My favorite character of all time is Ryu from the Street Fighter franchise.
He's doesn't fight to serve his own purposes, he fights for the sake of fighting. To truly understand what fighting is. He is on a quest for enlightenment and to strenghten his own ability. He has no ulterior motives, he doesn't demand recognition, but he get's it anyway.
That and if you ever played Street Fighter II: Championship Edition, watch as the player profiles go by. You'll see that his birthday is July 21, 1964. Which means his birthday is the same exact day as mine and he's exactly my mother's age--give or take four or five months. ^_^