1. Sam Winchester
Basically for all of the reasons that I already listed [here]. Sam is the absolute best of anyone ever, okay? He has been dealt the shittiest hand in life, and somehow just manages to become a better person with each thing that happens to him. He’s also driven, self-sacrificing, and so amazingly kind. How many times has he been dying and still prioritized other people? Someone could be the reason he’s dying in the hospital, and he’d still forgive them because that’s just who he is. And his areas of gray morality are equally as fascinating to me.
I wish I could be even a tenth as great a person as Sam.
2. Annie Edison
My TV twin! If there was a TV character that was the perfect representation of my personality, it would be Annie.
More than that, though, I really adore the nuances in her personality. This is a character who is, at her heart, a great person. She wants to help people, she’s kind, and she’s loving. But she’s also a downright awful person when she wants to be - she has happily sabotaged friends, can’t readily accept not being the very best at everything ever, and has a tendency to manipulate others. And that’s one of the great things about her as a character.
3. Ben Wyatt
He’s such a geek. This is the guy who quits his job, and decides to spend his free time building a gigantic board game.
He is so much more mellow (usually) than Leslie, but he never tries to discourage her or knock her down, and I adore that. He’s the guy who sees everyone else’s enthusiasm and just goes along with it. Also, did I mention he’s a geek? He role plays Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones and writes Star Trek fanfiction. He’s kind, and down to earth. He’s the geek we needed on television.
4. Abed Nadir
“Abed. You’re a god.” I could write essays about Abed and the importance of his existence as a character. The aneurotypical person of color who connects with people through what he knows from media, who struggles with social cues and connecting his actions to consequences, but still does every damn thing he can to help his friends just because he’s a good person.
So many representations of aneurotypicality are, well, horribly distressing in pop culture. Abed is the exception.
5. Chuck Bartowski
I just really really love Chuck. I had a raging teenage crush on Zachary Levi that will probably never disappear because of Chuck. The geek who accidentally becomes a super spy, has the most ridiculous group of friends ever, and falls in love with a girl more talented and amazing than he is.
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