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Fictional Characters Meme

Ganked from nenenabecause I was lurking and her journal is tons of fun. Originall posted here, where she explains why there are two versions of some questions and where it came from.

First, select ten fictional characters by whichever method you like best, and number them one through ten.

Yeah, I just picked favorite characters from fandoms at random. Most of the way through, I realized I had no women...

1. Franken Stein (Soul Eater)
2. Shawn Spencer (Psych)
3. Raistlin Majere (Dragonlance)
4. Edogawa Conan (Detective Conan)
5. Hatake Kakashi (Naruto)
6. Sherlock Holmes
7. Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist)
8. Alpha (Dollhouse)
9. Sir Integra Hellsing (Hellsing)
10. Batman

Next, answer these questions!


#1. Divide the list up by even and odd. Which group of five would make a better Five Man Band (like a Power Rangers team)? Who would you slot in each position: Leader, Lancer (second-in-command), Big Guy, Smart Guy, The Chick? If you think the team would be improved by swapping one character between the even and odd groups, which ones would you switch?

Odd group: Stein, Raistlin, Kakashi, Hawkeye, Integra
Even group: Shawn, Conan, Holmes, Alpha, Batman

...

Uh, wow. They, uh, kinda both suck as Five-Man Bands. Neither of them would work at all. I think the only possible combination for a Five-Man Band out of my entire ten would be: Batman (Leader), Hawkeye (Lancer), Kakashi (Big Guy—it doesn’t work well, don’t think about it too hard), Conan (Smart Guy), and Shawn (the Chick—also does not work, but he might play along. Better than anyone else, anyway).

#2 Ami Version. Gender-swap 2, 8 & 10. Which character would have the most change in their story arc? Which the least? Would any of these characters have to have a complete personality change to be believable as the opposite sex?

2. Shawn Spencer -> woman
8. Alpha -> woman
10. Batman -> woman

Either Batman or Alpha. To be honest, I’d rather like to see femme!Alpha, because I can’t think of any female characters that are like him. It would be very interesting to see. I don’t think Shawn would change all that much because he doesn’t seem to have problems with boundaries of any kind.

I guess Batman would have to change the most? I don’t know that her personality or goals would be that different, but she wouldn’t have such brute strength on her side, so her fighting style would change, and that might mean she’d have to go about things differently.

#2 SKJAM! Version. Gender-swap 5, 8 & 10. Which character would have the most change in their story arc? Which the least? Would any of these characters have to have a complete personality change to be believable as the opposite sex?

5. Kakashi -> woman

Hm, I think she’d be in the not-changing boat along with Shawn. He seems so laid-back about everything.

#3 Ami Version. Compare the matchups of 1 & 8 and 5 & 9. (Ignore canon sexual preferences for the moment.) Which couple would be more compatible? Which couple would be more plausible to people from either principal's home culture?

1+8 = Stein & Alpha
5+9 = Kakashi & Integra

Stein and Alpha could have dissection contests. But Stein would get frustrated because Alpha isn’t quite the kind of sadist that he is, so it wouldn’t work out. Kakashi’d frustrate the hell out of Integra because of his perpetual tardiness and laid-back attitude, so I don’t see that happening, either. They’d be the most plausible, except for the fact that he wears a mask.

#3 SKJAM! Version. Compare the matchups of 5 & 8 and 2 & 9. (Ignore canon sexual preferences for the moment.) Which couple would be more compatible? Which couple would be more plausible to people from either principal's home culture?

5+8 = Kakashi & Alpha
2+9 = Shawn & Integra

Kakashi and Alpha...would not work at all. Shawn and Integra? Only marginally better. Again with him frustrating the hell out of her. But, they would look plausible, I suppose.

#4 Ami Version. Your team is 3, 4 & 9. The mission consists of a social challenge, a mental challenge and a physical challenge. Which team member do you assign to each challenge?

3, 4, and 9 = Raistlin, Conan, Integra

Conan gets the social challenge, because he’s charming and adorable when he wants to be; Raistlin gets the mental challenge; and Integra gets the physical one?

#4 SKJAM! Version. Your team is 3, 4 & 6. The mission consists of a social challenge, a mental challenge and a physical challenge. Which team member do you assign to each challenge?

3, 4, and 6 = Raistlin, Conan, Holmes

Still Conan, Raistlin, then Holmes, but it won’t work as well because Conan would be distracted and fanboying Holmes.

#5 Ami Version. 7 becomes 1's boss for a week in some plausible fashion. How's their working relationship?

7 = Riza
1 = Stein

After Riza almost shoots Stein in the head for trying to cut her open? No problems. They’d honestly work quite well together.

#5 SKJAM! Version. 7 becomes 5's boss for a week in some plausible fashion. How's their working relationship?

7 = Riza
5 = Kakashi

By the end of the...third day, Kakashi will be on time for a meeting. Only one, but still.

#6 Ami Version. 2 finds him/her/itself inserted into 6's continuity. As far as anyone other than 2 or 6 is concerned, they've always been there. What role would 2 be presumed to have had in 6's story, and could they fit in without going wonky?

2 = Shawn
6 = Holmes

Hahaha! Just what Holmsian London needed! A fake psychic detective! It could fit, except for the fact that I can’t imagine Shawn in any time other than the twenty-first century. That aside? He’s probably opened up an office around the corner, and Holmes has figured out his secret inside of ten seconds. I can’t imagine anyone needing both of them for any case, but they’d make a fantastic team. But anything with Shawn involved would go wonky.

#6 SKJAM! Version. 1 finds him/her/itself inserted into 6's continuity. As far as anyone other than 1 or 6 is concerned, they've always been there. What role would 1 be presumed to have had in 6's story, and could they fit in without going wonky?

1 = Stein

I can’t honestly remember Holmes ever needing to see an undertaker about anything, but I’m getting this sort of Kuroshitsuji-style Undertaker image for him. Either that, or he’s the new sidekick. That would take some getting used to, but it might work. The bolt might throw some people.

#7 Ami Version. 3 and 5 get three wishes. The catch is that they have to agree on all three wishes before they get the benefits of any of them. What three wishes would they make?

3 = Raistlin
5 = Kakashi

Oh, this would go absolutely nowhere. Raistlin would never wish for anything, and I don’t think Kakashi would really wish for anything other than more porn. Or to do that trippy River of Time thing from Dragons of Summer Flame, which Raistlin did in the first place. I guess they’d probably work out a compromise—Raistlin gets unlimited access to whatever scrolls he desires at the Library in Palanthas, and Kakashi gets access to first editions of Icha Icha. They don’t ask for the third one because they’re busy reading.

#7 SKJAM! Version. 3 and 7 get three wishes. The catch is that they have to agree on all three wishes before they get the benefits of any of them. What three wishes would they make?

3 = Raistlin
7 = Riza

I see this going even deeper into nowhere-land than the first version. Again, the problem is that Raistlin has no reason to wish for anything. Riza would probably want to actually stay at Mustang’s side forever, and all that that entails, including bringing down the government and defeating the Homunculi. She’d probably wish for Ed & Al to have an eventual end to their quest, too. But Raistlin doesn’t care.

#8 Ami Version. 1 and 2 are brainwashed by a one-time artifact that works even on people immune to mind control to attack and kill 4. They keep their normal personality, skills and competence level, except any Code vs. Killing has been turned off. Can 4 survive? How?

1 = Stein
2 = Shawn
4 = Conan

This would be really, really interesting to see. Shawn is a fantastic detective, but Conan seems a little better in the planning department, so if it were one-on-one, Conan would probably come out on top, even though Shawn would know who he is. But throw in Stein, and you have someone who, within range, can probably track the soul of someone he’s around. Conan’s only option is running. Really, really fast. If there’s a time limit, he’d probably make it.

#8 SKJAM! Version. 6 and 3 are brainwashed by a one-time artifact that works even on people immune to mind control to attack and kill 1. They keep their normal personality, skills and competence level, except any Code vs. Killing has been turned off. Can 1 survive? How?

1 = Stein
3 = Raistlin
6 = Holmes

I weep for Stein. Give him a weapon, like Marie, and he’d be able to take on Holmes in a fight, so he might survive a one-on-one, but with Raistlin involved, there’s no chance.

#9 Ami Version. 6, 7, 9 & 10 must help an orphanage full of small and depressed children have a merry Christmas. Who does what, knowing that at the very least the kids will be expecting a visit from Santa?

6 = Holmes
7 = Riza
9 = Integra
10 = Batman

Integra coordinates things, Riza helps out and does most of the work, Batman is there for kids to go “Awesome, dude! It’s Batman!” Plus, he secretly funded the whole thing. I guess Holmes gets conned into being Santa? He does disguises...just don’t pay attention to those needle marks, kids.

#9 SKJAM! Version. 1, 6, 7 & 9 must help an orphanage full of small and depressed children have a merry Christmas. Who does what, knowing that at the very least the kids will be expecting a visit from Santa?

1 = Stein
6 = Holmes
7 = Riza
9 = Integra

Integra coordinates, Riza does most of the work, plus making sure Stein doesn’t have any scalpels. I think Holmes is still stuck as Santa, because Stein did the decorating. Those stitches look great.

#10 Ami Version. 3 and 8 are challenged to circumnavigate the Earth in eighty days or less, using only forms of transportation invented before 1900. Can they do it, or will they be fatally distracted by sidequests or their own personality conflicts?

3 = Raistlin
8 = Alpha

Raistlin would do it easily with magic. Alpha would be able to do it also, because he’s a really sneaky bastard. Together? That’s not going to happen.

#10 SKJAM! Version. 3 and 10 are challenged to circumnavigate the Earth in eighty days or less, using only forms of transportation invented before 1900. Can they do it, or will they be fatally distracted by sidequests or their own personality conflicts?

3 = Raistlin
10 = Batman

Again, Raistlin with magic. Batman would have awesome 1900-Batman devices, and he would totally do it, too. But, once more, not together.

 

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