James Gunn (director of Slither) chose top 25 tv characters. Then Joss Whedon responded with his top 25. So who am I to not follow a trend. I alphabetised mine ‘cos I couldn’t bring myself to try and rank them. I’m sure there’s some I’ve forgotten and I reserve the right to add on more when I remember ;0)
1. Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica)
So very funny, so very twisted.
2. President Bartlet (The West Wing)
The president was originally only meant to appear very occasionally in this series, but Martin Sheen blows it away. Give the man an Emmy for crying out loud.
3. Sam Beckett (Quantum Leap)
Bumbling through history playing a variety of parts, but always being Sam.
4. Chandler Bing (Friends)
The only character in the series that managed to feel like a real person all the time (well, almost all) probably because it’s basically Matthew Perry playing himself.
5. John Crichton (Farscape)
Hilarious and heart-breaking, just your average astronaut (!) having a weird life.
6. Denny Crane! (Boston Legal)
William Shatner hamming it up, but every now and then, when you least expect it, touching something astounding.
7. Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)
He starts as the “obligatory psychotic jack-ass” and turns into something else entirely.
8. Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers)
How can he not be on this list?
9. Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
I love Mark Harmon and his ex-marine is brilliant, never too far away from the sarcasm but also showing a softer side to characters like Abby.
10. Gil Grissom (CSI)
The scientist who’s happy in his niche and has almost zero people skills.
11. Dr. House (House M.D.)
Says all the things that you would never have the courage too.
12. Sir Humphrey Appleby (Yes Minister, Yes Prime Minister)
So manipulative and smarmy! So much fun when he’s flustered and out of control.
13. John Locke (Lost)
The most interesting thing about the Island, sometimes he knows more than others, sometimes he just has faith, but he’s always surprising.
14. Josh Lyman (The West Wing)
Is it cheating to have two characters from one show? I’d love to put Toby in too. Josh is my absolute favourite from the show, sometimes he’s brilliant, sometimes he’s embarassingly poor, but he always tries so hard. Plus he’s funny.
15. Rodney McKay (Stargate Atlantis)
Another character that says all the things normal people never would (I’m spotting a theme). He’s arrogant, obnoxious and rude… he’s also brilliant.
16. Vic Mackey (The Shield)
He’s absolutely adorable, love him to pieces. He’s also a vicious bastard. The combination makes my head hurt.
17. Morse (Morse)
I guess he’s really a book character, but John Thaw made the character live and breathe as one of the best tv detectives ever.
18. Jack O’Neill (Stargate SG1)
So. Much. Sarcasm!
19. Hawkeye Pierce (M*A*S*H)
I used to watch M*A*S*H every night at 7.30. For about 5 years. The series looped round and round and I never got bored of watching Hawkeye.
20. Mal Reynolds (Firefly)
The hero who doesn’t want to be a hero, it never goes smooth for poor Mal. Some people are at their best when they’re having yet another bad day.
21. Doug Ross (ER)
There are reasons why George Clooney is a star and they’re all demonstrated in Doug Ross. Mark Greene may have been the soul of ER but Ross brought some character to it. He drank too much, womanised, looked great in a tux, looked great in scrubs, said what he thought and even rescued drowning children!
22. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Almost all the characters in this show are great, but I had to go for Buffy over the others. She does occasionally wallow, but then if your teenage years were commandeered by destiny, wouldn’t you whine?
23. Jaye Tyler (Wonderfalls)
“I finally figured out my fifteen words… hope it’s okay: ‘Daughter Jaye lives in Niagara Falls. Her blurb and life are a work in progress.'”
24. Bree Van de Kamp (Desperate Housewives)
She’s not my favourite Housewife, but she’s a glorious character. There aren’t many characters that successfully present both a real person and their persona, Bree’s occasional slips let the real person show through the perfectness.
25. Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Buffy and Angel)
In terms of character development you don’t get much more extensive than Wesley, turning from the annoying prick in Buffy to the scary hero in Angel. He does what needs to be done, regardless of the costs.