Mulan, Bel Rowley (The Hour), Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones), Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter), Severus Snape (Harry Potter), Russell (Up) ♥ ♥ ♥
[reasons - it"s past 1AM and this is grossly tldr]
Mulan - I don't exactly fit in with my family's expectations of me, though I try my best to make them proud. I'm stubborn and unsure of myself. Also, growing up, Mulan was probably the only Asian female role model in popular culture that I had (there was also Vicky Zhao's character from the Princess Returning Pearl series, but I'm not even gonna bother finding caps for that lol).
Bel Rowley - I'm only in my first year of college so I don't have a career yet, but I think that, once I do, I'm probably going to be like Bel. Career oriented and unwilling to let relationships and marriage hold me down. I want to be in charge and prove to people that, just because I'm a woman, doesn't mean I'm someone to be fucked with. Also, I'm already like this with my studies - I've never been in a relationship and I'm not willing to be in one, because I don't want it to distract me from my studies and my life.
[regarding the text on this icon, except I got the tense wrong welp]
"What happened with The Hour, […] was basically that I picked up the script and the first line I read was, ‘Bel is sitting at her desk.’ and I was like, well, this is fucking amazing. This part is mine. because how often are you ever introduced to a young female character and she’s sitting behind an actual desk? The main thing I’m interested in is that I don’t want the women I play to be defined by their romantic involvement with the male lead. I want them to have a job. So the fact that Bel having a job is the first thing we know about her was a huge deal for me." - Romola Garai on her role as Bel Rowley
Sansa Stark - I have a lot of dreams - I used to be pretty idealistic and hopeful (and I still kinda am, don't get me wrong), but now I'm also really cynical and usually look at things realistically. I also take every opportunity I can to learn and gather knowledge - usually something that will benefit me and my goals for the future. I have a pretty strong sense of self-preservation but I like to think that I'm also compassionate (or rather, empathetic, because we can't all be perfect like Sansa tbh) to the plights of those around me.
Hermione Granger - ANOTHER CHILDHOOD ROLE MODEL. Back when I was in elementary school, being studious and kinda uptight about school and rules kinda ostracized me a bit - and tbh, I was a really bitchy kid who looked down on kids who weren't as smart as I was (but like Hermione, I've changed, honest!). I'm also really upfront and passionate about certain social issues that either concern me or that I can understand and empathize with.
Neville Longbottom - I'm really really really painfully shy, but I've gotten better at speaking to people now (I still stutter a bit when I talk too fast, but alas). I know what not being good enough for my parents or for my friends feel like, but I think I've become a lot more confident than I was before. I'm nowhere near as brave as Neville, but if something really bothers me or what I feel is morally right, I will stand up to people and call them out on it, even if I'm really non-confrontational and passive 80% of the time.
Severus Snape -
On a less serious note, I'm also really cynical and snarky, and my snark can get really condescending, and sometimes I'm too lazy/tired to wash my hair for days, so it ends up all gross and greasy.
Russell - HE'S TOTALLY ASIAN, OKAY. And he's really cheerful and optimistic, despite being quite lonely (iirc, it's implied), and I really admire that in anyone, period. I strive to be more optimistic and hopeful, because then I have a lot more motivation to do the things that I want to do. I don't particularly like animals and I'm not really active in helping the elderly, aside from my grandma, so that's where the similarities between Russell and I end. BUT I ALSO REALLY LIKE CHOCOLATE, DOES THAT COUNT?