I've got a good amount, I thought we were talking books but since it's more broad I'll list some others.
In games, Adol Christin from the Ys series and his travel buddy Dogi are great fun. They're simple characters, pretty standard JRPG fare, but classic designs and have a simple irresistible charm to them. Kiryu from the Yakuza series is another favorite, over 7 games he's become a really fleshed out, complete character. Some others from that series as well. The trio of Sora, Donald, and Goofy from Kingdom Hearts. Soap and Price from various Call of Duty games. Sully from the Uncharted series.
In TV, Tony and Christopher from the Sopranos are probably the top 2. It's hard to find better developed characters than on the Sopranos. Ted Danson's character on The Good Place is a recent favorite since I've been watching that show. The 4 kids from South Park will always be up there, I enjoy Randy as well but the major focus on him in recent years has soured me on him a bit. In children's TV, the main cast of Avatar the Last Airbender remains unbeaten. Several characters from Dragon Ball Z were a huge part of my growing up as well.
Movies, Sauron and Gandalf from LOTR for sure. Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn is a great character but quite different from the books. Joe Pesci's character in My Cousin Vinny. Russell Crowe in the Gladiator. Bale in American Psycho. I think Colin Farrell played a great Alexander in the extended edition of Alexander. Same with Edward Norton as the leper King Baldwin in Kingdom of Heaven, the director's cut.
Book, I've got quite a few. Corwin of Amber from Roger Zelazny's classic Book of Amber. Rand Al'Thor goes through an incredible character arc over 14 books in the Wheel of Time. Jaime Lannister's character arc was ruined by the show, but in the Game of Thrones books he is an awesome character. India from Sherwood Smith's Inda Quartet. Guy Gavriel Kay is my favorite author and I could pick out characters all day from his novels, but his novel based on a fictionalized Islamic Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan, is my favorite. Two from that book, Rodrigo Belmonte, loosely based on El Cid, and Ammar ibn Khairanm loosely based on the poet and diplomat Muhammed ibn Ammar, are probably my two favorite characters in fiction. Just a wonderful beautifully written book.
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