Top Ten Male TV Characters :: Top Ten Tuesday
10. Christopher Hayden, Gilmore Girls
So, liking Christopher probably is grounds to be kicked out of any Gilmore Girls fandom there is, so be it, I like Christopher. He isn’t perfect, but neither are any of the characters on the show – but I do believe he is given a story arc that shows growth, mistakes, struggle and change, without ever losing his core character voice. I do not like everything he does, and I also don’t care for what they did to him in the final season (but that season is problematic), but I do see him and understand him a lot of the times, and I get the connection he has with Lorelei, and that she has with him – and I also get the complex relationship Rory has with him.
9. Lincoln Lee, Fringe
Both reality Lincoln Lee’s are favorites of mine, both of their stories, their hearts, their strengths, their vulnerabilities. He is the relatable lens to look through at first (on the main reality), resistant, fearful, but courageous and curious, too. His feelings and friendship with both Olivia’s always gets to me, too.
8. Shane Walsh, The Walking Dead
I might get kicked out for this one, too, but I do love the character of Shane Walsh, at least the television version. He is complex, troubled (aren’t they all), loyal, haunted, torn and a survivor. Yes, he’s dark and more in that anti-hero side of things, but he isn’t a villain, at least not in this reality (all the things he did that were villainized have now been done by Rick in the hero-role); I would have liked to have seen where he’d be now had he survived.
7. Dean Winchester, Supernatural
Flawed, loyal, loving, broken, sarcastic, pop-culture infused wit, trust-issues, persistent and a survivor, Dean has always been the Winchester that has my heart. He has so much pain inside of him, yet he keeps fighting, cherishing family and those he loves, despite his pessimism and series of tragedies. He can make me both cry and laugh, sometimes all at the same time.
6. Stephen Holder, The Killing
So broken, and often self-destructive, that I sometimes watched while holding my breath, but Holder is also so strong and has such a big heart. He’s beyond complicated, yet also very much exactly what he shows he is – loyal, emotional, rash, raw, real, smart, and sarcastic. He wears his heart so out in the open that it hurts to watch, but it is something I related to, as well, and hoped for the best him because of it.
5. Seth Cohen, The OC
Oh Seth Cohen, how you stole my heart completely. Music obsessive, comic books, insecure, loves big, talks too much, witty, smart, self-deprecating, a dreamer, loyal, confused, flawed and persistent. Can he make me a mix CD sometime?
4. Special Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks
“Harry, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it; don’t wait for it; just let it happen. It could be a new shirt in a men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black, coffee.” That quote is one of the reasons I love his character. I love the way he sees the world, the vulnerability, the courage, the curiosity, the wit and wisdom, and his complexities – he makes me smile.
3. Nate Fisher, Jr., Six Feet Under
The character I most relate to on Six Feet Under, especially in how he feels about his family, the push and pull of it all, wanting to escape and then wanting back in/being pulled back in. His inner turmoil, vulnerabilities and missteps always got to me, and the way he loved did, too. His character’s death was very hard on me.
2. Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Heroic and brave, huge heart, an anti-hero who perhaps starts as a villain, but ends up making a huge sacrifice, loves big, and is often misunderstood. He’s dark and complicated, flawed, funny and intuitive – especially when it comes to Buffy. Both with, and without his soul, he still loves, is loyal and has a fragility about him under all the sarcasm and fierceness, that is so very human, to me.
1. James “Sawyer” Ford, Lost
He stole my heart completely, though it isn’t much of a shock as he reminds me very much of my first fictional/on-screen love, Han Solo. He’s sarcastic, witty, a “scoundrel”, but he also has a well of emotions, heartbreak, pain, and a need to be loved. His character grows through a tremendous story arc, finding a light through his journey, and overcoming (for the most part) the pain of his past – surviving.