6 Pop Culture Characters I Love For No Particular Reason
I think this blog is testament to the fact that I am a pop culture aficionado. I love movies, TV shows, books, comics, video games and all manner of storytelling and fiction. I hope to be a fiction writer myself some day, and am even working on my own comic book. And like all good people of this Earth, I have my favorite characters in my favorite media.
But sometimes, those favorites don’t make much sense.
Leonardo is my favorite Ninja Turtle because of his noble spirit and badass katana blades. The Green Ranger is my favorite Power Ranger because he was this cool, rebellious sixth Ranger. Multiple Man is my favorite superhero because I like his sense of humor, and because he was one of the characters who helped usher young Sean into a better understanding of superhero comics. I love Robin the Boy Wonder because I’ve always considered myself more of a sidekick than a leader, especially when compared to some of my more alpha male friends back in my youth.
But there are some characters out there whom I love passionately, but have no legitimate reason why. Join me after the jump to find out who!
I picked Bulbasaur as my first starter in Pokemon Blue way back when I was a wee Sean, and I have never regretted that choice — but I have no idea why I made that choice. Everybody has a favorite starter from back in the day, and most people will tell you that Charmander was the obvious choice. Or even Squirtle. And I can’t argue with those people because I can’t say why they aren’t the obvious choices. I went with Bulbasaur and I’m happy with that. He did quite well in the game, and I’ve leaned grass type ever since. But I have no idea what appealed to me about that little guy back then. Was it his croaky voice on the cartoon (which I never really watched much)? Was it the fact that he crawled around on four legs, unlike the other two? I dunno. Your guess is as good as mine. But Bulbasaur has been a part of me ever since.
HUNK is the badass special ops soldier employed by the Umbrella Corporation in the Resident Evil video games. He debuted in Resident Evil 2 as a bonus mini-game that could only be unlocked if you beat the main game several times following specific instructions. Resident Evil 2 was my game back in my Playstation days…but I don’t think I ever actually unlocked the HUNK level. I played it a few times on a friend’s save file, but I never beat it. I had no real personal connection to HUNK. He just looks cool and I loved Resident Evil 2. The franchise has since gone off the rails (both in the games and movies), but HUNK is still one of my all-time favorite video game characters. I even bought his action figure back in the day.
I haven’t done a full analysis, but I’m pretty sure that my favorite character in any of the classic animated Disney movies is the magic carpet from Aladdin. And I have no idea why! It’s a carpet! Yes, it has sentience and a personality, and it looks really fancy, but it’s still jut a carpet! But I love that purple guy for reasons that do not exist. I have no reason. There are no really great scenes or jokes or moments that make him stand out. He’s just Aladdin’s loyal mode of transportation. But something clicked for me, and Carpet is just the greatest.
3. Winston Zeddemore
Winston is my favorite Ghostbuster. I have no idea why. I was a big Ghostbuster fan back in the 80s. I loved both movies, I was a huge fan of the cartoon series, and I owned a ton of action figures. I was steeped in Ghostbuster love. And for reasons that now escape me, Winston Zeddemore was my favorite. Maybe back then, I had a reason, but I don’t anymore. This is just a fact of my life. I don’t know if I liked him best from the movie or the cartoon or what. Looking back, I can justify why Winston might be my favorite. I definitely like his ‘everyman’ sensibilities in the quartet. But there’s no way that was clear to me as a kid. I just liked Winston, somehow better than Bill Murray.
2. Espio the Chameleon
I have no clue why I like Espio the Chameleon from the Sonic the Hedgehog games. It’s double weird in that Knuckles, another Sonic character, is legit one of my favorite video game characters of all time. I can still remember the step-by-step history of how and why I came to love Knuckles the Echidna. But Espio? That weird purple dude? No idea. I never played any game with Espio in it. I never read any of the comics. I don’t think he ever appeared in any of the Sonic cartoons I watched. But that little dude is just plain cool, apparently. Somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I latched onto Espio the Chameleon. I might need help.
Out of all the Star Wars movies, cartoons, books and beyond, my all-time favorite Jedi is the penis-headed dude from the prequels. Forget your Yodas or Luke Skywalkers or Obi-Wans or Samuel L. Jacksons, my favorite Jedi is Ki-Adi-Mundi. I don’t get it. It’s not like he had a big role in any of the prequels. And he’s clearly the butt of every single joke. What’s the deal?
This one actually has a little story behind it. You see, around the time of the prequels, Dark Horse Comics revved up their Star Wars line and started pumping out a ton of books. One of these Expanded Universe comics randomly chose to flesh out Ki-Adi-Mundi. I can still remember flipping through the issues at a local supermarket when I was a kid. But I didn’t read or buy the comics. I just flipped through them and noticed he was in them! It seems the simple knowledge that this dude was in a couple tie-in comics propelled him to the leader of the pack to a young, impressionable Sean.
Even today, after having watched all the prequels, The Force Awakens, The Clone Wars cartoon, and a bunch of other Star Wars stuff, Ki-Adi-Mundi is still my favorite Jedi.
Who are your favorite characters? Do you have any you love for no legitimate or particular reason? Share them in the comments!
Posted on July 13, 2016, in Cartoons, Lists of Six!, Movies, Star Wars, Television, Video Games and tagged Aladdin, Disney, Ghostbusters, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Pokemon, Resident Evil, Sonic the Hedgehog. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.