Who’s Your Favorite | Staff Character Collaboration

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An Adorable Angel of the Lord
Supernatural never fails to impress. The demons, werewolves, and vampires that come and go always add great excitement to the episodes. But it wasn’t until this perfection came into the picture that everything changed.
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Those ocean blue eyes and that perfectly symmetrical face made the fangirls and fanboys of Supernatural come out of hiding. His name is Castiel.
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Angels are meant to be superior and very serious, right? Well, Castiel is not a typical angel. The moment he dramatically walked into the show, you raise an eyebrow and say to yourself, “Yup! I am going to LOVE this character!” And you are never going to be more right in your life than that moment. Castiel is serious at first as he has a mission to stop the apocalypse from occurring. However, as Supernatural progresses on, Castiel pops out of his shell and acts more like himself rather than the role of an angel of the Lord. And boy, it is a shocker. Who would have thought an angel would be like this?
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Although Castiel is an angel, he learned to adapt to human norms on earth, including everyday language.

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Though he is still trying to get the hang of it.
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Not only is his weird personality loveable, the bond he has with Dean Winchester is cute enough to fangirl over. Although Dean may not admit it.
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He will need Castiel from time to time.
Castiel will always be there for Dean and will do anything to protect him.
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He is always available to assist in any way he can, even though he doesn’t always get it right.
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Like everyone, Castiel does tend to lose his temper occasionally.
Even Dean pushes his buttons sometimes. When your world consists of working with hunters to stop the bad guys, including Lucifer himself, tensions are bound to rise. However, that does not mean there aren’t good days.
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Castiel is just a fluff of adorableness.

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It is hard not to love him. He is one of the characters that is easily favored over others (the competition is tough). Castiel always pulls through. If you haven’t gotten to know this overload of cuteness, awkwardness, and fluff, then that needs to be changed. He’s waiting.

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Daryl Dixon

When I say the name Daryl Dixon, a vast majority of people will immediately know who I’m talking about. And let’s be real, if you don’t, you clearly haven’t been listening to your friend’s rant about their favorite t.v. shows or listening to any kind of media outlet rage about everyone’s favorite archer. Whether you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or not, you know who Daryl Dixon is, and there is a reason for that. Daryl covers the bases of being a fan-favorite badass while also being one of the show’s (and television’s) most complex and dynamic characters. In my opinion, he very easily could be considered the best fictional character of all time. His unique personality traits and jaw-dropping character development lead him to be a character the constantly grips the attention of the audience and earns himself a place near your heart.

Slight Spoilers Ahead Involving Daryl’s Storyline

In order to understand exactly how much of a treasure Daryl Dixon is, you need a bit of backstory. We learn through the progression of the show that Daryl had an extremely tragic upbringing that has had long term effects on his mental and physical state. As a child, Daryl had to deal with the physical and emotional abuses of his alcoholic father after he lost his mother in an unfortunate house fire. Despite having an older brother, Merle, Daryl was on his own and had to rely on his own strength and drive for protection from his father. After enduring his father’s abuses, Merle left Daryl alone with his father, forcing him to have to fend for himself. The main reason that this plays a significance in understanding Daryl Dixon is that it shows that his strength isn’t just physical, he has been through so much, yet he is capable of acting as the backbone of his apocalypse family. There is a possibility that if the world didn’t go to shit, Daryl wouldn’t have had to opportunity to turn into the man he is. The apocalypse allowed Daryl to have a fresh start and attempt to stray away from the turning into someone like his brother. He didn’t allow for his traumatizing past to prevent him from being the man he turned into during the end of the world. He was put in a situation that usually makes people turn to their darkest side, but he used it to develop into a man that is extremely noble and honorable, even outside of the apocalypse.

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So, knowing Daryl’s backstory, his introduction to the show makes a little more sense. During his first appearance in episode three, he seems like just another redneck with a temper, and that initial impression is kind of supported when Daryl’s first major on-screen interaction is him throwing a few squirrels at his future best friend, Rick Grimes (and no I’m not kidding about the squirrel throwing). However, the longer we are around Daryl Dixon, we realize that isn’t this ill-mannered redneck after all. He is actually a very sentimental, loyal, and thoughtful person, who also just happens to be a badass, and actually quite the comedian.

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The badass aspect of Daryl is made clear from the start. He is definitely someone you would want on your apocalypse survival team, whether it is due to the fact that he is a crossbow-wielding stud or because he keeps his cool under all sorts of pressure, he has plenty of benefits. You can rely on Daryl to deliver during the shows action sequences with his killer talent with a crossbow, throwing knife accuracy, or even bazooka use every now and then. Whenever there is a character in peril, there is a large chance that your screaming for Daryl to come out of nowhere and save the day, which is pretty valid if you ask me. And whenever you stress about Daryl possibly meeting his demise, you don’t panic too much. Everyone knows the man can handle himself. But don’t let this rough and tough side of Daryl fool you, he really is a softy at heart.

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It takes a while for Daryl to open up to his fellow survivors, but when he does, they become family to him. Daryl is not a man of many words, but he sure does show his feelings through his actions or mannerism. Throughout the course of the show it is made clear that Daryl has a heart larger than anyone expected and he continuously surprises you with his ever-growing willingness to give. With certain characters such as Rick and Carol, we see Daryl in his true form. He values emotional connection a great deal, he just doesn’t always know how to show it. We witness break through moments for Daryl as we see him break out of his rugged exterior. Most of the scenes that have personally brought me to tears include Daryl’s emotion packed hugs with Carol or his heart-to-heart conversations with Rick. Aside from those moments, we see the loyalty and selflessness of Daryl. Time after time, he is putting his life on the line to protect the people he loves or to show emotional support when he can. He attempts to sacrifice himself to a group of savages so that Rick and his family will be spared, he throws himself in the middle of what is basically a war to protect his family, and even takes several bullets and arrows in the process of trying to save other people along the way. You would believe that the apocalypse is a time that people would put themselves before anyone else, but Daryl defeats that stereotype with his heart-warming loyalty. So, not only is Daryl a great teammate in a fist fight, but he’s also great to go to for a much-needed hug.

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My concluding point to my argument of Daryl Dixon being the fictional character, above all fictional characters, is his actual portrayal. As some people know, The Walking Dead television show is based off of its comic book counterpart. However, many original characters were added by the television writers to add more depth to the show. The actor who plays Daryl Dixon on the show, Norman Reedus, originally went into audition for a different role on the show. But, they felt that Norman delivered so wonderfully that they literally created a character just for him. That itself shows how talented he really must be. But, it is even further emphasized by the fact that some of the show’s most emotional and gut-wrenching scenes revolve around Daryl or his reaction to events. He adds an additional dimension to the show and really knows how to create an aspect to Daryl that sucks so many people in. Every kickass character needs an even more lovable person behind him, and Daryl and Norman are the perfect combo for just that.

Basically, you can’t ask for a better combination of qualities for a fictional character. You’ve got the hardcore appeal that gives you the thrilling scenes that everyone appreciates, but then you also get the emotional aspects that makes Daryl such a relatable and appreciated character. Despite being in a zombie apocalypse, he is a lot more like you and me than you would originally think. And if the emotional, well-developed aspect of him isn’t enough for you, you’ve gotta admit, he’s pretty damn cool.

Godzilla

Originally, I was going to go with Goku from the Dragon Ball franchise, but I found this too difficult to do since the things I enjoy about the character are far too general. I’ve decided to switch my selection to the King of Monsters because… well Godzilla is pretty freaking cool. I have five specific reasons why Godzilla may just be the best fictional character of all time. Count with me!

    1. The origin of the monster- When most think of Godzilla, they think of guys in rubber suits beating the crap out of each other as they smash a city made of cardboard and toy cars. The actual inception behind the character is actually much darker and insightful. In 1945, when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, a new form of death and destruction had been unleashed upon the Earth. It seemed like mankind had entered an age where caution was thrown to the wind, and the natural order of the planet was thrown aside in the name of progress and national defense. Something needed to rise from those ashes. Something needed to remind man that nature has an order. Something needed to remind man that with all their technological might, they are just as helpless when an earthquake, a hurricane, or even a monster like Godzilla returns men to the Stone Age. In every incarnation of Godzilla, whether he be hero or villain, mutant or ancient titan, the underlying message is still the same. When man messes with the forces of nature, nature strikes back, and humanity can do nothing to stop it.

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    1. His design- There are few monsters in the fictional world that hold an iconic design like Godzilla does. Sure, you’ve got your Frankensteins and your Draculas, but those looks have either changed to fit a new character or have become outdated. Sometimes, when you view a classic monster and a newer film with the same creature, it looks completely different. Not Godzilla though. Throughout the over 60-year span of the franchise, the same iconic look can be attributed to Godzilla. The bipedal, upright walk, mimicking the classic way we thought dinosaurs moved, purposely seems to go against what the laws of nature dictate. The jagged dorsal fins coming out of Godzilla’s charcoal black skin as they cut through the surf give anyone who happens to be near a clear warning of what’s coming. Even the eyes from the original design, dead and cold due to the lack of technology that prevented them from being fully articulate, have come back in the newest film, Shin Godzilla.

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    1. Godzilla’s powers- He’s a freaking fire-breathing dinosaur. That should stop the buck right there, but there’s a few more tricks up the metaphorical sleeve. Godzilla’s hide is nearly impenetrable, meaning almost any attack on him will not be effective. However, should something pierce his skin, Godzilla has an incredible healing factor that can rejuvenate almost any wound instantly. An alien from outer space literally tried to absorb and become Godzilla because it has such a perfect healing mechanism. Godzilla also has a nuclear pulse, sending a shockwave around his enemies should he be outnumbered or even overpowered. Godzilla’s most powerful attack is the red-spiral atomic ray, a super-charged form of his regular fire breath. This attack can destroy Godzilla’s most powerful foes with ease. Finally, introduced in the newest movie, it seems that Godzilla can, in fact, fire his atomic rays from any open area on his body. This includes his dorsal fins and the tail, allowing for multiple targets to get obliterated at once.
    2. Fellow Monsters- Just like any other animal, it’s fair to say that most giant monsters don’t like it when another gets too close. Godzilla just happens to be public enemy #1. Nearly 30 other monsters make up the rogues gallery. Since that’s a really, really long list, let’s go over the MVP’s. Mothra is a giant butterfly/moth creature sworn to protect the natural world, depending on which Godzilla you’re talking about, this makes this enduring character either friend or foe. Rodan is a massive prehistoric petradon who flies at supersonic speeds. When this creature flaps its wings, hurricane-force winds will blow down anything in its path. Though commonly a friend of Godzilla, these two have clashed before to terrible results. King Ghidorah is a giant three-headed golden space dragon that shoots bolts of lightning from its mouth. Read that again, I’ll wait. Even King Kong has gone toe to toe with the King of the Monsters. The specific reason I bring these specific monsters up is that Godzilla is set for a rematch with all of them in Godzilla 2 in 2019 and Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020 respectively.

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  1. The diversity of the character- Like I’ve said previously, Godzilla has gone through many phases of being a villain and a hero. There is literally a different Godzilla movie for what you want the monster to be. A metaphorical being that symbolizes the terror of man’s atomic power? A satire of bureaucracy showing how the governments we trust to protect us are helpless in the face of true disaster? A completely indestructible force of nature making man beg for mercy? A protector of Earth that will destroy anything that poses a threat to the environment whether it be from Earth or space? There’s a movie for all of that. A Saturday morning cartoon wrestling match between a bunch of guys in rubber suits and a robot suit? There’s more than enough of that. Godzilla in the simple concept has proven to be a diverse character that fits into whatever role a particular film needs him to be in. There is literally a Godzilla movie for everyone and anyone that is willing to sit down and watch them.
    In the end, I think that’s why the King of the Monsters has held his title for over half a century. Godzilla has such a broad appeal to any demographic. It allows the character to be reimagined and repurposed for every generation to enjoy. Every aspect of the character, the origin, the design, his powers, and of course the other monsters can be retooled and changed into something else in order to mean something else for anyone who watches it. That’s why Godzilla is the best fictional character.

Dr. Spencer Reid

Dr. Spencer Reid: full-time Supervisory Special Agent at the BAU and part-time love of our lives. Why do we care for Dr. Reid so much? Why is he considered one of the best, most beloved television characters of all time? Well, for the same reason that people can never really narrow down their favorite band, movie or meal. It’s difficult to narrow down the reasons why Dr. Reid is the best, but these come pretty darn close.

For those of you who don’t know who Dr. Spencer Reid is, I will introduce you. Dr. Reid is a character on the CBS television show Criminal Minds. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1982 to William and Diana Reid. His father abandoned the family when Reid was 10, leaving him in the care of his mother who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia before he was born. Growing up, Reid was severely bullied throughout school which gave him the ability to handle harsh judgment and jokes well as an adult. It also meant that he didn’t really have any friends and spent a good amount of time alone. Already, we feel sympathetic toward Reid with him as the underdog; we want to take care of him and be the family he never had.

Reid also had his fair share of medical anomalies having himself been diagnosed with slight autism, schizophrenia and Asperger’s Disease. Fortuitously, he was able to use what many would consider a handicap to his advantage by graduating from high school at the age of 12 and college at the age of 16. Reid earned a total of three Bachelor’s degrees in philosophy, psychology, and sociology as well as three PhDs in mathematics, chemistry, and engineering. He is an autodidact, being mostly self-taught in many specialized areas, and has an eidetic memory, allowing him to remember almost everything in extreme detail. He can also read 20,000 words per minute. And to top it all off, Reid has an IQ of 187. He is literally a genius.

Reid is probably one of the smartest people on this planet and he chooses to use his intelligence to be a profiler in order to catch serial killers and make the world a better place. Whether or not we wish we could be just as smart as Reid, we all admire his brain and his nobility. Because of his astounding intelligence, he became the youngest person ever to be offered a job with the FBIs task force the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit), and hold the title of supervisory special agent at the age of 22. In fact, the minimum age to be a special agent for the FBI is 23 and then it typically takes three more years to achieve supervisory special agent status. Plus, promotions to the BAU do not occur until one has spent at least eight to ten years with the FBI.

As a supervisory special agent of the BAU, Reid is the youngest member of the unit and specializes in statistics and geographic profiling. While on the job, he has been shot once and had to kill two unsubs, (unknown subjects). During one case, he contracted anthrax. After a different case, he became addicted to dilaudid. Lucky for us, he recovered both times and remains a fully functioning member of the BAU team. In fact, he is the godfather of another BAU team member’s son. Reid’s flaws and internal conflicts add depth to his character and make him more understandable. He has become an irreplaceable member of the team and irreplaceable in our hearts.

Basically, Reid’s character and his job are completely unrealistic. An FBI consultant for the show confirmed this. But the writers for Criminal Minds decided to tell the story as if Reid were a special recruit bred specifically for the BAU. Even though we’re completely aware that his persona and position are improbable, the character is so well portrayed and detailed that we can’t help but love him and believe that he really exists. The actor behind Reid’s character is Matthew Gray Gubler, an American actor also born in Las Vegas around the same time as Reid. When auditioning for the role, the casting directors told Gubler that Reid should be based off of Data from Star Trek. However, Gubler played the part softer, laying the foundation for Reid’s emotional tendencies, acting more introverted and sensitive.

Reid isn’t the typical male federal agent lead; he is so much better. He isn’t loud, chauvinistic or overtly sexual. He is someone that you would want to be friends with. Reid is smarter than your average person, and he is sassier, too, tumblr_static_tumblr_mgb6p8tx7o1s2gt1ho1_500
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Reid’s idiosyncrasies include mysophobia (fear of germs), OCD, and technophobia. He’s an avid coffee drinker, a Star Trek aficionado and refuses to get an email. Reid is also a self-proclaimed magician and physics geek. Having been diagnosed with several developmentally impacting conditions, Reid is admittedly awkward and has a hard time picking up on social cues. If you’re reading this and thinking, “Omg me too?” then you already know he’s the best because he is incredibly relatable. He openly indulges in everything that people normally consider too nerdy or embarrassing to bear and we love him for it. Reid is who we all wish to be and who we all truly love.

Reid is also tremendously easy to love because he is the type of person others romanticize. Addressing the obvious first, he is (thought of by many) very attractive. With that out of the way, he is old fashion in style and values – his technophobia really lending to this character trait. He wrote his mother a letter every day after having to commit her to a sanitarium when he was only 18 because of her schizophrenia. When he did fall in love, he had never seen the woman, Maeve, before and only spoke to her on the phone, ultimately falling in love with her personality and intelligence rather than physical qualities.
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Millennials can especially relate with online dating and relationships starting over the phone being so prevalent while we’ve grown up. We are able to build relationships on more than just physical attraction and proximity. Reid was an introvert who put his heart on the line for the woman who turned out to be the love of his life, just as many of us can relate to I’m sure. Things did not end well when someone who had been stalking Maeve became an unsub the BAU was trying to capture. In the end, the unsub killed herself and simultaneously killed Maeve. Being a romantic at heart, Reid was devastated. He did not leave his D.C. apartment for two weeks and seemed to spiral into a pit of misery. Emotionally stunted to begin with, Reid seemed to recoil within himself once again and went back to ignoring the advances of women and focused on his job. We feel sympathy for Reid and his story as if he were our friend. Because we now have such a connection to him, we cannot help but become emotional.

From the social anxiety and coffee addiction alone, I’m sure you’re already emotionally attached to Reid and understand why he’s the best. If you’re still not convinced, then I encourage you to watch this fan-made compilation of some of Reid’s greatest traits. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Gregory House

Gregory House is not the most lovable, easygoing man. When you watch the show, you feel like punching him in the face…but you also feel like giving him a hug. Let’s be real, those are the best kind of characters.
House is a misanthropic medical genius. He is the head of the Diagnostic Department at the Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital. House is obsessed with medical mysteries and has a very peculiar and incredible way of solving his cases. Even with his unempathetic remarks and his difficulty with human relationships, House is incredibly observant. He solves cases by inferring his patient’s wife has been poisoning him, because of the color of her fingertips. Or because he smelled grapes in a patient’s purse, which could have given her a kind of bacteria. As insane and improbable as his logic is, it usually works. House is the Sherlock Holmes of medicine.

Most of his cases are solved by discovering environmental causes that made the patient sick. This means that House (more often his team) breaks into the house of patients to find out what they do, eat, and what they are surrounded by. And, of course, you cannot just ask them about their lives. As House likes to say:
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It doesn’t take watching more than 10 minutes of House, MD to realize he behaves like an ass most of the time. But we also can’t help but laugh at his sarcastic comments.
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As you can probably guess by now, House is not one to abide by the rules. He breaks into patients’ homes, he disregards legal hospital procedures, and he does risky treatments on his patients. He gets away with so much because he is truly genius, and he saves many lives. Also, because the Dean of Medicine is Lisa Cuddy.
Cuddy looks rather tough, but House always manages to convince her that whatever crazy procedure he is about to do on a patient, is the right thing to do. Also, they are in love. But that is a topic for another time.
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House is addicted to Vicodin. He is in constant pain because of an infraction he had on his leg some years before the show starts. He is forced to walk with a cane and is addicted to his prescription drugs. First, he denies it is a problem. He eventually gets clean but goes back to Vicodin when something too stressful happens in his life. House’s drug use is central to his struggles as a character.

Since House needs to walk around with a cane, he figures he might as well give it multiple purposes. He uses it to dramatically open the curtains of hospital beds, or just play guitar.
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House’s best friend, perhaps his only friend, is James Wilson. They share with each other profound words of advice.
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No, really. House comes to Wilson for everything. And Wilson is there to relentlessly tell him when he is taking a case too far, or when he needs to act like an adult and face his problems. House tends to deal with issues by manipulating situations and never confronting the problem honestly. He goes to his friend to listen to his advice or, more often, to have someone confront him about whatever logic he has come up with to justify his actions. Wilson is one of the people he cares very deeply about.

House is very untactful with patients and he does not like protecting them from “the truth.” He is also incredibly harsh with his team members. But the truth is, House reserves his highest standards of accountability for himself. Obviously not in terms of manners or sensibility, but in terms of his responsibility to save lives and doing the right thing. He is obsessed with reaching his diagnosis, but he is also obsessed with fighting death. He is, too, very concerned with his ideas of right and wrong, and the things we deserve and don’t deserve. He despairs when a patient dies tragically after he did what was supposed to be the “right” thing.

House cannot deal with getting away with something he believes was a horrible mistake. He does not care about acting unethically with a patient to get some information or to get a medical test. But when the end results go wrong, he feels the need to hold himself accountable.

House has difficulty with human relationships. His struggle to deal with serious issues prompts him to seclude himself to avoid being vulnerable.
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To contradict House, who says that people don’t change, I’ll say he does change considerably throughout the series. There is no way an 8-season-long show can sustain itself without some character development. House is changed by tragic events and he is changed by his relationships. He also takes radical measures to try to be happier.

It is hard to not sympathize with his struggle to connect with people and his problem with addiction. It is hard not to fall in love with House and his eccentric, cynical, and pessimistic funny remarks.

Audrey Alonso
Contributing Writer at The Establishing Shot
Managing Editor for The Establishing Shot. Just a typical fangirl who obsessively writes about middle-aged attractive men and fictional characters. Occasionally falls in love with said fictional characters, only to have her heart broken by the fact that they are not real.

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