P: Phoebe Buffay #AToZChallenge

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While it is always debatable as to who is one's favorite character in F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Phoebe Buffay will always remain the most inspirational to me. Clearly the outsider among the other five, she still manages to hold on her own and serves as a rock to her friends in their tough times. Offbeat and ditzy, Phoebe is wonderfully weird. She has her own weird beliefs and sticks to it no matter what who has to say. She's been on her own since a young age and has had a pretty rough life, but she has never given up on a chance for happiness or to find love.

Phoebe has had a very bad childhood. Her father abandoned them, her mother committed suicide and her twin sister Ursula wants nothing to do with her no matter how hard Phoebe tries to include her in her life. Owing to not having a regular mother or father around, she shows a great deal of maternal instinct towards her younger step-brother Frank, despite his lack of intelligence. He's the only family she has and she goes out of her way to make Frank and his much older wife, Alice, happy. When Phoebe decides to become a surrogate for them, she doesn't think of how hard it will be for her physically or emotionally. All she cares is that how happy her decision has made them. She goes through nine months of carrying triplets only to have them taken away from her. She does that selflessly for her brother. That's just who she is.

Phoebe believes in a lot of whimsical stuff. She does not believe in evolution or gravity, much to Ross' chagrin, but does believe that her mother's spirit resides in a cat who was found in her guitar case. Phoebe does things her own way and doesn't care what other have to say about it. Clearly not a talented singer and guitar player, she still plays regularly and makes music like it comes naturally to her. This goes on to prove that if you have confidence, you can pull almost anything off!

Phoebe is a vegetarian because she loves animals and yet loves plants equally. While she is against people cutting trees to have them for Christmas at home, she still is the one to believe in Santa. Phoebe is childlike and mature in her own way and gives her friends some really good advice when the need comes. Not the one to judge anyone, Phoebe surely does dance like no one's watching.



Phoebe's love life hasn't been easy either. The only man she was crazy about all her life was David, the scientist guy, and yet when he has to choose between his career and her, she makes him choose his career even if it means that she has to let him go to Russia. Her choices in men are very different too. She dates men from various fields and yet doesn't have a serious relationship with anyone. Maybe it has to do with her upbringing or the fear of having a wrong family instead. When Mike, the piano guy, comes into her life, he is nothing like anyone Phoebe has dated, but still they click! Mike is innocent and weird in his own way and together with Phoebe, they make their own music.

Phoebe is not that conventional girl next door, but she sure is the magic that you need in this insane world. Think of her as pixie dust and everything will fall into place.

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I'm participating in the April A to Z Challenge for 2019 and my theme is Wonder Women.

20 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you! Phoebe is an inspiration. She is proud of who she is and she oozes confidence. I adore her!

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  2. Oh what a wonderful wonderful choice, Soumya. When I saw that you are writing about Phoebe, I instantly had a smile on my face! And yes, her pixie dust is exactly what we need in our lives :)

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  3. Hats off... nobody has ever described this character so well!

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  4. I loved the quirkiness of Phoebe and her singing! Her sense of humour was something else too. I never looked at her as inspirational though.

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    1. Her back story and where she has come from is very inspirational to me. And the way she lives life the way she wants to, reminds me a little of me :)

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  5. Awww.....as much as I love Phoebe, I loved your post, Soumya! Perfect...just like Phoebe! <3

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  6. Aah! Phoebe!! She is truly truly mad but I truly truly love her. She is certainly the best character of FRIENDS. Her songs, her advice, her confidence, her honesty.... love all that in her. As I am writing this, I am remembering her wedding with Mike episode... ♥

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  7. She is my fav, followed closely by Chandler. You have listed her out here so so well and it's her living in her won bubble that really wins me over. Love the laughs she brings about too.

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  8. This is such a beautiful tribute to one of my favourite characters. Your words do her justice <3

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  9. I love Phoebe too. She is one of the lost genuine characters who stands up for what she believes in. I missed reading you! Will be more of a regular visitor now :)

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    1. Hey Aathira, nice to see you here after a long time :)

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  10. I completely love your choice. Phoebe is really cute. I love her conversations with Ross. She's so sure of herself and all her theories, it's hilarious. Also remember the time an old woman's soul came to live in her? Oh I love those episodes. And her Smelly Cat is epic.

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  11. Pixie dust she is! And the most adorable oddball ever!

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