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Why Do We Love Fictional Characters? | Fun Science

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Aingeal Jackson (17 days ago)
Aingeal Jackson (17 days ago)
I'm in love with APH Prussia
John Doe (1 month ago)
I'm quite sure that bananas aren't inanimate objects. Even after fruits are plucked many of their cells are very much alive. That's actually and interesting way of thinking and a falsehood. If we don't see something move or it's movements are hard to detect visually then some may assume it to not be alive. Great video though!
Rist Rivas WP (1 month ago)
Shooktt..How could be this? I'm inlove with a fic character on Wattpad😁😂😍😍😍.
Because real people suck. Reference
Danny Danny (1 month ago)
aha! it was a GREEN SCREEN!
Cadet Winchester (1 month ago)
I felt in love with Jace Wayland :'(
Kevin Scott (2 months ago)
whos a cute guy with a moustache at 1:58 ... oh wait, its me
MutantCreeper (2 months ago)
This is the first time watching Charlie in a very long time and it's a nice feeling
Gargolus (3 months ago)
Anyone else read 'Mein Kamph'?
Alex Wilson (3 months ago)
Avocado Art :O (3 months ago)
Diamondust (3 months ago)
Dan Howell needs to see this
Elizzy City (4 months ago)
This thumbnail is everything 😁
Hannalore Misner (4 months ago)
I would like to see his references and exactly which studies he was talking about.
Balkan WarriorYT (4 months ago)
Damn I remember like 7-8 years ago I watched your channel then you stoped posting videos. one video every few monthes. Its nice to see youre still posting the fun science. Last time I was here it was the tea chronicles. I remmember watching you before 1m subs. good times.
From Scratch Aunty Bindy (4 months ago)
But Hazel, Gus, Will, Margo, Q.... theyarerealll 😢?
Thomas Walder (4 months ago)
the studio was fake this whole time?
Samuelson baker (5 months ago)
Charlie got ugly and fat
Shrek The ogre (6 months ago)
Is he ded?
A heart made wise (7 months ago)
Love your science vids!
Aurora sz (8 months ago)
Aurora sz (8 months ago)
omfg, I love this channel aaaa
MrDoublehappy (9 months ago)
I love fat charlie he's so cute
kimboleeekimkim (6 months ago)
He's not fat
Sabrina Gibby (9 months ago)
A very absorbing book!!!! This makes me very happy
Luiz Silva (9 months ago)
Your way to speak is very cool,i can understand everything you say even i'm not being a native speaker and just learning american accent,normally is hard to understand,thanks,great channel!
Pra The Dragon (9 months ago)
Harikumar Hari (11 months ago)
Space Hedgehog (11 months ago)
We all just love fictional characters and world because the real world is so shit
Ella Cinders (11 months ago)
I came across this well I'm making Percy Jackson Figurines. Lol
Amanda (11 months ago)
charlie!!! I followed you a looooooong time ago on a different account & I suddenly remembered about your channel... WOW you've come a long way!!!
Chase Smith (11 months ago)
Come on (me), Charlie. I just subscribed to your channel and love the content, and now you take a break. Tis' my (existential) fate. Well rest up and replenish.
HappyMagicMarker (11 months ago)
Loved this episode!
Azizul Adnan (1 year ago)
Doctor Who... hehe...
some guy (1 year ago)
I have 0 empathy for some fictional characters EDIT:I laugh when they die.
Hazy09 (1 year ago)
Loved this!
El Conciliador (1 year ago)
I'm obsessed with space stuff, to the point where I once cried myself to sleep because I watched a video about Heat Death and the destiny of our Universe. IDK if I got to consider The Universe as a living thing, but I just really don't want it to die.
Hannah Banana (1 year ago)
I really like these videos! Please make them longer. I want to learn more. :)
MJ Red (1 year ago)
Game of Shalaralhalla is my life.
TheKewlGamingMonkey (1 year ago)
Is this why I wish one of my parents was a greek god and I had a super cool girlfriend I save the world with multiple times?
Duckling (1 year ago)
what the hell, you was in my English book!
abdola (1 year ago)
Any six feet under crying bitches?
Taytay Okay (1 year ago)
when he showed the eyes all I thought was sanpaknu
RockismyAir (1 year ago)
Yes, yes, YESS.
Lydia McGill (1 year ago)
Great video Charlie :)
Bluemoon Pictures (1 year ago)
I subscribed to this channel after watching the first fun science episode from a few years ago! I'm so happy you kept the intro tune! xD
stecky87 (1 year ago)
I've been thinking about this recently, since I recently finished season 2 of Stranger Things. I'm so attached to those characters & get so involved with the story. It helps that so many of the characters are *immensely* likeable
Cale Potter (1 year ago)
Its been so long and I havent heard back. I'd tell you how lobg but I think I lost track. Is it really so hard just to write just a sentence or two?..
Indiegirl007 (1 year ago)
I haven't seen Charlie in quite some time. I remember watching him (alot) as a teenager. We kinda grew up together (in my head, of course) I am now a nearly 30 year old woman, and he is nearly a 30 year old man, and its like running into an old friend. He has changed so much, along with the channel. Wow. What a fine young man he has turned in to.
I am a villager (1 year ago)
xtinneee (1 year ago)
Pretty little liars💔😭
Steiner Sound studios (1 year ago)
Very good video
Sofhia Krizia Calma (1 year ago)
Does anyone have the uke chords to the jingle? Would really appreciate it 😆
Haley Meek (1 year ago)
Sources please! This would really help with a paper I'm writing.
Damien Gallagher (1 year ago)
Charlie, the first video I watched of yours was "How to get featured". I watched this video in 2007 and I can't believe how far you've come from that. Good Job Charlie, sending love your way!
jsr9422 (1 year ago)
DO A NERIMON BOAT COMPILATION. Bring chemistry stuff and make Pokemon puns. Or just randomly turn up and film his reaction? But just speak in total Jibberish when he asks u something will be amazing
FlabbySalmon 711 (1 year ago)
I cried at the end of both Portal and Portal 2
AMAL SAHAL (1 year ago)
Great video, Charlie!
Neta (1 year ago)
The whole time I was watching, I was thinking about Fred Weasley, and then it happened to be the first name I read in the comments.
Carina S (1 year ago)
Oh yeah, that one was tough... First thing that came to my mind was the first time I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when I got so mad at Dolores Umbridge, I wanted to wring her neck so bad... I nearly threw the book against the wall out of sheer frustration ^^'
ingrid richter (1 year ago)
this week Charlie explains why I fangirl...
KiddieColors (1 year ago)
Nice and like it.
Hiya Kitty (1 year ago)
Good video Charlie! I'm really enjoying your Fun Science series!
"Thank you progressive narrative!" I cackled from how cheesy that was, but very true as well.
J (1 year ago)
I'm with Charlie on Toy Story 3
Francesca cazorla (1 year ago)
Seriously! This is so true and it's just so weird to me when someone doesn't understand the connections you can make with fictional characters. Like when I cry because a good character dies and someone else sees me they think I'm weird but nooo I just can't help it
Carina S (1 year ago)
Now that I've seen this video I actually was thinking about this, too. Maybe all the other people are just less empathetic than us? Are they mentally ok, or is there something wrong with them? Like, how much of that is normal? I guess people just generally are different in how much empathy they have, but this makes me think, that people who don't cry at least can feel the emotions.
allstarnewt (1 year ago)
This was definitely my favorite episode.
allstarnewt (1 year ago)
These videos are so well done.
Sam Allen (1 year ago)
the first guy to reach a million subs took a huge fall from grace.
Business Fish (1 year ago)
We want a second season of Dot Maze!
Maggie Johnson (1 year ago)
This is why I'm obsessed with Alec Lightwood
Sam Blake (1 year ago)
I read a lot but that facial ques segment didn't really work for me bc I have asd. Ah well.
Maleficent (1 year ago)
Book he's reading is titled "A Very Absorbing Book." 😂
a person (1 year ago)
Great video!
lazerapes (1 year ago)
First thought: Is charlie real? Or another fictional character that I empathize with?
mauvemaeve (1 year ago)
that was awesome!
River Koritko (1 year ago)
not rlly relateable but i never got sad at the end of toy story 3. like i knew they werent gonna die so i never thought they where gonna die
Greg Fox (1 year ago)
Now I understand why people talk so much about representation in main character roles, thanks Charlie!
melekealia (1 year ago)
Im digging the fun science ep. S. I LOVE U CHARIE!
Audhild Tjugen (1 year ago)
Awesome video Charlie!
Daniel Morency (1 year ago)
Godfrey the Great is just the right size.
CelticPred1997 (1 year ago)
Do you have the source material?
Ian Reed (1 year ago)
I like that banana more than the robot I think
Oska (1 year ago)
im glad you talked about how fiction actually impacts our beliefs in the real world!
teabooksmagic (1 year ago)
So relatable! Also, that Very Absorbing book. 😂
Ingrid M (1 year ago)
I am so damaged as I have unintentionally taken after so many fictional characters in behaviour, speak, emotion and thought. If I have intensely been watching a show or movie over and over and really like or identify with a character I can even, in my brain, believe that I LOOK like that character. That is such a weird sensation, when you know you dont look like that but in your mind, you still do. This goes away rather quickly in a couple of days or so if I stop watching the show/movie.
Carina S (1 year ago)
When I watch a lot of British shows and afterwards start thinking in English (English is not my mother tongue, but if you're immersed in another language you start thinking and eventually even dreaming in that language), I think in British English, if that makes sense xD It does go away quickly as you mentioned as soon as you're surrounded by something else, but it still is funny what our brains come up with! (On a side note, I think I never had the sensation of looking like a character I think, but I have experienced those pumped-up feelings you get after watching a good action or superhero movie, when it makes you feel like you can take on the entire world ^^)
The Great Fish (1 year ago)
this is actualy intresting
black_cat019 (1 year ago)
gademmit, i just finished watching some Naruto episodes.. im in the middle of the 4th ninja war.. and yes i love fictional characters T-T).. now time to go to bed!
Thsoukieo (1 year ago)
I feel like the characters I create for my own stories are real and are my friends. Even year after not writing those stories, it's as if they're still at my side.
duckpondwithoutducks (1 year ago)
How do I get the job of “official banana holder?” That seems like an appealing job. 😉
manicdaisy (1 year ago)
This was an awesome topic, especially for a nerd who has been emotionally invested in characters her whole life, as well as an avid reader with an often excessive level of empathy. Loved hearing the science behind it.
loonygoldfish (1 year ago)
Is the reading and empathy cause and effect though? Is it not so likely that people who have a greater degree of empathy are more likely to read books which require empathy to enjoy? Not read the studies but I would be interested to see whether they ruled out that alternate hypothesis
mansi xavier (1 year ago)
*Official Banana Holder* Now that's a job to aspire for!!!😝😝😂😅😅
jamie rora (1 year ago)
yaaaas gurl another video
Arno Online (1 year ago)
Amy Mack (1 year ago)
I love that you're posting more often now Charlie but are u gonna post anything about yourself or just fun science cos fun science is great but I want to know how you're doing n stuff
Sietse (1 year ago)
Added to my film school playlist :) I'm investing in narrative at the moment, so thank you :)
allons-y (1 year ago)
this video came at a perfect time!! i'm about to give a speech about why fiction is important and this science-y info is gonna be useful! :D
Adelaide Abashov (1 year ago)
did you put on weight? it looks really good on you!
M1stero6awsome (1 year ago)
So then why do we love something like a teddy bear because that's an inanimate object
Carina S (1 year ago)
It might be about the way it looks. Did you see the video about why we think something is cute?
Kaylee LovesMusic (1 year ago)
M1stero6awsome Probably because you have the bear from childhood and it's a link to that stage in your life

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