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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.

Date: 2013-08-27 09:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi! I actually found your blog through your rewatch comments of Season 1... a while ago it looks like. I'm actually doing a rewatch now, so if you'd be interested in leaving your comments there too, I'd love that.

To add my thoughts on the above: I know exactly what you mean about Mat, and I do love Minerva as well.

Date: 2013-08-31 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Howdy there! And yeah...I need to get back on those, but unfortunately they've taken a backseat to real life demands lately...

And sure! I'd love to check you out, and lol, I revel in any chance to gush about Supernatural. ;)

Ooh, a Wheel of Time fan? Awesome. And yessss, Minerva is awesome. :)

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! ^^

Date: 2013-08-31 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I have been reading the Wheel of Time for ages! So sad that Robert Jordan has passed. The new writer is ok but it's just not the same aye?!
With regard to Rand, I think I like the first book the best, where he finds out about his power, his past, and tries to deal with it. Now that he has accepted it, he has become a little "boring." Mat had such a hard time until he could come to terms with the "voices of the past." Now that he has, he has really become an awesome character. I look forward to knowing what happens with the Daughter of the Nine Moons!

Date: 2013-09-07 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Overall I like Brandon Sanderson, and he does some good things for certain characters like Rand (at least in the two books he's done that I've read....I still haven't read the last book, because I'm rereading the rest of the series first (currently on TPOD)). My biggest complaint about Brandon is that I think he fails at writing Mat, and that kills me because Mat is obvs my favorite character in WOT. And I can't really blame him for that or get that mad, because Jordan just had a special flair for writing Mat, and really he's the only one who could. *sighs*

But yes, I was DEVASTATED when I heard that Jordan died. That's really one of the worst ways to go that I can imagine...dying before you can finish writing what's really your life's work, especially when you had all of these ideas for what comes AFTERWARD. Ugh. Still, RIP Robert Jordan.

I don't think Rand's really become all that boring. It's just hard for me sometimes to read his sections because I feel so desperately sorry for him, because FUCK but does his life epically suck. My personal favorite Rand scene is at the end of The Gathering Storm, when he snaps and is on Dragonmount and on the verge of destroying the world, and then he talks himself/Lews Therin talks him down from that. It's probably amongst my top favorite moments of the series, and really one of the few things from that book that I remember extremely clearly.

I love Mat/Tuon so much. I'm still crossing my fingers for a happy ending for them! :)

And now I'm gonna be off to check out your LJ, and going through my messages and then friending you back!

Date: 2013-09-07 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Found this behind everything else! Thanks again! :)

Regarding Rand, I feel like we can't relate to Rand any more. That's what I mean by boring, I guess. I love those little scenes with his "wives" but other than that he is way too much the leader with his burdens. I mean the Dragon Reborn right?! I was commenting on another site about why Dean is our hero and for me, a big part of it is how we can relate to him and we can feel for him. Maybe I am not getting enough of that from Rand.Mat and Parrin on the other hand... They are much more human, and yet they have that leadership quality too. For me, Mat is hero 1, Perrin is hero 2 and Rand is well... the Dragon Reborn.
Edited Date: 2013-09-07 11:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-09-07 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*shrugs* To each their own. Personally I like Rand way better than Perrin (who didn't used to be that bad, but then FAILE came along, and then together with Berelain became the Trio of Doom *headdesk*), but I do agree that Mat is the best! Obviously. XD

Date: 2013-09-07 11:31 pm (UTC)


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