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05.27.2010

I'm always suspicious of any Top Whatever list over twenty five. Any more than that, and you're pretty much throwing darts at wall. But here we are, with Entertainment Weekly counting down the best fictional characters since the magazine was created in 1990.

The full hundred is in the magazine itself, but they have shared their top ten with us, which you can find below.

1) Homer Simpson – The Ultimate D’Oh boy

2) Harry Potter – The Wiz Kid

3) Buffy

4) Tony Soprano – The toughest family man

5) The Joker

6) Rachel Green – The girl next door who’ll be our best Friend forever

7) Edward Scissorhands – The sharpest dresser

8) Hannibal Lecter – A doctor who put the gore in gourmand.

9) Carrie Bradshaw – The sleek city slicker.

10) Spongebob Squarepants

I guess they didn’t have any clever puns about Buffy, the Joker or Spongebob?

Again, this seems like darts at a wall. Homer and Harry Potter I can see being on here no question, but really, Rachel Green, Edward Scissorhands and Spongebob Squarepants? If you say so.

Anyway, fortunately we here at JoBlo have our own much better version of a list like this, made up by you guys, our community. We have a top twenty list for everything, including the best movie characters, as chosen by you guys in your MFC profiles. Go here to check that one out. Our top 5 includes Indiana Jones, Tyler Durden, Darth Vader, Batman and the Joker.

Extra Tidbit: Remember, this is since the '90s. So where's Zack Morris?
Source: EW

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3:08PM on 05/29/2010

Seriously?

How is Kramer from Seinfeld on in the top 10??? Did he even make the list? This crap is so political!
How is Kramer from Seinfeld on in the top 10??? Did he even make the list? This crap is so political!
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9:46AM on 05/29/2010

bullshit

buffy and bradshaw??
nuff said
buffy and bradshaw??
nuff said
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3:08PM on 05/29/2010
What about Kramer from Seinfeld????
What about Kramer from Seinfeld????
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2:25PM on 05/28/2010

Buffy as #3

AWESOME!!!
AWESOME!!!
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10:45AM on 05/28/2010
look, the joker is not the only character who was created before 1990! there are obviously many others on this list as well. you need to READ the criteria for this list because Entertainment Weekly has always enumerated what their standards are for these kinds of things. Not to mention the fact that they are a pioneer for websites like this one.
look, the joker is not the only character who was created before 1990! there are obviously many others on this list as well. you need to READ the criteria for this list because Entertainment Weekly has always enumerated what their standards are for these kinds of things. Not to mention the fact that they are a pioneer for websites like this one.
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10:38AM on 05/28/2010
Randy from Scream, Saul Tigh from BSG, Shane from the Shield, Omar Little from the Wire and Kirk Lazarus from Tropic Thunder would be on my list somewhere.

I like badasses and wiseasses
Randy from Scream, Saul Tigh from BSG, Shane from the Shield, Omar Little from the Wire and Kirk Lazarus from Tropic Thunder would be on my list somewhere.

I like badasses and wiseasses
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6:47AM on 05/28/2010

Joker has been around longer...

I don't like this list much, so yeah...darts at a wall.

Plus, the character of the Joker doesn't belong on the list....he's been here since before the 1990's.

And where is NEO?
I don't like this list much, so yeah...darts at a wall.

Plus, the character of the Joker doesn't belong on the list....he's been here since before the 1990's.

And where is NEO?
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6:46AM on 05/28/2010

Top 5

In no particular order for top 5

Tyler Durden
Spike Spiegel
Keyser Soze
Nancy Botwin
Eric Cartman
In no particular order for top 5

Tyler Durden
Spike Spiegel
Keyser Soze
Nancy Botwin
Eric Cartman
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2:20AM on 05/28/2010

I'm Happy Enough that Buffy is 3.

List needs more Costanza. 1. Homer Simpson 2. Buffy Summers 3. George Costanza 4. Eric Cartman 5. Malcolm Reynolds 6. Bender Rodriguez
List needs more Costanza. 1. Homer Simpson 2. Buffy Summers 3. George Costanza 4. Eric Cartman 5. Malcolm Reynolds 6. Bender Rodriguez
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1:05AM on 05/28/2010
i want john locke in the top 10
i want john locke in the top 10
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12:07AM on 05/28/2010
Um, wasn't the first Simpsons short on the Tracey Ullman show in like 1987? These are some of the worst journalists in the history of the profession.
Um, wasn't the first Simpsons short on the Tracey Ullman show in like 1987? These are some of the worst journalists in the history of the profession.
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10:57PM on 05/27/2010
Hannibal Lecter. Introduced in the novel Red Dragon. Published in 1981. Last twenty years? "I need to calculate a new bearing, and uh to do that I need to determine where we are now in time."
Hannibal Lecter. Introduced in the novel Red Dragon. Published in 1981. Last twenty years? "I need to calculate a new bearing, and uh to do that I need to determine where we are now in time."
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10:53PM on 05/27/2010
Is this a list for comedy purposes?
Carrie Bradshaw. Well there certainly is a lot of emotion when people think of her, mostly anger and homicidal rage.
Is this a list for comedy purposes?
Carrie Bradshaw. Well there certainly is a lot of emotion when people think of her, mostly anger and homicidal rage.
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10:49PM on 05/27/2010

No Keyser Söze?????

Where is KEYSER "Fuckin" SOZE???????
Where is KEYSER "Fuckin" SOZE???????
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10:44PM on 05/27/2010
When The Joker makes the Top 10 of the last twenty years, I know it's a waste of time. Last I checked I think the Joker is from the last SEVENTY years. Almost fifty if you start counting at Cesar Romero.
When The Joker makes the Top 10 of the last twenty years, I know it's a waste of time. Last I checked I think the Joker is from the last SEVENTY years. Almost fifty if you start counting at Cesar Romero.
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9:32PM on 05/27/2010
Spongebob Squarepants at number 10???? You fucking kidding me with this shit? This list sucks like all the lists Entertainment magazine does.
Spongebob Squarepants at number 10???? You fucking kidding me with this shit? This list sucks like all the lists Entertainment magazine does.
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7:59PM on 05/27/2010

EW makes the worst lists

this is a joke
this is a joke
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7:36PM on 05/27/2010
How is Kramer not there???
How is Kramer not there???
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6:33PM on 05/27/2010
you know what? out of 100 characters on this list, even if the actual best 10 characters are not in the top 10, I'm sure you'd find them somewhere on there. why is it a problem for one of the most circulated magazines out there to celebrate the best characters of the past 20 years? of course they won't include obscure characters that the general public wouldn't know. i will submit though that EW has had a strange affinity for cult tv shows for the past 13 years at least.
you know what? out of 100 characters on this list, even if the actual best 10 characters are not in the top 10, I'm sure you'd find them somewhere on there. why is it a problem for one of the most circulated magazines out there to celebrate the best characters of the past 20 years? of course they won't include obscure characters that the general public wouldn't know. i will submit though that EW has had a strange affinity for cult tv shows for the past 13 years at least.
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6:04PM on 05/27/2010

Re: on list

1) Because in spite of being a good character, we can't think of anyone else.
2) Because we know many Potter readers subscribe to us.
3) Because we want to appease the Whedonites.
4) Because we don't nearly talk about this character enough!
5) Okay, here we might be a little more credible.
6) Because we're pretending this character still has relevance for Aniston's career.
7) The obligatory Tim Burton mention! Aren't we cool?
8) We want to avoid horror fan crying.
9) Sex and the City 2
1) Because in spite of being a good character, we can't think of anyone else.
2) Because we know many Potter readers subscribe to us.
3) Because we want to appease the Whedonites.
4) Because we don't nearly talk about this character enough!
5) Okay, here we might be a little more credible.
6) Because we're pretending this character still has relevance for Aniston's career.
7) The obligatory Tim Burton mention! Aren't we cool?
8) We want to avoid horror fan crying.
9) Sex and the City 2 is coming up so we HAVE to mention the show somehow!
10) It was either him or Bugs Bunny.
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5:55PM on 05/27/2010
I'm not surprised. Twilight Central cant make a good list to save their jobs
I'm not surprised. Twilight Central cant make a good list to save their jobs
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5:16PM on 05/27/2010

The reason Zach Morris isn't on the list...

Zach Morris was created in the 1980s, as part of the show Good Morning, Miss Bliss. That show became Saved by the Bell when it moved from The Disney Channel to NBC
Zach Morris was created in the 1980s, as part of the show Good Morning, Miss Bliss. That show became Saved by the Bell when it moved from The Disney Channel to NBC
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9:12PM on 05/27/2010
Um, the Simpsons started in the 80s also.
Um, the Simpsons started in the 80s also.
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4:04PM on 05/27/2010
capt jack would probably be in my top 3.
capt jack would probably be in my top 3.
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4:00PM on 05/27/2010

Quick list, no thought

1. Homer
2. Randall Graves
3. Desmond Hume
4. Eric Cartman
5. Marv
6. Charlie Kelly
7. Larry David (qualify?)
8. Jack Sparrow
9. David Brent
10. Tyler Durden
1. Homer
2. Randall Graves
3. Desmond Hume
4. Eric Cartman
5. Marv
6. Charlie Kelly
7. Larry David (qualify?)
8. Jack Sparrow
9. David Brent
10. Tyler Durden
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4:07PM on 05/27/2010
No disrespect Conz - but this is my point. It might feel good to squirt out a list, but seriously, I don't think 99% of the people here care. Just like they don't know or care what my list would be. And I certainly don't care what Ken Tucker, Jeff Jensen, and company, put on their list. Nothing personal - but when you don't know the person, its hard to care what they rank as the best things in life. If I want to know what is best in life, I'll ask Conan the Barbarian.
No disrespect Conz - but this is my point. It might feel good to squirt out a list, but seriously, I don't think 99% of the people here care. Just like they don't know or care what my list would be. And I certainly don't care what Ken Tucker, Jeff Jensen, and company, put on their list. Nothing personal - but when you don't know the person, its hard to care what they rank as the best things in life. If I want to know what is best in life, I'll ask Conan the Barbarian.
4:16PM on 05/27/2010
Obligatory: 'To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.'
Obligatory: 'To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.'
3:55PM on 05/27/2010
Sounds about right for a magazine catered to the general public, nothing wrong with that. Don't expect to hear anything about so-and-so from some cult foreign movie.
Sounds about right for a magazine catered to the general public, nothing wrong with that. Don't expect to hear anything about so-and-so from some cult foreign movie.
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3:42PM on 05/27/2010
Leave it to EW to make populist, superficial list that panders to people with crap taste. As far as film goes, I'd choose the likes of Daniel Plainview, Gollum, Gandalf, Anton Chigurh, The Joker, a NUMBER of Tarantino characters. Once I read "Spongebob Squarepants," I officially checked out.
Leave it to EW to make populist, superficial list that panders to people with crap taste. As far as film goes, I'd choose the likes of Daniel Plainview, Gollum, Gandalf, Anton Chigurh, The Joker, a NUMBER of Tarantino characters. Once I read "Spongebob Squarepants," I officially checked out.
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3:39PM on 05/27/2010
Terrible list.
Terrible list.
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3:30PM on 05/27/2010

Homer #1?

No, I disagree. In fact, I've been tired of The Simpsons for a while now. The show isn't funny anymore, and they replaced the Back to the Future ride at Universal here in Orlando, with the stupid ass Simpsons Ride. Although, this is for the last 20 years, so Homer does deserve a spot. But not #1, maybe somewhere in the #7-#10 range.
No, I disagree. In fact, I've been tired of The Simpsons for a while now. The show isn't funny anymore, and they replaced the Back to the Future ride at Universal here in Orlando, with the stupid ass Simpsons Ride. Although, this is for the last 20 years, so Homer does deserve a spot. But not #1, maybe somewhere in the #7-#10 range.
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2:58PM on 05/27/2010

I don't see the need for these

these lists are like the equivalent of a clip show on TV. They fill space and save the work of actually being creative. No disrespect (I don't want to get scolded and have my posts removed by admins, since that's going around now) but I about other people's lists about as much as I expect they would care about mine.

The only exception would be a subject matter expert who ventures a list of something you might not have seen (like foreign films) and of course the AV Club's list of least
these lists are like the equivalent of a clip show on TV. They fill space and save the work of actually being creative. No disrespect (I don't want to get scolded and have my posts removed by admins, since that's going around now) but I about other people's lists about as much as I expect they would care about mine.

The only exception would be a subject matter expert who ventures a list of something you might not have seen (like foreign films) and of course the AV Club's list of least essential work of the year. Wait - did I just make a top 2 list of something. Shit.
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2:58PM on 05/27/2010
i'd say woody and buzz lightyear and shrek should be ahead of spongebob though
i'd say woody and buzz lightyear and shrek should be ahead of spongebob though
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2:57PM on 05/27/2010
sounds about right. this is a list for everyone. love EW
sounds about right. this is a list for everyone. love EW
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2:56PM on 05/27/2010

Empire tend to suck at these things

It's not the first time they've been wildly off when it comes to "top somethings".

It's ridiculous enough to even think about listing anything in this way, even more ridiculous putting an order to it.

It's not the first time they've been wildly off when it comes to "top somethings".

It's ridiculous enough to even think about listing anything in this way, even more ridiculous putting an order to it.

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2:34PM on 05/27/2010

Weird List #2.....

My Top 10 List: (TV Characters in no order)

1. Al Bundy ("Married with Children")
2. Capt. Jean Luc-Picard ("Star Trek: TNG")
3. John Locke ("Lost")
4. Tony Soprano ("The Sopranos")
5. Job Bluth ("Arrested Development")
6. Homer Simpson ("The Simpsons")
7. Joe & Chandler ("Friends")
8. Fox Mulder ("The X-Files")
9. Cartman ("South Park")
10. Beavis & Butthead
My Top 10 List: (TV Characters in no order)

1. Al Bundy ("Married with Children")
2. Capt. Jean Luc-Picard ("Star Trek: TNG")
3. John Locke ("Lost")
4. Tony Soprano ("The Sopranos")
5. Job Bluth ("Arrested Development")
6. Homer Simpson ("The Simpsons")
7. Joe & Chandler ("Friends")
8. Fox Mulder ("The X-Files")
9. Cartman ("South Park")
10. Beavis & Butthead
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7:55PM on 05/27/2010
That's a pretty good list.

Although I like that Buffy is on the EW list.
That's a pretty good list.

Although I like that Buffy is on the EW list.
2:30PM on 05/27/2010
Any list is gonna cause controversy.. but this list is exceptionally bad. "Sue Sylvester" from Glee is their 18th best character of the last 20 years. Wait.. a character from a show that didn't even finish it's first season?? Are you kidding me?
Any list is gonna cause controversy.. but this list is exceptionally bad. "Sue Sylvester" from Glee is their 18th best character of the last 20 years. Wait.. a character from a show that didn't even finish it's first season?? Are you kidding me?
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2:28PM on 05/27/2010

Weird list....

Rachel Green? Buffy? Spongebob?

Are these guys fucking serious?

The only one I 100% agree with on that list is Tony Soprano.

My Top 10 List: (Movie Characters in no order)

1. Tony Stark ("Iron Man")
2. Don Logan ("Sexy Beast")
3. Joker ("The Dark Knight")
4. Col. Hans Landa ("Inglorious Basterds")
5. Agent Smith ("The Matrix")
6. Patrick Bateman ("American Psycho")
7. Tommy DeVito ("Goodfellas")
8. Maximus ("Gladiator")
9. Keyser Soze ("The Usual Suspects")
10. Jules ("Pulp
Rachel Green? Buffy? Spongebob?

Are these guys fucking serious?

The only one I 100% agree with on that list is Tony Soprano.

My Top 10 List: (Movie Characters in no order)

1. Tony Stark ("Iron Man")
2. Don Logan ("Sexy Beast")
3. Joker ("The Dark Knight")
4. Col. Hans Landa ("Inglorious Basterds")
5. Agent Smith ("The Matrix")
6. Patrick Bateman ("American Psycho")
7. Tommy DeVito ("Goodfellas")
8. Maximus ("Gladiator")
9. Keyser Soze ("The Usual Suspects")
10. Jules ("Pulp Fiction")
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