Top Ten Bravest Characters in Movies and TV Series

Brave characters can carry a film to greatness, and inspire us. Here are some of my favorites. Please add any you feel merit inclusion.
The Top Ten
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars) Obi-Wan Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, played by Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor.

Kill an unbeatable foe who has just killed your master? Check... Take on Grievious and his minions singlehandedly? Childsplay... Cripple and seemingly destroy his beloved apprentice? Heartbreaking, but done... Later, die at the hands of Darth Vader so that others might escape? Easy peasy... Bravery was never an issue with ole' Ben.

He is the master of the high ground

It’s over Anakin. I have the high ground

Exactly. One of the most pivotal moments in the entire franchise. For my taste anyway

Captain Nathan Algren (The Last Samurai)

A beautiful film. A highly courageous character that 1st must defeat some personal demons, only to find the truly courageous and honorable are his adversaries/captors.

The best out of all. Hands down.

Mulan (Mulan) Fa Mulan, a character inspired by an actual historic figure is a character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 36th animated feature film Mulan, as well as its sequel Mulan II.

She fought against huge odds for the honor of her family.

William Wallace (Braveheart)

Although this film has quite a few historical inaccuracies, there can be no doubt that the real William Wallace and the character in this film were both exceedingly brave.

Shouldn't be here at all. It's not like he's actually BRAVE, or, or has a HEART or anything. Come on people, get real!

Kinda why the movie is called Braveheart.

He is a murder

John McClane (Die Hard) John McClane is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Die Hard film series. He is portrayed by Bruce Willis.

Highly skilled, well armed international thieves are nothing for McClane, just give him the right size shoes and a machine gun. Ho ho ho.

Same basic story as John Rambo, John Mclane saved everybody's butt in several movies

Ofelia (Pan's Labyrinth)

This character lived through an unspeakably violent and inhumane time, and that is focused on in great detail in the film. A child's incredible brave journey, although the film is certainly not for younger children.

Luke Skywalker (Star Wars) Luke Skywalker is a fictional character appearing as the central protagonist of the original film trilogy, and as a supporting character in the sequel trilogy of the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas.
Dutch (Predator)

Basically Schwarzenegger's equivalent to John Rambo, Dutch defeated an alien that killed a bunch of his friends.

Sam (The Lord of the Rings) Samwise Gamgee, known as Sam, was a Hobbit of the Shire. He was Frodo Baggins' gardener and best friend. Sam proved himself to be Frodo's closest and most dependable companion, the most loyal of the Fellowship of the Ring, and also played a necessary role in protecting Frodo and destroying the One Ring. ...read more.

In my opinion Sam is braver than Frodo. Sam was by Frodo's side the whole way even when Frodo wasn't by his.

Simply ridiculously brave. He continued to follow Frodo even though he had the choice not to.

And saved Frodo's life, on more than one occasion. Sam and Frodo were quite the team. Great and brave characters in a brilliant story with no shortage of heroic protagonists. Just as Aragorn says to the Hobbits at the end "My friends, you bow to no one"...

Sam vs. Shelob. That took some intestinal fortitude, Samwise Gamgee

John Rambo (First Blood) John James Rambo is a fictional character in the Rambo saga. He first appeared in the 1972 novel First Blood by David Morrell, but later became more famous as the protagonist of the film series, in which he was played by Sylvester Stallone.

Tearing apart a town's police force is more than insanely unrealistic; you have to be very gutsy to do that. And much later, he almost saves his niece from being forced into prostituition, and gives the same "all Hell is breaking loose" feel from First Blood

The Contenders
Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings) Frodo Baggins is a fictional character and is the main protagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. He was a Hobbit of the Shire during the Third Age. He was also a Ring-bearer, a best friend to Samwise Gamgee, and one of the three Hobbits who sailed from Middle-earth to the Uttermost ...read more.

Nearly every scene in the film including Frodo is a test of his bravery and resolve.

Lucas McCain (The Rifleman)

Most of these guys, from what I can tell are fairly recent, but Lucas McCain puts Clint Eastwood to shame (almost)

Captain America (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Captain Steven Grant Rogers, most known as Steve Rogers or Captain America, is a fictional superhero appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was a World War II veteran and is known as the world's first superhero. The character was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon and ...read more.
Harry Potter (Harry Potter) Harry James Potter is the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard.

I wondered if I should add him, seeing I'm far from an expert on the franchise, but come on, even I know this cat faced an incredible amount of pure evil.

Ellen Ripley (Alien Series) Ellen Louise Ripley is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Alien film series played by American actress Sigourney Weaver.
Rocky Balboa (Rocky) Robert "Rocky" Balboa is the title character of the Rocky film series. The character was created by Sylvester Stallone, who also portrayed him in all six Rocky films and two Creed movies.

Especially in Rocky IV, since he faced almost certain death. He also has pearls of wisdom.

Leonidas (300)

I mean do I have to explain. Marched into a unwinnable battle just to show Greece that a God King could bleed. Obviously that's not historically accurate, but that's beside the point.

Raylan Givens (Justified)

Raylan plays dirty, no doubt, but his conviction to clean up his home county from its deep rooted domestic and foreign criminal element is nothing short of heroic.

Batman (The Dark Knight) Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael ...read more.
Barney Fife (The Andy Griffith Show)

Sure, he's kind of goofy, to put it mildly, but in a few episodes, he shows his all-seriousness/braveness.

Han Solo (Star Wars) Han Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed in films by Harrison Ford. In the original film trilogy, Han and his co-pilot, Chewbacca, become involved in the Rebel Alliance which opposes the Galactic Empire.
Katsumoto (The Last Samurai)
Barney Ross (The Expendables)

Barney Ross is a bit more of a generic hero than Rambo or Rocky, but brave nontheless

Thor (The Avengers) Thor Odinson is a fictional superhero appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of thunder and possesses the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, which grants him the ability of flight and weather ...read more.

Um... In Ragnorok and all the Avengers movies, he was brave, but in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, not so much. He wasn't a pushover or in any way unbrave, don't get me wrong, but for most of those movies, the biggest threat to him is humans for a long time. "Oh no! HUMANS!" But he gets his redemption in Ragnorok and the Avengers movies, Infinity War in particular.

The sounding like Shakespeare is mainly the director's fault, but I agree.

Spider-Man (The Avengers) Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics existing in its shared universe. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the ...read more.
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