Can You Recognize the Popular Movie From Just One Character?

By: Khadija Leon
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About This Quiz

In every movie, even the ones we don't remember, there is at least one character whose image will immediately transport you to the movie you saw them in. These characters come from all walks of life, and they include everything from Disney princesses to villainous masterminds to comic book characters that we've been reading about our entire childhood.

These characters come from every genre of film, and while most of them are regular humans like you and me, there are a few who possess special abilities and powers and some who travel through space. And there are also those who aren't even human, which makes them even more memorable.

Some of the names you'll probably recognize include Mark Renton, Vivian Ward, Edward Scissorhands, Wayne Campbell, Ron Weasley, Agent J, Darth Vader, Gandalf, Tony Stark, John McClane, and the list goes on and on.

How well do you know your movie characters? If you were given images of some of the most iconic characters in the history of film, would you be able to match them to the movie that they were first seen in? If you think that you are an expert in the field, then you've found the right place to test yourself. Let's see how well you do!

Enda “E” Mode is a character from the Pixar superhero films "The Incredibles"(2004) and the sequel "Incredibles 2" (2018). She is an eccentric fashion designer and scientist who is known for creating the costumes of many famous superheroes.

Obi-Wan Kenobi, portrayed by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy and Ewan McGregor in the prequel trilogy, is a Force-sensitive Jedi master who served in the Galactic Republic. He was also a mentor to Luke Skywalker after defeating Darth Maul.

Keyser Söze, played by actor Kevin Spacey, is a character from the 1995 film "The Usual Suspects." Throughout the movie, the character massacred his family, the Hungarian Mafia and their families, then later went underground to run his operation.

Jules Winnfield, played by the actor Samuel L. Jackson, is a fast-talking and intimidating hitman from the 1994 Quentin Tarantino crime film "Pulp Fiction." Not only is he one of the most famous characters in history, but many of his quotes have also been listed as the most memorable movie lines of all time.

Hermione Granger is a fictional character who first appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and the adapted films. Apart from being one of the brightest young wizarding minds, she is clever, brave and she is often seen accompanied by Ron Weasley and Harry Potter.

Optimus Prime is one of the many robots from the "Transformers" franchise. In the films, animated series and other media, he is an extraterrestrial robotic lifeform from the planet Cybertron but ended up on Earth as the leader of the Autobots after their planet was destroyed.

Portrayed by Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, Standartenführer Hans Landa is the main antagonist from the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film "Inglorious Basterds." Often referred to as “the Jew hunter,” the Austrian SS officer had an uncanny ability for locating Jews hiding in the German-occupied regions of France.

Norman Bates is a character that first appeared in the novel "Psycho" by Robert Bloch. The first adapted film franchise began in 1960 when actor Anthony Perkins took on the role of the antagonist, who suffered from dissociative identity disorder after killing his mother and her fiancé.

Katie Scarlett O’Hara is one of the main protagonists of the 1936 novel "Gone with the Wind" and the 1939 film with the same name. She is portrayed to be a vain, selfish and intelligent young woman who has been spoiled by her parents. The character is best remembered for being told: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Brought to life by actor Bill Murray, Peter Venkman, Ph.D., is a character from the Ghostbusters franchise. The laid-back and cynical character was known for creating inventions which often helped the Ghostbusters to save the day.

Wolverine is a fictional comic book character who is associated with the X-Men from the Marvel universe. Played by Australian actor Hugh Jackman in all of the X-Men movies as well as the Wolverine movies, he is known for his retractable adamantium claws and healing factor.

Nurse Ratched, also referred to as Big Nurse, is the main antagonist from the novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and its 1975 adapted film. Played by actress Louise Fletcher, the nurse will always be remembered for being the passive-aggressive heartless tyrant working at Salem State Hospital.

The minions are small yellow creatures who first appeared in the "Despicable Me" franchise as the henchmen of Gru, and then the spin-off series "The Minions." They are known for their childlike behavior, their unique language and their love of bananas.

Portrayed by actor Javier Bardem, Anton Chigurh is the main antagonist in the movie "No Country for Old Men," which was based on a novel with the same name. The award-winning role was of an uncompassionate hitman who flipped coins to determine his victims' fates.

Rick Deckard, played by actor Harrison Ford, is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the 1982 film "Blade Runner" and the 2017 sequel "Blade Runner 2049." Based on the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" he is a bounty hunter posing as a police officer who kills androids who have escaped from off-world colonies.

Portrayed by actress Linda Hamilton in most of the movie series, Sarah Jeanette Corner is a character from the "Terminator" franchise. As the movies progressed, she went from being a shy damsel in distress to a hardened warrior who protected her son while trying to save humanity as well as her own.

Maximus, portrayed by the actor Russell Crowe, is a character from the 2000 historical drama film "Gladiator." After the murder of his family and being sold into slavery, Maximus rises through the ranks in the gladiator arena eventually avenging his family and his emperor.

Travis Bickle, portrayed by actor Robert De Niro, is the main character in the 1976 film "Taxi Driver." He is a man suffering from depression who becomes a taxi driver in order to cope with it and his insomnia. During this time he meets a series of customers who will change his life.

Legolas is a character who first appeared in the "Lord of the Rings" film series and then in "The Hobbit" trilogy. The Elven prince who was one of the members of the fellowship of the ring meant to bring the ring to Mordor to destroy it was played by Orlando Bloom.

V is the title character of a comic book series and its 2005 adapted live-action thriller film. Played by actor Hugo Weaving, the character is an anarchist freedom fighter attempting to start a revolution in an alternative Nordic supremacist future.

Detective Axel Foley, played by actor Eddie Murphy, is a fictional character from the "Beverly Hills Cop" film series. After his best friend is murdered, he travels to Beverly Hills to uncover why his friend was kill and to avenge him by killing the person.

Tyler Durden, also known as The Narrator, is a character from the 1996 novel "Fight Club" and the 1999 adapted film with the same name. The character who was played by actor Brad Pitt suffered from dissociative identity disorder and became different people depending on the time of day it was.

Lisbeth Salander is a fictional character who appeared in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" book and adapted movie series. Played by Rooney Mara in the 2011 remake, the series follows the troubled computer hacker as she uncovers a series of murder that are connected to the disappearance of a young woman.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character who originated in the series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris and was first brought to the big screen in "The Silence of the Lambs." Played by actor Anthony Hopkins, the character was known for being a serial killer who used his victim’s organs to prepare gourmet meals.

Forrest Gump, who was played by actor Tom Hanks, is a character from the 1994 comedy-drama film "Forrest Gump," which was based on a novel with the same name. The movie tells the story of his life – a kind-hearted, not-too-bright man from Alabama who was a witness to many historical events.

Brought to life by actress Audrey Tautou, Amélie Poulain is a character from the French romantic comedy film "Amélie." It follows the character - a shy, quirky, and imaginative waitress who prefers to be in her own company.

Ferris Bueller, who was brought to life by Matthew Broderick, is a character from the 1986 John Hughes movie "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off." Throughout the movie, he frequently spoke about his friends, and he also told people how to skip school without getting caught.

Beatrix Kiddo, mostly known as The Bride or Black Mamba, is a character from Quentin Tarantino’s "Kill Bill" movies. Played by Uma Thurman, the former martial artist assassin is shot in the head after leaving her boss and fellow assassins behind.

Antonio “Tony” Montana, who was played by the actor Al Pacino, is a character from the 1983 film "Scarface." Partly based on a character called Tony Camonte, Tony Montana rose to the top of the drug empire after seeking refuge in Miami.

Neo, also known as The One or Thomas A. Anderson, is a character from "The Matrix" franchise. Portrayed by actor Keanu Reeves, Neo was a cybercriminal and computer programmer who was believed to be “the one” to bring peace to the world.

Gollum, who is the alter ego of Smégol, is a character who was first introduced in the 1937 book, "The Hobbit," which along with the "Lord of the Rings" series were adapted into movie trilogies. Originally a river-folk, he became Gollum after being corrupted by the One Ring of power.

Katniss Everdeen, played by the actress Jennifer Lawrence, is the main protagonist of "The Hunger Games" trilogy book series and adapted films. Her story begins after she volunteers to replace her sister Prim after she is selected to compete in a televised death fight known as the Hunger Games.

Vito Corleone is one of the many characters from "The Godfather" novels and Ford Coppola’s adapted films. Played by actors Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Robert De Niro in the "Godfather II," he is an Italian immigrant who created his own mafia empire in America.

Inspector Harold Francis Callahan, also called Dirty Harry, portrayed by actor Clint Eastwood, is a character from the Dirty Harry film series. The character is credited with being one of the first antiheroes who didn’t hesitate to cross the line when the justice system was poorly served.

Amy Elliot Dunne is the main antagonist from the 2012 novel and 2014 film "Gone Girl." Portrayed by Rosamund Pike, Amy is a criminal who convinces the world that her husband murdered her but later returns to further convincing them that she was kidnapped and raped by an ex-lover.

Ashley Joana “ash” Williams is a character from the 1981 horror film "Evil Dead" that was based on the short film "Within the Woods." It follows him along with four others who go on vacation in an isolated cabin in Tennessee where they find the Book of the Dead and accidentally unleash it.

Tommy DeVito is a character from Martin Scorsese’s 1990 mafia film "GoodFellas," which was based on the real-life criminal Tommy DeSimone, an associate of the New York City Lucchese crime family.

Emmett Lathrop “Doc” Brown, Ph.D. is an inventor who created a time machine in a DeLorean sports car in the "Back to the Future" trilogy and animated series. Brought to life by Christopher Lloyd, the character was loosely inspired by physicist Albert Einstein.

Ellen Ripley, played by the actress Sigourney Weaver, is the main protagonist from the science fiction film series "Alien." She and her crew were aboard a spaceship returning to Earth, but after landing on a planet, they are attacked by an unknown creature. She ends up as the lone survivor who must kill the creature before returning to Earth.

Captain Jack Sparrow, portrayed by actor Johnny Depp, is a character from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film series. Inspired by rock star Keith Richards, Jack is one of the nine pirate lords of the Seven Seas and is constantly seen trying to regain his ship, the Black Pearl.

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