Time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic is: Characters I’d Want on a Deserted Island
Bry: I’ve been toying with this topic in my mind for several weeks while trying to come up with a list of the most useful and badass characters when it comes to deserted island survival. I tried the idea of putting a team together of characters with special skills, and got nothing. I finally came to a conclusion that I just don’t want 10 people on a deserted island with me. I’d just choose one….
1. Dumbledore. Give me the most powerful wizard of the Harry Potter canon, and I’d be set. We’d have a gay old time — pun intended. We’d have long, deep, intellectually stimulating conversation, he’d be perfectly capable of creating a comfortable habitat and producing food, and survival would be a piece of cake. Dumbledore is a mothafuckin’ badadss, and I’ll take him over 10 characters who probably have their own personal drama to sort out!! I just need the wizard.
1. Finnick Odair. Hot and can fish. What More do I need?
2. Hermione Granger. I feel shes got a useful spell for that.
3. Does Bulma count? She’s got all those little capsules full of things like three room houses and boats.
Carol: Well, given the situation, I’d like to build a team, sure. But there are some who would be able to handle the situation quite well, honestly, and have the skills (or powers) to get us off the island almost instantly. Given that, I’ve made a list of folks who either can get this stranded business over with quick, or who can contribute to a possible long wait.
1. Hermoine Granger
First of all, she’s a witch! The brightest of her age! She’d be able to either apparate us off of the island to a passing ship or airplane (if she could be convinced that we’d need to in order to live and that the Ministry would totally not mind it), but she’s also amazing at transfiguration and charms. She’s intelligent enough to hold great conversations with, and since she’s also Muggleborn, we could talk about various Muggley-things and not be entirely bored. Plus, with her magic, we’d be living in a tiny twig-hut that’s been magically modified to house a comfortable living space with a large fire-pit that we can safely cook food in. Speaking of food…
2. Katniss Everdeen
Just in case Hermoine isn’t able to get us off our deserted island, we need someone who can hunt. Make sure larger animals can’t munch on us, while ensuring we can get the food we need to survive (and can’t transfigure somehow using Hermoine’s skills). Therefore, we need a hunter and survival expert. Katniss has handled Mutts, and murderous children and teens, as well as corrupted adults and Panem Peacekeepers- she’d be the BEST choice for survival assistance! With her keen eyes and deadly aim, we’ll be safe from the beasts of the night and eating well until help arrives.
3. Sherlock Holmes
Which incarnation? Well, ANY of them, actually! A Victorian Sherlock would know what plants are poisonous and keep us from consuming them (assuming Katniss can’t identify them already). A modern Sherlock would have a GPS on his cellular phone and would be able to make sure we’d be found by his tech-savvy, ever worried big brother. Either way, having a man who can cleverly devise a trap in case of attacks in the night from dangerous animals (or even unknown native cannibal island-dwellers) and who can figure out how to rebuild and restore a boat for us would be helpful. Of course, if Mr. Holmes is with us, we’ll need…
4. Dr. John Watson
Why? Well, again, wherever any incarnation of Holmes goes, his Doctor cannot be far behind. Dr. Watson is a trained army medic, and whether he’s from Victorian times, the World War II era, or a modern RAMC vet, we’ll need his medical expertise in case someone gets hurt.
And finally, in case it seems with all of these magnificent persons we cannot get off the island on our own, I’d like to have…
5. Sebastian Michaelis
Let’s not mince words: Sebastian is one HELL of a butler. He’d not only be able to out-magic Hermoine with his ‘training’, he’d also either be able to kill, clean, and ress, or cook and serve us anything we need to eat (with 5-star quality). He also would be able to take care of any danger that would befall us. And, well, should we have to call upon desperate measures… There’s always negotiation with him, isn’t there? Besides, I wouldn’t be surprised if he had already contacted his master Ciel, and we’d be picked up within a week (Ciel would have come sooner, he just wanted to sight-see the ocean on his sailing ship first).