25 Inimitable Men 25/25
Jack Thornton (When Calls the Heart)
Do you ever see a character and are automatically turned off by their behavior? That’s how I felt upon meeting When Calls the Heart’s Jack Thornton. I flat out couldn’t stand him and didn’t want him anywhere near sweet Elizabeth. And to be honest, I was a little worried with how the series would try to justify his unkindness, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it gave him an arc worth discussing while helping him become a character worth loving. I did imagine that I’d grow to care for Jack eventually but I never imagined the fact that he’d become one of my favorite characters some day. And when a series is able to do that, we can be certain of the fact that it’s done an excellent job in storytelling through character development. Jack Thornton is tremendously honorable, irrevocably loving, and profoundly understanding.
25 Inimitable Men 24/25
Jonah Simm (Superstore)
I wish I worked with Jonah Simms who made it his objective to present me with a moment of beauty on his first day of work. What a gem, right? I’ve always been fond of Ben Feldman’s roles, but never once did I care for a character as quickly as Superstore’s newest employee, Jonah Simms. And that says a great deal about not only how fantastic the show is, but how incredible the writing of his character has been from the start. There’s not a single character on Superstore that isn’t ridiculously intriguing, but what we’re able to see through Jonah is unmatched. We are who we are as a reflection of how we introduce ourselves, and yes, perhaps we’ve all had moments where we weren’t the most pleasant version of ourselves when we met someone, but when given the chance to redeem ourselves we’ve done so. Jonah Simms isn’t always great at making first impressions, but in him we can find someone who undoubtedly cares about being someone whose presence is worthwhile. Through his ridiculous sense of humor, inherent kindness, and steadfast loyalty — Jonah should be employee of the month … every month.
25 Inimitable Men 23/25
Wyatt Logan (Timeless)
The soldier. Timeless is an incredibly special show for the intricate characters its brought onto our screens and managed to make them ridiculously memorable within their first season alone — 16 episodes to be exact. Within the short amount of time we’ve gotten to know these characters we’ve seen their heart in ways that are often revealed within a during later seasons, and because of that reason, we could be certain of the fact that they’re without a doubt inimitable. To be frank, when we were first introduced to Wyatt Logan, I didn’t think we’d see the heartaches in him until later seasons, but Timeless’ choice to reveal so much so quickly has easily made him a figure who’s easily appreciated. Wyatt Logan isn’t just the team’s leader, but rather a man who’s seen too much and still manages to give his all to those who matter — the missions that matter. He’s also a giant nerd who’s got the perfect Star Wars puns to throw out.
25 Inimitable Men 22/25
Rufus Carlin (Timeless)
Are you watching Timeless because if not, here’s your one-millionth plug to do so. Quite frankly, you know a show is outstanding when two of their characters climb up your seemingly endless list of favorites and you need to tell the world about how great they are even though you’ve only known them for a year. Rufus Carlin is Timeless’ brave pilot, but really he is more so their genius extraordinaire with the most perfect speeches to give reminding viewers of just how dark and horrible our world is in the present, and in our history. But beyond that, Rufus’ kindness is unparalleled, his bravery and integrity along with his loyalty to his friends has stood out gorgeously in every episode allowing him to be the kind of light every TV show needs. Continue reading
25 Inimitable Men 21/25
Luke Danes (Gilmore Girls)
I’m a firm believe that every good coffee shop needs a grumpy, plaid wearing, huge hearted owner. Who’s in agreement? Luke Danes was often the voice of reason in everything, and the most honest resident in Stars Hollow — making it so that any person who stepped into Luke’s felt like they were at home in spite of the fact that he didn’t agree with the way they lived their lives. And that’s easily what’s made Luke stands out — his nature to forgive and open up no matter what went on. His ability to love and be proud of people even if he didn’t have the most traditional way of showing it. Ultimately, if seven seasons taught us anything it’s that behind the grumpy diner owner is actually an openly giving man with a huge heart and outstanding wit.
25 Inimitable Men 20/25
Edwin Jarvis (Agent Carter)
#SideKickGOALS. I mean, go ahead, I dare you to tell me someone that’s better — I’ll be waiting. And listen, while we’re normally all for listening to the opinion of others with the belief that no opinion is wrong, when it comes to this question, in the world of television, if it isn’t Edwin Jarvis, the answer is wrong. Sorry not sorry, we don’t make the rules. /End Rant. Agent Carter was the gift that gave us inimitable characters for two beautiful seasons before it was tragically robbed of a permanent home on television. (And no, I will never in my life be more bitter about a cancellation than this.) And in the midst of those exceptional two seasons, we not only got to know Peggy Carter, but we were given the chance to get to know the Stark’s infamous butler Edwin Jarvis. In our short but profound journey with the greatest sidekick in the world, we were able to understand without a single doubt why Tony Stark decided to keep him alive for all these years. See, here’s the thing, Tony Stark and I don’t agree on much, but at least we agree on the fact that Edwin Jarvis is the absolute best. In all seriousness though, friends — in Jarvis we met someone incomparably brave, unceasingly kind, and indescribably wise. We met a figure who’s truly indescribable and whose presence is an undeniable gift in the lives of many.
25 Inimitable Men 19/25
Jay Halstead (Chicago P.D.)
We all know at least one person in the who selflessly gives everything they’ve got to the world and in return, they’re a closed book quietly enduring pain on their own. In the world of fictional television, Chicago P.D.’s Jay Halstead is that character. A former Army Ranger, current detective, and all around ridiculously good person. To be frank, I’ve written and rewritten this so many times that I believe at this point, simply being honest about my frustrations is the best way to go. I don’t know how to write about Jay Halstead without discussing the blatant mistreatment of his character. It seems as though everyone and their mother can’t look beyond Jesse Lee Soffer’s undeniable good looks in order to understand that Jay Halstead is so much more than a handsome face. And this isn’t just something that happens behind the scenes, but in the Chicago-verse, he isn’t taken seriously. Not only do I find that tremendously insulting on behalf of veterans, but rather for the human race entirely — this serves as significant proof of the fact that the world remains shallow and looking into a person’s heart is seemingly too difficult. That said, Jay Halstead is as inimitable as it gets; cobbled alongside the understandably human flaws he’s learning from, his kindness and loyalty know no bounds, but at the end of the day, it’s his integrity that’s unparalleled.
25 Inimitable Men 18/25
Daniel Sousa (Agent Carter)
He has the kindest eyes to exist, and probably smells like Mahogany Teakwood mixed with gentleness, courage, and unyielding compassion. Agent Carter’s Daniel Sousa is the character none of us imagined to fall so hard for, but through every episode, he proved that he’s in fact remarkably inimitable. There are a number of fantastic characters that go through far more darkness than they deserve to, and some of them allow it to consume while others rise from it. Characters who are torn down and ridiculed but instead of letting the words govern their actions, they use them as fuel to become better, stronger, and kinder. Irish band The Script have a song that’s essentially written for Daniel Sousa and Peggy Carter — you cannot convince me otherwise. “Superheroes.”
25 Inimitable Men 17/25
Jesse Katsopolis (Full House)
He’s my uncle Jesse, your uncle Jesse, the Tanners’ uncle Jesse, the Fullers’ uncle Jesse, the Giblers’ uncle Jesse — everybody’s uncle Jesse! Bigger than his ridiculously awesome hair and obsession with Elvis is his heart. The kind of heart who’s selflessly devoted himself to making the lives of everyone else better one wise advice at a time. When it comes to families, there aren’t a lot of people who would do what uncle Jesse has done — there aren’t many people that sacrifice their lives and their happiness to help out for as long as he did. And that’s because when he fell hard for parenthood, protecting the kids became his greatest priority. While uncle Jesse was by no means perfect at everything, he tried harder than anyone ever would, and that alone made him inimitable. Seriously, is there any other television character who’s considered everyone’s uncle? I think not.
25 Inimitable Men 16/25
Shawn Hunter (Boy Meets World)
If you’re one of those people who finds themselves crying over fictional characters, then you’ll probably remember the first time you realized you’re attached to one. I’m not sure about anyone else, but Shawn Hunter was that character for me — the person I couldn’t always quite understand when I was younger, but the character I wanted absolute, indescribable happiness for. Boy Meets World took all of its characters through life changing journeys, but no one had as great of a development as Shawn Hunter — the boy very few believed in but the one filled with endless potential. Shawn’s persona as the cool guy was easily something that could make girls swoon, but as seasons progress and we learn more about how damaged he truly is, that’s when Shawn’s heart becomes the most attractive part of his being. His bravery, steadfast loyalty, and wisdom have stood out greatly throughout the seven seasons making him one of television’s most flawed, incredibly realistic, inimitable characters in existence.