15 Characters Meme

Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen fictional characters (television, films, plays, books) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

1. Princess Leia (Star Wars)
2. Anya (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
3. Number One (Star Trek)
4. Han Solo (Star Wars)
5. Kaylee Frye (Firefly)
6. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
7. Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
8. Gwen Cooper (Torchwood)
9. Toshiko Sato (Torchwood)
10. Kara Thrace (Battlestar Galactica)
11. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon (Battlestar Galactica)
12. Spock (Star Trek)
13. Darth Vader (Star Wars)
14. Remus Lupin (Harry Potter)
15. Eowyn (Lord of the Rings)

I saw Star Wars for the first time when I was four. I fell in love with all of it, but first and foremost Princess Leia. Although I wouldn't realize it for many years, I loved her because she was the woman I longed to be -- that was, a woman who looked pretty but played with the boys and even got to order them around. In spite of my mother's protestations, I loved boy shows: Thunder Cats, GI Joe, and (in her estimation) Star Trek. Without consciously processing it, I searched for female characters on the screen. When they finally appeared, I was first excited and then crushed when I realized that their involvement consisted largely of making very important telephone calls. But Princess Leia wasn't like that. The first time I saw her on the screen, she shot someone. When she was taken captive, she was defiant; when she was rescued, she mocked her rescuers and gave them orders. She was the leader of a rebel alliance, and in what I considered her finest moment, she got shot in battle and soldiered on. I don't another character will ever eclipse my love for her.

Sharon kept me watching BSG. She fits favorite female character literary kink -- women who are scared/vulnerable/underconfident on the inside but get the job done anyway. And she evolved. By the end of the series, she was just so wise. Even when the rest of the show was total crap, I could never give up on it because I had to know what happened to her.

Kara Thrace got shafted by the writing on BSG in, well, almost all episodes outside the first and last season. Yet, she was exactly the kind of female character I've always longed for: someone who completely fit the archetypical lone wolf/alpha dog/Han Solo mold while also having a vagina. Now I hate the new ST movie a little for not having the balls to have genderswapped some of the original series cast.

I never really understood why people called Anya a ditz. She was smart and cunning and talented, and she always spoke the truth. Because of that, she was my favorite character on Buffy, and one of my favorite characters. And she taught me that excessive literalism will always be funny.

Severus Snape is my favorite fictional character ever. There is nothing to add to that.

I probably shouldn't do this since I am so terrible about completing memes, but if you want to play that game where you put two characters together and ask me questions, it would be fun! (You know the kind, like "in what circumstances would 1 and 7 get into a barfight?" or "if 12 married 4, what would happen?") Last time I did this, I somehow ended up with a story I really liked about One and Spock, so ask away.

I am still contemplating your Sarek/Amanda prompts, but I am really struggling with song lyric prompts these days, so you might have to give me some time...
Now I hate the new ST movie a little for not having the balls to have genderswapped some of the original series cast.

Amen So say we all to this, although I do love the actors so much that I'm not sure who I'd kick off the island. A website I frequent maintained that it should have been Pike, because who the heck knows who he was anyway (answer: if my mother did, then more people than you think) and Older Woman in Charge would have been an interesting dynamic. I might argue that it should have been one of the Trio (Kirk, Spock, or McCoy) because it would be more meaningful if it was one of them.
I think woman Pike would have been interesting, but if they'd gone that route, I would have preferred they just resurrected Number One. I would have liked Girl Kirk the most, and probably Girl Spock the least since they made that one Vulcan character on Enterprise nothing but a slinky Vulcan bit of eye candy. I would really have enjoyed a girl Sulu too. She would have been sexy!
Now I'm kind of hankering for a series starring woman!Pike and her first officer, Number One...
Oh, man, I can just see the fanboys' heads exploding at the idea of a girl Kirk. :-D

I mean, not that I don't have a male friend who whines about a female Starbuck at every opportunity, but still.

I would have loved a female Sulu but I would hope for one of the biggest characters.
In spite of my mother's protestations

How many of us can say this? And it breaks my heart every time.

I adore Princess Leia too.
My mother and I have issues. Huge, ginormous issues. But she's the one we watched Star Trek with. She's the one who took my father to see Star Wars so they could make sure the PG rating wouldn't be too much for my sister and I. She's the one who watched the A-Team and Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers with us; she's the one who introduced us to Die Hard and Dark Shadows

Textual Sci Fi, that was Dad. TV and Movies was Mom. I consider myself lucky all the time that both of my parents are geeks, and that they taught my sister and I to embrace our geekery.
This just makes me beam. I hope that my little roommates will one day say this about their parents and me.
1. Gil Grissom
2. Tip/Ozma
3. Anne of Green Gables
4. the human heroine of the Margarite Henry Mustang book whose name I am utterly blanking on, though I could give you the whole plot of the damn book.
5. Meg (A Wrinkle in Time)
6. Holly/Judy Wade (Lavender-Green Magic)
7. Madeline Weston
8. Hosteen Storm (Beast Master)
9. Flinx
10. Angela (Bones)
11. Murdoch (A-Team, original)
12. Cam (Bones)
13. Lucy Bates (Hill Street Blues)
14. Oscar the Grouch
15. Flynn (Tron)

I'm not sure I can explain most of these. And I'm kind of ashamed by Flinx up there. Angela and Cam (of Bones) are all about the fact that they're unapologetically themselves. Holly Wade WAS me when I read those books, though I knew I should be Judy. I think Murdoch was about knowing that I wasn't entirely mentally balanced even back then.

As far as Sarek/Amanda prompts, how about one that's not a song lyric: Their first rainstorm on Earth, their last rainstorm on Vulcan.