I was just wondering... I have a lot of favorite fictional characters and they are quite different, but most of them have a common trait - they are associated with loyalty (often fierce loyalty). So in this sense Rainbow, my favorite pony, is similar to my other favorites.
Also, I tend to like characters that are either loud or at least vocal about their opinions, somewhat harsh and arrogant ones (but not completely). But at the same time they care about their comrades and have some goal or position they are dedicated to. They can both be villains or heroes (and sometimes neutral characters).
Also, such qualities are probably what I'd like to see in myself/appreciate in real people as well.
So what about you? Do you have some sort of a common theme to all of your favorites?
Bonus question: is your favorite pony also your all-time favorite fictional character?