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30th Jul '17 2:50:36 AM Valleyflower
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** I came here to gush about Ford and Arthur's general amazingness and I am SO happy other people agree.
4th Jun '17 8:51:48 AM nombretomado
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** I came here to add this and found it right at the bottom of the page. I hate to be that person who's being overly friendly via TVTropes page, but we should really be friends. Anyway, while I'm here, Anji is pretty great too. She's only in half as many books as Fitz, so she doesn't get as much characterization[[note]]and is unfortunately hampered by being an Asian businesswoman being written by white authors, leaving open silly questions such as whether her ethnicity is Indian or Pakistani and what her career actually involves[[/note]], but she's just kind of awesome. She's a clever young [[WhiteCollarWorker futures trader]] who apparently MinoredInAssKicking. And she's [[NotSoAboveItAll funnier and quirkier]] than she first appears. And she balances being close friends with the Doctor with being very skeptical about him. And her friendship with Fitz is often quite adorable. ''And'' she's the first (and so far only) Asian companion in ''Series/DoctorWho'' history, which admittedly makes it a bit [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter sad]] she's just an ExtendedUniverse character. She's the sort of person you'd love to have as a coworker or travel in time and space with.

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** I came here to add this and found it right at the bottom of the page. I hate to be that person who's being overly friendly via TVTropes Wiki/TVTropes page, but we should really be friends. Anyway, while I'm here, Anji is pretty great too. She's only in half as many books as Fitz, so she doesn't get as much characterization[[note]]and is unfortunately hampered by being an Asian businesswoman being written by white authors, leaving open silly questions such as whether her ethnicity is Indian or Pakistani and what her career actually involves[[/note]], but she's just kind of awesome. She's a clever young [[WhiteCollarWorker futures trader]] who apparently MinoredInAssKicking. And she's [[NotSoAboveItAll funnier and quirkier]] than she first appears. And she balances being close friends with the Doctor with being very skeptical about him. And her friendship with Fitz is often quite adorable. ''And'' she's the first (and so far only) Asian companion in ''Series/DoctorWho'' history, which admittedly makes it a bit [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter sad]] she's just an ExtendedUniverse character. She's the sort of person you'd love to have as a coworker or travel in time and space with.
11th May '17 9:21:44 AM Daethalion
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*** Thirded! Gimli is a wonderful example of HiddenDepths, especially considering that Tolkien practically codified the OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame trope. His reverence for the history of his people, the natural beauty of the world, and for the legends of the age (especially when he engages in his CourtlyLove with Galadriel) is so powerful that it can bring tears to the eyes of ''elves''. His {{Flanderization}} in the films is arguably one of the worst mistakes Peter made during the production.
11th May '17 9:11:28 AM Daethalion
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** God Emperor Leto II, from [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune]]. This guy is the walking definition of IDidWhatIHadToDo. First, he, together with his twin sister, discovers the Golden Path, which is effectively the only way for humanity to survive the trap that Paul's prescience created (which even Paul couldn't figure a way out of). He then makes himself a living sacrifice by merging with sandtrout to become an immortal HalfHumanHybrid, takes over Paul's empire after Paul dies, and becomes the most oppressive tyrant that ever lived. He then spent 4000 years turning the entire populated universe into a CrapsackWorld so that when he died and people were free from his rule, they would scatter into the cosmos to find better lives for themselves and guarantee the future of the human race. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And it worked.]] Also, he is just a wonderfully well-written character, with a great combination of angst from having to leave the human condition behind mixed with resolution because he is just that dedicated to making sure the human species can endure.

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** God Emperor Leto II, from [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune]].Literature/GodEmperorOfDune. This guy is the walking definition of IDidWhatIHadToDo. First, he, together with his twin sister, discovers the Golden Path, which is effectively the only way for humanity to survive the trap that Paul's prescience created (which even Paul couldn't figure a way out of). He then makes himself a living sacrifice by merging with sandtrout to become an immortal HalfHumanHybrid, takes over Paul's empire after Paul dies, and becomes the most oppressive tyrant that ever lived. He then spent 4000 years turning the entire populated universe into a CrapsackWorld so that when he died and people were free from his rule, they would scatter into the cosmos to find better lives for themselves and guarantee the future of the human race. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And it worked.]] Also, he is just a wonderfully well-written character, with a great combination of angst from having to leave the human condition behind mixed with resolution because he is just that dedicated to making sure the human species can endure.
11th May '17 9:10:17 AM Daethalion
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** God Emperor Leto II, from [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune]]. This guy is the walking definition of IDidWhatIHadToDo. First, he, together with his twin sister, discovers the Golden Path, which is effectively the only way for humanity to survive the trap that Paul's prescience created (which even Paul couldn't figure a way out of). He then makes himself a living sacrifice by merging with sandtrout to become an immortal HalfHumanHybrid, takes over Paul's empire after Paul dies, and becomes the most oppressive tyrant that ever lived. He then spent 4000 years turning the entire populated universe into a CrapsackWorld so that when he died and people were free from his rule, they would scatter into the cosmos to find better lives for themselves and guarantee the future of the human race. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And it worked.]] Also, he is just a wonderfully well-written character, with a great combination of angst from having to leave the human condition behind mixed with resolution because he is just that dedicated to making sure the human species can endure.
8th Apr '17 11:02:45 AM nombretomado
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* Speaking of Edwards who rock, Edward the Blue Engine from ''TheRailwaySeries''. Patient, kind, and even-tempered, and still giving it his all in spite of his age. There's also Rheneas and Skarloey. Even more {{Determinator}} than Edward, and older to boot - 2015 will be their railway's 150th anniversary. They both gave it their all to keep the trains running in spite of being in increasingly decrepit condition. They're awesome, and an inspiration to others.

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* Speaking of Edwards who rock, Edward the Blue Engine from ''TheRailwaySeries''.''Literature/TheRailwaySeries''. Patient, kind, and even-tempered, and still giving it his all in spite of his age. There's also Rheneas and Skarloey. Even more {{Determinator}} than Edward, and older to boot - 2015 will be their railway's 150th anniversary. They both gave it their all to keep the trains running in spite of being in increasingly decrepit condition. They're awesome, and an inspiration to others.
22nd Feb '17 10:49:46 PM Unicorndance
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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia. Like the hobbits in the LoTR example above, his superpower is resistance to the corrupting influence of power. He was mistreated for about half of his life, and then becomes emperor overnight, but he still doesn't use his new power to take revenge. It is not that he doesn't ''want to'' take revenge, it is that he acknowledges he would become a tyrant by doing so, and he just doesn't want to be that kind of person.

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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia. Like the hobbits in the LoTR example above, his superpower is resistance to the corrupting influence of power. He was mistreated for about half of his life, and then becomes emperor overnight, but he still doesn't use his new power to take revenge. It is not that he doesn't ''want to'' take revenge, it is that he acknowledges he would become a tyrant by doing so, and he just doesn't want to be that kind of person.person.
* Mog from Judith Kerr's ''Mog'' series. She is a fictional cat with no CatStereotype's.
** Also Rumpus. He's a CuteKitten, what else is there to say?
** Debbie. Especially, how she often sticks up for Mog using reason.
23rd Jan '17 9:02:06 PM GrammarNavi
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** Yes! I would like to add Tom and Carl, as well as Macchu Picchu. Hell, all the YoungWizards character are great.
** No words for the main characters? Nita and Kit are more believable than Dairine (who will always be amazing, but really, what human is a [[spoiler:computer nerd, jujitsu star and DeadpanSnarker all at the same time?]] And they manage to have at least one CrowningMomentOfAwesome each. Per book. While remaining completely normal, completely believable, and most importantly completely relatable characters. Of course, now I feel obligated to list every other YoungWizards character in the series, because every single one is a master feat of characterization. Diane Duane is amazing. Read the books.

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** Yes! I would like to add Tom and Carl, as well as Macchu Picchu. Hell, all the YoungWizards Literature/YoungWizards character are great.
** No words for the main characters? Nita and Kit are more believable than Dairine (who will always be amazing, but really, what human is a [[spoiler:computer nerd, jujitsu star and DeadpanSnarker all at the same time?]] And they manage to have at least one CrowningMomentOfAwesome each. Per book. While remaining completely normal, completely believable, and most importantly completely relatable characters. Of course, now I feel obligated to list every other YoungWizards Literature/YoungWizards character in the series, because every single one is a master feat of characterization. Diane Duane is amazing. Read the books.
9th Jan '17 2:42:04 PM MasterFuzzy
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* Danny Saunders from The Chosen. He was something of a Woobie. He was destined to be Rebbe of a Hassidic congregation and therefore subjected to a TrainingFromHell that included being shunned by his own father because a Rebbe "Needs to know what it is to suffer". He was always bewildered but tried to struggle on like TheDutifulSon he was. I have sometimes wondered if Danny was meant to be a metaphor for the Jewish People. That sounds like something Chaim Potek would do.

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* Danny Saunders from The Chosen. He was something of a Woobie. He was destined to be Rebbe of a Hassidic congregation and therefore subjected to a TrainingFromHell that included being shunned by his own father because a Rebbe "Needs to know what it is to suffer". He was always bewildered but tried to struggle on like TheDutifulSon he was. I have sometimes wondered if Danny was meant to be a metaphor for the Jewish People. That sounds like something Chaim Potek Potok would do.


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***The best part of his character? He's all of that-and a FriendToAllChildren, to boot. [[spoiler: After being kidnapped and brutally tortured, once he was rescued, he made sure Ivy was taken care of first.]]
7th Jan '17 9:37:47 AM nombretomado
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** I have a thing for Bella. Even if [[MarySue her]] [[TheSociopath character]] [[DamselScrappy suffers with]] [[DesignatedHero each]] [[SuetifulAllAlong book]], I can at least always love her for PerverseSexualLust reasons (though that's mainly due to KristenStewart rather than the character.)

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** I have a thing for Bella. Even if [[MarySue her]] [[TheSociopath character]] [[DamselScrappy suffers with]] [[DesignatedHero each]] [[SuetifulAllAlong book]], I can at least always love her for PerverseSexualLust reasons (though that's mainly due to KristenStewart Creator/KristenStewart rather than the character.)
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