on characters: pictures
some of the characters i will eventually talk about. from left to right, top row: sarah kerrigan, from the videogame starcraft, written by chris metzen; frodo baggins, from the lord of the rings, written by j.r.r.tolkien; rorschach, from watchmen, by alan moore and dave gibbons. bottom row: urza planeswalker, from magic: the gathering; rick deckard, either from the book do androids dream of electric sheep?, written by philip k. dick, or from the movie blade runner, directed by ridley scott; and neo, from the movie the matrix, directed by the wachowsky brothers (larry and andy). note that frodo, deckard and neo in the pictures are characters interpreted in the movies by elijah wood, harrison ford and keanu reaves, respectively.
not in the picture because i couldn't find any decent image of them are holden caulfield, the protagonist of j.d.salinger's the catcher in the rye, and jule, one of the psions in joan d. vinge's psion.