Croc 10: Fictional characters I wanted to be when I was a kid – Part 2

5. Martin the Warrior

I loved the Redwall books when I was a kid, and I wanted to live in that universe. It was hard for me to pick between all the totally awesome Redwall characters—Ferahgo the Assassin, Urthstripe, Matthias, all totally awesome. In the end, Martin won out because he’s a hero, and he’s the centerpiece of Martin the Warrior, which remains my favorite book in the series.

4. Boba Fett

When I was a kid I was obsessed with Star Wars. Who was my favorite character? Did I want to be the heroic boy-hero Luke Skywalker? The grinning rogue Han Solo? Stalwart sidekick Chewbacca? Hell no, I wanted to be Boba Fett, the loathsome bounty hunter—galactic trash. Say what you will about Darth Vader, at least he’s got principles.

3. Corey from The Wizard

Man, Fred Savage got to have an awesome grandpa in The Princess Bride and be one of the first lucky kids to lay eyes on Super Mario Brothers 3 in The Wizard. Of course, he’s got to deal with Lucas (“I love the power glove. It’s so bad.”) and help his weird, autistic little brother. But most of all, he gets to make it with Jenny Lewis.

2. Hiro Protagonist

Hiro is who every nerdboy wishes he could be. A hacker, a swordsman, a pizza delivery guy for the mafia, and roommate to one of the coolest musicians in LA. He’s a postmodern hero (or anti-hero?) for the digital generation.

1. Mighty Max

I’m not sure why this show isn’t reveling in nostalgia-induced hipster cred. Giant slime monsters, werewolves, aliens, an owl-human hybrid named Virgil, zombies, random historical references—Mighty Max was like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles written by English majors with an unlimited supply of cocaine. In one episode he kicks it with Beowulf. Beowulf! I even look kind of like Mighty Max:

See the similarities? Mighty Max was the pinnacle of my boyhood wish-fulfillment fantasies. Never mind that the TV show was based on a crappy line of toys, it was awesome. I can probably trace my aesthetic development back to Redwall and Mighty Max.

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~ by Ian D. on April 24, 2008.

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