My old pal Sparky over at Dirt & Noise, knowing full-well my dangerous and unhealthy love of fictional characters at the expense of real-life people, threw down the gauntlet (or, more accurately, a Tweetlet) and challenged me to a movie meme. Since I'm now entering year three of writer's block I took her up on it.
The meme is simple: name your ten favorite movie characters. An interesting challenge, as that's not the same as your ten favorite movies. It took a lot to whittle it down to ten, and I made some hard sacrifices (Darth Vader and the centurion from Life of Brian were the last to fall) but when I look at the final list there's not a weak link. They may not all be the most nuanced creations, but they're mine.
The Bride (Kill Bill) - For having a purpose, sticking with it, and being unstoppable in its pursuit.
The Dude (The Big Lebowski) - For abiding, and for always protecting his beverage.
Jerry Lundegaard (Fargo) - For perfectly embodying repressed emotions
The McKenzie Brothers (Strange Brew) - It's like two for one, eh. Beauty.
Blake (Glengary Glen Ross) - Because in life first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado, second prize is set of steak knives, and third prize is you're fired.
Carl Spackler (Caddyshack) - As required by law. Quotability counts double.
Long Duck Dong (Sixteen Candles) - For living the American dream.
Corky St. Clair (Waiting for Guffman) - For dreaming big, and biting his pillow.
Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction) - Because he sure enjoys a tasty burger, and because all he really wants to do is walk the earth, like Caine in "Kung Fu"
Gny. Sgt. Hartman (Full Metal Jacket) - For making men out of maggots.
Questions? Comments? Bueller? Bueller?
UPDATE: I've made a horrible mistake. Somehow I forgot to consider perhaps the greatest creation of modern cinema. All other characters immediately fall down one slot to make room for the king: Randall, from Clerks.