Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Favorite Television Characters

10 Jul

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten!

This week’s topic is a Top Ten Tuesday Freebie! Which, may have been more fun had I not cheated on the topic a few weeks ago ;-). BUT never fear! I love the idea of a challenge and coming up with my own unique top ten list. That and the freebie gives me a chance to jump away from books for a bit and channel my love for tv characters. ( You can blame Lauren @ The Housework Can Wait for the inspiration for this week’s list)

So, this week’s list is my Top Ten Favorite Television Characters (in no particular order):

1. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love Buffy, a lot, and I think she’s a fantastic character, but Willow has always been the one who intrigued me most on the show. I also think she’s the one who grew the most and had the greatest character development over the course of the seven seasons. She goes from being an extremely nerdy, painfully shy girl who tries to remain invisible, to this powerful, confident and incredibly talented wiccan. Love her.

2. Hoban “Wash” Washburne from Firefly. Oh Wash. From the very first moment you appeared on the screen with your toy dinosaurs I was smitten with your character. And then, you captured my heart with your witty banter and clever comebacks. I wasn’t even disgusted by that thing you called a mustache when it appeared on your face in a flashback. Wash, you are delightful in every way possible.

3. Veronica Mars from Veronica Mars. Veronica is one of my top female characters of all time. She’s spunky and dedicated and puts up a tough exterior to make sure that no one can ever hurt her. But once someone is allowed past that façade they see how caring and sensitive she really can be. I love that she’s a flawed character and that she makes tons of mistakes, accuses the wrong people and just generally screws up sometimes. She’s human and she’s relatable and I think that’s why I love her so much. Also, her relationship with her father is one of my favorite father-daughter relationships ever.

4. CJ Cregg from The West Wing. I am still convinced that when I grow up I will get to be CJ Cregg. She is my ultimate female role model and I aspire to be like her in every way possible. She is incredibly intelligent and holds her own in a very male dominated world. She gives as good as she gets and she won’t let anyone, including the president, tell her that she can’t do something. Also, her secret service name is “Flamingo”. How can she not be awesome?

5. Admiral Bill Adama from Battlestar Galactica. I would follow Adama into the deepest, darkest depths of space. He commands loyalty and respect from his crew and it’s obvious that they don’t hesitate to give it. He makes difficult decisions and sometimes he made the wrong choice, but he is always honest it what he does. He inspires his crew even in the most bleak of situations and he loves them all as if they were his own children. He’s a fantastic character and one of the reasons I stuck with BSG til the very end.

6. Spike (or William the Bloody) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike has always been my favorite vampire,from his first appearance in Sunnydale when he crashed through the sign to the last moments he battled side by side with Angel & Co. While I don’t deny the appeal of Angel, it was Spike’s snark and unapologetic attitude that drew me in. He consistently has some of the best lines in the show, walks the line between Evil and No-So-Very Evil with a swagger and keeps Buffy on her toes. One of my favorites scenes from all seven seasons is in the final episode of season seven,, between Buffy and Spike.

7. Joshua Lyman from The West Wing. He may well be my favorite tv character of all time. He’s witty and snarky, clever and quick, sweet and caring, attractive and he knows it. Josh is loyal and fights for his friends without really a second through for himself. He has some of the best lines from the entire seven seasons of the show and I often find myself quoting them in regular conversation. Joshua Lyman, why aren’t you the real deputy/chief of staff?

8. Captain Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly. Do I even need to explain why Captain Tightpants is one of my favorite characters? I mean, this is Malcolm Reynolds we are talking about, he’s a Big Damn Hero. He saves the Universe and things. He’s also super protective of his crew and loves them like family. His tough, trash talkin’ exterior is just there to hide his gooey, adorable marshmallow center. How can you NOT love Mal?

9. Seeley Booth and Temperance Brennan from Bones. These two are a package deal and I simply can’t pick one over the other (or choose one without the other). I love how these two characters balance each other out while at the same time they drive each other absolutely crazy. They just work together in a way that’s difficult for others to understand, but I think that’s why they make up one of the best crime solving duos on television.

10. Jason Walsh from The Unusuals. So, he was a in cop dramedy that was cancelled after a ten episode first season and I’ve only recently watched it in it’s entirely. So, it’s a bit odd that he made this list, however anyone that knows my deep-rooted love for Jeremy Renner will understand! Walsh is a standout cop who genuinely cares about the people on the force and the people he is trying to help, and he doesn’t care about the glory or the spotlight that some cops seem to crave. Also, he wears an apron and cooks in his “diner”. It’s adorable.

Honorable Mentions:
Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Really, how can you NOT like Giles? I mean, he wears tweed and he’s a librarian!
Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls.
Sydney Bristow from Alias – She’s a super spy! Isn’t this obvious?
Sam Seaborne from The West Wing – He’s so idealistic and hopeful. It’s almost contagious.
Jane Rizzoli from Rizzoli and Isles – I’d like to also be her. She’s so badass.


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34 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Favorite Television Characters

  1. Milka@ReadReadRead

    11 July, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Cool list – I completely agree about Hoban -.I LOVE Firefly. I started to think about this myself and noticed that it would be extremely hard to pick only 10. But despite I attempted to do so: Sheldon Cooper, Spock and Captain Kirk, Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks, Lorelai & Rory Gilmore, Barney Stinson, Malcolm Reynolds, Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani. 😀

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      11 July, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      OMG, How did I forget Sheldon Cooper? He’s so awesome and The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows ever. Great choices!

  2. Belle's Bookshelf (@Bookish_Belle)

    11 July, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I love Willow and Spike! I still need to watch Firefly

  3. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    10 July, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Love Firefly and Buffy! Willow/Spike…two of my favorite fictional characters!

    Check out my TTT.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  4. Lauren @ Story Bound

    10 July, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    LOVE your list! Wash, Spike, Booth and Brennan, Sydney, Lorelai – love them! And Captain Malcolm Reynolds – adore him. I LOVE Nathan Fillion!

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      11 July, 2012 at 7:09 am

      It’s because Nathan Fillion is amazing! I’m glad to see Whedon’s shows getting much love today 🙂

  5. Kristilyn

    10 July, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    We do not watch the same TV shows! Ha ha … the only one I can agree with is Lorelei Gilmore — LOVE that show! 🙂

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      11 July, 2012 at 7:08 am

      haha, you should check out some of the shows mentioned, I promise they’re all really, really good!

  6. Patricia BookExhibitionism

    10 July, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Just realized that we have a similiar taste in tv-shows, so now I have to check out those shows that you watched and I haven’t yet! :’D

    Patricia // My Post

  7. leeanna c (@leaflette)

    10 July, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I’m going to snag this for today! I’m with you on Adama. Reminds me I need to rewatch BSG.

    I am overjoyed to find another Rizzoli and Isles fan!! 😀

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      11 July, 2012 at 7:07 am

      I LOVE RIzzoli and Isles, it makes me sad that no one else seems to watch it.

      I’ll have to check out the list you came up with!

      • leeanna c (@leaflette)

        11 July, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        Well, I was going to put mine up. Went home to no Internet until 6AM this morning. GUH. I’m still going to put it up anyway, probably tomorrow.

        I fangirl so hard for Rizzles it’s not even funny.

        • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

          11 July, 2012 at 7:57 pm

          I missed last nights episode, I should go catch up on that now 🙂 It’s good procrastination from working on my website.

  8. Mary

    10 July, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Ok I love lots of these (like all) ESP CJ and Veronica Mars and Booth and Brennan but the exciting point is… Jeremy Renner was on a TV show?! My sister loooves him, she is going to flip!

  9. Magan @ Rather Be Reading

    10 July, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I have totally been waiting for Gilmore Girls to be added to Netflix instant streaming. I miss these characters! What a FUN topic for this week’s freebie. I’m rewatching Dawson’s Creek right now and seriously, the characters are missing a little of the charm high-school me loved. :-/

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      10 July, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Oh that’ll be a dangerous day! I have a feeling I’d start rewatching all the episodes and never get anything done!

  10. thebusybibliophile

    10 July, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Captain Mel! Wash! Booth! Spike! Rizzoli! We are so in sync.

  11. tinalinatime

    10 July, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Ohhh Captain Mal! Be still my beating heart! 🙂

  12. Danica Page

    10 July, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Great picks! I love West Wing and you put both of my favorite characters on here. I also love Gilmore Girls. Great post!

    Here’s mine

    ~Danica Page
    P.S. If you stop by be sure to check out my giveaway for any book under $15.

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      10 July, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m always glad to find other people who love The West Wing as much as I do! Toby is also a top favorite, but I had to be brutal and narrow it down to just two.

  13. barefoot_med_student

    10 July, 2012 at 6:46 am

    LOL, I definitely choose Temperance over Booth… he just annoys me, but he is kind of sweet and awesome. Have you read the Kathy Reichs books? Cos if you like Bones, you’ll love the books!
    My TTT 🙂

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      10 July, 2012 at 11:17 am

      See, I have to take them as a package deal they work so well together that things he does that annoy me is offset by her reactions and vice versa!

  14. Helene

    10 July, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Love your list! Willow is so great! I’m not familiar with all the series, but the ones I know (Buffy, Bones) are great!

    My TTT

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      10 July, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      If you havent watched some of the other shows, I’d definitely recommend looking into them. Firefly in particular if you’re a Buffy fan! It’s only 14 episodes, but it’s AMAZING!

  15. Lauren@THCW

    10 July, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I LOVE EVERYONE ON THIS LIST. Absolutely. Everyone. The only one I don’t love is Jane Rizzoli from your Honorable Mentions category, and that’s only because I’ve never seen Rizzoli and Isles.

    WASH. *cries*
    JOSH LYMAN. *fistpumps*
    SPIKE. *double fistpumps*

    And can I just give a shout-out to pretty much all the Joss Whedon characters?

    I think by “blame” me for this list, you meant “thank me profusely and shower me with praise.” Yes.

    Every week should be freebie week. It was almost better than chocolate.

    • Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

      10 July, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Dear Computer: Please stop logging me in through my old, dead WP account. It annoys me.

      • Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

        10 July, 2012 at 12:55 am

        And I would just like to call attention to the food that Walsh cooks in his apron in his “diner.” Things like pork chops in a Skittles reduction (because he ran out of fruit) and omelettes with pretzels. I…can’t…even….

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      10 July, 2012 at 10:26 am

      I had a sneaky suspicion that you would agree with me on my list! I had to force myself to limit the number of Whedon and West Wing Characters that appeared. Otherwise it would basically be ALL OF THEM.

      You should totally watch Rizzoli and Isles. It’s fantastic television! Well, as long as you like crime dramas, but you do. So you’re golden.

      And yes, thank you profusely is exactly what I meant to say ;-)!


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