Can You Name the '80s Movie Character from a Single Sentence?


By: Heather Cahill

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The '80s was a decade filled with some unique characters that either starred or were supporting characters in the movies.

Some of the best characters of all time come from '80s movies. Rocky and Indiana Jones are just some of these amazing characters that stand out from the crowd. Which character is your favorite from the decade?

Do you remember movies like "Star Wars" or "Batman"? What about comedy movies like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" or "Beetlejuice"? Maybe you're better with horror films like "A Nightmare On Elm Street" or "Poltergeist." Whatever genre you're most familiar with, you'll find the characters that made them what they are on this quiz!

Can you name an '80s karate master? What about the kid that grew up faster than anticipated? How about the boy who was murdered as an adult? Each of these characters has a unique story that made them who they are. If you can remember what a character was like, or some facts about them, you'll ace this quiz.

You might have loved the characters or hated them, but they all had a big role in the movies of the '80s. So, if you think you're an expert on the characters of the decade, take the quiz to see your score!

He works a regular job but has a hidden talent which is karate. Who is he?

It's Mr. Miyagi from "The Karate Kid." He taught Daniel how to do karate and became his mentor. Mr. Miyagi was played by Pat Morita.


He's an inventor who built a time machine and was involved in some illegal activity. Who is he?

It's Dr. Emmet Brown from "Back to the Future." After Marty became his assistant, he allowed him to time travel back to 1955 where he encountered his father.


He was one of four friends who searched for a body and was murdered during his adult life. Who is he?

He is Chris Chambers from "Stand By Me." Chris was played by River Phoenix. Chris and Gordie were friends up until he was murdered in a restaurant.


He is a dance instructor who falls in love with a girl vacationing at the resort at which he works. Who is he?

It's Johnny Castle from "Dirty Dancing." Johnny was played by Patrick Swayze. He was part of the famous closing scene where the cast danced to the song "(I've Had) The Time of my Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.


He was trained by Obi-Wan and his father's name was Anakin. Who is he?

It's Luke Skywalker from "Return of the Jedi." Luke was played by Mark Hamill and his sister in the movie was Princess Leia, who was played by Carrie Fisher.


She almost had to marry a prince she didn't love and she lived on a farm. Who is she?

It's Buttercup from "The Princess Bride." Buttercup was in love with a boy named Westley but she was going to marry a prince with whom she wasn't in love.


He's Irish and teams up with other cops to bring down famed mobster Al Capone. Who is he?

It's Jim Malone from "The Untouchables." Malone works alongside Eliot Ness, George Stone, and Oscar Wallace to try to capture Al Capone. Malone was played by Sean Connery.


He lives in Pennsylvania and you will typically find him in the boxing ring. Who is he?

It's Rocky Balboa from "Rocky III." His nickname is "The Italian Stallion." In the movie, we join him as he prepares for another fight against Thunderlips.


He can be aggressive and he cheated on his girlfriend on their anniversary. Who is he?

It's Mike Todwell from "Adventures in Babysitting." He was dating Chris and abandoned her on the night of their anniversary dinner. He was played by Bradley Whitford.


He sang "Great Balls of Fire" and died after ejecting himself from a plane. Who is he?

It's LTJG Nick "Goose" Bradshaw from "Top Gun." Goose was a close friend of Maverick and his death took a great toll on Maverick.


He traveled with the Rebel Alliance and near the end of the movie, he was frozen. Who is he?

It's Han Solo from "The Empire Strikes Back." Han Solo was played by Harrison Ford and he is eventually imprisoned until the next movie.


He comes from a rich family and is remembered for dancing in a pink shirt. Who is he?

It's Joel Goodsen from "Risky Business." He finds himself in a lot of trouble after his parents leave for a trip. Joel was played by Tom Cruise.


He's the apple of Sam's eye and the popular kid in school. Who is he?

It's Jake Ryan from "Sixteen Candles." Jake was having a rough time with his girlfriend, but he also had eyes for Sam.


He is an android who has gone by names such as T-850. Who is he?

It's the "Terminator" from the movie, "The Terminator." He was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and he has appeared in the many sequels to the movie as well.


She is the youngest of three children and gifted a plant to an alien. Who is she?

It's Gertie from "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." Gertie was played by Drew Barrymore and she loved to watch Sesame Street. By the end of the movie, she has a soft spot for E.T. and gives him a plant.


He acts tough and has no respect for others, eventually starting to care for Claire. Who is he?

It's John Bender from "The Breakfast Club." He is played by Judd Nelson and throughout the movie, he becomes more aware of the way that he treats other people.


He's a Lamborghini salesman who suffered a loss and met a family member he didn't know about. Who is he?

It's Charlie Babbitt from "Rain Man." Charlie went through a lot of hard times and loss that really changed his character throughout the movie. He was played by Tom Cruise.


He is a young boy who turns into an adult overnight. Who is he?

It's Josh Baskin from "Big." Josh was turned into an adult after making a wish that came true. He then had to live an adult life until he could be turned into a child again.


He loves all things paranormal. He met Slimer before anyone else and worked to get money for the group's startup. Who is he?

It is Ray Stantz from "Ghostbusters." He was played by Dan Aykroyd who. Ray is considered one of the first original Ghostbusters. The character was later played by Frank Welker.


He's the jokester of the group and lies quite a bit. Who is he?

It's Chunk from the movie "The Goonies." He was part of the group that went by the same name. The others were Mikey, Mouth, and Data. Chunk is well known for doing the dance called the "Truffle Shuffle."


He's a scary killer with a glove that has blades on it. Who is he?

It's Freddy Krueger from "A Nightmare on Elm Street." Freddy stalked a girl and her friends and family. He slowly killed them, one by one, until he was overpowered.


She is a little girl with extraordinary powers that allow her to communicate with ghosts. Who is she?

It's Carol Anne Freeling from "Poltergeist." The little girl's soul attracted the spirits into the house, starting the terrifying series of events.


She's a cartoon that's loved by many and is married to another cartoon named Roger. Who is she?

It's Jessica Rabbit from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" She is known for her signature red dress and married Roger Rabbit because of his sense of humor.


She's in an abusive relationship and has problems with her father. Who is she?

It's Ariel Moore from "Footloose." She and Ren eventually fall for each other and bond through dancing. Ariel was played by Lori Singer.


She works at a pizza restaurant and finds out she is pregnant. Who is she?

It's Stacy Hamilton from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." The movie follows a group of teens throughout a year in high school. Stacy is played by Jennifer Jason Leigh.


Her father was a professor and she once dated Indiana Jones. Who is she?

It's Marion Ravenwood from "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Marion worked at the bar she inherited and eventually got back together with Indiana Jones.


He's a detective who tries to solve the murder of his friend and travels to a new city to do so. Who is he?

It's Axel Foley from "Beverly Hills Cop." Axel is considered one of the best movie characters of all time, according to Empire Magazine. He was played by Eddie Murphy.


He works in the family business and is almost always a serious person. Who is he?

It's Alan Frog from "The Lost Boys." Alan was once a vampire hunter but in later movies, was turned into a vampire himself. He was played by Jamison Newlander.


He was a member of the Greasers. He killed Bob when he was attacking another member of the gang. Who is he?

It's Johnny Cade from "The Outsiders." The character suffered an unfortunate death. He was played by Ralph Macchio.


She is an officer who is partners with Murphy and later works alongside RoboCop. Who is she?

It's Officer Anne Lewis from "RoboCop." Throughout the movie, she discovers RoboCop's true identity and helps him to take down a gang.


He's a billionaire who also doubles as a vigilante in Gotham City. Who is he?

It's Bruce Wayne from "Batman." Bruce Wayne is called Batman when in costume and his sidekick is known as Robin, although he wasn't in this movie. The duo protects Gotham City from criminals and villains.


She is Billy's girlfriend and co-worker and helps Billy to destroy the Gremlins. Who is she?

It's Kate Beringer from "Gremlins." She works at the bank alongside her boyfriend, Billy. She saved Billy's life while they were trying to save the world from the Gremlins.


She is Ferris' girlfriend and spends the day with him after he helps her get out of class. Who is she?

It's Sloane Peterson from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." She was played by Mia Sara. In the movie, Ferris, Cameron and Sloane spent the day parading around town.


He's a photographer who finds himself and his crew in a difficult situation after wounding someone. Who is he?

It's Rafterman from "Full Metal Jacket." Rafterman was played by Kevyn Major Howard. He was eager to enter battle as he was a photographer who captured images of life on the battlefield.


He's a ghost that can be summoned when his name is said three times. Who is he?

It's Betelgeuse from "Beetlejuice." Betelgeuse is the correct spelling of his name but it is pronounced "Beetlejuice," like the movie title.


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