#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 66

25 Inimitable Men 16/25 
Shawn Hunter (Boy Meets World)

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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.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 54

25 Inimitable Men 4/25
George Feeny (Boy Meets World)

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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.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 44

25 Nearest and Dearest 7/25
Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter (Boy Meets World)

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There are best friends and then there are these two. Years later, and they’re still the most incredible depiction of best friends to exist. Boy Meets World is an incomparable series, and it has been from the moment we all watched it when we were kids. But upon looking back, I’ve often remembered this friendship most fondly — perhaps even more than Cory and Topanga’s. Which don’t get me wrong, I love them with every fiber of my being and they’re featured in the 25 Love Stories portion of this little project, too. However, the way Shawn and Cory accepted and loved one another has left me in awe. Loyalty is the key to maintaining any relationship, and theirs was always steadfast — taking care of one another in the darkest times and having the best of times together. But also, today, it’d feel a bit like I was cheating if I also didn’t pay homage to Riley Matthews and Maya Hart’s — who’ve created their own little sisterhood mirroring Shawn and Cory’s beautifully.

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