Over the past week I've been doing a series on Tumblr about the characters I identify, inspired loosely by the kind of character gif collections that seem to pretty common on the sight. I did one for each day, bringing me to a total of seven, whom I'm described somewhat briefly in four paragraphs. Included here is a summary of those seven posts, along with the question: "who do you identify with?"

One thing that I realized in doing this is that the characters you identify as don't need to necessarily be identical or even that similar, so long as they speak to something you consider integral about your sense of self and being. I feel a sense of kinship with each of these characters, despite the fact that many of them are quite different, although there are some broad similarities between all seven.

Without further ado, here's who I came up with, in order of posting.

#1: Bao-Dur (from Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords)

"Like Bao-Dur, I am very quiet around all but my closest friends, I tend to think of myself as highly intelligent, and I am very loyal to those who I hold dear."

#2: Belle (from Beauty and the Beast)

"It’s true that I am a man and not a woman, but despite that I’ve always felt a strong affectation for Belle, who is an outsider in her own town (but does not mind it) and who finds more truth and meaning in the stories she reads than in the interactions of those around her."

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#3: Okabe Rintarou (from Steins;Gate)

"Like Okabe, I’m off-standish in public, but affable in private. I also generally consider myself highly intelligent, but like the scatter-brained and often unfocused Okabe, I’m disorganized and undisciplined."

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#4: Rin Tezuka (from Katawa Shoujo)

"Like Rin, I’ve always had difficulty relating to others, so that what comes naturally to others in social interactions doesn’t for me."

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#5: Shinji Ikari (from Neon Genesis Evangelion)

"I’m fortunate never to have endured parental abuse or the kind of emotional torment that Shinji undergoes routinely, but all the same, his depression, his self-loathing, and his anger at a world that isn’t what it should be strike very close to my heart."

#6: Shizuku Tsukishima (from Whisper of the Heart)

"Unlike Shizuku, I’ve known since I was very young that I wanted to be a writer. But everything else - where to go to school, what to study, how to pay for it all - long befuddled me and I can empathize strongly with her aimlessness and uncertainty, which struck me at a similar point in life."

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#7: Bruce Banner (from the Marvel universe)

"As a child and through much of adolescence as well I had a terrible temper, which, like Banner, I usually managed to keep subdued in public (but not always). Partly as a consequence, I also share Banner’s self-fear to a certain extent and am often frightened that I’ll hurt those close to me without meaning to. But, also like Banner, I’ve learned to live with these facets of myself and compensate them, simultaneously keeping them under control while acknowledging the fact that, deep down, there’s a part of me that’s always angry."

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So that's me. It ultimately turned out to be a much more introspective process as I went on, and my posts tended to get longer as I neared the end (as you might observe in the selections I've chosen). In any case, enough about my strengths and weaknesses, vices and virtues. Let's hear about yours.

Don't feel like you have to be as detailed as me, but I'm interested to know: who do you identify as?