Top Ten Best Characters from Westerns

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The Top Ten

1 The Man with No Name - The Dollars Trilogy

Every guy wants to be Blondie, don't they?

2 Rooster Cogburn - True Grit
3 Tuco Ramírez - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

How to describe dear Tuco? Feisty, scruffy, mercurial, temperamental, entertainingly psychotic, lovably goofy, and the one you end up caring about the most. Utterly hilarious, and his dysfunctional bromance with Blondie is timeless. And he has that adorable little run.
Possibly the greatest movie character ever.

4 Frank - Once Upon a Time in the West
5 Doc Holiday - Tombstone
6 The Sundance Kid - Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
7 Chuncho Muñoz - A Bullet for the General

Scrappy and sensitive, Chuncho would shoot his own friends if he feels they have betrayed him, yet deeply cares about his brother.

8 Ethan Edwards - The Searchers
9 Helen Ramirez - High Noon

Shrewd and dignified, she remains a great businesswoman even as she faces prejudice in her town for being Mexican and female. - SourNote2014

10 Juan Martinez - The Ox-Bow Incident

The Contenders

11 Harmonica - Once Upon a Time in the West

Definition of bad-ass. One of the reasons I started play harmonica

12 Calvera - The Magnificent Seven

Is there more depth to him than he lets on? Who knows?

In any case, he's a fun villain who kept us wanting more of him in every scene he stole.

13 Mary O'Donnell - Don't Turn the Other Cheek

A bespectacled Irish action girl virgin Catholic revolutionary reporter who comes to Dmitri and Max's rescue many times. Shame she never got the thanks she deserved.

14 Pablo Ramirez - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
15 Vin - The Magnificent Seven

Or Shichiroji's, for that matter (Sorry, I confused him with Chris).

To be honest, he lacks Kambei Shimada's warmth and presence. But he's pretty cool, I guess.

16 Adelita - A Bullet for the General

A crafty, fierce bandita with issues. Pretty much saves Martine Bestwick and her dodgy accent.

17 Rattlesnake Jake - Rango

Yeah, he's animated. But come on. A black hat rattlesnake outlaw who looks like Angel Eyes and has a gatling gun grafted onto his TAIL? You don't get cooler than that.

18 Colonel Mortimer - For a Few Dollars More

Despite him looking EXACTLY like Angel Eyes, which must have unnerved Blondie, he's quite a good man.

19 Chico - The Magnificent Seven

Blending together Katsushiro and Kikuchiyo was no easy feat, but this movie just about manages.

A beautiful blend of Kikuchiyo and Katsushiro.

An expert blend of Katsushiro's eager naivite and Kikuchiyo's boisterous, unrelenting emotion.

20 Ben Cartwright - Bonanza
21 Matt Dillon - Gunsmoke Matt Dillon - Gunsmoke
22 Rowdy Yates - Rawhide

Played by a very young Clint Eastwood.

23 Sheriff Edward "Black Jack" Gideon - The White, The Red, The Black

I got the title wrong-- it was "The White, the YELLOW, the Black"

A grouchy, serious, straight-laced sheriff henpecked by his wife and married to his job, poor Edward doesn't catch a break in this movie, being robbed, sent falling through a bridge and, like all of Eli Wallach's other Spaghetti Western characters, nearly hanged.
Wallach's keen turn as the sheriff is a welcome break from typecasting as the lovable outlaw type and shows his versatility as an actor.

24 Blanc le Blanc, AKA "Swiss" - The White, The Yellow, The Black

A cunning and crafty outlaw of Swiss-Italian descent.

25 Cacopoulos - Ace High

He's an underrated fellow, probably because he's just a retread of another character, Tuco Ramirez. To an extent, that's true. But Caco is slightly smarter, has a craftier look in his eye, and is kinder, gentler and quirkier than his counterpart. He has more weight and sadness in his eyes, but still a lot of charm.

26 Jubei Kuroda - Red Sun

A really cool character we honestly could have gotten to know more about.

27 Franco Nero - Django

Sorry, Dollars Trilogy fans... I kinda like him better than Blondie. His story is the same a s Blondie's. He comes into a town and gets rid of the corruption by pitting the two gangs against each other. He's much more interesting in that he's more or less friends with one of the gangs, and that he actually gets something close to a love interest. Blondie/Joe expressed some attraction towards Marisol, but when he found she was married with a child, he viewed her a bit more platonically. We haven't seen him with any romantic interest in women.
It's implied with Django that he had someone, but he'd "lost her forever", and is about to do so with the woman in this film. So his situation affects him much more personally.
Also, he's a former Union soldier. You don't get cooler than that.

28 Dr. King Schultz - Django Unchained

Friendly, sharp and charismatic. A rare heroic role from Christoph Waltz.

29 The Union Captain - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

OK, less than FIVE minutes.

While Tuco had as much screentime as he pleased to develop into a fully-rounded, compelling, interesting character, the Union Captain, played by Aldo Giuffre only needed one scene. He went from comic drunk to tragic and desperate figure in less than twenty minutes.

30 Daisy Domergue - The Hateful Eight

Just as bad morally as the other characters in the film, yet somehow she's so much more likable. Maybe because she's constantly beaten up by the other characters so it's hard not to feel sorry for her.

31 Rosario - A Bullet for the General
32 The Stranger - A Stranger In Town
33 Bernardo O'Reilly - The Magnificent Seven
34 Shane - Shane
35 Amos Agry - Buchanan Rides Alone

He seems innocent but he's just as treacherous as the rest of the Agry family, and a ton of fun to watch. - SourNote2014

36 Rose Daggit - Gunsmoke

This character pleasantly surprised me. She was patient, but tenacious. - SourNote2014

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1. Tuco Ramírez - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
2. Chuncho Muñoz - A Bullet for the General
3. Helen Ramirez - High Noon
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1. The Man with No Name - The Dollars Trilogy
2. Rooster Cogburn - True Grit
3. Frank - Once Upon a Time in the West
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