People Describe Their Most Beloved Fictional Characters
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We can get quite attached to fictional characters.

Whether they appear in our favorite book, comic, TV show, animé or film, a really well created character can tug at our heartstrings, inspire us or make us cry.


Redditor ihaveaclip4urclique asked:

"Who is your most beloved fictional character?"

Winnie the Pooh

"Winnie the Pooh."

"Every day spent with the ones you love is a perfect day. He's not carefree, because he cares deeply."

"He just doesn't worry because he's so rooted in the present. Childlike wonder, no subterfuge or hidden motives."

"He just wants a snack and to help his friends. He's beautiful."

- dotcomaphobe

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Uncle Iroh

"Uncle Iroh [from Avatar: The Last Airbender]. Such wisdom."

- aros102

"Like when Iroh said:"

"'Pride is not the opposite of shame, but it’s source. True humility is the only antidote to shame'.”

“'Are you so busy fighting you can not see your own ship has set sail?'”

“'You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place'.”

- GamingProMaster303

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Spider-Man

"Spider-Man. No, not Tom Holland's, not Andrew Garfield's, not even Tobey Maguire's. Just Spider-Man."

- ThatOneCarno

"Same. Didn’t realize how important the character was until I watched Peter Parker’s funeral in the spiderverse. It took all the mental fortitude I had to not burst out crying. We’ve been spoiled to get so much quality content from one character."

- Jac1596

"What makes him such a good character is that he’s far more relatable than most other superheroes. He’s not a multi-billionaire like Iron Man, he’s not a demigod like Thor, he’s not a spy like Black Widow, and he’s not a decorated war hero like Captain America."

"He’s a regular joe, like us. He doesn’t just deal with supervillains causing big city-wide threats.

"He deals with everyday street thugs, he deals with corporate f'kery, and he deals with the root causes of crime, such as poverty and homelessness (through F.E.A.S.T)."

"And he balances it with his own life problems such as money issues, holding down a job, relationship problems and loss."

- RedWestern

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Samwise

"Samwise Gamgee"

- salthecrawfish

"Like when Sam said:"

"'It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were'."

"And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?'"

"'But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer'."

"'Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why'."

"'But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t'."

"'They kept going, because they were holding on to something. That there is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for'."

- LAMBKING

"The Choices of Master Samwise is the most poignant chapter of the trilogy."

"'Sam didn't wait to wonder what was to be done, or whether he was brave, or loyal, or filled with rage. He sprang forward with a yell and seized his master's sword in his left hand'."

"'Then he charged. No onslaught more fierce was ever seen in the savage world of beasts, where some desperate, small creature, armed with little teeth, alone, will spring upon a tower of horn and hide that stands above its fallen mate'."

"And the ending line of that chapter..."

"Best literary cliffhanger in the last 100 years."

- knapplc

"I wish I could speak to his character in the books, but his movie character is enough—the scene where he picks up Frodo to carry him up Mount Doom makes me teary every time. It's a vision of a world where people really do give a damn about each other."

- Nihiliste

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Anne Shirley

"Anne of Green Gables."

- dualsplit

"This was my first thought! I'm in the UK. I dressed as her for book week in the 80s."

- paulabear263

"Yesss! Came here to write this, found a Kindred Spirit."

- ThePynk

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Sam Vimes

"His Grace, Duke of Ankh, Chalkboard Monitor, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes [from Terry Pratchett's Discworld]."

- WhoHayes

"It’s almost demented how much Sam Vimes means to me. I always read Night Watch in the Spring, just in time for the lilacs to bloom here."

- patricksaurus

"It still guts me, every time I re-read one of the Discworld novels, that there will never be any more. But I still keep reading them - just finished re-reading Guards! Guards! last night. Rest in peace, Sir PTerry."

- 406highlander

"This is monstrously stupid, but I have a copy of Raising Steam that I carry around in my backpack. I haven't read more than the first couple of chapters, because as long as I haven't read it, there's one more waiting for me."

- Dawnsteel

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Teal'c

"Teal'c [from Stagate: SG1]."

- CaptainNapal545

"Indeed."

- Merciful_Moon

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Jean Luc Picard

"Jean Luc Picard."

- M3_Driver

"Next Gen is my go-to if I’m feeling down in the dumps. Captain Picard and Geordi La Forge make me feel warm and cozy in my heart."

- BarbicideJar

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