Inspiration – Characters

Click here to read the first post about books that have inspired me.

As well as writing about books that have inspired me, I am also going to write about various characters that I like. For this, I am not going to limit my choices to the world of literature and some of the characters may come from other sources of entertainment. Some characters I may combine into a single post due to their similar nature or role.

I will start with my obligatory Lord of the Rings reference before moving on:

Legolas and Gimli: As individual characters, Legolas and Gimli have their fans. But together, they form a duo that has stood the test of time in multiple formats. One of the classic examples of rivals (or in this case, members of races that are supposed to hate each other) teaming up to form a bond of brotherhood. This is represented well in both the films and the books, although seeing the magic of them trying to outdo each other during the battles at Helm’s Deep and Pelennor Fields is incredible.

Finding out the ultimate fates of the characters as well, which you can find out by reading the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, is a brilliant representation of their brotherhood.

Ellen Ripley / Samus Aran: I have combined these characters for this post as Metroid was heavily inspired by Alien as a whole. In particular, Samus being inspired by Ripley. Ripley is considered to be one of the best characters in the history of film and Samus is often considered to be one of the best characters in the history of video games. Ripley was a subversion of the typical sci-fi fanservice character, presented as a realistic person and making a brilliant progressive journey to being the badass warrior who takes out the xenomorph (aka the ultimate killing machine). Samus, on the other hand, arrives in the first game already as the badass warrior. But both do a brilliant job of subverting the fanservice role. Arguably, this has changed with Samus over time, due to the introduction of the Zero Suit and the whole Other M storyline. But this doesn’t change the impact that Samus originally had on the world of video games. In the end though, Samus probably wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for Ripley in the first place.

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