America's 100 Greatest Heroes & Villains
Virtuous Heroes and Wicked Villains

The 400 Nominees

by American Film Institute (AFI)

The American Film Institute in Los Angeles conducted their sixth polling, 100 Heroes and Villains. AFI again celebrated American cinema, and revealed America’s 100 greatest good and bad guys/gals (50 of each), either fact-based or fantastically-fictional, as chosen by voters - a jury of 1,500 directors, actors, screenwriters, critics, historians and others.

[Compare to the list of The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) that in 2002 had polled their own membership of Internet-based cinema journalists for the top 100 greatest screen villains of all time, accessible here.] The list of 400 nominated films was made available before the final voting. The AFI left the judgment calls to jurors about the categorization of virtuous heroes and wicked villains, advising them only to not vote for a character as both.


(400 Nominees)
(alphabetical by character name - winners noted in bold)

  1. BUDDY ACKERMAN (Kevin Spacey) in SWIMMING WITH SHARKS (Trimark, 1994)
  2. SHEIK AHMED (Rudolph Valentino) in THE SHEIK (Paramount, 1921)
  3. THE ALIEN (Bolaji Badejo) in ALIEN (20th Century Fox, 1979) (#14 VILLAIN)
  4. JAMES ALLEN (Paul Muni) in I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG (Warner Bros., 1932)
  5. CRYSTAL ALLEN (Joan Crawford) in THE WOMEN (MGM, 1939)
  6. GREGORY ANTON (Charles Boyer) in GASLIGHT (MGM, 1944)
  7. BRUNO ANTONY (Robert Walker) in STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (Warner Bros., 1951)
  8. DAVID ARMSTRONG (Richard Arlen) in WINGS (Paramount, 1927)
  9. GLADYS AYLWARD (Ingrid Bergman) in THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS (20th Century Fox, 1958)
  10. BABE (voice of Christine Cavanaugh) in BABE (Universal, 1995)
  11. GEORGE BAILEY (James Stewart) in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (RKO, 1946) (#9 HERO)
  12. ROCKY BALBOA (Sylvester Stallone) in ROCKY (United Artists, 1976) (#7 HERO)
  13. BANDIT (BO DARVILlE) (Burt Reynolds) in SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (Universal, 1977)
  14. ELSA "ROSALIE" BANNISTER (Rita Hayworth) in THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (Columbia, 1948)
  15. SERGEANT BARNES (Tom Berenger) in PLATOON (Orion, 1986)
  16. CLYDE BARROW & BONNIE PARKER (Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway) in BONNIE AND CLYDE (Warner Bros., 1967) (#32 VILLAIN)
  17. NORMAN BATES (Anthony Perkins) in PSYCHO (Paramount, 1960) (#2 VILLAIN)
  18. BATMAN (Bruce Wayne) in BATMAN (Warner Bros., 1989) (#46 HERO)
  19. ROY BATTY (Rutger Hauer) in BLADE RUNNER (Warner Bros., 1982)
  20. ANDREW BECKETT (Tom Hanks) in PHILADELPHIA (TriStar, 1993) (#49 HERO)
  21. BELLE (voice of Paige O'Hara) in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Disney, 1991)
  22. JUDAH BEN-HUR (Charlton Heston) in BEN-HUR (MGM, 1959)
  23. TRAVIS BICKLE (Robert DeNiro) in TAXI DRIVER (Columbia, 1976) (#30 VILLAIN)
  24. STEVE BIKO (Denzel Washington) in CRY FREEDOM (Universal, 1987)
  25. BIRDS in THE BIRDS (Universal, 1963)
  26. "THE BLACK PIRATE" (Douglas Fairbanks) in THE BLACK PIRATE (United Artists, 1926)
  27. RICK BLAINE (Humphrey Bogart) in CASABLANCA (Warner Bros., 1942) (#4 HERO)
  29. CAPTAIN BLIGH (Charles Laughton) in MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (MGM, 1935) (#19 VILLAIN)
  30. "THE BLOB" in THE BLOB (Paramount, 1958)
  31. ERNST STAVRO BLOFELD (Donald Pleasence) in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (United Artists, 1967)
  32. "MR. BLONDE" (Vic Vega) (Michael Madsen) in RESERVOIR DOGS (Miramax, 1992)
  33. PETER BLOOD (Errol Flynn) in CAPTAIN BLOOD (Warner Bros., 1935)
  34. JAMES BOND (Sean Connery) in DR. NO (United Artists, 1962) (#3 HERO)
  35. JOHN BOOK (Harrison Ford) in WITNESS (Paramount, 1985)
  36. FRANK BOOTH (Dennis Hopper) in BLUE VELVET (DEG, 1986) (#36 VILLAIN)
  38. ERIN BROCKOVICH (Julia Roberts) in ERIN BROCKOVICH (Universal, 2000) (#31 HERO)
  39. FOXY BROWN (Pam Grier) in FOXY BROWN (American International, 1974)
  40. "BUFFALO BILL" (JAME GUMB) (Ted Levine) in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (Orion, 1991)
  41. DET. LT. FRANK BULLITT (Steve McQueen) in BULLITT (Warner Bros., 1968)
  42. "BATTLING" BURROWS (Donald Crisp) in BROKEN BLOSSOMS (United Artists, 1919)
  43. RHETT BUTLER (Clark Gable) in GONE WITH THE WIND (MGM, 1939)
  44. MAX CADY (Robert Mitchum) in CAPE FEAR (Universal-International, 1962) (#28 VILLAIN)
  45. CALAMITY JANE (Doris Day) in CALAMITY JANE (Warner Bros., 1953)
  46. DETECTIVE HARRY CALLAHAN (Clint Eastwood) in DIRTY HARRY (Warner Bros., 1971) (#17 HERO)
  47. TONY CAMONTE (Paul Muni) in SCARFACE (United Artists, 1932) (#47 VILLAIN)
  48. AL CAPONE (Robert DeNiro) in THE UNTOUCHABLES (Paramount, 1987)
  49. CARRIE (Carrie White) (Sissy Spacek) in CARRIE (United Artists, 1976)
  50. BILL "HOP-ALONG" CASSIDY (William Boyd) in HOP-ALONG CASSIDY (Paramount, 1935)
  51. BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (20th Century Fox, 1969) (#20 HERO)
  52. MINNIE & ROMAN CASTEVET (Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer) in ROSEMARY'S BABY (Paramount, 1968)
  53. CATWOMAN (SELINA KYLE) (Michelle Pfeiffer) in BATMAN RETURNS (Warner Bros., 1992)
  54. CELIE (Whoopi Goldberg) in THE COLOR PURPLE (Warner Bros., 1985)
  55. CHAD (Aaron Eckhart) in IN THE COMPANY OF MEN (Sony Pictures Classics, 1997)
  56. CHARLIE CHAN (Warner Oland) in BLACK CAMEL, THE (Fox, 1931)
  57. NICK & NORA CHARLES (William Powell and Myrna Loy) in THE THIN MAN (MGM, 1934)
  58. MR. CHIPS (MR. CHIPPING) (Robert Donat) in GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (MGM, 1939) (#41 HERO)
  59. DIANA CHRISTENSEN (Faye Dunaway) in NETWORK (MGM, 1976)
  60. EL CID (Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar) (Charlton Heston) in EL CID (Allied Artists, 1961)
  61. "CRAZY" JOE CLARK (Morgan Freeman) in LEAN ON ME (Warner Bros., 1989)
  62. INSPECTOR JACQUES CLOUSEAU (Peter Sellers) in THE PINK PANTHER (United Artists, 1964)
  63. REUBEN J. "ROOSTER" COGBURN (John Wayne) in TRUE GRIT (Paramount, 1969) (#36 HERO)
  64. CONAN (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in CONAN THE BARBARIAN (Universal, 1982)
  65. SARAH CONNOR (Linda Hamilton) in THE TERMINATOR (Orion, 1984)
  66. MICHAEL CORLEONE (Al Pacino) in THE GODFATHER PART II (Paramount, 1974) (#11 VILLAIN)
  67. VITO CORLEONE (Marlon Brando) in THE GODFATHER (Paramount, 1972)
  68. YANCEY CRAVAT (Richard Dix) in CIMARRON (RKO, 1931)
  69. JOAN CRAWFORD (Faye Dunaway) in MOMMIE DEAREST (Paramount, 1981) (#41 VILLAIN)
  70. DAVY CROCKETT (John Wayne) in THE ALAMO (United Artists, 1960)
  71. LESLIE CROSBIE (Bette Davis) in THE LETTER (Warner Bros., 1940)
  72. NOAH CROSS (John Huston) in CHINATOWN (Paramount, 1974) (#16 VILLAIN)
  73. CRUELLA DE VIL (voice of Betty Lou Gerson) in ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS (Disney, 1961) (#39 VILLAIN)
  74. NOAH CULLEN & JOHN "JOKER" JACKSON (Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis) in THE DEFIANT ONES (United Artists, 1958)
  75. ARCHIBALD CUNNINGHAM (Tim Roth) in ROB ROY (United Artists, 1995)
  76. MARIE CURIE (Greer Garson) in MADAME CURIE (MGM, 1943)
  78. SHERIFF "LITTLE BILL" DAGGETT (Gene Hackman) in UNFORGIVEN (Warner Bros., 1992)
  79. STELLA MARTIN DALLAS (Barbara Stanwyck) in STELLA DALLAS (United Artists, 1937)
  80. EDMOND DANTES (Robert Donat) in THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (United Artists, 1934)
  81. MRS. DANVERS (Judith Anderson) in REBECCA (United Artists, 1940) (#31 VILLAIN)
  82. CAPTAIN DAVENPORT (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.) in A SOLDIER'S STORY (Columbia, 1984)
  83. JACK DAWSON (Leonardo DiCaprio) in TITANIC (Paramount, 1997)
  84. BYRON DE LA BECKWITH (James Woods) in GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI (Sony, 1996)
  85. RICK DECKARD (Harrison Ford) in BLADE RUNNER (Warner Bros., 1982)
  86. MIRIAM DEERING (Olivia de Havilland) in HUSH…HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (20th Century Fox, 1964)
  87. ALEX DeLARGE (Malcolm McDowell) in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Warner Bros., 1971) (#12 VILLAIN)
  88. NORMA DESMOND (Gloria Swanson) in SUNSET BOULEVARD (Paramount, 1950)
  89. THOMAS J. DESTRY, JR. (James Stewart) in DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (Universal, 1939)
  90. TOMMY DeVITO (Joe Pesci) in GOODFELLAS (Warner Bros., 1990)
  91. THELMA DICKINSON & LOUISE SAWYER (Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon) in THELMA & LOUISE (MGM, 1991) (#24 HERO)
  92. PHYLLIS DIETRICHSON (Barbara Stanwyck) in DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Paramount, 1944) (#8 VILLAIN)
  93. JOHN DILLINGER (Lawrence Tierney) in DILLINGER (Monogram, 1945)
  94. THE DIRTY DOZEN (Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Trini Lopez, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker, Tom Busby, Ben Carruthers, Stuart Cooper, Colin Maitland) in THE DIRTY DOZEN (MGM, 1967)
  95. FRED C. DOBBS (Humphrey Bogart) in THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (Warner Bros., 1948)
  96. JOHN DOE (Kevin Spacey) in SE7EN (New Line, 1995)
  97. TOM DONIPHON (John Wayne) in THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (Paramount, 1962)
  99. JIMMY "POPEYE" DOYLE (Gene Hackman) in THE FRENCH CONNECTION (20th Century Fox, 1971) (#44 HERO)
  100. COUNT DRACULA (Bela Lugosi) in DRACULA (Universal, 1931) (#33 VILLAIN)
  101. ANDY DUFRESNE (Tim Robbins) in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (Columbia, 1994)
  102. LT. JOHN W. DUNBAR (Kevin Costner) in DANCES WITH WOLVES (Orion, 1990)
  103. WYATT EARP (Henry Fonda) in MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (20th Century-Fox, 1946)
  104. THOMAS ALVA "TOM" EDISON (Mickey Rooney) in YOUNG TOM EDISON (MGM, 1940)
  105. ETHAN EDWARDS (John Wayne) in THE SEARCHERS (Warner Bros., 1956)
  106. DR. EINSTEIN & JONATHAN BREWSTER (Peter Lorre and Raymond Massey) in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (Warner Bros., 1944
  107. ELLIOTT (Henry Thomas) in E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (Universal, 1982)
  108. JAIME A. ESCALANTE (Edward James Olmos) in STAND AND DELIVER (Warner Bros., 1988)
    (New Line, 1999)
  110. PROFESSOR FATE (Jack Lemmon) in THE GREAT RACE (Warner Bros., 1965)
  111. MANUEL FIDELLO (Spencer Tracy) in CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (MGM, 1937)
  112. ATTICUS FINCH (Gregory Peck) in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Universal-International, 1962) (#1 HERO)
  113. FATHER EDWARD J. FLANAGAN (Spencer Tracy) in BOYS TOWN (MGM, 1938) (#42 HERO)
  114. HENRY FLEMING (Audie Murphy) in THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE (MGM, 1951)
  115. Detective AXEL FOLEY (Eddie Murphy) in BEVERLY HILLS COP (Paramount, 1984)
  116. ALEX FORREST (Glenn Close) in FATAL ATTRACTION (Paramount, 1987) (#7 VILLAIN)
  117. DIAN FOSSEY (Sigourney Weaver) in GORILLAS IN THE MIST: THE STORY OF DIAN FOSSEY (Universal, 1988)
  118. JOSEPH FRADY (Warren Beatty) in THE PARALLAX VIEW (Paramount, 1974)
  119. FRANK (Henry Fonda) in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (Paramount, 1969)
  120. HENRY FRANKENSTEIN (Colin Clive) in FRANKENSTEIN (Universal, 1931)
  121. FRENCHY (Marlene Dietrich) in DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (Universal, 1939)
  122. JOHNNY FRIENDLY (Lee J. Cobb) in ON THE WATERFRONT (Columbia, 1954)
  123. FROLLO (Cedric Hardwicke) in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (RKO, 1939)
  124. Dr. FU MANCHU (Boris Karloff) in THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (MGM, 1932)
  125. GAIL (Meryl Streep) in THE RIVER WILD (Universal, 1994)
  126. FRANK GALVIN (Paul Newman) in THE VERDICT (20th Century Fox, 1982)
  128. MAHATMA GANDHI (Ben Kingsley) in GANDHI (Columbia, 1982) (#21 HERO)
  129. HENRY "LOU" GEHRIG (Gary Cooper) in THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (RKO, 1942) (#25 HERO)
  130. GORDON GEKKO (Michael Douglas) in WALL STREET (20th Century Fox, 1987) (#24 VILLAIN)
  131. GERONIMO (Chief Thundercloud) in GERONIMO (Paramount, 1939)
  132. MICHAEL "BEAU" GESTE (Gary Cooper) in BEAU GESTE (Paramount, 1939)
  133. "GHOSTFACE" (Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, voice of Roger L. Jackson) in SCREAM (Dimension, 1996)
  134. REGINA GIDDENS (Bette Davis) in THE LITTLE FOXES (RKO/Goldwyn, 1941) (#43 VILLAIN)
  135. GILL-MAN (Ben Chapman, Riccou Browning) in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (Universal-International, 1954)
  136. J. J. "JAKE" GITTES (Jack Nicholson) in CHINATOWN (Paramount, 1974)
  137. JACK GODELL (Jack Lemmon) in THE CHINA SYNDROME (Columbia, 1979)
  138. AMON GOETH (Ralph Fiennes) in SCHINDLER'S LIST (Universal, 1993) (#15 VILLAIN)
  139. AURIC GOLDFINGER (Gert Frobe) in GOLDFINGER (United Artists, 1964) (#49 VILLAIN)
  140. BERT GORDON (George C. Scott) in THE HUSTLER (20th Century Fox, 1961)
  141. DORIAN GRAY (Hurd Hatfield) in THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (MGM, 1945)
  142. PHIL GREEN (Gregory Peck) in GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (20th Century Fox, 1947)
  143. HANS GRUBER (Alan Rickman) in DIE HARD (20th Century Fox, 1988) (#46 VILLAIN)
  144. FORREST GUMP (Tom Hanks) in FORREST GUMP (Paramount, 1994)
  145. MARGE GUNDERSON (Frances McDormand) in FARGO (Gramercy, 1996) (#33 HERO)
  146. GUNGA DIN (Sam Jaffe) in GUNGA DIN (RKO, 1939)
  147. KASPER GUTMAN (Sydney Greenstreet) in THE MALTESE FALCON (Warner Bros., 1941)
  148. SIR GUY OF GISBOURNE (Basil Rathbone) in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (Warner Bros., 1938)
  149. HAL 9000 (voice of Douglas Rain) in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (MGM, 1968) (#13 VILLAIN)
  150. HAN SOLO (Harrison Ford) in STAR WARS (20th Century Fox, 1977) (#14 HERO)
  151. EVE HARRINGTON (Anne Baxter) in ALL ABOUT EVE (20th Century Fox, 1950) (#23 VILLAIN)
  152. DETECTIVE ALONZO HARRIS (Denzel Washington) in TRAINING DAY (Warner Bros., 2001) (#50 VILLAIN)
  153. HAWKEYE (Daniel Day-Lewis) in THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (20th Century Fox, 1992)
  154. SUSY HENDRIX (Audrey Hepburn) in WAIT UNTIL DARK (Warner Bros., 1967)
  155. HENRY (Michael Rooker) in HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (MPI, 1989)
  156. HEADLESS HORSEMAN ("Hessian Horseman") (Christopher Walken) in SLEEPY HOLLOW (Paramount, 1999)
  157. HAROLD HICKORY (Harold Lloyd) in THE KID BROTHER (Paramount, 1927)
  158. CAPTAIN VIRGIL HILTS (Steve McQueen) in THE GREAT ESCAPE (United Artists, 1963)
  159. ROY HOBBS (Robert Redford) in THE NATURAL (TriStar, 1984)
  160. SHERLOCK HOLMES & DR. WATSON (Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce) in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (20th Century Fox, 1939)
  161. CAPTAIN HOOK (Ernest Torrence) in PETER PAN (Paramount, 1924)
  162. "BABY" JANE HUDSON (Bette Davis) in WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (Warner Bros., 1962) (#44 VILLAIN)
  163. J. J. HUNSECKER (Burt Lancaster) in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (United Artists, 1957) (#35 VILLAIN)
  164. ETHAN HUNT (Tom Cruise) in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (Paramount, 1996)
  165. MR. HYDE (Fredric March) in DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Paramount, 1931)
  166. INVISIBLE MAN (Claude Rains) in THE INVISIBLE MAN (Universal, 1933)
  167. MRS. JOHN ISELIN (Angela Lansbury) in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (United Artists, 1962) (#21 VILLAIN)
  168. IVANHOE (WILFRED OF IVANHOE) (Robert Taylor) in IVANHOE (MGM, 1952)
  169. AGENT J & AGENT K (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones) in MEN IN BLACK (Columbia, 1997)
  170. BILLY JACK (Tom Laughlin) in BILLY JACK (Warner Bros., 1971)
  171. JACK THE RIPPER (Laird Cregar) in THE LODGER (20th Century Fox, 1944)
  172. LUCAS "LUKE" JACKSON (Paul Newman) in COOL HAND LUKE (Warner Bros., 1967) (#30 HERO)
  173. ARTHUR "CODY" JARRETT (James Cagney) in WHITE HEAT (Warner Bros., 1949) (#26 VILLAIN)
  174. PROFESSOR HENRY JARROD (Vincent Price) in HOUSE OF WAX (Warner Bros., 1953)
  175. JAWS (Richard Kiel) in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (United Artists, 1977)
  176. JACK JEFFERSON (James Earl Jones) in THE GREAT WHITE HOPE (20th Century Fox, 1970)
  177. L. B. "JEFF" JEFFRIES (James Stewart) in REAR WINDOW (Paramount, 1954)
  178. DR. JEKYLL (John Barrymore) in DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Paramount, 1920)
  179. COLONEL NATHAN R. JESSEP (Jack Nicholson) in A FEW GOOD MEN (Columbia, 1992)
  180. TOM JOAD (Henry Fonda) in THE GRAPES OF WRATH (20th Century Fox, 1940) (#12 HERO)
  181. JOAN OF ARC (Ingrid Bergman) in JOAN OF ARC (RKO, 1948)
  182. JOHNNIE GRAY (Buster Keaton) in THE GENERAL (United Artists, 1927)
  183. THE JOKER (Jack Nicholson) in BATMAN (Warner Bros., 1989) (#45 VILLAIN)
  184. INDIANA JONES (Harrison Ford) in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Paramount, 1981) (#2 HERO)
  185. JUROR #8 (MR. DAVIS) (Henry Fonda) in 12 ANGRY MEN (United Artists, 1957) (#28 HERO)
  186. WILL KANE (Gary Cooper) in HIGH NOON (United Artists, 1952) (#5 HERO)
  187. JOHN KEATING (Robin Williams) in DEAD POETS SOCIETY (Touchstone, 1989)
  188. BEN "OBI-WAN" KENOBI (Alec Guinness) in STAR WARS (20th Century Fox, 1977) (#37 HERO)
  189. PAUL KERSEY (Charles Bronson) in DEATH WISH (Paramount, 1974)
  190. KHAN NOONIEN SINGH (Ricardo Montalban) in STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Paramount, 1982)
  191. LT. COLONEL DANIEL KILEY (Henry Fonda) in BATTLE OF THE BULGE (Warner Bros., 1965)
  192. DR. RICHARD KIMBLE (Harrison Ford) in THE FUGITIVE (Warner Bros., 1993)
  193. ROGER "VERBAL" KINT (Kevin Spacey) in THE USUAL SUSPECTS (Columbia TriStar, 1995) (#48 VILLAIN)
  194. JAMES T. KIRK (William Shatner) in STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (Paramount, 1979)
  195. KIT & HOLLY (Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek) in BADLANDS (Warner Bros., 1973)
  196. KLAATU (Michael Rennie) in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (20th Century Fox, 1951)
  197. KONG in KING KONG (RKO, 1933)
  198. RON KOVIC (Tom Cruise) in BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (Universal, 1989)
  199. STANLEY KOWALSKI (Marlon Brando) in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Warner Bros., 1951)
  200. FREDDY KRUEGER (Robert Englund) in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (New Line, 1984) (#40 VILLAIN)
  201. COLONEL WALTER E. KURTZ (Marlon Brando) in APOCALYPSE NOW (United Artists, 1979)
  202. LINA LAMONT (Jean Hagen) in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (MGM, 1952)
  203. BERNIE LAPLANTE (Dustin Hoffman) in HERO (Columbia, 1992)
  204. DANIEL Lai IIJSSO (Ralph Macchio) in THE KARATE KID (Columbia, 1984)
  205. LASSIE (Pal) in LASSIE COME HOME (MGM, 1943) (#39 HERO)
  206. T. E. LAWRENCE (Peter O'Toole) in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Columbia, 1962) (#10 HERO)
  207. MITCH LEARY (John Malkovich) in IN THE LINE OF FIRE (Columbia, 1993)
  208. LEATHERFACE (Gunnar Hansen) in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (New Line, 1974)
  209. DR. HANNIBAL LECTER (Anthony Hopkins) in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (Orion, 1991) (#1 VILLAIN)
  210. LEE (Bruce Lee) in ENTER THE DRAGON (Warner Bros., 1973)
  211. PRINCESS LEIA (Carrie Fisher) in STAR WARS (20th Century Fox, 1977)
  212. ANNA LEONOWENS (Deborah Kerr) in THE KING AND I (20th Century Fox, 1956)
  213. BUZZ LIGHTYEAR (voice of Tim Allen) in TOY STORY 2 (Disney, 1999)
  214. HARRY LIME (Orson Welles) in THE THIRD MAN (Selznick, 1949) (#37 VILLAIN)
  215. HARRY LIME & MARV MERCHANTS (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) in HOME ALONE (20th Century Fox, 1990)
  216. ABRAHAM LINCOLN (Henry Fonda) in YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (20th Century Fox, 1939)
  217. THE LONE RANGER (Clayton Moore) in THE LONE RANGER (Warner Bros., 1956)
  218. DOYLE LONNEGAN (Robert Shaw) in THE STING (Universal, 1973)
  219. LOTUS FLOWER (Anna May Wong) in THE TOLL OF THE SEA (Metro, 1922)
  220. JIM LOVELL (Tom Hanks) in APOLLO 13 (Universal, 1995)
  221. LEX LUTHOR (Gene Hackman) in SUPERMAN (Warner Bros., 1978)
  222. GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (Gregory Peck) in MACARTHUR (Universal, 1977)
  223. REGAN MacNEIL (SATAN) (Linda Blair) in THE EXORCIST (Warner Bros., 1973) (#9 VILLAIN)
  224. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughan, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, Horst Buchholz) in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (MGM, 1960)
  225. MALEFICENT (voice of Eleanor Audley) in SLEEPING BEAUTY (Disney, 1959)
  226. TERRY MALLOY (Marlon Brando) in ON THE WATERFRONT (Columbia, 1954) (#23 HERO)
  227. MAN in BAMBI (Disney, 1942) (#20 VILLAIN)
  228. DUKE MANTEE (Humphrey Bogart) in THE PETRIFIED FOREST (Warner Bros., 1936)
  229. PHILIP MARLOWE (Humphrey Bogart) in THE BIG SLEEP (Warner Bros., 1946) (#32 HERO)
  230. JULIE MARSDEN (Bette Davis) in JEZEBEL (Warner Bros., 1938)
  231. MARTIANS in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (Paramount, 1953) (#27 VILLAIN)
  232. LETTY MASON (Lillian Gish) in THE WIND (MGM, 1928)
  233. GENERAL MAXIMUS DECIMUS MERIDUS (Russell Crowe) in GLADIATOR (DreamWorks, 2000) (#50 HERO)
  234. DETECTIVE JOHN MCCLANE (Bruce Willis) in DIE HARD (20th Century Fox, 1988)
  235. TESS MCGILL (Melanie Griffith) in WORKING GIRL (20th Century Fox, 1988)
  236. RANDLE PATRICK MCMURPHY (Jack Nicholson) in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (United Artists, 1975)
  237. MCTEAGUE (Gibson Gowland) in GREED (MGM, 1925)
  238. NICHOLAS MEDINA (Vincent Price) in THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (American International, 1961)
  239. DR. JOSEF MENGELE (Gregory Peck) in THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (20th Century Fox, 1978)
  240. MARQUISE DE MERTEUIL (Glenn Close) in DANGEROUS LIAISONS (Warner Bros., 1988)
  241. MESSALA (Francis X. Bushman) in BEN-HUR (MGM, 1925)
  242. MICHAEL (Robert De Niro) in THE DEER HUNTER (Universal, 1978)
  243. MICHAEL MYERS (Tony Moran) in HALLOWEEN (Compass, 1978)
  244. CAPTAIN JOHN H. MILLER (Tom Hanks) in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (DreamWorks, 1998)
  245. KAY MINIVER (Greer Garson) in MRS. MINIVER (MGM, 1942)
  246. LT. PETE "MAVERICK" MITCHELL (Tom Cruise) in TOP GUN (Paramount, 1986)
  247. MAMA MOLLIE (Mary Pickford) in SPARROWS (United Artists, 1926)
  248. THE MONSTER (Boris Karloff) in FRANKENSTEIN (Universal, 1931)
  249. TONY MONTANA (Al Pacino) in SCARFACE (Universal, 1983)
  250. DR. MOREAU (Charles Laughton) in ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Paramount, 1933)
  251. PHILLIP MORGAN & BRANDON SHAW (Farley Granger and John Dall) in ROPE (Warner Bros., 1948)
  252. REBECCA MORGAN (Cicely Tyson) in SOUNDER (20th Century Fox, 1972)
  253. MOSES (Charlton Heston) in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Paramount, 1956) (#43 HERO)
  254. MR. MOTO (Peter Lorre) in THINK FAST, MR. MOTO (20th Century Fox, 1937)
  255. THE MUMMY (IMHOTEP) (Boris Karloff) in THE MUMMY (Universal, 1932)
  256. WILLIAM MUNNY (Clint Eastwood) in UNFORGIVEN (Warner Bros., 1992)
  257. AUDIE MURPHY (Audie Murphy) in TO HELL AND BACK (Universal-International, 1955)
  258. THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Van Heflin, Gig Young, Robert Coote) in THE THREE MUSKETEERS (MGM, 1948)
  259. NEO (THOMAS A. ANDERSON) (Keanu Reeves) in MATRIX, THE (Warner Bros., 1999)
  260. ELIOT NESS (Kevin Costner) in THE UNTOUCHABLES (Paramount, 1987)
  262. "UNCLE" CHARLIE OAKLEY (Joseph Cotten) in SHADOW OF A DOUBT (Universal, 1943)
  263. ANNIE OAKLEY (Betty Hutton) in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (MGM, 1950)
  264. SCARLETT O'HARA (Vivien Leigh) in GONE WITH THE WIND (MGM, 1939)
  265. O-LAN (Luise Rainer) in THE GOOD EARTH (MGM, 1937)
  266. FATHER "CHUCK" O'MALLEY in GOING MY WAY (Paramount, 1944)
  268. SENATOR JOSEPH PAINE (Claude Rains) in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Columbia, 1939)
  269. PETER PAN (voice of Bobby Driscoll) in PETER PAN (Disney, 1953)
  270. KATHERINE PARKER (Sigourney Weaver) in WORKING GIRL (20th Century Fox, 1988)
  271. HOMER PARRISH (Harold Russell) in THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (RKO, 1946)
  272. LOUIS PASTEUR (Paul Muni) in THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR (Warner Bros., 1936)
  273. GENERAL GEORGE PATTON (George C. Scott) in PATTON (20th Century Fox, 1970) (# 29 HERO)
  274. THE PENGUIN (OSWALD COBBLEPOT) (Danny DeVito) in BATMAN RETURNS (Warner Bros., 1992)
  275. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Lon Chaney) in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Universal, 1925)
  276. VEDA PIERCE (Ann Blyth) in MILDRED PIERCE (Warner Bros., 1945)
  277. SNAKE PLISSKEN (Kurt Russell) in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (AVCO Embassy, 1981)
  278. MARY POPPINS (Julie Andrews) in MARY POPPINS (Disney, 1964)
  279. ANNIE PORTER & JACK TRAVEN (Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves) in SPEED (20th Century Fox, 1994)
  280. MR. POTTER (Lionel Barrymore) in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (RKO, 1946) (#6 VILLAIN)
  281. REVEREND HARRY POWELL (Robert Mitchum) in THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (United Artists, 1955) (#29 VILLAIN)
  282. TOM POWERS (James Cagney) in THE PUBLIC ENEMY (Warner Bros., 1931) (#42 VILLAIN)
  284. THE PREDATOR (Kevin Peter Hall) in PREDATOR (20th Century Fox, 1987)
  285. SISTER HELEN PREJEAN (Susan Sarandon) in DEAD MAN WALKING (Gramercy, 1995)
  286. HESTER PRYNNE (Lillian Gish) in THE SCARLET LETTER (MGM, 1926)
  287. BUFORD PUSSER (Joe Don Baker) in WALKING TALL (Cinerama Releasing Corporation, 1973)
  288. LT. COMMANDER PHILIP FRANCIS QUEEG (Humphrey Bogart) in THE CAINE MUTINY (Columbia, 1954)
  289. THE QUEEN (voice of Lucille LaVerne) in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (Disney, 1937) (#10 VILLAIN)
  290. CAPTAIN HANK QUINLAN (Orson Welles) in TOUCH OF EVIL (Universal, 1958)
  291. NURSE RATCHED (Louise Fletcher) in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (United Artists, 1975) (#5 VILLAIN)
  292. JOHN RAMBO (Sylvester Stallone) in FIRST BLOOD (Orion, 1982)
  293. RICO (ENRICO CAESAR BANDELLO) (Edward G. Robinson) in LITTLE CAESAR (MGM, 1930) (#38 VILLAIN)
  294. MARTIN RIGGS & ROGER MURTAUGH (Mel Gibson and Danny Glover) in LETHAL WEAPON (Warner Bros., 1987)
  295. RIN TIN TIN (Rin Tin Tin III) in THE RETURN OF RIN TIN TIN (Eagle-Lion, 1947)
  296. THE RINGO KID (John Wayne) in STAGECOACH (United Artists, 1939)
  297. ELLEN RIPLEY (Sigourney Weaver) in ALIENS (20th Century Fox, 1986) (#8 HERO)
  298. BRIGADIER GENERAL JACK D. RIPPER (Sterling Hayden) in DR. STRANGELOVE or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Columbia, 1964)
  299. ROBIN HOOD (Errol Flynn) in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (Warner Bros., 1938) (#18 HERO)
  300. ROBOT GUNSLINGER (Yul Brynner) in WESTWORLD (MGM, 1973)
  301. JOHNNY ROCCO (Edward G. Robinson) in KEY LARGO (Warner Bros., 1948)
  302. RUDY RUETTIGER (Sean Astin) in RUDY (TriStar, 1993)
  303. RUPERT OF HENTZAU (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) in THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (United Artists, 1937)
  304. JACK RYAN (Harrison Ford) in PATRIOT GAMES (Paramount, 1992)
  306. THE MARQUIS ST. EVREMONDE (Basil Rathbone) in A TALE OF TWO CITIES (MGM, 1935)
  307. ANTONIO SALIERI (F. Murray Abraham) in AMADEUS (Orion, 1984)
  308. LENNOX SANDERSON (Lowell Sherman) in WAY DOWN EAST (United Artists, 1920)
  309. BRIG. GENERAL FRANK SAVAGE (Gregory Peck) in TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1949)
  310. OSKAR SCHINDLER (Liam Neeson) in SCHINDLER'S LIST (Universal, 1993) (#13 HERO)
  311. REVEREND FRANK SCOTT (Gene Hackman) in THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (20th Century Fox, 1972)
  312. ALEXANDER SEBASTIAN (Claude Rains) in NOTORIOUS (RKO, 1946)
  313. SERGEANT J. J. SEFTON (William Holden) in STALAG 17 (Paramount, 1953)
  314. FRANK SERPICO (Al Pacino) in SERPICO (Paramount, 1973) (#40 HERO)
  315. JOHN SHAFT (Richard Roundtree) in SHAFT (MGM, 1971)
  316. SHANE (Alan Ladd) in SHANE (Paramount, 1953) (#16 HERO)
  317. THE SHARK in JAWS (Universal, 1975) (#18 VILLAIN)
    (Columbia, 1957)
  319. SHREK (voice of Mike Myers) in SHREK (DreamWorks, 2001)
  321. CARL SHOWALTER & GAEAR GRIMSRUD (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) in FARGO (Gramercy, 1996)
  322. BUGSY SIEGEL (Warren Beatty) in BUGSY (TriStar, 1991)
  323. KAREN SILKWOOD (Meryl Streep) in SILKWOOD (20th Century Fox, 1983) (#47 HERO)
  324. LONG JOHN SILVER (Robert Newton) in TREASURE ISLAND (Disney, 1950)
  325. SINBAD (Kerwin Mathews) in 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Columbia, 1958)
  326. LUKE SKYWALKER (Mark Hamill) in STAR WARS (20th Century Fox, 1977)
  327. EMMA SMALL (Mercedes McCambridge) in JOHNNY GUITAR (Republic, 1954)
  328. JEFFERSON SMITH (James Stewart) in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Columbia, 1939) (#11 HERO)
  330. RENO SMITH (Robert Ryan) in BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (MGM, 1955)
  331. HOMER SMITH (Sidney Poitier) in LILIES OF THE FIELD (United Artists, 1963)
  332. PERRY SMITH & DICK HICKOCK (Robert Blake and Scott Wilson) in IN COLD BLOOD (Columbia, 1967)
  333. SPARTACUS (Kirk Douglas) in SPARTACUS (Universal, 1960) (#22 HERO)
  334. AARON STAMPLER (Ed Norton) in PRIMAL FEAR (Paramount, 1996)
  335. WILLIE STARK (Broderick Crawford) in ALL THE KING'S MEN (Columbia, 1949)
  336. CLARICE STARLING (Jodie Foster) in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (Orion, 1991) (#6 HERO)
  337. TIM STRAWN (Lee Marvin) in CAT BALLOU (Columbia, 1965)
  338. WHIT STERLING (Kirk Douglas) in OUT OF THE PAST (RKO, 1947)
  339. SUZANNE STONE (Nicole Kidman) in TO DIE FOR (Columbia, 1995)
  340. DR. STRANGELOVE (Peter Sellers) in DR. STRANGELOVE or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Columbia, 1964)
  341. MAJOR HEINRICH STRASSER (Conrad Viedt) in CASABLANCA (Warner Bros., 1942)
  342. STROMBOLI (voice of Charles Judels) in PINOCCHIO (Disney, 1940)
  343. SGT. JOHN M. STRYKER (John Wayne) in SANDS OF IWO JIMA (Republic, 1949)
  344. ANNIE SULLIVAN (Anne Bancroft) in THE MIRACLE WORKER (United Artists, 1962)
  345. SUPERMAN (CLARK KENT) (Christopher Reeve) in SUPERMAN (Warner Bros., 1978) (#26 HERO)
  346. SVENGALI (John Barrymore) in SVENGALI (Warner Bros., 1931)
  347. GLORIA SWENSON (Gena Rowlands) in GLORIA (Columbia, 1980)
  348. DR. SZELL (Laurence Olivier) in MARATHON MAN (Paramount, 1976) (#34 VILLAIN)
  349. T-800 (The Terminator) (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in THE TERMINATOR (Orion, 1984)
  350. T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (Tri-Star, 1991) (#48 HERO)
  351. T-1000 (Robert Patrick) in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (Tri-Star, 1991) (#22 VILLAIN)
  352. TARZAN (Johnny Weissmuller) in TARZAN THE APE MAN (MGM, 1932) (#34 HERO)
  353. COLONEL GEORGE TAYLOR (Charlton Heston) in PLANET OF THE APES (20th Century Fox, 1968)
  354. TELLY (Leo Fitzpatrick) in KIDS (Excalibur, 1995)
  355. THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.) in THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (United Artists, 1924)
  356. THE THING (James Arness) in THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD) (RKO, 1951)
  357. CAPTAIN GEOFFREY THORPE (Errol Flynn) in THE SEA HAWK (Warner Bros., 1940)
  358. LARS THORWALD (Raymond Burr) in REAR WINDOW (Paramount, 1954)
  359. VIRGIL TIBBS (Sidney Poitier) in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (United Artists, 1967) (#19 HERO)
  360. JACK TORRANCE (Jack Nicholson) in THE SHINING (Warner Bros., 1980) (#25 VILLAIN)
  361. DICK TRACY (Warren Beatty) in DICK TRACY (Touchstone, 1990)
  362. CATHERINE TRAMELL (Sharon Stone) in BASIC INSTINCT (TriStar, 1992)
  363. THE TRAMP (Charlie Chaplin) in CITY LIGHTS (United Artists, 1931) (#38 HERO)
  364. LADY TREMAINE (STEPMOTHER) (voice of Eleanor Audley) in CINDERELLA (Disney, 1950)
  365. TRIP (Denzel Washington in GLORY (TriStar, 1989)
  366. TOMMY UDO (Richard Widmark) in KISS OF DEATH (20th Century-Fox, 1947)
  367. URSULA (voice of Pat Carroll) in THE LITTLE MERMAID (Disney, 1989)
  368. DARTH VADER (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (20th Century Fox, 1980) (#3 VILLAIN)
  369. THE VAMPIRE (Theda Bara) in A FOOL THERE WAS (Box Office Attractions, 1915)
  370. PHILO VANCE (William Powell) in THE CANARY MURDER CASE (Paramount, 1929)
  371. PHILLIP VANDAMM (James Mason) in NORTH BY NORTHWEST (MGM, 1959)
  372. VINCENT VEGA & JULES WINNFIELD (John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson) in PULP FICTION (Miramax, 1994)
  373. THE VIRGINIAN (Gary Cooper) in THE VIRGINIAN (Paramount, 1929)
  374. CHRISTINE HELM VOLE (Marlene Dietrich) in WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (United Artists, 1957)
  375. CLAUS VON BULOW (Jeremy Irons) in REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (Warner Bros., 1990)
  376. MARIA VON TRAPP (Julie Andrews) in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (20th Century Fox, 1965)
  377. JASON VOORHEES (Richard Brooker) in FRIDAY THE 13th: PART 3 (Paramount, 1982)
  378. JOSEY WALES (Clint Eastwood) in THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (Warner Bros., 1976)
  379. COALHOUSE WALKER, JR. (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.) in RAGTIME (Paramount, 1981)
  380. WILLIAM WALLACE (Mel Gibson) in BRAVEHEART (Paramount, 1995)
  381. NORMA RAE WEBSTER (Sally Field) in NORMA RAE (20th Century Fox, 1979) (#15 HERO)
  382. TONY WENDICE (Ray Milland) in DIAL M FOR MURDER (Warner Bros., 1954)
  383. OTTO WEST (Kevin Kline) in A FISH CALLED WANDA (MGM, 1988)
  384. JEFFREY WIGAND (Russell Crowe) in THE INSIDER (Touchstone, 1999)
  385. THE WILD BUNCH (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez, Ben Johnson, Bo Hopkins) in THE WILD BUNCH (Warner Bros., 1969)
  386. ANNIE WILKES (Kathy Bates) in MISERY (Columbia, 1990) (#17 VILLAIN)
  387. JOHN WILLOUGHBY (Gary Cooper) in MEET JOHN DOE (Warner Bros., 1941)
  388. JACK WILSON (Jack Palance) in SHANE (Paramount, 1953)
  389. THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST (Margaret Hamilton) in THE WIZARD OF OZ (MGM, 1939) (#4 VILLAIN)
  390. THE WOLF MAN (Larry Talbot) (Lon Chaney, Jr.) in THE WOLF MAN (Universal, 1941)
  391. THE WOMAN FROM THE CITY (Margaret Livingston) in SUNRISE (Fox Film Corp., 1927)
  392. BOB WOODWARD & CARL BERNSTEIN (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman) in ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (Warner Bros., 1976) (#27 HERO)
  393. WYATT ("CAPTAIN AMERICA") AND BILLY (Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) in EASY RIDER (Columbia, 1969)
  394. MALCOLM X (MALCOLM LITTLE) (Denzel Washington) in MALCOLM X (Warner Bros., 1992)
  395. CHUCK YEAGER (Sam Shepard) in THE RIGHT STUFF (Warner Bros., 1983)
  396. THE YELLOW MAN (Richard Barthelmess) in BROKEN BLOSSOMS (United Artists, 1919)
  397. ALVIN C. YORK (Gary Cooper) in SERGEANT YORK (Warner Bros., 1941) (#35 HERO)
  398. EMILE ZOLA (Paul Muni) in THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA (Warner Bros., 1937)
  399. ZOMBIES in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Continental, 1968)
  400. ZORRO (DON DIEGO DE VEGA) (Tyrone Power) in THE MARK OF ZORRO (20th Century Fox, 1940) (#45 HERO)

Facts About the 400 Nominees for Greatest Heroes and Villains:

  • The ballot featured 400 nominees -- alphabetical from Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey in Swimming with Sharks (1994)) to Zorro (Tyrone Power in The Mark of Zorro (1940)), with 398 others.

  • 19 of the nominated candidates were team entries --
  • Some of the candidates were nominated en masse --
    • the Three Musketeers in The Three Musketeers (1948)
    • the "Magnificent Seven" in The Magnificent Seven (1960)
    • the "Dirty Dozen" in The Dirty Dozen (1967)
    • the Zombies in Night of the Living Dead (1968) [in the film, the monstrous, reanimated 'flesh-eaters' were NEVER explicitly called 'zombies']
    • the "Wild Bunch" in The Wild Bunch (1969)

  • The most represented male actor on the ballot was John "Duke" Wayne with seven characters, including:
  • Harrison Ford, Gary Cooper and Henry Fonda each portrayed six different nominated characters.

  • Bette Davis was the most represented actress with four mentions:
  • Faye Dunaway and Sigourney Weaver both portrayed three different nominated characters. Other prominent women among the heroic nominees (who didn't place) included: Kay Miniver (#245) in Mrs. Miniver (1942), Foxy Brown (#39) in Foxy Brown (1974), Sarah Connor in The Terminator, and Scarlett O'Hara (#264) in Gone With the Wind (1939).

  • Alfred Hitchcock directed 11 films starring nominated characters, the most on the ballot. Directors John Ford and Steven Spielberg each directed 7 nominated characters.

  • John Huston penned the most screenplays featuring seven nominated characters:
  • Other screenwriters with multiple nominated characters included James Cameron (6), William Goldman (6), Oliver Stone (5), and David Webb Peoples (5).

  • Luke Skywalker from the Star Wars (1977) trilogy was joined on the ballot by four of his film comrades: Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi. No other film placed more characters on the nominee list. However, Luke Skywalker (and Princess Leia) did not place in the top 50 Heroes list - they were superceded by Han Solo (#14) and Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi (#37). Vader made the top 50 Villains list at #3.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was nominated twice in opposing roles as the android killer & protector robot: for the original The Terminator (1984), and again for Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He was honored for his villainous role (at # 22), but not for his heroic role.

  • Non-human characters were on the ballot, including:
  • There were two no-shows within the nominees: the Blair Witch in The Blair Witch Project (1999), and 'The Man' in Bambi (1942).

  • Comic book or animated characters included:
    • the Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    • Stromboli in Pinocchio (1940)
    • Lady Tremaine (Stepmother) in Cinderella (1950)
    • Peter Pan in Peter Pan (1953)
    • Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty (1959)
    • Cruella DeVil in One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
    • Lex Luthor and Superman (Clark Kent) in Superman (1978)
    • Batman and The Joker (Jack Nicholson) in Batman (1989)
    • Ursula in The Little Mermaid (1989)
    • Dick Tracy in Dick Tracy (1990)
    • Belle in Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    • Catwoman and the Penguin in Batman Returns (1992)
    • Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 2 (1999)
    • Shrek in Shrek (2001)

  • Real-life characters included the following, among others:
    • Louis Pasteur (Paul Muni) in The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
    • Emile Zola (Paul Muni) in The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
    • Geronimo (Chief Thundercloud) in Geronimo (1939)
    • Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda) in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
    • Thomas Alva Edison (Mickey Rooney) in Young Tom Edison (1940)
    • Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper) in The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
    • Marie Curie (Greer Garson) in Madame Curie (1943)
    • John Dillinger (Lawrence Tierney) in Dillinger (1945)
    • Lt. Colonel James H. Doolittle (Spencer Tracy) in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1945)
    • Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) in My Darling Clementine (1946)
    • Joan of Arc (Ingrid Bergman) in Joan of Arc (1948)
    • Annie Oakley (Betty Hutton) in Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
    • Calamity Jane (Doris Day) in Calamity Jane (1953)
    • Audie Murphy (Audie Murphy) in To Hell and Back (1955)
    • El Cid (Charlton Heston) in El Cid (1961)
    • T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    • Jack Jefferson (James Earl Jones) in The Great White Hope (1970)
    • Gen. George Patton (George C. Scott) in Patton (1970)
    • Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Gregory Peck) in MacArthur (1977)
    • Dr. Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck) in The Boys From Brazil (1978)
    • Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) in Gandhi (1982)
    • Chuck Yeager (Sam Shepard) in The Right Stuff (1983)
    • Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep) in Silkwood (1983)
    • Steve Biko (Denzel Washington) in Cry Freedom (1987)
    • Al Capone (Robert DeNiro) and Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) in The Untouchables (1987)
    • Dian Fossey (Sigourney Weaver) in Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988)
    • Malcolm X (Denzel Washington) in Malcolm X (1992)
    • Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) in Apollo 13 (1995)
    • William Wallace (Mel Gibson) in Braveheart (1995)
    • Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) in The Insider (1999)
    • Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) in Erin Brockovich (2000)

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