50 Greatest '80s Movie Characters

Sgt. Larvell Jones (Police Academy)

The Movie Character: Y’know… the sound effects guy. (*makes a noise like a helicopter, pretends to talk out of sync like in an old martial arts movie, etc*)

Defining Moment: His introduction to Steve Guttenberg’s Mahoney, in which he makes the police precinct duck in panic at the sound of a machine gun opening fire on them all. From then on, we'd spend many hours going “chkchkchkchckchkchk” and “whuwhuwhuwhuwhuwhu” hoping that it sounded like something realistic.

Falkor (The Neverending Story)

The Movie Character: A luckdragon, inhabitant of Fantasia and friend of Atreyu and Bastian. He’s basically a flying sausage dog and is the answer to the occasional difficult movie quiz question.

Defining Moment: While fighting evil monster Ygramul, the dragon-dog shows that he can actually breathe fire. And it’s blue. As a kid, that’s pretty much the coolest thing you can see in a film.

Chucky (Child's Play)

The Movie Character: A Good Guy doll possessed by the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee “Chucky” Ray. Also a ginge who wears dungarees.

Defining Moment: Now living with a new family, the first sense we get of an eerie, creepy doll killer is when he says in a sing-song voice “Hi I’m Chucky – wanna play?” – all without batteries. (*shudders*)

Josh Baskin (Big)

The Movie Character: A 12-year-old boy who, after making a wish with a fortune teller machine, finds himself inhabiting the body of a 30-year-old Tom Hanks.

Defining Moment: Performing Chopsticks with his feet at FAO Schwarz alongside company owner Mr MacMillan. It’s a perfect blend of fun, friendship and childlike energy.

Alex Forrest (Fatal Attraction)

The Movie Character: Less a smitten kitten and more an obsessed, murderous stalking she-beast.

Defining Moment: With two simple ingredients – a fluffy pet and a pan of boiling water – she manages to coin a phrase that will forever describe clinging, psychopathic mentalists: BUNNY BOILER BUNNY BOILER BUNNY BOILER.

Withnail (Withnail And I)

The Movie Character: Flamboyant and failed thespian who is also a raging alcoholic, prone to drinking all manner of questionable liquids.

Defining Moment: Belligerently ordering alcohol in a tearoom: "We want the finest wines available to humanity, we want them here, and we want them now!"

Nigel Tufnell (This Is Spinal Tap)

The Movie Character: Lead guitarist of Spinal Tap, owner of specially modified amplifiers and writer of that haunting classical piece Lick My Love Pump.

Defining Moment: So many to choose from but it has to be his inability to grasp why amplifiers that go up to 11 are no better than amplifiers that go up to 10, if they can go to the same volume. Why not? “These go to eleven”.

Chunk (The Goonies)

The Movie Character: Hawaiian-shirt wearing member of the Goonies; a clumsy, heavy-set tattle-teller who gets captured by the Fratellis and manages to save his own life by whining loudly.

Defining Moment: We could say the moment where he tells his entire life story to the Fratellis in order to delay the inevitable. We could even say his first meeting and subsequent friendship with Sloth. But who are we kidding? The Truffle Shuffle wins every time.

Number Five (Short Circuit)

The Movie Character: Sentient robot with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a desperate need to escape the military authorities that want to recapture him and take him apart.

Defining Moment: Having survived his ordeal, Number Five reappears at the end of the film and announces that he has renamed himself Johnny Five, after the song Who’s Johnny. Thus an identity is born.

John Matrix (Commando)

The Movie Character: Former Special Forces colonel who has retired to the peace and tranquillity of the countryside with his young daughter where he feeds deer and lifts two tree trunks at once just because he can.

Defining Moment: Finishing off his chain-shirted nemesis Bennett by throwing a large steel pipe through him, which then inexplicably gives off steam. All for that final post-kill pun.