In addition to my original 20, we’ve now added
21) Stringer Bell from The Wire
22) Stewie Griffin of Family Guy (thanks Rosby!)
Stu_N has tempted me with David Callan, Will Scarlet and Steel, but I’m still not sure they’re great characters. I’m half-tempted to add Robert de Rainault – aka the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin of Sherwood – simply because he was:
a) clever, unlike every other version of the Sheriff of Nottingham so far (and I suspect to come)
b) able to kill Robin Hood. Yes, kill him, stone dead. Well, technically, “so filled with crossbow bolts then trampled by horses that we couldn’t stick his head on a pike outside Nottingham castle because no one would recognise him” dead.
But I’ve decided not to. Again, good but not great. Still Stu_N and Marie both had one name in common on their lists, which has prompted me to come up with a 23 and a 24 for my list.
Drum roll (humour me)…
At 23, we have Liz Shaw from Doctor Who; and at 24, we have, from The Avengers… Cathy Gale.
Who they? I’m glad you asked. Because in both 23 and 24’s cases we have a similar thing happening. We have two pioneering, feminist characters whom everyone’s forgotten, in favour of two not-quite-so feminist characters.
Let me alpha nerd you for a moment…