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Decade's best character?

12.20.2009
Maybe this has been done already on another site, I just haven't seen it. But in any case, I thought maybe this would spark some discussion and debate here on our Strike Backs.

Sci-fi blog io9 made up a cool, short little list on who they thought were the Best New Characters of the Decade. Here were their picks (numbered in no particular order):

1) Benjamin Linus (LOST)
2) Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venture (THE VENTURE BROTHERS)
3) Gaius Baltar (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA)
4) Donna Noble (DOCTOR WHO)
5) Kate Kane/Batwoman (DC Comics)

Being a sci-fi site, io9's picks tend to bend towards that genre. But, I still think the question is a good one fit for discussion. Off the top of my head, it's hard to think back through an entire decade's worth of stuff, but new characters that immediately spring to mind for me are Omar Little and Stringer Bell from HBO's "The Wire", The Bluth Family from Fox's "Arrested Development", and most definitely Col. Hans Landa from Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

Who are your picks? Hit up our Strike Backs below and let us know who you guys think are the Best New Characters of the Decade.
Extra Tidbit: Batwoman, really?
Source: io9

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5:16PM on 12/22/2009

Character in Film:

Pat Bateman, Joker, Anton Chigurh, Daniel Plainview, V.
Pat Bateman, Joker, Anton Chigurh, Daniel Plainview, V.
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5:13PM on 12/22/2009

Character in TV:

1000% Charlie Kelley/Dennis, Dee, Frank Reynolds/Mac!! Heyo, bitches!!
1000% Charlie Kelley/Dennis, Dee, Frank Reynolds/Mac!! Heyo, bitches!!
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7:27PM on 12/21/2009
I like the way the post started I'm going with Tobias Funke.
I like the way the post started I'm going with Tobias Funke.
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3:38PM on 12/21/2009

My top 2

Frank Martin - The Transporter
Mr. Smith - Shoot em'up

Totally badass characters! :D
Frank Martin - The Transporter
Mr. Smith - Shoot em'up

Totally badass characters! :D
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2:10PM on 12/21/2009
Hans Landa, Dexter Morgan, Anton Chigurh, I thought Mace Windu was pretty sweet.
Hans Landa, Dexter Morgan, Anton Chigurh, I thought Mace Windu was pretty sweet.
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1:06PM on 12/21/2009
After skimming the entries, I'm surprised Ron Burgandy was not mentioned.

There are obviously others, but his was the first that popped in my head.
After skimming the entries, I'm surprised Ron Burgandy was not mentioned.

There are obviously others, but his was the first that popped in my head.
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11:27AM on 12/21/2009

off the top of my head

there are a few Joss Whedon characters

BTVS
River Tan
Alpha spring to mind
there are a few Joss Whedon characters

BTVS
River Tan
Alpha spring to mind
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10:58AM on 12/21/2009

co-sign!

definitely Vic Mackey or his reality show twin... Russell from Survivor.
definitely Vic Mackey or his reality show twin... Russell from Survivor.
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10:47AM on 12/21/2009
Barney Stinson
Hans Landa
Jason Bourne
Jack Sparrow
Barney Stinson
Hans Landa
Jason Bourne
Jack Sparrow
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7:21AM on 12/21/2009
Vic Mackey
Shane Vendrell
Curtis Lemansky
Ronnie Gardocki

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Vic Mackey
Shane Vendrell
Curtis Lemansky
Ronnie Gardocki

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7:11AM on 12/21/2009
Vic Mackey
Shane Vendrell
Curtis Lemansky
Ronnie Gardocki

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Vic Mackey
Shane Vendrell
Curtis Lemansky
Ronnie Gardocki

The Strike Team Was Here
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5:33AM on 12/21/2009
Vic Mackey. The best character in the most addictive drama of the decade. Watch one episode and you can sit down and watch about 10 in a row.
Vic Mackey. The best character in the most addictive drama of the decade. Watch one episode and you can sit down and watch about 10 in a row.
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5:11AM on 12/21/2009
#1 is Jack Bauer.

The rest in no particular order:

Tony Almeida, Arvin Sloane, Jack Bristow, Sydney Bristow, Irina Derevko, Dr. Gregory House, Dean Winchester, Denny Crane, John Locke, Jack Shepherd, Benjamin Linus, Juliet Burke, Alexander Mahone, Michael Scofield, Lincoln Burrows, Jason Bourne, William Miller, Penny Lane, James Bond, Ethan Hunt, Leonard Shelby, ect. I could go on and on. I'll stop there for now.
#1 is Jack Bauer.

The rest in no particular order:

Tony Almeida, Arvin Sloane, Jack Bristow, Sydney Bristow, Irina Derevko, Dr. Gregory House, Dean Winchester, Denny Crane, John Locke, Jack Shepherd, Benjamin Linus, Juliet Burke, Alexander Mahone, Michael Scofield, Lincoln Burrows, Jason Bourne, William Miller, Penny Lane, James Bond, Ethan Hunt, Leonard Shelby, ect. I could go on and on. I'll stop there for now.
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11:41PM on 12/20/2009
Randy "The Ram" Robinson
Beatrice Kiddo aka The Bride
Miles (Paul Giamatti, Sideways)
Jack (Thomas Haden Church, Sideways)
Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men)
Tony Soprano (even though season 1 started in 1999)
Randy "The Ram" Robinson
Beatrice Kiddo aka The Bride
Miles (Paul Giamatti, Sideways)
Jack (Thomas Haden Church, Sideways)
Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men)
Tony Soprano (even though season 1 started in 1999)
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11:14PM on 12/20/2009
Cherry Darling-Planet Terror
Vic Mackey-The Shield
Cherry Darling-Planet Terror
Vic Mackey-The Shield
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10:55PM on 12/20/2009
Since this is a movie site I will only list my top 5 movie characters.
-Joker, He made TDK the success it was
-Jack Sparrow, The reason POTC was so successful
-Anton Shigur(spelling?) One of the best villains in film history
-Patrick Bateman

SUre there are plenty more better than the ones I chose, I just can't remember well enough.

Since this is a movie site I will only list my top 5 movie characters.
-Joker, He made TDK the success it was
-Jack Sparrow, The reason POTC was so successful
-Anton Shigur(spelling?) One of the best villains in film history
-Patrick Bateman

SUre there are plenty more better than the ones I chose, I just can't remember well enough.

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1:24AM on 12/21/2009
Joker and Bateman are awesome, but the list is for best NEW characters and those guys have been around before 2000 (Joker-duh; Bateman-the novel)
Joker and Bateman are awesome, but the list is for best NEW characters and those guys have been around before 2000 (Joker-duh; Bateman-the novel)
8:56PM on 12/20/2009
Ari Gold - Entourage
Hank Moody - Californication
Jason Bourne - The Bourne Trilogy
Dr. Greg House - House M.D.
Dexter - Dexter
Jack Sparrow - Pirates of the Carribean
Harry Potter - Harry Potter Franchise
Tyler Durden - Fight Club
Ari Gold - Entourage
Hank Moody - Californication
Jason Bourne - The Bourne Trilogy
Dr. Greg House - House M.D.
Dexter - Dexter
Jack Sparrow - Pirates of the Carribean
Harry Potter - Harry Potter Franchise
Tyler Durden - Fight Club
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8:53PM on 12/20/2009
Dr. Horrible lol
Dr. Horrible lol
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8:24PM on 12/20/2009
i don't see what's so "really?" about batwoman. unless you haven't read i suppose.
i don't see what's so "really?" about batwoman. unless you haven't read i suppose.
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5:01PM on 12/20/2009
Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day Lewis) from Gangs of New York. Hands down.
Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day Lewis) from Gangs of New York. Hands down.
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4:22PM on 12/20/2009
So, So many names

Titus Pullo, Jack Sparrow, Sam & Dean Winchester, Al Swearengen, Chev Chelios, Shaun, Randy "The Ram" Robinson and of course the Legend that is Jack Bauer!
So, So many names

Titus Pullo, Jack Sparrow, Sam & Dean Winchester, Al Swearengen, Chev Chelios, Shaun, Randy "The Ram" Robinson and of course the Legend that is Jack Bauer!
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4:02PM on 12/20/2009

Bad lists...

Everybody's lists are terrible. It's like your personal favorite characters, rather than the characters who truly defined the decade and made an impact. In the same way that Rambo defined the 80s, and the T-800 from T2 defined the 90s. How does that equal any of the characters from Inglorius Basterds? It's too new. Or Roger the Alien from American Dad? C'mon now. If anything one of the biggest cartoon characters of the 2000-2009 period has been Sponge Bob Squarepants. I think it needs to go
Everybody's lists are terrible. It's like your personal favorite characters, rather than the characters who truly defined the decade and made an impact. In the same way that Rambo defined the 80s, and the T-800 from T2 defined the 90s. How does that equal any of the characters from Inglorius Basterds? It's too new. Or Roger the Alien from American Dad? C'mon now. If anything one of the biggest cartoon characters of the 2000-2009 period has been Sponge Bob Squarepants. I think it needs to go beyond personal tastes here.
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3:52PM on 12/20/2009
Anton Chigurh
Daniel Plainview
The Bluths
Omar Little
Hans Landa
Kirk Lazarus
The Bride
Shaun
Ira Gold
WALL-E

Just off the top of my head.
Anton Chigurh
Daniel Plainview
The Bluths
Omar Little
Hans Landa
Kirk Lazarus
The Bride
Shaun
Ira Gold
WALL-E

Just off the top of my head.
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4:05PM on 12/20/2009
Never mind
Never mind
9:42PM on 12/20/2009
Great list... I'd add Al Swearengen and Borat.
Great list... I'd add Al Swearengen and Borat.
3:41PM on 12/20/2009
Holy fucking shit.

Brittany Murphy is dead.
Holy fucking shit.

Brittany Murphy is dead.
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3:54PM on 12/20/2009
Huh?
Huh?
3:28PM on 12/20/2009
Chloe Sullivan - Smallville
Vic Mackey - The Shield
Dr. Gregory House - House
Sam Axe - Burn Notice
Chloe Sullivan - Smallville
Vic Mackey - The Shield
Dr. Gregory House - House
Sam Axe - Burn Notice
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3:24PM on 12/20/2009

SAMCRO

Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy
Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy
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3:18PM on 12/20/2009
Dexter Morgan, John Locke, Dwight Schrute..

I never understood the love of Jack Bauer... What substance/depth does that character really have? Don't crucify me for this.
Dexter Morgan, John Locke, Dwight Schrute..

I never understood the love of Jack Bauer... What substance/depth does that character really have? Don't crucify me for this.
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3:16PM on 12/20/2009
Jack Bristow - Alias
John Locke - Lost
Dexter - Dexter
Al Swearengen - Deadwood
Glen Quagmire - Family Guy
Jack Bauer - 24
Jack Bristow - Alias
John Locke - Lost
Dexter - Dexter
Al Swearengen - Deadwood
Glen Quagmire - Family Guy
Jack Bauer - 24
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2:56PM on 12/20/2009
Jack Bristow from Alias
Jack Bristow from Alias
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2:46PM on 12/20/2009

Arthur Mitchell

Along with Dexter Morgan I would have to add Arthur aka Trinity from season 4. John Lithgow raised the bar for serial killers everywhere.
Along with Dexter Morgan I would have to add Arthur aka Trinity from season 4. John Lithgow raised the bar for serial killers everywhere.
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2:54PM on 12/20/2009
totally agree man. i can't believe i left him off when suggesting dexter. that whole cast is great, masuka cracks me up
totally agree man. i can't believe i left him off when suggesting dexter. that whole cast is great, masuka cracks me up
2:41PM on 12/20/2009
Al Swearengen from Deadwood was a awesome character.

Al Swearengen from Deadwood was a awesome character.

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2:21PM on 12/20/2009

VIC MACKEY #1.

and shane vendrell #2.
and shane vendrell #2.
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2:18PM on 12/20/2009
It's probably been said many times before, but Heath Ledger's joker was one of the best characters of the decade in my opinion. I agree with the suggestion of Waltz's Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds as well. And of course, Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow made for a great character.
It's probably been said many times before, but Heath Ledger's joker was one of the best characters of the decade in my opinion. I agree with the suggestion of Waltz's Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds as well. And of course, Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow made for a great character.
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2:17PM on 12/20/2009

LOST

Lol the whole cast of LOST should be up there...
Lol the whole cast of LOST should be up there...
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2:04PM on 12/20/2009
John Locke should b there 2
John Locke should b there 2
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2:03PM on 12/20/2009
1 Jack Bauer 2. Daniel Plainview 3. Walt White from Breaking Bad 4. Hans Landa
1 Jack Bauer 2. Daniel Plainview 3. Walt White from Breaking Bad 4. Hans Landa
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1:50PM on 12/20/2009

DEXTER

Hands down, the best character of the decade is Dexter Morgan. He's fantastic in the books and Micheal C. Hall portrayal of him in the show is pure genius.
Hands down, the best character of the decade is Dexter Morgan. He's fantastic in the books and Micheal C. Hall portrayal of him in the show is pure genius.
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1:48PM on 12/20/2009
Donna Noble?! Somebody's having a laugh.
Donna Noble?! Somebody's having a laugh.
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1:40PM on 12/20/2009
Needs more Col. Hans Landa. People will remember him years from now, still keep quoting him and still remember that fucking stellar performace by Waltz.
Needs more Col. Hans Landa. People will remember him years from now, still keep quoting him and still remember that fucking stellar performace by Waltz.
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1:36PM on 12/20/2009
Vic Mackey!
Vic Mackey!
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1:33PM on 12/20/2009
1) Dexter Morgan,2) Jack Bauer,3) GOB Bluth, 4)Roger "The Alien" Smith,5) TIE: Hank Moody & Dr. Gregory House

Runner UPs: Rusty Venture, Ben Linus, Larfleeze (The Orange Lantern), Hans Landa
1) Dexter Morgan,2) Jack Bauer,3) GOB Bluth, 4)Roger "The Alien" Smith,5) TIE: Hank Moody & Dr. Gregory House

Runner UPs: Rusty Venture, Ben Linus, Larfleeze (The Orange Lantern), Hans Landa
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1:28PM on 12/20/2009

weird

Malcolm Reynolds from firefly was pretty sweet.
What about Dexter Morgan from Dexter? does he not count because he's from a book?
Frank Reynolds from Always Sunny!

*edit* just thought about Nancy Bottwan from weeds. love that show. or Walter White from Breaking Bad.
Malcolm Reynolds from firefly was pretty sweet.
What about Dexter Morgan from Dexter? does he not count because he's from a book?
Frank Reynolds from Always Sunny!

*edit* just thought about Nancy Bottwan from weeds. love that show. or Walter White from Breaking Bad.
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1:22PM on 12/20/2009

WHAT

Donna Noble was the worst character of the decade! As for the Galactica pick, Admiral Adama > Baltar every time. I'd also include Stringer Bell (The Wire) and Jack Sparrow, off the top of my head.
Donna Noble was the worst character of the decade! As for the Galactica pick, Admiral Adama > Baltar every time. I'd also include Stringer Bell (The Wire) and Jack Sparrow, off the top of my head.
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1:18PM on 12/20/2009
this list loses all credibility since it lacks nate fisher.
this list loses all credibility since it lacks nate fisher.
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1:17PM on 12/20/2009

Ben

Benjamin Linus really is one of the greatest characters in not only tv history, but all mediums. He deserves to be number 1.
Benjamin Linus really is one of the greatest characters in not only tv history, but all mediums. He deserves to be number 1.
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1:08PM on 12/20/2009
Cool, Tobias Funke from Arrested Development is pictured!

Love that show!
Cool, Tobias Funke from Arrested Development is pictured!

Love that show!
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