The Movie Buff

One of the defining traits of this particular character is their movie lore. This character will compare nearly everything to a scene from a movie. While this character might be Genre Savvy (or Wrong Genre Savvy), it's not a requirement.

Additionally, The Movie Buff usually knows all about Oscar nominees, Oscars won, actors, directors, Emmy awards, how a movie was received, etc.

This is usually a source of pride for said character but can sometimes be a source of chagrin for the rest of the cast.

Their knowledge is likely to be used for humor more often than it is used as a plot point. See The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson for characters that know our movies while living in a fantasy setting.


Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • The Film Freak from the Batman comics.
  • Nightcrawler of the X-Men. He learned swordfighting largely because of his love of Errol Flynn.

  • Randy in the Scream films.
  • One of the unnamed main characters in Good Dick. He even works in a video store and brags about his ability to pick out films for others.
  • Scotty the main character of Film Geek, obviously.
  • In Juno, Juno and Mark bond over their shared interest in B-movies, including shout outs to some old-time giallo directors.


Live-Action TV
  • Oddly Sheriff Buck from American Gothic seems to be this. He makes a movie reference in nearly every episode.
  • Sammy Feathers of the short-lived Paul Haggis series EZ Streets makes multiple classic movie references.
  • Dean from Supernatural. He has a fondness for westerns and horror films. And Star Trek.
  • Tony on NCIS (though not so much in the first episodes).
  • Remington Steele. Every case he and Laura had could be solved by his remembering the plot of an old movie.
  • Abed, the Meta Guy from Community. Naturally, he's a film student. Jeff can also hold his own against Abed's ramblings, but doesn't show it off as much.
  • In Big Wolf on Campus, Merton J. Dingle makes movie references pretty much Once an Episode.
  • Dawson, the title character in Dawson's Creek. He even has a theory that the answers to all of life's questions can be found in Spielberg films.
  • Shawn Spencer from Psych to a ridiculous degree. He is constantly comparing situations to movies and TV shows (mostly from The '80s) and casting himself and his friends in the various roles.
  • Ed Chigliak on Northern Exposure.
  • Pike on Dad's Army
  • The eponymous brooding hero of Angel is quite the cinema aficionado himself. He's a fan of Charlton Heston movies, particularly The Omega Man. What a surprise. He's also seen enough vampire flicks to formulate opinions on which ones are more accurate. (Frank Langella nailed it.)
  • Both Harvey and Mike on Suits often quote movie lines to each other and in the first season finale, oblique references to Mississippi Burning is a minor plot point. Their boss Jessica isn't far behind. Louis tries to get in on the action once but Mike sort of...ignores him.
  • The Flash (2014)'s Cisco Ramon is the go-to guy for nerdy movie references, using them mostly for humour but occasionally for things like explaining time travel theories to Joe West (who starts getting exasperated when he keeps doing it even in serious situations). Dr Wells, who is Not So Above It All and apparently has regular movie nights with him, is usually the one who finds it the most entertaining, and can often be seen smiling in the background whenever Cisco makes references, or even making his own in response.
  • Jimmy McGill from Better Call Saul makes movie references in almost every episode of his show.
Video Games
  • Paramedic of Metal Gear Solid 3 fame loves trashy B-Movies, and uses them as a metaphor for gameplay.
    • Raiden himself is just as big of a cinema buff, though arguably inclined more towards quality films.
  • The main character in Secret of Evermore.
  • Agent Francis York Morgan of Deadly Premonition will go off on tangents discussing his favorite movies while driving around in game. It ranges from reminiscing about Fast Times at Ridgemont High to referencing some seriously obscure B-horror movies.

Web Comics
  • Homestuck:
    • Both John Egbert and his Troll counterpart, Karkat enjoy bad movies and rom-coms as a guilty pleasure (or in John's case, out of really bad taste), and John especially makes loads of references to them throughout the series.
    • In Act 6, Jake English, who loves all movies indiscriminately, to the point that you can't see his bedroom walls under the posters. Must run in the family, given that Jake is an Alternate Universe version of Jade's grandfather, who is actually hers (and John's) genetic father.
  • Inhuman Relations: Maureen is this, at least when incredibly bad movies are concerned.
  • Tyler Dawn from morphe. It's implied that he is only able to cast magic by relating reality to things that he has seen or read in movies or books. When given a death collar he directly referred to it as a "Battle Royale" collar and when their host prepared a magical training class he asked if they would be doing a "Musical training montage against the cupboard spirit".
  • Joe of Joe Loves Crappy Movies loves crappy movies.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Family Guy's Carl specializes in action movies and/or hot actresses, and can quote the exact second you need to see.
  • King of the Hill Bobby Hill, much to the ire of his father.
  • The Critic Jay Sherman is one and a film critic.
  • Comes into play in the Teen Titans episode... er... "Episode 257-494" where Control Freak traps the group inside a TV dimension and Beast Boy uses his knowledge of entertainment to help save the day.

Real Life
  • Barack Obama describes himself as such. During his 2008 campaign for the White House, Katie Couric asked Obama what were his favorite movies. He listed Casablanca ("Who doesn't like Casablanca?" he added), Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather Parts One and Two, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. "I can rattle off a bunch of movies," said Obama, "I'm a movie guy." Has also quoted movies in speeches and debates.
  • Bill Clinton Loves movies so much that he regularly had screenings in the White House and even agreed to be interviewed by Roger Ebert to talk about movies. His favorite is High Noon.
  • John F. Kennedy This might be common among presidents. Kennedy was known to be a huge film buff. He famously saw Spartacus in theatres during his presidency because he was excited about it. On learning this, Hollywood started a tradition of sending movie prints directly to the White House, including building a screening room. Ironically, the President who spent most of his time watching movies was Nixon, a huge fan of Patton, he also personally presented John Ford with the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Quentin Tarantino, oh so much. He has a love of Blaxploitation, Westerns, Revenge Flicks. They've all, one way or another, found a way into influence his work.
  • Many influential directors, particularly those who do it for the art, are known to be this, including Edgar Wright, Richard Ayoade, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro, Woody Allen, Richard Linklater and many more.
  • Martin Scorsese, according to most film historians, has seen every film ever made - Russian, Japanese, Italian, African, Egyptian - from every era and different genres - experimental, documentary, genre, mainstream. He started the Film Foundation and World Cinema Foundation, organizations run by Proud Scholar Race Guy(s) and girls who make sure that films are preserved in old and new media for future organizations.
  • The directors of the French New Wave were all enormous movie buffs, something that would go on to be a big influence on that movement's particular style. The most prominent among them, such as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol, began their careers as film critics for the film journal Cahiers du Cinéma, and their films were filled with references to other movies. In particular, they shared a love of rebellious American films, such as those by Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller, misunderstood masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Howard Hawks, and international standouts, most prominently Jean Renoir.
  • On a darker note, Adolf Hitler was also a huge movie buff. He had a private screening room which he regularly attended and obsessed over the national film industry (after his racist policies chased away all the great talent to America and France). His favorites were King Kong (1933), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Broadway Melody of 1940. He also liked Fritz Lang's Metropolis much to the latter's displeasure.
  • Winston Churchill also saw movies during the Blitz. His favorite was the wartime romance, That Hamilton Woman about the Nelson and Emma Hamilton romance, starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Whenever people came to present him urgent war bulletins, Churchill told them that he was watching a movie.