Vietnam vet and DEA agent Art Keller is like a dog with a bone. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Jolie Lash, Related: Queen Latifah is committed to The Equalizer for the long haul, If Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) was on the case, you knew it would get solved. Lists about the most memorable fictional characters in film, TV, and literature that will stick in our minds forever. To honor Joshua, Cole attended his funeral dressed as Spider-Man and purchased a matching outfit for Joshua to be buried in. "At first, Melanie serves primarily as an example of everything Scarlett is not. The mesmeric Dimitri Karras is first introduced in King Suckerman, the second book in his DC Quartet, and he quickly becomes the pivotal figure in Pelecanoss vivid world. Embodying the tenants of heroism itself, My Hero Academia's All Might proved to be a worthy Symbol of Peace. Please hide any description that may be considered as a spoiler in spoiler tags. Take your pick with the best sci-fi books. Although you could argue he was selfless for selfish reasons. Raskolnikov is a complex young chap, who believes he belongs to a camp of extraordinary humans who are not beholden to a societys laws, values and traditions. Alamin Yohannes, Related: Ranking Alicia Florrick's love interests, Before an infinite amount of superhero content was available across multiple platforms on demand, there was Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman. Iconic. Space, time travel or dystopia? Elizabeth Joestar (great-grandmother) Joseph Joestar (grandfather) Suzie Q. Joestar (grandmother) Tomoko Higashikata (grandmother from an affair) Holly Joestar-Kujo (mother) Sadao Kujo (father) Josuke Higashikata (uncle by blood) Giorno Giovanna (great-Granduncle by blood) Unnamed woman (wife) Jolyne Cujoh (daughter) Status Alive Hes also saved an Alzheimers patient from a burning house. He has enthusiastically pursued his interest in storytelling since childhood. Confusing, impenetrable, enigmatic, Tristram Shandy is one of literatures most perplexing characters. A beautiful book. And as Eve questions what true independence is and what she really wants out of life, viewers just might find themselves looking inward alongside her. Not many doctors can say theyve had a prospective patient pull a shotgun on them, but Jim Withers can. A special little boy with an infectious mop of golden hair. Although Orihime's generosity has served her well, it has the potential to backfire very quickly. Furthermore, her rare medical ninjutsu was essential in stabilizing the Allied Shinobi Forces as the battle against Madara gradually drew to a close. He journeys with Frodo through Mordor and into the heart of Mount Doom to destroy the ring. However, even though contemptuous A&R man Steven Stelfox is utterly obscene; has no redeeming qualities, and regularly dispatches of bodies with nary a trace of guilt, theres something venerable about his drive. Earl from My Name is Earl. After a childhood plagued by warfare, all Itachi wants was to live peacefully. Nice. Forrest Gump faced his share of adversity in Winston Groom's 1986 eponymous novel and the the 1994 film, but nothing stopped him from reaching greatest. and not a bargain-bin biography in sight. When Charlie wins, he accompanies his grandson to the Wonka factory, and he and Charlie are the only pair that survive the magical tour, due to their good hearts and kindness. Outside the delivery room, Dr. Rakh has also organized equality marches aimed at placing girls and boys on equal pedestals. With an absolutely no-nonsense attitude ("I got a nose for white supremacy, and he smells like bleach") and detective skills to rival any version of Batman, Angela is truly a hero for our times. Perseverance is one of the most admirable traits a person can have and its quite common in fiction to have a protagonist who deals with adversity at every turn. From harsh prison experiences to building a generational dynasty, Cookie's clothes tell the story of a woman that refuses to fail due to her passions: Family and music. Perseverance is one of the most admirable traits a person can have and it's quite common in fiction to have a protagonist who deals with adversity at every turn. Her reign may have been short, but it was wildly influential. 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Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007) Sheldon Cooper See more Vote! Maureen Lee Lenker, Killing Eve is not your typical spy thriller, so it makes sense that the woman at the heart of the BBC America seriesSandra Oh's Eve Polastriis a deeply flawed, complicated woman. Odysseus traveled for decades, facing monsters and war in order to get home to his wife. People are scared of her powers, and others are determined to convince her to use them for good, but Jessica only moves when she wants to. She's the reason I became a teacher. Maureen Lee Lenker, Related: The Spanish Princesscreators on the series finale and giving Catherine a proper send-off, CIA Agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) doesn't play by the agency's rules, but in all fairness to Carrie, when she has a hunch about something terrorism-related, she's usually right. This compelled them to stand up for her against Yammy later even if they had not abandoned their surly and misanthropic attitudes. MUFASA - THE LION KING. Andeisha Farid grew up as one of the luckiest children among all the thousands of children living in a terrible situation. An Afghan refugee from the day she was born, she spent the earliest years of her life in Iranian refugee camps after a Soviet air strike demolished her family home. In literature, determination shows up in some of the most famous characters of all time. Corral has nothing on this. As the volume of rescued children grew, Khokhar used ties with the prevailing political party to establish a shelter for them. In addition to being the prophesied savior of the world, Raava's influence ran deep through his veins. A gunslingin renegade is obviously going to be irredeemably cool. She looks after the Banks children and teaches them to be kind and polite, just like she is. Deep beneath his streetwise exterior beats the heart of an impassioned and friendly young boy. This character tends to be sometimes Pure Good heroes as they are never selfish and arrogant but always selfless. These characters might watch the people they love die, while facing hurdle after hurdle. Don Quixote is routinely heralded as one of the greatest literary creations of all time. Leslie Knope is literally the nicest person ever. While most people don't automatically equate wholesale slaughter with selflessness, Itachi is actually one of the most selfless characters in anime history. In India, a country racked with rampant gender discrimination, female infanticide is startlingly common. Of all the characters here, Joseph K is easily the most mysterious. Often, this is used in order to portray them as heroes the audience can root for as well as to glorify the concept of altruism. These characters might watch the people they love die, while facing hurdle after hurdle. An obsessive individual who over the course a full 29 years - of Don Winslows tour-de-force exploration of Americas helpless war on drugs, refuses to bow down in the face of seemingly unbeatable odds. You could have replaced the second part with "life as we know it" and it would have still flowed. You must have a goodreads account to vote. So without further digression, 40 of the coolest cats the printed word (and the imagination behind the quill, typewriter or word processor) has conjured up. It started in 2015 when the schoolteacher was looking for a way to increase literacy among children in the distant and difficult-to-access parts of Afghanistan. 50 inspiring female film characters and why we chose them. Honestly, there is no other medium in the world that inspires me more than anime - and has been since I watched Dragon Ball and Yu Yu Hakusho as a kid. In supernatural fiction, characters like Harry Potter, Frodo, and Buffy are given plenty of opportunities to abandon their quests, but choose to press on. pic.twitter.com/m3M4hQQ5gD, @KidsBloomsbury @GdnChildrensBks Mr. Thomas "Tom" Oakley,in Michelle Magorian's 'Goodnight Mr Tom'. Across three seasons, the Amazonian princess Dianalater known as Diana Prince while in disguisenavigates life in her new home in the United States while fighting crime with the aid of her magical accessories: bullet-deflecting bracelets and a golden lasso. Never seen in anything but an overcoat and jeans, his mysterious presence makes him an alienated hero for disaffected teens. Prepare to die.". Theyre never selfish, or mean, and they fill our hearts with joy as we read about them but just who are the kindest characters in childrens fiction? That Mr Fox sports a natty line in threads especially his tweed suits only elevates him in the pantheon of cool. Roth responded by establishing Derech Hachlama (On the Road to Recovery). Izuku Midoriya, also known as Deku, is the primary protagonist of the My Hero Academia manga and anime series. Armed with her cardigan and her intellect, the widow became a hero by disproving many of the assumptions people would make about her due to her age (and inability to drive). When he isn't off busting bad guys, Cole is traveling hundreds of miles to greet seriously ill children while dressed as their favorite superheroes. 10 Officer Damon Cole Photo credit: policeone.com Officer Damon Cole is a real-life supercop but not for the reasons one might expect. If you're starting to feel like every anime character is a selfish jerk who is just looking out for number one, it may be time to give selfless anime characters some attention. I think Sara from A Little Princess has to be the kindest child in a book. A wonderfully observed figure full of childlike charm and wonder, Huckleberry Finn is one of the totemic figures in literature. Boy Bouncers: you know the type they have more than one boy under their spell and so "bounce" back and forth between them and never really care about either one. A practitioner of street medicine, Dr. Withers treats people from the lowest echelons of society. Okay, 2nd most selfless lead character of all time. Coles caped crusade, while heartwarming, is also heartbreaking. In essence, Bandini was Fante a struggling writer, unapologetically embracing life with a vigour that may have bordered on the reckless, but was nonetheless captivating. Press J to jump to the feed. What makes Karin slightly more selfless than Misa is that she's never killed anyone. Now his initiative, known as the Kids Foundation, boasts a fleet of 20 volunteers and 6,000 books that are transported by bike to hundreds of children and parents across Afghanistan. His pursuit of freedom and his dealings with race and racism make him one of the coolest kids ever. "Later variously called Snotnose, Stainface, Baldy, Sniffer, Buddha and even Piece-Of-The-Moon," Saleem is one of the greatest unreliable narrators of all time, tied to history, on an epic journey. Bums, punks and outsiders might make for unlikely role models, but in the world of cool, straight society is shunned. In supernatural fiction, characters like Harry Potter, Frodo, and Buffy are given plenty of opportunities to abandon their quests, but choose to press on. You, too, have a makeshift chakram you once made out of cardboard buried in a box in your closet somewhere. He temporarily brought some of them home to his wife and eight children. Its easy to forget that 007 began life in literature, rather than the big screen. Another non-human; another cooler-than-thou radical. Captain Ahab searched for a mythical whale, even when he was labeled crazy for doing so. For the sake of the greater good, Al decides to stay in the suit of armor, even though for all he knows, he'll never get another chance to get back to his body. You killed my father. Eventually, Khokhar began carrying them to their parents. Cormac McCarthys tribute to fatherhood is a vividly drawn, unnamed man that loves his son more than life itself. But she's also a lover at heart. Unlike the other heroes who had a personal interest in defeating DIO, his only objective was to assist Mr. Joestar to subdue a person he knew could threaten more innocent lives. ENFJs are natural-born leaders, and they love to take charge of a situation. Alamin Yohannes, Related: Elisabeth Moss on the Mad Men finale, Peggy's 'feminist' fate, On The X-Files, Gillian Anderson's character Dana Scully cemented herself as one of the most iconic sci-fi characters of all time; a doctor and skeptic who explored the paranormal alongside her partner at the FBI, Mulder (David Duchovny). Fantastic stories featuring the Dark Knight. Simpler times, folks, simpler times. Alamin Yohannes, Related: Angela Lansbury to receive Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, History has often resigned Catherine to the ignominy of losing Henry VIII's heart to Anne Boleyn and helping spur him to break from Catholicism. His mode of transportation also sent a message. Aided by a homeless man named Sallows, the physician would venture into the grimmest and grimiest parts of Pittsburgh with dirt-caked hair and clothing to search for the sick. Andy Palmer is the ultimate evocation of this rootless life. He uses physical strength, metal power and a few clever tools to defeat any villain who stands in his way, ensuring that Gotham remains safe. Giving all those people happy dreams? Officer Damon Cole is a real-life supercop but not for the reasons one might expect. As the go-to crisis manager for the political elite, the Scandal protagonist, played by Kerry Washington, is one of the most powerful women in America. So heres ours to you, a list of the tenderest, sweetest and kindest characters in all of childrens fiction. The character was so beloved that it created what is called "The Scully Effect," women in real life who choose to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) inspired by Scully. #KindnessDay @EmilyDrabs @GdnChildrensBks. Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Independent, self-motivating, and full of wit Jane Eyre is one of the most inspirational female characters in history, and I don't see that. They have strong personalities and are always looking for ways to help others. But despite being known as the Barber of Larkana, Khokhar is acclaimed for something far greater. So pure and sweet-natured and openhearted. NBC and ABC TV shows are filled with memorable moments and iconic characters. 3. Sam seeks out the truth through her unapologetic and bold nature, and fights to demolish bigotryeven when it doesn't serve her personal life. Not all selfless characters are heroes. @GdnChildrensBks Nancy from Oliver Twist. Kavalier is typically taciturn, but cool. Perhaps not as obviously kind as Grandpa Joe, Professor Dumbledore is the Headmaster of Hogwarts while Harry is a student there, and he frequently puts himself in danger to try to find a way to destroy Lord Voldemort and the dark forces which threaten the lives of witches and wizards everywhere. A born Samaritan, Elizabeth was easily the most benevolent character of the Seven Deadly Sins. Singh, a Sikh who hails from Indias Punjab region, was ferrying a man through Darwin when he was asked what school his kids attended. The average person would cut their losses and give up. Bruno isnt interested in the fact that he is supposed to hate Shmuel, he is simply interested in being his friend. says the actress. Everyone knows a similar riotously funny scoundrel, and thats why Falstaff has endured in the affectation of Shakespeare acolytes down the years. Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe - but who is the kindest? Atticus Finch might not exemplify the most obvious characteristics of cool: hes not reciting freeform poetry to impress women at 4am, but the detail is everything. @GuardianBooks @GdnChildrensBks Hazel Wong! Larsson speculated that Salander was what Pippi Longstocking might have been. From then on, Gaddy, aided by a bevy of civic-minded volunteers, would feed Baltimores poor on Thanksgiving in what would be known as the Thanks for Giving feast. Hes driven five hours to make a midnight appearance for a boy approaching death. Transporting hundreds of books, however, wasnt easy. For two decades, hes been a shepherd to Pakistans missing and kidnapped children. John Boyne shows the kindness of children in this book, as Bruno simply sees the person Shmuel is, no labels. Nobody really enjoys being around selfish people so why would I want to read about them? #KindnessDay, It has to be Minty in Journey to the River Sea! Whether she's saving a diner shop waitress deep faked into involvement in a murder, or getting justice for teenagers caught in mafia crossfire, McCall doesn't let anything stop herincluding the law, and one Detective Marcus Dante (Tory Kittles), who can be both friend and foe. Absolutely Leslie. Arguably Stephen Kings greatest creation, Deschain is cut from the rugged rock that gives forth strong, silent types. Long before Jack Kerouac and his beat buddies went traversing America in search of life, kicks and fast times, Huckleberry Finn was having his own unforgettable adventures up and down the Mississippi. No superpowers, just wit, and a taser. Wynonna has a way with a gunspecifically the magic family gun, Peacemakerand a witty one-liner as she grapples with a whole heap of supernatural foes, with her sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), the immortal Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon), and Waverly's sheriff girlfriend Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell) by her side. She was only fourteen, and was abused for all of her short life but only ever showed kindness. He does the right thing by the Toad, and rescues Mole from the Wild Wood. Working her way up through a toxic, male-dominated industry, and having the strength to quit Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce at one point knowing her talents were not being recognized, are testaments to her incredible fierce character development over the run of the show. In reality, Leorio wanted money so that he could attend medical school and fund a hospital for those who could not afford medical treatment. Elizabeth's benevolent nature made her abilities especially appropriate. Hans welcomes Liesel with open arms, and helps her learn how to read so she can fit in at school. Shandy is post-modern even before the era of the modern. Clay is an unfeeling and cynical hedonist who uses people men and women much like he uses a toothbrush: for their functionality. Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) broke the mold for young characters. This no-nonsense approach is beautifully exemplified by hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe, who was stunningly successful with the dames too. By 1991, 10 years after the first Thanks for Giving event, she would help prepare 17,000 meals, all funded through the generosity of donations. A network of orphanages, the AFCECO provides medical and educational assistance to almost 600 children. They would even be willing to sacrifice their own life to save another or more. Coolest characters in literature 1. His pickpocketing skills are adroit and dexterous, and he uses his manifold wits to survive his harsh times. I'm feeling lazy, so I'm just going to pull up a quote from some other site's description of her. Marie Tamaki. Thats pretty cool in our book. Nowadays, superheroes surround us in comics, on television and in films, continuing to inspire people to fight through the tougher aspects of life. Their journeys take on a complexity not afforded to many characters on television; courage that exists in both quiet decisions and loud proclamations, seemingly endless motivation and energy, and the wits and fortitude to outlast even the deadliest foes and demons. Erudite, witty, charming Holmes set the benchmark against which all other fictional (and some not-so fictional) detectives are measured. The cabdrivers charitable exploits were inspired by prejudice. To be fresh out of adolescence in the early Nineties was a disorientating experience. In 2010 alone, his group covered an estimated 90,000 kilometers (55,000 mi) of ground to save Palestinian lives. Now, much like were not condoning the use of smack (see Mark Renton), were not encouraging murder as a legitimate method of getting on in life. This made him one of the most selfless characters in Hunter X Hunter, even if he'd have others believe that he was self-absorbed. As time passed, the number of people touched by Gaddys kindness skyrocketed. @GdnChildrensBks @EmilyDrabs Joe from Summer of the Swans. Alamin Yohannes, Related: Why Marvel's Jessica Jones is the superhero for the #MeToo movement, Teenage P.I. He is a true role model in every sense of the word, and if that isnt cool then we might as well all give up and go home. Think of Kavalier as equal parts Atticus Finch and mythical Superman. A member of the Spanish nobility who wants to embark on a noble quest to revive the dormant chivalric tradition, Don Quixote is a cool customer. Tyler Aquilina, Despite her petite stature, we learned throughout the show that it would be foolish to underestimate Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Arguably Stephen King's greatest creation, Deschain is cut from the rugged rock that gives forth strong, silent types. In 2007, Farid returned to her native land to establish the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO). I vote Chuck. Alamin Yohannes, Related: Hulu's Veronica Mars revival binge recap for every episode, If clothes could talk, Loretta "Cookie" Lyon's (Taraji P. Henson) fashionable statements would tell an inspiring yet powerful story of a businesswoman raised in Philadelphia's harsh inner-city streets all on their own. Khokhar had his first brushes with heroism in the late 1980s. As she weathers prophecies, family secrets, and many wild wigs through six seasons to solve cases and take down bad guys. Some ESFJ cartoon characters are Snow White and SpongeBob Squartepants. http://t.co/zVHugoBPFB. So he set out alone on a bicycle. And no matter how impossible a task seems, she goes at it full forceand with a smile on her face. As one of Death Note's only female characters, Misa Amane stands out in many ways. Bold, heroic, noble, honourable Atticus Finch is a vision of idealised masculinity. He is also known as "Knight of Darkness", "Masked Crusader" and "World's Greatest Detective". Vote up the fictional characters whose drive you admire. In 2012, Dr. Rakh began the Mulgi Vachva Abhiyan (campaign to save the girl child). Gaddy, who would be dubbed Baltimores Mother Teresa, kept up the tradition until her death from breast cancer in 2001. Who needs Marvel with characters like these? But the vibrant Mountstuart is one of the most interesting characters in modern literature an intellectual constantly making a mess of things; a doomed romantic; a curious spectator at many of the most significant events of the 20th century. And one Sunday a month, going on no sleep, he spends hours feeding the hungry and homeless of Darwin, Australia. Not only is she an icon, but Xena also single-handedly made chakram cool. @ClareFurniss @GdnChildrensBks @EmilyDrabs The little boy's sister in Shirley Hughes' 'Dogger'. Jolie Lash, Related: Millie Bobby Brown says Eleven is 'in the darkest state she's ever been' inStranger Thingsseason 4, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) found herself making headlines as a wife whose famous husband (Chris Noth) is in the midst of a scandal, and The Good Wife tracks her journey as she starts her own life again. When the bored, desk-bound MI5 agent suddenly becomes an MI6 foreign intelligence operative, she discovers her life's calling in a thrilling, cat-and-mouse hunt for assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Whether a character is more like Itachi Uchiha, who killed his entire family and then exiled himself in order to save his brother's life and prevent war, or more like PhichitChulanont, who just wants to bring happiness to his country through figure skating, these characters embody the spirit of giving. 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