At WhatCharacter, our core values are:
Books are our passion. They have plenty of character(s).
We strive to be the de facto place for finding information about your favorite literary characters. We aim to present a catalog of literary characters (for some definition of literary) and related elements, such as their appearances across different media and how different characters are related to one another.
We also want to use the data we gather to provide a more "holistic" look into literature. We hope to find interesting things by analyzing their unexpected connections.
WhatCharacter started as a way to track the interconnections of different literary (and film) characters. It was originally intended to be an analog system involving a repurposed card catalog system, but, like many of the things we do, grew in complexity until making it a website made far more sense.
25,057 characters, and counting...
(That's 5.73km of index cards, top to bottom)