15 Fictional (Influential) Characters


Over on Facebook, Dana Marie Bell posted a note about the 15 Fictional Characters that have influenced her and tagged me to do it next. I figured it was an interesting topic and thought I’d share my list here too.

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

  1. Aragorn (Lord of the Rings –the book version, not the movie version)
  2. Adam Hauptmann – Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series
  3. Morpheus (The Matrix)
  4. Trinity (The Matrix)
  5. Sarah Connor (The Terminator, Terminator 2)
  6. Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings – all three books)
  7. Ed Walters (Tim Robbin’s character in IQ)
  8. Faramir (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, LOTR: Return of the King — the book versions, not the movie version. Faramir’s character in the book is quite different from the movie so if you haven’t read The Two Towers, you’re missing out on a great character)
  9. Eomer (Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, LOTR: Return of the King — the book versions not the movie version)
  10. Bran Cornick – Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series, and Patricia Brigg’s Alpha & Omega series
  11. Erin Brown – Lauren Dane’s Laid Bare
  12. John Clark of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series but specifically from his own book, Without Remorse
  13. Butch (JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
  14. Horatio Hornblower (of the Horatio Hornblower series — in a strange twist from my usual stance of books being better than television, I really like how Ioan Gruffudd portrayed him in the television series over the character in the books)
  15. Jamie Fraser (Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series)

I have to admit I was tempted to play with the order of the characters but she did say the first fifteen I recalled, so I left them the way they were.   So tell me, what characters have stayed with you? (You don’t have to list all fifteen though.)