The master of all detectives, Sherlock Holmes has us all fascinated with his skills of logical reasoning for solving difficult cases. Along with his eccentric behaviour, Sherlock can seem quite arrogant, but who wouldn’t be with such a sharp mind for detail?
The rebel Randle McMurphy is a true mouthful of Marmite – you either love him or you hate him. He refuses to be institutionalised, attempting to free the other patients from the cruel treatments they endure with his care free (but sometimes careless) outlook towards life. It’s impossible not to be touched by his overpowering fighting spirit.
Winnie the Pooh
Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh? Even if he’s stuffed with fluff, Winnie the Pooh reminds us all that the most important life lesson is to just be. His love for his friends, his home, and of course for honey, characterise the most charming bear in fiction. If Winnie the Pooh doesn’t remind you to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, nothing can.
Undoubtedly one of the best comic book villains ever created, the Joker is the perfect example of a criminal mastermind. His sadistic sense of humour is oddly captivating, and his plans to rid the world of Batman are, quite simply, brilliant. Using his genius in every evil way possible, the Joker’s extravagant personality is one hell of a creation.
From smoking his pipe in the Shire to fighting Smaug on Mount Doom, Bilbo Baggins is the most unlikely of heroes. Yet through considerable courage, determination, and mostly pot luck, Bilbo lives up to and exceeds his expectations as a burglar on the Quest of Erebor. As Thorin Oakenshield observes of Bilbo’s nature, “if more of us valued food and cheer and a song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.