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Added by Maggie on 1 Mar 2013 04:41
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As Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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As Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock.

Suggested by TrekMedic.

As Felicity Smoak in Arrow.

I started watching Arrow at the recommendation of a friend, and found myself pleasantly surprised. I usually don't like CW shows as a general rule, but Arrow has kept me interested so far. And part of that is thanks to Ms. Smoak, played by the stunningly gorgeous Emily Bett Richards. I had never even heard of this actress before this; according to her filmography here on Listal, this is actually her first role. Anyway, the character she plays is the protagonist's go-to technical genius. She also comes with a wonderful dry sense of humor as a bonus.
Average listal rating (344 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0

As Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory.

Sheldon is easily my favorite character in the series, which is one of my favorite shows of all time. He's socially challenged, overly aware of his intelligence, and blunt to a fault. But he's one of the most hilarious people ever created. And Jim Parsons himself is delightfully intelligent off the air, though not nearly as high maintenance and crazy as his character.

As Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory.

I've always held a certain amount of pity for Leonard. He's for some reason attracted to a judgmental bitch. And despite his lack of luck with women in the show, I honestly would totally date him if he were a real person. He's sweet and has to have a world of patience in order to live with Sheldon. And he's on this list because he also has a lovely sense of humor. It's often pretty dry, which is fantastic. He's very under-appreciated in his world, but takes it in stride and still manages to make some awesome jokes.

As Sherlock Holmes in Elementary.

I started watching Elementary because my parents did, and immediately got sucked in. I went through all the current episodes -- around fifteen -- within a few days. It's definitely not the best show ever, and I can't honestly say I'm very attached to any of the characters, with the exception of Sherlock. They do a wonderful job of putting a modern spin on an old story, and I love Miller as Holmes. He's a fantastic actor, capable of getting in all the right quirks and ticks for his eccentric character. He's intelligent and bold, and mildly socially challenged. But he adds some delightful comedy and spice to what would otherwise be a plain crime drama.
Average listal rating (79 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0

As Raj Koothrappali in The Big Bang Theory.

Back to more BBT characters! Most of them are on here. Raj's main job on the show seems to be to earn pity. He's pitiful and pathetic in an adorable and "awww" sort of way. His lack of luck with women and other awkward tendencies seem to be the main focus; it's not even often played upon that he's highly intelligent with a good career along with the rest of his friends. Despite all the above going against him, he's still hilarious. His metrosexuality and friendship with Howard are the best parts. He's really just so awkward that it's funny.

As Dr. Spencer Reid in Criminal Minds.

Suggested by BrazilFashion.
Average listal rating (95 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0

As Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory.

I can't stand Penny, but I love the other two main female characters in the show. Amy is my favorite, especially in regards to her relationship with Sheldon. The things that poor girl puts up with are incredible. But she's endearing, and her "dirtier" moments are a riot. I laughed to the point of crying over the scene where Sheldon tried to punish her with spanking.

As Bernadette Rostenkowski in The Big Bang Theory.

My second favorite in a total of two girls in the show that I like, Bernadette is a fun-sized ball of fire who is a perfect match for Howard. Their relationship isn't quite as funny as Amy and Sheldon's, but the way Bernadette mimic's Howard's mother is definitely cause for laughter. She's got a big personality for someone so small, and I like that she's the breadwinner in the marriage. Her funnier moments come from her little bursts of temper that make her seem more adorable than threatening.

As Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Despite my love for RDJ, Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams, they could not save the very dull Sherlock Holmes movies. However, that being said, I still was very fond of Holmes as a character. RDJ did him very well. He seems to have a talent for the quirky, dry-humored characters. Sherlock definitely has a lot of inner demons, and uses his humor to hide that. But it's a nice change of pace in movies that are otherwise not that interesting.

As Tony Stark in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and The Avengers.

I think it's safe to say that a lot of people didn't know who RDJ was until he took the role of Iron Man. I sure as hell didn't. And now here he is, an idol bordering on sex symbol. Despite all his personal issues in the past, Downey is an amazing actor. He's perfect as Tony Stark/Iron Man, and delivers the best jokes in The Avengers. Like Sherlock, Tony is a character who hides behind his wit, charm, and humor to distract from the real problems. But he does it superbly, so he's forgiven.

As Howard Wolowitz in The Big Bang Theory.

Howard came a long way in the show. From wannabe ladies' man to married and more mellow, he's definitely evolved the most out of everyone on the show. But he's continued to be hilarious. He's got a bit of a Napoleon complex, and I can only imagine how short his kids will be with Bernadette. He's nothing special physically which always set him back in the days he tried to flirt his way into the pants of any woman with a pulse. But the best part of him has always been his relationship with his mother; he's the stereotypical nerd who still lives at home with his mom, and their relationship is hilarious.

A collection of actors who play highly intelligent characters who are also funny or amusing, whether intentionally or not.


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