Top Ten Favorite Screen Characters

10.  Iron Man 

Because out of all the Avengers, he has the most character growth. By the end of the third one, he is taking serious steps to be his best self. Will this last? The Avengers 2 is coming out this spring, so we will see.

Favorite Quote: My armor was never a distraction or a hobby, it was a cocoon, and now I’m a changed man. You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys, but one thing you can’t take away – I am Iron Man.

9. Cory Matthews (Boy Meets Word/Girl Meets World)

There is little to DISLIKE about Cory Matthews. He has an unfaltering belief in God, in family, in his friends and that true love lasts forever. Never does he breathe a discouraging word, never is he hateful or unloving to anybody he meets. He is always respectful to authority figures and holds his father, mother and teacher, Mr. Feeny in the highest regard. And he never hesitates to do the right thing, even if it is the unpopular choice. I think if we had more Cory Matthews in real life, the world would be a brighter place.

Favorite Quote:  I believe in love like I believe in God: You can’t touch it, you can’t see it, but you can feel its wrath.

8. Sherlock Holmes (Elementary)

He’s a different kind of Sherlock than the other ones I watch. A little more down-trodden by the world, a little more bruised. He has his vices and he’s beaten them. He’s loved and lost and learned to love again against all odds. He’s faced the dangers of falling into old habits and won the battle. He takes care of bees and wears funky socks, and when he lets somebody in, you can tell that he genuinely cares about them even if he is not that great at showing it. You are rooting for him to be the best man he can be. And ever since Joan Watson has come into his life, you can see the amazing changes he has made.

Favorite Quote: When I look back at the last 18 months I often categorize it as a grand experiment. The results which has demonstrated to me, much to my surpass, that I am capable can change. So, I will change… For you. For the sake of our partnership. For the sake of our work. Stay.

7. Joan Watson (Elementary)

Portrayed by the gorgeous Lucy Liu, she is making TV history by playing the first female Watson EVER. She doesn’t put up with any of Sherlock’s nonsense and has no qualms with putting him in place when he oversteps his boundaries. In the case of any great male-female relationship, she saves him from himself and he in turn shows her the kind of life she wants to live.

Favorite Quote: You have this kind of pull, like gravity. I am so lucky that I fell into your orbit.

6. Rose Morgan (the Mirror Has Two Faces)

Played by one of my favorites, Barbra Streisand, Rose is a single, middle-aged professor at a prestigious college. All of that changes when her younger sister answers an ad in her name. She meets and marries the handsome, middle-aged math professor, Gregory Larkin (Jeff Bridges). Their marriage is a unconventional one, born out of their friendship and mutual respect for each other. By the end of the movie, she has Gregory wrapped around her little finger and they get their happily ever after. Note, out of all the characters on this list, I relate to her the most from the way I feel about makeup to hiding my snacks all over the house to the way I feel about true love.

Favorite Quote (when Gregory asks her why she doesn’t wear makeup): What’s the point? I’d still look like me, only in color.

5. Kathleen Kelly (You’ve Got Mail)

I love everything about Kathleen. There is no need to get into a lengthy description why.

Favorite Quote:  People are always telling you that change is a good thing. But all they’re really saying is that something you didn’t want to happen at all… has happened. My store is closing this week. I own a store, did I ever tell you that? It’s a lovely store, and in a week it will be something really depressing, like a Baby Gap. Soon, it’ll just be a memory. In fact, someone, some foolish person, will probably think it’s a tribute to this city, the way it keeps changing on you, the way you can never count on it, or something. I know because that’s the sort of thing I’m always saying. But the truth is… I’m heartbroken. I feel as if a part of me has died, and my mother has died all over again, and no one can ever make it right.

4. Holly Golightly (Breakfast At Tiffany’s)

I think the young adult author, John Green, can best describe her “I was drizzle and she was a hurricane”. That sums her up exactly, Holly is a force to be reckoned with, she is larger than life but she is still a little girl in many ways. I love watching her onscreen growth from that of a scared little girl to one who is ready to face the things she is afraid of. And you can’t forget her amazing wardrobe.

Favorite Quote: A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick.

3. Lady Thiang (the King & I)

Ever since I was a little girl, I have LOVED the character of the King’s head wife. Ever since I was seven, I always thought that she really loved him despite his faults and that she was the one person who really knew the man behind the throne. I know now that the King & I is really a love story about Ana and the King, but I will never relinquish my belief that she loved him. That she was the only people who knew how to love him.

Favorite Quote: No quote, just the song Something Wonderful.

2. Patrick Jane (the Mentalist)

From the second I started to watch this show, I was drawn to this beautifully tragic man. I have probably gotten to know him better than any fictional character on this list (aside from my number one pick, Teresa Lisbon). For six whole seasons, I rooted for this man to find the peace he was so desperately looking for, to catch the man who had killed his first wife and daughter and to find a second chance at true love.  In season 6, he found all three. This season is him accepting that he deserves all the things he has gotten.

Favorite Quote: You’re right. I have forgotten how to act like a normal human being. And I play games and I lie and I trick people to avoid the truth of how I feel. And the idea of letting anyone close to me is terrifying for obvious reasons, but the truth, Teresa, is that I can’t imagine waking up, knowing that I won’t see you. The truth is… I love you. Whew! You can’t imagine how good it feels to say that out loud, but it scares me… and it is the truth. It is the truth of what I feel.  

1. Teresa Lisbon (the Mentalist)

Patrick Jane would not be the same person he is without THIS woman here. She took him in when he was at the lowest point in his life and told him to shape up. She sympathized with him but didn’t pity him and she proved to be the exact kind of cure he needed. I watched for seven breathless seasons as she fought with him and was his friend and flirted with him and fell in love with him and made him love her back. She was just as tragic and broken as him and together, they have found a completeness that Robin Tunney describes perfectly as what “she deserves but didn’t know she wanted.”

Favorite Quote: I love you. I said it.

Honorable Mentions:

Maria Von Trapp & Captain Von Trapp – Sound Of Music
Finn Hudson & Rachel Berry – Glee
Pepper Potts – Iron Man
Mr. Knightly & Emma Wodehouse – Emma
Marianne Dashwood & Colonel Brandon – Sense & Sensibility 
Jacob Stone & Cassandra Cillian – the Librarians
Mary Poppins – Mary Poppins
Fanny Brice – Funny Girl
Lily Rush – Cold Case
Sam Brosocky – The Mentalist
Natasha Romanoff & Clint Barton – the Avengers
Phil Coulson & Melinda May – Agents of SHIELD
John Reese, Sameen Shaw & Joss Carter – Person of Interest
Daniel Pierce & Kate Moretti – Perception