Best Movie Characters of the 21st Century

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The 21st century began on January 1, 2001 and will end on December 31, 2100.

The Top Ten

1 The Joker - The Dark Knight The Joker - The Dark Knight The Joker is a fictional super villain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, ...read more.

Heath Ledger's timeless performance added a chilling manic energy and horror to this character. The dialogue he delivered is also unforgettable and added a brilliant edge to the Joker's philosophy of chaos. "You wanna know how I got these scars? " - Y2K

Such an enigmatic, insane character. I love the twisted sense of humour he has. - kempokid

There is no one else, there is no substitute, there is no alternative. There is this legendary creation of film or nothing at all. - BIG260911

One of the greatest movie villains in history. - phillysports

2 Daniel Plainview - There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview - There Will Be Blood

Unlike the stunning energy of the Joker, Daniel Plainview is a much more subtle character, realized in possibly the greatest performance of all time. Daniel Day-Lewis expertly portrays the sociopathic tycoon who is also thoroughly human, and filled with both hatred towards Eli and love for H.W. - Y2K

3 Harry Potter - Harry Potter Series Harry Potter - Harry Potter Series 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.

In the Harry Potter series, Harry goes on many fantastical adventures, where he learns to be a classical brave hero. But at the same time, he goes through many simple humanizing moments, growing attached to his friends and role models, and dealing with the loss of his parents. Harry is not the flashiest character in the series, but he is the character that the audience can most sympathize with, and he perfectly represents the start of the 21st century. - Y2K

4 David - A.I. Artificial Intelligence David - A.I. Artificial Intelligence

David is a character that is at once robotic yet incredibly human. The best representation of this paradox is his unconditional love for Monica. At first accepting and hopeful, David grows increasingly cynical as the film goes on, until he learns how to deal with the love that is tearing him apart in the bittersweet ending. - Y2K

5 Nina Sayers - Black Swan Nina Sayers - Black Swan

Nina is such a great character because she combines an innocence and immaturity with much darker and more unstable forces - the perfect representation of the White Swan and the Black Swan. With a great performance from Natalie Portman, Nina's transformation into the vengeful, sexual, and self-hating Black Swan is thrilling. - Y2K

6 Lou Bloom - Nightcrawler Lou Bloom - Nightcrawler

Psychopaths are always fascinating, and maybe because of Jake Gyllenhaal's performance, Lou Bloom is one of the most fascinating. I was kept on the edge of my seat as Lou ruthlessly pursued his job with his cold, eerie smile. - Y2K

7 The Bride - Kill Bill The Bride - Kill Bill

Maybe the most badass character of the 21st century so far. Kill Bill Vol. 1 is a great revenge movie, in which Uma Thurman shows off her fighting skills. Kill Bill Vol. 2 also deals with revenge, but on top of that it also gives you more of the Bride's backstory, and explores her complicated relationship with Bill. - Y2K

8 Logan (Wolverine) - X-Men series Logan (Wolverine) - X-Men series

In the main X-Men series, we are introduced to Wolverine as a cage fighter who develops a close relationship with the X-Men. But in the movie Logan, we really get a look at the weary character who fights and kills because he has to in order to protect Laura and Charles Xavier. Ultimately, Logan is a tragic and epic protagonist. - Y2K

9 Lee Chandler - Manchester by the Sea Lee Chandler - Manchester by the Sea

In his portrayal of Lee Chandler, Casey Affleck offers a heartbreaking and subtle look at how people deal with loss. Lee seems like a jerk when we are first introduced to him, but as I learned more about him, I was blown away by the ways in which he tries and fails to get away from his past. As Lee says, "I can't beat it." - Y2K

10 Spider-Man - Spider-Man Trilogy Spider-Man - Spider-Man Trilogy 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.

The Contenders

11 Mason - Boyhood Mason - Boyhood
12 Legolas - The Lord of the Rings Legolas - The Lord of the Rings Legolas is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He is a Sindarin Elf of the Woodland Realm and one of nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. He has been portrayed by Orlando Bloom in the live action movies.
13 Gollum - The Lord of The Rings Gollum - The Lord of The Rings Gollum is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He was introduced in the 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, and became an important supporting character in its sequel, The Lord of the Rings.
14 Katniss Everdeen - Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen - Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen is a fictional character and the protagonist of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. She is portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film adaptation franchise.
15 Moonee - The Florida Project Moonee - The Florida Project
16 Caesar - Planet of the Apes Caesar - Planet of the Apes
17 Mark Zuckerberg - The Social Network Mark Zuckerberg - The Social Network
18 Thor - Thor Thor - Thor 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.
19 Aragorn - The Lord of the Rings Aragorn - The Lord of the Rings Aragorn II, the son of Arathorn II and Gilraen, is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium and is one of the main protagonists of The Lord of the Rings. He was a great ranger and warrior, and as Isildur's heir he bore the shards of Narsil, reforged and renamed Andúril, in the War ...read more.
20 Wonder Woman - DC Extended Universe Wonder Woman - DC Extended Universe Wonder Woman is a fictional superhero created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter, appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character is a founding member of the Justice League, a goddess, and Ambassador-at-Large of the Amazon people. In her homeland, the island nation ...read more.
21 James Bond - Casino Royale James Bond - Casino Royale Royal Navy Commander James Bond is a fictional character created by British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. He is the protagonist of the James Bond series of novels, films, comics and video games.
22 Charlie - The Perks of Being a Wallflower Charlie - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
23 Hans Landa - Inglourious Basterds Hans Landa - Inglourious Basterds Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor that has won 2 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.
24 Iron Man - Iron Man Iron Man - Iron Man Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as its associated media. The character was created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He made his first appearance ...read more.
25 Thanos - Avengers: Infinity War Thanos - Avengers: Infinity War Thanos is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Iron Man #55.
26 Captain America - Captain America: The Winter Soldier Captain America - Captain America: The Winter Soldier 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.
27 Bilbo Baggins - The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins - The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is the title character and protagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit, as well as a supporting character in The Lord of the Rings. He was the first Hobbit to become famous in the world at large, and was one of the few to visit the The Undying Lands across the ocean. In film, ...read more.
28 Frodo Baggins - The Lord of the Rings 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.
29 Samwise Gamgee - The Lord of The Rings Samwise Gamgee - 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.
30 Gandalf - The Lord of the Rings Gandalf - The Lord of the Rings Gandalf the Grey, later known as Gandalf the White, is a fictional character and one of the protagonists in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He was an Istar, sent by the West in the Third Age to combat the threat of Sauron, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring ...read more.
31 Doctor Strange - Doctor Strange Doctor Strange - Doctor Strange Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, best known under his alias Doctor Strange, is a fictional superhero created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Doctor Strange serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical ...read more.
32 Winter Soldier - Marvel Cinematic Universe Winter Soldier - Marvel Cinematic Universe Sergeant James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Jack Kirby, Ed Brubaker, Joe Simon and Steve Epting and has been portrayed by Sebastian Stan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ...read more.
33 Rey - Star Wars Rey - Star Wars Rey is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed by British actress Daisy Ridley. First appearing as the central character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey is a scavenger who was left behind on the planet Jakku when she was a child, and later becomes involved with the Resistance's ...read more.
34 Finn - Star Wars Finn - Star Wars
35 Poe Dameron - Star Wars Poe Dameron - Star Wars Poe Dameron is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. Introduced in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he is portrayed by Oscar Isaac.
36 Ron Weasley - Harry Potter Series Ron Weasley - Harry Potter Series Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. His first appearance was in the first book of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as the best friend of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.
37 Hermione Granger - Harry Potter Series Hermione Granger - Harry Potter Series
38 Rubeus Hagrid - Harry Potter Series Rubeus Hagrid - Harry Potter Series Rubeus Hagrid is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. Hagrid is introduced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as a half-giant and half-human who is the gamekeeper and Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts, the primary setting for the first six novels. ...read more.
39 Dylan Rhodes - Now You See Me
40 Chirrut Îmwe - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
41 Jyn Erso - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Jyn Erso - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Jyn Erso is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed by English actress Felicity Jones in the 2016 film Rogue One.
42 Larry Daley - Night at the Museum Series
43 Theodore Roosevelt - Night at the Museum Series
44 Hawkeye - Marvel Cinematic Universe Hawkeye - Marvel Cinematic Universe Clinton Francis "Clint" Barton, better known as Hawkeye, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a former special agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., where he worked under the supervision of Phil Coulson. Known for his use of the bow and arrow as his primary weapon, ...read more.
45 Black Widow - Marvel Cinematic Universe Black Widow - Marvel Cinematic Universe Natalia Alianovna Romanoff, most known as Natasha Romanoff or the Black Widow, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is one of the most talented spies and assassins in the entire world and is a founding member of the Avengers. The character was created ...read more.
46 Peregrin Took - The Lord of the Rings
47 Baby - Baby Driver Baby - Baby Driver
48 Kevin Wendell Crumb - Split
49 Casey Cooke - Split
50 Wall-E - Wall-E Wall-E - Wall-E
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