The Fandom Favourites Tag

Hey cupcakes! I am so eager to finally do this tag that the lovely Eva-Joy @ The Caffeinated Fangirl tagged me to do. 😉 This is gonna be really fun but also really hard because I have fandoms. Many fandoms…

Y’all ready?

*rubs hands together*

Let’s dive in.

But first up—

THE RULES

  • Compile a list of up to ten of your favorite fandoms. Books, movies, TV shows—you name it!
  • Tell us about your favorite character in each of those fandoms, along with an explanation of why that character is your favorite. (Your reasoning can be however long or short you’d like it to be.)
  • Tag however many (or few) friends you’d like to participate.
  • Feel free to use the tag graphic I created (but you don’t have to).
  • That’s it. Short and sweet!

And now let’s start for real. 😉 These are not in order of preference!

1. Jane Austen’s Novels.

You cannot convince me this isn’t a fandom (not that I think you will). I adore Jane Austen’s writings and absolutely love reading them all in a row and analyzing them. I once rated them all in a review…

“It’s so hard to rate the Austen books, at first, but when I think about it I can set a pretty clear ranking based on how deeply I love the books. To me, Northanger Abbey is really only a hilarious satirical romp with a few good lessons, but Pride & Prejudice is a sparkling masterpiece of wit and style and character—an amazing story, an excellent piece of literature, and a splendid lesson. Emma is a sweet, light-hearted, yet thought-provoking journey, while Mansfield Park is a very deep, almost wistful & nostalgic bittersweet reflection. Persuasion is a delightful, satisfying romance. Sense & Sensibility strikes me a sort of mashup of Emma + Pride & Prejudice in style… more mature and serious than P&P, but with a more somber lesson than Emma.

The bottom line being, the books are thus rated for me: from least favourite to most favourite, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Emma, Mansfield Park, Sense & Sensibility tied, Pride & Prejudice… with the last three very close together.

If I had to pick one favourite female character from the whole mix, it would be Elinor Dashwood, with Lizzie Bennett as second and Fanny Price + Jane Bennett as close runners-up—I love them all for different reasons. I love Lizzie because of how alive she is, how bold and polite, wild and respectable. I love Jane because she is so sweet-natured and loving. I love Fanny because of her strength and courage and calm. And I love Elinor—what a model she is, to be sure! She is such a wonderful woman—courageous, strong, beautiful, responsible, loving, and desirous of well-doing in all. 

If I had to pick a male favourite character, I think I would pick Darcy—serious, harsh, dutiful, passionate, shy Darcy… even if I hate to because of all the hype he gets. I always start by hating Darcy and then loving him, simply because he realized he was wrong and set about fixing himself… and then helped those he loved without asking for anything in return. His true love and dedication win me over every time. Edmund Bertram is the second—although he was blinded, he was a good, strong, loving man and I love him for it. Colonel Brandon & Edward Ferrars would be the runners-up—both strong, dutiful men determined to do right.

2. Sherlock Holmes.

I adore Sherlock Holmes and always have. As I explained in a review once…

“This is not an essay on Sherlock Homes (although the temptation is immense!), but I honestly admire him as one of the best characters in all of literature—not only as a fictional character, but as a person. As a character, he is fantastic because he LIVES and has lived for over 130 years. Sherlock Holmes is a man who seldom shows his real self, having learned how to hide his emotions and thoughts partly out of policy (a detective can’t get bound up in every person he comes across), partly for professionalism, and partly because he is a rather reserved man and doesn’t trust easily (which trait was deepened by his work). However, Sherlock is no ice-cold, emotionless detective. He becomes immensely wrapped up in his business. He grows anxious, angry, eloquent, amused by turns. He plays well, but anyone who studies him will see humanity break through his façade. What passionates Sherlock is Justice. He has an intense desire to make sure everyone is having a fair chance & is not being victimized. Sherlock likes to play indifferent and purely analytical, but his whole career is built for others. Of course, Sherlock also works because it is his art, his passion, & this also fuels him. He enjoys pitting himself against difficulties & overcoming by his brain-power. He will take a case because it has “interesting points” & to match his wits against other men. But he also takes cases simply because the person requiring appeals to his kind heart, even if it’s an “elementary problem.” I think both forces are strong in Sherlock, and while he downplays the one and lifts up the other, Watson saw, and knew, and so did others—they felt he was a man of honour and kindness, and trusted him when everyone else was frightening. This character does not immediately show in this book. It is by reading the entire series that one sees it—and that one sees Watson’s real character too—that deep, trusting friendship and loyalty he gives Sherlock, the love that helped Sherlock ease up and mellow because of the implicit trust he could place in Watson.”

Obviously Sherlock is the fav character but good old Watson is a close second. He’s such a fantastic friend and humble servant, and I love it. ❤

I love the entire canon and enjoy reading it every year. I couldn’t pick a favourite book from the canon—it’s all so epic. I love watching movies and shows on Sherlock Holmes (and criticizing them…). So far, my favourite is the 1954 TV series with Ronald Leslie, but I also enjoy the Basil Rathbone movies, as well as some animations.

3. The Scarlet Pimpernel.

The daring, mysterious, almost superhuman Scarlet Pimpernel—able to disguise himself flawlessly and outwit the cleverest man in Europe. I fell completely in love with him a long time ago and I never got out of it. I enjoyed The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) with Leslie Howard as well as The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937) with Barry K. Barnes, but The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) with Anthony Andrews is fantastic. Of course the Pimpernel is my favourite but I also really love Sir Andrew… 😉 And I can’t help loving Marguerite!

Also I have to mention A Tale of Two Cities—the actual novel and the 1935 film with Ronald Colman—because somehow it kind of fits into the fandom for me. 😉 Sidney Carton is the best but Charles & Lucie Darnay are very close seconds, with Mr. Jarvis as a close runner up. ❤

4. Redwall.

I’ve never read the books—although they’re on my TBR—but the TV shows I was introduced to by my sisters this year and I fell hard over heels in love at once. So much so that I may or may not have decided to name one of my sons Matthias and nickname him Mattimeo (or Matti, as the situation may occur…). I haven’t seen season 3, but my favourite character in the series is definitely Matthias. I love his personality and how brave and strong he is, and how determined to do right. And he is so sweet with kids! ;D I love Cornflower too, and Basil… he’s epic. XD But really, all the characters are so awesome in their own right! I could just watch those shows over and over. 😀

5. Trixie Belden.

I stumbled into the Trixie Belden fandom accidentally when I came across the fourteenth book at a friend’s house and convinced my mother to let me try it. I used to be a Nancy Drew girl… still like the series, but it is NOWHERE near Trixie! That series actually has real kids doing (at least more) believable things and having (more) believable plots, and things change throughout the books, and things previously mentioned actually remain, and the kids grow up… so not like dear N.D. My least favourite character of the gang, ironically, would be Trixie—her character really grates on me. My favourite is Jim, with Dan as a VERY close second and Brian as runner up. Honey is super sweet though, and Mart is hilarious, and the parents are epic, and…

I need to reread those books, stat.

6. The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

I was always fascinated with the Disney HOND that I saw in some Disney books our grandparents gave us. I thought Esmeralda was gorgeous, and Frollo terrifyingly cruel. I discovered the musical in 2020 by sheer accident and loved it at once. The message is amazing, the songs are beautiful, the character are fantastic… I read and loved the book the same year, and I found and adored the stage version by the King’s Academy. I then watched the Disney movie and loved it too.

I love Quasimodo, because I relate to him and he’s sweet and cute. I love Frollo as a villain because he’s an epic villain. The gargoyles and saints in the musical are fascinating, and the gargoyles of the movie are hilarious. But Esmeralda and Phoebus tie as my favourite characters. I love their redemptive arcs—how they went from loose, unprincipled people to fighting for justice and choosing to do the right thing.

7. Robin Hood.

I think I mentioned before that I have always been super fond of Robin Hood, criminality to the contrary notwithstanding. I’m a fan of really every version I’ve found—I enjoy the Disney one, though I haven’t officially seen the movie, but I have loved the books. I like Howard Pyle’s version, Henry Gilbert’s, and Geronimo Stilton’s, and too many other versions to name.

I like Robin because he had the courage to stand up and fight for people when they were unlawfully oppressed. I love Little John just because he’s fascinating, haha, and I like Marian for how steadfast she was. ❤

8. The Phantom of the Opera.

I hesitate to say this, because of how askance this story is viewed. I first saw a high school stage production and wasn’t super impressed (Phantom was a terrible singer and Raoul looked very un-heroic). I then accidentally rediscovered All That I Ask of You from the 2004 movie (Gerald Butler & Emmy Rossum), cried over it, downloaded the soundtrack, and listened to it obsessively for days, creating my own story about the lyrics and dialogue. I finally watched the movie in snippets to see what happened and enjoyed the “alternate” storyline—alternate to my own, which was rather different from the actual story, haha. All that to explain, I don’t actually like the REAL POTO story, but my own version, which someday I plan to share with the world in a retelling.

Anyways, my favourite character in the soundtrack is Christine, because of how brave she was, and Raoul for being so sweet and good to her. I can’t help loving my Phantom, even if he was wicked—though in my version, he’s quite less bad, lol. He definitely has the best voice and songs though.

9. Babar.

I read the books as a kid and enjoyed them, but it’s the TV show I really love. Not the new one where they fly around in a silly balloon to all sorts of imaginary lands—the good old one about Babar growing up and being a father and a King. I love Babar. He is such a good, loving, strong character! And Celeste is the perfect spouse for him. I love Cornelius & Pompadour—Pompey is a little more fun than Cornelius, but they’re epic together. Arthur & Zephyr are hilarious, and Rataxes + Basil (and Lady R) are just awesome. Seriously, it’s my fav TV show ever, with Redwall as super close second.

10. Miss Spider.

Miss Spider would be my third favourite TV show. Miss S. is epic and such a lovely, lovely mother. Her kids are all so unique and different, and so is everyone else in Sunnypatch. Bounce might be my fav because of how adorable he is. ;D But I adore Miss S. and Holley is really good, and Dragon + Shimmer + the other kids are all awesome too 😉

Honourable Mention: The Chosen

Full disclosure: I haven’t watched all of The Chosen. I didn’t even finish the first season. It was starting to get to be too much for my anxiety. But I loved and enjoyed very much the first 5 episodes of the series and am so eager to get back into them! I actually have a blog post in the works of notes & thoughts on season 1. XD My favourite character there is actually Marcus, even if he BARELY shows up… does that count?? My fav MC is Matthew though—poor little guy! I love his relationship with Gaius. 😀

I wanted to mention the AOGG or Little House series, but since I never watched any movies on either, I didn’t think they counted. I also wanted to say Andy Griffith but I only watched a handful of episodes, so I also can’t comment much. There were so many other fandoms I could have named—Car 54, Where Are You?, Winnie-the-Pooh, Little Women, Dennis the Menace, The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott, The Sugar Creek Gang, Franklin the Turtle, the old Studio C… oh, and The Sound of Music. I still love the stage production so much but I finally watched the whole movie (Julie Andrews &c, of course) and had to admit I loved it and it’s epic. 😀

AND I TAG…

Akira | Ryana Lynn | Vanessa | Madisyn | and if you’re even slightly interested, consider yourself TAGGED. 😉

Tell me some of your fandoms down below! Do we share any? 😉

Published by Katja L.

Hello! :) I'm Katja. I'm a Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. I love too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.

20 thoughts on “The Fandom Favourites Tag

  1. I love this and your choices! I can see you’re a fan of some really fantastic classics.. Jane Austen and Sherlock Holmes are probably my two favorites here. (I might have to try this myself.. if that’s alright?)
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. Aw, thanks for the tag! I also really enjoy Sherlock Holmes (at least the old TV versions), but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten around to reading any of the actual books. There are so many books that I need to read … 🙂

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  3. YES TO JANE AUSTEN!!! BEST FANDOM EVER!!!!

    And I feel ya about Darcy. Like, I always assumed he was overhyped (always assumed anything Austen was overhyped, tbh), but THEN I READ IT. And oh, sweet mercy, Darcy is just PHENOMENAL. Augh, I love him.

    And BABAR!!!!! I adore that show!!! It’s so sweet and precious and unique without being weird – unlike most children’s shows these days!

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  4. This post made me so happy! First, that you did my tag and second, that you mentioned so many amazing characters and fandoms. I literally felt so excited and enthusiastic and fangirlish while reading through this post.

    Jane Austen, Sherlock…yessss.

    And The Scarlet Pimpernel! I don’t read those books often enough. Did you know that Raoul Wallenberg was inspired to help save Jewish people during WWII after he watched Pimpernel Smith, a WWII era retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel starring Leslie Howard? I watched the film a while ago and it gave me such a strange, amazing feeling to know I was watching the same film that inspired a guy to save Jews during the Holocaust.

    My brothers have seen the Redwall show! At least some of it. They love listening to the audiobooks.

    I like Trixie, but she’s probably my least favorite after Mart. Is Dan in the later books? I don’t remember his character. Jim is by FAR my favorite. I love Brian and Honey as well.

    Love Hunchback and Robin Hood. And Babar, but the movie and not the TV show (I’ve only seen snippets of TV show episodes–I don’t mean that I hate the TV show or anything, I just don’t know it).

    Wonderful answers! I had such fun with this post.

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    1. Awww, thanks so much!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it ❤

      Okay I watched that movie but I did not know that! AHHHH! How cool!!!

      Yeah, Trixie, I love her but I hate her lol. Dan comes in around book 8, I think?? Yaaaas, Jim is totally the best…

      Thanks for commenting! ❤

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  5. Oh wow, you’ve seen Ms. Spider too?? I used to watch some of it as a kid, and I haven’t met anyone else who’s seen it. We also really like Andy Griffith too, and All I Ask Of You is so beautiful! My sister wanted to sing it with me for fun one time lol.

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