Each week, The Broke and the Bookish holds Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly booking meme. This week, we’re talking about characters we’d like to be stuck on a desert island with. Because of one character who just insists on being in the list, my list includes book and TV characters. My only rule is that the character cannot come with me just based on the predication that (s)he would be able to get us off the island (like Superman, who could just fly us home). And here they are:
1. Sayid Jarrah, Lost. (The one who insisted upon being on the list.)
A former member of the Iraqi Republican Guard who specialized in communication and later was a torturer, Sayid gets shit done. He was the Lostaways professor, constructing new radios and transceivers from the broken pieces of other devices. But he’s also a skilled cartographer and can both fly a plane and sail a boat. He is good in a crisis, and bonus: if we meet any hostile inhabitants, he can be the one to deal with them, too.
2. Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games.
Katniss is good in the wilderness—in fact, we’re told again and again that it’s really where she feels most at home. She is skilled tracker and hunter, and she also knows some first aid. Top that off with being savvy, and even if she’s not talkative, I’m taking her with me.
3. Ariel, The Tempest.
An island spirit seems like just the being to have around when one is stuck on a desert island. And Ariel is a powerful elemental, able to affect weather, travel quickly, and with a host of other magical abilities.
4. Hermione Granger, The Harry Potter Series.
Hermione is a gifted witch, and she’s clever. It’s highly likely that she could just apparate us off of the island. Even if she couldn’t for some reason, her encyclopedic knowledge and magical skills would come in handy. Plus, she’s a time lord.
5. Iorek Byrnison, The Golden Compass.
The huge armored bear is loyal, even if he does have a bit of a prickly personality. I imagine that he’d be a lot of help catching food, carrying supplies, and clearing paths through underbrush. Bonus: He’d be a good source of heat if the island nights were cold.
6. Karana, Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Karana lives on an island alone after she and her brother are left behind by their people and he is killed by a pack of feral dogs. She manages to kill some of them before changing her mind and taming one. She also makes shelter, canoes, weaponry, and is able to find food for herself. Karana’s experience makes her a worthy companion.
7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I’ve no doubt that we would always be safe with Buffy. No matter if this island has human predators or inhuman predators, Buffy is prepared to stake them all. And even if she dies, she’ll probably come back to life.
8. Pi Patel, Life of Pi.
The 16 year old managed to survive on a raft in the ocean for days with Richard Parker. He caught fished, worked out a system for collecting fresh water, and kept both a boat and a raft in repair. On land, I can only imagine that his survival skills double.
9. Daryl Dixon, The Walking Dead.
Daryl isn’t afraid to get dirty—in fact, he seems to relish it. He’s good with a crossbow. And he has a soft side. He probably has the highest zombie-body-count on the show, and his background has helped him keep himself more together than any of the other characters after the apocalypse. I’ve no doubt he’d react in much the same way on a desert island.
10. Arya Stark, Game of Thrones.
Little miss bad-ass.