I am a big fan of the science fiction and fantasy genre which should be obvious to regular readers. In fact, my last post compared the Harry Potter series with the Star Wars species. I am also a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Files, Star Trek amongst others.
I was therefore recently pleased to see a special issue of the SFX magazine at the local newsvendor’s magazine stand. This magazine is a British publication which is dedicated to reporting on TV series and movies of the science fiction and fantasy genre. This particular issue was the special “Top 100 Sci-Fi Icons” issue in which the result of an on-line survey of more than 10,000 Sci-fi fans was reported.
I was excited to find out how well my favorite characters had done in the survey, so I bought it and hurried home. In the comfort of my hobbit hovel, I quickly scanned the results from the 100th placing on to the 1st place.
Three of my favorite characters were placed in the top 5 including the number 1 spot. I loved it.
Here are the top 5 positions;
- Captain Malcolm Reynolds – this antihero is the captain of the Firefly-class spaceship, Serenity. He loses a lot and often but still wins enough to stay alive to fight another day and to offer another quick smarty pants quip. Played by actor Nathan Fillion. (one of LGS’s favorites)
- The Doctor – This distinctively British eccentric is actually a time traveling alien – last of the Time Lords. I don’t get to watch the Doctor Who series in Malaysia so I can’t comment much but I am told the series has recently been given a fresh breath of life with a revamped and recharged new season. This long running series has had 11 actors play the Doctor.
- Captain Jack Harkness – Also from the newly revamped Dr. Who series and later in the spinoff series, Torchwood, this bisexual inter-galactic con man and immortal is a ground breaking and charismatic character. He is played by John Barrowman.
- Buffy Summers – The ordinary school girl with an extraordinary destiny and chosen to bear a heavy burden. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer like to describe her with the words “She saved the world a lot”. Vulnerable and yet physically strong; shallow and yet with a depth of character that enables her to bear much suffering to fulfill her responsibilities. She was brought to life by Sarah Michelle-Geller. (Squirrel’s number 1 favorite).
- Spike – One of the most complex characters ever. You fear him, you like him, you hate him and you cry for him. He was a psychotic bloodsucker and delighted in killing slayers but he was also a poet and at times a love struck puppy. He comes stylishly wrapped up as a hedonistic punk rocker in a long leather coat. He will eventually recover his soul and save the world by sacrificing his life ……but he gets to come back! I did say he was complex! Oh, and what a charming false English accent! He was incredibly well played by James Marsters. (Squirrel’s number 2 favorite).
Other interesting facts:
- For Harry Potter fans, you will be pleased that the boy wizard comes in at 7th position.
- Not one, not a single one of the Twilight series characters made it in the top 10 but several characters from the other vampire series, True Blood did. There is justice in the world. Hahaha.
- Only two actors appeared on the list for two different characters. These are James Marsters who played Spike ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Captain John Hart (Torchwood – 86th position) and Summer Glau who played River Tam (Firefly – 11th position) and Cameron (The Sarah Connor Chronicles – 16th position). The Squirrel also thinks very highly of the River Tam character but Cameron – not so much.
- Spike was also top villain, closely followed by Darth Vader.
Well, I have the list. Any thing else that you would like to know? Want to know how your favorite character fared in this survey? Just ask.