Top 10 Gonzo Characters

What defines a ‘gonzo’ character?  Recklessness.  Fly by the seat of your pants attitude. They are troublemakers and pranksters.  When they enter frame things are ratcheted up on the crazy scale.  And, maybe most importantly, they represent an element of danger (to themselves or those around them).  However, they cannot be mentally disturbed.

My list is definitely thin on women, but not for lack of trying.  If you have some good ones that slipped through my cracks, let me know.

  • Tyler Durden – Fight Club
  • Willy Wonka – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Al Czervik – Caddyshack
  • Joker – Batman and The Dark Knight
  • Walter Sobchak – Big Lebowski
  • Alex DeLarge – A Clockwork Orange
  • Johnny Boy – Mean Streets
  • Borat – Borat
  • Colonel Kilgore – Apocalypse Now
  • Rick Vaughn – Major League

Rest of the Best

  • Doc Brown – Back to the Future
  • Lil’ Ze – City of God
  • Mark Brandon ‘Chopper’ Read – Chopper
  • Ace Venture – Ace Ventura
  • Harry Dunne – Dumb and Dumber
  • Roger Rabbit – Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Yoon Tae-goo “The Weird” – The Good, The Bad, & The Weird
  • Marty Augustine – The Long Goodbye
  • Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Maude – Harold and Maude
  • Jackie Flannery – State of Grace
  • Steve Stifler – American Pie
  • Fred O’Bannion – Dazed and Confused
  • Animal – The Muppets
  • Chuck Barris – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • John H. Mallory – Duck, You Sucker
  • Grandpa Edwin Hoover – Little Miss Sunshine
  • Frank Booth – Blue Velvet
  • Anton Chigurh – No Country for Old Men
  • Steve Lattimer – The Program
  • Charlie Wax – From Paris in Love
  • Brad Pitt – Kalifornia
  • The Cable Guy – The Cable Guy (never realized this was his actual name in the movie)
  • Michael ‘Charles Bronson’ Peterson – Bronson
  • Toecutter – Mad Max



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