Instead of current favorites or all-time favorites, I'm selecting the most reasonable of my various sub-categories, because it had exactly ten people in it. Convenient!
So, these are my ten favorite screen characters who have also influenced me and/or changed my life, in both big and small ways. Sometimes a character simply teaches me more about myself. But yes, I'm one of those fool people who can be affected quite strongly by fiction. There is power in words. It's one of the many reasons I became a writer.
1. Kronos (Valentine Pelka, guest star on several episodes of Highlander, the TV series, 1997)
2. Borodin (Sam Neill in The Hunt For Red October, 1990)
3. Messala (Stephen Boyd, Ben-Hur, 1959)
4. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford, Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981)
5. James Bond (Sean Connery)
6. Sgt. Saunders (Vic Morrow, Combat! TV series 1962-1967))
7. Tonto (Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger, 2013)
8. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor, The Phantom Menace, 1999)
9. Ken Hutchinson (David Soul, Starsky & Hutch TV series, 1975-1979)
10. Agent John Garrett (Bill Paxton, Agents of SHIELD TV series, 2014)
Interestingly, most of the fictional women who influenced me were in operas (and books), not movies or television. Although opera pre-dates movies and television for me, so perhaps that's no surprise. Long before I was allowed to watch a James Bond movie, there was opera. So, to balance this list out slightly, (and since my favorite visual version of this opera is actually a film from 1976), I'm adding on Floria Tosca. Here was a woman who needed no rescuing, and she remains my all-time favorite, and most influential, woman character of all time.
Floria Tosca (Raina Kabaivanska) and Mario Cavaradossi (Placido Domingo)