This article will be a little different from a lot of my previous ones. There are actually a few serious ones I have ideas for, but I’m going to need a little more time to figure out the structure of them. That being said, this will be a little more laid back, but hopefully still interesting.
I think we’ve all watched a movie or read a book containing characters that we can relate to, whether it’s their personality, their situation, and their strengths or weaknesses. Even if you don’t happen to watch a lot of movies, there’s still at least one character in our pop culture that you can relate to. Here are three of mine (in no particular order) and my explanations for why.
1. Bilbo Baggins
The first one is an obvious one for me. Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbit film trilogy has always stuck out to me as someone I can relate to, both in terms of personality and hopes. Bilbo is an open book, just as I’ve been described by people before. There’s never a moment when you’re unsure what he’s thinking or feeling. His body shifts and moves around a lot when he talks, and his emotions are usually very strong, ranging from frustrated and flustered to giddy and in high spirits. There’s an energy in him that I happen to share with him on my best days. He’s fully comfortable with living a simple life with the same routine day by day, but still has that inner desire for adventure. Granted, I can probably relate to the Bilbo we see at the beginning of the first film more than in the rest, but his ‘open book’ personality and physical energy remains consistently the same through most of the trilogy.
2. Tony Stark
Okay, this one is a little trickier. When I say that I can relate to Tony Stark, I mean that as in I can relate exclusively to the traits about Tony that makes him more human. I’m not a billionaire playboy philanthropist, I don’t have an iron suit (unfortunately), and my parents weren’t killed by an evil Nazi organization. That all being said, what I can relate to are the ways Tony has tried to juggle his social life. I’m talking mainly about his experiences and growth throughout his solo films, barring the Avengers films, Captain America: Civil War, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. His ADHD-like tendencies mixed with his obsessive line of thinking are things that I’ve been able to connect with. One of the differences between me and Stark in these regards though is that Tony will get flooded with dozens of ideas, and will lose sleep and social life over making those ideas a reality as quickly and efficiently as possible. I on the other hand tend to get flooded with ideas, and only about one or two of them ever become a reality (somehow). This is usually because an idea of mine will get replaced by two or three new ideas that take priority in my mind. Even then, I’ll be lucky to get even one of those two or three accomplished, or at least done in a reasonable amount of time. With this being a fact, I’ll admit that Tony’s ability to complete projects amidst twenty other thoughts is something that I strive to get to do myself.
I may actually be insulting myself by putting this here, but–it’s kind of true. Bear with me here. His character has a few things in common with–wait for it–autism. He doesn’t understand sarcasm, finds some of the strangest things to be funny, his mind wanders even when it shouldn’t be, and will say and ask whatever is on his mind no matter how awkward it might make other people feel. On another note, he has a bit of a crude sense of humor and he’s a romantic. He has all of these characteristics wrapped up in one beefy package, and as hard as it is to admit, that’s relatable to me. He has his own values and baggage within the more serious side of him, but he’s also awkward, quirky, and has his–faults. His character strikes a nice balance between the two sides, and though he’s not exactly the most skilled character in pop culture, at least we can say that he’s likable. Hooray?
So there you go. There’s my list. To cut straight to the chase, what are yours? Sound off in the comments below!