We're with all the, "only 25?" people. I guess we could technically do fifty and say that one list is mine and the other is Athena's, but a lot of them overlap. And then she'll mention a character and I'll be like, "Oh yeah! I love him!" So here's what we got. I'm sure a ton of people are getting left out. We tried to not have to many characters from the same serieses, just to spread the love, but a lot of the times the reason a series is a favorite is because of the numbers of favorite characters in it. So here goes, in no particular order. (Favorite characters are in bold for people who don't have the patience to read the explanations.)
1)Zidane Tribal (Final Fantasy IX) - Athena says, "Man, I could play Final Fantasy IX over and over again for the rest of my life." We both like Zidane because he's always trying to do what he thinks is right, and he's not afraid to help people. And the way he talks to Vivi and Eiko is adorable, not to mention the way he talks to Garnet. He says a lot of things we agree with, too. And he has a monkey tail! You can't beat that.
2)Daisuke Niwa (DN Angel) - He's just the best! Any character that I can look at and instantly be relieved of stress needs to be on this list, and Daisuke is definitely one of them. Not only is he adorable, but he has awesome kaitoh moves, and he's always trying to do the right thing and help people. Hmm... we're sensing a theme...
3)Satoshi Hiwatari (DN Angel) - I think it's a little hard to pinpoint exactly why I started falling so much in love with him. I think it has a lot to do with seeing how much he wants to be friends with Daisuke but feels like he can't, and with good reason. He's trying in his own way to do the right thing, and it's hard to see him in so much pain. He needs hugs. And I still say he's not gay.
4)Chiaki Nagoya (Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne) - He represents the category of characters with traits I need in a boyfriend. It probably helps that we can both relate very closely to Maron.
5)Ken Robbins (Kaleido Star) - He's in the same category as Chiaki, and he's adorable.
6)Kira Yamato (Gundam Seed (Destiny)) - It's hard for us not to love Kira, even when he's being verrrrrry stupid. But that's all Fllay's fault, as we all know well. Watching the first Gundam Seed, I feel like I can relate to Kira a lot, and watching Destiny, I reeeeeeally want him as a boyfriend. The way he protects Lacus and Cagalli is so adorable!
7)Athrun Zala (Gundam Seed (Destiny)) - I can't mention Kira without Athrun. Back before the Posse dissolved, I wrote an entire weblog entry in HHSLJET about how I can relate to Athrun. He's the reason Akira Ishida is favorite VA #1 instead of #2.
8)Sena Kobayakawa (EyeShield21) - Another adorable character. I love characters that care about other people, and Sena always tries so hard for his friends, without thinking that he's being put-upon.
9)Youichi Hiruma (EyeShield21) - He's just so delightfully evil.
10)Kousuke Ueki (Ueki no Housoku) - Takes a licking and keeps on ticking. How can I not mention Ueki? He's actually a lot like Zidane, only maybe a little bit more laid-back. And less girl-crazy (it wouldn't do him any good anyway, since he lost the zai that lets girls like him). We love his strong sense of justice--you'd be hard pressed to get one stronger. Unless you're...
11)Kobayashi-sensei (Ueki no Housoku) - It's hard for me to put into words how much I love these two characters and why, at least not without spoiling the awesome-ness of episode six. At least, we think it's awesome--it's never good to overhype things.
12)Maes Hughes (FullMetal Alchemist) - I really like characters like him. He acts pretty goofy most of the time, obsessing over his daughter (which, in itself, is adorable), but he knows when and how to be serious. One of these days, I'd like to see a Hughes cosplayer handing out photos of Elicia (Hughes just knows that everyone would like one). I'd do it myself, but I don't think I'd make a good Hughes.
13)Momiji Sohma (Fruits Basket) - If I could only pick one favorite Fruits Basket character, it would be Momiji. Despite all appearances, he really seems to be the sensible one (of the Juunishi still in school). He always thinks about others and how they might feel, and, though he's been through a lot, he refuses to run away.
14)Narugami (The Mythical Detective Loki) - I always assumed his given name was Tohru, since that's the Japanese pronunciation of Thor, but I have reason to believe it's not. It's been a while since I've seen him, so I can't say exactly why I like him--I just know I do. And with lines like, "I really wish I could share this ramen with you, but since you're a hologram and all..." what's not to love? ...well, I think it's funny, anyway.
15)Zero Enna (The Candidate for Goddess) - How could we forget Zero? He's a lot like us, in that he's striving for a crazy dream which he not only has little reason to believe he could accomplish, but has a certain weakness which will make that dream a heck of a lot harder to fulfill. And the series always became a lot easier to understand once he showed up.
16)Ernest Cuore (The Candidate for Goddess) - It started, I think, with him being played by Tsutomu Kashiwakura, who, aside from having a really fun name to say (emphasis on the "wa" and the "to"), played Saphir, the best character (in our opinion) in SailorMoonR. But after we got to know the guy, we liked him even more.
17)Dark Mousy (DN Angel) - I tried leaving him off because I wanted to include more serieses, but I just couldn't! He's just really fun, the way he messes with Daisuke and flirts with the ladies, which makes it that much more meaningful to see his caring big brother side.
18)Kazuo Saitoh (Bus Gamer) - Like Minekura-sensei says, he's the conscience of the group, and like a big little brother. How can we not love him?
19)Sora (Kingdom Hearts) - The way I figure it, any main character from a game that Athena can't go for twenty minutes without saying, "Man, I want to play [insert game here]" needs to go on the list. Sora actually reminds us a lot of Daisuke, and I'm not sure why (though I do think it's not just because they share a voice actor--man it would have been awesome if Haley Joel Osment was the dub voice of Daisuke). And I have a special affinity for any character who will tell his best friend that he's being stupid.
20)Riku (Kingdom Hearts) - I still hold that Riku isn't as stupid as many other characters have been in his situation, though he is still stupid. Still, I can't help but feel like I would have acted similarly in his situation. I know I've said a few times before that we would be more like Riku than Sora. Plus, he gets the cool ending in Chain of Memories.
21)Sakataki (Time Stranger Kyoko) - Another one for the boyfriend category. The main reason I like him so much involves spoilers though. Man, they should animate this series so everyone can see fansubs. Too bad it came before Full Moon o Sagashite, so it might be forgotten. Sad.
22)Son Goku (Saiyuki) - And of course, I can't leave out the Saiyuki boys. Every time we go through a Saiyuki book, I find a new reason to like Goku, especially after volume five of non-Reload. He's with Daisuke in that seeing him makes everything better.
23)Cho Hakkai (Saiyuki) - I'm sure I've already mentioned recently why we like Hakkai so much. He's Hakkai. What else can I say?
24)Genjyo Sanzo (Saiyuki) - I like Ys. Anyway, I'm pretty sure I've mentioned why I like Sanzo. I just like how he tells people when they're being stupid and either makes them stop or kills them. My favorite example (because it's easiest to remember) is in the three years ago flashback when Gojyo's like, "I have angst too!" and Sanzo's like, "You're stupid. If you think blood's the only red thing in the world etc. etc."
25)Sha Gojyo (Saiyuki) - As proved in volume 8, the group just isn't complete without Gojyo. I especially like it when he and Goku join forces.
Tadah! And there you have it. Like I said, I'm sure a ton of people got left out, especially because we made a preliminary list and had to cut people off *sniffle* So we send out an honorable mention to Erts Virny Cocteau (Candidate for Goddess), Shigure Sohma (Fruits Basket), Hizuki (Time Stranger Kyoko), Kadzuki Fuchoin (GetBackers), Edward Elric (FullMetal Alchemist), Makaeru (Kero Kero Chime), and Lacus Clyne (Gundam Seed).
I've noticed that most of our favorites are guys. The only girl who made the prelims was Lacus, although thinking about it later, we came up with Princess Sophie from FushigiBoshi no FutagoHime and Sara from Kaleido Star. Cagalli should get an honorable mention too. And I'm sure there are others. *sigh*
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