Billy Mack isn’t bad to start off with, since there’s no particular sign of outright villainy on his part, merely a sense of ennui with the music industry and a penchant for saying outrageous things on air.
Extremely elongated limbs; giant skull head; penchant for pinstripes and Goth accessories; often to be seen with a ghost dog, and we don’t mean the Way of the Samurai type.
Let’s face it: Jack Skellington was born to celebrate Halloween rather than Christmas.
That face was surely never meant to eat mince pies or sing carols.
And yet here we are, in a world where he’s one of the most popular Christmas characters out there.
We’ve talked before about the Greatest Christmas Movies Ever and we’ve had our readers mash up Christmas posters but now we want to focus in a little more closely.
Who are the best characters in all these seasonal films?
What personalities stand out when the Christmas presents are down? Propensity to wear tights, pointy hat; uncanny ability with Christmas decorations; big smile; high levels of dental insurance (we hope) In terms of enthusiasm, there’s no gainsaying Buddy The Elf’s Christmas spirit; in terms of energy, he makes John Motson look like John Major. If baby Jesus had an entertainer at his birthday party, it would be Buddy the Elf folding little balloon shepherds and painting everyone’s faces like archangels.
But he’s also a fascinating individual: reared by elves and ol’ Saint Nick himself, he has a unique outlook on life that emphasises all that is best in the world, and in these cynical times that’s to be treasured.
His sense of style (heavy on the green-and-red), unique approach to nutrition (heavy on the sugar) and even phone technique (“Hi I’m Buddy, what’s your favourite colour?
”) make him an icon for the times – or at least for this time of year.
Fondness for leather trousers and snakeskin; hair in need of a good trim; rock styling; occasional public nudity; air of dissolution.