"Let us not stand on ceremony, Mr. Wayne." - Bane, as he makes Batman's first formal acquaintance.
Bane is a strong character throughout The Dark Knight Rises. So strong and interesting that many people, after the movie is said and done, are still talking like him. No, that's not a misprint. Sure, they're talking about him, but they're also talking like him. My brother in fact has been known to stride into a room, grabbing his shirt like he's wearing armor or shoulder pads and in his best Bane voice, say, "Mr. Wayne," or another one of his memorable quotes throughout the movie.
Some people have real character, much like Bane, or my brother. And whether characters are good or bad, what gives them character is that they're memorable. And they can help to make or break a storyline in a book, movie, video game, etc.
Some of my favorite characters aren't always the most charming, charismatic or eloquent. But the thing that they all have in common is that they leave an impression on me, long after the media of choice is off and I'm going about my daily life.
One of my favorite quotes and recent favorite characters is the Hulk. I loved Ed Norton playing the mild-mannered Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk. And I let many people know how worried I was when I heard Matty (Marc Rufflo) was playing Bruce in The Avengers. He had been Matty ever since I saw him in 13 Going on 30. But if his Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde-esque role throughout didn't convince me that he was the right choice for the role (it so did), then when things seemed to be at their worst with a Leviathon swimming through the air to the group of superheroes, he, as Bruce Banner says, "That's my secret, Cap: I'm always angry," whiling Hulking out and saving the day.
It's harder for me to point out a quote that sticks out in my mind from a book. I'm thinking this is probably because most of the books I've read have been made into a movie and I'm not sure if it's a script quote or something from the book. One book, that happens to be one of my favorite, which I've read more than once, had a few quotes that stick out in my mind.
The most memorable is a brief conversation between Alice and the Cheshire Cat. Upon realizing she can only receive help from a mad person (the Mad Hatter or the March Hare), she said she didn't want to "be among mad people." And the Cheshire Cat replies with one of the most famous quotes of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with, "Oh, you can't help that, we're all mad here." Everytime I hear or read that, I can picture several variations of the Cheshire Cat with a huge grin on his face.
Video games are another thing all together, but bring in some real characters. Majority of the games have the main characters saving the world from one kind of a disaster or another. They say a lot of things that are over the top in the middle of battle, all that I can't remember. However, the Delta Team in the Gears of War series has said a plethora of things that I do remember. Most are not child friendly, so I will not repeat them here. But they remind me of playing the game and what the guys of Delta and other Cog units were going through at the moment and what they have to deal with in the future.
There are a lot of other characters who really show their character in movies, etc. What are some of your favorite characters? What made them memorable?
See you next week when I talk about something else.