Best Characters: Comedy Edition

Entertainment Weekly recently featured their 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years, and while I agreed with some (i.e. Harry Potter), there were others that had me scratching my head (Homer Simpson is number one?!) While I obviously couldn’t possibly make a top 100 list without it becoming ridiculously redundant and biased to sparkly vampires and pop musicals, I have selected my three favorite characters when it comes to comedy (drama, sci-fi and horror to follow).

1. Eric Matthews, Boy Meets World

Starting out as simply the girl-obsessed older brother, we didn’t get truly introduced to the pure idiocy and comic genius that is Eric Matthews until about season 5 of Boy Meets World. ¬†From the countless FEENY calls to his dimwitted attempts to earn Rachel’s affections, his simple one-liners can floor anyone with a sudden fit of the giggles. Eric Matthews was once and to this day remains the television character that can make me laugh and marvel in his stupidity for days on end.


Seriously, need I say more?

2. Seth Cohen, The O.C.

Witty, sarcastic humor; snappy comebacks, utter obliviousness to the world around him; and an affinity for emo bands, all wrapped up in a lovable comic-book geek. Seth Cohen has to be the most adorable self-proclaimed nerd to grace our television sets.

3. Sue Sylvester, Glee

Haters to the left. If there’s one good thing that came out of Glee, it’s the character of Sue Sylvester. Her compulsion to be utterly frank with just about anyone she meets be it about their hair, social status or ethnicity has made for some of the best comedy this past year. My roommate and I were in tears after watching her latest Sue’s Corner.

Top 7 Sue Sylvester Quotes

Sue Sylvester aka Jane Lynch is easily the best character from Glee. Her snappy one-liners have the ability to send me into a complete laughing fit for minutes at a time. Entertainment Weekly did a list of her most outrageous quotes, here are some of my favorite that did make the cut:

“That was the most offensive thing I’ve seen in 20 years of teaching –and that includes an elementary school production of Hair.

”…I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat. And then on some dark, cold night, I will steal away into your house…and punch you in the face.”

“You think this was hard? Try auditioning for Baywatch and being told they’re going in ¬†another direction. That was hard.”

“I don’t trust a man with curly hair. I can’t help picturing small birds laying sulfurous eggs in there, and I find it disgusting.”

”I like minorities so much, I’m thinking of moving to California to become one.”

”Look at me. Even in the heat of battle, I’m so elegant, regal. I am Ajax, mighty Greek warrior.”

”I, for one, think intimacy has no place in a marriage. Walked in on my parents once, and it was like seeing two walruses wrestling”

And these SHOULD have been a part of this collection of awesomeness:

  • [to Will] You are about to board the Sue Sylvester express. Destination : HORROR
  • [to Jacob] Are you an Eve who was born a Steve? Because if you are I think there’s a special school that would better address your needs, and I think that school is in Thailand.