Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Top 5 Tuesday - Top 5... Fave Characters U-Z

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that explores different topics. Originally created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, it is now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads. For a list of September topics you can click here. To participate, link your post back to Meeghan's blog or leave a comment on her weekly post.

It is Tuesday again, so we are back to Top 5 Tuesday. This is the last week of the month, so we will end September with Top 5… Fave Characters U-Z. I think this will be a hard one.

The story of The Ugly Duckling has a message we should carry with us for the rest of our lives. We spend so much time thinking we don't measure up to everyone else or allowing others to make us feel like we don't measure up, that we forget one day we will come into our own. In this instance, it was a scrawny, gray duckling transforming into a beautiful swan. No matter what we are called to in our lives, we all have a purpose, and if we stay true to that purpose and true to ourselves, we will realize how spectacular we really are.

V is the main character in V is for Vendetta, a politically charged graphic novel. Set in London in the late 1990s, V is a cloaked anarchist wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. Although there is nothing physically wrong with him, the experiments he endured in the Larkhill Resettlement Camp likely impacted his mental health. His terrorist activity is investigated by veteran detective Eric Finch. The two will meet in a fight where one does not survive. V is a character who saved a young woman and stood up for what he believed in against Britain's fascist government. You can read more about this series here.

Willy Wonka teeters in between being eccentric and mean in most movie versions. The owner of a chocolate factory, he hides five Golden Tickets in his chocolate bars. The five winners will receive a tour of his famous factory. On the day of the tour, the five children and their parents enter the factory, and one by one all the children are eliminated except Charlie Bucket. Charlie is a poor boy who lives in a small house with his parents and four grandparents. Imagine his surprise when Wonka tells him that he has won the factory because the contest was set up by Wonka to find a worthy heir. Charlie and his family are then invited to live with Wonka at the factory. Willy Wonka is a unique character; one who could be said to capitalize on the bad habits of the children and their parents, but also one who sought a boy who displayed extreme goodness as his heir.

Professor X is often seen as the leader of the X-Men. A mutant, he is a powerful telepath. He promotes peaceful co-existence between humans and mutants where anti-mutant sentiment is strong. Part of the reason I like Professor X is because of Patrick Stewart's portrayal of him.

Yogi Bear started out as an animated character on The Huckleberry Hound Show (another one of my childhood favorites). He and his little bear pal, Boo-Boo, hang out in Jellystone National Park and create all kinds of aggravation for Ranger Smith, usually caused by Yogi's insatiable appetite for people's picnic food. 

Neeta Lyffe Zombie Exterminator is not to be messed with. She is sassy and smart and she has her own reality show. As host of Zombie Death Extreme she shares everything her late mother taught her about exterminating zombies with her apprentices and hopes the public will learn enough to keep them safe. 

This was a tough list to put together, but I hope you like it. I'm looking forward to October. 


Beware Of The Reader said...

Congrats you found one for every letter!

Cheryl Malandrinos said...

Thanks. It was tough and I had to be creative.

ThePunkTheory said...

V and Willy Wonka are great picks!
I wish I would have thought of them.

Meeghan reads said...

Ahhh!! Every post I see reminds me of characters that I have forgotten!!
Great list!! 💕

Unknown said...

Ugly duckling ��- good one I went on similar lines with ugly sisters ��‍♀️ from Cinderella. I did Willy Wonka too :) Thought of X men but don’t read comics.