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K is for Kim Possible

Now it’s time for a bit of nostalgia – Kim Possible was not only one of my favourite cartoons when I was in my early teens but I’m also pretty sure for a while I wanted to be just like Kim herself.

Kim Possible is a really fun show, I loved the humour and all the characters – I especially liked Shego and the kind of mutual respect she and Kim had for each other. Oh, and the puns! Love a good pun so Kim Possible being a pun of the word “impossible” and Ron Stoppable being a pun on “unstoppable” were right up my street.

Kim was just so cool. She was a spy, she had cool gadgets, she was funny and popular but never mean about it – she was definitely the sort of character I aspired to be like when I was a teenager. I also really wanted Kim and Ron to get together! They were probably one of my first ship’s and I loved them as both best friends and when they finally ended up as a couple.

I feel like Kim Possible, along with Totally Spies, is what started my love of spies and superheroes, because Kim was kind of a superhero. She had a secret double life, tech support in the form of Wade, and a sidekick in Ron. Kim Possible was one of those shows I’d watch when I was channel hopping, even when I’d “grown out of it” because that’s the thing, the quick dialogue and humour was something that could appeal to all ages.

Who can forget the theme song?! I always used to sing along and I wanted my own phone to make that beeping noise when I got a text – I’m sure you can download it from somewhere but I’ve never got around to it.

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H is for Henrik Hanssen

Henrik Hanssen is the best. He’s the CEO of a NHS Hospital so not only does he have to oversee the running of the place, making sure each department has enough funding, that the patients are safe and cared for but also make sure all the staff working there are OK and coping with the various stresses they encounter.

Hanssen is great because he comes across like an all-seeing powerful guy but he has his own demons (he canonically suffers from depression and has OCD tendencies) and he still makes time for his staff. He’s not really the sort of guy that has friends but he earns peoples respect and with his matter of fact manner he can talk to anyone. He manages to get people to talk when they’re bottling up their feelings and he’s been cried on more than once – he does look rather awkward when that happens.

Hanssen has been called a “Scandinavian Stick Insect” because of his appearance and the way he often looms behind people when they don’t realise it. He’s also incredibly sassy and witty and often leaves people speechless because they’re never really sure how to take him. Some of his best lines have been immortalised in gif form here.

Hanssen is (on of) my favourite characters in Holby City because he always tries his best for his staff and patients, he even takes a hands-on role in surgery when needed, and he can read people very well. His one-liners crack me up and even when he’s in just one scene in an hour episode it’s always a lot of fun.

E is for Emma Garland

Emma Garland is wonderful. She’s a very modern woman for someone living in 1940’s London during the Blitz. She’s the assistant manager in a posh London hotel so she has a lot of responsibilities and difficult decisions to make but she does so with confidence and a level-head.

Emma is caring and kind and while she’s always quick to believe the best in people she isn’t gullible. She listens to people and her friendship with singer Betsy is wonderful and Emma never judges her promiscuity. Emma is a very open and tolerant character, especially compared to how you normally see characters in the 1940’s behave. She treats everyone fairly and is a great manager of both staff and guests at the hotel.

I love her relationship with her father who is the hotel’s manager. There’s a moment when she undermines him in order to do the right thing and he says how as her boss he’s disappointed but as her father he’s impressed. I loved that moment because they both wanted the same thing but their hands were tied and it was Emma who thought outside the box to get the results she and her father wanted.

Emma Garland is a strong, independent woman who is loving and very much loved. She’s a brilliant character and always made logical choices and was very relatable. What a pity the show she starred in, The Halcyon, has been cancelled after just one series – I would’ve loved to see what she went on to do.

D is for James Keziah Delaney

James Delaney is my new favourite character and I’ve not been this enamoured with a character for a long time. James Delaney is from the TV show Taboo and it centres around Delaney and this piece of land in America which he inherits and those who want to get that land off of him – the British monarchy, the East India Company, and the Americans.

James Delaney is so great because he’s like a puppet master, pulling everyone’s strings and finding a use for everyone he encounters. He’s also a master tactician, it’s like his world is a game of chess and he can predict and counter everyone’s moves before they make them.

James Delaney is not a nice person. He scares and unsettles people because he seems to know magic and once lived with “savages”. He doesn’t really judge anyone and any and all information he gleans he will remember and use when the time is right. He’s rude and blunt and will throw people aside and not care for anyone’s feelings, but if you’re loyal to him, he’ll be loyal to you. He does respect, and even trust, a few people. One of those is Lorna Bow, his father’s widow. She’s one of the few people who’s not afraid of him and trusts him with her life.

The fact that Delaney only trusts and likes a few people makes him even more fascinating to me. He uses people and those that do get under his skin, he does his best to protect. James Delaney is just so cool, he often appears calm and collected but he has a simmering rage that can boil over any moment in a gruesome act of violence. Like I said, he’s not a nice person, but he’s so clever and cunning and there’s just something I find captivating about him. I can’t wait to see what James Delaney gets up to in series two of Taboo.

A to Z in April Blogging Challenge 2016 Masterpost

My theme for the 2016 Challenge was my favourite characters and I loved gushing about characters I loved, whether they were from book, films or TV shows. It was a great chance to show off some more obscure fandoms and it was a very successful month of blogging for me.

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A – Angela
B – Clint Barton
C – Evelyn Carnahan
D – Darcy Lewis
E – Elle Woods
F – Frank Castle
G – Cat Grant
H – Hermione Granger
I – Inej
J – Jessica Jones
K – Kingsley Shacklebolt
L – Aaron Livesy
M – Malcolm Ducasse
N – Nimona
O – Oda Mae Brown
P – Peggy Carter
Q – Happy Quinn
R – Ralph Dineen
S – Number Six
T – Sergeant Terry Jeffords
U – Nyota Uhura
V – Victoria Barton
W – Wadjda
X – Professor Charles Xavier
Y – Yvaine
Z – Zazu
Reflections on the Challenge

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Reasons I Love Clint Barton

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week it’s a bit of a freebie, basically you can write about anything you love whether it’s a character, a book, an author, a fandom, a movie, ANTHING! So naturally I’m going to give you ten reasons why I love Clint Barton because I do love him a ridiculous amount.

clint barton110. He’s a loser.
OK so I say loser with affection. He’s a bit of a walking disaster and he hasn’t had the best life but he tries his best. Clint Barton loves his arrows, his dog and his friends but he doesn’t function well without coffee and his love for his arrows and their random tricks could possibly be seen as an unhealthy attachment.

 

aemh hawkeye9. His costume is often ridiculous.
So in the MCU it is pretty practical and isn’t ridiculously purple but in the comics and the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon (great show, go watch it) he looks pretty stupid.

8. He downplays his intelligence.
Clint Barton counts on the fact you’ll think of him as just a loser who can shoot well, he is actually super smart but doesn’t like to big up the fact.

7. He is loyal
Clint Barton will stand by anyone of his friends or loved ones, even if that sometimes means he gets hurt in the process.

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6. He had a messed up childhood but doesn’t let it define him.
Clint Barton’s childhood was rough. His dad used to beat him, his older brother and his mother before he went and killed himself and his wife in a car accident. After being in an orphanage for a while Clint and his brother literally ran away to join the circus and then his brother abandoned him and Clint was trained and used by some bad men at the circus. It’s a miracle Clint Barton is as kind and caring as he is.

5. He is a dating disaster.
No matter what comics universe you’re reading Clint Barton is usually a dating disaster. That’s especially clear in the Matt Fraction run where he really doesn’t understand any of the women in his life.

4. He believes in people.
In the MCU, he is the reason that the Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff, is alive and now fighting for the good guys. He can read and understand people more than anyone gives him credit for, he always see’s the good in people. It’s basically cannon in the MCU that he adopts strays, first Natasha and then he practically adopts Wanda Maximoff.

3. He’s got a sarcastic sense of humour.
Clint Barton is sometimes what one might call “a little shit” and he knows it. He can be sarcastic and sassy and kind of rude but he does have a wicked sense of humour.

hawkeye2. He never misses.
The whole thing with Hawkeye is that he is the best and he never misses. He can shoot arrows and hit targets without even looking and if you think he’s missed, it probably means he meant to and he’s distracting you from something else.

1. He’s a hero.
The number one reason I love Clint Barton? He is a squishy, breakable human fighting with a weapon from the Palaeolithic era and he still fights for what is right. He is a hero and a valuable member of any team he’s on whether that’s SHILED, the Avengers or even teaming up with Deadpool. I will fight you if you say Clint Barton is useless!

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T is for Sergeant Terry Jeffords

terryI’ve only recently started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and I’ve already got a series case of “I LOVE EVERYONE IN THIS BAR!” with these characters but Terry was the first one I fell in love with.

Terry Jeffords is a big strong guy who also cares about his wife and two young daughters a ridiculous amount. When his twin daughters were born he got so scared about getting hurt on the job and leaving them without a father that he had a desk job for a year. But by doing that he let down his grownup kids, aka the detectives in his precinct. So with the help of the Captain and Gina (the Captain’s assistant and the kind of person who knows everything) he got his gun back and returned to the field.

Terry is so great because he is a man of many layers. Yes he can easily pick up his co-workers but he also has a minivan and likes to paint and dance. He works out but can’t sleep without whale sounds and a princess fairy castle defeats him. Terry is so great because he looks like this big scary dude but he really is a big softy that cares a lot about his family – both his wife and kids, and his family he has in work.

Terry is also pretty hilarious, especially when he’s trying to look out for his detectives. He is willing to stand up for them but he will put them in their place if they haven’t been pulling their weight or they are making poor judgments. Terry would be the best kind of boss, like he’s a fun boss but you’d be able to tell when you’re close to crossing the line and stop before he gets mad and breaks things.