Here’s the controversial US Weekly list referenced in my post on 06/01/2010: Not 72 on My List

100. Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights
99. The Bride from Kill Bill
98. Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels
97. Violet Weston from August: Osage County
96. Bernie Mac from The Bernie Mac Show
95. Wilhelmina from Ugly Betty
94. Truman from The Truman Show
93. Game Boys: Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series; Kratos from the God of War series; and Niko Bellic from Grand Theft Auto IV
92. Christopher Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time
91. Hancock from Hancock
90. Marge Gunderson from Fargo
89. Wikus van de Merwe from District 9
88. Napoleon Dynamite from Napoleon Dynamite
87. Tony Stark from the Iron Man series
86. Karen Walker and Jack McFarland from Will & Grace
85. Daniel Plainview from There Will Be Blood
84. Dr. Gregory House from House, M.D.
83. Jen Yu from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
82. Tracy Flick from Election
81. Amanda Woodward from Melrose Place
80. Gorillaz, the animated rock band
79. Elphaba from Wicked
78. Patty Hewes from Damages
77. Mimi Marquez from Rent
76. Tyler Durden from Fight Club
75. David Brent from The Office (original version)
74. Don Draper from Mad Men
73. Catherine Trammell from Basic Instinct
72. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace from Battlestar Galactica
71. Det. Alonzo Harris from Training Day
70. Mary Katherine Gallagher from Saturday Night Live
69. Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada
68. Effie White from Dreamgirls
67. Borat from Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
66. Allie and Noah from The Notebook
65. Lorelai and Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls
64. Maximus from Gladiator
63. John Locke from Lost
62. Jimmy Corrigan from Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
61. Vic Mackey from The Shield
60. Mary Jones from Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Saphhire
59. Master Chief from the Halo series
58. Thelma and Louise from Thelma & Louise
57. Clayton Bigsby from Chappelle’s Show
56. Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother
55. Tracy Jordan from 30 Rock
54. Juno from Juno
53. Edward Cullen from the Twilight saga
52. Annie Wilkes from Misery
51. Omar Little from The Wire
50. Pearl the Landlord from FunnyorDie.com
49. Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman
48. Red from The Shawshank Redemption
47. Corky St. Clair Waiting for Guffman
46. Jerry Maguire from Jerry Maguire
45. Stewie Griffin from Family Guy
44. Jack Bauer from 24
43. Cal Stephanides from Middlesex
42. Sydney Bristow from Alias
41. Harold and Kumar from the Harold & Kumar series
40. Ron Burgundy from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
39. Gob Bluth from Arrested Development
38. Elmo from Sesame Street
37. Keyser Söze from The Usual Suspects
36. Gollum from The Lord of the Rings
35. Dexter Morgan from Dexter
34. Cher from Clueless
33. Sarah Connor from Terminator 2: Judgment Day
32. Beavis and Butt-Head from Beavis and Butt-Head
31. Forrest Gump from Forrest Gump
30. “Stephen Colbert” from The Colbert Report
29. Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction
28. Madea from several Tyler Perry films and plays
27. Frasier from Frasier
26. Kavalier and Clay from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
25. Woody from the Toy Story series
24. Felicity Porter from Felicity
23. Austin Powers from the Austin Powers series
22. Eric Cartman from South Park
21. Roseanne Conner from Roseanne
20. Ally McBeal from Ally McBeal
19. Morpheus from The Matrix series
18. Sue Sylvester from Glee
17. Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider franchise
16. Bridget Jones from the Bridget Jones series
15. Shrek from the Shrek series
14. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski from The Big Lebowski
13. Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series
12. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully from The X-Files
11. Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld
10. SpongeBob SquarePants from SpongeBob SquarePants
9. Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City
8. Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs and its sequels
7. Edward Scissorhands from Edward Scissorhands
6. Rachel Green from Friends
5. The Joker from The Dark Knight
4. Tony Soprano from The Sopranos
3. Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series
1. Homer Simpson from The Simpsons

And here’s who I would leave. Not my definitive list, mind you. Just the characters I would agree have a place somewhere on the list.

92. Christopher Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time
88. Napoleon Dynamite from Napoleon Dynamite
75. David Brent from The Office (original version)
72. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace from Battlestar Galactica    NOT NUMBER 72!!
63. John Locke from Lost And Sawyer, and Sayid, and Juliet, and Ben…
55. Tracy Jordan from 30 Rock I would say Jack Donaghy
54. Juno from Juno
48. Red from The Shawshank Redemption
39. Gob Bluth from Arrested Development I would say George Michael Bluth
38. Elmo from Sesame Street
36. Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and Aragorn
30. “Stephen Colbert” from The Colbert Report
27. Frasier from Frasier Must include Niles or their incomplete
25. Woody from the Toy Story series  And Buzz, ditto above
20. Ally McBeal from Ally McBeal
18. Sue Sylvester from Glee
13. Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series
12. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully from The X-Files
11. Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld Really, all four
10. SpongeBob SquarePants from SpongeBob SquarePants
9. Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City
6. Rachel Green from Friends Really, all six
2. Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series  I’d say Snape
1. Homer Simpson from The Simpsons Really, Lisa

And Donna is absolutely right, Dr. Sheldon Cooper must be on my list.


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One Response to “100 Greatest Characters list”

  1. Donna Says:

    Lots of cheating on this list. I’d like to hear from them how they defined a “greatest” character. (And obviously it’s very subjective.) For example: If a greatest character is one who can be referenced in everyday conversation and easily understood as an embodiment of certain characteristics or personality traits, especially as they would be useful at the moment of mention, then how can they only name one character from Harry Potter — or Friends, for that matter? Just recently we heard a mention on the radio of the fact that the position of National Security Director(?) is as hard to fill as the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching post. Instantly understood — and good for a laugh, too. Is “He Who Must Not Be Named” not worthy of the list? Snape? Hagrid? Hermione? etc. Now, why Frasier and not Niles? Why Rachel and not Phoebe? Where’s Nemo? Where’s Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin? And where’s Wilson (from Cast Away) — all great characters, and I think all of these have more staying power than a lot of the names on the list.

    Fussin’ and fumin’,
    D


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