So, the idea is that I was given a letter (M, in this case), and I have to think of five fictional characters whose names start with that letter, and then list them and comment about them. I've been meaning to do this for about a year or so now (*cringes* fuck, but time flies too fast :/), so let me finally hop to!
1. Mat Cauthon, from the Wheel of Time series
Mmmhmm. So, this dude is my most favorite fictional character of all time, the ruler by which I measure other characters, and if they remind me of him, then it's a point of awesome in their favor. I think part of what appeals to me about his character, especially when held up against his fellow main characters, Rand and Perrin, is that he is refreshingly non-emo and isn't all dourness and doom and gloom all the time. I mean, I give Rand a pass for the most part, because his situation sucks endlessly and I feel desperately sorry for the poor guy, but he IS undeniably....emo, and isn't the happiest camper to be around (again, reasonably so, but still). And ugh, Perrin, FUCKING GOD, I want to smack him so much for his largely unnecessary (in my opinion, obvs) amount of emo and angsting and carrying on, and GODDAMN IT PERRIN, IT'S BOOK FUCKING THIRTEEN AND EVEN RAND HAS STOPPED ANGSTING BY THIS POINT, STOP WITH YOUR EMO-NESS OF DOOM, PERRIN, FUCKING STOP ITTTTTTTTT MOVE THE FUCK ON ALREADY. So Mat is a wonderfully fresh breath of snarky, not emo and angsty air, and one that I desperately need in this series. It also doesn't hurt Mat in my esteem that he's an unrepentant badass and a Good Daddy figure to an orphan he picks up off the street, and Mat just...Mat's life sucks as much as the rest of the cast, and he takes as many sucker punches as the rest of them (like being goddamned raped for the cause, for instance), but Mat rolls with it in a way that the other characters don't. He simply doesn't let himself get bogged down in self-loathing or angst or in anything---instead, he refuses to let himself be shamed, and he KEEPS MOVING FORWARD, no matter what. And no matter how much he may grumble and complain about how he isn't a bloody hero, he's always willing to go far out of his way to help and save people, anybody, even people that he doesn't like, and he does that because it's the right thing to do. Impossible odds just don't exist for Mat Cauthon, even setting aside his super powered luck, and he inspires me to remember to always put your best foot forward, no matter what may come your way, and to always face the world with a smile and to laugh instead of crying.
2. Maleficent, from Disney's Sleeping Beauty
Hahahahahaha. I bet no one's surprised that she wound up listed here. Man alive, I love this woman. I really fucking do. Because she's got it all, really. She's badass, she's clever as all get out, she's sneaky and adaptable, she's powerful, and she literally takes shit from no one. You rudely snub her and not invite her to a party that everyone who's everyone is going to attend? Maleficent will show the fuck up anyway, and completely fuck your shit up in a way that'll have a devastating affect on you for decades to come, and you'll regret that you ever thought of disrespecting her. Basically, I love Maleficent because she makes no bones about herself: call her an evil bitch if you want, because she has no fucks to give. She is mighty and powerful and smarter than you, and she refuses to let anyone belittle her, and she knows she's worthy of respect, and feels absolutely no shame. She is what she is, and she needs no excuses. And she does all of this while being extremely elegant and classy as fuck.
Also, she can turn into a motherfucking DRAGON. Your argument is now invalid.
3. Marluxia, from Kingdom Hearts
Mmm. Now, Marly may not be my favorite KH character, or even just my favorite in Organization XIII or in Re:CoM, but I still love his character a whole fucking bunch. And he does contribute to the STORM OF AWESOMENESS that makes Re:CoM my very favorite KH game. I think what I enjoy about this character so much is that, really, Square Enix could have gone horribly wrong with him, but instead they ended up making this wonderful bundle of contradictions and subversion of the stereotype. Because really: dude was originally conceived to be a girl, has pink hair and flower power, and basically pink everything else associated with him as well. An unfortunate many have decried him as "gay", a "fruitcake", a "wimp" and a "pussy", etc, blah. And yet, he's got this deep, baritone voice, is cruel and sadistic as fuck, a champion at manipulation, a badass and can hold his own against Axel, the assassin of the Org, and I'm sorry, but I'm pretty sure that you're lying if you say that his scythe doesn't scare you at all. He is merciless and pitiless, and yet a visionary that probably would have been a better leader to the Organization, and he hit the nail on the head dead center about Xemnas, and he facilitated and engineered the best plot and character development in the Kingdom Hearts series. Pink hair and flower power not only do not detract from his awesomeness, but I feel that they actually add on to it. Whoever said, "Pink is manly" definitely had Marluxia in mind.
4. Minerva McGonagall, from the Harry Potter series
Seriously, who doesn't love this woman? Who dares not to? She has all this subtle snark, with, and dry humor that is fucking HILARIOUS to read, y'all, she's strict and fair and loves her students fiercely, she's brave as all get out and stands up for what's right without being a complete moron about it, she's an avalanche of badass awesomeness, and she refuses to take shit from anyone, and loyal to beyond the hilt, and she commands the love and respect of her students because she is awesome and a great teacher. In essence, you don't fuck with this woman, because you will not win.
5. Morgause, from BBC's Merlin
Because she beats Arthur's ass around and trumps his swordsmanship, and to fuck with his sexism. Words cannot convey how much I cheered at her rampant badassery. Best of all, she never places her ambition or revenge over her love for her family, and she always chooses her sister over evilness every time.