K Dog’s Top Favorite Game of Thrones Characters So Far

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A few weeks ago, I have just watched the last episode of season 3 for Game of Thrones. It was a brilliant season and I am glad to have finally  watched it but it just angers me so much that I have to wait a whole year until the next season for this beloved series to begin. Just for the record: no, I have never read the books, and no, I am not planning to despite a lot of people, I know, insisting me to. I love this series so much that I want to experience the shock and horror of the story by watching it first on my TV screen.

I absolutely love the series Game of Thrones. A series based off of the books by George RR Martin, Game of Thrones is an amazing fantasy series that creates a cruel and inhumane world where every single person is fighting to claim power and kingship just like a strategic chess game. A world were loyalties are lost, family members are being killed by family members, honor not meaning anything, people fighting beyond the wall and swearing an oath and so on; Game of Thrones basically tells a story about how far people will go to gain true power. In Game of Thrones you either win or you die……and it doesn’t matter if you deserve it or not.

Game of Thrones has the cast of some of the most varied and diverse cast of characters I have ever seen in a Television series ever. A show where there is no good guy or bad guy, just characters with real goals and needs in the series with a good side and bad side to them. Characters that are not so much black and white but characters with hints of grey in between the good and bad spectrum. I am just going to give it a go and say what my top favorite Game of Thrones characters from Seasons 1-3 of the TV series are. There is likely going to be another list of my favorite characters in a few seasons so this list is just for now. This series is the kind of series that can change your mind on characters really quickly so it’s always good to go back and make another list later. I have not read the books so I insist on no spoilers in comments, but please say what your favorite characters are or just stuff about the series in general. This is a series were anyone can make an argument for any character being the best or the worst. There are spoilers for those who have not watched season 1-3 or read the books so be warned.

30. Ramsay Snow

The one character that makes Joffrey look like a sweet innocent kid; Ramsay Bolton is easily the most despicable and evil character in the entire series by far. Ramsey Bolton is just a plain evil sadist who enjoys causing other people pain. In season 3 he tortures Theon Greyjoy in some of the most inhumane ways I have ever seen in a story. Despite his absolutely despicable and evil behavior, I have to at least give props to the actor Iwan Rheon for playing this character brilliantly in the series. Iwan Rheon seems to make me absolutely hate Ramsay Snow but he also brings so much charisma and evil energy to the show that his scenes are just memorable as well as disturbingly troubling.
Famous quotes:

“Let’s play a game: which body part do you need the least?…’Please’ is not a body part.”

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29. Joffrey Lannister

The most hated character in Game of Thrones for most people, (For me it’s Ramsay…. but Joffrey is a close second) Joffrey is the evil, whiny, and completely incapable king of King’s Landing.  Joffrey is known for starting some of the most surprising and outrageous events the series has ever known and probably the most famous moment is when he orders Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) to be killed at the end of Season 1. Even though Sean Bean is kind of a living spoiler through his many deaths in movies, I was still so surprised in this moment and hated Joffrey so much for killing off a great character and starting the entire war in the story to begin.

There are so many reasons to hate Joffrey: He treats Sansa badly, he is a completely incapable king, he disrespects Tywin and Tyrion, and he executes and tortures people for no real reason, as well as whines a lot.  I hope that he gets punished for all of the bad deeds he has done. At least Tyrion slaps him alot throughout the series. I know this has been kind of a rant on the character but that is really the reason why I like the character. Not many characters can generate so much hate from people and I give actor Jack Gleeson for making the character so hateful and despicable.

Famous quotes:

“I am the king. Everyone is mine to torment.”

28. Roose Bolton

Another character I hate yet there is no denying he is a great character. Roose Bolton is another vile and double crossing jerk in the series for betraying the Starks and having no sense of honor or sense of loyalty in the series. I absolutely hated him during the Rains of Castamere episode for betraying the Starks. Even though Roose Bolton has a pretty kick ass and awesome low voice, that still doesn’t excuse him for all of the bad things he does in the series. He is the father of the sadist Ramsay Bolton and even though some people may think Ramsay is a lot worse than Roose, I will have to disagree. I think both are quite evil it’s just they show it in different ways. Roose Bolton is clearly doing things just for himself and he has no sense of loyalty, honor, or any type of conscience.

Famous quotes:

“The Lannisters send their regards.”

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27. Robert Baratheon

Another character I am not really fond of. Robert is a drunk king of the seven realms who is completely incapable of leadership. I like him for his friendship with Eddard Stark and a few funny lines here and there………….. but that’s about it. Robert proves a case where kings don’t have to be great leaders or smart and caring at all, they just have to be charismatic and a symbol of kingship for the people. Maybe this is the case and kings really don’t have much power or skills to lead in the world of Game of Thrones, as Tywin says in season 3: “Do you really believe having a crown gives you power?”

Famous quotes:

“I’m not trying to honor you, I’m trying to get you to run my kingdom while I eat, drink, and whore my way into an early grave.”

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26. Syrio Forell

A pretty small character only seen in the first season. Syrio Forell is the sword instructor of Arya Stark at King’s Landing. He is quite a skilled swordsman and pretty charismatic giving Arya some pretty insightful and interesting quotes. A likable character in my book, as well as charismatic and entertaining.

Famous quotes:

“The First Sword of Braavos does not run.”

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25. Bronn

Not many characters in Game of Thrones are as shady or as skilled in combat as Bronn. Bronn is known as a body guard for Tyrion Lannister from season 1 and a major soldier in the battle of Blackwater of Season 2. Not much is known of Bronn except, from an amusing drinking game with Tyrion, he has killed a woman in self defense before he was twelve, his parents beat him, and he has been outside of the wall. Bronn is quite a fearsome fighting opponent by using fast speed and agility to fight others instead of just plain strength.

Famous quotes:

“I sell my sword, I don’t give it away.”

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24. Jaqen H’ghar

A character with barely any screen time, yet somehow, left quite a great impression in the series. Jaqen H’ghar was a prisoner released by Arya in season 2 before she was kidnapped in Harenthel by the Lannisters. While in Harrenthel, Jaqen H’ghar disquises as a Lannister and tells Arya that he will execute any three people she chooses. Of course he follows through on Arya’s requests and is able to kill any person she wants dead.

It is quite amazing how this guy is so skilled as an assassin. He is able to kill any person no matter what. It turns out this guy is a part of the faceless men of Braavos which is a feared order of mysterious assassins able to change their faces at will. It is proven this is the case when he changes his face to Arya when she escapes from Harenthel.

Famous quotes:

“Help was not promised, lovely girl. Only death.”

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(“Jaqen is dead”)

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23.Davos Seaworth

Davos Seaworth is one of Stannis Baratheon’s most loyal and reliable vassals. Davos Seaworth is someone who cares and supports Stannis’ claims to the thrones yet gets treated bad by Stannis himself, especially with fighting and disagreeing with Melisandre. A guy who is very loyal despite the way Stannis treats him sometimes. For me, I find him a very likable character.

Famous quotes:

“I’ve never known bells to mean surrender. They want to play music with us, let’s play. Drums!”

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22. Stannis Baratheon

One thing to absolutely love Stannis Baratheon for is just how confident he is to his right on the Iron Throne. My favorite scene of him is definitely in the Blackwater battle where he is the the first person to land in King’s Landing to lead his army and fight the Lannisters. Stannis is a badass but he does make some pretty stupid decisions like letting himself be manipulated by Melisandre all the time; But there is no denying that he is still a badass.

“The Iron Throne is mine by right. All those that deny that are my foes.”

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21. Sansa Stark

Alot of people hate Sansa Stark! Being a hopeless whiny romantic who wants to marry Joffrey in season 1, and someone who wouldn’t stand up to Joffrey after her sister almost gets sliced in half by him, it is easy to see why she gets a bad reputation. However I am going to defend Sansa Stark’s character, especially because of her actions in season 2. Let me elaborate: Sansa is someone who was a hopeless romantic in season 1 basically wanting to marry Joffrey because he was heir to the throne. She didn’t think Joffrey was the nicest person on Earth but she would still put up with him if it meant her being queen. However, after Eddard Stark is executed by Joffrey after he promised Sansa he would spare him, Sansa realizes what a horrible human being Joffrey is but is trapped in kings landing destined to marry Joffrey. Sansa, of course, wants to kill Joffrey and get back at the family that executed her father, but instead, she puts up with Joffrey by listening to him and getting bullied and beaten up by him in order to survive. Sansa is someone who has strength in a really tough position. Sansa is a character in one of the worst spots in Game of Thrones and I  am rooting for her to get out of it and have something good happened to her.

Famous quotes:

“I don’t want someone whose brave and strong I want him!”

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20. Jorah Mormont

Jorah Mormont is one of the coolest characters in Game of Thrones by having a calm, knowledgeble and relaxing voice, being a skilled combatant, and being one of the most loyal and trustworty characters in Game of Thrones, being the advisor for Dany. Jorah Mormont is someone that would do anything for Dany, since it is hinted that he has a thing for her. Unfortunately, Dany doesn’t really feel the same way for him and according to season 3, has a sort of thing for Daario Naharis. Come on Dany, at least show some gratitude for Jorah in this scene in season 3. You are driving me crazy.

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( His heart is broken into a million pieces)

Famous quote:

‘No-one can survive in this world without help.’

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19. Thoros of Myr/Beric Dondarrion

Another shared spot on my list, yet these characters are very similar personality wise. Thoros of Myr is kind of the Jack Sparrow in the series by being a drunk with a wacky and charismatic presence. He is a priest of the lord of light and actually was ordered to convert King Robert to the Lord of Light but failed. Because of this he became a drunk. Thoros of Myr is one of the most entertaining characters in Game of Thrones for me. His interactions with Arya and his reviving of Beric Dondarrion are some of my favorite parts of season 3.

Famous quotes:

“You’ve got nothing to fear from us, son. The Lords of Westeros want to burn the countryside; we’re trying to save it.”

Beric Dondarion is the leader of House Dondarrion and the lord of Blackhaven. He is being revived over and over again by Throros of Myr and gets a scar everytime he is advised. He is one of the most amusing characters in the series as well as the weirdest.

Famous quotes:

“That’s what we are: ghosts. Waiting for you in the dark. You can’t see us, but we see you. No matter whose cloak you wear: Lannister, Stark, Baratheon, you prey on the weak, the Brotherhood Without Banners will hunt you down.”

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18. Samwell Tarly

Samwell Tarly is such a lovable and innocent guy in the world of Game of Thrones. He is one of the only characters who really doesn’t have any character flaws except that he is not very physically strong or skilled in combat. Samwell Tarly is a member of the Night’s Watch who is one of Jon Snow’s best friends. He is a great friend as well as a great protector when he protects Gilly and her new born baby in season 3.

Famous quotes:

“I always wanted to be a wizard.”

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17. Brienne of Tarth

A character I am really starting to like in season 3 because of her interactions with Jaime; Brienne is one of the most strong women in all of Game of Thrones. While she has a rough exterior and kind of a tough and stubborn personality, she shows a gentler side as well as an understanding side throughout season 3. Seeing her helping Jaime to become a better person in season 3 was an absolute joy to watch. The two characters have really good chemisty and it made some really great scenes to watch in season 3.

“All my life men like you’ve sneered at me, and all my life I’ve been knocking men like you into the dust.”

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16. Catelyn Stark

There is only one thing I hate about this character: She hates Jon Snow. On the other hand, she had a reason to be and she actually felt sorry about it later on in the series so I forgive her for that. Other than that, I love Catelyn Stark and I am so sad to see her go in season 3. Catelyn Stark is the wife of Eddard Stark who is quite a strong willed and tough character as well as a caring parent. Catelyn Stark is someone who would do anything for her kids. Catelyn releases Jaime in order to get Sansa and Arya back from the Lannisters as well as getting her husband’s body back. Catelyn also is an advisor for Robb Stark and she is quite a caring advisor, being his mother and all. Her character is one of the most tragic characters in the series, as her husband dies, her son dies, and she dies while being betrayed. Michelle Fairley is one of my favorite actresses in the show and she plays Catelyn Stark with wonderful presence with determination while being a caring and loving mother.

Famous quotes:

“On my honor as a Tully. On my honor as a Stark. Let him go, or I will cut your wife’s throat.”

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15. Daenerys

Yes, she is a little low but bear with me, please. Daenerys is really awesome and is one of the best developed characters in all of Game of Thrones. Seeing her become an innocent naive school girl into a badass competent leader and the mother of dragons was awesome. Scenes like her dealing with the death of Khal Drago, her eating stallion hearts, Her at the House of Undying, and her saving the slaves at slavers bay are all awesome scenes and give her great character development, but there is one issue I have with her character, and that is her personality. To me, Daenerys is a very cold and not a fun character to watch in Game of Thrones. She is a  great character but not an interesting character, if that makes any sense. I don’t want to bash her because I think she is awesome, but……… you know. She is a pretty good looking character and some people say she is the best looking female in Game of Thrones. To me, not quite. One thing to add is that Daenerys would make an excellent king because she is clearly king material. She could make almost anybody to follow her because of her kind attitude and ability to care for people in the lower class. Would she be a great leader?: hmmmm, maybe not. But she would make a great king, or queen. Sometimes kings and queens are basically a symbol for the people to follow. Daenerys is clearly that. Do I have to mention the Tywin quote again?

Famous quotes:

“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!”

“Yes. All men must die, but we are not men.”

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14. Oleena Tyrell

Oleena Tyrell is quite the charismatic and witty character, that she even gives Tywin and Tyrion a run for their money when it comes to knowledge and wit. Oleena Tyrell, to me, is basically a female Tywin for her wit and knowledge. She is one of the most entertaining characters in all of Game of Thrones.I have to say that Oleena Tyrell is played by Diana Rigg, who played the bond girl, Teresa di Vincenzo, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. GMS will surely like this news.

Famous quotes:

“She might think we have some wits about us, one of us at any rate.”

“Loras is young, and very good at knocking men off horses with a stick. That does not make him wise.”

“We mothers do what we can to keep our sons from the grave.”

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13. Margeary Tyrell

Another smart character, Margeary is a very manipulative and smart character that clearly knows how to play the Game of Thrones. Margeary is the future wife of Joffrey in season 3 and uses her kind attitude and versatile social skills to control Joffrey’s sadistic impulses and stupid decision making. Margeary is someone that wants to be queen but she does it by making friends. The world is cruel and I guess people need friends in the Game of Thrones.

Famous quotes:

“No, I want to be the queen.”

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12. Cersei

One of the most hated characters in Game of Thrones, yet, why do I like her so much? She is clearly an incapable leader, is sometimes a bitch, is quite cold, and is the mother of Joffrey. Why do I like her? Well, it is really her pessimistic and realist personality, as well as her interesting presence she brings to the show thanks to the wonderful job the actress Lena Headey does playing this character. A lot of my favorite scenes in Game of Thrones usually have Cersei in them. Her interactions with Tyrion, Tywin, Joffrey, Sansa are all awesome to watch, even though she is seen as cold and quite the jerk. There are reedeeming factors to her character however: She clearly cares about her family and would do anything to protect them. Even though she thinks that she is way smarter than she thinks she is, as Tywin points out in season 3; Cersei is one of the most entertaining and most interesting characters to ever be seen in Game of Thrones.

Interesting quotes:

“Everyone who isn’t us is an enemy.”

“When you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground.”

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11.Sandor the Hound

A character very taciturn and brutal but not without compassion; Sandor the Hound is one of the most misunderstood characters in Game of Thrones while also being one of the most likable. Sandor the Hound was the personal body guard of Joffrey, before he decided to hell with it at the battle of Blackwater. He shows a compassionate side to Sansa at King’s Landing as well as an unlikely fatherly relationship with Arya in Season 3. Sandor the Hound has a very tragic past where his brother pushed his face in fire because he played with one of his toys. Sandor has some pretty badass scars and a tough exterior yet shows a lot of goodness throughout the series.

Famous quotes:

“No, it gives me joy to kill people. Killing’s the sweetest thing there is.”

‘If any man dies with a clean sword, I’ll rape his fucking corpse!’

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10. Robb Stark

A character I miss so much after the tragic scene of the red wedding, and it’s a shame, because Robb Stark was one of the most competent and potentially good leaders to have been on the iron throne. His only downfall was that he was young, and when you are young you are naive and when you are naive, you make stupid decisions. Robb Stark is a competent leader that actually defeated Tywin in a few battles. Tywin respected Robb as a pretty formidable oppenent so he took drastic measures in the Rains of Castamere episode. That episode was absolutely horrible to watch seeing him witness his pregnant wife, Talisa, being stabbed in the stomach. He died long after he was already dead on the inside witnessing Talisa and his supposed son, Eddard, die right before his eyes. Eddard Stark died because he let his honor get in the way. Robb died because he let his heart get in the way. The Starks never get a break….. but they will be back…..I hope.

Famous quotes:

“I won every battle. But I’m losing this war.”

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9. Ayra Stark

Surprisingly, this is a young character that is actually many fan’s favorite female character, and rarely are little kids liked in TV series and movies. Many girls crave to be pretty or romantic or rich beyond their wildest dreams with a kind loving husband on the side. This is not the case with Arya. Arya is one of the most independent characters in Game of Thrones who is sort of tomboy with knack of learning how to fight and face the world. Arya Stark is clearly one of the toughest characters in Game of Thrones, through her quick thinking and willingness to do anything to protect herself and her family and friends. Arya has killed people in the series, despite her age, and is proven to be very smart and able to survive all alone in the world. She is played by a brilliant actress named Maisie Williams. One of my favorite scenes in the whole series is her interaction with Tywin in season 2. The two actors play off each other seamlessly.

Famous quotes:

“Joffrey… Cersei… Ilyn Payne… The Hound… Polliver… The Mountain…”

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8. Theon

Theon is one of the characters that I clearly feel sorry for more than any other character in Game of Thrones. He has the most painful and grueling story arc out of any character, has some understandable intentions, yet made some stupid decisions and unfortunately, he gets punished for it in the most grueling ways possible. Okay, yes, I agree that his decision to go against the Starks was stupid, but he did it because he wanted to work with his father and gain acceptance from him. Yes, it was wrong to kill two kids to prove to the people of Winterfell that he is someone to be feared and respected, yet he feels completely sorry for it and admits that everything he did against the Starks was wrong (and even mentions Eddard Stark as his real father). He gets captured and tortured, he is rescued by a mysterious figure who saves him only to give him a false hope that he will be safe before he is brought back to be tortured again by Ramsay Snow. I have to ask: Does Theon really deserve this much torture compared to the other characters in Game of Thrones? Yes, George RR Martin clearly made one of the most captivating and cruelest story arcs in all of storytelling history with the character of Theon. Basically his torture from Ramsay Snow is not only a physical torture, but a mental torture, where he is commanded by Ramsay to forget his real name and go by his new name Reek. It is a mental development where Theon learns how he has completely destroyed himself and his name through the stupid and horrible actions he did, despite his intentions to find acceptance from the Starks and his father. Will Theon ever be reedeemed, and will his torture come to an end soon…. and will he ever find acceptance and a real identity for himself, probably not from the looks of it.

Famous quotes:

“What is dead, may never die.”

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7. Little Fingers/Varys

These characters are two sides of the same coin. These are both very manipulative characters and they are both some of the creepiest characters in Game of Thrones.

Little Fingers: One of the main instigators of the war of the five kings because of his betrayal to Eddard Stark and the setting of Catelyn’s hatred toward Tyrion and the Lanniters; Little Fingers is one of the most skilled players in the game of thrones. Little Fingers operates on the side of King’s Landing by being a cold and calculating manipulator. Little Fingers is one of the scariest people of Game of Thrones because he is a smart manipulator that has only his interests in mind. Little Fingers has a crush on Catelyn Stark and it seems the only people he ever cares about are Catelyn and himself. Little Fingers is different from Varys because he clearly manipulates others to improve his standing. Varys on the other hand is the complete opposite.

Varys: Varys is a lot like Little Fingers because they are both creepy manipulators but he is different from Little Fingers because he clearly does stuff for the good of the realm and not so much for himself. Varys is quite a creepy looking character. He has a creepy voice as well as a creepy look.

Varys, in my book, is a good guy while Little Fingers is as a bad guy. Both characters are very entertaining characters to watch in the show. I love there verbal sparring they have towards each other and their interactions towards other characters in the show. These characters are clearly up to something big in the future. These characters are characters that others should clearly watch out for.

Famous quotes:

Little Fingers: Chaos is a ladder speech

“You know what I learnt losing that duel? I learnt that I’ll never win. Not that way. That’s their game, their rules. I’m not going to fight them: I’m going to fuck them. That’s what I know, that’s what I am, and only by admitting what we are can we get what we want.”

Varys: “Storms come and go, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling.”

“I’ve always hated the bells. They ring for horror. A dead king, a city under siege…”

“Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick. A shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”

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6. Eddard Stark

The Living spoiler in Game of Thrones because he is played by freaken Sean Bean. Eddard Stark is the most honorable character in all of Game of Thrones and is also one of the most likable. Unfortunately he dies in Season 1 and his death was basically the symbol for audience members to see just how cruel  the world of Game of Thrones really is. He is the main protaganist and the famous actor and he got killed at season 1. I was so surprised at this because I love Sean Bean as well as Eddard Stark.

Eddard Stark is basically the polar opposite of Tywin. He is a kind loving father and puts honor and his conscience ahead of pure ruthlessness and manipulative decision making. Eddard Stark is the Wolf and Tywin is the Lion. If both characters mixed together you would get the perfect leader for Westeros.

Famous quotes:

“You think my life is such a precious thing to me, that I would trade my honor for a few more years…of what?”

“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.”

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5. Ygritte

There is practically no romance in the world of Game of Thrones. There is maybe lust but not really any true romance to come from the show ever. This is not the case with the character of Ygritte and her relationship with Jon Snow, which is my favorite romance in the show by far. Ygritte is easily my favorite female character in Game of Thrones (yes better than Daenerys…..I know). Ygritte manages to be not only the most entertaining and interesting female character for me but also the most genuine female character generating the closest thing the show has ever come to a true romance. The romance between Ygritte and Jon Snow is actually one of my favorite things in the show, period. It manages to be a playground sort of romance while feeling very genuine. Ygritte’s playful forwardness and Jon Snow’s naive nobility play off each other brilliantly and makes for some of the most interesting and fun scenes ever in Game of Thrones. Ygritte is hillarious with her teasing and pushy attitude towards Jon Snow. Jon Snow and Ygritte’s scenes in seasons 3 are some of my favorite scenes in Game of Thrones. The Wall Climb ending is one of my favorite endings to Game of Thrones if not my favorite. Too bad Jon Snow leaves Ygritte in season 3. I knew it wouldn’t last in the world of Game of Thrones.

Famous quotes:

“You know nothing Jon Snow.”

“Your mine and I’m yours. And if we die, we die. But first we live.”

“Do you like girls who swoon Jon Snow? Oh a spider! Save me Jon Snow.”

” Is that a palace?” Jon: “It’s a windmill” “A windmill?”

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4. Tywin Lannister

Tywin Lannister is basically the leader of Lannisters (screw Joffrey). Tywin is the real decision maker and he prefers to make decisions as the hand of the king and not as the king. Tywin is one of the smartest, if not the smartest character in all of Game of Thrones. He makes decisions based soley on what is best for his family and he does an incredible job doing it. His only flaw is that he is not a very good father and this causes a lot of his children to be raised not very well (If mixed with Eddard Stark’s good parenting skills he would be a perfect leader). Tywin is played by one of my favorite actors in the entire show, Charles Dance. Every single scene Tywin Lannister is in and every line he says is incredibly bad ass. The one thing I don’t like about him is that he set up the red wedding and because of his hatred for Tyrion. Other than that this is hands down the most badass character in Game of Thrones.

Just to point out. Tywin in my opinion is not king material since I believe no one will follow him. He is leadership material, however, as it seems in Game of Thrones that mostly real decisions are usually made by the hand of the king and not the king himself. Tywin is definitely the best hand of the king for the Lannisters (Tyrion fits this bill as well).

Famous quotes:

“Any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king.”

“I don’t distrust you because you are a woman, I distrust you because you are not as strong as you think you are”

“The house that puts his family first will always defeat the house that puts the whims and wishes of its sons and daughters first… A good man does everything in his power to better his families postition regardless of his own selfish desires.’

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3. Jaime Lannister

How incredible is it to see a character you hated so much in season 1-2 suddenly becoming one of your favorite characters in season 3. Jaime started out as one of the biggest jerks in Game of Thrones because of what he did to Bran and because of his relationship with his sister but it later turns out in season 3 that Jaime is one of the most honest and understandeble characters in all of Game of Thrones.

Jaime is a character that clearly operates on his own ideals and beliefs instead of what he thinks would please his family or other people in the realm. Jaime was of course the king slayer but not without a good reason. The hot tub scene in season 3 is one of my favorite scenes in Game of Thrones history with him confessing to Brienne why he killed the mad king. Scenes in Game of Thrones like him saving Brienne from getting raped and him losing his hand, him saving Brienne from a bear are all scenes that show how great of a character Jaime really is. Actor Nikolaj Coster- Waldau does an incredible job playing Jaime. It is a mix of Nikolaj Coster- Waldau’s performance and George RR Martin writing that makes Jaime one of the most likable characters in Game of Thrones.

Famous quotes:

“The things I do for love.”

There are no men like me. Only me.

Bath scene: just about all of it.

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2. Jon Snow

Jon Snow is definitely one of the most important characters in Game of Thrones since he is basically the audience’s vision outside the wall and a character that has nothing to do with the corrupt kings’ war of Game of Thrones. Yet, Jon Snow has probably my favorite character arc out of any character in Game of Thrones. Jon Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark who is now a member of Night’s Watch. Jon Snow is the only character that develops as a character outside of all of the madness that is going on in the war of the five kings. Watching Jon Snow develop throughout the series making tough decisions and gaining friends and romance has been awesome to watch. To me, Jon Snow is probably the most capable king to ever lead Westeros. He has the heart and care of a Stark (unlike the Lannisters) He is able to make tough decisions even when it puts those he loves in danger (Unlike Robb) he has great honor and is loyal (Unlike Roose Bolton). I am personally rooting for Jon Snow to be the new king of Westeros before the series reaches its end.

Famous quotes:

“All the best swords have names”

“I know how to do it”

Joffrey's Name Day. A joust fight is in progress. Tyrion returns from battle . Intrp Ser Dontos.

1. Tyrion Lannister

Oh man, everyone saw this coming. When it comes to just plain likability, Tyrion is the most entertaining character to watch in Game of Thrones as well as one of the most interesting. What really appeals to me about Tyrion is just how smart he is and how he always makes decisions based on what would be best for his family, despite how badly his family treats him. Tyrion is a manipulator but he always seems to have a bigger conscience than Tywin. The scenes between Tyrion and Tywin are awesome scenes that show what it’s like when  two of the smartest people in Game of Thrones are discussing the issues in Westeros. Tyrion says some of the wittiest lines in Game of Thrones and he is definitely the most likable Lannisters despite his many manipulations.

Tyrion always seems to use wit to make up for physical shortcomings. He knows that his father looks down on him because of what he did to his wife, yet holds a recognizable fear and low self esteem when confronting his father. Tyrion is clearly the true heir to Tywin and it is just a huge shame to see that Tywin looks down on him because of what he did to his wife. There seems to be a complete enjoyment about the two smart men being into each other’s company to discuss issues but also a huge hatred for eachother. I say it is one of the most compelling relationships in all of Game of Thrones.

Tyrion is not only witty but very funny. Tyrion’s best season is clearly season 2 when he prepares King’s Landing for the Blackwater. Even though Tyrion takes a backseat in Season 3, he still has very funny lines as well as a hillarious drunk scene at him and Sansa’s wedding. Tyrion is smart and manipulative, but he has a conscience while still holding his family’s ideals in minds. That is quite the challenge considering how cold the Lannisters are. Do I have to mention that Tyrion was the only one that felt bad for Tywin’s set up at the red wedding. I give props to Peter Dinklage for creating one of the most beloved characters on TV. A character who is smart and manipulative, as well as funny and with a conscience.

Famous quotes:

“All Dwarves are bastards in their father’s eyes”

“and now I have struck a king; Did my hand fall from my wrist?”

“Tyrion Lannister: It’s not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it, if it were easy.”

“Drinking and lust , no man can match me in these things. I am the god of tits and wine

 “I’m a monster, as well as a dwarf. You should charge me double.”
“Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.”
“Those are brave men knocking at our door. Lets go kill them!”

Game of Thrones proves time and again that it has a diverse cast with good and bad traits that can be liked and disliked by many different people. There is no perfect Game of Thrones character and there is no good guy or bad guy and that’s what makes the show interesting. Game of Thrones is definitely one of my favorite stories ever told and I am looking foward to season 4 so badly.

Catherine: GMS’s First Impressions

(I know that I’m doing a “first impressions” review on a two year old game, but please bear with me.  I really want to share a few of my thoughts on this great game!)

It’s the summer of 2011, I’m on my computer at home surfing the web, and all of a sudden, an ad for a new game pops up.  The game is called Catherine, and the ad featured a raunchy pic of a blonde with a weird hairstyle stripping and a guy with an afro and horns caught in between her breasts as sheep fall from the sky.

The ad that changed my life (sort of)

My first thoughts were: “What the hell kind of a game is this?”  Then, my id kicked in, and my drooling hormonal teenage self clicked on the ad with vigor, eager to see what the next webpage had in store for me.  Of course, it was the website for the game, with news and stuff.  However, in an interesting twist, the website primarily had a black screen, with two chains hanging from the top and a question asking “Can love exist without pain?”  There were two responses: “Yes, of course!” and “No way, man.”  I picked the latter, and was transported to a page with the same blonde girl lying horizontally in a voluptuous manner.  Not only did the website had news and stuff, it also had this phone on the bottom left, where you could engage in daily conversations with Catherine, said voluptuous blonde girl.

An example of a phone conversation you can have with Catherine on the website.

I spent the next few days speaking with her, every day making a new choice as to whether to back away from her or indulge in her forwardness.  I was hooked on Catherine so much that I felt like I was in a relationship with her.  I was obsessed.  Crazy, aint it?

Catherine would disappear from the forefront of my gaming mind by the time summer was at its end.  I mean, I didn’t (and still don’t, but intend to) own a PS3, and I am not an Xbox person, so I could not see this obsession through to the end.  More important things like Mega Man and Final Fantasy would take over my gaming world, I didn’t have time to obsess over a game I would never play, right?  Right?  Enter late 2012 through early 2013.  My good friend and partner on this blog, K Dog, relayed to me of his discovery of “this great new and underrated game company.”  I thought: “Really?  I highly doubt anything could be as great or greater than Nintendo, Squaresoft, Enix (Yes, Square and Enix SEPARATELY, not together, they were better when they were separate), Konami and Capcom.”  The company was Atlus, and K Dog went on and on about this RPG called Persona 3 and how amazing it was.  I was astonished, to say the least.

Hmm, interesting…

I wanted to play this RPG that he claimed was the best he had played (Yes, better than Chrono Trigger and FFVII.  And he hadn’t even played FFIV or Earthbound yet!).  He told me that it took him the whole year to beat, and that stopped me clear in my tracks.  I looked up the average play time for this game, and it was like 170 hours!!!  I don’t have that kind of time to spend on one game!!!  I mean, I spent almost 200 hours on Pokémon Soul Silver, but that doesn’t count because I had already long beaten the game by the time I hit 100 hours.  It’s just that Pokémon is kind of like Skyrim: once you beat the main quest, you can just screw around the rest of the time playing it.  But, Persona 3!!!  170 hours just to beat the main quest!!!!  Screw that!!  Then, K Dog shocked me again, saying that Atlus also made another ingenious game, called Catherine.  My heart stopped for a second.  I asked him to describe the game, and he did.  It was the Catherine!  The same one!!  Memories of that summer came flashing back to me, and I felt a pang of jealousy fill my insides.  This was the game I had followed from before its release date, the game I fell in love with, the game I longed to play, and K Dog had beaten me to it!  Just like he did with Final Fantasy VII.

Time passed, and now we come to this summer.  I hung out towards the end of June with K Dog at his house, and after some gruelingly intense matches of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, he asked me if I wanted to play Catherine, and if he could coach me while doing it.  I jumped at the chance to play the game, and of course said yes!  For two different visits, I have spent about five and a half hours playing Catherine, and I’m almost done.  When I finally got to play Final Fantasy VII and Ocarina of Time, I was somewhat let down by my huge expectations for those games.  Not that they’re bad, but it was that feeling when you want something so bad for so long that when you finally get it, you aren’t that impressed.  This I cannot say about Catherine.  Catherine has met and exceeded my expectations as a game, and renewed my faith in this obscure company K Dog introduced me to.  While I may not get into the Persona series, Catherine is definitely the game for me.

Eh, maybe not…

YES!

           For the uninitiated, here’s the scoop.  You play as Vincent, a dude with an afro and traces of a beard in about his mid or late 20’s who has a girlfriend named Katherine (not to be confused with Catherine).

Catherine and Katherine: NOT to be confused.

They’re thinking about getting serious (as in Mahwidge), but this is mostly Katherine’s idea, Vincent wants things to keep going steady.  Then, Vincent has a horrible dream in which he is part sheep and must climb up a fast crumbling tower or risk falling down.  If he falls down in his dream, he dies in real life.

Y’know, The Climb by No Doubt would be a perfect song for this game…

He realizes the next day that this is a part of a string of deaths of men around his age, and also related to what is called by many the “woman’s wrath” or grudge or something.  If that wasn’t enough, he meets at the bar the voluptuous Catherine (not to be confused with Katherine), and is instantly entranced, but reluctant for obvious reasons (cheating=BAD).

Instantly entranced for obvious reasons…

And that’s pretty much the story, you as the player have to make decisions every day about how Vincent should deal with his predicament, and by night you must climb the tower.  This combination of decision-making elements and puzzles makes Catherine an interesting game indeed, but its greatest strengths lie in two factors: its theming and the little things.

First, the theming.  Remember how in my Top 30 Favorite Games I talked about how I don’t feel immersed in the game’s main character when the character’s profile is already quite fleshed out, like Solid Snake?  Vincent’s character is pretty fleshed out, so why isn’t this a mark against the game in my book?  It’s all about the decisions.  Every decision you make throughout the game (or just about) is weighed by a decision meter that is evocative of the devil and angel on the shoulders.

Decisions, decisions…

If you make a bad decision, it goes toward the red end, a good one toward the blue end.  This affects the ending you will receive at the end of the game.  It’s kind of like the trial in Chrono Trigger, except the whole game is built around it this time.  And this is where Catherine shines.  By making the player make the decisions of what Vincent should do, it makes the player step into his shoes, becoming him.  And with well designed and developed minor characters, Catherine is aces in the theming department.

I love these guys!  They’re like family!

         But, what about the “little things?”  What do I mean by that?  I always say that, while the big picture is very important, the little details matter as well and, while Catherine delivers in both departments, the little things really struck me.  This is less of an analysis and more of a gushing session.  I love how drinking various alcoholic beverages makes you move faster up the tower in the dreams.  And, when you empty your glass, the narrator impresses you with his trivia knowledge of alcoholic drinks.  I always laugh when he says “How about some trivia about Japanese sake, now that you’ve finished your sake cup.”  The trivia is quite interesting, too.  Also, as you drink more, you can see that Vincent is getting drunk by the physical changes when he walks.  Instead of just his hands in his pocket shuffling around, he’s red-faced, slumped over, hands out of pockets, and rocks back and forth as he walks, like a drunken person.

Take it easy on the sake, Vince!

I also like how in the bar, there’s an arcade game called Rapunzel, which is basically and 8-bit version of the puzzle towers found in the dream sequences of Catherine, except they involve the prince climbing up the tower to save Rapunzel.

This is so cool!

Although a fun and addictive game, I tended to not spend too much time on it, as I wanted to get back to the story.  It’s these little details and more that make me appreciate Catherine all the more than I already do.

One last thing must be discussed: the difficulty.  The nighttime puzzle sequences are difficult to accomplish, as they involve a lot of trial and error and can be pretty grueling.  Though there are three settings of difficulty, even the easy mode exhibits this.  Once you get used to it, it’s not that bad, but the bosses are still a pain in the ass.  In fact, I just left off last time at K Dog’s house not being able to beat the chainsaw baby boss on the 6th night.  That thing was damn hard!

Add this to the banes of my existence.

Some may criticize Catherine for this kind of trial and error difficulty, but one could level the same complaint on just about all of the NES games.  Catherine is not that bad.

 Please.  I want to know which game you think is worse.  It should be no question.

Even the tutorial stage doesn’t really hold your hand like other modern games.  You are mostly left to fend for yourself.  The game provides you with useful techniques during every stage break, but I didn’t use them too much and instead used the skills I had acquired on my own and used my own style of climbing.  And boy, when you finally beat that tough boss, it feels damn good to hear Handel’s Halleluja chorus play.  It’s like in Dragon Warrior when you have been grinding for a long while and are starting to slowly lose morale, and then you hear the telltale chime that lets you know you have gained a level.  When I beat the boss of the 5th night, which I will not spoil for the uninitiated, I literally did a full body slide on my chest on K Dog’s carpet, flipping the boss off as it died.  I got major rug burn from that, and it’s still healing, but it was well worth it to do the victory slide.  Just, don’t do it yourself.  Trust me.

Well, that’s all I’m going to say for now.  I don’t have much farther to go in the game, but I don’t want to reveal all of my thoughts right now.  I plan on doing a dual review of the game with K Dog once I have beaten it proper.  Bottom line, Catherine has my seal of approval, and it’s a game you don’t want to miss.

K Dog’s Top 11 Pixar Movies

 

Pixar

Now this list is going to be quite interesting. It is a list that I enjoyed very much making and a list that I am sure is different for everyone. It is time to look back at my all time favorite Pixar animated films of all time. Pixar is one of my favorite animation studios and right now they seem to have dethroned Disney as the greatest animation studio.  Now just listen, Disney was amazing back in the day, but right now, they seem to not be doing so well making great animated features like they did in the past. Now there are few Disney movies that are very good today like Wreck it Ralph but that movie is not enough to show that Disney has had a great track record of quality Disney movies in the past years.  Pixar, unlike the Disney of today, has probably one of the best track records of making quality animated movies out of any animated studio. Every single animated movie made from Pixar was unique, had memorable characters,had a story that was engaging and meaningful, and had heart and care put into every single animated feature. I have enjoyed every single Pixar movie ever made and now is the moment that I look back on each Pixar movie and see which ones I enjoyed more than others. Okay, here we go.

A Bugs Life

11. Bugs Life

After the huge success of Toy Story, Pixar needed to figure out how they could possibly top it so they decided to make a movie that had to relate to bugs and how bugs lived their lives (hmm interesting). This movie was called a Bug’s Life and this movie is a very fun film. While this movie doesn’t quite compare to Toy Story or Antz to me, this film’s strength is in its animation and quirky characters. While not the prettiest of Pixar’s movies, me personally, I always liked the animation that was done in this movie. This movie has some pretty creative lighting and weather effects such as having fog, sunsets, and rain. Now I don’t know much about computer animation, but this movie must have been very tough to animate back in the early 1900s.

      The characters in this film are very good as well with Flick being a charismatic protagonist, Dot being the cute side kick, the circus bugs for being very fun to watch, and Hopper (voiced by Kevin Spacey) for being an awesome villain. One thing that interests me about this film is that I clearly see this movie taking inspiration from the movie Seven Samuari, which is one of the greatest films ever made, and the fable titled The Ant and the Grasshopper, which was actually one of Walt Disney’s first animated films titled The Grasshopper and the Ants. Because of this, the plot is predictable but I really don’t have that big of a problem with it. This movie is fun and filled with fun characters. I enjoyed watching it and I still do.

   Monsters University

 10. Monsters University

A movie that I have actually seen just recently, Monsters University surprised me in a really really good way. Being a prequel to Monsters Inc, Monsters University was a brilliant prequel (and rarely do prequels work really well). The reason I say this is a good prequel is that this movie  doesn’t rely on the tone or jokes that Monsters Inc had and it creates its own mood and tone. This makes it being one of most unique Pixar movies.

      Hilariously, this movie is kind of like Animal House mixed in with Monsters Inc and it works surprisingly well. The physical comedy this movie has is top notch as well as the humor in the first act and the polarizing heartbreaking second act this movie has. I like the moral of this story and all of the characters are very good and filled with personality. The relationship of Mike and Sully is really established in this movie and it really makes it worth seeing Monsters Inc a second time knowing what happens in this movie. Being a college student myself, I really found myself relating to Mike and Sully’s situations in college. A great prequel to an already awesome Pixar movie.

Incredibles

9. The Incredibles

      Another unique movie in the Pixar library, the Incredibles is a movie that combines comic book super heroes and action with animation. The result was absolutely breathtaking. What needs to be said about the Incredibles that hasn’t been said (since most of my friends say this is the best Pixar movie ever made). Well, the Incredibles is awesome because it was a super hero satire film paying tribute to comics and action flicks while being an animated film that’s in three dimensions. It is filled with nonstop action and  characters that are very funny as well as easily related to. The story is about a dysfunctional super hero family and the whole movie is about them coming in terms with themselves and their super powers, as well as embracing responsibility for their actions. I will say the dialogue in this movie is witty and the action scenes are superbly choreographed. Brad Bird does a wonderful job directing this film and this animated feature  definitely compares to his other great works.  Of course, I have little complaints on this movie. My only complaints is that I think the story drags a little bit and the dialogue goes by way too fast. It is really a personal thing, but I always found the pacing in this movie a little quick for my liking of an animated feature. Okay okay, I will stop. Other than that, this movie is a masterpiece and is actually one of my favorite super hero movies of all time.

Syndrome

(An awesome villain, Syndrome is voiced by Jason Lee)

Monsters INc

8. Monster’s Inc.

Just like Toy Story, Monster’s Inc takes a pretty well known concept and adds a twist to it. While Toy Story did talking toys and exploring the lives of them, Monsters Inc explored…… well scary monsters scaring little children at night. The unique thing was that they were scaring children because it is their daily business job. The movie has monsters scaring children so that they can collect their screams because, supposedly, screams are the power source for monsters. It was a pretty cool idea and it was funny and interesting to me, yet, Monster’s Inc tells a pretty cool story with memorable characters and funny jokes mixed in with its unique premise. Monsters Inc has great animation with Sully’s hair animation being one of the most recognizable in this movie. This movie has great characters like Sully, Boo (“Mike Wazowski” line fame) Randall, Mr Waternoose, Roz, and my favorite, Mike Wazowski. The story tells the story about what it would be like if a little girl entered into the Monster world and the story is very cute and hilarious as well as a little complicated because of a conspiracy twist at the end.

Toy Story 2

7. Toy Story 2

A sequel that is debatably better than the original (to me not quite). Toy Story 2 expanded on what made the original great by adding a diverse character line up, humor that is the best in the series, and a great story exploring interesting scenarios that toys, alive, would go through. A movie that has Woody being kidnapped by a greedy toy seller who wants to sell him and a bunch of other toys to a museum in Japan, Toy Story 2 explores the concepts on toys being collectors items and what toys would do when they fear there owners might grow tired of them. To me, Toy Story 2 is in the same league as The Godfather part 2 and the Empire Strikes Back when it comes to great movie sequels. This is a movie that can be seen better than the original. I like this movie for how funny it really is and because of the expanded diverse cast in this movie that included Jesse, bullseye, Weeze, and Stinky Pete voiced by Sideshow Bob and Frasier. A movie that is very close to matching the brilliance of the original.

Finding Nemo

6. Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is probably one of the cutest movies I have ever seen and it’s a movie that definitely appeals to parents as much as it appeals to kids. Finding Nemo tells the story of a father risking his life to save his son who is a kidnapped by a scuba diver dragging him off to Sydney. This movie explores the nature of parenting and the fears and worries parents would go through to make sure their children are safe and taken care of. It explores the relationship of father and son and how sometimes parents need to let go and let their children grow up and mature. The father and son relationship in this movie is my favorite part of the movie. This movie has memorable characters with my favorites being Marlin and Dory (who are voiced by Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres) who make the perfect comedic duo. The animation in this movie is also quite astonishing with its beautiful sights of the ocean and under sea life. A true classic that I and many people regard as one of the greatest animation movies of all time.

Toy Story

5. Toy Story

The Pixar movie that started it all, yet it holds surprisingly well today. Toy Story reinvented animation by having 3D animation as well as a unique story with fun humor that appealed to kids as well as adults. Toy Story told the story on what life would be like for toys and their relationships with their owners and other toys. The movie explores the concepts of jealousy and friendships and shows that the greatest of rivals can become the best of friends. This movie has some of the greatest animated characters of all time. Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen) are brilliant in this movie as well other characters like Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles) , Hamm (John Ratzenberger) , Slinky (Jim Varney), and Rex (Wallace Shawn). A movie that, I will admit, has a bit of nostalgia for me, as well as many others, but nostalgia is not the only thing going for this movie.

Ratatouille

4. Ratatouille

    A movie that only gets better and better the more I watch it, Ratatouille is definitely my favorite animated film that Brad Bird has made. Ratatouille tells the story of a rat named Remy who has the drive and passion to become a chef in the world, despite all of the obstacles society throws at him. To fulfill his dream, Remy works together with a man named Linguini, who is struggling to get a job, and uses him as a puppet to cook food with humans in secret. Linguini gets all of the credit for Remy’s cooking and while Remy is okay with it in the beginning, he later sees how he fits in the grand scheme of things in life and begs to be noticed for his talents and hard work. Ratatouille is a movie about the relationship of people who look down upon those they don’t think will ever succeed or amount to anything. This movie can also be seen as a critique of  the unfair critical world we live in as well as a look at the wonder and art of fine cuisine. The story is one of the strongest in the Pixar library and has amazing animation that fully captures the beauty and wonder of Paris. The movie uses dark shading lighting and colorful pallets that fully bring the city of Paris and all who inhabit it to life.  This movie has so many characters that I like: Remy, Linguini, Skinner, Gustaeu (Figment of Remy’s imagination that works so well in the movie) and my favorite character, Anton Ego, who has one of the best designs in an animated movie and delivers one of the greatest ending monologues in cinematic history that explores the nature of critics and those who take risks to change the world and express themselves. A masterpiece that I think some people don’t appreciate as much as other Pixar movies.

Anton Ego

(Anton Ego)

Toy Story 3

3. Toy Story 3

My favorite in the Toy Story trilogy, Toy Story 3 is one of biggest emotional roller coaster rides I ever experienced. Toy Story 3, uniquely, was made so many years after Toy Story 2 and actually has a story that follows its movie watching audience who were once kids and now growing up. The story is about how Andy is now an adult and off to college and the toys, we all know and love, are accidently sent to a day care center called Sunny Side. Sunny Side, unfortunately, is run by Toys with a conspiracy and it is really a prison for toys and a daycare for people. Because of this, the toys need to get out of Sunny side by pulling off a jail break that greatly takes after the movie the Great Escape. The movie has excellent new characters like Ken, Barbie (yeah the Barbie), Latso the Bear, as well as many more, with each one having unique personalities and tons of humor. The movie explores the idea of growing up and letting go of your childhood and coming in terms with it. Since I was a kid watching Toy Story and I was off to College when I watched this movie, I felt like I was in Andy’s shoes. The ending of this movie is one of the saddest endings in cinematic history for me. This movie made me look back on my childhood and the toys that I had when I was younger and made me thankful for the wonderful things that I had during my childhood that shaped me into the person I am today. Toys to Andy, me, and many others, were part of ourselves that helped us express our imagination and feelings that we had throughout our lives. They helped us get through the toughest times of our childhoods and became our personal friends as well as pieces of our selves that we could express. At the end I can’t help but join with Andy with his last painful yet heart filled goodbye to his toys. “Thanks guys” indeed……..sniff.

Up

2. Up

Being another emotional roller coaster ride, Up tells one of the most mature and touching stories to ever grace animation. Okay, the intro to Up is probably my favorite intro to any animated film ever made, as well as telling one of my favorite love stories  that is silent and genuine  and compares to the breathtaking works of Charlie Chaplin, but the whole movie is brilliant and it is a true animated masterpiece in my opinion. The movie has amazing characters like Mr. Fredrickson, Ellie, Russel, Dug, Kevin, and Charles F Muntz who, besides the animals, are very human and have meaning to every single action they have in the story. The story is about how Mr. Fredrickson, who has just lost his wife, wants to achieve his and Ellie’s dream of going on an adventure to Paradise Falls. Since Mr Fredrickson is growing older and fears that his life will be over soon, he decides to go to paradise falls. Since Mr Fredrickson was a Toy balloon vendor in his life he uses his spare balloons to make his house float and travel to Paradise Falls, with a stowaway wilderness explorer named Russel. On the journey they encounter a rare bird named Kevin (named by Russel) who is running away from Mr. Fredrickson’s favorite explorer named Charles F. Muntz. Throughout the journey, Russel and Mr. Fredrickson try to protect Kevin from Charles F. Muntz, even if it goes against traveling to paradise Falls. The movie explores the nature of finding the meaning of living, the whole purpose of adventure, and the problems of how to achieve one’s goals. The journey that Mr. Fredrickson goes in this movie is absolutely phenominal and it is one of the most real and genuinely emotional developments out of any character I have ever seen in an animated movie. The animation in this movie expresses the mood of character of this film perfectly by having the sense of awe, magic, and emotions of adventure through its bright lighting and distinct color choices. I just love this movie so much and it is one of my favorite films of all time.

Wall-e

1. WALL-E

     This is Pixar at the top of their game. WALL-E is my favorite Pixar movie and is one of my favorite films of all time. Wall-e is definitely a unique movie and a risky one at that for it is basically an anti thesis on what Hollywood animated movies should be: It drops the dialogue, it actually finds real genuine romance and it teaches viewers a pretty shocking and meaningful message while, at the same time, it’s a science fiction film that takes nods to the silent era and appeals to me on a child like level. WALL-E tells its story about a  robot named WALL-E, now cleaning up Earth after it is deserted by all humans or any kind of life. He has a little cockroach friend and cleans and cleans until at the end of the day, before he goes into sleep mode, he listens to Hello Dolly and plays with a Rubik’s cube while craving for someone who he can actually love and care for. His prayers do get answered when a battle excavation droid, named EVE, comes into his life. While their romance starts off as a love at first sight romance, the movie becomes a romantic adventure where WALL-E grows from a young child who craves for love in the most basic form, into a brave and very caring robot who is willing to do anything for the love of his life and the future for humanity. WALL-E has absolutely breathtaking animation (the best I have ever seen) and its visuals and body language of robots are used to tell its story so well. WALL-E is probably the cutest character I have ever seen in a Pixar film because of his voice, his design, and little character  movements and impulses that make him completely come to life. When he is nervous you feel it, when he is embarassed, you feel it, when he is bashful, you absolutely feel it. Not only is WALL-E done well but also the Robot EVE down to her design and character movements and impulses. This is all thanks to the brilliant animation job the people have done at Pixar, so props to them.

     This film is kind broken into two acts. The first half of the story is mostly silent, telling the start of WALL-E and EVE’s relationship and WALL-E’s isolation on Earth, and the second half is basically the shocking satire part of the film basically making fun of humanity and warning us about the idea of technology taking us over and us not living our lives on Earth to the fullest. You will think that two parts of the movies that have two different tones wouldn’t work very well, but to me, they coexist beautifully and the two parts are needed to express the themes and emotions the movie is trying to convey. The movie is a silent movie, a kids movie, and a sci film all mixed into one and it works. If anything, this movie was like 2001 Space Odyssey, which is one of my favorite movies of all time, mixed in with a Charlie Chaplin movie. All in all, this movie’s feeling of a silent, optimistic, childlike movie mixed in with a sci film co exist beautifully in my opinion.

     This movie uses its visuals to tell its story more then its words which is exactly what I think an animated feature should be. I think directors should use the benefits of animation by using visuals, more than words, to tell its story. The visuals and little dialogue makes this movie very poetic to me and it makes it stand out so much from the other animated movies that are made today. One surprising thing about this film, and a subtle thing, is the incorporation of Hello Dolly songs in the movie. The songs compliment the movie’s characters and songs perfectly and adds an old world charm that is always forgotten by most of today’s viewers. The songs Put on Your Sunday Clothes and It Only Took a Moment basically explain WALL-E and EVE’s relationship and the humans’ realization of what they have done to the planet Earth compliment the movie beautifully. An example of how this works well in the film is how in the very beginning Put on Your Sunday Clothes is played before I even get to see WALL-E. Me knowing Hello Dolly, I knew this song was basically an optimistic song of two guys wanting to live one night to the fullest and kiss a girl, and it turns out this song fully captures WALL-E’s character perfectly down to his optimism to live life to the fullest and his spirit of longing someone to care for (I thought this was very poetic). Not to mention the ending, which is one of the most beautiful endings to animation in my opinion, saying that it only took a moment for WALL-E and EVE to fully love and care for one another and for the humans to come and save the Earth from its dire polluted state. The ending is simple, yet poetic, reminding me of an ending to a Charlie Chaplin movie with a romance. This is honestly, along with Up, my favorite romance in animated movie history, and to think that they are only robots. Really, there is no movie that was deeply poetic while being optimistic and polarizing with the messages and symbolism this movie had. Yes, this is a movie that I will love a whole life long.

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Well, after this list I am going to do my favorite Disney animated movies next and boy is that going to be tough. What are your favorite Pixar movies? There’s a lot of them and anyone can make an argument on which is the best. It was a pleasure making this list and I can’t wait to see what Pixar would do next.