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.
25 Inimitable Men 4/25
George Feeny (Boy Meets World)
At some point in all our lives we all wished we had a teacher like Mr. Feeny, and maybe we were fortunate enough to know one in our time. George Feeny is a character unlike any other — a character who’s managed to inspire us in ways no other TV figure could have. In a way, he was a mentor for us all — “Believe in yourselves, dream, try, do good” has become a motto we follow as well. But apart from how he’s inspired us off-screen, it’s how he’s behaved on-screen that’s made the character incomparable. George Feeny wasn’t just a teacher, but he was the kind of friend young people don’t realize they could ever have or need. The kind of friend who’s in more ways a mentor, but one who sets an example for a what a friend should be — kind, loyal, accepting, and encouraging. As human beings, we learn a great deal of truth from our families, but when we’re challenged to be brighter in school, there’s a different kind of growth that takes place. And for a number of students in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia’s fictional school of John Adams High, Mr. Feeny served as inimitable inspiration.