It's International Men's Day today and I know what most of you guys will say "Any day is men's or women's day." Agreed! But, there's no harm in celebrating a day that solely belongs to you guys, right? Well, we're not going to throw any confetti or drop any anthem for men. Instead, we're going to celebrate and talk about men (although they are fictional) who turned out to be good role models for us.
Men who showed us that you don't need to be perfect to be a hero. You can have your own imperfections and still be the perfect guy, who unintentionally taught us some of the most valuable lessons in life. I think it's time we stand up and applaud them.1. Michael Scott - The Office
For most people, Michael Scott is a living synonym for a nightmare. He's clueless, a narcissist, racist, obnoxious and the real problem of the office. But, he's also someone who will have your back and support you at a time when there's nobody standing next to you. Remember the scene where he was the only one to attend Pam's painting exhibition and encourage her skills, when no one showed up?
From being someone who was hated by his co-workers, Michael went on to become the life of Dunder Mifflin. A guy who everyone was rooting for. Michael Scott may be filled with flaws, but, truth be told, there wouldn't be an 'Office', if there's no Michael Scott in it.
The Office airs on Star World in India.2. Chandler Bing - FRIENDS
Chandler Bing is definitely the most iconic character on global television. He's the one who first introduced sarcasm as a sense of humour to mainstream television with his brilliant wit and charm. But, at the same time, he was reasonable, sensitive, wise and cared for his friends a lot (especially his bromance with Joey). Brownie points for falling in love with Monica and giving his all to make the relationship work, despite being commitment phobic initially. No matter how hard it got, he never ran away from his problems.
He went from having the least luck in romance to becoming one of the most desired boyfriends for women across the world. Chandler taught us how it's fine to make mistakes and mess up big time, as long as you fix it and take responsibility for it.
FRIENDS is currently streaming on Netflix.3. Tyrion Lannister - Game of Thrones
Tyrion Lannister is hands down one of the strongest and the best characters from Game of Thrones. People loved Tyrion more than they hated the Lannisters. His own family hates him, he is blamed for his mother's death, continually humiliated for being a dwarf and branded as a degenerate due to his love for wine and brothels. But, despite all the hatred and humiliation, Tyrion does not let any criticism get in his way. He proves time and again that he has more of a backbone than anyone else, showing how intelligence is more important than validation. His heart goes out to the cripples, bastards and the less advantaged citizens of Westeros and encourages them to own who they are.
Let's not forget his little words of wisdom– one of them being, “Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you”.4. Sheldon Cooper - The Big Bang Theory
If we can look past his 'Pictionary' skills, then Sheldon Cooper isn't a bad guy. In fact, his extreme self-confidence is something we all can learn something from.
From being an increasingly annoying theoretical physicist who barely likes anyone apart from himself, to someone who eventually starts caring about the people he loves and gradually falls in love with someone and marries her, his transformation made it hard for us to not love him.
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The Big Bang Theory is currently available for streaming on Hotstar.5. Barney Stinson - How I Met Your Mother
How can you not fall in love with someone like Barney Stinson? He's someone who can work his charm on literally anyone and anything. He and his 'sacred' book taught us some real virtues of dating. Like, when he would always imply that putting yourself first, especially in the face of a bad relationship is the healthier thing to do.
Barney was unfaltering, a loyal friend who developed deep and meaningful relationships with people that mattered to him, ones he chose for himself.
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How I Met Your Mother is currently airing on Star World.