Offtopicland. This still isn't the place to discuss politics, religion, or hot-button social issues, however.
Omar from The Wire is hands down the best character ever.
Dr. Cox (can't explain it - just loved his character on SCRUBS)
Honorable Mentions: Eric Cartman; Kramer
Waiting on Chief to rid the United States military of the use of its hundreds thousands of acronyms.
I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!
The Skeezers from Rock of Love
Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.
Great list. I wasnt a huge Seinfeld fan so I may replace Kramer but the rest of the list is great. I might replace him with a 90210 character of something.
+1 for Michael Scott and Ron Swanson
“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP
I don't watch many tv shows on a regular basis but Tony Soprano would be on my list.
Burton "Gus" Guster
In Urban We Trust
We have very similar tastes in comedy as those would probably be 3 or 4 of mine. With psych hands down in there.
We've entered a golden age of television.
"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.
Hodor has the best and most badass lines in television.
1. Daryl Dixon
2. Will Smith (Fresh Prince)
3. Corey Matthews
4. Zack Morris
5. Jack McCoy
A little late here, but going with the A-team (the young Hovenaut votes) along with the obvious (in that number one spot).
+1 for Stinson
"You win with people." Woody Hayes
"If winning isn't everything, why do we keep score?" Vince Lombardi
"¯\_(ツ)_/¯" Joey Bosa
Tyrion Lannister, the greatest character on the greatest show on tv right now. Great addition to the others mentioned.
Make their asses quit! - Nick Saban
Another name for this thread...
"Find out how old everyone is without actually asking"
"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter
Just say no to italics abuse.
I have too many to name... here's mine:
1. Barney Stinson
2. Barney Stinson
3. Barney Stinson
4. Barney Stinson
5. Barney Stinson
this list is legen-wait for it- dary!
"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer
Please notice the sarcasm font.
LOL!!! I did, I just forgot to insert mine....
Bender B. Rodríguez
Keep the change, ya filthy animal!
1.) Capt. John "Hannibal" Smith (The A-Team)
2.) Thomas Magnum (Magnum, P.I.)
3.) Capt. "H. M." Murdock (The A-Team)
4.) Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld)
5.) Caroline Holden (Baywatch)
I'm just happy to be here
Popeye The Sailor Man(A cartoon I know, but more man than most of us)
"Say my name."
+1 on the Rockford
Al Bundy - Married With Children
Raylon Givens - Justified
Archie Bunker - All in the Family
Stewie Griffin - Family Guy
Paulie "Walnuts" Gaultieri - Sopranos
Rafi (The League)
Ron Swanson (Parks & Rec)
Michael Scott (The Office)
Any one of Mac/Charlie Kelly/Frank Reynolds (It's Always Sunny)
Charlie Harper/Sam Malone
Will McAvoy (The Newsroom)
Any Main Character from Spartacus
Hmmm.....doesn't specify type.....
1. Eddie George
2. Greg Oden (when he was on that Ohio basketball show)
3. Braxton Miller
4. Ted Ginn
5. Bert (because everyone has to have that loveable idiot)...
But he's not lovable.
"Evil shenanigans!" - Mac
Nelson Van Alden
Dr Frasier Crane
Thomas Sullivan Magnum
Jonathan Quayle Higgins
Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Florence Jean 'Flo' Castleberry
James Tiberius Kirk
Dr. Richard Kimble
Great pull on Veronica Mars.
Those first two seasons were so great. Most teenager characters are annoying cliches, but Bell was just fantastic playing smart & capable while still managing to be a teen.
The same goes for Savage in Wonder Years. Pulling off a convincing 'every kid' isn't that easy. Usually kids his age are just used for smart alec one liners & comedic relief. Kevin Arnold actually displayed the same kind of real emotions that all of us dealt with at that age.
The only two other shows I can remember that reached that same level are Freaks & Geeks and Degrassi....maybe Secret Life of the American Teen.
Very little there to disagree with. Love the Malcom Reynolds addition.
Great call on Walter Bishop. And kudos for the Babylon 5 reference. I'd upvote if I could!!!
I love Raylan, but Boyd Crowder is the best main character in the Justified. Of course, as far as minor characters, Wynn Duffy can't be beaten, although Tim has his moments.
Sidenote: I've developed a massive crush on Alicia Witt this season with her portrayal of Wendy Crowe.
When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.
Boyd is an amazing character but Raylan still gets my vote if for no other reason than...
Unfortunately the clip starts after the look he gives the guy when the 'duel' is proposed.
Olyphant was overshadowed by Ian McShane in Deadwood but while Bowd is certainly Raylan's equal, Raylan more than holds his own. To be honest Ava is right up there as well.
Oh, trust me, I love Raylan, he's easily one of my favorite characters. I just think that the changes we see Boyd go through over the seasons make him a better character. Both are absolutely fantastic.
No argument here. There are so many great roles in that show...Ellstin Limehouse, Mags Bennett, Shelby Parlow/Drew Thompson and of course my personal favorite...Constable Bob 'Beef Stew' Sweeney.
Even minor characters like Ellen May are so perfectly done.
People tend to underestimate Bob at their own peril.
Also, Margo Martindale's Maggs Bennett was maybe the best villain that I've seen on television. And Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett was also superb.
No Walter White in the 10's?
Anytime you try to narrow things down to such a ridiculous degree there are going to be glaring omissions. :)
Titus Pullo was awesome, but I liked Attia of the Julii better. What a monster of a mother, and man would I like to have a go at her.
I'll name mine later when I have a chance to think about it more but I can't believe no one mentioned Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.
If you jiggle your monitor, does that make a jiggly gif?
It's almost impossible to pick five. I could probably stretch my list to twenty and leave some good ones off. I could have five just from the various law and order shows.
IN NO ORDER, THIS IS FINAL. CLOSE THIS THREAD DOWN PLZ.
Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.
Surprised you were the first Vic Mackey taker.
Class of 2010.
Oh, good call on Nancy Botwin.
1. Ron Swanson
2. Spongebob Squarepants
4. George Costanza
5. Michael Scott
Our Honor Defend!
spongebob eh...someones definitely smoked quite a bit of the weed
Back in the day. Got a kid now and whatnot so you know how it is.
2. Lorenzo Von Matterhorn
3. Jerry Van Dyke
4. Teller (From Penn and Teller)
5. Eddie Haskell
Nice list a totally different direction than most - but I approve
List of women you want to marry?
"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.
1. Walter White
2. Home J Simpson
3. Heathcliff Huxtable
4. Vic Mackey
5. Jack Bauer
Maynard G. Krebs, Jethro Bodine, Barney Fife, Zachary Smith, and Chuck Martin
I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
+1 for the B Fife reference
Some not mentioned yet
Michael J Fox
Tom Hanks-Bosom Buddies
Robin Williams-Mork & Mindy
In no particular order as they are all great:
John Sheridan (Babylon 5)
Tony Dinozo (come on, he's a Buckeye!!)
bonus: Homer Simpson, Londo Mollari, Jack Bauer
Just based on shows that I frequently watch, no particular order:
I actually kind of want to put Stephen Colbert on this list, since he plays a character when he's on his show, but I'm not sure that the format really qualifies here.
Off the top of my slighly inebriated head:
I Love Lucy": Lucy Ball
Alan Alda (MASH)
Sanford (Redd Foxx)
Ghoulardi (shout out to Cleveland and NE Ohio youth from the 70s)
Sorry, couldn't resist on the last one
Ginger on Gilligan's Island
Linda Evans....on anything she was on
Barbara Eden....Genie.....4 decades of fantasies
What, no Mary Ann?
No Benny Hill? Dude only taught Bundy everything he new about the ladies.
Crunchy Peanut Butter Bitches.
Reverend Jim (Taxi)
Davy Crockett (okay, I'm old - the Fess Parker role)
Drew Carey (D.C. Show)
Jean Luc Picard (STTNG)
Sam Malone (Cheers)
Balki Bartokomous (Perfect Strangers)
When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Picard: Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
Kirk: Yeah, enjoy your tea, I'll just be over here shirtless with this green chick.
1. Archie Bunker
4. All Dr. Who actors
5. Mary Tyler Moore/Valerie Bertinelli
Stringer Bell - The Wire
Saul Goodman - Breaking Bad
Hank Kingsley - Larry Sanders Show
Rust Cohle - True Detective
Randy - South Park
A few additions to mine:
Howard Wolowitz's mother
Upvote for Frank Costanza. I loved the way any conversation could immediately erupt into screaming over the smallest thing. Serenity Now!!
Many Great answers above. My 5...
And next up was Hawkeye Pierce
3-Dr Cliff Huxtable
Jack Bauer (24)
Shawn Spencer (Psych)
Burton 'Gus' Guster (Psych)
Shawn Hunter (Boy Meets World)
Walter White (Breaking Bad)
1. The Doctor.
2. Walter White
4. Sherlock and Watson (tie)
5. The main characters from Scrubs (lots of ties)
honorable mentions: Hal (Malcolm in the middle), Homer Simpson, Cartman, Peter and Stewie Griffin, Peter Capaldi and Claire and Noah Bennet(Heroes), Frasier, Ron Swanson and Tom Haverford, Dwight Shrewt, Barney Stinson, Shawn and Gus, all the Seinfeld peeps, Baby Sinclair (Dinosaurs), Vincent Nigel Murray (Bones), John Snow and Tyrion, Jack Mccoy (Law and Order)
No votes for Gordon Shumway?
“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”
Hah! I kill me!
This is easily one of the best threads I've seen on this site. Well done to the OP and the many great entries. Though we've only known him for seven episodes, Rust Cohle (one mention above), has quickly become one of the most compelling and memorable characters of all time for me. I would also include the following, some obscure and some just underrated:
Reverend Jim Ignatowski - Taxi
Hawkeye Pierce - MASH
Dwight Schrute - Office
Red Forman - 70's Show
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm
I love Red Forman - great
Can't believe you are the first to mention Larry David and you called him Larry Davis.
Fitting somehow, don't you think?
In no order, these were my favorites growing up.
Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel
Homer J Simpson
Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would be more obvious.
can we give the OP some upvotes?......this is an exceptional thread!!
These stand out to me. Most were smaller roles that expanded due to popularity. I don't watch much TV.
Lowell Mather ( Wings )
Sylar ( Heroes )
Rick James ( bitch ) from Chappelle
Sylar was incredibly creepy, it's really a shame that Heroes went downhill so quickly. First season was incredible, even the second season was pretty good.
Too many but:
Paladin (Have Gun..)
"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)
Frank (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Mac (Always Sunny)
the Swedish Chef
Let your hobbies and interests supplement your life, not be the main course.
Burt Campbell (SOAP)
Sonny Crockett/Burnett (Miami Vice)
Barney Miller (Barney Miller)
Fox Mulder (The X-files)
Gil Grissom (CSI)
1) Homer Simpson
2) Tony Soprano
3) Tyrion Lannister
4) Larry David
5) Mr. Spock
Honorable Mention to the cast of The Americans and True Detective.
Walter White- Breaking Bad
Tyrion Lanister- Game of Thrones
Francis Underwood- House of Cards
Tony Soprano- The Sopranos
Taco- The League
A thread of comments this long without this guy?
My bad. I didn't look at all the comments and just did a search for "Omar." Then scrolling back up I saw his picture in DJ's comment, without his name, so I didn't pick it up in my search. And of course I posted the picture without putting his name. Is there a way I can DV myself?
Mariska Hargitay -- Olivia on Law and Order SVU
Jerry Orbach -- Lenny Briscoe L & O
Larry Hagman -- JR
Will Ferrell -- SNL
Neil Patrick Harris -- How I met your Mother
Upvote for JR, one of the great TV villains, and Lenny was probably the best character on any of the L&O incarnations.
How about Chuck Norris - Cordell Walker?
One just for the ladies:
1) Mary Tyler Moore - Mary Tyler Moore Show
2) Wonder Woman (in her fashion tights/fighting for our rights/ and the ol' Red, White and Blue)
3) Michone - The Walking Dead
4) Elaine Bennis - Seinfeld
5) Buffy - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Finn the Human
Wow, so many great ones to choose from. Let's see if I can put up a list of great ones that no one has mentioned...
Teddy Buckland - Scrubs
Phil and Lem - Better off Ted
Jane Kerkovich-Williams - Happy Endings
Alan Shore - Boston Legal
Josh Lyman - West Wing
Honorable Mention - Moss - IT Crowd
Maurice Moss. Yes!
I've been meaning to get into Happy Endings, that's got Eliza Coupe, right? She was great in Scrubs. I actually really liked "season 9" (I consider it a spin-off) because she was such a great actress.
Also, upvote for Better Off Ted. I'm still sad that they canceled it.
Aaaaaaand the best Teddy Buckland moment:
Hahahaha, that's what goes through my head every time I think of Ted! And yeah, I'm a big Eliza Coupe fan and I too still liked season 9 of Scrubs, definitely like a spin-off.
1. Ari Gold
2. Tony Soprano
3. Omar Little
4. Phil Dunfy
any list without george costanza at the top is wrong forever
I put Larry David on mine, cut out the middle man.
1) James Garner - Maverick
2) Robert Vaughn - The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
3) Don Knotts - The Andy Griffith Show
4) Don Adams - Get Smart
5) Vic Morrow - Combat
1. Barney Stinson
2. Homer Simpson
3. Ari Gold
4. Zach Morris
5. The voice over guy for History Channel's Modern Marvels
Cool Lester Smooth - The Wire.
Chili P - Breaking Bad
Forgot my favorite...Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Ramirez
+1 for the Ghoulardi and Lester
Sam Malone- Cheers
Russ Cohle- True Detective
Jax Teller- Sons of Anarchy
Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!
Gotta give Tyrone Biggums and The Church Lady some love, too!
If we're going to have characters from The Office, we have to include Gareth from the UK version.
Pamela Anderson -- C.J. Parker
Farrah Fawcett -- Jill Munroe
Loni Anderson -- Jennifer Marlowe
Jeri Ryan -- Seven of Nine
Cybill Shepherd -- Maddie Hayes
Sorry about the late edit. Forgot they played roles.
Mr Kotter....Little Jake Harper....Beaver Clever...Jethro Gibbs...Sgt Carter
Forgot: Mindy Drayer
Frank Pembleton from Homicide is another great one.
Top 5 Bad Asses:
5) Michael Weston - Burn Notice
4) Mr. T. - The A-Team
3) Michonne - The Walking Dead
2) Cordell Walker - Walker, Texas Ranger
1) Kwai Chang Caine - Kung Fu
A few more bad asses:
Sam Hanna--NCIS Las Angeles (LJ Cool)
Josh Randall--Wanted Dead or Alive (Steve McQueen)
Rowdy Yates--Rawhide (Clint Eastwood)
Paladin--Have Gun Will Travel (Richard Boone)
Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)
Eric Matthews (Boy Meets World)
George Costanza (Seinfeld)
Abed Nadir (Community)
Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!
1. Tyrion Lannister
2. Chuck Bartowski
5. Sokka from Avatar the Last Airbender (LOVED THAT SHOW)
need more than 5
Jim Carey - In Living Color
Coach Taylor - Friday Night Lights
Jeff Bingham - Rules of Engagement
honorable mentions: David Silver - 90210, Raylan Givens - Justified, Ron Swanson - Parks, Eric Northman - True Blood, Benjamin Linus - Lost, Doogie Howser, Doug Heffernan - King of Queens, Dan Connor - Roseanne, Michael Westin - Burn Notice, John Taffer - Bar Rescue, Michael and Dwight - The Office, Ari Gold, Alex P. Keaton -Family Ties, Winnie Cooper - Wonder Years.
I'm a little ashamed none of my fellow 11W'ers mention Bill Cosby!
Ernest T. Bass
Before there was Larry Bird, there was "Hondo" John Havilcek! The Pride of Martins Ferry, Ohio!
Lucas McCain - The Rifleman
Fish - Barney Miller
Ragnar Lothbrok - Vikings
Grandpa - Munsters
Jack Bauer - 24
"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes