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Old 07-31-08, 12:42 PM
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Great character names in movies?

Sometimes you don't have to mention the premise or movie title to know what movie one is talking about simply by one of the characters' name in the fim to know what it is. The character name sometimes becomes so legendary and iconic.

I love a great character name that sticks with you. Of course many times it is the actor portraying that charater that makes it legendary, but good names are so vital in movies, i think.

I was thinking about what are some really great character names that just become synonymous with a movie or franchise that even if people haven't seen the movie they know what it is.

I am not necessarily talking about the title of films that are the lead characters' name.

They can be your favorites or just names that stick out and are so perfect for that particular character in that particular movie.

Some I thought of (which includes favorites):
Rick Deckard
Ripley

Sarah Connor; maybe Reese as well
John McClane
Anton Chigurh
(though not legendary as yet)



So what are some of your favorites or just ones that you think are great character names in movies?
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Old 07-31-08, 12:46 PM
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Should we just get the obvious Star Wars ones out of the way?

Darth Vader
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia
Han Solo
Yoda
R2-D2
C-3PO
Chewbacca
Obi-Wan Kenobi
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Any character created by Tarantino

Vincent Vega
Marsellus Wallace
Mr. Pink

etc, etc, etc...
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Originally Posted by jeffkjoe
Claire Standish
John Bender
Andrew Clark
Allison Reynolds
Brian Johnson

THE BREAKFAST CLUB


Ferris Bueller
Cameron Frye
Sloan Peterson

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
if you hadn't said The Breakfast Club i never would have put the names together.

Cameron definitely stands out.

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Old 07-31-08, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by pinata242
Should we just get the obvious Star Wars ones out of the way?

Darth Vader
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia
Han Solo
Yoda
R2-D2
C-3PO
Chewbacca
Obi-Wan Kenobi
i was going to mention them, but i figured it was obvious
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Originally Posted by Matthew Ackerly
SNAKE PLISSKEN
excellent one!
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Originally Posted by Matthew Ackerly
SNAKE PLISSKEN
Yep.

I was on XBOX live the other day and one of my team mates had a name that was "_____ Plissken". I forget what the 1st name was but it wasn't "Snake". Anyway, I was telling him that an enemy was coming and I called him "Snake", then I realized my mistake and apologized. He said, "Naw dude it's cool. Lotsa people make that mistake. But that's cool because you know where it came from." We had a good laugh.

I imagine there have been plenty of "Snake" characters in film over the years but obviously "Plissken" is the Iconic part of the name..
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Is this officially now a "Dark Knight" thread? Can it now be open to complaints and bitching? ( JK)


I'd have to go with...

Malcolm Reynolds
Prince Humperdink
Innigo Montoya
General Buck Turgidson
Abe Frohman
Basil Exposition
Nigel Tuffnel
David St. Hubbins
Marty Dibergi
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Originally Posted by Doc MacGyver
Bruce Wayne.

Is this officially now a "Dark Knight" thread? Can it now be open to complaints and bitching? ( JK)


I'd have to go with...

Malcolm Reynolds
Prince Humperdink
Innigo Montoya
General Buck Turgidson
Abe Frohman
Basil Exposition
Nigel Tuffnel
David St. Hubbins
Marty Dibergi
Travis Bickle
Tyler Durden


...off the top of my head.


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Good stuff. Looking over the names in Unforgiven and Dr. Strangelove(!), both of those movies have great character names all around.
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Wes Anderson's films have great character names. Notably...

Dirk Calloway
Eli Cash
Raleigh St. Clair
Steve Zissou
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Originally Posted by lawyer goodwill
Good stuff. Looking over the names in Unforgiven and Dr. Strangelove(!), both of those movies have great character names all around.

didn't even think about Unforgiven, good call!

"Little Bill Dagget" = AWESOME name.

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