Movie Character Madness Round 3

March is the time for tournament brackets, right? So why not have one pertaining to movie characters?

While there have been a lot of great characters over the past 100 years of movies, I’m not extending the scope that far. In fact, I took movies from the past 4 years, limited it to the films I’ve seen, and I picked my favorite characters (you might’ve seen the four articles here).

Now that Round 1 and Round 2 are done, it’s time to take on Round 3. Here are your match-ups to vote in, and this time, you’ll be picking TWO characters from a group of four:

Stark Industries Region

1 – Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) from Iron Man / Avengers

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4 – Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) in Kick-Ass

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3 – Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in X-Men: First Class

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7 – Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Django Unchained

In the top half of this region, the top seeds advanced to this point. There was no surprise about Sydney Fife getting kicked to the curb, as his movie wasn’t extremely popular. I thought perhaps Melissa McCarthy’s Megan from Bridesmaids would advance, but I’m not surprised she lost out. Knives Chau had a nice run for an 11-seed, surpassing expectations, but you had to know that Magneto was going to get the better of someone whose name was “Knives”.  Whether I underestimated the popularity of Calvin Candie, the power of DiCaprio, or over-estimated how great Woody Harrelson’s “Tallahassee” was in Zombieland, the lower seed advanced. Now the question at hand is what the top two representatives from this region will be:

  • an uber-violent teenage girl
  • the quick-witted, uber-techie billionaire
  • a super-villain in the making
  • the harsh plantation owner

Deep South Region

1 – Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) in Django Unchained

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5 – Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) in Amazing Spider-Man

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3 – Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) in Sherlock Holmes

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2 – Bane (Tom Hardy) in Dark Knight Rises

Gru put up a great fight, but in the end, he was probably too despicable or too kid-friendly for voters. The new-era web-slinger just barely edged out Stephen with a tie-breaker deciding that contest. Probably not a big surprise that one of history’s greatest detectives beat-out a creepy chauvinist who only had a side-role in the film in which he appeared. Fassbender’s stoic and haunting portrayal of an android antagonist wasn’t enough to up-end one of the more notorious fictional terrorists of the past decade. Now the question at hand is what the top two representatives from this region will be:

  • a dentist turned bounty hunter
  • a wise-cracking web-slinger
  • one of history’s greatest detectives
  • a bat-back-breaking terrorist

Region Internationale

1 – Silva (Javier Bardem) in Skyfall

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5 – Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

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6 – Dr Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) in Horrible Bosses

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10 – Mal (Marion Cotillard) in Inception

One of the best James Bond villains of all time just barely got past a character I predicted would have a first-round exit because of the negativity I was hearing about the Facebook (co-)founder. Dicky Eklund again finds himself in position as being better at helping than in having personal success in his chosen field. The one-man wolfpack met his match in another person who likes to party and is willing to go to extremes to make it happen. In perhaps the biggest upset of the tournament, the puny god got stomped down by a woman who haunts dreams. Now the question at hand is what the top two representatives from this region will be:

  • a charismatic super-villain
  • a dorky-yet-successful guy fighting for his lady love
  • the most sexually-driven dentist you’ll ever meet
  • a dream-haunting beauty

Fashion Forward Region

1 – Django (Jamie Foxx) in Django Unchained

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4 – Eli (Denzel Washington) in Book Of Eli

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14 – Danny Buck Davidson (Matthew McConaughey) in Bernie

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2 – Col Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) in Inglorious Basterds

The showdown didn’t work out well for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Cobb and his co-star from a different movie, perhaps lacking the harsh edge of his other role.  The awkward dinner guest wasn’t able to magically win votes over to his cause. The housemaid wasn’t able to get past the prosecutor. No great song-and-dance from Fat Amy helped her get past the SS officer. Now the final question at hand for the third round is what the top two representatives from this region will be:

  • the emancipated man with love in his heart and revenge on his mind
  • the singularly-focused traveler with a penchant for reading
  • the prosecutor who doesn’t care about public sentiment
  • the Nazi officer looking for run-aways
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