To start off the challenge and keep with my Monday writing theme:
A is for the ASBO Five
|From left to right: Curtis, Alisha, Nathan, Kelly, and Simon. Photo Credit.|
The Misfits crew are the most complex characters I've ever seen. They've all done something wrong to get onto community service. From pinching pick'n'mix to doing drugs. The first two seasons introduce us to the first set of misfits: Nathan, Kelly, Alisha, Curtis, and Simon. By far the best cast they've had so far.
Being struck by lightning was their life changing moment. An event that managed to make aggressive chav Kelly into a girl with a heart of gold. Awkward Simon into a hero. Vain Alisha into giving respect. Self-centered, rude Nathan into a loyal friend. Former athlete Curtis to accept his past regrets and move on.
These are probably the most flawed people you have ever known. They do wrong things, they're gobby, rude and can take advantage of their powers. But it's their powers that set them aside from the truly evil people that can be around them. Throughout season one and two they are faced with people who really abuse their powers to control people or cause harm. And when they see themselves or other threatened they're ready to step in and help.
Their powers are linked to aspects of themselves that help them develop. Curtis's power of going back in time is linked to his constant regret of past actions and wanting to change the past for disappointing himself and others around him. He attempts to change the past and refuse the drugs that got him into trouble. But he learns that his original path was better and accepts what happened. Simon's invisibility is developed from his belief that he has always been ignored and forgotten about. It allows him to control when he can be invisible and when he shouldn't be, learning to stand up for himself and speak up. Kelly's telepathic abilities show us a hard as nails girl who really cares what people think of her and doesn't want to be stereotyped. Alisha's vain and 'slutty' antics with men gave her the power of making anyone who touches her go into a sexual frenzy and want nothing but sex from her. She abuses it to begin it but soon realises that she wants to be treated with more respect and in turn wants to give men and her relationships more respect.
Nathan's power of immortality comes from his inability to be affected by other people, a sort of 'invincibility' against people's harsh criticisms of him. But funnily enough it's not Nathan's power that helps him develop which I loved. He did it himself. Becoming friends, facing enemies, and sharing a superpower secret helped Nathan develop friendships around him, even with Simon who he previously bullied which was what he really needed. As his friendships grow so does his parental relationships, accepting his mother's current boyfriend and trying to patch things up with his absentee father. He learns to care for the people around him, the only ones who will put up with him and he'll try and avenge anything bad that happens to them.
You'll hate them. You'll love them. They have vices and strengths and the writers aren't afraid to give them unlikeable flaws. The best example of rounded and developed characters that I've ever seen.