This thread is simply for the interesting characters from film, television, books, popular, obscure, whatever. The characters whom you’d like to know about. Characters whom are cooler than cool. Maybe those who’d you like to have a cup of coffee with, and find out why the act the way they do. I just want to place the restriction that they can not be real life people, living or dead. I do not want tortured logic just so you could list Jesus or Moses. Also, do not assume I’m culturally literate. Name the character, from what work that character is from, and why you think the character is cool.
(an if the character is from a movie or television show, it also helps to list the actor who portraying said character)
I’ll open the forum with my picks.
[li]Dr. Theodore Morris (played by Dennis Haysbert) “Now and Again” (TV 1999-2000)-- For those who missed this recently cancelled show from CBS, the premise of this romantic, sci-fi fantasy is that insurance salesman, husband, and father Michael Wiseman was killed by being hit by a subway. Actually, his brain was saved and placed in a “Bionic Man” type superbody.[/li]Dr. Morris was the lead researcher and developer of this body. It is also his job to keep Michael focused on his duties for the US government and not on his family. He is a very logical, calm and collected person. He doesn’t lose it even when he is angry. He is very book smart, but seems to be unbelievably dense in real life non-scientific affairs. For example, he always underestimates Michael’s will to be reunited with his family. (Actually, I imagine him to be similar to David B. except for the street-smarts verdict.)
[li]Ranma Saotome “Ranma 1/2” (Japanese TV 1989-1994)[/li][li]Birdy Altirra & Tsutomu “Tetsuwan Birdy” (1996 TV) --There’s always a certain amount of absurdity to be involved when the lead change genders but can’t help it. This is the main plot twist in these anime titles. Ranma is the victim of a magical spring. Water serves as the catalyst. Cold=girl, hot=boy. But sadly enough, that’s the least of the worries. His father is crazy, most of his friends want to cause him harm. His ‘girlfriends’ do cause him harm (particularly Akane). In as the case with many similar series, he also attracts the insane enemies like flies to honey. I’d be curious as to how he handles the insanity.[/li]Tsutomu seems to be the Charlie Brown of anime character. He’s a very bright Japanese high-school student, but life never seems to give him a break. He has the persistent hang dog near the edge of depression look on him. Kinda’ like me at that age. However, he accidently gets involved in an intergalacted fight. How? He’s accidently killed by the intergalactic on-duty officer with the unorthodox methods, Birdy. Well, innocents can’t be killed in the line of duty, especially when the death was caused by an extraterrestrial. The UFOlogist might sieze on this evidence. (nothing for KO) So to save the kids life – and to serve as a unique punishment and plot twist – Birdy is forced to share her body with him. (Remember the Steve Martin movie “All of Me.” It’s pretty much like that, except physical transformations are involved also.) Why is Birdy so, reckless and hot-headed? I’d like to know. Why is Tsutomu is so morose? I’d like to know also. Because the series is abandoned after episode four.
Now that I’ve frightened you with my selections, (I’ve got more, but these are the most normal ones I can come up with at 1am) go right on and post. Have fun. Be creative.
[sub]Today’s episode has been brought to you by death, resurrection, and gender confusion. This post has been partially funded by the “Institute for the Study of Self-Identity”. What is your’s?[sup]TM[/sup][/sub]