Can You Match the Anti-Hero to the Movie?

By: Monica Lee

Can You Match the Anti-Hero to the Movie?
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About This Quiz

It's the bad-boy syndrome. You know they are bad, but they have undeniable charisma that makes you root for them to win in the end. Or they are characters you simply love to hate, with a performance that is so gut-wrenchingly real that their cruelty is almost understandable.  Whether it's Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in the "American Psycho" or Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street", these charismatic, good-for-nothings are absolutely great to watch. And like Kevin Spacey as Verbal in "The Usual Suspects", you appreciate how cunning these characters are in the end.

Having a flawed hero can make a movie more interesting, since the protagonist lacks conventional heroic qualities such as pureness of heart and things like, well ... ethics. Many times the anti-hero becomes the embodiment of social criticism. Take Michael Douglas' character in "Falling Down," for example. This divorced, unemployed, middle-aged man went into a rage for a good reason ... although he took it too far, Uzi and all. Even "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" gave a voice to those who think rules shouldn't necessarily ALWAYS be followed. So sit back, grab your popcorn and recall all the bad boys of this genre. You got this. Start the quiz now. 

Pirates of the Caribbean This anti-hero knows something about the high seas. What movie does he star in?
Dead Man’s Shoes
Pirates of the Caribbean
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow loves his rum and will take a ship that he wants, when he wants, the devil be dammed. His character is basically a trumped-up impression of Keith Richards, but he's a charmer!
The Crow
Crank

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Dead Man's Shoes This anti-hero has a thing for bullies. What movie does he star in?
Dead Man’s Shoes
Paddy Considine is an avenging angel of death in the movie "Dead Man’s Shoes." Paddy's character, Richard torments the bullying thugs in his home town.
The Crow
Crank
Oldboy

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Clerks The customer is never right, with this anti-hero. What movie does he star in?
The Crow
Clerks
A customer-loathing, porn-loving video store attendant, Randal Graves, is the star of "Clerks." This cult classic was made on a budget of $25,000.
Crank
Oldboy

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Crank This anti-hero is on an adrenaline high. What movie does he star in?
The Crow
Crank
He needs to keep his adrenaline pumping or he dies. Criminal by trade, Chelios sets about picking fights with anyone he can find to keep his heart rate up.
Oldboy
Zombieland

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The Crow This anti-hero is into rock and roll. What movie does he star in?
Natural Born Killers
Crow
It's a killer's worst nightmare. A rock star, Eric Draven, is revived from the dead to get vengeance on the killers who put him there. The late Brandon Lee gave an amazing performance.
Oldboy
Zombieland

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Natural Born Killers (1994)_1 Just don't get in the way of this anti-hero. What movie does he star in?
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Oldboy
Zombieland
Natural Born Killers
If you're in their path, you're dead. It's as simple as that to a pair of morally bankrupt degenerates. However Mickey truly loves Mallory, so we can see his sweet side.

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Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans This anti-hero isn't going to let pesky laws get in the way of what he wants. What movie does he star in?
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Nicholas Cage is Terrence McDonagh, a non-law-abiding cop in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." He wants his drugs and will do anything to get them. Give it to him, and he's on your good side.
Oldboy
Zombieland
Roger Dodger

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Roger Dodger He's slick, cool, yet vulnerable. What movie does this anti-hero star in?
From Dusk Til Dawn
Roger Dodger
When Roger Swanson, a ladies man, takes his nephew under wing for an informative and educational night of picking up women, ee do see his vulnerability. Also, his silver-tongued pick-up lines are too charming to ignore.
Unforgiven
The Usual Suspects ’

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Unforgiven Clint Eastwood is an anti-hero in many of this films. But which movie is this?
Unforgiven
Munny has been killing people all his life, but he has hung his gun to be a pig-farmer. Then a prostitute needs revenge and he will make sure the job is properly done, even though he doesn't want to be there.
Gran Torino
Fistful of Dollars
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The usual suspects This guy is so cunning, he's the finest anti-hero. But what film did he star in?
From Dusk Til Dawn
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Usual Suspects
The limping, quivering, weak-link of the five criminals in a police line-up, Verbal Kint, turns out to be the most diabolical of them all. It all hits you when you see his limp suddenly disappear when he strides to his getaway car.
American Beauty

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From Dusk Til Dawn George Clooney is a charming anti-hero in this movie. Which one is it?
From Dusk 'Til Dawn
George Clooney as Seth Gecko plays a violent bank robber in the film, "From Dusk 'Til Dawn." Not only is Seth a born charmer, he’s also a skilled at dispatching evil doers back to the netherworld.
Batman & Robin
The Man With No Name
American Beauty

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American Beauty A mid-life crisis made this anti-hero sympathetic, yet fun. What movie does this anti-hero star in?
The Man With No Name
American Beauty
"American Beauty’s" disillusioned family man, Lester Burnham, has a midlife crisis that leads him to quit his job, smoke marijuana and pursue his daughter’s best friend. His new direction in life seems more fun ...
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Deathly Hallows

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Ferris Buellers Day Off Matthew Broderick had fun playing this anti-hero. What movie did he star in?
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
He's cocky, but fun. Ferris sticks it to the man in spectacular style. And when he showers he wears a Mohawk. That's the style we're talking about.
Sixteen Candles
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Weird Science

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The Man With No Name Another Clint Eastwood question. What is the name of the movie that stars this anti-hero?
The Man With No Name
This drifter, scowling away in a filthy poncho, stars in "The Man With No Name." Despite his honorable intentions, he is just waiting for the opportunity to reach for his six-shooter.
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
A Fistful of Dollars
Deathly Hallows

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Deathly Hallows Pt 1 This anti-hero uses magic to manipulate us. What is the movie this anti-hero stars in?
The Witches of Eastwick
Practical Magic
The Prestige
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
The protagonist of the Potter series, Snape plays the anti-hero to Harry Potter's hero. Until we find out he has gone to great lengths to protect Harry from Voldemort.

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American Psycho This yuppie is downright scary. What movie does he star in?
The Big Short
The Dark Knight
American Psycho
As a serial killer and a wealthy, materialistic Wall Street investment banker, he is a true psycho. However, we are amazed how he succeeds in his double-life, making money while hacking others to pieces.
American Hustle

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Marlon Brando, The Wild One It's not him, it's the world around him that causing the angst. What movie does this anti-hero star in?
The Godfather
A Streetcar Named Desire
On The Waterfront
The Wild One
Handsome and brooding, Marlon Brando is magnetic as the anti-authoritarian Johnny Strabler. Yep, he's the wild one.

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Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Kevin Costner has played anti-heroes before, but which of these is the movie in the picture?
Dances with Wolves
Robin Hood
Robin Hood does whatever the heck he wants to do. And that includes robbing from the rich. What a satisfying occupation.
Field of Dreams
Bull Durham

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Gran Torino Anti-heroes don't always make good neighbors. Which movie does this anti-hero star in?
Honkeytonk Man
Mystic River
Million Dollar Baby
Gran Torino
Kowalski is an ex-soldier who just can’t bear the way his local neighborhood has gone to seed. Sure, he might be a born racist, but he knows how to pick the good guys from the bad.

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Romeo is bleeding A crooked cop makes this anti-hero real. What movie does he star in?
Romeo Is Bleeding
Gary Oldman is a crooked cop who continually manages to justify himself throughout a series of truly heinous actions. He does these murderous acts for love -- so he can support his wife and mistress.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Darkest Hour
Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Riddick Vin Diesel is that snarky kind of anti-hero who makes you like him. What is the movie in the image?
XXX
The Fast and the Furious
Riddick
He's vicious and unpredictable. He's on his way to prison. His ride is attacked by a host of alien beasts. It's a good day to be a psychotically violent person after all.
The Pacifier

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels He's called Big Chris in this movie. What film does this anti-hero star in?
Snatch
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Hatchet Harry’s no-nonsense debt collector, Big Chris, has two smoking barrels. He's a mean hardhead but can be emotional -- don’t get between him and his son, especially if there's a car door nearby.
Trainspotting
Mean Machine

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James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause This anti-hero was all about rebellion. What movie did he star in?
Giant
East of Eden
Rebel Without a Cause
James Dean has become an icon of what an antihero means to us all. In Rebel Without A Cause, James Dean portrays a troubled teen, Jim Stark. Jim had runaway from a difficult past to make a fresh start, however, Los Angeles wasn't the place to do it.
Hill Number One

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Watchmen This anti-hero wears a mask. Which movie does he star in?
Thor
Watchmen
His mission is good: clean up the city's filthy streets. However, his method is not so good. Rorschach will dish out as much pain as is necessary to get what he wants.
Avengers: Infinity War
Ant-Man

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Bronson Tom Hardy played this anti-hero. What movie did he star in?
Legend
Bronson
A young man, sentenced to seven years in prison, ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. Going crazy, his alter ego emerges, as Charles Bronson.
Venom
Warrior

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Drive Ryan Gosling is great as this anti-hero. What movie does he star in?
Blade Runner
Drive
Ryan Gosling plays the strong but silent type, sporting a satin driving jacket, leather gloves and of course, a toothpick. He kills many henchmen in a gruesome fashion.
La La Land
The Notebook

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The Talented Mr. Ripley Matt Damon's charm is undeniable in this movie. Which movie stars this anti-hero?
Good Will Hunting
Martian
Downsizing
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Ripley can’t stand seeing others with things and lifestyles he wants. His solution? He kills them. However, he has so much sickly charm he is able to social-climb easily and we applaud him for it.

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Leon the Professional When the bad guy saves a kid, it's hard to hate him. What movie does this anti-hero star in?
22 Bullets
Léon: The Professional
He’s a ruthless killer with a soft spot. He tries to mind his own business but can't when a vulnerable child is in danger. He teaches his young roommate deadly skills with a gun so she can avenge her family's deaths.
Wasabi
Godzilla

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LA Confidential Guy Pearce plays this anti-hero. What movie does he star in?
L.A. Confidential
Guy Pearce portrays Ed Exley in "L.A. Confidential." This career-obsessed, self-serving turncoat knows how to get ahead. And we like watching him do it.
Lockout
Memento
Lawless

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Alfie Michael Caine knows how to play the smug womanizer. What movie does this anti-hero star in?
The Italian Job
Harry Brown
Alfie
Michael Caine plays Alfie as a seedy, amoral snake who has a way with women. He breaks hearts like eggs for an omelette.
Blame It On Rio

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scarface One of the most memorable anti-heroes. What movie does he star in?
Scarface
Antonio "Tony" Montana is portrayed by Al Pacino in "Scarface." Tony is living the American dream. Just ignore the fact that he’s killed people along the way to live it.
Scent of a Woman
Godfather
Serpico

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Escape from New York It's easy to like this anti-hero because he's kind of a hero. What movie does he star in?
Road House
Point Break
Red Dawn
Escape from New York
It's easy to like war hero turned criminal Snake Plissken. He was awarded two Purple Hearts before going against the law. Plus, he saves the president, another reason to hope for a happy ending for him.

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Pulp Fiction Do you recall anti-hero, Jules Winnfield. Then which movie did he star in?
The Hateful Eight
Django Unchained
Pulp Fiction
This jheri-curled hitman can tell you what a quarter-pounder with cheese is called in France. He also kills easily and with no regret.
Unbreakable

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Gordon Gekko knows a thing or two about being an anti-hero. What movie does he star in? Gordon Gekko knows a thing or two about being an anti-hero. What movie does he star in?
The Game
Wall Street
Gorden Gekko is a powerful and ethically void corporate raider. However, he makes a blue shirt with white collar combo look cool before it ever was. Which says a lot about the charisma of this character.
Fatal Attraction
Traffic

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Sin City Marv is an unlikely anti-hero. Which movie did he star in?
The Wrestler
Sin City
Marv is a fictional character in the graphic novel series, "Sin City." Despite thriving on violence and visiting prostitutes he has a heart of gold.
Diner
Year of the Dragon

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Mad Max
Max Rockatansky watches his wife and kids get run over by rapists and killers. He goes mad with revenge. However, we love to watch him because of his sawn-off shotgun, motorcycle leathers and other gadgets.
Braveheart
The Patriot
Signs

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Falling Down Michael Douglas was an interesting anti-hero in this film. Which one is it?
Falling Down
He's divorced, unemployed and a middle-aged man going through a violent mid-life crises that includes an Uzi-assisted rampage. He goes postal but we all understand the rage. Just not to that extent.
The Game
Basic Instinct
Fatal Attraction

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Rambo Sylvester Stallone has the corner on being an anti-hero, but which movie does this image depict?
Rocky
Rambo
You serve your country only to come home to be treated like a nothing. But not John Rambo. He keeps his temper against aggressors ... until he explodes.
Escape Plan
Creed

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Bad Santa Don't wear the suit until you can play the part. What movie does this anti-hero star in?
Bad News Bears
Bad Santa
He's so bad he's good. Or, at least hysterical to watch. Willie will do anything for his next drink, including allowing a young child to sit on his knee after Willie has peed in his pants.
Mr. Woodcock
Bandits

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The Silence of the Lambs Fava Beans. That is all we have to say about this anti-hero. What movie does he star in?
Fracture
Silence of the Lambs
Fava beans and Chianti are perfect accompaniments to a cannibalistic meal. However, we are spellbound by Hannibal Lecter's personality and desires.
Solace
The Edge

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