I’m joining in the fun to list out my top ten favourite screen characters. It’s an interesting challenge to take on when you realize you enjoy so many characters. As I started this challenge, I first decided to go to some of my favorite movies and then go from there. If I took in all entertainment from the screen, i.e., television, I think I would have been miserable over the task. So here goes, wonder what this says about me?
#1 – Han Solo (Star Wars)
Yes I’m a big Star Wars fan. Love pretty much all the characters but the swashbuckling, thieving, anti-hero Han Solo is my all time favorite! I can’t wait for his return in the new movie coming out this Christmas! So what is it that I love about Han, his evolution of character that starts self-serving although loyal friendship to Chewie that expands to a greater calling. The bonus is the sarcastic male dominated wit, oh yea it totally works!
#2 Ellen Ripley (Alien)
This movie, really mapped out the strong female character. Ellen Ripley or just Ripley if your nasty, is a heroine of great proportions from the “Company” and stylized from a male dominated team of grunt muscle, she’s the common sense, warrior and leader. Sorry Katniss Everdeen, she was here first! She’s the protagonist and pushes the boundaries of generalized female role. Ripley takes on the role of right over wrong in an interesting way and her character evolves further through the movie series.
#3 The Joker (The Dark Knight)
This is the antagonist character of all time and so well played by the late Heath Ledger. I marvel at the complexities of this character and the drive of his goal and evolution, so clear in moment to moment. As another character, Alfred said, “Sometimes there is no reason, some people like to watch the world burn.” If ever there was a devil to admire character wise, he is certainly it.
#4 Tony Stark / Iron Man
The unlikely self absorbed super hero, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man). I love this character and his wit, intelligence and drive. I wasn’t a huge fan of movies 2 & 3, but still the character and evolution of his mortality, right and wrong, and his role in how the world is now (weapons builder) – fantastic! His lifestyle as the mask he hides behind as his life is thrown onto a path to survive. Great arch building.
#5 Olive (Easy A)
The future day, Scarlet Letter character Olive. Yes, its a light hearted young adult comedy that had me rolling with laughter. I love Olive, she reminds me a little of myself, although I didn’t have the pressures of youtube, tweets and such to capture me, THANK GOD! It’s one little rumor taken out of context for the character who then uses it to help the less fortune, because damn be the labels of society. Of course no lie ends well so there you go, Olive your fun wit is in my top five as a favorite character 🙂 “I’ve got a pocket full of sunshine…”
#6 Professor Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter Series)
Surprised I didn’t pick one of the main 3 characters? Professor Dumbledore is the wise flawed leader and headmaster at Hogwarts, who many feel pull the strings and keep them safe. The evolution of his character and guidance to his students (specifically Harry, Ron and Hermonie) is brilliant where he further develops his own path. In my opinion both actors, the late Richard Harris and Michael Gambon played Dumbledore brilliantly. He represents that fairy god motherly role for me, but in a new, realistic, flawed and exciting way. No one is perfect.
#7 Tris (Divergent)
Tris, what a strong female character who is vulnerable and quite innocent. I love seeing her character growth to a strong independent heroine. She goes against what was expected of her and defying the labels. She is more than one personality trait and the evolution of her is great.
#8 Miles (The Holiday)
I adore this movie and love Miles, the good guy character. Many times characters are flawed, but I love his positivity and good nature. He’s a supportive role that’s played by Jack Black, so well and surprising that I can’t help but smile. Got to have a character who is the white knight with a sense of humor.
#9 Victoria (Red)
What a fiery mature woman for once! She basically throws agism out the window of what a woman can do as she ages. Stereotypes be damned. This picture I’m sharing just makes me grin; her fine designer dress as the expert in weaponry while aiming the machine gun. Victoria, is a complex character that represents an interesting point of view as you retire. She still has it and is the calm, the reasonable one among the retired CIA RED friends and associates. Love she’s still kicking butt!!
#10 Uncle Hub (Secondhand Lions)
Uncle Hub is played by both Christian Kane (Younger Hub) and Robert Duvall (Older Hub) in the most fantastic story. What I loved about Hub’s character was his strong sense of what a man is and who he should protect, including his one true love. The right and wrong pieces of justice is there, along with the brotherly love he has for Garth, played by Michael Cain. Fully developed character that is wonderful and complex.
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What are your top 10 favorite screen characters? Take part in the fun with your own blog or via comments below. Do you agree with my top 10?