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londo mollari

"My shoes are too tight...but it does not matter,
because I have forgotten how to dance."

name: Londo Mollari

is: Centauri ambassador to Babylon 5; Machiavelli incarnate, according to p; a romantic; a great soul trapped in a monstrous being?

wants: to restore his empire to its former glory; to save his people from the shadows and that allies

birthday: I don't know how the Centauri date system works, do you?

Family: he has three wives: "...pestilence, famine, and death." Before, he had one wife that he cared about but was forced to divorce her for his position. The only "wife" that he says he loved was Centauri Prime. He also loved the Lady Adira...and how unfortunately their story ended...

religion: has 49 gods in his pantheon but doesn't believe in any of them

Strong point: he's willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of the majority; his pride? or maybe that weakens him...hmm...he has a good heart...

weak point: G'Kar; standing up to authority

role: (being the coolest guy on the whole damn station -p)
Londo is Machiavellian and burdened with duty. As he commented to G'Kar, he never really had a childhood; since he was young, he has always been weighted with his position in Centauri society. From the very first episode of the series, when he mentions that he foresees his death twenty years down the line at the hands of G'Kar, his future seems less than ideal. He is destined to spiral downwards throughout the series, and his fatal flaw is his imbalance: he concentrates on what he wants while ignoring who he is.

Londo is a study of wrong choices and regrets. While he would be content to relax and enjoy life with wine and women, he must handle affairs of the state--and he always seems to make the wrong choices in his effort to stay on top. At his worst, he is positively tyrannical as he fights to keep his world on top. In other situations, he is reluctant to act when he feels that action will hinder future gains. He does everything for the sake of his world, but in doing so, he damns not only his world but his chances for a happy life. Ultimately, having brought up and brought down a lunatic from the throne and hurt his world and his chances for redemption through actions that he thought would help, he finally takes to the last chance that Lady Morella predicted he would have: succumbing to his greatest fear, knowing it will destroy him.

His relationship with G'Kar is particularly important to the series. It seems too big too get into here, so I may eventually make a Londo and G'Kar page...

allies: Morden...for awhile (but really, Vir)

enemies: G'Kar...for awhile (depends on what episode; he does have a habit of irking lots of people...)

catch phrase: "I feel like I'm being nibbled to death by cats!"
but really--"I had such dreams, such dreams!"

what others think of him:

"I spent my years in one shelter or another, but sooner or later, I was able to leave the shelter and walk out into the daylight. You do not have that luxury. You carry your shelter with you, every day. You did not grow up; you grew old."--G'Kar

"You are touched by darkness, Ambassador. I see it as a blemish that will grow with time. I could warn you, of course, but you would not listen. I could kill you, but someone would take your place. So, I do the only thing I can: I go."
and of course...
"As I look at you, Ambassador Mollari, I see a great hand reaching out of the stars. The hand is your hand, and I hear sounds--the sounds of billions of people calling your name...your victims."--Elric

shilpa's comments: Londo is easily the most tragic figure in the series. You can't help but see his noble intentions as he attempts to help his world, but he's so wrapped up in acheiving greatness that he plays it safe, trying to avoid trouble--or makes foolish bargains that lead to more regrets...ultimately, though, he makes a noble choice, becoming a Keeper-possessed emporer and playing along with the Drakh until he places his world's last hope upon Sheridan and Delenn and asks G'Kar to kill him... I find it very hard not to pity him. His relationship with G'Kar is priceless as they evolve from mortal enemies to good friends.

p's comments: Londo kicks arse, gosh darnit. He has some of the best lines in the series. One day I'll make a random-Londo-quote generator. No one else says "G'Kar!" with so much zest. That's all there is to it.

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