know if they'll count, but Laura Ingalls and family. They were real people, but the books are novelized accounts told in a "Once upon a time" kind of way. Also Anne Gordon in "And Ladies of the Club," and Sara Crewe in "A Little Princess."

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kwoods

Smike from Nicholas Nickelby

Janet Spence from The Giaconda Smile. Perhaps beloved is the wrong word, more of a favorite for another reason.

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Chris_in_the_Valley

How could I have forgotten Odysseus?

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dynomutt

My vote is for Calvin and Hobbes of ........ Calvin and Hobbes.

Calvin reminds me of myself when I was a kid -- relatively quiet but slightly scary. Hobbes reminds me of who I want to be -- fun, happy, and carefree. (Besides, who doesn't want to be a cool imaginary tiger?)

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gooseberrygirl

OT, Martin now I have a name for that cute little face in the tree. Thanks.

gbg

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tangerine_z6

Stuart Little

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frances_md

After giving it much thought, I can't come up with any character I have cared more about than Anne Shirley. Rhett Butler and Bruce Carleton (from Forever Amber are close seconds.

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cjoseph

Also, Sandor Clegane in A Song of Ice and Fire.

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anyanka

I'm intrigued by the off-topic cat discussions between Martin and Gooseberrygirl. Are you neighbours?

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martin_z

Not unless Rhode Island and London are neighbours....

This is about the "cat in the christmas tree" picture in this thread which gbg liked so much, it became installed as her screen wallpaper!

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sheriz6

Yes, Anne Shirley! I knew there were more. Also, Trixie Belden and Stephanie Plum.

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woodnymph2_gw

How could I have forgotten "Scarlett"?!

Martin, what is a "Cornish Rex"?

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jojoco

Even though she was a less prominent character, I always loved Phoebe from Catcher in the Rye. So much so that I named my daughter after her.
I also loved Jo, and admired Karen Killea (that spelling looks terribly wrong). I loved books with animals as the main character (Black Beauty, Born Free...)

Jo (who was regrettably named after my father's ex-girlfriend, not Little Women)

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gooseberrygirl

anyanka, yes I am a cat lover and loved that picture of Martin's cat which is my current wallpaper. It is a bit of a swim between Rhode Island and London.

gbg

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martin_z

Sheba looks a lot like the one on the right at the top of the page. And she's a bit old and stiff-legged now, and can't jump as well as she used to be able to. Still a dear old thing, though, with the most piercing yowl.

Here is a link that might be useful: All about the Cornish Rex.

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edele

I'd have to give Philippa Somerville from Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles the nod for most appealing character. Followed closely by Harry Crewe and Anne Shirley.

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cindydavid4

Joanne, from Here Be Dragons, Sharon Kay Penman.

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carolyn_ky

My husband fell for Anne Shirley in the TV series. We visited the house on Prince Edward Island where the setting for the books is; and he was crushed to find that she was not a real person.

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brendainva

I've always adored Lord Peter Wimsey. Also Miles Vorkosigan, from the Bujold SF novels. And has anyone read the books about Master Li and Number Ten Ox?

Brenda

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granjan

Beloved - Jo March, Laura Ingalls, Heidi, Betsy of B,T, and T, Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, and Antigone who I will always think of fondly as Anti-gone because I had never heard her name said by anyone!

In love with - T. H. White's Arthur, Rhett Butler, Jim Chee, Dave Robicheaux and Heathcliff!

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gooseberrygirl

OT....Martin thanks for the link on the Cornish Rex. I don't believe I have ever seen one. Currently I have an 18 year old black angora named Big Lu who was just pronounced "Phenonmenal for her age!" by the vet.

Granjan, I would definitely date Jim Chee, Mr.Holmes, Mr.Poirot, Mr.Rumpole, and Colonel Christopher Brandon....if only they would ask! Sigh.
I know, odd taste, but at my age I go for the interesting over most everything else.

gbg

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netla

Anne Shirley is probably my absolute favourite, followed by
Nobby Nobbs, the Luggage, and Nanny Ogg from the Discworld series. Nanny reminds me so much of one of my grandmothers that I canÂt help but love her, Nobby is adorable in a horrible and cynical sort of way, and I want the Luggage for myself.
and
Death from GaimanÂs Sandman series and Death from Pratchett Discworld series. They are so different, but also very much alike in that you canÂt help liking them.

Villains:
Ebeneser Scrooge.
The Duke of Avon from Georgette HeyerÂs These old Shades.

Of course they both become reformed by the end of the books.

My mind has gone blank. I need to look at my books before I add any more.

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annpan

The Scarlet Pimpernel aka Sir Percy Blakeney was my teenage hero, although I always wondered how, with his aristocratic background, he managed such good impersonations of all those different people! Literary licence by Baroness Orczy I suppose...

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anyanka

Thanks for explaining, Martin and Gooseberrygirl! Great photo, too; I didn't look at that thread before (bit busy just before Christmas).

Thanks for mentioning Phoebe from The Catcher in the Rye, Jojoco. I feel bad I forgot her... it's been a long time since I read the novel; a revisit is overdue but I'm worried that I won't like it anymore, or that I will find Holden annoying as Chris does. I know he has that potential!

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cindydavid4

netla, DEATH from Discworld is also my favorite. In fact when a new book comes out, I scan the pages first to see if he is there (his presence is noted by caps). I also am fond of the Librarian, and Colonel Vimes. Oh, and Ventari is as well - he is a tyrant, with a heart of gold. (BTW Death also has a part in Good Omen. A different take on him, however, probably closer to Sandman)

Speaking of Good Omen, Crowley and Aziraphale have to be included. As demon and angel, they love mankind enough to save it, yet their keen eye for the oddities of the species make for some hilarious lines.

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Chris_in_the_Valley

Rose's uncle from Alcott's Eight Cousins. He struck me as the consummate nurturer. I liked Rose better than Jo March. I was always convinced that Jo's marriage to the Professor was more practical than romantic and it broke my heart. That may well have been because Alcott had to keep it rated G, so to speak, but it still took the bloom off my love of Jo. (pun intended.)

The Grand Sophy, speaking of Heyer.

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carolyn_ky

Yes to Dave Robicheaux.

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Chris_in_the_Valley

Me, too, Robicheaux

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georgia_peach

I'll mention two others that I have loved:

First, from one of my favorite books, Qfyfq from Calvino's Cosmicomics. If you've read the book, you'll understand why.

Second, Sam Damon from Once an Eagle. He was the sort of man whom you hope is fighting for your country, if it comes to that. I think he deserves a mention since I don't ever see his name in these type of threads. I've never forgotten him, and often think I should re-read that book to see if Sam is all that I remember him as being.

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sarah_canary

Another Jim Chee fan here, and I also love Joe Leaphorn. I'm reading about them both right now.

Others that I love for one reason or another:
Lionel Essrog from Motherless Brooklyn
B.J. and Chin from Sarah Canary
Father Tim from Jan Karon's Mitford books
Taylor Greer from Kingsolver's Pigs in Heaven and Bean Trees
"Gus" McCrae from Lonesome Dove and
the kids from Half Magic

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carolyn_ky

I always like the main character in Dick Francis' books, too. They are such decent men--they may fight, but they're decent.

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vannie

Good grief! The best of the best. Father Tim from Jan Karon's wonderful Mitford series.

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dynomutt

Bertie Wooster. 'nuff said. :-)

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vtchewbecca

What an interesting thread!

For me:
*Death from Pratchett's series...I also scan to see if he's in the book, as I adore him.
*I second Lord Ventinari - I even named a fish after him
*Granny Weatherwax from the Discworld series, as well...she is such an interesting character
*F'nor from McCaffrey's Dragonrider series, as well as N'ton
*Aerin from McKinley's "The Hero and the Crown"
*Lord Peter Wimsey
*Crestomanci
*Calcifer, the fire demon from "Howl's Moving Castle"

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abgardeneer

Yes, Bertie Wooster!
Doc from Steinbeck's Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday....sigh.
Arkady from Martin Cruz Smith's Russian mysteries.
Off the top of my head:
Charley Bloom from The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols... an underdog driven by innate decency to take on tasks he's not sure he's up to.
Will's dad in Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury... gives me the same sort of feeling as Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Gerald Durrell's entire family from My Family and Other Animals and Birds, Beasts and Relatives... but especially Larry and his unflappable mother!
Rebecca and Ivanhoe...
The Old Man in Robert Ruark's The Old Man and the Boy.
Yossarian from Catch-22. (I loved this book as a teenager; I'm almost afraid to read it again - not sure I have the stomach for all the bloodshed any longer.)
J.D. Salinger's Seymour...

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ccrdmrbks

Bertie? Bertie!? He is way too high maintenance! ;-)
. I'll take Jeeves, by far! And Peter Wimsey's right hand man, Bunter. How useful to have around.

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dynomutt

Yes, Bertie's VERY high maintenance but wouldn't you love to have him around? I mean, Jeeves will be with him -- they're practically joined at the hip! ;-)

Jeeves would be good to have around but ..... he'd want to be running things, albeit from behind the scenes. With Bertie, YOU can run things! :-)

Oh, and how about Zaphod Beeblebrox? He'd be a hoot at parties! Just be careful with him -- if you're at a party with Zaphod and you've got your eye on a girl, he's likely to steal her away from you!

;-)

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cindydavid4

Zaphod isn't my fav character in the HHG, tho he is fun. Its Marvin the Paranoid Android. The scene where he makes his opponent so angry that he shoots the floor out from under him is one of my fav parts of the book.

Ford Prefect is a close second.

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ccrdmrbks

I think it would be very relaxing to have Jeeves running everything, and not have to think of anything practical. (Like the tax papers sorted all over the dining room table, calling my name....yuck.) Okay-Bertie for entertainment, Jeeves for seamless function. I like it!

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veer

And I thought we were the only family who had tax papers/forms scattered all over the dining room table and floor . . . and they had to be in to HM Inland Revenue by the end of January, so this is just the flotsam. I'll be forced to invite someone to Sunday lunch so the mess gets cleared away. Ring for Jeeves.
Anyone care to join us around a rib of local beef and Yorkshire pud, or a leg of Welsh lamb and mint sauce followed by a traditional English pud?

Back to book characters. I know they are not fiction but I used to enjoy reading about the 'unusual' family of B MacDonald, especially her older siser Mary. I realise in 'real life' she was probably very difficult and bossy but M MacD could certainly weave endless funny tales around her and the other siblings and Mother. . .. and also the Kettle family. I suppose they would be known as 'lovable rogues' today.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2007 at 9:46AM
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dynomutt

Marvin The Paranoid Android, to me, would be a lot like creme brulee -- tastes great but you don't want TOO much of it otherwise you'll just get sick!

;-)

I imagine Marvin could get quite depressing if he was around a lot.

(By the way, ginger creme brulee is darned good!)

I think it'd also be a hoot to have Aahz around from time to time. Maybe even Skeeve...... Oh, but we'd DEFINITELY need Bunny to be around. Just to do the taxes, of course. ;-)

    Bookmark   February 19, 2007 at 10:35AM
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cindydavid4

I like Marvin because he is wonderfully cynical about everything - and yet he's always put upon so you feel sorry for him. And besides, hes a robot. If you get tired of him you can switch him off, nu?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2007 at 5:53PM
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veer

Cindy, you often use the word nu. It doesn't sound very English to me, so what does it mean?!!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 5:08AM
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cindydavid4

Its Yiddish, an exclamation that sort of means 'of course', 'right', 'isn't it true', usually with tongue firmly placed in cheek.

If used at the beginning of a sentence, the meaning changes: Nu" is a word used to express expectation. At the doctor's office, for example, you can say, "Nu, so how does my heart sound?" At a restaurant, you can say, "Nu, when is our food coming already?" At a friend's coffee table you ask, "Nu, nu, so what's the news with the family?" Almost synonymous with 'so'.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 7:42AM
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ccrdmrbks

We spent the weekend at a Can-Am volleyball tourney-the Canadian teams all finished their sentences with "eh" as in "We play again at 3, eh?" "That team from Pennsylvania can hit, eh?" Seems to have the same connotation as your "nu", eh?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 10:32AM
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jaded

I love Pratchett's characters as well. Deah is also my favorite with Susan following and Granny Weatherwax after her. I also enjoy Christopher Moore's books as well. Have you read any of those?

    Bookmark   February 23, 2007 at 11:17PM
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sarah_canary

jaded,

I'm a big Christopher Moore fan. Some of my favorite characters are: Tuck, Theo, Roberto and the Warrior Babe. Who are yours?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2007 at 1:57AM
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cindydavid4

I've tried to be a Christopher Moore fan, but just can't get into his books. Funny, coz his material is so up my alley, but I read a few pages and find him much more silly than funny, if you know what I mean. But I probably should try again - what book should I start with?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2007 at 9:52AM
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tessa_rue

chris in the valley, I love Rose's Uncle too! Eight Cousins is one of my all time favorite books.

Other beloved characters:

Schmendrick the Magician from The Last Unicorn

Lucy from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    Bookmark   February 24, 2007 at 12:27PM
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sarah_canary

cindydavid -- Which Moore books have you tried to read? I started my Moore reading with Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings, which is still probably my favorite. It's funny but also offers some thought-provoking ideas. I also enjoyed Island of the Sequined Love Nun, which has some great characters who get carried over into other books.

I understand trying to like something you think you should enjoy. My good friend is a huge David Sedari fan. She gave me a stack of his books to read and I just couldn't seem to get into them. I really need to try again. Even Christopher Moore is a big fan of Sedaris.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2007 at 1:17PM
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cindydavid4

Lamb, and Stupidest Angel. Maybe I'll try Fluke first

    Bookmark   February 24, 2007 at 7:19PM
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Chris_in_the_Valley

Sebastian from Brideshead Revisited charmed me. I do wonder, however, how he would hold up to a revisit.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2007 at 8:46PM
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gunslinger

The Ka-tet of Roland Deschain, Susannah and Eddie Dean, Jake Chambers...(Oy, Cuthbert Allgood and Alain Johns honorable mentions)

all from the Dark Tower Series

    Bookmark   March 7, 2007 at 9:04PM
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rouan

Some of my favorite characters have already been mentioned. I agree wholeheartedly with Rosefolly about Elnora Comstock from Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter. Aerin from The Hero and the Crown and Harry from The Blue Sword both by Robin McKinley are also favorite characters. My favorite Georgette Heyer characters are Leonie from These Old Shades and Sophy from The Grand Sophy. (Oh yes, the whole family from the Amelia Peabody series).

For male characters, as a young girl, I wanted to be just like Tarzan, heck, I wanted to be Tarzan! Later, I just wanted to marry him and live in the jungle with him. (vbg)
Other favorites include Jim Chee, Brother Cadfael, F'Nor and F'Lar from Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider series. I also loved Aragorn, Legolas, Frodo and the other Hobbits from The Lord of the Rings by Tolkein.

I'd better stop there, suffice it to say that I have several favorite characters from several favorite authors!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2007 at 5:10PM
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barly

This is definately not a definitive list, but....

Beloved--
Sam Gamgee - LoTR
Smiley - Various novels from John LeCarre
Bernie Rhodenbarr (sp?) - The burglar books from Lawrence Block
Fisban - DragonLance Chronicles
The ancient drunk guy from the Milagro Beanfield War (I'm not home to look his name up)(I laughed hysterically when he drove that bulldozer over a cliff)
I second (or third) the vote for Calvin and Hobbes.

I wouldn't call him beloved but I enjoyed the Trashcan Man from King's, The Stand.

I'm sure there are more.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 9:52PM
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linaclare

Oh my gosh, this has got me thinking! My most beloved include:

-- Atticus Finch, Scout, and Boo Radley (To Kill a Mockingbird)
-- Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
-- Jane Eyre
-- Betsy (Betsy, Tacy, and Tib)
-- Charlie (Flowers for Algernon)
-- Courderoy
-- Babar
-- Billy, Old Dan, & Little Ann (Where the Red Fern Grows)
-- Pecola (The Bluest Eye)
-- Mick Kelly and John Singer(The Heart is a Lonely Hunter)
-- Charlotte (Charlotte's Web)

    Bookmark   April 25, 2007 at 10:08PM
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robinwv

I was (and still am) in love with Edward Fairfax Rochester form "Jane Eyre" (read first when I was 10 and about 100 times since!). Think Timothy Dalton!

I'm also in love with John of Gaunt from "Katherine" - he was so attractive.

Other beloved characters:

Mammy - Gone With The Wind
Atticus Finch - To Kill a Mockingbird
Wart - The Once and Future King

    Bookmark   May 4, 2007 at 8:54PM
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cindydavid4

Oh - yes to Wart, and Merlin. That has been one of my comfort reads for decades, probably my favorite Arthur retelling.

I need to reread Katherine. John wasn't just attractive - he was the only voice of reason in a very difficult time period.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 11:38AM
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norcal_at_heart

I have to say that I love all the discworld characters, especially Sam Vimes and Sergeant Angua.
Will from Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence
Jenny Elf and all her friends from the Xanth novels
Lloyd Alexander's characters are wonderfully sarcastic and humorous.
Daine from the Tamora Pierce series- I look just like her but shorter, and I love animals like she does.
Nita, Kit, Dairine, Ronan, and the rest of the crew (the cats' gating teams are included) from Diane Duane's Young Wizardry Series.
All my other favorites are already listed.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 9:44PM
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isabax

I agree about Sebastion. I saw the video series first and the character was absolutely golden. I have re-read the book several times and it does stand the test of time.

Other characters who have stayed with me are the father in "The Chosen," Cathy in "East of Eden," and Hemingway in "A Moveable Feast." Perhaps these are more memorable than beloved so I am off-thread.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 7:22PM
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nancy28226

Did anyone mention Sir John Falstaff-He knows the "laughter at the heart of things"

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 1:56PM
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dynomutt

I know this might be a bit obscure but .... Le Cagot from Shibumi?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 7:24PM
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