His own are rather erudite and sound a bit like they would overlap a bit with my h-l-p's favorites.
Sherlock Holmes? Quentin Compson? Jay Gatsby? Zaphod Beeblebrox? Willy Wonka? Leopold Bloom? Ahab? The whale?I would agree that these are badass characters, but I might counter Quentin with Caddy or Dilsey, Jay with Daisy, Willy with Matilda, and Leo with Molly ;)
The most popular characters so far in the comments definitely line up with my sensibilities: Lizzy Bennet, Anne Shirley (of Green Gables), Jane Eyre and Samwise Gamgee are hauling in the votes in a most major way, and I applaud all of them. I also found some good ones in the comments: Kit Tyler from The Witch of Blackbird Pond (WIN!!), Scarlett and Rhett, Atticus, Scout and Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird.
Others I love, a bit randomly: Mr. Rochester, Hermione Granger + Albus Dumbledore, Meg Murray + Vicky Austin, Anne Eliot + her Cap'n, Will Ladislaw + Mary Garth, Aunt Bestey Trotwood+ the Micawbers, Edmund Sparkler + PANCKS, George Emerson, his Dad + Mr. Beebe, Viola, Horatio, Emilia, and a host of others.
Oh also Edward Cullen! (JK-sorta-not-really-hangs head in shame).
Who else is missing from this list?