Characters from {{Film}} that are just that... totally... Awesome.
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* [[Film/DjangoUnchained Django]]. D-J-A-N-G-O. That one n---- in 10,000. Know this; his wife ain't gon' be no comfort woman. Not while he's alive. Not while he's got his gun. And by the way, the D is silent, hillbilly. (BLAM!)
** His mentor/partner/benefactor Dr. King Schultz. One of the best gun-totin', Germanic folklore spinnin', slave-freein', dynamite detonatin', bouny-huntin' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking dentists]] the South has ever seen.
*** And this is his horse, Fritz (bows).
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}.
* ''Film/DieHard'': Detective John [=McClane=]. "Yippie-kay-yay, mutherfucker!!" "Now I have a machine gun... ho ho ho."
* '''John {{Shaft}}'''!!! Can ya dig it?!?! When he's played by Samuel L. Mother (Shut yo' mouth!) Jackson?? We can dig it!
* Shadow, from ''HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney''. He's simply an [[CoolOldGuy aging]] [[OldDog Goldie]], but he traverses the mountains, swims rivers, and climbs out of a steep-walled pit with a busted leg. Why does he put himself through this? Because someone he loves might be in trouble. And since we all know where a [[{{Disney/Hercules}} hero's strength]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship comes from]]...Just cue the applause and the waterworks. "Something is keeping Peter from coming to me, so I'm going to go to him...I don't care about ''gates''. I'm going ''home''."
* In Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, we've got [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Steve Rogers]], played by Creator/ChrisEvans. Not only when he becomes Captain America, but even when he's a scrawny kid from Brooklyn, you just can't help but root for him.
** AGREED. A {{Badass}} OneManArmy with a [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe seriously awesome shield]], a {{Determinator}} with NervesOfSteel who will stop at NOTHING to do what is right – who happens to be [[{{Adorkable}} kind of dorky]] and [[NiceGuy an]] [[GentleGiant absolute]] [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold sweetheart]]. Oh, and he’s ''[[MrFanservice freaking]] [[{{Hunk}} gorgeous]]'' - not surprising when you consider his actor.
** And Tony Stark from ''Film/IronMan''. Just ''look'' at [[Awesome/IronMan that movie's CMoA page]].
** I'd confidently decided by the end of the first ''Iron Man'' film that the [=MCU's=] version of Pepper Potts is the '''''greatest''''' super hero love interest of all time, and the character only got better as the sequels went on. [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester A. Bum]] is right -- give this woman her own movie!
** Why don't we say '''[[WorldOfBadass EVERYONE]]''' in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and leave it at that?
** Loki in particular. Seriously, when the villain has more fans than the hero, so much so that a school of 127 people has a Loki Is Awesome Fanclub (yes, that's seriously what we call it) that contains 12 people (which doesn't sound like much until you realize that's 10% of the students, and many of the others have never seen Thor or the Avengers), you know that's a seriously cool villain.
* [[Film/BeverlyHillsCop Detective Axel Foley]]. [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow]] learned everything he knows from this Detroit cop. And if that wasn't enough, his ThemeSong is one of the most recognizeable tracks of TheEighties.
* [[Film/TheDarkKnight The Joker]] - Heath Ledger's portrayal.
** Seconded. I know some people experienced HypeBacklash, but honestly, I have never [[VillainsOutShopping liked a supervillain]] so much. He gave me [[NightmareFuel two nonconsecutive nightmares]] and still manages to be hilarious. Maybe that says something about me, since I was the only one in the theater who laughed at his jokes (but there were only about 15 people in the rather infrequently attended theater and that was a lot for that place).
** You have to give props to Jack Nicholson's Joker, too. More cartoonish than Ledger, but it ''works.''
** I like Jack's Joker better than Heath's, as Jack's Joker was the comics version brought to life.
*** "What kind of a world do we live in where a man dressed up as a ''bat'' is stealing all my press?"
**** '''HE STOLE MY BALLOONS!!!''' Why didn't anyone ''tell'' me he had one of those... things?
** Danny DeVito as the Penguin. Solid gold win!!! "Burn, baby, Burn!!!!!!!!"
*** [[Film/BatmanReturns Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman]]. [[FetishFuel Meee-]]''[[FetishFuel oww.]]''
** The ScaryBlackMan ([[SubvertedTrope not!]]) who [[spoiler:throws the innocents' detonator out the boat]]. What now, Joker? Still think HumansAreBastards? (To think I'd be listing a character who appears for ''less than five minutes''...)
* I'm fed up with all this villain love. What about the Caped Crusader himself????? Micheal Keaton '''OWNED''' his role as Batman. Nobody has done it better. But....Christian Bale has done a very commendable job in the new movies.
** [[CharacterGush/WesternAnimation Well...]]
* [[Franchise/EvilDead Alright, you primitive screwheads, listen up! See this? This... is my boomstick! It's a twelve-gauge, double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about $109.95. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt-blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right... shop smart. Shop S-Mart... You got that?!!]]
* Franchise/IndianaJones. Is there anything this dude does that ''isn't'' awesome? Going to the bathroom? His [[strike: actor's]] desire to do that led to his most famous CrowningMomentOfAwesome. [[JustShootHim You know the one.]]
* ''StarWars'':
** R2 freakin' D2.
** Princess Leia.
** Darth Vader.
** Darth Sidious. Apart from his being the most Magnificent of all Bastards in that series, look at his (few) combat scenes and see how he wields his Force Lightning ''and'' his lightsaber, and then tell me he's not awesome.
** He does have some fearsome competition however in Yoda. The single most awesome puppet ever (Frank Oz is a genius), and once switched to CGI proves that being 900 years old doesn't stop him from possessing combat skills rivalled only by Sidious.
** Asajj Ventress FTW!! She's not even a Sith apprentice and can take on Master Jedi!
** Han Solo. That is all. Oh, and Admiral Piett, by virtue of surviving not one, but ''two'' of Darth Vader's [[YouHaveFailedMe temper tantrums]]. [[PuttingOnTheReich nice suit, too...]]
** Good ''Lord'', Wedge Antilles. A truly BadassNormal who just gets more {{Badass}} in the ''X-Wing'' novel series.
** Darth Maul. His fighting skills alone redeemed ''The Phantom Menace''.
** '''[[Creator/SamuelLJackson MACE. MOTHER. FUCKIN'. WINDU.]]''' ''[[BadAss I do not have to explain why.]]''
** Qui-Gon Jin. In his review of Film/{{Taken}}, RogerEbert said, "This movie proves that Liam Neeson can bring undeserved credibility to most roles just by playing them." (Ebert is apparently ten years behind the curve) In a movie of colossal stupidity, with horrible dialogue and non-existent direction, Neeson managed to make Jin wise, enthralling, and endearing.
** [[StarWarsCloneWars Captain Fordo]], from Star Wars: Clone Wars. A relatively minor character, especially compared to everyone else here, but he brings in ass-kicking and awesomeness in any scene he's in. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYI9FDbfk5U Just look at him!]]
** Without doubt the greatest hero of the Star Wars Universe is Luke Skywalker. At 18 he nearly singlehandedly saves the rebellion and blows up the death star. By the end of Empire he is able to deal with the horrific revelations within and bounce back. At 22 he has become a fully fledged Jedi and is able to take down Vader in a duel. He then has the courage to go up against the Emperor himself. And from that point on (bouts of unwanted pacifism and self doubt aside) he sucessfully recreates a better Jedi order, goes from strength to strength and fully earns his place as the greatest example of what the Light side is about. The only reason he cannot have been mentioned yet is that nobody felt worthy of doing so.
** Obi-Wan-Kenobi. DeadpanSnarker, BadassBeard, managed to take on the friggin' Chosen One and curp-stomp him, sexy enough to have a pre-pubescent saying "THAT'S Obi-Wan? Day-um, he was ''cute'' when he was young."
*** Seconding the Obi-Wan love. He was definitely the ultimate Jedi of the old Jedi Order- modest, kind, {{Badass}}... He had a truly horrible life- losing his master, spending the Clone Wars getting regularly beaten to a pulp and even tortured, losing his entire surrogate family in one go due to the actions of his best friend, having to fight said best friend, spending almost twenty years alone in a desert and then dying at the hands of the former friend he couldn't bring himself to kill all those years ago. And yet he still managed to stay firmly in the Light, a hero to the end. It's hard to convey just how much love and respect I have for Obi-Wan. He's my hero.
** C3PO anyone? Not only is he in every episode of the Saga (and says the first and last lines to boot) but he's an endearing worrywart who acts as a perfect foil to R2D2's antics.
** Anakin Skywalker -- the Chosen One and among the most complex characters of the saga. His struggle to find balance between the Light and Dark sides of the Force is heart-breaking and his choices affect every being in the galaxy. More than any other character, his greatest strengths are also his greatest weaknesses.
** Padmé Amidala. Queen, wife, Senator, warrior, diplomat, and mother (though for too short a time, unfortunately). She's stubborn, idealistic, self-righteous, naïve, gentle, self-sacrificing, devoted, and kind...but sad.
* [[TrainingDay Detective Alonzo Harris]]. 'Why?' you ask? Because a lot of corrupt (and some not so corrupt) cops think they're a MagnificentBastard. This motherfucker '''IS''' one. Because "the shit's chess! It ain't checkers!" Because, his ''office'' is a Lincoln cruiser with hydraulics. Because "it takes a wolf to catch a wolf". And because he's played by DenzelWashington.
* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'':
** Ripley because she's a MamaBear. "Get away from her you BITCH!"
** Bishop. Quiet, stoic - he had hidden depths that were never plumbed.
** Sergeant Apone---The '''original''' badass black cigar-chomping one-liner-spewing bug-stompin' SergeantRock. Shame he died so soon...
** The titular aliens. The xenomorphs are some of the best creatures ever made for the screen. They're just human enough to squick you out, but then you get to the head... and the second jaw... and the tail... and the back-tube-things... And that's without their breeding cycle. And the fact that they're essentially space cockroaches. They will NEVER DIE OUT. EVER.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Captain. Jack. Sparrow. Any doubts about his awesome can be easily dispelled by listening to his [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=IRSd8faHNhE&feature=related theme music]].
** What can I say about wonderful Jack Sparrow? Well, there's this conglomerate of remarks gleamed from the Pirates fandom:
*** A classic ByronicHero; an outcast with no respect for rank or privilege. A trickster, cunning and adaptive. Mysterious, magnetic and seductive, of dubious integrity, distrustful of social institutions & norms. And nobody seems to know where he came from.
*** A pretty thing; proud and flashing bright. He burns fire-bright, eyes open or closed. Something dark, daft and utterly fey dances flame-hot in his eyes. Even locked in a dim Port Royal cell, his light shines undimmed. It could be said that no man in fiction has ever seemed more alive.
*** Fair of face and form, laughter and fortitude, with zeal for life that would lure a saint to sinning. Sometimes cold, fierce and dangerous, like some magnificent bird of prey. Mentally and physically agile- that taut bowstring tension to him, that sense of coiled potential violence, that unexpected strength.
*** A Dionysian disciple, singularly possessed of the ability to summon forth Chaos from Order. A rascal and scamp, yet so worthy of acceptance. When he polishes the tarnish off, the silver shines. Old wounds and new ones, scars and brand and braided hair. The golden smile and that silver tongue no metal can match. A sparrow, but not a nondescript bird.
*** A Caribbean cocktail-blend in human form; a nervy, theatrical rogue; a manic scoundrel subject to bouts of conscience. Brilliant, and constantly on the edge of disaster. Jack Sparrow stands merrily defiant, ready to take on the world... or at least pick its pocket and sneak out the back door. A guy you can trust not a wit, and with your life. A pirate, and a good man.
** What do you mean we've forgotten about Barbossa?! The man has some of the best dialogue ever written for the silver screen!
---> I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means no.
** Barbossa is indeed one of the most entertaining movie villains in recent years, and Geoffery Rush owns the role so very, very well.
** James Lysander Norrington, because he's a stone-cold badass that doesn't need half the ham the other characters in the trilogy do to be awesome. He was a truly admirable guy who got worse than he deserved in every movie. (Re James' middle name; see the entry under Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean's {{WMG}} tab.)
** ''Gibbs!'' What a quartermaster, the best quartermaster ever! Also, Beckett, the most badass little power-tripping butthole of all time! Gibbs is easily one of the (if not ''the'') most underrated characters in the film. Anyone who can put up with Jack Sparrow the way he does is nothing short of a saint.
** Elizabeth? From [[PrincessClassic Lady Classic]] to [[spoiler: Pirate King]]. AdrenalineMakeover much? And she wasn't any kind of DamselScrappy even at the beginning.
** Davy Jones. The man's BadAss depite the fact he's got more Narm than can fill the sea and an ''octopus'' for a face! In fact, that makes him even ''more'' awesome! And as for his pet . . .
** Murtogg and Mullroy. And Pintel and Ragetti. Both of the duos have a great dynamic.
* Master Chief [[MenOfHonor Carl Brashear]]. You walk 12 steps in a suit that weighs over 300 lbs. and do it with only ONE good leg, and we'll add you to this list as well.
* Kyle Reese from ''The {{Terminator}}'': [[RowsdowerSavesUs I]] remember staying up years ago to watch the original for the first time when I was twelve. I had never seen an R-rated movie without [[MoralGuardians my parents]] in the room before, and the [[ClusterFBomb language]] was pretty shocking for someone who had never heard the word "fuck" before, but anyway. Then [[BadAss Reese]] comes on screen, all wild-eyed and intense, blasts the Terminator through a window, and says "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome come with me if you want to live.]]" And my little 12-year-old brain went "This guy is FUCKIN' AWESOME!!! I have found my role model!" This from a 12-year-old GIRL, by the way, but [[Tropers/RowsdowerSavesUs I turned out all right]]. Hey, I think the guy's a better role model than most people on TV nowadays. Sure, people tell me I'm too [[ActionGirl wild-eyed, determined, and intense]], but there are worse things a person can be.
** While ''Terminator Salvation'' may have its issues, Marcus Wright is an absolutely ''fascinating'' character, and Sam Worthington deserves a place in the Trope Pantheon as the God of [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously Taking the Bad]] [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously Seriously]].
** [[Tropers/RowsdowerSavesUs OP]]: Absolutely. With all the [[HollywoodHypeMachine hype]] surrounding [[LargeHam Christian Bale]] as John Connor, Sam Worthington's portrayal of Marcus was overlooked. The guy rocked it. The character of Blair Williams was also great. Unfortunately, the movie itself [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks wasn't too good]]. You could tell that [[TheOtherDarrin Anton Yelchin]] was trying very hard, but the guy's never gonna be as good as Michael Biehn. And Creator/ChristianBale's [[ChewingTheScenery hilarious rant]] took all seriousness out of the film.
* ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'': John Keating.
* Ah, [[RockyHorrorPictureShow Dr. Frank N Furter]]. Everyone's favourite [[VillainousCrossdresser cross-dressing]], MadScientist, alien.
-->Frank: So, come up to the lab and... see what's on the slab. I see you shiver with antici...............pation.
** Frankie's just adorable. Also, Riff Raff rocks too!
*** Columbia. Her voice is a little irritating, but she's so cute that she more than makes up for it.
* [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth.]] Amazing lines, heartbreaking stares, jealousy...
-->Jareth: I'm surprised at you, losing your head over a girl!
** Pot, kettle? [[TroperTales/PerverseSexualLust And of course...]]
** What about the other characters? Ludo was such a big sweet-heart. :) And Sir Didymus was just plain awesome... or insane... hard to tell the difference. And Hoggle had some nice character development.
** Jareth's pants.
* Mercedes from ''PansLabyrinth''. Will of iron, one of the most satisfying firings of ChekhovsGun in all fiction, and those unexplained niggling bits where she discusses fairies with Ofelia and ''recognizes the door''. Beautiful, beautiful character.
** Captain Vidal also deserves a mention, as he manages to be loathsome without the writers resorting to making him cowardly or otherwise pathetic. He's brave, tough, and faithful to the fascist cause, and he's still a huge monster by being so utterly cruel. That's a great sign of a well-written character.
* '''[[Film/BladeRunner Roy Batty.]]'''
-->Roy: I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those ... moments will be lost in time, like tears...in rain. [[spoiler:Time to die.]]
* ''Film/NationalTreasure'': Riley Poole is here! Justin Bartha's character is arguably the best thing to come out of the ''National Treasure'' series, if only because his [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]] occasionally drifts towards {{Lampshading}} the absurdity of the films' plots. He's certainly OneOfUs. He's just so damn funny, and {{Adorkable}}. Riley is awesome!
* [[Film/JamesBond Bond. James Bond.]] ''* cue CrowningMusicOfAwesome provided by Main/JohnBarry* ''
** Film/{{Goldfinger}}. He's like the perfect over-the-top bad guy.
** [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies Elliot. Freaking. Carver.]] Jonathan Pryce is just an over-the-top joy to watch.
* The ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' movie's Edward Cullen, for the sole fact that Robert Pattinson seemed to play him as one of the most intentionally [[SoBadItsGood unintentionally hilarious]] characters ever.
** Jane is played by DAKOTA FANNING.
* ''Happy-Go-Lucky'''s Poppy has the confident, energetic, ridiculously upbeat personality of a BlitheSpirit, without the actual BlitheSpirit part, taking away the annoying and leaving us with just one lovable as hell character. Also, never seen ''anyone'' play this kind of character nearly so well as this. Sorry, [[{{Firefly}} Jewel]], but it's true.
* Ethan Edwards of ''TheSearchers'' is the greatest anti-hero ever depicted in a Western. Period.
* ''Film/WithnailAndI'': Withnail. In the hands of a lesser actor, he could have been just a Jerkass Loser but with RichardEGrant playing him? My, my, I've never seen such a classy, endearingly sad, side-splittingly funny bastard in all my life.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': Doc Brown. "It'll shoot the fleas off a dog's back at five hundred yards, Tannen, and it's pointed straight at your head!" Doc is a great example of Cool Old Guy. Plus he's not bad-looking... Doc has more guts in his little finger than the Tannens have in their entire bodies. He is as smart as a city full of surgeons, and he's an awesome friend.
** And speaking of friends, can we get some love for Marty [=McFly=]? At first glance, the kid appears to be an average 80s teenager. Then we note that he's befriended the town outcast and it goes (mostly) uphill from there. (He did learn - which is more awesome right there.) What else can you say about a teenager who, when his beat friend held hostage, goes out and faces the hostage taker without batting an eyelash - and then [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps]] him?
*** Agreed. The guy is just ''cool.'' Skateboarding away from Biff and his goons, then ''climbing over their car and landing back on his skateboard, making them crash into a manure truck?'' Badass. The way he just fearlessly jumped off a (at least) fifty-storey building...''[[SuicidalGotcha and rose up on top of the flying DeLorean]]?'' BADASS. And he can '''''SHRED''''' on a guitar, and he's a good singer along with it (yes, I ''know'' it wasn't MichaelJFox singing, but I don't care!). The fact that he's so witty/charming/cute doesn't hurt, either.
* [[{{Hoodwinked}} Japeth]], the most awesome mountain goat ever. Just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TreGGyg6gOg watch him in action]] for more, as I'm pretty sure Red's the only live person who's come by his shack in many years.
* [[Franchise/StarTrek James T. Kirk]] was awesome as a thirty-something year-old captain. But then, he got old, got a gut, and his hair thinned. And he became ''even more'' awesome. That man is made of so much win, it took a ''second'' actor to play him. And he was BadAss too!
** Seconded, but some of the most awesome things about Kirk are not just "he-man" stuff. He attempts to extend mercy to a guy who just tried to kill him a few seconds before (something carried over from the series...which, come to think of it, is [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished why]] he had to fight Khan a second time). Not only that, he is one of the best friends is the hero world. [[HeterosexualLifePartners His]] [[TrueCompanions love]] [[IWillFindYou for]] [[TheNotLoveInterest Spock]] not only [[ThePowerOfFriendship spurs him on]] to feats of awesome, it's pretty awesome in and of itself.
** There will never a bastard with such magnificence as '''KHAAAAAANNNN!'''. "From hell's heart, I ''stab'' at thee.....For hate's sake, I spit -- my -- last breath -- at theeeeeeeee."
*** In fairness, it should be mentioned that when Khan spoke the above line, he was quoting [[MobyDick someone else.]]
* Anita and Bernardo in ''Film/WestSideStory''. They pretty much stole the entire film away.
* Eric Liddel from Chariots of Fire. He was unpretentious yet appealing and he could actually make you think that GoodFeelsGood. He was kind to everyone and the only time he became angry was when someone tried to force him to bend his own principles. He actually gave sermons that were pleasant to hear as well. Sometimes when an attempt is made to make a saintly character the result is either a wimpy one or a sanctimonious one. Eric was neither; he liked people and made them like him and no one ever considered him wimpy. And the race in which he was knocked off the course and got up to run after everyone and win the race was one CMOA.
* Jack Ryan in Hunt for Red October. He was quiet, unassuming, knew tons of naval minutiae, could jump out of a helicopter onto a surfaced submarine. And he could solve a world crises while still remembering to bring home a teddy bear for his daughter's Christmas present.
* Riddick. Nothing like a bad guy trying to be a good guy (kinda sorta not really) in a bad situation. Plus, I guess I like sadism. And you know he'd leave you behind on that hellish planet if you don't get your ass on that ship in the time it takes to close the door -- even if he just helped save you.
* I KneelBeforeZod in his awesomeness.
** * Scoff* You kneel before Zod. I, on the other hand, fully understand the Lex Luthor is "the greatest criminal mind of our time."
* ''Film/{{Amelie}}'':
** Amelie Poulain]] is a dream girl.
** Does the suicidal goldfish count as character? Because that guy was awesome!
* ''StrangerThanFiction'': Harold Crick. Will Ferrell is absolutely tremendous as him, and I wish he'd do more dramatic acting. Crick's journey from repressed workaholic who does nothing to being a lover of life, motivated by the knowledge that [[LikeYouWereDying his death could be just around the corner]] is brilliantly done, and then you have the tail end of the film, where he [[spoiler: becomes a ''de facto'' hero. It's one thing to be willing to die for your art. It's another to be willing to die for someone else's. Yes Karen, he is most definitely the kind of man you want to keep alive]].
* Harmonica from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''. Total badass, and gets an awesome theme song.
* Evie Carnahan in TheMummyTrilogy. Okay, so she is the [[DontTouchItYouIdiot idiot who wakes the mummy up in the first place]] but there's still something to be said for a librarian turned ActionGirl. And not everyone can have a CrowningMomentOfAwesome or several relying on their knowledge of ancient Egyptian.
* Henry, the titular character of ''Film/HenryPortraitOfASerialKiller'' is probably one of the creepiest psychos in movie history, and he does it all by being so realistic. He never once seems to be a goofy over-the-top movie villain like the Joker or Hannibal Lecter, and comes across as far more frightening than either one, in my opinion. Add in an excellent performance by Michael Rooker, and you've got one of the most awesomely freaky maniacs in movie history.
* Most of the characters from ''Film/AlmostFamous'' are some form of awesome. Even if it's a kind of mean awesome. But a lot of them aren't. William? Could he possibly be any more adorable? And Lester Bangs... well, she doesn't know much about the real Lester, but the Philip Seymour-Hoffman Lester is GOD.
* Should this list include RaulJulia as the [[LargeHam fabulously]] [[HamAndCheese awesome]] [[Film/StreetFighter General Bison]]? '''[[MemeticMutation OF COURSE!]]'''
* [[Film/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch.]] While from a book, he deserves a mention here. Gregory Peck was so great as him that it broke Harper Lee to [[TearJerker tears]] and gave him her real father's watch. He was so great that she said he did not simply portray Atticus, but that he ''was'' Atticus. He was named the best hero by AFI and deserved it.
* [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors Seymour and Audrey.]] They make the cutest couple ever! Oh, and that crazy dentist was pretty funny, too. And who can forget the plant, Audrey II? Twooey stole the show, and being voice by Levi Stubbs helped.
** You mean you didn't love Creator/BillMurray like I did and his scene stealing at the dentist's office? CANDYBAR!
* '''Anyone''' of Quentin Tarantino's characters. Well, it's okay [[Film/PulpFiction Jules, Vincent, Marsellus, Butch, Winston, Koontz, Mia]], [[Film/KillBill Beatrix, Bill, Budd, O-Ren, Pai Mei]], [[Film/InglouriousBasterds Landa, Aldo, Donny, Shosanna, Stiglitz and Rachtmen]]; I think you guys are ''totally kick ass''!!
** [[AxCrazy Gogo]] [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon Yubari]]: A BadAss in a [[SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack schoolgirl]] [[FetishFuel uniform]], she is ''hot''. But she ''will'' [[BerserkButton gut you alive for thinking that]]. She wields the [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon most awesome]] [[EpicFlail weapon]] ever, and wields it ''good'' despite the fact that a very heavy steel ball on a long chain seems extremely AwesomeButImpractical. She dominated the Bride over the whole duration of the battle, and honestly deserved to win that one.
** Maybe not as badass as the above, but deserving their own special mention are [[Film/ReservoirDogs Mssrs. White, Orange, Pink and Blond]]. Although Blond is a sick, sick psycho, but whatever.
** YES. I was just about to mention the characters from ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', all of whom are pure '''awesome'''. Everyone from Shosanna and Col. Landa to the titular Basterds to Lt. Hicox to that German sergeant [[spoiler:who gets his head bashed in by the Bear Jew]]...'''''everybody'''''. Yes, they do horrible things, but I ''love them '''all'''''. They deserve their own mention, not just to be lumped in with other Tarantino characters.
** Well, [[AdolfHitler almost everybody]].
** "That's a bingo!"
* Dr. Ellie Arroway from ''Film/{{Contact}}''.
* [[EternalSunshineoftheSpotlessMind Clementine Kruczynski]]. She's so much more than just a fucked-up girl looking for her own peace of mind.
* [[Film/{{Tombstone}} Doc Holliday]]. He's got two guns, one for each of ya.
** Fucking ''seconded''. And he's ''dying'' for that whole movie. God DAMN.
** So awesome, he’s great even when played by another actor, as Dennis Quaid demonstrates in the otherwise meh-fest of a movie that is ''Wyatt Earp''.
* [[Film/GangsOfNewYork Bill the Butcher]]. Another case of the villain stealing the show, and Daniel Day Lewis' enforced method acting helps too.
** His accent is somehow more American than American. The way he chomps at his words, he's one step away from literally chewing the scenery. It could so easily be a hammy mess, but it ''works'', and it's ''glorious''.
* [[MoulinRouge Christian]], the penniless poet. Handsome and romantic and devoted. ''Swoon.''
* Grace from ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' makes me want to get into science. And she's played by Sigourney Weaver!
** No mention of ''Avatar'' can be made without including Colonel Miles Quaritch, putting the BadAss in ColonelBadass!
* [[TwelveAngryMen Juror #8]]. In an hour and a half, went from 11 jurors convinced of the defendant's guilt to a unanimous vote for acquittal, and remained perfectly calm throughout (except for [[NotSoStoic one moment near the beginning]], and quickly recovered). A valid point of divergence for any AlternateHistory story: "Juror #8 was in , and never happened."
* Robert Fischer Jr. from ''Film/{{Inception}}''. A prime example of the {{Woobie}}, he starts out seeming like this arrogant rich kid, but then you get to see his confidence issues out in the open, not to mention his clear fear once Cobb starts the Mr. Charles gambit. Once he starts to feel accepted by the team, you can see his shyness and happiness about finally being accepted by someone, and the [[TearJerker scene with his father]] is just ... to top it off, he's played by ''CillianMurphy''.
** ARTHUR. Just...Arthur.
** Not to mention Eames -- [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."]]
* Stalker's wife in the 1979 Creator/AndreiTarkovsky film ''Film/{{Stalker}}'', played by Alisa Freindlich. While Stalker, Writer, and Professor all desire things like power, money, and respect, and do not get it in the end, Stalker's wife has only one wish: to be with the man she loves. At the end, when Stalker returns to her and their daughter, she becomes the only person in the film to be truly happy.
* The Metatron from Film/{{Dogma}}. TallDarkAndHandsome DeadpanSnarker whose lines are made up of nothing but either a CrowningMomentOfFunny or CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. Not to mention he's played by Creator/AlanRickman... voice of God, very fitting indeed.
* Everybody wept for E.T.'s plight, and not without reason...but ''I'' shall cry for Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth, Thomas Jerome Newton. So beautiful [[note]]yes, in ''and'' out of his disguise[[/note]], so fragile, so innocent yet not without moments of wisdom...and yet he gets one of the cruelest examples of the DownerEnding...(waaaaa)
* I watched ''LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'' recently and I thought Rory was a real cool character. MisterBig is a common enough trait for criminal leaders, but what makes Rory unique is that he's a PintsizedPowerhouse who doesn't hide behind his hulking men, but instead leads from the front with a comically small gun. He's very respected by his men and is probably the most reasonable crime boss in the movie (admittedly not difficult). There's also the fact that he has a snazzy lair and likes UmbrellaDrink(s), neither really typical of one of TheYardies. Basically, he consciously seems to avert a lot of gangster stereotypes.
* Cher Horowitz from ''Film/{{Clueless}}''. Yes, she's a little bit ditzy and sometimes meddlesome, but she's a loyal friend, looks out for her dad, and is liked because she's nice to pretty much everyone. And her ''wardrobe''! Fifteen years after the movie's release, and I still long for that pinstriped suit/beret combo.
* [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger John Matrix]] from ''Film/{{Commando}}''. After his daughter his kidnapped, he knows exactly what to do: Find the kidnappers, and kill them. And he doesn't let things like evil dictators, their military, former elite soldiers and angst get in way. In the end, [[spoiler:he succeeds]] and manages to kill, like, a whole [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] army on the way!
* [[TrueGrit Mattie Ross]]. She doesn't have strength, size, or even the respect of the people around her. She ''does'' have cleverness, a cool head in a fight, and [[{{Determinator}} unending determination]] to see justice done. Perhaps even more importantly, she's not incapable of fear--she's clearly terrified when the bullets start flying and things go south, but she's got enough, well, ''[[TitleDrop grit]]'' to keep her wits about her.
* Kirk Lazarus and Kevin Sandusky in ''Film/TropicThunder''. Kirk is badass as a black guy and sexy as a white guy. But you can't help to feel sorry for him. Kevin is the one sane guy who managed to help keep this group together even with the three main stars breaking down from all sorts of issues.
* In a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters cast full]] [[TheStoic of stoics]], [[Film/TheMatrix Mouse and Link]] sometimes seem like the only truly human characters in the movie.
* This might be just me, but the Drayton "Cook" Sawyer from ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974'' & ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2'' is my favorite character of the entire slasher genre (even if neither of those movies are technically slashers, and he himself never kills anyone). He's the only one I know of that feels any actual guilt for killing, and he actually makes an attempt (though a not very good one) to comfort his victims before they die. He just seems the most human to me. Of course, your mileage may very
* Mulder and Scully are just as awesome in [[Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture the film]] as they are in [[Series/TheXFiles the series]]. The idealists who know they are the only chance that people have to survive the upcoming alien colonization. They are badass enough to fight the evil conspiracy and they try to inform people and save the mankind. So they fight the future. And while they do so, they manage to be funny, snarky and so, so attractive.
* [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan Gwen Stacy.]] She manages to pull off ActionGirl while still staying as a believable, real character. On two seperate occasions she stays behind in a building during an evacuation in order to help Spider-Man, and both times actively attacks the Lizard. The only thing that keeps her from doing it a third time is [[BadassFamily her father, Captain Stacy]] of the NYPD, who thoroughly averts PoliceAreUseless (in a superhero film, no less) by first catching and unmasking Spider-Man himself, then [[spoiler:pulling a BigDamnHeroes during the final battle with the Lizard and saving Peter's life.]] Honestly, I could happily watch a spin-off about the Stacys... [[spoiler: if they weren't both DoomedByCanon, at least. Here's hoping Gwen avoids it.]]
* Muswic/RingoStarr [[Film/AHardDaysNight in]] [[Film/{{Help}} every]] [[Film/MagicalMysteryTour single]] [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] [[WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine movie]].
* Will Kane from ''HighNoon''. He completely ignores public pressure in order to kick some Miller ass, saving the townspeople even though they never did anything for him Talk about a selfless, thankless act.
* Paul Newman in ''Film/TheSting.'' He looked ''very'' good in a tux.
* ''WarmBodies'': R was awesome! He was just so great! His personality. Being a woobie and so ''vulnerable'' made him all the better. His actor was great, and played off the character perfectly, and R was just... Ahhg! He's awesome, that's all! It's just so amazing to see such a great character. He's too cute a character not to like.
* The Main/UniversalHorror films had some great examples.
** Main/LawrenceTalbot of The Wolfman could easily be considered Universal Horror's Tony Stark. He was essentially the hero of the franchise, culminating in an epic Main/TakingYouWithMe against Dracula in Main/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein. Specifically, he retains enough mental capacity in wolf form to grab Dracula and pitch them both over the castle balcony. Not to mention that he first became a werewolf because he came to a woman's rescue when she was being attacked.
** Frankenstein's Monster has an equally awesome Main/TakingYouWithMe in Film/BrideOfFrankenstein. After seeing the love between Henry and Elizabeth, he decides to perform a heroic sacrifice, killing himself, the villain, and the newly created bride and after letting Henry escape.
*** CREATURE: (Pointing at Henry) You Go. (To the Villain) We belong dead. (Blows up the lab).
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