Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With

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My list this week is going to include several characters from TV shows. All of these shows have had books or graphic novels written about them, though, so they still fit the criteria for Top Ten Tuesday.

1. Biff from Christopher Moore’s Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal.

I love the offbeat humour of Monty Python and Douglas Adams. Christopher Moore was an author I discovered when I went hunting for other examples of tongue-in-cheek storytelling, and his irreverent character Biff was the perfect fit for what I was looking for. It would be pretty amusing to see the world through Biff’s eyes for a day.

2. Buffy from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home and other graphic novels

Buffy wasn’t the first female superhero I ever watched or read about, but she has remained one of my favourite ones over the years. Unlike a lot of other superheroes, she had tight-knit relationships with her family, biological and chosen. I also loved the fact that she regularly dealt with problems that couldn’t be solved by super strength or fast healing. I’d sure be interested in finding out what it would be like to have those kinds of powers.

3. The Thirteenth Doctor Who

It wasn’t until I saw Jodie Whittaker’s take on the Doctor that I finally became a fan of this show. I love the creativity and practicality of the Thirteenth Doctor. Without giving away spoilers for those of you who haven’t seen her beginning yet, I was impressed with how good she was at getting herself out of a tough situation when she lost her sonic screwdriver. Her choice of companions has been top-notch so far, too, and I’d love to go on an adventure with them.

There is a graphic novel scheduled to be released about Doctor Who in May. I’m quite curious to read it.

4. Watson from the originalย Sherlock Holmes series

While Sherlock was a brilliant detective, I always found Watson more relatable because of his high emotional intelligence. He had impeccable manners and a desire to genuinely get to know others that I think would make him a very interesting person to switch places with.

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5. Michael Burnham from Star Trek: Discovery novel.

Drastic Measures is the name of the first Star Trek novel about this show.ย Let’s see what I can tell you about Michael without giving away spoilers to anyone who hasn’t started Discovery yet. She’s an intelligent, hard-working woman who is excellent at reading and responding to other people’s emotions. I also love the fact that she is so quick to stick up for the underdog.

Also, who wouldn’t want to visit the Star Trek universe? That would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

6. Jayne Cobb from the Firefly graphic novels

Firefly was another TV show that I was pretty sad to see end, but luckily it was given new life in the graphic novel format. This story followed a group of rag-tag space travellers as they visited various planets and tried to find enough paying customers to make their space flights at least somewhat profitable. Jayne was the mercenary of the group, but as we got to know him we discovered parts of his personality that you’d never expect to find in someone as tough and aggressive as he generally was.

I loved discovering the hidden parts of his life and think it would be quite interesting to see what else might be quietly going on with him.

7. The mysterious old woman from the traditional fairy tale, The Child Who Came from an Egg.

I’m guessing that a lot of you haven’t heard of this legend, so I included a link to a site where you can read it for free in the line above. The most interesting to me about the mysterious old woman is that we know nothing about her, including her name. She has powers that she uses for good, but where she came from and how she acquired those powers is a mystery. I’d love to be her long enough to figure out the answers to those questions.

(Someday I hope we’ll have a Top Ten Tuesday prompt that I can use to talk about nothing but fairy tales. I love this topic and will talk all of your ears off about it if Jana ever gives me the opportunity to do so. Ha!)

8. Yorick Brown from Y: The Last Man

The premise of Y: The Last Man is simple. After a worldwide plague kills off all of the men in the world except for a guy named Yorick, he must travel halfway across the world to make amends with his ex-girlfriend.

I’m fascinated by the thought of living in a world full of women, and I thought this series did a good job of showing how society might adapt to that sort of massive change.

9. Lyra Belacqua from Philip Pullman’sย His Dark Materials trilogy.

Lyra was such an inquisitive girl. There’s no doubt in my mind that temporarily being her would bring a lot of adventure my way.

10. Michonne from Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead graphic novels

Survivor is the first word I think of when I think of Michonne. She lived in an incredibly dangerous world, and yet she figured out ways to survive even the most dangerous situations without losing her humanity or will to survive. Without giving away spoilers, this is something that became pretty rare in this universe by the time I stopped reading the graphic novels.

I know that Rick Grimes is technically the main character of this story, but I’ve always felt like that honour should have been given to Michonne instead. She’s more than earned it.

What characters would you all like to switch places with?


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96 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With

  1. Great list! Michonne is a really good choice, she’s a brilliant character, and it’d be really fun to be Watson for a day or two, too. I’ve never watched Buffy, but the older I get the more I want to!

    • Thanks.You should totally check Buffy out someday. The first season is a little dated and silly at times, but the storytelling becomes amazing beginning with season 2.

  2. You have an interesting bunch of characters on your list, Michonne is a great character choice!

  3. Great twist with the tie-in books to film/tv characters!! Not sure if I would survive in Buffyverse though!!

  4. Watson would be a great person to switch places although Holmes might get a bit annoying after a while!

  5. Very interesting choices! And yes, Watson would be great to change places with!!

  6. I still have not caught up on Doctor Who! I stopped watching partway through the 11th Doctor and stalled out there… I wasn’t crazy about Steven Moffat’s storytelling style. I’m tempted to try to catch up though, I’m hearing so many fantastic things about Thirteen.

    • I’m a very new fan myself, so I can’t comment on the previous doctors. I will say that the Thirteenth is pretty cool, though. You should check her out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I would love to be Watson! I agree that he was a whole lot more relate-able than the great Sherlock. Great post!

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  8. Such an intriguing list! iโ€™ve only ever heard of some these characters but I donโ€™t know too much about them. They all sound so cool though!

  9. Don’t know that I’d want to be in The Walking Dead universe but yea, Michonne is an awesome choice. I love her so much. I’m also seeing Lyra on quite a few lists today.

    • I’d like to think that Michonne will survive until the happy ending in that universe. It’s a very dangerous place to be for sure in general, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. These are all characters who live lives of great action; I could do that.

    Side note: I had no idea that Firefly had been reborn in graphic novel form. I wonder if my library has any of these?

  11. I really liked the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, but I’ve not tried the novels. I think I my look into them now though.

  12. Oh my gosh, this is such a fantastic list! Yes! Yes to all of it.

    I don’t do zombies, so I would never actually *want* to be in The Walking Dead. But if I had to be, Michonne, FTW. She’s such a bad-ass and takes everything in stride.

    Funny, I was actually thinking that I’d want to be Watson from the “Warlock Holmes” series, which is a supernatural comedy based on Sherlock Holmes. But technically, I’ve married a sociopath in real life, so I’m already sort of like Watson? Just without the fun crime-solving aspect. But if I’m honest, that sounds like a lot of work on top of just dealing with Sherlock in the first place. xD

    Oh, and I love Buffy! She was one of the first strong female characters I’d ever seen on TV, back at a time when most females on shows seemed to be these damsels in distress. And oh how I wanted to be her!

    • Aww, thank you. I really appreciate that. Yeah, Buffy and Michonne are the best.

      I’ve never seen the Warlock Holmes series, but it does sound very interesting.

  13. I would love any spot on the Serenity!

  14. It’d be a trip to be Watson for a day. Hah – I’m laughing at wanting to be Jayne Cobb though. No power in the ‘verse, indeed.

  15. love all of these. I thought about Buffy and she almost made the list. I love Michonne so much so that I name my cat after her lol. And the 13th Doctor is amazing.

  16. Really interesting list of characters. Buffy is a classic!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Great list! I should have thought of Lyra too, not just to have adventures, but because ever since I read those books, I really really really wanted a daemon!

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  18. Watson would definitely be an interesting person to trade places with!

  19. What an awesome list! So many powerful characters.

  20. Oh I love your list! And I would also love a TTT for just fairy tales! That would be so much fun, and there are so many possibilities.

  21. It would be super cool to be Buffy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Good point, TV shows that have books / graphic novels written about them count too. It would be neat to swap places with The Doctor or one of the Companions! Great list.

  23. OOh nice picks! Quite a few new to me ones, but yay Buffy! Though I admit, it would be hard to be in Buffy’s shoes for a day! She dealt with soooooo much.

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  24. Buffy is a great choice! I was strongly considering Willow, but wanted to keep my list to books only. I guess I could have tied it to the comic series though!

  25. Great list! Switching places with Watson or Lyra would be very cool.

  26. These are such fun picks! I don’t know if I’d want to switch with Buffy, but I do love her!

  27. I really need to try Dr. Who. Especially the new one! I love the idea of having a TARDIS and having time adventures. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I’ve seen the first episode with the thirteenth Doctor in it, but haven’t seen the rest of the series. I look forward to doing so!
    Great list!

  29. Michonne is a really interesting choice, but I don’t think I’d handle the zombies ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. What a great list – I almost used Watson too – kind of wish I’d included him now!
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  31. I completely agree with Watson!! I would want to switch with him too! Great list ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. I didn’t even think about Watson, but that would be truly amazing!

  33. This is such an unique list ๐Ÿ˜Š I havenโ€™t watched any of the shows yet but definitely I want too ๐Ÿ™ˆ I have heard amazing things about The Walking Dead.

  34. L.M. Durand

    Such a wonderful list! I miss was fun to watch.

  35. I’m so glad that Jodi Whittaker has been an enjoyable doctor for you! She’s amazing.

  36. Tilly

    Wow! Love your bit about the mysterious old woman! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  37. Oh the Doctor would be a great character to switch places, in fact I’d even settle for being one of the companions. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I haven’t seen the newest season with Jodie Whittaker. I need to but I am massively behind so one day I need to do a binge watch to catch up again.
    Great post, and great picks for this week.

  38. I love your choices – especially Lyra! Such a great character. Also glad to see a good review of Jodi Whittaker as the Doctor. The show had kind of lost its magic for me, but I might give it another shot now that there’s a lady at the helm.

  39. Ash

    Wow this is actually a really impressive list. At least I know who most of them are! I can agree with Michonne and Buffy. I haven’t seen the latest Doctor yet, but I would love to be a Doctor!

  40. Ooh, I agree with Lyra and Watson. Youโ€™d get to go on all sorts of adventures if you swapped places with them.

  41. Great list! Michonne is so freaking cool, honestly, and I never got tired of her scenes when I was watching TWD. I haven’t seen the last 2 seasons but I think I’ll catch up on the rest whenever it comes to a close. ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Excellent choices! I’d love to be in Doctor Who (I haven’t seen the 13th Doctor’s season yet, but I can’t wait to see her in action!).

  43. I love Jayne. <3 I haven't gotten around to the graphic novels though.

  44. Great post and great list of characters I absolutely love the Sherlock Holms series I totally love Watson as well. Thank you so much for stopping by my TTT post last week.

  45. Awww!! Watson, love him as a character. One of my favorite “sidekicks.” Though I’ve not met Buffy, I’ve heard so many people talk about how much they like the show. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit last week.

  46. Oh Buffy would surely be interesting.

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