The Greatest Movie Characters

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10. James Bond from the James Bond series

British Navy Commander James Bond, CMG, RNVR is a fictional character created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. He is the protagonist of the James Bond series of novels, films, comics and video games. He is portrayed as an SIS agent residing in London. From 1995 onwards, SIS would be officially acknowledged as MI6. He has been portrayed on film by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig, the last interpretation being the only one with an official fictional biography of the character. However, Bond was first portrayed by Barry Nelson in a 1954 American television film based on the novel Casino Royale, and next by Bob Holness in a 1956 South African radio series based on the novel Moonraker. David Niven played Bond in Casino Royale, a 1967 satire, which was lightly based on the Bond novel of the same name. -wikipedia.org

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9. Ellen Ripley from The Alien series

Ellen Ripley is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Alien film series. She is played by the American actress Sigourney Weaver. The character was heralded as a seminal role for challenging gender stereotypes, particularly in the science fiction genre, and remains Weaver’s most famous role to date. -wikipedia.org

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8. Vito Corleone from The Godfather series

Vito “Godfather” Andolini Corleone (b. Vito Antonio Andolini), is a fictional character in Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather, as well as Francis Ford Coppola’s trilogy of films based on it, where he was portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II. n Puzo’s novel, Vito Corleone is the head of the Corleone crime family, the most powerful Mafia family in the New York City area. He is depicted as an ambitious Italian immigrant who moves to the lower east side of Manhattan and builds a Mafia empire, yet retains (and strictly adheres to) his own personal code of honor. Upon his death at the end of the novel, his youngest son, Michael Corleone, becomes the Don. Vito Corleone has two other sons, Santino (“Sonny”) and Frederico (“Fredo”), and a daughter, Constanzia (“Connie”), all of whom play major roles in the story. -wikipedia.org

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7. Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean Series

Sparrow is the Brethren Court Pirate Lord of the Caribbean Sea and can be treacherous, surviving mostly by using wit and negotiation rather than weapons and force; although he will fight if necessary, he tries to flee most dangerous situations. Sparrow is introduced seeking to regain his ship, the Black Pearl from his mutinous first mate Hector Barbossa, attempts to escape his blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones while battling the East India Trading Co. -wikipedia.org

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6. Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr. in Indiana Jones Series

Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, Jr. is a fictional adventurer, OSS agent, professor of archaeology, and the protagonist of the Indiana Jones franchise. George Lucas created the character in homage to the action heroes of 1930s film serials. The character first appeared in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, to be followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, The Last Crusade in 1989, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles from 1992 to 1996, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. Particularly notable facets of the character include his iconic look (bullwhip, fedora, and leather jacket), sense of humor, deep knowledge of many ancient civilizations and languages, and fear of snakes. -wikipedia.org

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5. Hannibal Lecter from The Hannibal Lecter series

Hannibal Lecter, M.D. is a fictional character in a series of novels by author Thomas Harris. The character is introduced in the thriller novel Red Dragon (1981) as a genius psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. The novel and its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs (1988), feature Lecter as one of two primary antagonists. In the third novel, Hannibal (1999), Lecter becomes the main character. His role as protagonist and anti-hero occurs in the fourth novel, Hannibal Rising (2006), which explores his childhood and development into a serial killer. Lecter’s character also appears in all five film adaptations. -wikipedia.org

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4. Han Solo from the Star Wars Trilogy

Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, is a fictional smuggler and “reckless mercenary”in the Star Wars franchise. Introduced in the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Solo and his Wookiee first mate, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), become involved in the Rebel Alliance against the evil Galactic Empire. Over the course of the Star Wars franchise, Solo becomes a chief figure in the Alliance and succeeding galactic governments. Star Wars creator George Lucas described Solo as “a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.” -wikipedia.org

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3. The Joker from The Dark Knight

In the 2008 film The Dark Knight, the Joker is portrayed by Heath Ledger, who told Sarah Lyall of New York Times that he viewed that film’s version of the character as a “psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.” In this film, he is a bank robber targeting mob banks, whom Gotham’s Mafia families later hire to kill Batman (Christian Bale). It is gradually revealed that he desires to upset social order through crime and he comes to define himself by his battle with Batman. Costume designer Lindy Hemming described the Joker’s look as being based around his personality, in that “he doesn’t care about himself at all.” She avoided his design being vagrant, but nonetheless it is “scruffier, grungier and therefore when you see him move, he’s slightly twitchier or edgy.” -wikipedia.org

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2. Darth Vader from the Star Wars Trilogy

In the original trilogy, George Lucas depicts Darth Vader as a fearsome cyborg who acts as the supreme commander of the brutal Galactic Empire. Throughout the films, Vader oppresses the galaxy and hunts down the members of the Rebel Alliance in the service of his master, Emperor Palpatine. In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, the series’ final chronological installment, Vader redeems himself by killing Palpatine and saving his son Luke (Mark Hamill), sacrificing himself in the process. -wikipedia.org

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1. Tyler Durden from Fight Club

A charismatic but nihilistic neo-Luddite and anarcho-primitivist with a strong hatred for consumer culture. “Because of his nature,” Tyler works night jobs where he causes problems for the companies. He also makes soap to supplement his income and create the ingredients for his bomb making, which will be put to work later with his fight club. He is the co-founder of Fight Club, as it was his idea to instigate the fight that led to it. He later launches Project Mayhem, from which he and the members commit various attacks on consumerism. Tyler is blond, as by the narrator’s comment “in his everything-blond way”. He frequently describes and acts on his opposition to mass society, materialism, property, capitalism, and almost all technology and social order. He even vows to annihilate civilization itself. He describes his ideal world as a neo-paleolithic paradise, in post-apocalyptic urban ruins. The unhinged but magnetic Tyler becomes the antagonist of the novel later in the story. -wikipedia.org

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