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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

10 Character Meme!

Ami tagged me!

First, select your ten fictional characters (from any medium) by whichever method you like best. Then answer the questions below.

1. Guy Gardner (DC Comics)
2. Captain America (Marvel Comics)
3. John Sheppard (Stargate Atlantis)
4. Noah Bennet (Heroes)
5. Aeryn Sun (Farscape)
6. Aaron Hotchner (Criminal Minds)
7. Susan Ivanova (Babylon 5)
8. Prince Adam of Eternia (He-Man: Masters of the Universe)
9. Jadzia Dax (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
10. Lwaxana Troi (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

1. Divide the list up by even and odd. Which group of five would make a better Five Man Band (like a Power Rangers team)? Who would you slot in each position: Leader, Lancer (second-in-command), Big Guy, Smart Guy, The Chick? If you think the team would be improved by swapping one character between the even and odd groups, which ones would you switch? occurs to me that apparently I like a LOT of leader types. Huh.

Group A: Guy, John, Aeryn, Ivanova, Dax
Group B: Cap, Bennet, Hotch, Adam, Lwaxana

...Okay, I can work with these.

Group A:

Leader: John Sheppard
Lancer: Susan Ivanova (Everyone knows 2ICs do the real work. :-))
Big Guy: Aeryn Sun
Smart Guy: Jadzia Dax
Chick: Guy Gardner (What? it works!)

Group B:

Leader: Captain America
Lancer: Aaron Hotchner (See Ivanova)
Big Guy: Adam of Eternia
Smart Guy: Noah Bennet
Chick: Lwaxana Troi

Damn, I like both teams. Really. I think they balance really well. John's the sort of laid back sort that won't get Guy riled up, while Ivanova provides a more military atmosphere for the others. Hotch's quiet administrative practicality will balance Cap's idealism, and probably help mediate between him and Bennet. And Lwaxana will keep them all from getting too complacent.

I don't actually think I'd switch any of them.

As to which team's better, I'd say it depends on what the mission is. Team A is probably better for first contact missions like we see in Stargate. Team B is probably better for more...directed offensives.

Team B does have Bennet and Hotch though, and it gives them a telepath, a He-Man and a Cap. So I may have to give them the edge.

2. Gender-swap 2, 8 & 10. Which character would have the most change in their story arc? Which the least? Would any of these characters have to have a complete personality change to be believable as the opposite sex?

Okay, I think Lwaxana Troi would both have the most change in her story arc and would be least believable as the opposite sex. I think both Adam and Steve would work surprisingly well, personality wise, as women.

Of course, Steve's background would need to be tweaked some, since I doubt they'd give the serum to a woman, but say if she entered the nurse corps instead of the army (less strict physical requirements), ended up working on Project Rebirth under Erskine, and due to nazi espionage/treachery or something ends up taking the serum herself. Since the army's probably not going to waste a resource like her, woman or no, the rest of Cap's backstory serum-on can probably stay largely the same.

Adam would pretty much require no change. He'd be She-Ra on Eternia is all. Heck, he's got the more traditionally "feminine" personality of the two anyway.

3. Compare the matchups of 1 & 8 and 5 & 9. (Ignore canon sexual preferences for the moment.) Which couple would be more compatible? Which couple would be more plausible to people from either principal's home culture?

Whoa. Well. I was just thinking that Prince Adam as a chick would be like Ice. And Teela IS a temperamental redhead... I'm not sure Adam has enough inner temper like Tora does to keep Guy in line. Though if anyone could provoke it, it'd be Guy Gardner. If he doesn't have it though, I think Guy'll get bored awfully quick.

Hmm, Aeryn Sun and Jadzia Dax would undoubtedly thrill a lot of the guys in the audience. Actually Jadzia likes temperamental warlike honor-obsessed alien folk. And Aeryn dates weird scientists. So it could work.

For all that Adam and Tora have some similarities, I'm gonna have to go with Aeryn and Jadzia as more compatible. Guy likes provoking people, getting them angry, making them react. (He's totally a pushy bottom. :-)) I don't think Adam can be provoked like that though, so it wouldn't work. Too bad. Because Warrior!Guy and He-Man would be pretty hot. I'm not sure Aeryn could follow Trill rules though and not try to resume a relationship with the next Dax host should Jadzia die.

Hmm, as to the culture, that's tricky. I don't remember if Farscape really went into homosexuality much in the Peacekeepers and we know how it is on Earth. Dax's people don't seem to have any such taboo though (except for the relationship extending past current host thing). And Eternia seems to be a fairly tolerant place for an 80s cartoon. I'll go with Aeryn and Jadzia again, as the Trill's the only culture I've really seen actually ADDRESS that even a little.

4. Your team is 3, 4 & 9. The mission consists of a social challenge, a mental challenge and a physical challenge. Which team member do you assign to each challenge?

John Sheppard, Noah Bennet, Jadzia Dax

I swear, I did not plan this ahead of time! Holy crap!

Well, obviously Bennet gets the mental challenge. The man is scary.

Physical and social's trickier. Both Dax and Sheppard are military and obviously fairly athletic, but neither are the "big guy" type. Sheppard's probably more charming and tends to do well with one-on-one stuff, but he botches bigger diplomatic things...Jadzia's got a Trill. But it's a Trill whose hosts include an obnoxious saccharine lady, a psycho and Curzon Dax. And other people too, but from what I dimly remember from the episode where they take over her friends, they were all really fucking annoying.

Okay, provided the physical challenge doesn't involve killing 80 Genii taking over your home base, I'll go with Sheppard for social and Dax for physical.

5. 7 becomes 1's boss for a week in some plausible fashion. How's their working relationship?

Ivanova becomes Guy's boss? My god, the man'll be in heaven.

Hmm, I think there'd probably be some clashing at first. Guy is the sort to push at what he can get away with, but Ivanova's God and doesn't take crap from anyone. I think she'll get him under heel pretty fast and then they'll settle into a good working relationship.

6. 2 finds him/her/itself inserted into 6's continuity. As far as anyone other than 2 or 6 is concerned, they've always been there. What role would 2 be presumed to have had in 6's story, and could they fit in without going wonky?

Cap in Criminal Minds? I guess this is revenge for all the really easy ones before, huh. Well, hmm, I don't really think a superhero suits that particular continuity.

Steve Rogers...hmm...I guess I could see him working as an FBI agent from another division with a fantastic record who ended up out of commission for a while and then ends up either transferred to or working with the BAU. He's probably more dogged and determined than he is brilliant and likely will be similar to Morgan in that he'd end up doing a lot of the wrestling down and tackling of the members. (Provided he still gets to keep the physique.) He's also open and honest without being as clueless/socially inept as Reid, so they might use him as the "people person". He can talk to all the people Hotch scares by breathing. :-)

(Apparently, Hotch was actually designed as a blond, blue-eyed, Mormon, people-person type before Thomas Gibson showed up, played scary intense guy and they decided they liked that better. I could see Cap fitting an original-Hotch role pretty well.)

7. 3 and 5 get three wishes. The catch is that they have to agree on all three wishes before they get the benefits of any of them. What three wishes would they make?

John Sheppard and Susan Ivanova?

Um. Guns. Lots of guns. And strategic weaponry. And um. Guns?

Either way, Wraith and Shadows wouldn't have a prayer.

8. 1 and 2 are brainwashed by a one-time artifact that works even on people immune to mind control to attack and kill 4. They keep their normal personality, skills and competence level, except any Code vs. Killing has been turned off. Can 4 survive? How?

Guy Gardner and Captain America trying to kill Bennet.

Dude. Bennet would live. I don't really know how, but he'd totally live AND unbrainwash them somehow. He's Bennet.

9. 6, 7, 9 & 10 must help an orphanage full of small and depressed children have a merry Christmas. Who does what, knowing that at the very least the kids will be expecting a visit from Santa?

Hotch, Ivanova, Dax and Lwaxana, huh? Well, Hotch likes kids so he'd probably end up in the Santa Suit. (Especially with Lwaxana's prompting). He'll be stiff and uncomfortable, but the kids won't notice because Lwaxana would swoop in and direct everything like a master maestro. Dax might tell stories, while Ivanova watches, plays scrooge for a while, then notice some neglected Jewish children and end up involved in a mini-belated Chanukah celebration and having a good time in spite of herself.

10. 3 and 8 are challenged to circumnavigate the Earth in eighty days or less, using only forms of transportation invented before 1900. Can they do it, or will they be fatally distracted by sidequests or their own personality conflicts?

Sheppard and Adam? God. :-) Those two will have to stop everywhere and save everyone from any kind of plight. While at the same time keeping Sheppard from getting them lost on the ground (though I suppose he'd be okay steering the balloon.)

At the same time, because they're those sorts of characters, they'd still totally make it around the Earth in 80 days. If only to prove McKay's pessimism wrong. (Especially as he'd totally get McKay to think of a way to make it work. :-))

Tagging! Anyone! Memes are fun!


  • At September 11, 2007 1:29 AM, Blogger Ami Angelwings said…

    Yay! :D

    You did it XDD

    I'm infectious :D

    You also chose some of my favourite chars XD Like Ivanova :D

    And I actually KNOW THE SHOWS YOU REFER TO!!!

  • At September 11, 2007 10:58 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Thi is hilarious.

  • At September 11, 2007 2:43 PM, Blogger ticknart said…


    After reading yours, I had to do it, too.

  • At September 11, 2007 2:56 PM, Blogger Evan Waters said…

    Really, Lwaxana Troi? The Jar Jar Binks of the Star Trek franchise?

  • At September 11, 2007 6:10 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Evan: I am saddened but not surprised at your inability to comprehend the inherent awesomeness of the sublime Ambassador Troi.

    She's smart, powerful, funny and makes a career of being inappropriate, obnoxious, and making lewd overtures to anyone that takes her fancy. Also, anyone who makes Picard sweat is a force to be reckoned with indeed.

  • At September 11, 2007 8:25 PM, Blogger Ami Angelwings said…

    Lwaxana is NOT the Jar Jar of the ST Universe! XD

    Neelix is >.>;;

    IGN once wrote that Lt. Barclay was too :O

    But def not Lwaxana! Watch Half a Life for proof XD

  • At September 11, 2007 8:28 PM, Blogger Michael Mastropietro said…

    So... what you're saying is that Bennit is Batman?

  • At September 11, 2007 9:13 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    I think Bennet out Batman's Batman.


    Or rather, he's Batman without the angst, drama, money, temper, or half the moral code.

    He's all Batman's juicy brain as a mild-mannered pencil pusher devoted to doing ANYTHING to keep his daughter safe. No angst, just calm focus. Thus he's somehow even more awesome.

    To be fair, Bruce is quite a bit younger than Bennet, so he might get more mellow as he ages. :-)

  • At September 12, 2007 12:26 AM, Blogger Evan Waters said…

    Troi's mom may have been a decent concept on paper, but on screen she looks and sounds like she belongs on stage doing a one-woman revue of Broadway's greatest showtunes. The gaudy costumes, the shrill voice, the "she annoys everyone but don't you just LOVE her?" tone that all her stories take- she's the prime example of the trouble STAR TREK has with being funny.

    I've yet to see an episode with her in it that I can suffer through. I'm pretty much convinced that "The Cost of Living" is the worst thing ever done in science fiction television, and that includes BUCK ROGERS' second season.

  • At September 12, 2007 7:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I tried it.

    Squirrel girl, Jack Bauer, Samus from Metroid and Darth vader wound up giving out Christmas cheer.

    Poor, poor orphans.

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  • At September 20, 2007 10:18 PM, Blogger Dracorat said…

    I seem to recall one of the previous Daxes was a peace negotiator and one a musician - I'd think for social you'd want to go Dax all the way!

  • At September 21, 2007 1:32 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Pretty sure musician-guy was the psycho, which kind of cancels that out.

    Besides, in every episode dealing with Dax's hosts I found them really really annoying.

    In contrast, Sheppard's a trade negotiator mildly infamous for his ability to charm. He's made some pretty spectacular botch ups, but through the entire first season, the stargate teams were the only reason Atlantis could eat. Admittedly, most of that was Teyla, but John did manage to charm Teyla to begin with and theoretically's learned SOMETHING by this point. :-)

    So yeah, provided the physical challenge isn't guerilla warfare, still going with him for social. :-)

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