|“||Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. Bequeathing a legacy. Outlasting death. We all want to be remembered. I do, too. That’s what bothers me most, is being another unremembered casualty in the ancient and inglorious war against disease. I want to leave a mark. The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people noticing things, paying attention.||”|
Ansel Waters is a student at East High. He fears oblivion, as he wants to make a mark on the world. He's funny, smart, has a great personality, and in the appearance department, he's a total number one stunner.
Ansel constantly symbolized the situations at hand. One example is his tendency to put an unlit cigarette in his mouth, something of a trademark of his: “It’s a metaphor, see: you put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the power to do its killing”. Though it may be a cliché, Ansel is the kind of person who lives life to the fullest, as though it might end any day.
Ansel is a friend true and true, but like Brett Shimura, he's not about to let bullies be this hush-hush subject that can't be touched with a ten-foot pole. From the very beginning, he's willing to joke about things that might make someone else very uncomfortable.
One of Ansel's main gripes about dying is that he always wanted to live a more meaningful life, one that would go down in history as meaningful and heroic. He is so concerned with this that Brett even considers faking an act of helplessness for him to save the day. But what Ansel fails to understand is that he has had a major impact on other people. For one thing, he totally changes Brett. At first, Brett's afraid of getting close to anyone.
Even though Ansel wants the kind of life that will be printed on the front page of the New York Times, he can't have it. But that's okay, because the people who matter to him see him as important and meaningful. His life does have meaning, even if it's not a headline.
Personality and Traits
Confident, charming, and caring, Ansel Waters is driven by his selflessness and empathy, especially when it comes to others. Ansel is a brave, spirited natural leader, and is willing to risk his life to save friends, family, strangers, and sometimes even enemies. He has a sarcastic and smart sense of humor, a laid-back demeanor, and has earned the respect of all the social outcasts of East High. He also earned the trust and respect of Troy Bolton. Ansel remains true and never goes back on his word. However, he is definitely not perfect. He also feels responsible for everyone and anything which goes wrong. Ansel is also really witty and rebellious. His most widely known traits are his wholesomeness and charisma. In contrast to this, Ansel is also rather mischievous; a scrappy, free-spirited rebel with a head full of curiosity, optimism and slight arrogance, Ansel has a habit of finding himself in a wide array of self-inflicted trouble — sometimes comical, sometimes highly consequential.
Many people tell him he is brave such as friends, family, strangers, and even social outcasts. He also states that he has the same "brooding" look as his father, and also has a rebellious streak just like him. Despite this, he is perceptive when he wants to (or needs to) be. Ansel can also be derisively sarcastic and moody, and he dislikes being manipulated or forced to obey. Although Ansel is a leader, he is considered socially awkward in school, with a lack of conversation. He has never been one of the "cool" kids in class because he hangs out with supposedly "un-cool" people, such as Brett Shimura, Ryan Evans or Kelsi Nielson. Ansel's fatal flaw is excessive personal loyalty: he would risk the world and even his own life to save a loved one, or even a stranger.