you came and you gave without taking

9 September 2006

I’m watching Leinster being beaten by Edinburgh[1] Tis quite annoying, especially cause the commentators on Setanta Sports are Scots, and so obviously enough up for Edinburgh. Can’t blame them, and they aren’t unfair or anything, but they are slightly biased. Still, first match of the Magner’s league for Leinster, and none of the internationals are playing, and they will improve… Plus, Connacht beat the Ospreys, so that’s great news.

Anyways, over at Random Burblings, Alan has a meme to join in. Name your top 25 tv characters and explain why.

    These are in no particular order, just the way they popped into my head.

  1. Firefly‘s Jayne, played by Adam Baldwin. Obvious, I know to any regular readers :) As for why, well he could so easily have been a clichéd muscle-no-brains character, but while Jayne was the muscle with the lack of brain he also had wonderful comedy moments. Violence and humour. Who could want for more.
    “Boy, it sure would be nice if we had some grenades, don’t you think?”
  2. Titus Pullo from Rome, played by Ray Stevenson. Hmm, a similar type of character to Jayne. Only instead of being a mercenary-type he’s a soldier. And a hero, sortof.
    “I’m going to drink all the wine, smoke all the smoke, and fuck every whore in the city!”
  3. And also from Rome I can’t leave Lucius Vorenus played by Kevin McKidd. Vorenus is a great character, so devoted to the Legion and honour. But at the same time gradually becoming more and more disillusioned with life and the reality of Roman politics.
    “Fortune pisses on me once again!”
  4. Darla, played by Julia Benz, in Buffy and Angel. Nothing but a bit character in Buffy, she returned in Angel to be so much more and so important. She was just cool.
    “Whatever pain he caused to your daughter was momentary, over in an instant or an hour.”
  5. Life On Mars’ DI Gene Hunt, played by Philip Glenister. Just a great character. Blunt, insulting, violent, a crooked cop, a man with a thousand and one great lines.
    “DCI Gene Hunt: I’m not a Catholic me’self Mr Warren, but isn’t there something in the Bible about “Thou shalt not suck off rent boys”?
    Warren: How dare you come in here!
    DCI Gene Hunt: You could have said that to the boy.”
  6. Stewie from Family Guy voiced by Seth MacFarlane. I really seem to have a load of foul mouthed character here don’t I?. But who doesn’t love a kid who want to kill his mother, who turned into a weird mutant squid thing and tried to take over the world?
    “Damn you, vile woman, you’ve impeded my work since the day I escaped your wretched womb”
  7. Gary Cole as Sheriff Lucas Black in American Gothic. He’s just plain evil. Evil I tells you.
    “All guilt is relative. Loyalty counts. And never let your conscience be your guide”
  8. Sean Bean as Sharpe in the various Sharpe tv specials. Okay, mainly for the Sean Beanliness, but also because Sharpe is a great fun adventure/action character. Yes, the actual plots are a little repetitive, but Sharpe is always entertaining.
    “And what the hell do I care what you and the lads want, eh? You think the British Army’s a bloody dem… dem…
    Harris: Democracy, sir. Comes from the Greek word “demos” and means “rule by-”
    Sharpe: Shut up, Harris!
  9. Will Scarlet, in Robin of Sherwood, played by Ray Winstone. First off because the TV show itself is great. Secondly because Winstone is a fantastic actor and third, because Scarlet is a wonderful character here. Not the brightly-dressed dandy of other versions but a violent little thug[2] With a heart, otherwise he wouldn’t be one of the good guys, would he?
  10. Another Firefly character, Alan Tudyk‘s Wash. And look, he breaks the pattern. Cause he is as far from a bad-boy as it is possible to get.
    “Sweetie, we’re crooks. If everything were right, we’d be in jail.”
  11. Oz, played by Seth Green in Buffy. Another non-bad boy. Oz was the coolest of the cool. And none of that fake acting cool crap, he simply was cool. And so monosyllabic, but still so verbal. If that makes sense?
    “[thinking]I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything that is me and she becomes me. I cease to exist. Huh”
  12. Wesley, played by Alexis Denisof in Angel. He just had such a great arc. From being the annoying lite-Giles, to becoming one of the heros on Angel. And then all that wrestling with good and bad. And his love for Fred.
    “Y’know, back in my days as a rogue demon hunter, I once used that very spear to pin down what I thought was a small Rodentius demon. Of course, the poodle’s owners weren’t very happy.”
  13. Back to the bad boys with Veronica Mars‘ Logan Echolls, played by Jason Dohring. Just cause he is such an interesting, twisted, fucked up character.
    “If I donate to the United Latino Pain-in-the-Ass fund, will you shut the hell up?”
  14. And I’m running out of characters. either that or I want to name the entire cast from certain shows which is a little unfair. So I’m going to post this list as is, incomplete, and if more pop into my head I’ll add them.


  1. We do like Mr. Chris Paterson btw
  2. anyone else seeing a pattern here

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20 Responses

  1. Carl V. says:

    Wow, that would be difficult…The entire cast of Firefly would definitely be at the top. Love (and miss) them all. Just watched the Done the Impossible DVD the other day and was impressed. Very good documentary.

  2. NineMoons says:

    Could not agree more with the list. Apart from the fella from Life on Mars which I still haven't seen but shall borrow one of these days.

    I never knew you loved Darla! I ADORE her. My favourite scene is with her an Angel in the watertank, with all the pillars. "God doesn't want you. But I still do"

    My Veronica Mars season two DVD arrived! WOO… oh no! No disc six, just two of disc four. Damnation. Replacement will be sent but have to wait. Was going to lend it to my friend EG but don't want to send her into a tailspin if it takes too long to arrive – imagine having the whole season laid luxuriously out in front of you but not the last few eps!!

  3. Mal says:


    Chris Finch from the Office…he's so horrible but part of me longs to be that kind of laddish, man-of-the-world, brash type.

    I won't say anything about Joss "originality" Wheedon. Actually, I thought Star Wars was OK. Sorry, Deep Space Nine. I mean the A-Team. Firefly, that's it.

    It did have a spanking theme tune, though.

  4. Mal says:

    Or Joss Whedon, as I see it's spelt.

  5. NineMoons says:

    Don't be comin' on this blog and dissin' the Joss. Go to your blog and diss the Joss. If you can honestly, hand-on-heart find anything to properly diss him for…

    And his middle name is Hill. Not 'originality'. Silly Mal.

  6. Fence says:

    Star Wars was okay. As was Deep Space Nine. Better than okay. But Firefly is in a category all its own.
    Respecting the Joss is one of the terms you agree to by reading this blog you know :)

  7. NineMoons says:

    Hey Fencicle, season 8 of Buffy is coming out next month! Are you buying so I can borrow or wha?

  8. Fence says:

    Hadn't really thought about it. Isn't it a six part comic? So there'll be one book volume at some stage. Probly get that whenever.

  9. NineMoons says:

    And now I have to return the bloody faulty disc to CYPRUS! I'll get a refund of my postage expenditure – in the form of a voucher to spend on their site. But they won't send me another copy because that was their last one.

    ARGH. Treble fucking argh.

  10. Fence says:

    Who did you order it from? Play? Or some other site.

  11. NineMoons says:

    CD Wow. Cos I had a voucher for them, it was cheapest and it was quickest – only other way to get it was off PlayUSA or It's not their fault really – the thing was sealed so they couldn't have known – but I can't believe they don't have any more. GARGH.

  12. Yay! Jayne! Yay! Darla! Stewie! Yay! Wash! Yay! Oz *drool*!

    You have very good tast in characters.

  13. NineMoons says:

    I just put mine up. I came up with over 20 characters but I got tired of it after nine. There aren't even any 'verse characters in there yet! Maybe I'll finish it another time.

  14. Nome says:

    I am way out of the TV loop. But I do adore your subject heading.

  15. anne says:

    We do like Chris Patterson here too.

    And a very good list that is.

  16. Fence says:

    Nome it has a double meaning, cause telly does give and give without taking (unless you count lowering our attention spans as taking), but also because it was a song often used in Angel.

    Anne, I'm glad we all agree :)

  17. NineMoons says:

    And using it as your post title meant I was singing the various versions in my head all yesterday (Oh Mandy as sung badly by Angel and less badly by Barry Manilow and Oh Jasmine by Angel and Connor and then Oh Margie by Homer Simpson).

    Oh Margie. You came and you found me a turkey. On my vacation away from workee.

  18. Nome says:

    I completely missed the double meaning. But I enjoyed the line nonetheless.

  19. sally says:

    I liked Giles on Buffy. I liked Oz but ever since Buffy virtually all of Seth Green's roles are played the same way as Oz was played…it lessens his portrayal of Oz for me.

  20. Fence says:

    I aim to please Nome :)

    Sally Giles was great too. The whole cast was great. I like Seth Green's performances, though I haven't seen him in a lot. But I don't think anything could make me think any less of Oz.

    Okay, some things could, but I doubt they'd ever show them on prime time tv, even if Buffy was still running :twisted: