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28 May 2007 @ 08:13 pm
Character meme  
*takes a deep breath*

OK, radioreverie wheedled effectively... and clearly I don't have enough to do (*hysterical laughter*), so I'm doing that meme that's going around.

Name a character (from a show I'm familiar with) and I'll give you three (or more) facts about them from my personal canon/fanon. (Personal amendment: with characters you think I know well, you may also choose an aspect of their lives so I have a focus.)

ETA: You can ask for a character that's already been asked for--I don't mind. It might take me a while to get to them, but I promise I will do so.
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Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: some strange program about eating insects
Melissa: PJ Harvey & Björkradioreverie on May 28th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
Lois Lane!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois searchingbop_radar on May 28th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
I have no idea why these are the things that first came to mind.

1. Lois knows she's got no fashion sense. So she fills her wardrobe with outfits she already knows 'work' for her: jeans, bright tops (they make her feel cheery), boots. When she got started work with Martha she shopped methodically for a set of appropriate suits. But it doesn't come naturally. She avoids wandering into clothes shops on a whim--apart from the fact that she's got better things to do with her time, disasters usually ensue...
2. Sometimes Lois wishes she had been allowed to have a pet. On one of the bases there had been a dog, a mongrel cross of a thing, which she'd befriended. She secretly likes Shelby, though she'd never tell Clark that. She'd happily live with him despite her allergy--though she'd reserve the right to gripe about it.
3. Though she keeps her own counsel on this matter, Lois has a really bleak view of the world. She doesn't think world peace will ever be achieved, she thinks humanity commits more attrocities than acts of beauty. She thinks the western world is deluded in thinking its society is one of 'equality'. And yet rather than despair about this, it just makes her more determined to fight the minor injustices she sees in her own life. Lois is used to fighting losing wars: she finds that position familiar and comfortable.

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Naomi: Lexana evil playing of Lex by ali-consfrelling_tralk on May 28th, 2007 10:45 am (UTC)
Lana Lang
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana Luthorbop_radar on May 28th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
1. Lana doesn't put a lot of stock in appearances. She knows they can be deceptive. She admires courage in others, people who speak their minds and those who wear their hearts on their sleeves.
2. Since childhood Lana has felt alone in the world, despite Nell's affection and the goodwill of those around her. She thought she would never get used to that loneliness, but lately she's realised that she's shifted into resignation about it. Rather than bringing despondency, this shift has given her a certain steely strength.
3. Lana was never embarrassed with Lex's staff, but once when Chloe visited she'd asked Lana about it--if it was weird having 'servants'. It was only then that Lana wondered if she should feel more uncomfortable about them. She knew they got paid good wages with excellent terms--she'd asked Lex. But ever since then, she's avoided them unless she has a specific request (which she makes politely and decisively). The staff have got used to quietly moving out of her way as she moves around the mansion.
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Melissa: The Dancerradioreverie on May 28th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
*tiptoes back in*

Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL angry hairbop_radar on May 28th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Eeep! You would do that to me... sheesh, Wesley's not a character I think a lot about. *scratches head* Accordingly, these are a leetle wacked.

1. Wesley reads extremely dry tomes on medieval warfare before he goes to sleep at night. He doesn't know why he does this.
2. Wesley likes exquisitely good fresh food--a perfectly ripe avocado, organic apricots that leave no floury aftertaste, freshly baked bread. These are pleasures he doesn't often have time to indulge.
3. Wesley runs like a girl. People told him this in high school. Once upon a time he actually practised running in a different way. But then he decided it wasn't worth the trouble. Now he just runs.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark identity crisisbop_radar on May 28th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC)
Hahahaha! That's ... er... quite the choice.

1. Clark reads a lot of self-help books. He knows he doesn't really understand the way people behave so he takes what they have to say very, very seriously. But what he reads still confuses him.
2. Clark likes hitting things. Hard. He likes the way things feel crumpling under his fists. Most things in his life are too fragile, everything has to be so delicately handled, and there's no margin for error. Sometimes he imagines Metropolis emptied of all its population; he imagines running--superspeeding--through the streets and punching holes in the vacant buildings, watching them crumble. When he hits something that holds firm he sometimes wishes he could go on hitting it forever, until he felt something.
3. The one thing that Clark thinks about every day without fail is Lex. He feels guilty about this. It should be his parents (but he never knew them), it should be his father (but Jonathan's memory is so fixed, a part of him at a deeper level, he doesn't need to think about it), it should be his mother (but he loves her with words and deeds, not thoughts).
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latteaddict: Sunglasseslatteaddict on May 28th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
I'll make it easy for you. Lee Adama. I would like to know your personal canon/fanon on his academy years :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee polite facebop_radar on May 28th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
HA! That is not easy AT ALL! It's harder, in fact. *frets* I'm making myself do the meme because other friends said they found it rewarding, but it does not come naturally to me at all. When I think of characters outside of what we know in canon, I just see this infinite range of possiblities and kind of blank out on them. *whinges*

OK, ok, I might have to sleep on this one. *is pathetic*
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wisteria: bsg - sam - secret cylonwisteria_ on May 28th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
Ooh, I'm going to make this one tricky for you! Samuel T. Anders.

(I know you're not exactly a fan, so I'd be really interested to hear your take on him. Because of that, feel free to disregard this one. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee smilebop_radar on May 28th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
Cool! That one I'd love to do. *pounces* Sam perplexes me so I've no idea how this will connect with other people's thoughts on him, but I like the idea to 'put him in order' in my own mind. ;-)

1. Sam hates politics and political discussion. Back before the Cylons attacked he thought all politicians were corrupt anyway, and now there simply isn't time for that shit. He doesn't exactly trust the military either though--at the top they're just like politicians anyway. But at least they get stuff done.
2. Sam's always been a take-each-day-as-it-comes, seize-the-moment kinda guy. He's prided himself on it, and it's worked for him--both as a sportsman and as a fighter. But when he finds out he's a Cylon he wonders if he was programmed that way, programmed to keep his tread light and not get too entangled.
3. Sam's used to being liked. He was in the popular gang in high school, and he proved as good at the off-court publicity as he was at the on-court moves. But despite being likeable he's never had many close friends--just lots of acquaintances. He's used to people trusting him (sometimes he wonders why they do so so easily), but he's also used to them evaporating when he really needed something. That's why he never expected Kara to come back and rescue them.
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fionn_a_bhair: Pilots!  BSGfionn_a_bhair on May 28th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
I had to ask - Kara Thrace!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on May 29th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Eeep! Tricky one! Ok, here goes... it's my canon so I can do with her as I will. *evil giggle*

1. Kara likes people that make her laugh. Few people do. Even fewer people these days.
2. Kara likes slow, languorous, sensual love-making (though she doesn't call it that). The guys she gets into bed with often misread this, but she's actually not that into kinky stuff. She can do it, sure, but it's tenderness that really turns her on. Zak was good like that. Even Sam's too direct sometimes--not enough foreplay, though she'd never tell him that. It was better when they were first together, but now they're so matter-of-fact about it. It's still good--it gets her a chemical release that she needs because she's usually wound up tighter than a spring, but it doesn't touch her on the level that good sex, really good sex does.
3. Kara doesn't expect anyone to like her. Ever. Sometimes she even takes pride in having it confirmed that they don't. She'd rather be right than liked. That doesn't mean she's blind to the ways that she does crave attention from others. But she's very good at being consciously able to switch into denial--she knows other people aren't as good at this as her and it frustrates her. What's the point in spending time thinking about problems that can't be solved? People say 'denial' like it's a dirty word--Kara sees it as a useful method of self-control.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on May 29th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
*nods* She's not, and she's an interesting one to do because on the show she's too often a tool of the writers. She deserves more attention!

1. Martha always liked Lex. She thinks of the boy alone in that huge empty mansion, without anyone to show him real tenderness and she shudders. Secretly there's part of her that would still like to invite him over, feed him some home baking and have a good chat with him. But she recognises that he's gone way beyond that. She doesn't let any of her fondness for him show because it wouldn't be good for Clark. It's better for Clark to put Lex out of his mind, but she knows he hasn't been able to do that, and she knows why. He's more like her in this way than Jonathan. Jonathan had such a neat mind--he could box people up in corners and put a lid on them. It was infuriating at times, but Martha knew it was a strength as well. She'd never been able to do that and she sees that same inability in Clark, despite the fact that he strains to do so. She worries for him on this score.

2. Martha likes Lana a lot but she never thought she was right for her son. She doesn't think one should marry one's high-school sweetheart and while it's been hard to watch Clark go through the heartbreak, she thinks he's a stronger person for it now. Martha's somewhat surprised that Lana is still so central to Clark, though it makes her love her son all the more for his loyal heart. She doesn't resent or begrudge Lana this, but she wonders if she misread the situation as more than first love. Is she just pushing her own beliefs on to her son? If Clark decides Lana really is the one for him, then Martha will never be anything but supportive.

3. Martha likes Lois a lot and that still surprises her. She was so rude and brash when Martha first met her but Martha quickly learnt to see her strengths--her honesty, her compassion, her loyalty and her determination--as well as the vulnerability beneath the surface. At first Martha thought she'd never met a young woman more different than herself at that age, but now she's not so sure. Lois's life has been very different from hers and her priorities lie elsewhere, but Martha sees the flash in Lois's eyes when she's got her heart set on accomplishing something and she remembers how she fought with her own father over Jonathan. Martha just hopes that Lois fixes on a course that will bring her some stability. Lois is so restless, always moving, and Martha hopes she finds someone who will slow her down just a little, allow her to breathe and enjoy the small pleasures in life.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on May 29th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
You didn't want to ask for Lana!? Perhaps you already realise that I really have NO CLUE where she's concerned! ;-)

Chloe... hmm...
1. Chloe knows that if you work hard enough, you can achieve anything. Sure, it frustrates her sometimes that she's still in the basement at the Planet, and she lets herself feel down about it occasionally, but she always kicks herself back into gear by reminding herself of her achievements to date.
2. Chloe has an innate confidence in the universe. She gets frustrated when good people don't get the recognition they deserve precisely because deep down she's always convinced that they should, that they will. Her optimism is a strength, but it also makes it harder for her to cope with senseless tragedy when it does strike. That's why she couldn't face her mother for so long. What sort of universe would take her away? Chloe feels nauseous when she thinks about it for too long.
3. Finding out about Clark's secret confirmed to Chloe not just what she'd always sensed about Clark (that he was special) but also what she'd thought about the world as a whole. It made sense, on a fundamental level, that the universe would have provided a 'Clark', to balance all the ugliness and horror that came from the meteor shower.
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Billie Bones: I know your secretliteraryll on May 28th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on May 29th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Whee! There's a character I think I could on and on about for days... *rubs hands gleefully*

1. Lex has struggled with instability since he was a child. His fit of rage at Duncan was not the first time he had snapped--there had been one or two occasions before then, which came without warning and which left him shaking and the adults around him looking shocked and fearful. He knew it wasn't like the tantrums other children had which usually ended in tears and hugs and being put to bed. His were soothed by nothing. As a young adult he fought hard to avoid these rages--he experimented with drugs enough to know that some helped and some enduced them. But one of the reasons he never realised he was being drugged by his psychiatrist was that he assumed the bursts of manic rage he experienced were 'natural'.
2. Lex watches Lana and thinks how slow she is to catch on to Clark. He sees in her what he was like when he was younger--before he knew better. When he was naive enough to see romance in mystery and believe that the inexplicable is transcendent. Now he knows this is not true: the inexplicable is just an illusion, and he can get to the bottom of mystery with enough power and money. Lana's learning. Slowly but surely she'll learn.
3. Lex truly loves Lana and he'd do anything to prove it. He's proud of himself for empowering her in ways that other men, boys, never did, letting her do the things she wants to do--it paid off just as he thought it would. The thought of leaving her to Clark sickens him. He knows Lana still has feelings for Clark but he could never bear to see her be with that lying monster--he's got her own interests at heart. Really.
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Nora Norwich: Magnificentnorwich36 on May 28th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
You are very brave! Despite your encouragement, I don't think I could do this meme. I'm not completely sure I *have* personal canon for many characters.

If you're up to doing another, I see no one has given you Lionel yet.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on May 29th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
YOU SHOULD TOTALLY DO IT, NORA! :-) Really! I don't have personal canon for the characters either really. Except for a few select characters, and then it's more just like very detailed extrapoloations of what I've seen on the show, prompted by meta. I'm just makin' them up on the spot! But 'tis fun!

1. Lionel is delighted that he was chosen as Jor-El's emissary. It allows him direct access to information he would have sought out anyway, and it places him automatically in a position of power, a position he is comfortable with. He thinks it can't have been chance that he was chosen, and he immediately bent his mind to thinking how he could use it to accomplish his aims. He's enjoying balancing Clark and Lex against one another in his own mind. They make good puppets.
2. Lionel loves Martha and he's certain that he'll get to be with her one day. He's patient enough to play the game he needs to to make sure that when they do get together he keeps her for life. He's no longer a youth like his son, hastily stumbling into romantic affairs with all the subtelty of a bulldozer. He's playing the long slow game, and he's playing to win. Lionel always wins.
3. Clark amuses Lionel. So naive, so straightforward, so slow-minded. All those good intentions and no clue how to put them to good effect. This is why the 'good' people of the world need a strong guiding hand, a hand that understands the real issues and can deal with the more sordid aspects of life. He'd be happy to shield Clark from those as long as Clark followed his orders advice.
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slinkling: Buffy/Angelslinkling on May 28th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
This meme really looks like so much fun. I'm going to have to climb on board too. And I've loved your answers so far; as always, you've made me like Lois more than the show does. (I adore your bit about her lack of fashion sense.)

What can you tell me about Angel? (Keeping in mind that I've never seen his spin-off show.)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Faith smugbop_radar on May 29th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
Angel! Fun! There's nothing spoilery here (though ohhh I'd have so much more to say if you'd seen AtS!)

1. One of Angel's secret hang-ups is that he's not very smart. In his two hundred odd years he's managed to pick up a fair bit of general knowledge and since gaining a soul he's made a conscious effort to read more, but it was never his strength. He envies people like Wesley who take to study (and the application of knowledge) so naturally. He's under no illusions: he's the brawn of the outfit (though that doesn't mean he doesn't trust his instincts).
2. Watching mortals die never gets any easier. It makes him think of his own short human existence and how futile it was. Would the world have been a better place if he'd never been born? Probably. But he's doing his best to make up for that. Except that means he looks at everyone, no matter how messed up, how hopeless or lost, as potential candidates for greatness. He doesn't expect them to be, but he figures if the capacity to fight for good (eventually) existed in him, then that latent instinct must exist in everyone. Cordy would joke that he doesn't have the people skills to become a prophet and he'd acknowledge the jest, but sometimes he wishes he did.
3. There are plenty of things that Angel doesn't miss about mortal life. Especially in the twentieth century. Cooking for example--what a fuss! Much easier (and quicker) to just have a neat supply of pig's blood and be done with it. Small talk's another one. He resents having to engage in it in order to 'pass' as human and appreciates that the people that know his true identity give him leniency on that front--they don't expect a vampire to make small talk. Hanging around teenagers like Buffy and her friends was a strange experience for Angel. Even when they were focussed on a particular problem, they still engaged in so much chit chat. He's got better at it, and he's oddly moved by Buffy having shown him that just because someone talks about clothes and tv programs and group in-jokes doesn't mean they can't be the toughest fighter the world's ever seen.
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I just had to ask.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Faith smugbop_radar on May 29th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
*reposted to fix the itals*

Course you did! ;-) Yay!

1. Being a Slayer gave Faith a mental focus she'd never experienced before. She'd always been one of those restless kids who's bored all the time: fidgeting in class, obsessively switching channels on the TV, bored with a game as soon as it's begun. Teachers told her to take up sport but the idea of 'team spirit' didn't exactly sit well with Faith and even individual sports like athletics took on a 'team' flavour in inter-school competitions. So Slayerdom was a dream come true. She never expected that it could become a prison in its own way.
2. Faith knows people think she's jealous of Buffy. They're right and they're wrong. Buffy infuriates Faith on a level that goes way beyond jealousy in her mind. She can feel the connection between them, taut but elastic at the same time; it's been a constant since the day they met. Sometimes she dreams about her. Ok, often she dreams about her, but she's not about to tell anyone this, least of all B. She knew when B. died. She's not sure how she knew, but she knew and she screamed fit to wake the dead in her prison cell; they'd had to sedate her.
3. 'Five by five' doesn't mean anything and that's just how Faith likes it. Because nothing means anything at the end of the day. Faith has lots of little ways of reminding herself of this, ways of reminding herself that she may be able to kick vampire ass but it means fuck all in the bigger scheme of things. Fight hard, die young: that's fine by Faith. Worrying about the big-picture stuff was something she'd never planned on doing--at least not until Angel... even once she's in prison she keeps telling herself it doesn't mean anything. She's paying the price for what she did, that's all. It's nothing. It's just a balancing act but who's going to see? There's no god, there's no grand jury at the end of one's life weighing up your good and bad acts. She's not doing it to impress anyone. There's just her. (Angel understands that.) Which is why 'five by five' means she's got things in perspective.
Professional Sinner: tv friday night lightsm_agda on May 28th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Hit me with... Landry Clarke.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on May 29th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
Landry! Not a character I've thought much about. Let's see how I go... (sorry--I'm hampered by not knowing the right US school terminology, but I'm sure you'll get the drift)

1. Landry knows he's smarter than nine tenths of his classmates. And the other tenth don't work hard enough to make it matter, so as far as he's concerned he's top of his class (though they don't rank people like that any more). He's sure he'll get a good leaving score. He's pretty sure the world will recognise his intelligence one day... any day now. High school doesn't last forever, though it sure feels like it does sometimes.
2. Landry got to know Matt in junior school. Matt got beat up after class one day and Landry hung around watching; he knew They'd both missed the school bus by then and Landry walked all the way home with Matt telling him stories about all the times he'd been beaten up and how it just proved how stupid the other guys were. Matt was sullen and silent until they got to the gate of Matt's house. Then he said 'you're an idiot' and they both cracked up laughing. They'd been friends ever since.
3. Landry is genuinely baffled as to why girls haven't gone for him much yet. He appreciates them, he always tells them when they're hot... why don't they respond? He puts it down to stubbornness and female inscrutability on their part and he expects it to happen. When he talks to Tyra, he's sure he can see her responding.
jude_judith82: QB1jude_judith82 on May 28th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Mrs. Coach a.k.a. Tami Taylor!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Matt Saracenbop_radar on May 29th, 2007 09:27 am (UTC)
1. Tami's the oldest of four kids. When they were young the kids fought all the time, but now they're older they get along quite well, though they've all scattered and don't see each other very often. Tami's parents are still together, even though their marriage went through some rough patches. Tami is grateful for that and the fact that her parents always supported their kids. She sees all these kids from broken families and it breaks her heart.
2. Tami believes loving someone means being able to fight with them sometimes. Partnership: that's what she always wanted. Some of her friends thought she was crazy marrying her high school sweetheart--what about college? a career? and what if she met Mr Perfect next week? But Tami knew even if she did it wouldn't be better than what she already had, and she also knew nothing would stop her from doing what she wanted to if she really wanted it badly enough. So she married him anyway.
3. Tami's a good judge of character and she knows it. She's always trusted her first impressions and she's rarely if ever been proven wrong. Besides which, she's good at watching people and she's also willing to modify her opinion of others when subsequent information appears. It helps her in her job, but that doesn't mean she always gets it right. Sometimes she screws up, says the wrong thing, and nothing hurts her more then to see one of the kids pull back from her. Talking to teenagers is like tiptoeing across a minefield and Tami learns something new about them very day. Nearly every day she puts a foot wrong at some stage. But this just makes her love her job more and be even more determined to get it right the next time.
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