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Character Meme Answers

Thanks to everyone who entertained me during my stay in the tornado closet! Our power came back on at 3 a.m., conveniently turning on every light in the house and also the TV. The sun is shining now, though the wind is howling, and school is cancelled because the building has no power.

Now let's have some answers to the character meme...

Skye for ragnarok_08
1. What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.
She's fine, but she's not really the reason I watch the show.
2. Is he/she important to the general plot?
Yes, I would say so.
3. Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?
Honestly, no. She's quite a bit younger than me and she wears her heart on her sleeve, so she's one of the characters I relate to least. I do enjoy watching her story unfold though. It's hurt to see how Coulson and Simmons are treating her after she got her powers.
4. How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
I like it. It's not one of my all-time favorites, but I find it reasonably entertaining.
5. Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
I don't have any shipping preferences for her. I really enjoy her unfolding friendship with Fitz, and how his experiences with disability have made him so empathetic to her changes.
6. Is there anything about the character you would change?
Honestly, she doesn't feel like a real person to me. She feels like someone's idea of a "cool girl" created to be a TV character.
7. If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?
I have a feeling she might find me rigid and overbearing, and I might find her a little too unpredictable. I'm sure we'd resepct each other's abilities, but I don't know if we'd get along.
8. Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
Nope.
9. Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?
Nope. May is the one I hype, and then Bobbi.


Buffy for frelling_talk
1. What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.
I like her. She's a hero who breaks stereotypes, and I like that she's lovable and flawed at the same time.
2. Is he/she important to the general plot?
Yes, yes she is.
3. Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?
I don't relate to her as much now as I did when the show was on the air. One of the things I loved about Buffy was that she was the same age as me. We were dealing with high school graduation and tumultuous relationships at the same time.
4. How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
Very much. It was one of my original fandoms, before I even knew that online fandom existed.
5. Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
I do not ship her with Riley or Spike (although I didn't hate Buffy/Spike - it just wasn't ever going to be anything but dysfunctional). I probably liked Buffy/Angel most of all, but as we get older, I think we move past that all-consuming ideal of love, and I'm glad she did too.
6. Is there anything about the character you would change?
Nah. I'm not really into changing canon.
7. If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?
She would probably have been one of those students who annoyed me because she had academic potential she didn't use, and I would know she came from a troubled environment, but I'd never have quite been able to tell if she genuinely needed help or if she was making shit up.
8. Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
Buffy the series will always be one of my all-time favorites, but Buffy herself is somewhere in the middle of my list.
9. Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?
Actually, Anya is the character I tend to hype from this series.


Clarke for delacourtings
1. What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.
I love Clarke. In one of my favorite TV moments ever, Angel looks at Wesley and says, "You're the one who makes the hard decisions." In that moment, he's forgiving Wesley for making bad choices with terrible consequences because he knows that Wesley was the only one wiling to take responsibility for what was happening around him. I feel the same way about Clarke -- she's the one who makes the hard decisions. No one in her situation could decide everything rightly, but what makes her amazing is that she's willing to take responsibility for those decisions in the first place.
2. Is he/she important to the general plot?
Yes, she drives it, and it is fabulous to see a woman in that role in a totally "genfic" way. She doesn't drive the plot with her romantic decisions. She's not dating anyone at all. She's taken on what is often depicted as a man's job.
3. Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?
Luckily, I have no experience with that sort of survival situation, but I do relate to the general feeling of knowing that a leader can't please everyone.
4. How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
A lot! It started as a cookie cutter teen drama, and now I feel like I'm watching some Game of Thrones/Lord of the Flies fusion.
5. Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
Shipping isn't very important to me for Clarke. I have enjoyed Bellamy/Clarke and Lexa/Clarke stories, but I'd probably write genfic about her. I love her friendship with Bellamy and hope that if it develops into something more, the writers take time building up that friendship first.
6. Is there anything about the character you would change?
Honestly, I wouldn't mind if she just told Abby to fuck off, but it's not realistic to think someone would stop caring about their mother...
7. If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?
Actually, I don't want to think about knowing Clarke IRL because that would mean my RL was pretty awful. But I hope we would be friends.
8. Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
She's quite possibly on her way there, but I need more than a couple seasons to say that for sure.
9. Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?
I hype Clarke to all my feminist friends.


Gina for ladymercury_10
1. What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.
She is weird but entertaining.
2. Is he/she important to the general plot?
Sometimes, but she's more the comic relief.
3. Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?
No, I cannot relate to her. Thank god. But I do enjoy watching her strangeness unfold.
4. How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
A lot! (I talked about why more on the Rosa answer)
5. Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
Gina is a relationship is frankly frightening, but I enjoy her friendship with Jake and her grudging friendship with Rosa and Amy.
6. Is there anything about the character you would change?
Nope, she should go on being her fabulous weird self.
7. If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?
I have a feeling she'd be that student who disrupted class a lot but I secretly found extremely entertaining.
8. Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
No, not really.
9. Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?
No, not really.


Rosa for megan_moonlight
1. What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.
I love Rosa because she's tough and makes no apologies for it. "I'm not buying a pot, we're not married" is possibly one of my favorite lines ever.
2. Is he/she important to the general plot?
Yes, I would say so, though I'm still sorry a show as diverse as Brooklyn Nine-Nine had to make the white dude the lead.
3. Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?
I do relate to her actually. I think women get a lot of pressure to be nice, and I admire her for not giving a shit about any of it. I also relate to how emotions are kind of alien to her, but she's trying to figure them out anyway.
4. How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
I'm surprised by how much I like it. I never imagined myself writing fanfic for a sitcom, but the characters are all so adorable and weird yet relatable.
5. Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
I'm willing to go wherever the show takes her. I've read Rosa/Amy and Rosa/Jake fics that I enjoyed, and I'm happy with her story line with Marcus. The thing I'd actually like to know more about is her friendship with Jake.
6. Is there anything about the character you would change?
Nope. I think she's awesome the way she is.
7. If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?
A friendly rivalry sounds excellent.
8. Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
All time favorite is going a little too far, although I do enjoy her a lot.
9. Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?
Yes, when people ask me about Brooklyn Nine-Nine, my first thought is always to tell them how awesome Rosa is.



Spike for nemophilist
1. What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.
I have to admit, my first reaction was "yech." I liked him a lot when he was an unrepentant bad guy with a tortured relationship, but the story line with the chip never did it for me. He was a marginally tolerable irritation after that. I think the writers believed "bad boy forced to be good" was an interesting conflict, but to me, it always felt like a humiliation arc. I don't know if that makes sense or not, but it seemed that a lot of his story line was him having to do embarrassing and incongruous things in order to survive, and I don't find that enjoyable. It's hard to like a character who seems to have lost his self-respect.
2. Is he/she important to the general plot?
Yes, the writers seemed willing to go through all sorts of contortions to ensure he mattered.
3. Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?
No, and no.
4. How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
I love it! Buffy was what I always longed for from a geeky TV show: good characterization and real emotions paired with crazy supernatural plot lines. Now that we live in the age of Harry Potter, it's easy to forget that shows like Buffy weren't always the norm.
5. Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
Shipping, definitely not. I did enjoy his interactions with Dawn and Faith though.
6. Is there anything about the character you would change?
Good-bye chip! Also, how about not trying to rape Buffy?
7. If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?
Quite frankly, I'd be fearful of him. Chip or no chip, I don't believe he had a moral compass. He's one of those bad boy characters who get glamorized in TV but would be terrible in real life.
8. Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
I guess this was a bit of a rant, but honestly, he's somewhere in the middle. He's not worth antipathy, just indifference.
9. Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?
Hype through season three; warn thereafter.


Veronica Mars for rogueslayer452
1. What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.
Veronica is among my all-time favorite characters. I love how she is strong, vulnerable, smart, complicated, and flawed -- and most importantly, all her flaws and complexes come from a believable place. I understand why losing your best friend, losing your mom, getting raped, and being bullied would make someone see the worst in everyone. I also admire that Veronica is willing to be unpleasant. It's great that modern TV is willing to put women in the spotlight, but often, those women are expected to be pleasant all the time -- or at least, not do anything seriously wrong. Veronica's character goes to dark places, but we still sympathize with her in the end.
2. Is he/she important to the general plot?
There is no show without Veronica!
3. Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?
I relate to her more strongly than any fictional character I've ever encountered. I've been called intimidating and I've been called a bitch -- and I think a lot of that is for behaviors that people consider positive in men. My mom is an alcoholic who isn't always present in my life. That moment when Veronica says "I bet on you and I lost," I felt like I knew exactly what she was feeling. Watching her decide to stay in Neptune, doing what she loves, instead of taking a prestigious job she didn't really want felt so validating because it's what I chose for myself. I went to college in NYC, theoretically to do something well-paying and successful, and I ended up coming home to a small, somewhat dysfunctional community to be a teacher. The price for that was my father's approval, which at the time, was precious to me. So, no, I can't claim to be anywhere as cool as Veronica Mars but her story means a lot to me.
4. How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
I think the answer to that question is quite clear by now.
5. Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
LoVe is one of the few ships I would call an OTP.
6. Is there anything about the character you would change?
Nope. Go on being your flawed, fabulous self, Veronica.
7. If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?
I would hope that we would get along well. I'd probably meet her because I would have made friends with Wallace along time ago while trying to keep his basketball players academically eligible.
8. Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
Yes. See above.
9. Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?
I hype Veronica every chance I get.


Daenerys for justwolf
1. What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.
I love her! In the space of a few episodes, she transforms from victim to queen, and I love how perfectly the series captured that transformation - you can really see the seeds of her strength slowly growing as she takes charge of her life. If I were going to follow a leader through the desert, it would be her, but I like how she still makes mistakes. In season four, you can see how ruling is harder than conquering, but she doesn't just run away and try to conquer Westeros. She cares enough about justice to try and make all of her territory work.
2. Is he/she important to the general plot?
Yes, very much! Her adventures are sort of self-contained now, but she's this huge, looming threat that nobody can afford to forget about.
3. Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?
Haha, no I cannot relate to a child bride who is the last descendant of a royal family and who controls a vast army. But she absolutely grips me emotionally.
4. How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?
Very much! I think it's the most absorbing thing I've ever watched.
5. Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)
I actually quite like her single. I think she's figured out that in her world, it's hard to be both independent and in a relationship because everyone assumes the man is her leader. I did really enjoy her relationship with Jorah, and I was sorry to see that go at the end of series 4, though I understand why it had to happen.
6. Is there anything about the character you would change?
Nope. I am quite satisfied with her story arc.
7. If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?
I would probably be an adoring subject with some concerns about the wisdom of crucifying people.
8. Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?
To me, all time favorite requires more distance from the end of the series, but I certainly love her.
9. Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?
When people ask me about Game of Thrones, I always tell them how awesome Daenerys is.
I like your answers for Rosa :D She's so wonderful and badass!

I wrote one fic for B99 so far, and it was a crossover, but I really enjoyed writing Rosa, so I might write something more for B99 at some point. As you said, I also did not expect to write anything for a sitcom.

I definitely agree about your answer for question 5. So far I'm satisfied with her relationshipson the show as well. As long as she's happy, then I'm happy. My main pairings are Rosa/Amy and Rosa/Marcus, but lately I think I would like to read a bit of Rosa/Gina.

When I talk about B99 to someone, first characters I mention are Rosa and Captain Holt :D
I would probably be an adoring subject with some concerns about the wisdom of crucifying people.

Hee! Same.

I liked your answers on Veronica too. It's cool that you relate to her so much! I would say that I consider myself the exact opposite of Veronica in most ways, but I respect her and admire her so much. Many of my fave characters are like that actually--no real identification but lots of respect for them.
I have a feeling she'd be that student who disrupted class a lot but I secretly found extremely entertaining.
Hahaha, that does sound very Gina. :P
Yeah I wish I could remove Seeing Red as an episode, it was completely unnecessary and awful.

Veronica is such a good character. ♥
I love your answers on Veronica :)


I think the writers believed "bad boy forced to be good" was an interesting conflict, but to me, it always felt like a humiliation arc. I don't know if that makes sense or not, but it seemed that a lot of his story line was him having to do embarrassing and incongruous things in order to survive, and I don't find that enjoyable. It's hard to like a character who seems to have lost his self-respect.

And that's interesting, I often felt second-hand embarrassment on Spike's behalf actually because of how much the writing would dehumanise Spike and treat it as a joke (I guess because of being a vampire?), at the same time as emphasising that he was a sentiment being with feelings. Sometimes it felt like "well which is it", because the writers seemed to feel free to do some pretty crappy things to him in the name of humour, so I can understand why a lot of the audience ended up emphasising with Spike more than the writers ever intended. They seemed to think that it was different because it was Spike and therefore didn't count as much, but it's still hard to watch any character be ridiculed, even if you know intellectually that he deserves that and more

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