Felt like doing another set
Ten characters that mean something to me. No order, one character per franchise.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
I was introduced to Loki through the Avengers. While I enjoyed him as a villain, it wasn't until I went back and watched Thor that I grew to love the layers in his character. He stays collected in the chaos he causes and gets some of the best lines in the MCU. I've always felt like he was underused in the movies; what we got was great, but there was a lot more potential for shenanigans there.
Tangled: The Series
I've only seen bits and pieces of this series, but the boy snagged my attention. His design is adorable, and his character shift is 100% believable. Plus, the moon theories give me life; I'm going to be upset if he doesn't return in a major way next season. If you haven't checked this show out, you should know that Alan Menken is doing the songs!
3. Yagi Toshinori / All Might
My Hero Academia
What I love about this character is his duality - the tower of strength that is All Might, versus the gentle kindness that is Toshinori. Both halves of his identity are equally valid, and he struggles with the knowledge that one of those sides is slowly diminishing. Legacy and worth are major themes in MHA - every hero and villain has been chasing All Might's shadow, never knowing that he's facing demons of his own.
5. Severus Snape
Literally the only reason I kept up with Harry Potter at all. Every time Dumbledore screws something up, his answer is to fuck off for a few chapters and let Snape deal with it. I swear, he's the only competent character in the entire franchise. In a series of mostly black-and-white morality, Snape was a perfect grey point and all my attention was drawn straight there.
This was the first character death I was old enough to be affected by. I've been in love with doomed characters ever since.
7. Tamaki Suoh
Ouran High School Host Club
Yeah, he's an idiot. But his sunshine personality and good intentions make him so damned lovable. While I love the anime and think it's pretty much perfect as far as adaptations go, Tamaki's real character development comes in the manga. His backstory is haunted by family tragedy and the time the story takes to move him past it is more than worth a second season for this anime classic.
8. L Lawliet
Death Note only had 25 episodes. Fight me.
I've consumed a lot of media, but this is the only time a story has left me feeling like I personally lost someone (though this list may contain another contender in the near future). Korosensei is a ridiculously OP character, but with enough weaknesses to genuinely fear for both his safety and that of his students. Through him, the show bounces between silly and serious, his teaching methods no less effective for being so unorthodox.
Virtue's Last Reward
VLR was a game of multiple choice, and Luna was the only character I never, ever betrayed. And when the game forced me to do it anyway, I did it with great reluctance. Her ending was by far the most heartbreaking, and this is in a game that frequently ends with the gruesome deaths of you, your companions, and, often, the entire world. In a story full of twists and turns, Luna was the only character that was exactly what she appeared to be - a genuinely kind person.