Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Inspirational Characters
Ok, here goes:

Atticus Finch
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
For me, he's the most Inspiration Fictional Character out there. To this very day, I use him as a moral compass... and often wonder... "Would Atticus disapprove?" Atticus inspires me to be a better person, always.

Marmalade Boy by Wataru Yoshizumi
Ok... so this may seem silly to a lot of people... but I was absolutely inspired by this character to work harder and stop complaining. I know it's dumb... but... the dogged perseverance that is shown by quite a few shojo manga girls actually has made me stop and think, "What the heck AM I complaining about?"

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Hmm, maybe this wasn't what was meant by Inspirational... but... Boxer has always inspired me to look out for those who, for whatever reason, cannot look out for themselves. The world is full of hard-working, just people who get trampled and discarded for reasons that are unbelievable. Boxer inspires me to pay attention.

The Lorax
The Lorax by Dr. Suess
No character has ever struck the fear of global destruction at the hands of man into me the same way that the Lorax did. I was a child, I was petrified, and after reading this book, I took The Lorax's words to heart.

Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Suess
Ok... listen... we're talking about Inspirational characters, and I'm not picking ones that I *think* other people will go, "Oh yeah... Soooooo inspirational"... I'm picking ones that have influenced me personally to a degree where it actually changed my thinking, or my way of life.... so... on to another Dr. Suess character. Horton changed my way of thinking with one little sentence.
A person's a person, no matter how small.

Big Brother
1984 by George Orwell
No other character has inspired me to spend more time looking over my shoulder, checking behind paintings and being suspicious of television. Seriously. I spent weeks being paranoid after reading this book... Big Brother struck a fear into my heart like no other character ever has.

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
I know. Trust me, I know... but hear me out. He's a ninja... a good ninja... in an orange jumpsuit. ORANGE! It's not so much that he profoundly changed my world... but he made me realize that a lot of the time, things are mostly about perspective. Sometimes, it really is effort and will that carry you through. Not everything is going to be easy. Not every ninja gets a camouflage jumpsuit to work with.

Ebenezer Scrooge
A Chirstmas Carol by Charles Dickens
He's a fascinating character... spending most of the book as the villian... he teaches us all that redemption is possible... no matter how cold and cruel one might be.

Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
He inspires me, every day, to not become obsessed with possessions and material things. Yikes.

The Nac Mac Feegle
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
These small, goofy characters have been the inspiration for many of my mad, hair-brained schemes that I pull off without apologies. They have taught me never to apologize for doing what needs to be done, that it's ok to steal from those who deserve stealing from (ok, maybe that's not such a great lesson... but it is applicable, sometimes, really it is) and that sometimes you just have to shout 'ACH CRIVENS' before everything will seem ok again.


  1. Great list, I like how you put in characters that inspire you to be exactly opposite of what they are. I never thought of it that way before.

  2. The Lorax--great choice! The story is timeless & especially relevant now for teaching children about environmentalism.

  3. I really like your list and the characters you found that I wouldn't exactly say are inspirational on their own (Gollum, Big Brother) but that inspired you. I was paranoid for weeks after reading 1984 as well.

  4. Wow great list!! The Lorax! Big Brother too!All of them. Stellar!

  5. I love your list, so unique!

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  6. Interesting use of the word "inspiration" when the examples you gave were negative but have had a positive effect. Hmmm. I love your Dr. Seuss examples.

    My Head is Full of Books

  7. Great list! Atticus made mine too. I also love that you thought of The Lorax.

    Reading Lark's Top 10

  8. Thanks guys :)... and not ALL of them are evil! :o

    I was sitting there thinking about Inspirational characters... and immediately I knew these lists would be populated with the Atticus Finchs of the world... so I decided to really sit and think about characters that have changed me for the better... whether those characters were good or bad... ones that inspired me to action, or to change.
    That is where this wonky, but for me, Inspirational list came from, lol.