19 Of The Most Relatable TV And Film Characters That Made You Feel Seen!

To celebrate authentic representation and storytelling on screen, we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which character, in film or television, they could closely identify with and why. Here are some of their excellent suggestions!

1.Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) from Black-ish

“Bad things happened to her when she was a kid and she’s still traumatised when we first see her. Then she slowly recovers in a believable way. She’s kind and sensitive, yet she’s never portrayed as weak, which is great. She was different (a witch) and it was okay. She was also one of the first LGBT characters I saw on TV, which was heartwarming as I was a teen who struggled with her identity.”


3.Charlie Kelmeckis (Logan Lerman) from Perks of Being a Wallflower

“She’s a strong girl whose weirdness I can really relate to. Her colourful personalities and kooky styles are very me, too. She taught me that it’s fine to admit I’m not perfect, and it’s okay to embrace my weirder side.”


“It was as if someone animated the things I like about myself, and put a delightful twist on the things I didn’t. She’s silly and weird but with a big, caring heart that gets her into trouble.”


6.Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) from The Mindy Project

“Even though I’m not Mexican, I identify with Miguel and his family in Coco. It’s not often that you see a Latinx character who isn’t a cheesy stereotype! I love how Pixar emphasised the importance of family and tradition to Hispanic culture. When it came to the jokes and the language, I found them to be so accurate to my experience of my Cuban/Puerto Rican family. Coco was a good change of pace and made me feel optimistic about seeing more Hispanic representation in the future!”


10.Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) from Jessica Jones

“This is the first time I saw PTSD from an abusive relationship portrayed accurately on screen. I understood absolutely everything she did and why she did it. I understood how she could so fiercely – yet compassionately – tell someone else that it was NOT their fault, but still feel at fault herself. I got why she kept an emotional distance from everyone. I appreciated ALL of her erratic, seemingly contradictory behaviour and feelings, because it was exactly how I had felt for so long.”


11.Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

“Family isn’t always blood – it’s often who you share your life with, and you love and care for. Also, just like Stitch, I don’t fit in and I’m often misunderstood.”


13.Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) from Jane The Virgin

“She’s the oldest child, as am I, and she feels like her siblings get away with everything, as did I. When the movie came out I was going through my angsty phase and I was having a really hard time connecting with my mom. Not only did I see my struggles with my mom on screen, it also showed that we could be close. Now she’s my best friend in the entire world! Merida is also a strong and independent woman, which is the kind of person that my mom encouraged me to be.”


15.Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn) from The Newsroom

“She’s young and inexperienced, and yet fiercely intelligent and independent. Coming from a working-class immigrant background she doesn’t have any family who can mentor her career, but she still succeeds as a highly-qualified newsreader and analyst. I really see a lot of Asian women in Sloan. Many of us come from families that push for academic and career success. We achieve a level of social mobility, but in the workplace and the wider world we face a lot that schools and qualifications cannot prepare us for.”


16.Jake (Jason Sudeikis) from Sleeping With Other People

“My relationship with my sister has been rocky at times and I understand what it’s like to try really hard to impress a sibling and try to do the right thing, but fall short every time.”


20.Elena Maria Alvarez Riera Calderón Leyte-Vidal Inclán (Isabella Gomez) from One Day at a Time

“Her experience with her mother so accurately mirrors my own. In the beginning, Gothel is not outright violent like my mother could be, but everything out of her mouth is some kind of thinly-veiled criticism. Gothel’s song “Mother Knows Best” is a prime example of the way in which my mother implanted deep fears and insecurities within me, while making herself simultaneously a martyr and my saviour. When Rapunzel finally leaves the tower and goes back and forth between enjoying herself and beating herself up, it brilliantly captures the emotional extremes that accompany the complex decision to leave an abusive parent behind.”


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