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The Defining Power of Relationships

About half way through this year's challenge I noticed a pattern in why I loved each character: their relationships.

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Z = Zaraki

Using Zaraki Kenpachi is kind of cheating. That's because the shingami known as Zaraki Kenpachi really doesn't have a name. Yup, Zaraki is a district in the soul society, in other words it's a place, not a name. He doesn't really have a last name so they used the place he's from. Kenpachi isn't really his… Continue reading Z = Zaraki

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Y = Yong-ha

How to introduce Gu Yong-ha? I love him! He's amazing! Adorkable! Even conniving! So, so happy he went good! That won't work. It doesn't really tell you anything. He is that amazing though. First I should explain that Gu is his last name. In Korea they put family first so it stands to reason last names… Continue reading Y = Yong-ha

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X = Xander

X is such a lovely letter. I find it mysterious, powerful and kinda sexy. It fills the space it's been given and can represent an infinite amount of anything. On the other hand I don't believe many other writers share my opinion of the loveliness of X. Luckily, I was blessed to have read the young… Continue reading X = Xander

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W = Wah Sing Ku

Villains. Ugh. While I need my antagonists to be as strong or stronger than my protagonists when it comes to characters, at most, I love me some reluctant heroes. So there's a lot of pressure on Wah Sing Ku, the vicious high-ranking Chinese Triad negotiator from the 1998 film, Lethal Weapon 4. I loved that he was… Continue reading W = Wah Sing Ku

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V = Valek

You have been awaiting execution for killing an abuser. A stay will be put into place if you willingly become the Commander's food taster. You'll be putting your life on the line to make sure the man who conquered your country won't be killed by poison. You are Yelena. Valek is your keeper. Infamous for his… Continue reading V = Valek

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U = Uriah

When a minor secondary character impresses a reader you know you've hit on a special magic that makes characters into people. Uriah Pedrad from the Divergent series is one such character. Tris, our point of view character first meets Uriah during a joint Dauntless born and other faction initiates activity. Up to this point both groups… Continue reading U = Uriah

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T = Thorin

Richard Armitage wowed me with his portrayal as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It wasn't his acting. It wasn't his bearing or his costuming. No, it was his voice. Thorin is a king, specifically King Under the Mountain, Thorin II Oakenshield, son of Thráin, son of Thrór. Those titles are thrown around the movie… Continue reading T = Thorin

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S = Singer

Shut up ya idjit, I'm talking about Bobby Singer, the Winchester brother's go to demon hunter. Talk respectfully now, he's just like family to those boys. Whenever Bobby opens his mouth you aren't sure what's going to come out of it but you know #1 it'll be fun and #2 whatever it is will make you laugh… Continue reading S = Singer

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R = Rudy

Dr. Rudy Lom is not your normal police procedural doctor. No, he's in charge of keeping the mandatory android partners in working order on Fox's Almost Human. Much is made of destroying as many MX models as possible in each episode so we can get some Rudy action on the murder scene. In such an advanced… Continue reading R = Rudy

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Q = Qui-Gon Jinn

My favorite human Jedi hands down is Qui-Gon Jinn. We meet him while on a mission to Naboo with his padawan, Obi-Won, to protect Queen Amidala. I love when Padmé questions Qui-Gon in the Queen's name and he says the Queen doesn't need to know, not knowing himself he's talking to the queen. I also love… Continue reading Q = Qui-Gon Jinn

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P = Pale Man

I admit it - I'm in love with subtitles! Okay, I'm really in love with the international community and their love of stories. Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican filmmaker who loves dark fantasy. He wowed Cannes Film Festival in 2006 with his movie, Pan's Labyrinth. I went to see the film and though it only… Continue reading P = Pale Man

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O = Olaf

"Hi everyone, I'm Olaf, and I like warm hugs!"  A snippet of memory given life, this magical snowman embodies all of the sisters' love and dreams. Elsa creates Olaf almost in passing as she sheds the restrictions put upon her by a loving if misguided parent. As soon as he's formed he's forgotten as she attempts to… Continue reading O = Olaf

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N = Niche

Have you ever wanted to adopt a character? I have, I have and her name is Niche. Looking at her you probably aren't too curious why I love her so much. Sure, she's cute you think to yourself, but come on, what's so remarkable about a little girl in a pink/purple dress? Well, I could… Continue reading N = Niche

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M = Mulch

There are some characters who, when you meet them, wow you with their abilities and their sheer creativity. Mulch Diggums is such a character. A dwarf, of all creatures, meant to be a miner, who willingly gave up magic to steal mud men treasure. Yup, if my talents lead me to a life of digging in… Continue reading M = Mulch

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L = Ludo

Rocks friends. Gosh, I loved Labyrinth as a teenager. Who doesn't have a little brother or sister that annoys them to no end at times? Only an only child, that's who! A girl dealing with her father's remarriage wishes her baby half-brother, Toby, away, not realizing it really could happen. The Goblin King Jareth has his… Continue reading L = Ludo

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K = Katsuya, Kyoko & Kazuma

Parents. They create us, they raise us (or abandon us), ultimately they form us, either through their presence in our lives or the lack of it. Katsuya, Kyoko and Kazuma are all parents from the Japanese manga Fruits Basket. This manga is the first one I read to completion (yes, all 23 volumes!) and I warn anyone… Continue reading K = Katsuya, Kyoko & Kazuma

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J = Jeremy

This is Jeremy. Yes, yes, Jeremy. That's it, we never learn the rest of his name in the k-drama, You're Beautiful. He's not normally this angry or mean. Yet both the name and the face suit the character, for Jeremy doesn't have a subtle bone in his body. It also suits the role his character… Continue reading J = Jeremy

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I = Inigo

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Everyone knows those words. They are from the famed fencer, Inigo Montoya, a beloved character from the film, The Princess Bride. His father was killed by a six-fingered nobleman fencer who'd commissioned a sword from him. He's also the man who scared… Continue reading I = Inigo

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H = Hye-gyul

Hye-gyul is portrayed by a little 5-year-old girl named Kang Ji-woo. She has a massive 7 roles under her belt with this character and it shows. I'm always attracted to the power a young actor embodies with their raw natural talent and Kang Ji-woo is no different. In the k-drama The Suspicious Housekeeper the two… Continue reading H = Hye-gyul