The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years – Oh, Really?

June 2, 2010 — Leave a comment

Entertainment Weekly has finally put up their list of Greatest Characters online.

Excuse me as I What? – Bernie Mac over The Bride from Kill Bill, or Lisbeth Salander from Millennium Trilogy? Will Smith’s Hancock over Whilhelmina from Ugly Betty? With no traces of Wolverine? Seriously? Hancock over Wolverine? And don’t tell me it’s because Wolverine is an old character, because Tony Stark (Iron Man) made it to the list… and he’s not what we would exactly call from the “last 20 years” either.

The list is questionable… not only for the inclusions and omissions, also for placing. tsk tsk.

As much as I love Sue Sylvester (and Jane Lynch), I think she should be lower than characters like House or Dexter. Also… Rachel Green on the Top10? Over guys like Jack Bauer from 24? And Edward Cullen from Twilight over freaking Don Draper from Mad Men???? Really? Or even Miranda Priestly from Devils Wears Prada?

But gotta give it to you for at least including some of the names. You know like Starbuck. Or Stewie from Family Guy… Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, and Edward Scissorhands — if you didn’t count, that’s TWO Johnny Depps right there~~~ Then there’s Hannibal Lecter, The Joker, and Buffy.

But… Where’s Mary Cherry?

I know she didn’t have the cultural impact that, let’s say… Harry Potter or Buffy had. But she’s one of the greatest characters of the last 20 years…

And how about Xena? Or Captain Mal Reynolds? Bree Van de Kampt (aka Hodge).

And if you really wanted to include “variety” by adding Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (which is one of my favorite films), you really should have added Noda Megumi from Nodame Cantabile, and Ruka Kishimoto from Last Friends… or Amelie from Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain.

V from V for Vendetta? Leon and Mathilda from The Professional? And I dunno your policy on characters based on real people, but since you’re adding Colbert to the list… how about Yip Man from the Ip Man movies with Donnie Yen?

What do you think the list is missing? Maybe some crazy women?

PS: Sorry for the photo re-hash.

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