Thursday, September 03, 2009

Great Fictional Leaders: Captain Malcolm Reynolds

The real world is full of "leaders" but none of them as great as those found in fiction. You can't beat their decisive nature, hard-core attitudes, and the ability to rally people to their sides in a heartbeat with a powerful speech. These make believe persons are the true inspiration for many of us and help shape who we are.

Oh, who am I kidding. They are just kick-ass characters and we are a society of people who love men of action.

Those who know me well know that I have one man that I look to for absolute insight into what it is to be awesome. That man is the witty Captain Mal of the canceled to soon Firefly. He's a man that struggles with the balance between being a good person and being a criminal in a universe where The Alliance is the all powerful authority hunting him down. He is also a man with a passion for fun who can become a dedicated leader at the drop of a hat (or dead body of preacher). He is very protective of his crew and will risk his life for them as long as he doesn't die. For these reasons and many more I would like to welcome Captain Malcolm Reynolds to the ranks of Great Fictional Leaders.

Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds

  • Smart ass attitude even in the face of death

  • Chiseled jaw

  • Great shot

  • Had surgery to move a nerve cluster in his back

  • Is often the underdog in any fight

  • Had to learn how to sword fight from a girl

  • Has no rudder

  • Easily fooled by hot redheads

Love Interest
Companion Inara Serra - First Base Only (A kiss that Inara stole well he was passed out).

Weapon of Choice
Moses Brothers Self-Defense Engine Frontier Model B

Best Leadership Moment
Convinces his crew to help him get a message to Mr. Universe so they can broadcast it to other worlds in order share the truth about Meranda and the Reavers.

Best Quotes

Mal: "If anyone gets nosy, just, you know, shoot 'em."
Zoe: "Shoot 'em?"
Mal: "Politely."

"We've done the impossible and that makes us mighty."

"Faster. Faster. Faster would be better."

>"Love. You can know all the math in the 'Verse, but take a boat in the air you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she's hurtin' 'fore she keens. Makes her home."

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