asked: What characteristics do you see recurring in characters you like? Why do those parts of the characters appeal to you?
I think most of my favourite characters fall into a few categories. They are mostly gender specific? I think I do like most of them for characters of any gender, apart from the first one. Men who are bad at feelings = super boring, usually.
1. Women who are bad at feelings. (Seven of Nine, Kalinda Sharma, Cara Mason, Amy Pond, etc.)
I am so so easy for women who are terrible at dealing with emotions. They pretend they don't have any, they push away the people they love best, they're sarcastic in the face of feelings, it's the best. It's especially great when they have a whole arc about learning to love again, in a way that isn't about taking away who they are. Seven and Cara are both great for this, particularly when it's other women helping them work through their childhood conditioning and get in touch with their softer sides occasionally. :D :D :D
I'm a sucker for stoic women too, like Firefly's Zoe or Olivia Dunham or Sarah Connor, but stoicism can be perfectly emotionally healthy - give me a female character who can't recognise, cope with or express all of the very deep secret emotions she's feeling and I'm allll yours, it's the greatest. How do humans?! How do relationships?! Kalinda doesn't do feelings she's just going to stare at Alicia soulfully whenever she's not looking. Amy can't actually have a reasonable conversation with her fiancé so she's just going to punch him in the arm until he stops looking so sad. THE BEST.
2. Men who are quiet heroes. (Neville Longbottom, Rory Pond, Steve Rogers, Aang, etc.)
I am sucker for male characters who are real lowercase nice guys. They usually have jobs/interests that aren't the most typically masculine (gardening/nursing/art) and don't have egos to speak of. They're not threatened by the powerful women in their lives and have a quiet sense of duty to help make the world better even if they aren't the most obvious candidate. The kind of characters that make me want to type their names in elongated allcaps a lot.
3. Competent women (Martha Jones, Joan Watson, Pepper Potts, Leslie Knope, etc.)
Give me a woman in a power suit, one who is really really good at her job or other calling, and I am all yours. Watching female characters be good at their jobs and respected in their field is just a joy. Also my lifespiration to be honest.
4. Kind characters. (Guinevere, Kaylee Frye, Tara Maclay, etc.)
It's mostly female characters that spring to mind when I think of my favourite sweet, kind characters, but I love this one pretty universally. These are often characters who are a little naive, at least at first, but not stupid, are often the moral centre of their group, and who bring joy and happiness to everyone's hearts, especially me. <3