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Character Meme

Snatched from et_tu_lj
Give me a character (feel free to give me more than one) and I will tell you:


- Why I love them or why I wish they'd go die in a fire
- My OTP for the character
- My favorite gen relationship with this character
- An unpopular opinion about this character
- One thing I wish I could change for this character in canon

Fandoms: Harry Potter, Stargate: SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, BtVS, Charmed, Star Trek (TOS, 2009), Doctor Who, Avengers, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia

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et_tu_lj
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:50 am (UTC)
eeee! Prepare for a completely all over the place list. Pick and choose, or dare to try and answer them all. :D

Rodney McKay, Janet Fraiser, Vala Mal Doran, Luna Lovegood, Sirius Black, Severus Snape, Merlin, Arthur, Jack Harkness, Donna Noble, Phil Coulson
iawenbemerry
Aug. 10th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Whoa! LOL. That is indeed a list. I shall challenge myself to complete them all.

First up: Rodney McKay

Why I love them or why I wish they'd go die in a fire: I love McKay for a lot of reasons. His rants are highly entertaining to listen to. He has a lot of character growth throughout the series, though he never gets to a spot where he's perfect or has conquered his flaws, which is very human and real. While his arrogance can be frustrating, it comes from both a place of genius and insecurity. He goes too far to establish how good he is. He will always put down other people to make himself look better, but he also starts to realize how that feels to the other person and even apologizes to the people he's done it to the most on occasion. Despite all his flaws, he cares for people deeply. He takes the deaths of people around him hard. He feels responsible for them. For those who sacrificed themselves to save him, he struggles to understand why they valued his life over their own. And, Rodney is a very unusual character to see as a series regular.

My OTP for the character: Gotta be Keller. McKay/Keller seems to be a love it or hate it relationship, and I fall to the former. I loved that with the choice between McKay and Ronon, Keller chose McKay. I wasn't expecting that, because Ronon is Ronon. Their blooming relationship in season five is sweet. I enjoyed it. And it's also the ONLY canon couple we ever get out of Stargate that is actually, undeniably together and not just implied.

My favorite gen relationship with this character: McKay's friendship with Sheppard, easy. Their friendship becomes a bit of a foundation of the show. They are there for each other through thick and thin. McKay gets the most wound up when Sheppard is in danger (and that's really saying something). Sheppard understands McKay better than anyone else and is always the best person to talk him down, talk him through the situation, or make him realize that he's being a jerk. Sheppard saw early on why McKay really behaved the way he did and this gave Sheppard much more patience with him than anyone else has ever had.

An unpopular opinion about this character: I think McKay is a better scientist than Carter. Not to say that she's not a genius, because she is, but McKay is just a little bit better. See: pretty much all of season 4 of Atlantis.

One thing I wish I could change for this character in canon: His first name is Meredith. Really? I can't stand listening to his sister calling him "Mer." It was done to be funny and it was just dumb. Rodney should have been his first name, not his middle name, and there was just no reason to change it.
et_tu_lj
Aug. 10th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
Rodney is a very unusual character to see as a series regular. Agreed. I think his origins on SG-1 gave him such an interesting depth. Although they did a lot to round him out, seeing him start out as a know-it-all jerk gave him such a fantastic premise. They couldn't smooth out all those rough edges without changing the character all together, so they had to build in enough contrasting traits to turn him into a protagonist. Makes him a study in contrasts and even a bit of an anti-hero.

Are they really the only canon couple? *thinks* wow, that is odd. Though SG-1 isn't really a shippy show either, but it seems even odder on a live-in all the time base.

Ugh, Meredith. I'm right with you on that. Lame ass joke for comedic relief that didn't make any sense to the larger context.
iawenbemerry
Aug. 10th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
I will admit that I do not count Universe when I say McKay/Keller are the only Stargate canon couple who officially get together, because I haven't the majority of Universe and thus couldn't say.
et_tu_lj
Aug. 12th, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
lol, I was just thinking SGA even, so I'm still impressed. SG-1's such a gen show though, which is part of why I like it.
iawenbemerry
Aug. 13th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
I'm skipping ahead to Vala, but will come back for Janet later. :)

Why I love them or why I wish they'd go die in a fire: Oh wow I love Vala. She's hilarious, entertaining, I enjoy her character arc. Sshe brought a very new dynamic to SG-1 that really revitalized the show, and it came at a very necessary time, when the show was beginning to lose its freshness and needed that shot in the arm. She brought out a completely different side of Daniel we'd never seen before, but with her he never felt out of character. The way he interacted with her felt very natural. Their chemistry was so different from anything else we'd seen, there was no feeling of "been there, done that." Claudia Black deserves a LOT of the credit on this--she infused most of the humor seen from Vala in that first episode, and I love how Vala never lost that energy or enthusiasm even as her character development and growth took her beyond seeing past just herself and taking a major role in the fight against the Ori.

My OTP for the character: Daniel/Vala. I am a hardcore Daniel/Vala fan. As I said before, their chemistry was amazing, and Vala brings out a side of Daniel we had never seen before. The majority of my favorite Daniel stuff is with Vala. It becomes very well established that the only thing standing in their way of being together is that they just honestly don't know how the other feels. In my own personal fanon, they get past that.

My favorite gen relationship with this character: Her friendship with Teal'c. Vala's energy also brings out a different side of Teal'c, which isn't nearly as pronounced as with Daniel, but I just love the interactions between these two. Teal'c has a lot more patience and even amusement for Vala's antics, and no one but Vala would dare jump into Teal'c's arms to celebrate, and she is not often put off by his Eyebrow of Doom. She has more interaction with a lot of other characters, but I always enjoy watching these two together.

An unpopular opinion about this character: I really think Vala loved both Daniel and Tomin.

One thing I wish I could change for this character in canon: Her father. Their dynamic in that episode didn't really work for me, lost some continuity and created questions about her timeline (which I guess goes into continuity. Oh well).
iawenbemerry
Aug. 26th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
Janet Frasier.

Why I love them or why I wish they'd go die in a fire: I really love Janet. She's strong and fiesty. She gets away with bossing around O'Neill and even Hammond because she's secure in her position, and knows what when it comes to medical issues, she has higher authority than them, and she's not afraid to exercise it. She is basically an honorary member of SG-1 and she takes caring for them seriously and when things go wrong, she takes it hard. She's professional, strict and fiesty but also warm and affectionate.

My OTP for the character: None. They never paired her with anyone and I don't have a non-canon that I ship for her. Give me a viable option and I'll consider it. (I've seen a ton of Janet/Daniel, and while they have an amazing friendship, just no.)

My favorite gen relationship with this character: Her friendship with Sam. A) I love that the actresses demanded at the beginning that these two would be friends so that they wouldn't have the only two strong females on the show be enemies. B) Sam and Janet are essentially best friends and I always enjoy their scenes together.

An unpopular opinion about this character: Gah. I don't think I have an opinion about Janet that's unpopular. Racking of the brains has come up with nothing.

One thing I wish I could change for this character in canon: I would have her live. The episodes where she died are amazing and poignant. The way they killed her was well done. I'm just still so damn sad she died. While I like Dr. Lam in seasons nine and ten, no one can be Janet. Her absence was definitely felt after she was gone.
et_tu_lj
Aug. 26th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
I love Janet & Sam's friendship too, and that was a great thing for them to insist upon from the beginning. It's disturbingly rare to see two women as friends in a show.
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