Tying Up Loose Ends: Complete Listings of My 100 Memorable Film Characters & 100 Memorable TV Characters

I was doing some editing & routine maintenance here on the site and something occurred to me. Back when I finished the 100 Favorite Movies series I posted a follow-up with a complete list of the films. I decided that I needed to do the same for the recently concluded 100 Memorable Movie Characters, then realized that I hadn’t done it for the 100 Memorable Television Characters project that I finished a few years back (I also needed to make some necessary edits to that series). I have cleaned up those oversights here. If you want to read my thoughts on any particular character please use the handy dandy search feature and that particular entry should be easy enough to find. Enjoy. 

100 Memorable Television Characters

1 Deputy Barney Fife (The Andy Griffith Show)

2 Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld)

3 JR Ewing (Dallas)

4 Captain Kirk & Mister Spock (Star Trek)

5 Arthur Fonzarelli (Happy Days)

6 Archie & Edith Bunker (All in the Family)

7 The Dynamic Duo (Batman)

8 Dr. Frasier Crane (Cheers & Frasier)

9 George Costanza (Seinfeld)

Michael Scott (The Office)

10 Rev. Jim Ignatowski (Taxi)

11 Gomer Pyle (The Andy Griffith Show & Gomer Pyle, USMC)

12 Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (The Dukes of Hazzard)

13 Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)

14 Ari Gold (Entourage)

15 Louie DePalma (Taxi)

16 Fred Sanford (Sanford & Son)

17 Chandler, Monica, Ross, Rachel, Joey, & Phoebe (Friends)

18 Cliff Clavin (Cheers)

19 Les Nessman (WKRP in Cincinnati)

20 Mork from Ork (Mork & Mindy)

21 Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)

22 Shaggy Rogers (Scooby Doo)

23 Luke Spencer (General Hospital)

24 Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Star Trek)

25 Alex P. Keaton (Family Ties)

26 Charlie Brown (Peanuts)

27 Stefano DiMera (Days of Our Lives)

28 Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

29 Kermit the Frog (The Muppet Show)

30 Sheriff Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show)

31 Dr. Niles Crane (Frasier)

32 Fred Flintstone (The Flintstones)

33 Dr. Heathcliff & Claire Huxtable (The Cosby Show)

34 Bo & Luke Duke (The Dukes of Hazzard)

35 Capt. Hawkeye Pierce (MASH)

Dwight Schrute (The Office)

36 Linus Van Pelt (Peanuts)

37 Wayne Campbell & Garth Algar (Saturday Night Live)

38 Norm Peterson (Cheers)

39 Dr. Johnny Fever & Venus Flytrap (WKRP in Cincinnati)

40 President Jed Bartlet (The West Wing)

41 Otis Campbell (The Andy Griffith Show)

42 Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, & Sophia (The Golden Girls)

43 Daisy Duke (The Dukes of Hazzard)

44 Frank Costanza (Seinfeld)

45 Balki Bartokomous (Perfect Strangers)

46 The Riddler (Batman)

47 Opie Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show)

48 Matt Foley (Saturday Night Live)

49 Lenny & Squiggy (Laverne & Shirley)

50 Beavis & Butt-Head (Beavis & Butt-Head)

51 Jack Tripper (Three’s Company)

52 Dawson Leery & Joey Potter (Dawson’s Creek)

53 Latka Gravas (Taxi)

54 Dick Loudon (Newhart) & Dr. Bob Hartley (The Bob Newhart Show)

55 Johnny Drama (Entourage)

56 Gordon Shumway (ALF)

57 George & Weezie Jefferson (The Jeffersons)

58 Vinnie Barbarino (Welcome Back Kotter)

59 Major Frank Burns (MASH)

60 Larry, Darryl, & Darryl (Newhart)

61 Sam Malone (Cheers)

62 Felix Unger & Oscar Madison (The Odd Couple)

63 Dwayne Schneider (One Day at a Time)

64 The General Lee (The Dukes of Hazzard)

65 Howard Wolowitz (The Big Bang Theory)

66 Arnold Horshack (Welcome Back Kotter)

67 John Walton Jr. (The Waltons)

68 Toby Ziegler (The West Wing)

69 The Church Lady (Saturday Night Live)

70 Dan Fielding (Night Court)

71 Coach Ernie Pantuso & Woody Boyd (Cheers)

72 Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)

73 Jack & Rebecca Pearson (This Is Us)

74 Denny Crane & Alan Shore (Boston Legal)

75 The Castaways (Gilligan’s Island)

76 Luther Van Dam (Coach)

77 The Clampetts (The Beverly Hillbillies)

78 Isaac, Doc, & Gopher (The Love Boat)

79 Herman Munster (The Munsters)

80 Aunt Esther (Sanford & Son)

81 Jefferson Davis “Boss” Hogg (The Dukes of Hazzard)

82 Carlton Banks (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

83 Gomez Addams (The Addams Family)

84 Elaine Benes (Seinfeld) 

85 Charles Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie)

86 Mr. McMahon (WWE)

87 Endora (Bewitched)

88 Dr. John Becker (Becker)

89 Eric Matthews (Boy Meets World)

90 Al Bundy (Married with Children)

91 Mary Katherine Gallagher (Saturday Night Live)

92 Flo Castleberry (Alice)

93 Bill McNeal (NewsRadio)

94 Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, & Miranda (Sex & the City)

95 Steve Urkel (Family Matters)

96 Topanga Lawrence (Boy Meets World)

97 Lowell Mather (Wings)

98 Hank Hill (King of the Hill)

99 Cody Lambert (Step by Step)

100 Sheriff Jack Carter (Eureka)

100 Memorable Movie Characters


1 Michael Corleone (The Godfather Trilogy)
2 Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
3 Rick Blaine (Casablanca)
4 Darth Vader (The Star Wars Series)
5 Rocky Balboa (The Rocky Series)
6 Marty McFly & Doc Brown (The Back to the Future Trilogy)
7 Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)
8 Batman, Superman, & Spider-Man (various films)
9 Dorothy Gale (The Wizard of Oz)
10 Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)
11 Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory)
12 Han Solo, Princess Leia, & Luke Skywalker (The Star Wars Series)
13 Dracula & Frankenstein (various films)
14 Don Vito Corleone (The Godfather & The Godfather Part II)
15 Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
16 Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
17 Harry Potter (The Harry Potter Series)
18 Inspector Jacques Clouseau (The Pink Panther Series)
19 Lt. Col. Frank Slade (Scent of a Woman)
20 Captain Quint (Jaws)
21 The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz)
22 Sherlock Holmes (various films)
23 Kirk, Spock, & Bones (The Star Trek Series)
24 Lt. John McClane (The Die Hard Series)
25 Mickey Mouse (various films)
26 Obi-Wan Kenobi & Master Yoda (The Star Wars Series)
27 Jason, Michael, & Freddy (slasher flicks)
28 ET (ET: The Extra-Terrestrial)
29 The Cowardly Lion, The Tin Man, & The Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz)
30 Professor Severus Snape (The Harry Potter Series)
31 Jake & Elwood Blues (The Blues Brothers)
32 Hannibal Lechter (Silence of the Lambs)
33 The Shark (Jaws)
34 Bluto Blutarsky (Animal House)
35 The Dude (The Big Lebowski)
36 The Joker (various films)
37 Elwood P. Dowd (Harvey)
38 Biff Tannen (The Back to the Future Trilogy)
39 Ron Burgundy (Anchorman)
40 Abbott & Costello, The Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy, and The Marx Brothers (various films)
41 Jeff Spicoli (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
42 Riggs & Murtaugh (The Lethal Weapon Series)
43 Fredo Corleone (The Godfather Trilogy)
44 Jack Torrance (The Shining)
45 Vincent Gambino & Mona Lisa Vito (My Cousin Vinny)
46 Mr. Miyagi (The Karate Kid)
47 Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)
48 Jefferson Smith (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)
49 Lord Voldemort (The Harry Potter Series)
50 Scout Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
51 Laurie Strode (Halloween)
52 Ellis “Red” Redding (The Shawshank Redemption)
53 Billy Madison & Happy Gilmore (eponymous films)
54 R2D2 & C3PO (The Star Wars Series)
55 Buck Russell (Uncle Buck
56 Moses (The Ten Commandments)
57 Bo “Bandit” Darville (Smokey & The Bandit)
58 Godzilla (various films)
59 Sonny Corleone (The Godfather Trilogy)
60 Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice)
61 John Bender (The Breakfast Club)
62 Austin Powers & Dr. Evil (The Austin Powers Series)
63 Hermione Granger (The Harry Potter Series)
64 Carl Spackler (Caddyshack)
65 Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein)
66 John Doe (Se7en) & Keyser Soze (The Usual Suspects)
67 Clark Griswold (The Vacation Series)
68 Robin Hood (various films)
69 Rhett Butler & Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind)
70 Ace Ventura (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective)
71 Mickey Goldmill (The Rocky Series)
72 Edward Scissorhands (Edward Scissorhands)
73 Lt. Dan Taylor (Forrest Gump)
74 Inigo Montoya (The Princess Bride)
75 Woody Pride & Buzz Lightyear (The Toy Story Series)
76 Euphagenia Doubtfire (Mrs. Doubtfire)
77 Inspector Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry)
78 Jenny Curran (Forrest Gump)
79 Jack Dawson & Rose DeWitt Bukater (Titanic)
80 Capt. Louis Renault (Casablanca)
81 Walter Sobchak (The Big Lebowski)
82 Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard (The Fugitive)
83 Tony Montana (Scarface)
84 Larry Talbot (The Wolf Man)
85 Tommy DeVito (Goodfellas)
86 Mick “Crocodile” Dundee (Crocodile Dundee)
87 Dr. Frank N. Furter (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
88 Raymond Babbitt (Rain Man)
89 Thelma Dickinson & Louise Sawyer (Thelma & Louise)
90 Ma & Pa Kettle (various films)
91 Peter Gibbons Bill Lumbergh (Office Space)
92 Max Goldman & John Gustafson (Grumpy/Grumpier Old Men)
93 The Hanson Brothers (Slap Shot)
94 Napoleon Dynamite (Napoleon Dynamite)
95 Alex Forrest (Fatal Attraction)
96 Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest)
97 Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore (Apocalypse Now)
98 Catherine Trammell (Basic Instinct)
99 Shooter McGavin (Happy Gilmore)

100 James Bond (various films)