Character Recommendations Based on Linus Larabee

Merry Brandybuck The Lord of the Rings

A troublemaking hobbit with a brave streak that some might call foolhardy

Javert Les Miserables

An inspector with a single-minded focus: To bring criminals to justice

Rupert Giles Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Librarian on the outside, fearless evil-fighter on the inside

Mako The Legend of Korra

Carrying the world on his shoulders

Greg Lestrade Sherlock

Gruff, loyal, and quietly competent

Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother

A flaky but supportive kindergarten teacher and painter

Gimli The Lord of the Rings

As eager for a good time as he is for a fight, few can match this dwarf when it comes to self-confidence

Max Fischer Rushmore

President of every club who's fighting to save Latin at school and kiss his teacher

Matilda Wormwood Matilda

A girl so smart, she taught herself how to be psychic

Brian Johnson The Breakfast Club

Brainy nerd who feels pressure to live up to expectations