Can You Match the Anti-Hero to the Movie?

By: Monica Lee

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow loves his rum and will take a ship that he wants, when he wants, the devil be dammed. His character is basically a trumped-up impression of Keith Richards, but he's a charmer!

Paddy Considine is an avenging angel of death in the movie "Dead Man’s Shoes." Paddy's character, Richard torments the bullying thugs in his home town.

A customer-loathing, porn-loving video store attendant, Randal Graves, is the star of "Clerks." This cult classic was made on a budget of $25,000.

He needs to keep his adrenaline pumping or he dies. Criminal by trade, Chelios sets about picking fights with anyone he can find to keep his heart rate up.

It's a killer's worst nightmare. A rock star, Eric Draven, is revived from the dead to get vengeance on the killers who put him there. The late Brandon Lee gave an amazing performance.

If you're in their path, you're dead. It's as simple as that to a pair of morally bankrupt degenerates. However Mickey truly loves Mallory, so we can see his sweet side.

Nicholas Cage is Terrence McDonagh, a non-law-abiding cop in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." He wants his drugs and will do anything to get them. Give it to him, and he's on your good side.

When Roger Swanson, a ladies man, takes his nephew under wing for an informative and educational night of picking up women, ee do see his vulnerability. Also, his silver-tongued pick-up lines are too charming to ignore.

Munny has been killing people all his life, but he has hung his gun to be a pig-farmer. Then a prostitute needs revenge and he will make sure the job is properly done, even though he doesn't want to be there.

The limping, quivering, weak-link of the five criminals in a police line-up, Verbal Kint, turns out to be the most diabolical of them all. It all hits you when you see his limp suddenly disappear when he strides to his getaway car.

George Clooney as Seth Gecko plays a violent bank robber in the film, "From Dusk 'Til Dawn." Not only is Seth a born charmer, he’s also a skilled at dispatching evil doers back to the netherworld.

"American Beauty’s" disillusioned family man, Lester Burnham, has a midlife crisis that leads him to quit his job, smoke marijuana and pursue his daughter’s best friend. His new direction in life seems more fun ...

He's cocky, but fun. Ferris sticks it to the man in spectacular style. And when he showers he wears a Mohawk. That's the style we're talking about.

This drifter, scowling away in a filthy poncho, stars in "The Man With No Name." Despite his honorable intentions, he is just waiting for the opportunity to reach for his six-shooter.

The protagonist of the Potter series, Snape plays the anti-hero to Harry Potter's hero. Until we find out he has gone to great lengths to protect Harry from Voldemort.

As a serial killer and a wealthy, materialistic Wall Street investment banker, he is a true psycho. However, we are amazed how he succeeds in his double-life, making money while hacking others to pieces.

Handsome and brooding, Marlon Brando is magnetic as the anti-authoritarian Johnny Strabler. Yep, he's the wild one.

Robin Hood does whatever the heck he wants to do. And that includes robbing from the rich. What a satisfying occupation.

Kowalski is an ex-soldier who just can’t bear the way his local neighborhood has gone to seed. Sure, he might be a born racist, but he knows how to pick the good guys from the bad.

Gary Oldman is a crooked cop who continually manages to justify himself throughout a series of truly heinous actions. He does these murderous acts for love -- so he can support his wife and mistress.

He's vicious and unpredictable. He's on his way to prison. His ride is attacked by a host of alien beasts. It's a good day to be a psychotically violent person after all.

Hatchet Harry’s no-nonsense debt collector, Big Chris, has two smoking barrels. He's a mean hardhead but can be emotional -- don’t get between him and his son, especially if there's a car door nearby.

James Dean has become an icon of what an antihero means to us all. In Rebel Without A Cause, James Dean portrays a troubled teen, Jim Stark. Jim had runaway from a difficult past to make a fresh start, however, Los Angeles wasn't the place to do it.

His mission is good: clean up the city's filthy streets. However, his method is not so good. Rorschach will dish out as much pain as is necessary to get what he wants.

A young man, sentenced to seven years in prison, ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. Going crazy, his alter ego emerges, as Charles Bronson.

Ryan Gosling plays the strong but silent type, sporting a satin driving jacket, leather gloves and of course, a toothpick. He kills many henchmen in a gruesome fashion.

Ripley can’t stand seeing others with things and lifestyles he wants. His solution? He kills them. However, he has so much sickly charm he is able to social-climb easily and we applaud him for it.

He’s a ruthless killer with a soft spot. He tries to mind his own business but can't when a vulnerable child is in danger. He teaches his young roommate deadly skills with a gun so she can avenge her family's deaths.

Guy Pearce portrays Ed Exley in "L.A. Confidential." This career-obsessed, self-serving turncoat knows how to get ahead. And we like watching him do it.

Michael Caine plays Alfie as a seedy, amoral snake who has a way with women. He breaks hearts like eggs for an omelette.

Antonio "Tony" Montana is portrayed by Al Pacino in "Scarface." Tony is living the American dream. Just ignore the fact that he’s killed people along the way to live it.

It's easy to like war hero turned criminal Snake Plissken. He was awarded two Purple Hearts before going against the law. Plus, he saves the president, another reason to hope for a happy ending for him.

This jheri-curled hitman can tell you what a quarter-pounder with cheese is called in France. He also kills easily and with no regret.

Gorden Gekko is a powerful and ethically void corporate raider. However, he makes a blue shirt with white collar combo look cool before it ever was. Which says a lot about the charisma of this character.

Marv is a fictional character in the graphic novel series, "Sin City." Despite thriving on violence and visiting prostitutes he has a heart of gold.

Max Rockatansky watches his wife and kids get run over by rapists and killers. He goes mad with revenge. However, we love to watch him because of his sawn-off shotgun, motorcycle leathers and other gadgets.

He's divorced, unemployed and a middle-aged man going through a violent mid-life crises that includes an Uzi-assisted rampage. He goes postal but we all understand the rage. Just not to that extent.

You serve your country only to come home to be treated like a nothing. But not John Rambo. He keeps his temper against aggressors ... until he explodes.

He's so bad he's good. Or, at least hysterical to watch. Willie will do anything for his next drink, including allowing a young child to sit on his knee after Willie has peed in his pants.

Fava beans and Chianti are perfect accompaniments to a cannibalistic meal. However, we are spellbound by Hannibal Lecter's personality and desires.

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About This Quiz

It's the bad-boy syndrome. You know they are bad, but they have undeniable charisma that makes you root for them to win in the end. Or they are characters you simply love to hate, with a performance that is so gut-wrenchingly real that their cruelty is almost understandable.  Whether it's Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in the "American Psycho" or Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street", these charismatic, good-for-nothings are absolutely great to watch. And like Kevin Spacey as Verbal in "The Usual Suspects", you appreciate how cunning these characters are in the end.

Having a flawed hero can make a movie more interesting, since the protagonist lacks conventional heroic qualities such as pureness of heart and things like, well ... ethics. Many times the anti-hero becomes the embodiment of social criticism. Take Michael Douglas' character in "Falling Down," for example. This divorced, unemployed, middle-aged man went into a rage for a good reason ... although he took it too far, Uzi and all. Even "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" gave a voice to those who think rules shouldn't necessarily ALWAYS be followed. So sit back, grab your popcorn and recall all the bad boys of this genre. You got this. Start the quiz now. 

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