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Added by Ricky49er on 21 Aug 2013 03:30
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Best Movie Characters With The Least Screentime

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People who added this item 5189 Average listal rating (3569 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Batman (1989)
"Bob, remember, you are my number one guy."

Tim Burton's Batman is a film that is filled with great characters. The most memorable character in the film isn't Batman or the Joker... that honor goes to Bob, the Joker's #1 guy. Before I watched Batman, I never got what the fuss about Bob was about. However, after watching Batman, I began to witness the awesomeness that is Bob. Bob is the essential villain henchman. He's reliable, dependable, so focused on his duty, and yet filled with enjoyment for what he does. He's like the perfect henchman: he does whatever you tell him to without complaining and perfectly loving to do it. It only makes the moment where the Joker just randomly kills Bob with a shotgun seem like the ultimate bastard moment for the Clown Prince of Crime. What more needs to be said Bob is just f**king awesome!
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"I see why they call you the best bounty hunter in the galaxy."

You'd think that for such a popular Star Wars that Boba Fett would have more screentime and more of an impact than just to guy who captures Han Solo and then just anti-climatically fall into the Sarlacc Pitt. Really he didn't do anything that significant and had an awful Australian accent to boot... yet the character is remembered as one of the most badass Star Wars characters. That is saying a lot considering this is the series that features awesome characters like Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Yoda. This bounty character has managed to leave a big impact on people. So much so that he displays true feats of awesomeness in the Expanded Universe including SURVIVING the Sarlacc Pit. He even managed to get an origin story in the prequels (for better or for worse). Boba Fett showcases how you can be a beloved badass without the large screentime.
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People who added this item 3369 Average listal rating (2322 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Thor (2011)
"Be warned, I shall uphold my sacred oath to protect this realm as its gatekeeper. If your return threatens the safety of Asgard, my gate will remain shut and you will be left to perish on the cold waste of Jotunheim."

He is the gatekeeper for a race full of badass warriors and yet he still manages to stand out as awesome character. Heimdall's eyes allow him to see everything that takes place in the Nine Realms and his omniscience is thought to be even greater than Odin's. He has the strongest loyalty to Asgard and will allows follow their rules, even when he doesn't like them. The only way he'll turn against the Asgard rule is through clever loopholes and that's where he gets dangerous. When they cast Idris Elba as Heimdall, many people were complaining that they cast a bad guy for a white character (and all that other racist BS). However, when the movie was released, it was clear that Idris Elba's performance just emphasized how awesome the character was. Apparently, in the Thor sequel, they plan to feature more Heimdall which makes me looking forward to "The Dark World" even more.
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People who added this item 3500 Average listal rating (2428 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Kick-Ass (2010)

Who did you think was the most awesome character in "Kick-Ass"? Big Daddy! Hit Girl! Kick-Ass! WRONG!!! It was Mr. Bitey! The lost cat who climbed on top of a billboard. Kick-Ass had never faced more danger and peril than when it came to trying to "rescue" Mr. Bitey. Mr. Bitey is the one true source of all evil in the world. Any foe who believes he can face Mr. Bitey will only leave in failure while uttering the words, "F**K YOU, MR. BITEY!!!" However, they do nothing as Mr. Bitey just stares and purrs because Mr. Bitey doesn't ever get lost. He just never wants to be found and you better respect that. Otherwise, you'll be getting your ass-kicked by street thugs just like the poor soul in a green scuba suit who tried messing with him.
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People who added this item 3134 Average listal rating (2165 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
"Thank you, no. I'm straight."
"I meant, are you in here for drugs?"
"Why are you here?"

Garth Volbeck is the nameless drug junkie or dealer who is appeared in the 80s classic, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", played appropriately enough by Charlie Sheen. He is the bad boy character that meets Jeanie in the police department. They both start chatting and he eventually convinces Jeanie to stop worrying about Ferris using very few words. In only a few short moments, he manages to nail Jeanie's problems and is halfway towards nailing Jeanie when her mother shows up. However, his importance doesn't come from his screentime in the movie. This character actually has a whole background (and a name) that was incredibly important and essential to the film. For you see, Ferris and Garth were friends in the eighth grade. Garth's family's were pretty messed up, and Ferris tried to help him and be his friend. However, Garth eventually dropped out of high school and wound up in the police station next to Jeannie. That's why Ferris is so intent on giving Cameron a good time as he blames himself for not helping Garth enough when he could. Thus, this character has a lot more importance than his lack of screen-time would imply.
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People who added this item 4017 Average listal rating (2741 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.2
Toy Story 3 (2010)
"You can unlock doors, sneak past guards, climb the wall, but if you don't take out that monkey, you ain't going nowhere. You want to get out of here, get rid of that monkey!"

I'd never thought a clapping monkey toy could leave such a presence, especially a very threatening one. Toy Story 3 takes this cheerful franchise through some dark turns by turning it into an intense prison escape film for a large portion of the movie. As with every prison, there needs be strong surveillance: a noticeable and determined person who sees is capable of see escaping prisoners and be able to prevent their success in that endeavor. This is where the Monkey comes in. With barely that much screen-time, Monkey is established a resistant watcher whose gaze will instantly screw any attempt you have of escaping the Daycare Center. Thus, making him a huge obstacle in the toy's plan of escape. Luckily, Woody and the gang are capable of apprehending the chimp without alarming the Warden. Still for a bit character in a film series with a lot of characters, Monkey manages to make a memorable impression.
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People who added this item 793 Average listal rating (468 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
"Alone you created a man. Now, together we will create his mate."
"You mean..."
"Yes. A woman. That should be really interesting."

It is really surprising how very little time the Bride of Frankenstein actually has in The Bride of Frankenstein. Seriously, her name is in the title yet appears at the very, very, very end of the film (like the very last few minutes of the freaking film). Despite her very limited running time, she managed to become just as much of a horror staple as the Wolf Man, Dracula, and of course Frankenstein's Monster himself. She's really interesting in that from appearances alone, she looks pretty beautiful in comparison to the Monster she was being made for. However, Elsa Lanchester's performance really emphasizes the creepy factor of her character. Besides the classic lightning bolt hairdo and the usual dead-body scars, the Bride moves and acts very strangely. She is always the sharply jerking her head as if trying to adjust to moving her head. Also, her stiff arms and wide-eyed but expressionless face, it really appears like she just came back from the dead in a wrong way and is just trying to adjust to her strange and uncomfortable new body. This is also emphasized with the fact that when she first meets the Monster, she immediately tries to scream but nothing comes out probably due to trying to adjust to her new weird vocal cords. Of course, not even the Bride of Frankenstein wants his company and all of her dialogue consists of screams of hear and that unnerving hiss at the end. Despite being a last minute addition to this well-made horror classic, the Bride has managed to make a large impact in pop culture that seems as big as the monster she was made for.
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People who added this item 2742 Average listal rating (1582 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Ed Wood (1994)
"Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else's dreams?"

One of the greatest cameos happened in the beloved Tim Burton film, Ed Wood, where the down-on-his-luck director gets the chance to meet his idol whom gives him some impassioned advice to fight for his own flawed vision. Many simply see this very moment as just a simple "Meet Your Idol" moment considering how much Edward mentions how he's inspired by Orson Welles and his first-time effort, Citizen Kane. However, they seems to be more layers to this very scene. Many people consider Ed Wood to be "one of the worst directors of all time" and Orson Welles to be "one of the best". So, these two figures meeting up to chat showcases how very similar their ideals are despite working on two completely different spectrum of quality. To create the powerful effect of recreating a cinematic master, they had Vincent D'Onofrio play Welles's physical part and have Maurice LaMarche provide Orson's signature voice. Maurice LaMarche has been done to parody Orson Welles's speech for characters like The Brain in Pinky And The Brain. However, it is interesting that this is the only time he's done a serious impression of the man. The combination of these two talents work well to create one unforgettable scene. Of course, this encounter obviously never happened in real life and is one of probably many scenes that were made up for the movie. While these scenes are definitely inaccurate to Ed Wood's real-life, they do a wonderful job of portraying the kind of man Ed Wood was: passionate, determined, and willing to do anything to see his vision made... even if it isn't the greatest of visions.
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People who added this item 2098 Average listal rating (1530 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
(Exaggerated hand gesture) "Beautiful... Beyond compare"
(Mockingly imitates hand gesture) "Blah, blah, blah. We're all very fascinated, whitey. But we'd like to get paid."

While his appearance in Thor: The Dark World was more polarizing than positive, Guardians of the Galaxy shows the unbelievably enjoyable performance that is Benicio Del Toro's The Collector. Despite getting less screen-time than anticipated from his appearance in the stinger, he did prove significant to the Guardians and the film (certainly more than Thanos). Providing important explanation of the Infinity Gems to both the Guardians and the audience unfamiliar with them. Despite his role as Mr. Exposition, Del Toro puts his all into this performance providing the Collector with enough presence and hamminess to make memorable in a film full of equally memorable and ridiculous elements that work perfectly. Despite the loss of his collection, I hope to see more of the Collector in future Marvel movies.
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People who added this item 1668 Average listal rating (1210 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
"Leading us into battle was Coma The Doof Warrior. Blind since birth. Coma wore a mask made from the dried skin of his murdered mother's screaming face. His fire breathing weapon played the music of mayhem. It whipped us into a bloody battle rage."

Otherwise known as the badass guitar guy standing atop a truck during the epic car chases, the Coma-Doof Warrior is definitely a memorable standout in this action-pacted blockbuster masterpiece. In a film full of memorable characters and lines, this character manages to make a lasting impression without any development or even dialogue. He is just pure audaciously and awesome in his impracticality. There really is not much practical use for strapping some blind dude onto a big rig just to play some rocking music WITH A FLAME-THROWING GUITAR. But screw it, it's the Mad Max apocalypse and we can do whatever awesome shit we want. While Immortan Joe was definitely a bad dude, he at least had an awesome taste in music as showed by the awesome riffs conducted by his own Coma-Doof Warrior. It almost brings a tear to my ear to see this warrior for awesome pass on. But at least, he died in a bitchin' explosion.
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People who added this item 4892 Average listal rating (3211 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Taxi Driver (1976)
"Have you ever seen what a .44 Magnum will do to a woman's pussy? Now that you should see. What a .44 Magnum will do to a woman's pussy that you should see?"

Otherwise known as Martin Scorsese's directorial cameo, Passenger not only is memorable because it's a rare Scorsese cameo where he appears in a full scene. Unlike Hitchcock, Scorsese doesn't put a cameo in all of his films. And unlike Tarantino, he doesn't always cameo as prominent characters. So to see a whole scene dedicated to the director acting along with his muse, Robert DeNiro, is sure to make for a memorable scene. Not only is this is a depraved scene where a sociopath goes into extreme detail on how he plans on killing his cheating wife. There is also a meta element to this scene. Scorsese's character is literally directing DeNiro's character by asking him to look over at a window. Notably, this character even seems to disturb the twisted Travis Bickle. But it does lead Bickle to check out purchasing a gun and we all know how well that goes for him.
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They are so many great characters that are the protagonists, antagonists, and supporting characters of films, television, comics, etc. Then, they are so other characters... the characters that don't have nearly that much screentime but leave such an impact of awesomeness that you enjoy them more than some of the more important characters. This is a tribute to those characters (the ensemble darkhorses, the unlikely favorites, the greatest characters with the least screentime) and if you would like to include other characters, comment below on what other awesome characters with few screentime from TV, Film, and Comics deserve to be on the list.

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