1) Justin Forrester (Protection)
2) Sohma Kyou (Fruits Basket)
3) Jenny Wakeman (My Life as a Teenage Robot)
4) Sasahara Kanji (Genshiken)
5) Sakurazaki Setsuna (Mahou Sensei Negima!)
6) Death (Discworld)
7) Ishida Uryuu (Bleach)
8) Saotome Ranma (Ranma 1/2)
9) Zim (Invader Zim)
10) Samus Aran (Metroid)
1. Divide the list up by even and odd. Which group of five would make a better Five Man Band (like a Power Rangers team)? Who would you slot in each position: Leader, Lancer (second-in-command), Big Guy, Smart Guy, The Chick? If you think the team would be improved by swapping one character between the even and odd groups, which ones would you switch?
EVEN: Kyou (Lancer), Sasahara (...The Chick), Death (Big Guy), Ranma (Leader), and Samus (Smart Guy).
ODD: Justin (Leader), Jenny (Big Guy), Setsuna (Lancer), Ishida (Smart Guy), and Zim (...The Chick).
... ahahahaha. (Both of my choices for the Chick are just... awful.) I think Team Odd would make the better fighting team, just because all five of them are capable of fighting on high power levels. And except for Zim, I think they'd work together well. Team Even has Ranma and Samus, but Kyou and Sasahara are essentially regular humans, and while Death is supremely powerful, he doesn't like to get involved.
If I get to swap, I'm definitely switching Zim for Samus. Justin, Jenny, Setsuna, Ishida, and Samus together? An extremely powerful force for good.
2. Gender-swap 5, 8 & 10. Which character would have the most change in their story arc? Which the least? Would any of these characters have to have a complete personality change to be believable as the opposite sex?
Setsuna gender-swapped... would be virtually unchanged. It would be the story of a swordsman who defends his charge with his life (and denies his attraction to her). Ranma as a girl who becomes a guy? Done a thousand times over in fanfiction. (Seriously. Any interpretation I could think of has probably already been written.) Samus as a guy would be just the same and marginally less interesting.
3. Compare the matchups of 5 & 8 and 2 & 9. (Ignore canon sexual preferences for the moment.) Which couple would be more compatible? Which couple would be more plausible to people from either principal's home culture?
So that's... Setsuna & Ranma... and Kyou & Zim. Ow. OW. Kyou/Zim is just -- I refuse to even think about it. Ranma/Setsuna might work, though. Ranma's cockiness would drive Setsuna crazy, and her seriousness would bug the hell out of him, but I can see a mutual respect forming.
4. Your team is 3, 4 & 6. The mission consists of a social challenge, a mental challenge and a physical challenge. Which team member do you assign to each challenge?
Jenny gets the physical challenge (because, well, super-powerful robot girl), Sasahara the social (yeah, he's an otaku, but he's still better at social stuff than these other two), and Death the mental (he's quite intelligent, after all, even if chess knights give him a little grief).
5. 7 becomes 5's boss for a week in some plausible fashion. How's their working relationship?
Ishida as Setsuna's boss, huh? That would work extremely well. They're both intelligent, serious, no-nonsense types, and Setsuna's accustomed to following (Ishida's not exactly accustomed to leading, but he's certainly capable of doing so).
6. 1 finds him/her/itself inserted into 6's continuity. As far as anyone other than 1 or 6 is concerned, they've always been there. What role would 1 be presumed to have had in 6's story, and could they fit in without going wonky?
Haha, Justin in Discworld would be awesome. And he's as much a fan of the series as I am, so he'd love it. He'd probably be a second Leonard of Quirm, building gadgets far above the local tech level, only he'd be careful to keep out of Lord Vetinari's radar. Then again, I can also see him as another Ponder Stibbons, trying and failing to use logic on an inherently magical world.
7. 3 and 7 get three wishes. The catch is that they have to agree on all three wishes before they get the benefits of any of them. What three wishes would they make?
... I think Jenny would probably talk Ishida into letting her have two of the wishes, because the poor guy is weak to enthusiastic high-school girls. (See: Inoue Orihime.) So she'd get 1) to be a real girl (although she'd want to be able to turn back in case people needed protecting) and 2) a handsome, devoted boyfriend. At this point Ishida would regain control of the conversation and Jenny would agree that he deserved 3) the power to protect everyone he wishes to protect. Another possible #3 might be "bringing Ishida's grandfather back", but if we go by the Disney's Aladdin rules of wishing that one isn't valid. (And neither is #2, for that matter, but oh well.)
8. 6 and 3 are brainwashed by a one-time artifact that works even on people immune to mind control to attack and kill 1. They keep their normal personality, skills and competence level, except any Code vs. Killing has been turned off. Can 1 survive? How?
... As much as I love Justin, and as strong a superhero as I think he is, I'm afraid even he couldn't stand against the combined forces of Jenny and friggin' Death. He'd hold out against Jenny for a while, but one scythe swing and that's all she wrote.
9. 1, 6, 7 & 9 must help an orphanage full of small and depressed children have a merry Christmas. Who does what, knowing that at the very least the kids will be expecting a visit from Santa?
Justin, Death, Ishida, and Zim. Oh, god, now there's a team made in something significantly less than Heaven. Death would cheerfully take on the role of Santa -- he's done it before. Ho. Ho. Ho... Zim has also played Santa before, and he'll want no part of it this time around, but Justin would headlock him into using the Voot Cruiser to carry a bunch of presents along. Ishida and Justin would actually make the presents; between the Quincy's sewing skill and the superhero's gadgeteering, we'll end up with a huge selection of nice clothes and electronic toys. All in all, a job surprisingly well done.
10. 3 and 10 are challenged to circumnavigate the Earth in eighty days or less, using only forms of transportation invented before 1900. Can they do it, or will they be fatally distracted by sidequests or their own personality conflicts?
I think Jenny and Samus would get along really well, actually. They'd be rather thrown off by the inability to rely on technology, though. No rocket pigtails and no Hunter-class gunship. They'd get distracted occasionally by people in need of assistance, but I think in the end they'd make it across the finish line just in time.
That was entirely too much fun. XD