has asked about these icons...
Eowyn, who has been my favourite character in Lord of the Rings since the first time I read it at the age of 11. These days I think it has as much to do with feeling for her situation as an uncomplicated enjoyment of her heroism, but I still can't understand anyone who can read her story and think Tolkien didn't like or understand women.
Inara, because she's gorgeous and competent, and I'm a silly romantic who wishes Mal/Inara could ever have worked.
Methos, the world's oldest Immortal, when asked where he'd been lately. He had a tendency to drift in and out of our hero's life, trailing snark and sprawling on things, and he hit my, pretends to be uncaring and amoral, but really it's because he cares too much, buttons sooo hard.
John Sheppard, or at least, John Sheppard's arms. There are lots of sides to the character, the amiable goofball, the surprisingly intelligent flyboy, but the super-competent soldier is definitely part of the appeal.
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, the longest running Who character of them all. One of my earliest fannish memories is when I was 9 and reading "The Making of Doctor Who", which featured the UNIT era in detail - those stories about the viewer complaining about them blowing up the church in The Daemons and the senior army officer who was quoted as saying that Lethbridge-Stewart was like a lot of their younger Brigadiers. It primed me to love the character, and nothing I saw on screen ever contradicted it.
Do ask me about more icons, or ask me to pick 5 of yours.