This May Interest You: My Favorite-and-Most-Fascinating Fictional Characters List

So, dear readers and skimmers, this messy compilation of whom I’ve deemed to be my favorite fictional heroines/heroes, antiheroines/antiheroes and “antiheroic” villainesses/villains may or may not interest you, but in case it does, please feel free to have a look or add your own favorite-and-most-fascinating fictional characters below in the comments!

For my whole life I’ve been interested in, saturated in and inspired philosophically by numerous forms of the arts, and many of these fictional casts/individuals, their mediums and even their performers have left a lasting impact my own imagination and subsequent artistry. Even so, I call this a broad favorites list because it ranges from life-long beloved characters to those I scarcely remember but think I remember relating to or liking enough to have them included within this tip-of-the-hat to entertainment. How’s that for specific? Annoying? Probably.

While I expect we may share different opinions when it comes to these categorizations (I believe the definition I’m following of “antiheroic” characteristics is best illustrated on—an excellent resource for aspiring writers, by the way), I thought it might be neat to share with you some of my strongest inspirations and greatest entertainment delights and perhaps learn a bit about whom you look up to in our great big ole visual world! After all, this is a corner of the Internet in which inspiration is free to be celebrated and shared!

My Favorite Fictional Heroines/Antiheroines

Matilda Wormwood (Matilda)

Bubbles, Blossom, Buttercup (The Powerpuff Girls – the original ones; *seriously, enough with this reboot crap)

Kimberly Ann “Kim” Possible (Kim Possible)

Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series)

Elizabeth Swann, Tia Dalma/Calypso (Pirates of the Caribbean series)

Buffy Summers, Willow Rosenberg, Tara Maclay, Faith Lehane (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Dorothy Zbornak, Sophia Petrillo, Rose Nylund, Blanche Deveraux (The Golden Girls)

Clara Oswald, Martha Jones, Bill Potts, Amelia “Amy” Pond, Donna Noble, series 1 Rose Tyler (Doctor Who)

Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Cruz, Julia McNamara, Kimber Henry (Nip/Tuck)

Officer/Lieutenant/Detective Debra Morgan (Dexter)

Christine Sullivan, Rosalind “Roz” Russell, Quon Le Robinson, Elizabeth “Liz” Williams, Lana Wagner, Selma Hacker, Florence Kleiner (Night Court)

Rusty “Miss Rusty” (Flawless)

Nina Sayers (Black Swan)

Claire Fisher, Brenda Chenowith, Vanessa Diaz, Ruth Fisher (Six Feet Under)

Michonne, Maggie Greene, Andrea Harrison, Carol Peletier, Sasha Williams (The Walking Dead)

Clementine, Christa, Carley, Jane (The Walking Dead video game)

Lana Winters (American Horror Story: Asylum)

Detective Lydia Adams (SouthLAnd)

Kimberly “Kim” Wexler (Better Call Saul)

Valued Honorable Mentions: Tiana, Fa Mulan, Belle (Disney Princesses); Junie B. Jones (Junie B. Jones book series); Ms. Valerie “The Friz” Frizzle (The Magic School Bus); Melody, Liza, Mrs. Jeepers (The Bailey School Kids book series); Claudia Kishi, Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Dawn Schafer, Jessi Ramsey, Mallory Pike (The Baby-Sitters Club book series); Sister (The Berenstain Bears book series); Dot Warner (Animaniacs); Ashley Spinelli, Gretchen (Recess); Kirsten Larson, Samantha Parkington, Addy Walker, Molly McIntire (American Girl book series—these are the ones I read, but I’m sure the other girls’ stories are great too!); Harriet M. Welsch (Harriet the Spy); Lillian “Lil” DeVille, Susie Carmichael, Kimi Finster (Rugrats; All Grown Up); Helga Pataki (Hey Arnold!); Lilo Pelekai (Lilo & Stitch); Wanda (The Fairly Oddparents); Sharon Spitz (Braceface); Ginger Foutley, Dodie Bishop, Macie Lightfoot (As Told by Ginger); Pepper Ann Pearson (Pepper Ann); Regina “Reggie” Rocket (Rocket Power); Penny Proud (The Proud Family); XJ-9/“Jenny Wakeman” (My Life as a Teenage Robot); Eliza Thornberry (The Wild Thornberrys); Wanda (The Fairly OddParents); Fang (Dave the Barbarian); Lizzie McGuire, Miranda Sanchez (Lizzie McGuire); Koriand’r/Starfire, Raven (Teen Titans); Helen Parr, Edna “E” Mode (The Incredibles); Cassie, Rachel Berenson (Animorphs book series); Elizabeth Wakefield (Sweet Valley book series); Abigail “Abby” Lincoln/Numbah 5, Kuki Sanban/Numbah 3 (Codename: Kids Next Door); Penelope “Penny” Sanchez (ChalkZone); Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons); Kimiko Tohomiko (Xiaolin Showdown); Sam, Alex, Clover (Totally Spies!); Kelly Kapowski, Jessie Spano, Lisa Turtle (Saved by the Bell); Violet Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events book series); Althea Tibbs, Officer LuAnn Corbin (In the Heat of the Night); Dr. Amanda Bentley-Livingston (Diagnosis Murder); Nessa Holt, Samantha “Sam” Marquez, Delinda Deline (Las Vegas); Louise Jefferson, Florence Johnson (The Jeffersons); Corrina Washington (Corrina, Corrina); Marissa Clark (Early Edition); Roseanne Conner, Darlene Conner (Roseanne); Chloe Sava (Gothika); Gina Norris (Beauty Shop); Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray); Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre novel); Sally Bowles (Cabaret); Nyota Uhura (Star Trek: The Original Series); Georgia “George” Lass (Dead Like Me); Emily Rose (The Exorcism of Emily Rose—yes, I’m aware of the Anneliese Michel case, but I am a fan of the fictional character created for this rendering); Nancy Thompson, Alice Johnson, Tracy, Lori Campbell (A Nightmare on Elm Street series; Freddy vs. Jason); Laurie Strode, Jamie Lloyd-Carruthers (Halloween – the original series); Selena (28 Days Later); Erin (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake); Patricia “Trish” Jenner, Jezelle Gay Hartman (Jeepers Creepers); Dr. Linda McKay (Hollow Man); Juno MacGuff (Juno); Mercedes Jones (Glee); Loretta “Mace” Mason (Strange Days); Special Agent Clarice Starling (The Silence of the Lambs); Officer/Detective Judith “Judy” Hoffs, Marta Cabarrus (21 Jump Street); Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, Aibileen Clark, Minny Jackson, Celia Foote (The Help); Dr. Mindy Lahiri (The Mindy Project); Sonmi-451, Meronym (Cloud Atlas); Barbara Weston (August: Osage County); Beca Mitchell, Patricia “Fat Amy” (Pitch Perfect); Lana Kane, Pamela “Pam” Poovey (Archer); Jules Thomas, Ophelia Mayer (Sweet/Vicious)

My Favorite Fictional Unabashed Antiheroines (HM – Honorable Mentions)

Shosanna Dreyfus (Inglourious Basterds)

Amanda Young (Saw series)

Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Dr. Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn (Batman series)

Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) HM

Tiffany (Child’s Play/Chucky series) HM

Ava Moore (Nip/Tuck) HM

Sister Jude Martin, Moira O’Hara (American Horror Story: Asylum/Murder House) HM

Annie Wilkes (Misery)

Alex Forrest (Fatal Attraction)

Carietta “Carrie” White (Carrie)

Missy (Doctor Who)

My Favorite Fictional Female Villain: Jadis (The Walking Dead)

My Favorite Fictional Heroes/Antiheroes

Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Krillin, Goten, Piccolo, Future Trunks, Kid Trunks, Tenshinhan “Tien” (Dragon Ball Z)

Rupert Giles, Alexander “Xander” Harris, Angel, Spike, Daniel “Oz” Osbourne (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Joseph “Little Joe” Cartwright, Eric “Hoss” Cartwright, Benjamin “Ben” Cartwright, Adam Cartwright (Bonanza)

Harry Potter, Professor Albus Dumbledore, Professor Remus Lupin, Professor Severus Snape, Sirius Black, Ronald “Ron” Weasley, Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter series)

Bruce Wayne/Batman (Batman series/Justice League)

Chief Martin Brody, Matthew “Matt” Hooper, Quint (Jaws – the movie)

Randle Patrick “R.P./Mac” McMurphy, “Chief” Bromden (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

John Coffey, Paul Edgecomb, Brutus “Brutal” Howell, Dean Stanton (The Green Mile)

Andrew “Andy” Dufresne, Ellis “Red” Redding (The Shawshank Redemption)

Jake and Elwood Blues (The Blues Brothers)

Jake Brigance (A Time to Kill)

Captain Hector Barbossa, Captain Jack Sparrow, William “Will” Turner (Pirates of the Caribbean series)

The Doctor (Doctor Who)

Judge Harold “Harry” T. Stone, Reinhold “Daniel/Dan” Fielding, Nostradamus “Bull” Shannon, Mac Robinson (Night Court)

Dexter Morgan, Sergeant Angel Batista (Dexter)

Dr. Christian Troy, Dr. Sean McNamara (Nip/Tuck)

David Fisher, Keith Charles, Nathaniel “Nate” Fisher Jr., Federico “Rico” Diaz (Six Feet Under)

Rick Grimes, Glenn Rhee, Daryl Dixon, Merle Dixon, Morgan Jones, Dale Horvath (The Walking Dead)

Jimmy McGill (Better Call Saul)

Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)

Lee Everett, Kenny, Omid (The Walking Dead game)

Officer John Cooper, Detective/Officer Samuel “Sammy” Bryant, Officer Ben Sherman (SouthLAnd)

Jerry Sunborne (Things We Lost in the Fire)

Valued Honorable Mentions: Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Philip “Phil” DeVille (Rugrats); Arnold (Hey Arnold!); Dexter (Dexter’s Laboratory); Theodore “T.J.” Detweiler, Mikey, Vince, Gus (Recess); Doug Funnie (Doug); Rudsworth “Rudy” Tabootie (ChalkZone); Brother (The Berenstain Bears book series); Drake Mallard/Darkwing Duck (Darkwing Duck); Garfield (Garfield comics); Dib (Invader Zim); Jake Berenson (Animorphs book series); Courage (Courage the Cowardly Dog); Edward, Eddward “Double D” (Ed, Edd n Eddy); Johnny Bravo (Johnny Bravo); Darren Patterson (As Told by Ginger); Dave (Dave the Barbarian); Timmy Turner (The Fairly OddParents); Daniel “Danny” Fenton (Danny Phantom); Richard “Dick” Grayson/Robin, Victor Stone/Cyborg, Garfield Mark Logan/Beast Boy (Teen Titans); Kal-El/“Clark Kent”/Superman (Superman series/Justice League); Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Spider-Man series); Samurai Jack (Samurai Jack); Clay Bailey (Xiaolin Showdown); Nigel Uno/Numbah 1, Hogarth “Hoagie” Pennywhistle Jr./Numbah 2, Wallabee Beatles/Numbah 4 (Codename: Kids Next Door); Grim (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy); Will Smith, Philip Banks, Carlton Banks (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air); Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn (Star Wars series); Mr. Spock, Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Captain James T. Kirk, Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, Hikaru Sulu (Star Trek: The Original Series); Data, Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation); Stanley Yelnats (Holes); Lawrence “Larry” Talbot (The Wolf Man); Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird); Gary Hobson (Early Edition); Chief/Sheriff William O. “Bill” Gillespie, Detective Virgil Tibbs, Captain V.L. “Bubba” Skinner, Lieutenant Lonnie Jamison, Sergeant Wilson Sweet, Officer Parker Williams (In the Heat of the Night);  Dr. Mark Sloan, Dr. Jack Stewart, Detective Steve Sloan (Diagnosis Murder); Ed Deline, Daniel “Danny” McCoy, Mike Cannon (Las Vegas); George Orr (The Lathe of Heaven); Biff Loman (Death of a Salesman); Daniel (Crash); Carter Chambers, Edward Cole (The Bucket List); Zachry, Robert Frobisher (Cloud Atlas); Special Agent Paul Smecker (The Boondock Saints); Special Agent Peter Strahm (Saw series); Cole Seer (The Sixth Sense); Marvin Boggs (RED); Kurt Hummel, Will Schuester (Glee); Hal, Dewey, Reese, Malcolm “Wilkerson” (Malcolm in the Middle); Captain Adam Fuller, Captain Richard Jenko, Officer Douglas “Doug” Penhall, Officer Harry Truman “H.T.” Ioki, Officer Tom Hanson (21 Jump Street); Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump); Andrew Beckett, Joe Miller (Philadelphia); Morgan Tookers (The Mindy Project); Daniel “Dan” Conner (Roseanne); Kit Walker (American Horror Story: Asylum); Jake (Quarantine); Joel (The Last of Us game); Jin Wang (American Born Chinese); Ennis Del Mar (Brokeback Mountain); Alfred Pennyworth, Detective James “Jim” Gordon (Gotham)

My Favorite Fictional Unabashed Antiheroes (HM – Honorable Mentions)

Walter “Walt” White (Breaking Bad)

Alexander Burgess/Alex DeLarge (A Clockwork Orange)

Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)

Michael Corleone (The Godfather series)

Norman Bates (Psycho series)

Willard Stiles (Willard)

Sonny Wortzik (Dog Day Afternoon)

Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Francis “D” Dolarhyde (The Silence of the Lambs/Red Dragon)

John Kramer/Jigsaw (Saw series)

Morton “Mort” Rainey (Secret Window) HM

Dr. Victor Frankenstein, The Creature (Frankenstein novel) HM

Benjamin Barker/Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) HM

Abel Turner (Lakeview Terrace) HM

Davy Jones (Pirates of the Caribbean series)

Philip Blake/”Brian Heriot”/The Governor (The Walking Dead)

Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Gotham)

Carlito Brigante (Carlito’s Way)

My Favorite Fictional Male Villains: The Joker (all forms of Batman media); Malcolm Tucker (The Thick of It/In the Loop); Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds);

My Favorite Fictional Co-Ed Teams (HM – Honorable Mentions)

Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga & Roo, Rabbit (Winnie the Pooh series) HM

Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo series/A Pup Named Scooby-Doo) HM

Reed Richards, Susan “Sue” Storm, Johnny Storm, Ben Grimm (The Fantastic Four) HM

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl (Justice League)

Charles Xavier, James “Logan” Howlett, Jean Grey, Ororo Monroe, Scott Summers, “Anna Marie Darkholme”/Rogue (X-Men film series) HM

The Teen Titans (individually listed above)

Allan Quatermain, Wilhelmina “Mina” Harker, Dorian Gray, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde, Rodney Skinner, Captain Nemo, Tom Sawyer (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen  film) HM

* denotes a gripe in the form of an update, lol



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