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Pretty self explainitory, but...

Who do you think is the best character in television, movies?

Thinking more objectively than subjectively, I for example am not foolish enough to think The Doctor is the greatest character in television, though he may be one of my favorites.

Television wise it's hard to think of characters better than Walter White and Tony Soprano.

Movies have a much longer history than television but as silly as it sounds Darth Vader and Vito Corleone come to mind.

With characters that apply to both I can't help but think of Batman.

What do you guys think?

I meant to include books as well but I can't even fathom trying to pick a "best character" in literature off the top of my head.

It would probably have to be someone like Robin Hood or King Arthur, a character whose story has been told millions of times in every medium.
 

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A few candidates:

Sherlock Holmes
Dracula
Frankenstein's Monster/Frankenstein
Superman
The Phantom of the Opera
Elizabeth Bennet
Philip Marlowe
Rick Blaine
Ellen Ripley
Zatoichi
The Man with No Name
James Bond
Bugs Bunny
Jo March
Homer Simpson
The Invisible Man/Griffin
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Beatrix Kiddo
Cody Jarrett
Norman Bates
Carrie White
Baby Jane Hudson
Tarzan
Donald Duck
Long John Silver
Indiana Jones
Hamlet
Holly Golightly
Michael Corleone
Mickey Mouse
The Tramp
 

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I had to stop what I was writing because it was turning into an essay.

I was pointing out facts like mass appeal on a global scale, timelessness, appeal to all ages, how much money generated, etc. etc. etc.

I'll just keep it short.

The answer is Mickey Mouse.
 

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I could make a huge list, but I'll keep it short to some of my favorites

Sonny Crockett - pretty much defined the 80s and what it meant to be cool
George Costanza - best sitcom character of all time
Darth Vader - does he really need an explanation
Indiana Jones - One of the best action movie characters ever
James Bond - Icon
Al Bundy - A different kind of TV dad.
 

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Since there likely won't be many comedy mentions, 2 of the most deep comedy characters ever:

Community- Abed Nadir: a half Polish, half Arab Muslim, likely on the spectrum, gains freedom from his emotionally distant and controlling father, learns how to relate to people and make friends, while chasing his culturally unsanctioned dream of being a filmmaker. Goes from filtering everything and everyone in life through the lens of pop culture to developing deep and meaningful relationships.

Brooklyn 99- Jake Peralta: impulsive, immature, brash, goofy, hotshot detective? Emotionally crippled by a deadbeat, philandering father Jake didn't believe in family or love, and didn't care about anything except catching bad guys... and his friends. A surprisingly earnest and empathetic character, he doesn't play to the dumb, socially inept main character trope, and after he gets married doesn't play to the awful, half-present husband trope. He's everybody's best friend and is constantly being improved by the people around him. Finds a father figure in Captain Holt and makes him more human and relatable.
 

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My two favorite fictional characters of all time are Rocky Balboa and Sherlock Holmes.

Rocky is all heart and Sherlock, I love for his brain.
 

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There's nothing I don't love about this man. He's stupid, selfish, ignorant, gluttonous and sometimes a bad husband and father. But then he can be sensitive, caring, gleeful in a child-like way and ends up being a good husband and father sometimes. In the Simpson's heyday when the writing was as sharp as a tack he was the MVP of the show. So many memorable Homer situations and an endless list of hilarious quotes.
 

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Tommy Shelby
Tony Soprano
Arthur Shelby
Silvio Dante
John Shelby
Paulie Gaulteri
Polly Grey
Christopher Maltisanti
Michael Grey

Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader
Emperor Palpatine/ Darth Sidious
Master Yoda
Obi Wan Kenobi
Dr Who
Sherlock Holmes
Hercule Poirot
Lord Voldemort
Harry Potter
Bellatrix Lestrange
Hermoine Grainger
Newt Scamander
Gellert Grindelwald
Albus Dumbledore
Hagrid
Credence Bareborne
Nagini
Tina Goldstein
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia
Rey
Kylo Ren
 

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Discussion Starter #14 (Edited)
Tommy Shelby
Tony Soprano
Arthur Shelby
Silvio Dante
John Shelby
Paulie Gaulteri
Polly Grey
Christopher Maltisanti
Michael Grey

Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader
Emperor Palpatine/ Darth Sidious
Master Yoda
Obi Wan Kenobi
Dr Who
Sherlock Holmes
Hercule Poirot
Lord Voldemort
Harry Potter
Bellatrix Lestrange
Hermoine Grainger
Newt Scamander
Gellert Grindelwald
Albus Dumbledore
Hagrid
Credence Bareborne
Nagini
Tina Goldstein
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia
Rey
Kylo Ren
Yeah.... Ninety five percent of that list needs to be cut.

And I'm gonna ignore you trying to sneak Rey into this thread.

Also you how do you include half the cast of Harry Potter including fucking Nagini but exclude Snap?
 

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Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia
Anakin Skywalker, Darth vader
Emperor Palpatine, Darth Sidious

Harry Potter
Albus Dumledore
Lord Voldemort
Newt Scamander
Gellert Grindlewald
 

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Walter White



One of the best developed characters I've ever seen. Following his journey on Breaking Bad was just incredible. I choose the above GIF because I think it's when Walt really starts to become 'Heisenberg' and enjoy it.
 
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