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.
There’s no feeling quite as indescribable as finding a fictional character to care deeply for. A character who we perhaps see ourselves in or a character who’s just so well written, it’s difficult to turn the other cheek. There are a number of fantastic TV characters — whether heroes or villains or somewhere in between, they’re so well written, they become a part of us. They become someone we cherish, someone we want the best for. They become someone we’re constantly in awe of. And 2016 has truly been one of the best years in the world of television. It’s been a strong, undeniably powerful year for complex, incredible characters.
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25 Love Stories 16/25
Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
As Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Rosa Diaz once said “I just want Lorelai to be happy!” While Gilmore Girls has done the best job of showcasing the incomparable bond between mother and daughter, it’s also done wonderful work with the foreseen relationship between Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore. We may all have different teams when it comes to Rory’s relationship, but we almost feel certain that the majority of viewers shipped Luke and Lorelai like FedEx (what did we even call it back then?) When they first made an appearance on screen together, you just knew you wanted them together. It’d happen someday and it’d be beautiful because it was meant to be from the very start. Let’s be real, who doesn’t want to have a diner they go to everyday with a good looking “friend” who owns the place? And who doesn’t want to fall in love with the particular friend that’s always been there to offer a helping hand, coffee, and love. Luke and Lorelai are like coffee and bagels — a perfect combination that makes everything better. And that’s exactly what they did, they made each other and the situations they were in better.