* Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
* Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
* This will create a never ending cycle of icon glee...
Kaiji, by me
Kaiji is one of my favorite anime series for its amazingly effective use of suspense and its choice of protagonist: a loser punk with a heart of gold and a will of steel. Of all the "never give up" protagonists anime has to offer, Kaiji is the sole one who truly impressed me, probably because he himself is not a terribly optimistic person to begin with, which makes his feats all the more rewarding (...and his defeats all the more crushing). Fate spits in his face on a regular basis and to astounding degrees, he's visibly and vividly affected by it to the point of breaking, but his courage always manages to shine through in the end.
I don't remember the exact context of this scene, but the expression makes for a good creepy/paranoid posting icon.
Reid from Tales of Eternia, by angeling
Of all the Tales games I've played, Eternia probably ranks second for me in terms of favorites (Symphonia being the first). The story isn't especially remarkable or brilliant, but I think that's why I like it. There's a very down to earth, humble feel to it that appealed to me, and this extends to its main four characters as well; perhaps no better epitomized than by the character of Reid. While not my favorite character of the game (that's Keele), I liked him and the way his arc unraveled a great deal. He starts out apathetic and lazy, and emerges from his adventure understanding and motivated.
Ladd and Lua from Baccano!, by sinspire
Baccano! is a series that's brimming with unique characters, and it's only natural that it'd be brimming with unique relationships as well...especially in regards to romance. My favorite couple was this one, because of how simultaneously messed up and adorable it was. They're basically made for each other: he's a sadist who wants nothing more than to kill everyone in the world, she's a masochist who wants nothing more than to be killed by him. The S&M aspect plays right into their dynamic, as Lua insists that he kill her now, and Ladd refuses to give her that satisfaction, intent on making her his very last kill. His declarations of love take the form of promises to kill her, slowly and lovingly, which she sighs dreamily at. Aww.
Spider-Man, by me
The 1967 Spider-Man series is fucking hilarious. Every single moment, every single word of dialogue, every single frame of it (no exaggeration) is comedy gold. I need the DVD collection badly, so I can share the magic with everyone.
Though I don't remember how the scene in the icon went down precisely, I know it involved Spidey fighting off an eagle in a theater, and I guess he ended up in this pose? Despite how it looks, he isn't actually doubling up in a fit laughter. He's not trying to get that spider off his chest, either.
Uboa from Yume Nikki, by bluwiikoon
Uboa is the Pyramid Head of Yume Nikki. In other words, the main thing everyone remembers about the game, including people who haven't played the game (but know of its existence). And for good reason: the one event Uboa shows up in is memorably scary. YouTube-ing the scene won't do it justice; it's the process of obtaining it yourself that makes it effective. And here's where the explanation of the icon comes in: in order to get the scene, you need to visit this house where a blond-haired girl lives, switch off the light, go outside, go back inside, switch off the (now back on) light, and so on. Eventually, at one point of turning off the light, the sprite of said girl will be replaced by Uboa.
With that in mind, someone took inspiration from a certain Strongbad e-mail and made...this.