Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Character?

On last week’s (title pending), Tank brought up the idea of favorite movie characters, and I was caught unprepared. There are SO many! Every movie brings another five to ten into play, but even if there’s just one decent one each movie, that’s still an enormous field of potential candidates. Granted, there’s only a handful of memorable characters a year, but as the decades roll by, they pile up!

Indy, Hannibal Lecter, Maximus, Ripley, Peter Venkman, I could rattle off dozens, without even thinking. Ferris Bueller, John McClane, Harry Potter… seriously, there are millions.

Who’s YOUR favorite? What character is most memorable for you? Why? What makes you prefer them to others? It’s a great discussion topic because there have been so many great ones over the years, populating so many great movies.

Let’s hear what your choices are! Who’s YOUR favorite movie character?

141 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Character?

  1. Very tough to single this one down Fogs. Indy is a definite favourite but I tend to go for more supporting roles in my choices. I have a little page on my blog dedicated to ‘memorable performances’ by mostly supporting characters. On that I include the likes of Robert Carlyle as Begbie in Trainspotting; Gary Oldman as Drexl in True Romance; Alec Baldwin as Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross; Jack Nicholson as Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men etc. If it had to be iconic leading role, I’d go with Indy though.

    • Your answer has everything from a diddled-eyed joe to damned if I know. LOL. I like all those guys.

      I never even knew Baldwin’s character HAD a name there, I always thought it was “Fuck You”. :D I’d like to see him squaring off against Jessup. :) That would be an awesome scene.

      • LOL. “It ain’t white-boy, is it?”

        Yeah, Baldwin’s name was Blake but it don’t think it’s ever uttered. It just says so on the credits. And HELL YES! A square off between him and Jessup would be something.

        I just love all the smaller roles that people get. They seem to really run with them.

      • So true, but I was worried going into Live Free and was pleasantly surprised. Back to the original topic, I found myself gravitating to characters that appeared in multiple movies just because they seem so much more fleshed out (the others in my top 5 would be Indy, Jack Ryan, Michael Corleone, James Bond and Rick Deckard) although there is baggage sometimes like you mentioned below with Darth Vader where it has the opposite effect. And lets face it there are many Tyler Durdens, Alex Delarges that don’t need multiple movies to be a great character.

      • Totally true. And as much as I love them, I dont know if I’d trust another outing. Sometimes (as is the case with Vader and Corleone) another film waters them down. Unfortunately.

        I’m a little worried about that with Deckard. I know there’s a Blade Runner project going on right now, I just hope it doesnt conclusively answer whether or not he was a replicant. I love that character and that movie, too. :)

  2. Wow. That’s A Major League Toughie, Dude.
    Hmm.
    I Sincerely Cannot Pick Just One. So I’d Have To Break Them Down A Bit.
    How About This…
    …My Favorite Movie CharacterS Are: Of Comedy Would Be PETER SELLERS’ Interpretation Of “INSPECTOR JACQUES CLOUSEAU” From “A Shot In The Dark” and “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” As He’s Simply The Funniest Creation In Film History, For My Money… Of Horror/Drama/Whathaveyou Would Be ANTHONY PERKINS’ Interpretation Of “NORMAN BATES” From “Psycho” As He’s The One I Was Always Able To Most Identify With And Feel For As A Man And A Monster… And For “B-Movies” It’ll Always Be LEE HORSLEY’s “TALON” From “The Sword And The Sorcerer” As He’s The Hero We’d All Aspire To Be If We Were In A “B-Action-Fantasy-Flick”!!! hehehe
    I Have Tons More, But Those Should Cover Enough Bases To Satisfy For The Moment. ;)
    Great Question, Dude!!!
    -B.

    • Kaaaaaaaaaaaa-TO ?


      :D GREAT choice. Love me some Clouseau. He doesn’t get enough play around here, I should do an MTESS on one of those or something.

      Of course, I already have on “Psycho”, another great one. :D Not up on my Sword and the Sorcerer :( Sorry, bud.

    • :D Got to meet Samwise at NYCC, that was awesome. He called Mr Frodo a bitch! :D

      Meanwhile, Indy is CRUSHING it in the early going. LOL If I didnt know he was so awesome, I would have thought that my pic in the post prejudiced the jury!

  3. Wow, this is almost as tricky as being asked to pick your favourite film. So many to choose from. Tyler Durden, both Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World, Darth Vader, Anton Chigurh, Alex Delarge, and probably countless more I can’t think of right now!

    • When you said Tyler Durden, I brightened up, I was like OH! Yeah! Tyler Durden! LOL

      Chigurh is one of the greatest villains ever. I cant believe he and Silva both come from the same guy! So cool.

      I’ll go on the record here. Darth Vader used to be one of my favorite characters, and a standard, pat answer to the question, “Who’s the greatest villain”. The prequels damaged him though. That’s HIM man, in those movies, thats that character… that whiny kid and petulant little ass punk teenager… THAT’S Darth Vader.

      It watered the man down for me. I cant help it. I wish I could.

      • That’s a fair point Fogs, a very fair point. I just try to remember Vader from A New Hope onwards and forget everything in Episode I, II and most of III. III does get pretty dark towards the end though, which redeems the Vader character a bit for me, but there are times, especially in Phantom Menace when I wish he’d get mowed down by a pod racer.

  4. Lisbeth Salander, Sherlock Holmes (all versions from the last thirty years and on), Sergeant William James (Hurt Locker), the Joker (you know which one!), Hesher, Driver, Tyler Durden, Morpheus, David (Prometheus), Chad (Burn After Reading), Kirk Lazarus, Hannibal Lecter, V (V for Vendetta), Gay Perry (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), and this sounds crazy, but I just saw Alex Cross and wow, Picasso is going on here. He didn’t get enough screen time or back story but I could totally see him having his own longer film and it becoming a real gritty horror R-rated movie. Have you seen Alex Cross? It’s not that great of a movie but it’s certainly not boring and Mathew Fox is incredible. I only wish all of his fat loss and craziness hadn’t gone to waste.

    • HOLY MOLY LIVI! :D rollin’ out a mini IMDb on me!! :D

      Ok. Yes, you’re crazy. I… cant be with you on the Picasso thing. I saw “Alex Cross”, yes. I dont recommend you serach my review though, because you and I apparently saw very different movies. :D I’ll put it that way.

      Meanwhile, Salander is incredible. I like that character a lot as well. I’m HOPING they go forward with the other two sequels and Fincher does all three. I dont know if its really going to happen though GWTDT underperformed, even though it was one of my favorites from last year. I’ve never seen the foreign ones, I’m kind of hoping to see this trilogy finish first with Mara. :(

      You’ve got some pretty awesome choices mixed in there with all the others, too. LOL.

      • I’m waiting for class to start and I saw Chad and LOL!! Explosions of giggles…hate on Brad Pitt all you want, but he can really get into character!

        I’m gonna go read your review of AC, just because I want to know what you thought ;) I didn’t say I LIKED the movie, just Picasso’s character, which I thought had a lot of potential that, like I said, went to waste, which is sad. But there were tons of flaws, yes, I admit it. And Tyler Perry? Doesn’t do it for me either.

        And you asked, so I had to roll off the list. I went and looked at all my fav films, and those were the characters that stood out!!

        Btw, have you seen Hesher?

      • I haven’t, no :( JGL right? I’ll have to check it out one day.

        If you do go to the Alex Cross review, dont say I didnt warn you. :D I dont spare Picasso from my wrath, either. LOL

        And… I’m sure you’re just talking in general. :D Cause I dont hate on Brad Pitt, I think he’s awesome!! That character is incredibly funny in Burn After Reading. That’s one of his funniest roles. He’s a great great actor in my opinion.

  5. This question is way too hard, but the first thing that came to mind for me would be Alex Delarge from A Clockwork Orange. Not that I like his actions, but the character is so memorable. And the fact that he never changes at all throughout the movie. I love the arch the character has forced upon him, but to find out again at the end that the evil he is never left, that is WHO he is. And come one, that slow dolly shot at the beginning is just so classic.

    • See? Whats so hard about that? Except that now you are LOCKED IN TO THAT ANSWER FOREVER!!!!!

      LOL, just kidding around dude. Its a good answer, that movie’s great, and it’s got the benefit of being ABOUT what makes a person a person… too. So its a character about being a character, if you know what I mean. :D

      • Oh I get you. haha. I think the problem with ACO is that some people actually like Alex, or think he’s cool. Most of them in their early twenties but still after all these years people misinterpret the film

  6. Wow. Wild open subject. Without qualifiers, single character, recurring, comedy or drama, makes it difficult. No wonder you had pause on TPMP. To me a great character has to be an indelible image. One look tells 10,000 words. To that end, I say—–Spartacus and Moses! Douglas and Heston defined these characters, made them unique and iconic!

    • I watched like 4 or 5 of those this last month thanks to AMC.

      Poor guy. His whole life was spent trying to stop the unstoppable. :D Quite a change of fortunes though. For the first movie, they could barely afford him. I think they had three days of his time. :D My how THAT changed. :D

  7. Man. The impossible questions again!!!
    So I’m going to list my top 10, because I just couldn’t not mention all of these characters
    10. R2D2 from Star Wars. Best robot ever.
    9. Burt from Mary Poppins. As much credit as Mary Poppins gets, Burt is actually cooler because he’s not as much of a show off, and yet still just as awesome.
    8. Capt. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean pretty iconic
    7. Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities Most of the other characters in A Tale of Two Cities are either evil or so perfect their just obnoxious. Syndey Carton is that classic type where you think he’s a total slack but turns out to be totally awesome.
    6. Lina Lamont from Singin in the Rain. Face it, she makes that movie. “And I can’t STAND” anybody else. (ha ha) Not really, Cosmo’s good too. But the other two are kind of annoying. Lina’s supposed to be annoying and it works for her.
    5. Snape from Harry Potter As a giant fan of the books, I had probably unreasonably high expectations for the films, but Snape was basically the only one that lived up to them. Different from book Snape, but actually more likable in a weird sort of way.
    4. Kermit the Frog from the Muppets. It’s Kermit the Frog, guys.
    3. Indiana Jones Again, totally ironic. He’s like Han Solo but even more awesome. He’s not only a Dr and teaches school, but he goes on crazy archeological adventures. And he’s got a cool hat.
    2. Lawrence of Arabia I just spend that whole movie analyzing Lawrence’s character and I come up with something different every time. They tell you all about him, but he’s still really mysterious.
    1. Forrest Gump just because he’s so quotable. You could basically quote him for all eternity. “And that’s all I have to say about that.”
    Another thing is that some day you might want to do like pairs of characters, because I kept running in to this problem where there are two characters that go together and are equally awesome but I couldn’t pick between them, like Bonny and Clyde, Wayne and Garth, Bill and Ted…. I felt like that didn’t answer the question though, but it might be fun to do on a different day…. just an idea


    • “Yeah!! I made the list!”

      I’m gonna have to rewatch Lawrence. I watched it once, immediately deemed it “The Classic That Didnt Connect With Me” and never went back. Since I’ve started blogging, there’s so much love out there for it… you know? I should MTESS it in spite of my own opinion, and then the research and the writing will make me appreciate it, I bet.

      You’ve got some real winners in there. Calling some folks in off the bench, too! Going deep on the team’s roster! Lina Lamont? :D Wow… She IS the most fun, right? She cracks me up.

      You know what makes me sad about R2D2 though? And this is #1,347 on my list of the 1,500 things I hate about the prequels. They made him a super robot. Seriously. He flew, he had a flamethrower, it was too much. :(

      I promise. Next week I’ll have an easy one (Snghgkt. SNNSNSNSNghghgkttt… :D )

      • I totally understand what you’re saying about LOA. I felt the same way about Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean again, coincidence?) It’s this really long important movie and I watched it because it’s so acclaimed and everything, but I didn’t get it at all. I thought that it was long and boring and it didn’t make sense. The only thing I liked was the song. I feel like that’s just the type of films Lean makes though, they’re slow, meticulous and very important. I feel like he’s the Joseph Conrad (very very dense writer) of film making. I don’t know why his style works for me in LOA and not Bridge on the River Kwai, but I think Peter O’Toole might have something to do with it.
        Never forget the classics, man. Lina’s great, she’s so obnoxiously funny, and when you think about it there wouldn’t be any story without her. “I’m a shimmering star in the cinema firmament” and she doesn’t even know what that means!! Ha ha! So many great moments.
        Yeah, I get you on the R2 thing. Not as good when he’s CGI. Same with Yoda. I liked him better as a Muppet. Not R2’s fault though! He’s still my favorite robot.

    • I hope you’re talking about Ronald Colman’s Sydney Carton. My boyhood idol. The first screen anti-hero I ever saw. Like the first time you hear a music piece written in a minor key, Carton filled me with sadness and longing but I didn’t know why.

      • Totally talking about Ronald Colman!!! (have there been any other movie versions of TOTC?!?!) He has an epic voice, just saying.
        He is like the best anti-hero ever, totally agree. I read the book before the movie, and when I saw it it was one of those rare moments when the actor captures your perception of the character in the book perfectly.
        Another reason I really like him, is he realizes he’s such a fail and just accepts it. And while that sounds pathetic, it totally works for him and he ends up saving the whole movie. He’s so epic at being a fail (ha ha epic fail!!!). When other people give up and feel sorry for themselves, you lose patience with them eventually and just think they’re obnoxious. Not Syndey Carton, man. Never. He’s just so sarcastic about it, just going about his business. Everybody else in that movie (with the exception of Miss Pross, who is similarly sarcastic and ends up unexpectedly helping out at the end) is kind of just a goody goody two shoes or an evil villain, so Sydney is definitely the most complex and interesting character. He was the best part of the book and the movie.

  8. I would definitely have to say Captain Jack Sparrow! Johnny Depp is just so damn talented. I really think he could have done that whole series without any dialogue. His eyes and gestures say it all. And he’s hilarious! You never really know who’s side he’s on, but you always root for him! I may be biased because POTC is my favorite movie ever, but yeah.

    • LOL. He is great, isn’t he? Last time I watched it, I laughed so hard at his “entrance” on his sinking ship. Hysterical. :D He was great, and you’re right. Love how Will and Elisabeth wonder between themselves at one point which side Jack is on at the moment. :D

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