TOP 10 BEST CHARACTERS FROM ALL THINGS NERDY
1. Jaina Solo; Star Wars
The daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia, from the Star Wars EU. She is by far one of the most badass chicks I have ever read/seen/learned about in the Geekyverse. Jaina has a twin sister Jacen, who, much to my disappointment in the SW writers, becomes the next big, bad Sith Lord of the universe, and well, I won't spoil the rest. But anyways, to the point. Jaina not only excels at all things Jedi, but she is also an amazing pilot and receives training from Boba Fett, who is possibly the most deadly Bounty Hunter to exist. Not to mention she also has Han's cocky attitude mixed with Leia's intelligence. When I first read about Jaina in the Young Jedi Knight's books, I used to daydream that I was best friends with her, and was just as cool.
2. Wash; Firefly
My love for Alan Tudyk and his roles first surfaced during the movie A Knight's Tale. Later, when I saw him in Firefly as the comical pilot Wash, it was love at first sight. Not only did I laugh almost every time he spoke, but how could you not love his adorable face and affinity for playing with dinosaurs? He stole the heart of a beautiful warrior, had a personality that just rocked, and really gave life to the whole crew. Firefly without Wash would have been like... some sort of epic failure. To this day, I am crushed about his death and the way it went down. I learned the hard way that Joss Whedon has a habit of killing awesome characters quickly, and without the grand honourable death that they should have deserved. I would have actually paused the movie to mourn for him the first time I saw it if my brother had not been in control of the player. Since he was, I cried and missed the latter half of the movie.
3. Dr. Daniel Jackson; Stargate SG1
Daniel Jackson is the perfect blend of geek, sexy and awesomeness. He's a little dense at times, but has a huge obsession with history, which is what earned him a spot in the Stargate program to begin with. He can be a little testy and whiny, but I guess most of us who are intellectual buffs tend to get like that. To this day, I maintain that for an archeologist with massive allergies who prefers books to the outdoors, he is way too ripped. But anyways. I love Daniel because he tends to be the comic relief when he doesn't mean to be, but he is also often the voice of reason and morality. He's kind of like an older, less socially/sexually awkward version of Leonard Hofstadter from the Big Bang Theory.
4. Cloud; Final Fantasy VII
Despite his affinity for a severely annoying female character, Cloud is definitely in the top of my favourite video game characters. He is much less emo than some of the others that drove me crazy *cough* Squall *cough* , his fight tactics and moves made me quite happy (I am definitely a sword girl!), and his overall personality was actually quite enjoyable for me. Plus, look at him -- that is one badass sword! And okay, maybe I still haven't finished the game, and maybe I killed about two weeks just chasing Chocobos, but if I had to pick one FF game to play over and over again, it would be this one. I may have, once upon a time, been incredibly obsessed with Cloud and spent too much time wishing he was real, but that's a story we shan't venture after.
5. Boba Fett
Boba Fett. 'Nuff said.
I have always had a bit of a girl-crush on Eliza Dushku. Every role I have ever seen her in she has done absolutely magnificent with, but nothing can be compared to Caroline/Echo. She is the type of girl I have always wished I could be strong enough to be -- the kind of person that goes after what she believes is right not just because she thinks it is right, but because it is what drives her. She is passionate, and loving, and though she has a tendency to be pulled into bad situations has a good heart. But beyond that, she is the kind of woman any female would want to be; she is strong, she is beautiful and she is highly intelligent.
7. Daenerys Targaryen/Khaleesi; Game of Thrones
When I first saw her, my heart went out to her. Our first introduction with this stunning young woman was to see her being molested by her older brother as he explained he was about to sell her to a Barbarian king in order to ensure he would get his crown. Part of why I love Khaleesi so much is that she has the most character development out of everyone in the show. We see her go from this insecure young girl ruled by her brother, to a young woman who accepts her circumstances and learns to make the best of it, to a strong, beautiful woman who is not only able to stand up for herself, but can also stand proudly as a leader. She is graceful and elegant, but knows when she needs to be brave and strong and harsh. After seeing all her development in Season One, I cannot wait to see her in Season Two.
8. Sheldon Cooper; Big Bang Theory
When I first saw this show, I wasn't quite sure how I would feel about Sheldon, but the more I see him, the more I love him. He's so odd and weird and exhibits so many traits that I know all of us nerds can relate to. Not to mention he is funny to boot, even if he doesn't mean to most of the time.
9. Drake; Uncharted
Cocky, arrogant and chauvinistic to boot, Drake is one of my favourite lead male characters in a video game in a long time. Sure, he has a lot of the kinds of personalities you don't want, but he's also charming, shoots like a pro, and keeps things exciting. His knack for getting into trouble keeps the games moving quickly and his quick-wit often adds a fair chunk of humour to the games.
10. Rogue; X-Men
Of course, I'm talking comic-book/cartoon Rogue, not movie Rogue. She has been my favourite X-men and one of my fave Marvel characters for as long as I can remember really. She's saucy, sexy and has a little bit of a dark side to her, which is what drew me to her in the first place. I often find that hero's who have a dark side and who dance on it for a while are always a bit more appealing to me because I understand where they are coming from. While Rogue may not have ever had super flashy powers, it was always know that she was powerful, and her personality rocked.