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Harry Potter Cooler Than John McClane, Jack Bauer, Mad Max and The Batman?? EW Ranks The All-Time 'Coolest' Heroes!!

I am – Hercules!!
Foxy Brown cooler than Iron Man? Nancy Drew cooler than The Batman? Harry Potter cooler than Sanjuro Kuwabatake, Johnny Gray AND the T-800? The little boy with the magic wand? Do I need to rewatch those movies? Entertainment Weekly has another cover story designed to fire neurons in pleasure centers and annoy fanboys. The rankings: 1. James Bond 2. Indiana Jones 3. Superman 4. Harry Potter 5. Ellen Ripley 6. John McClane 7. Han Solo 8. Buffy The Vampire Slayer 9. Robin Hood 10. Spider-Man 11. Mad Max 12. James T. Kirk 13. Foxy Brown 14. Will Kane 15. Dirty Harry 16. Jack Bauer 17. Nancy Drew 18. Batman 19. Atticus Finch 20. Sydney Bristow They also pick the 20 best villains. They rank Catherine Trammell above Hans Gruber and J.R. Ewing above Norman Bates, which is the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard. Sorry, Number Two, Anton Chigurh and ED-209, no room on the list for you so we could make room for the guy who made Bobby Ewing’s life a living hell. 1. The Wicked Witch Of The West 2. Darth Vader 3. Hannibal Lecter 4. The Joker 5. Alex DeLarge 6. Montgomery Burns 7. Catherine Tramell 8. Voldemort 9. Dracula 10. Nurse Ratched 11. J.R. Ewing 12. Norman Bates 13. Frank Booth 14. Annie Wilkes 15. Snow White’s Queen 16. Hans Gruber 17. Michael Myers 18. Gordon Gekko 19. Alex Forrest 20. Jack Torrance Find explanations for all of EW’s choices, the good and the extraordinarily poor, here.

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  • March 28, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    lol yeah

    by The Amazing G

  • March 28, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    by EmptyWalletProductions

    43rd! oh and this list is horseshit

  • March 28, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    nurse ratched is number one villian

    by Timahh


  • March 28, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST


    by menstrual_blitz

    like they picked names out of a hat.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Almost forgot about that show.

    by yungb

    What a lasting impression.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    also no hal 9000

    by Timahh

    gordon gecko makes the list, but not hal.....

  • March 28, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Shatner Kirk at 12?? Shat got screwed!!!!

    by picardsucks

    Top Five in no particular order are: Shatner Kirk Indy Han Solo Reeve Supes Connery Bond Thats the Top Five Fuckers

  • March 28, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    And No Khan in the Villians???

    by picardsucks


  • March 28, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Fuck Hitler!

    by BackRiverCatfish

  • March 28, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST


    by Harold-Sherbort

    No Daniel Plainview?

  • March 28, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Sherlock FUCKING Holmes?

    by TheMarineBiologist

    BULLSHIT. This list is immediately disqualified for that single error.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    And where's Roy F-ing Batty in the Villian list??

    by picardsucks

    Even more Gay

  • March 28, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST



  • March 28, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Right on MarineBio where's Brett Holmes??

    by picardsucks

    So Gay

  • March 28, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST


    by funnyhat

  • March 28, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Frank Booth Taught Me How To Appreciate Women

    by Crow3711

    "It's Daddy, shithead! Now, where's my bourbon?" Blue Velvet is the shit. And John McClane would rape Potter with a bullet for being higher on any list than him.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    And No Rocky or Rambo??

    by picardsucks


  • March 28, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter being on the list makes it bullshit.

    by F-18

  • March 28, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    And what about Von Sydow Ming

    by picardsucks


  • March 28, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Nancy Drew > Sherlock Holmes

    by TheMarineBiologist

    That is actually a very funny joke...

  • March 28, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST


    by Harold-Sherbort

    HAL9000 too! What the fuck? And what about Anton Chigurh? Also Amon Goeth from Schindlers List. This list just sucked a fart from a hole.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by AgentCross

    He's right, having Harry Potter on the list and at Number 4 no less invalidates this whole list. Don't get me wrong. I'm a Potter Movie and Book Fan. But he is not cooler then all those others.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Put the Lotion in the basket

    by picardsucks

  • March 28, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck is Will Keane?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • March 28, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Fuck EW we need an Aintitcool list

    by picardsucks

    Actually fuck the whole list idea but fuck EW anyway

  • March 28, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    This is why no one should ever make these kinds of lists...

    by TheMarineBiologist

    Since there are so many opinions and so many memorable characters, a definitive list would never be valid.<p> Unless, of course, it was judged by a nerd council, and not published until the decision is unanimous.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    HAL 9000 is not a villian

    by Paulseta

    and if you understood the film, then you'd realize that.<P> HAL was simply reacting to contradictory orders and programming. He wasn't evil at all - in fact, considering he was simply trying to complete the mission - a mission that was more important than the individual lives of the crew - he was something of the hero of the piece. <P> Anyway, the greatest villain ever was Eric Bogosian's character in Under Siege 2. Now that's some amusing evil I can back to the hilt.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Superman Really?

    by Saen

    As this is EW I take it they are going off the movies, and there was nothing cool about a Superman movie in decades. Seriously, superhuman strength, laser eye beams, flight, and whats he doing, beating up a bald Kevin Spacey with some green rocks. Really COOL AINT IT! Iron Man should have that Spot, RDJ was so much cooler then any other Super Hero on the big screen.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST


    by Darkknight37

    Batman is cooler than Superman. Anyone believing other wise enjoys crack sprinkled on their oatmeal.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST

    What exactly is "cool" about the Wicked Witch? Huh?

    by Iron-kong

    She was an annoying, cartoonish character. She was destroyed with water! WATER!!! <br> <br> Words NEVER uttered by anyone anywhere, "Remember the Wicked Witch from WOZ? She was cool!"

  • March 28, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    What a JOKE! >:D

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Harry Potter's cooler than BATMAN??? Nancy Drew is, too??? Who voted on these, Mrs. McMullen's kindergarten class?<p>Completely asinine ratings... why even post this nonsense?

  • March 28, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Proof that lists of any sort equal FAIL

    by Organs

    It's not even that everyone has their own idea of what's cool and what's not. It's also that, almost invariably, whoever puts these things together doesn't have his or her head screwed on straight.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST

    superman /cool.

    by alice 13

    yoda is cooler than superman. and vic mackey is cooler than jack bauer.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST


    by Harold-Sherbort

    HAL was a villian AND a victim. If you understood the film, you would have noticed that.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST

    These lists had to have been made by a woman. A CLUELESS woman.

    by Iron-kong

    This list says Batman < Nancy Drew, FOXY BROWN?! Robin Hood, HARRY "BUTT" POTTER!!! Superman. <br> EW has no cred.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST

    It's not even that a list CAN't be made...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    It the fact that they have such UNCOOL characters as Nancy Drew and Harry Potter kicking the butts off of eminently cool ones like Batman and Jack Bauer! It's like a 6 year-old made the choices, not adults actually familiar with the characters. :(

  • March 28, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Husker Adama???

    by picardsucks

    No where to be found This list pisses me off on so many levels

  • March 28, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Or a woman made the choices...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Okay, I'll grant you that. Guys who show more than a minimum of testosterone generally seem to have gotten the shaft. That explains why the wizard nerd who got naked with a horse on stage nabbed the #4 spot.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by DrFritz

    Seriously. Totally stupid list. The fact that Alias even makes it on here is proof of the incompetence of its authors. Plus, Alex DeLarge is not a villain also - did they think that Kubric made movies about villians?

  • and Michael Myers is too low at 17. <p> EW sucks.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST

    M-O-O-N. That spells "Bizarro world"...

    by TomCullen

    I mean outside of Bizarro world how the fuck has Superman ever been "cooler" than Batman? I mean remember, we're not talking better here, we're not talking character, we're not talking anything other than sheer coolness factor, and in the world of cool Batman always beats Superman. Hell, even the Adam West version Batman is cooler than Superman.<p> But really, what can you expect from a list that put the Wicked Witch as the "coolest" villian of all time? Or who put Atticus Finch on the list of coolest heroes at all. I mean Atticus is a great character from a classic film and a fantastic book, but "cool"? Hardly. That's like calling Ritchie Cunningham cooler than The Fonze, this shit just does not compute. Clearly whichever drunken trouser monkey actually spewed this list into being did not have much of a grasp on the english language, because I'm thinking this word cool, he no means what I think you think he means, senor douche...

  • March 28, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by F-18

    damn you subject line limits

  • March 28, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    god, dont post stupid lists. everyone knows they are bullshit.

    by BMacSmith

    you're better than that.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Still can't get past the Wocked Witch being "cool" no less #1

    by Iron-kong

    I want to punch babies. <br>Not really. I just don't understand stupid.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Wicked. Wocked? haha

    by Iron-kong

  • March 28, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by BMacSmith

    it had to be said. not enough Persians.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST

    I didn't renew my EW subscription after...

    by Powers Boothe

    noticing BOTH their film reviewers listed Speed Racer as one of the worst movies of 2008. Arseholes.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    And where is Wolverine?

    by Iron-kong

  • March 28, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Potter? I've never read the books, but in the

    by Dingbatty

    movies, he sits around while others save his ass. Sad. Oh, and he is a rip-off of Tim Hunter and the Worst Witch.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    how the hell

    by HebrewLantern

    was speed racer the worst movie of 08? the day the earth stood still was easily the worst movie of 08. i personally think speed racer was one of the top 20 or so movies of last year

  • March 28, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    No Sanjuro?

    by Dingbatty

    And Batman should be at number one. From fantasy lit, I'd put Prince Corwin, and Fafhrd and Grey Mouser on the list; and from scifi film/tv my choices would be Snake Plisken and Kerr Avon.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    EW is written by and for women and gay men.

    by sighborg

    Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just the truth and it colors EVERYTHING they write about. This list proves it.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    At least they had the balls to list Nurse Ratched as a villain

    by darthpigman

  • March 28, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by Delagoya


  • March 28, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Nancy Drew??!!

    by TheMcflyFarm


  • March 28, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST

    No T-800? Are you serious?

    by Breotan

    The Governator was about as "cool" a villian as you can get. Oh, and Darth Vader is definately cooler than the WWotW.

  • March 28, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Where the fuck is Arnold as The Terminator?

    by darthpigman

  • March 29, 2009, midnight CST

    Are you 6 years old?

    by JonQuixote

    JR Ewing was a culturally dominant villain for a very large chunk of time. But yeah, these lists are pretty dumb.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST

    No Doctor Doom or Lex Luthor? Satan? Sauron?

    by Dingbatty

    And, for contemporary characters -- Benjamin Linus.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST

    WHere the fuck is Bruce Lee?

    by mojoman69

  • March 29, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by Delagoya

  • March 29, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST


    by Delagoya

  • March 29, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST


    by TheMarineBiologist

    As soon, as you said that, my voice, on its own, made the "dun-duun-duuuuun-deh-duh-duuuuuuuuh-duuuuun" that is his creepy theme.<p> Benjamin Linus, after this series is over, will most definitely need to go down as one of the coolest TV villains ever.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:06 a.m. CST

    And Golem, Frodo, etc?

    by Breotan

    What about Luke Skywalker? Didn't everyone love him back in the day? Just goes to show how fickle people can be, I guess.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST

    The Bride and Bill in Kill Bill!

    by Delagoya

  • March 29, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Crispin Glover in Willard!

    by Delagoya

  • March 29, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Kevin Spacey's John Doe in Se7en!

    by Delagoya

  • March 29, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Tyler Durden!

    by Delagoya

  • March 29, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Mr. Glass in Unbreakable!

    by Delagoya

  • March 29, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    harry potters a pussybooger

    by hellcomestofrogtown

    wheres roddy piper from they live, han solo, luke skywalker and mad max should be closer to the top

  • March 29, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Gollum on the Villain's List

    by TheMarineBiologist

    Is a definite must. He was ALL the rage when those movies were coming out and still stands as a testament to what CGI can be when it tries to be believable.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    You know what's cool?......

    by Fievel

    The Zone!

  • March 29, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter higher than Voldemort?

    by thevagraunt

    How did that old saying go? A hero is only as good as the villain he faces? Seems like He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named should be the same rank as Harry.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    FACT :

    by ObnoxiousCamper

    LOTR sucks ass. Noone with half a brain gives a shit about its characters. Except lifeless nerds of course.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Batman didn't even crack top 10!?

    by greenstyle92

    seriously, I demand that Superman and Batman's places be exchanged stat. I mean, seriously, Batman has been the top superhero in the public consciousness for the last 20 years! (okay, I'll admit he may have been eclipsed by Spider-man from 2002-2005, but seriously, he's the tops!) This is a guy who has both the single greatest and the single worst comic book movies to his name!

  • March 29, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Darkseid would've been on this list.....

    by Delagoya

    if Bryan "I love Superman's steel cock" Singer didn't puss out on Superman Returns. And Batman is 100% cooler than Superman.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Who is Catherine Tramell?

    by JuanSanchez

    Seriously though - all these ranking deals just serve to piss people off. The EW people's tastes aren't any better than anyone else's. You know what they say about opinions...

  • March 29, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Freddy Krueger anyone??????????????????

    by crackerfarmboy

    How could he possibly not be on this list?

  • March 29, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter isn't "cool"

    by jimmy_009

    He's kind of bumbles around for the first few movies. I hate when lists like this come out that disregard what the list is supposed to be about.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    John T. Chance

    by stellanskarsgaard

    Where the fuck is John Wayne on this bitch?

  • March 29, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    If AICN did the ranking

    by JuanSanchez

    Both lists would be half filled by characters from whichever movie they're currently whoring themselves out for. Right now - Watchmen. In a few weeks - Observe and Report (even though it wouldn't make sense). Then Star Trek and so on.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Batman got hosed

    by Adelai Niska

    Oversights: Sanjuro, Juror #8 from 12 Angry Men, The Dude, Terminator, Ash, Rocky, RJ MacReady, Roger Thornhill, Maximus...

  • March 29, 2009, 12:51 a.m. CST

    So many things to say...

    by GeneralJackCosmo

    <p>I will just say this:</p> <p>The most glaring one left off the list, in my opinion, is Tarzan.</p> <p>Even though he is one of the most influential heroes ever, and has been portrayed in countless films, he has never had a definitive, live action, Christopher-Reeve-as-Superman movie that became an all-time classic and mega-hit. That's why they didn't put him on the list. Plain and simple.</p> <p>That said, when the fuck is a good director going to make a kickass Tarzan movie? Anyone think this should be Joe Johnston's next movie if Wolf Man and Captain America are amazing? Think about his filmography...</p>

  • March 29, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    and the more I think about it

    by Adelai Niska

    where are The Cooler King, Blofeld, The Man with no Name... and these are just heroes I'm thinking about. Must stop thinking about this or will go crazy. It's like their list was completely random.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    well, blofeld not a hero, but an oversight

    by Adelai Niska

    done posting now, this is upsetting

  • March 29, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Adelai Niska

    by ObnoxiousCamper

    It was a Top 20, not a goddamn Top 200.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Adelai Niska

    by GeneralJackCosmo

    Agree on all fronts. They called it a "cool" list...but put Nancy Drew on it, et al.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    they left Shawshank Redemption off their list of the best of the

    by BadMrWonka

    so, I gave up on them...

  • March 29, 2009, 1 a.m. CST

    after revenge of the sith

    by robamenta

    darth vader has definetly lost his cool factor. i cant look at him without thinking of that whiney teenager that he was supposed to be. also the stupid 'noooo!' scene. sorry to bring this up again. i know you guys are sick of going over this....but star wars is dead except for little kids and retards.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:09 a.m. CST

    How did Voldemort beat Dracula???

    by Jarados

  • March 29, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST

    No Agent Cooper? I don't care.

    by StarWarsRedux

    I can understand (if not condone) many of the other choices, but come on.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Foxy Brown?

    by robotdevil

    Isn't that some shitty fat washed up rapper?

  • March 29, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck still thinks EW is a credible mag anyway?

    by Nobody_Touches_Buddy_Revell

  • March 29, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Thought of two more: Connor Macleod and

    by Dingbatty

    The Kurgan.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Keyzer Soze anyone?

    by mrbong

    these lists are fucking stupid. i would imagine there would be more shit in your pants when faced with a Sith Lord or a hungry cannibal then when faced with an ugly lady in a pointy hat holding a broom.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Zorro was highly influential, as well.

    by Dingbatty

  • March 29, 2009, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Doc Savage

    by Dingbatty


  • March 29, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    the greatest villians

    by GavinVanDraven

    1. Emperor Palpatine 2. Sauron 3. The Joker 4. Darth Vader 5. Terminator (t-800, first film) 6. T-1000 7. Michael Myers 8. Voldamort 9. Freddy Krueger 10.Khan 11.PinHead 12.Darth Maul 13.Jason Voorhees 14.Doctor Octopus 15.Hannibal Lecter 16.Magneto 17.Jigsaw 18.Leatherface 19.Agent Smith (the matrix) 20.Lex Luthor

  • March 29, 2009, 1:38 a.m. CST

    1. Heath Ledger Joker 1. Christian Bale know why?

    by Jesiah

    Unlike most everyone else on the list, they don't care about the name of the labels on their clothes and wear custom-made clothes. The coolest people were always the ones that didn't give a motherf@*& what the rest of the campus thought. Nuff said

  • March 29, 2009, 1:41 a.m. CST

    1. Heath Ledger Joker 1. Christian Bale know why?

    by Jesiah

    Unlike most everyone else on the list, they don't care about the name of the labels on their clothes and wear custom-made clothes. The coolest people were always the ones that didn't give a motherf@*& what the rest of the campus thought. Nuff said. And seriously, not a lot of lists really count anymore, and the last time I bought an ew mag was on the eve of Heath winning the oscar and there was a nice black & white photo on the cover of him. Side note: today I picked up gigantic vinyl banners for The Dark Knight, one with Heath solo with the gun and shtuff flying around and the other one with Joker/Dent/Batman holding up a card, election button, and batarang respectively. Weekend's goin pretty good for me and this list aint gon' change that

  • March 29, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    No Ash for hero? No Scorpio from Dirty Harry?

    by malificus

    "Look what he did to was Callahan!" No clue to what's cool.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    the greatest heroes

    by GavinVanDraven

    1. Indiana Jones 2. Han Solo 3. Batman 4. Luke Skywalker 5. Jason Bourne 6. Spider-Man 7. Aaragorn 8. Wolverine 9. James T. Kirk 10. James Bond 11. John Mclaene 12. Rocky 13. Robocop 14. Sarah Connor 15. Ripley 16. Rambo 17. Obiwan Kenobi 18. Harry Potter 19. Superman 20. Neo

  • March 29, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    EW sucks.

    by GavinVanDraven

    my lists are better. you might not agree with the exact order on those lists... but you would be hard pressed to knock anybody off my top 20's

  • March 29, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST

    can't say i've ever associated the word "cool"

    by vaudeville villain

    with the fucking wicked witch of the west. and nancy drew? really? henry huggins got shafted...

  • March 29, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST

    The Man With No Name IS numero uno!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    It can not get cooler than Eastwood in the Sergio Leone's Dollar's Trilogy. NOT possible. <p> Special shout out to John Matrix from Commando. And Bruce Lee from real life!

  • March 29, 2009, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Jack Slater and The Ripper demand a recount!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    "Big mistake!"

  • March 29, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter...

    by Cujo_Fugate

    Cooler Than Han Solo? FUCK YOU!!!

  • March 29, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Clarence Boddicker -- Top Villain

    by manvark

    Clarence Boddicker from Robocop should be on the list. Towards the top of the list.

  • March 29, 2009, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Lieutenant Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • March 29, 2009, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Nancy Drew...

    by Cujo_Fugate

    Cooler Than Batman? YOU MUTHERFUCKER!!!!

  • March 29, 2009, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Sardo Numspa!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Charles Dance in The Golden Child!

  • March 29, 2009, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Where's Aragorn?!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Viggo Mortensen's a stone cold pimp!

  • March 29, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    I demand to see Dr. Malcolm

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Come on, who's cooler than Jeff Goldblum?

  • March 29, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday should really be on here.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • March 29, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Magazines use these lists to remind us they still exist.

    by Flim Springfield

  • March 29, 2009, 2:18 a.m. CST

    T.L. Jones as Claw Shaw aka Clay Burtrand in JFK!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • March 29, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST



  • March 29, 2009, 2:23 a.m. CST


    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    THAT' what the funk I'm talkin 'bout. EW is the absolute worst! "RRRIIIIIGGS!!"

  • March 29, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Why even use the term "Coolest"?

    by Qwonk

    If you're only going to go on and completely ignore what "cool" means? If EW had used Greatest or Top instead, I'd be all "Eh, fine, whatever." But this just made me mad. Dammit, EW, Harry Potter isn't even the fourth coolest hero in 20th century children's literature. I even say this as a fan of the kid! And in no way is Superman cooler than Batman. No sir, uh-uh. <p> And I actually like lists and the, uh, discussions that follow. But this...These two lists should be set on fire just so I can not bother to piss on them.

  • March 29, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by Cujo_Fugate

    No Steve Mcqueen? EAT COCK!!

  • March 29, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Fuck racist EW, I second the call for an AICN list

    by Light_Tweaker

    Talkbackers can do so much better. List of AICN annoyances: #1- Fievel. SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT THE ZONE, NOBODY GIVES A SHIT!

  • March 29, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST


    by The_Genteel_Gentile


  • March 29, 2009, 2:30 a.m. CST

    What? No Mal? The Firefly fans will fucking riot.

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • March 29, 2009, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Stallone as Robert Rath in Assassins!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • March 29, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST


    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • March 29, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Castor Troy from Face/Off!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • March 29, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    EW is to entertainment journalism what...

    by YackBacker

    Oscar Meyer is to fine cuisine. Who reads that rag anyway? EW is going to fold before the end of 2009, you just wait and see...

  • March 29, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Chow Yun-Fat in Hard Boiled.

  • March 29, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    I really can't argue with the top ten heroes

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Except Kirk should be number 1.

  • March 29, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Nicky Santoro!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Joe Peci from Casino!

  • March 29, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    There is no sense arguing over this stuff. EW would be better off just running photo captions than struggling to string sentences into paragraphs.

  • March 29, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Norman Bates is a bad guy??!!!?????

    by crazybubba

    I'm confused!

  • March 29, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Buffy over Spidey and Bats

    by Dark Knight Lite

    EW, you really need to lay off the sauce. No wonder print media is dying.

  • March 29, 2009, 3:11 a.m. CST

    The writer very well could be gay

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Gay guys love the Wicked Witch. No joke.

  • March 29, 2009, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Mad Max should be no.1

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    This list is teh suck.

  • March 29, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Master of Darkness is pure evil

    by BMacSmith

  • March 29, 2009, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Cool Hand Luke...

    by Feral Aristocrat

    ...should probably rank amongst the coolest. Perhaps they thought that would be too obvious, given his name and all...

  • March 29, 2009, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Joker at # 4 - that's all that matters.

    by Pagliacci

    Still, I wouldn't get too worked up over a list from Entertainment Weekly.

  • March 29, 2009, 4:50 a.m. CST

    And Alexander DeLarge wasn't bad...just misunderstood.

    by Pagliacci


  • March 29, 2009, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Excluding Luke, here are my own top twenty

    by Feral Aristocrat

    20. Charlie Chan <p> 19. Peter from "Dawn of the Dead" ('78) <p> 18. Horshack <p> 17. All members of "Team America: World Police" <p> 16. George Bailey <p> 15. Johnny Wadd <p> 14. "Baby Geniuses". All of 'em. <p> 13. ScriptGirl's breasts. All of 'em. <p> 12. "Jesus of Nazareth" <p> 11. Captain Merrill Stubing <p> 10. Shaft <p> 9. Professor Van Helsing (when played by Cushing) <p> 8. Ferris Bueller <p> 7. Gamera (friend to all children, which is always cool) <p> 6. Mr. Moto <p> 5. Lawrence of Arabia <p> 4. King Kong (as depicted in '33) <p> 3. Sam Spade <p> 2. Barney Fife <p> 1. Gilligan

  • March 29, 2009, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Whoever made these lists should be shot and hanged

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    In no specific order.

  • March 29, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    I agree...Mad Max needs to be a lot higher on that list.

  • March 29, 2009, 6:05 a.m. CST

    I don't read shit rags like EW

    by kafka07

    instead I visit websites like this one, 'cause this is where I find my people.

  • March 29, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Not sure if Harry Potter should be so high, but...

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    If they get the end of movie 7 right, then he is one damn cool character. Great fucking ending, and God help David Yates if he gets that one wrong!

  • March 29, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Agent Smith belongs on....

    by travis-dane

    the bad dudes list.

  • March 29, 2009, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Number One Villains = Everyone On Wall Street


  • March 29, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Yeah, no Gollum is a serious oversight.

    by technosnob

    The choice were based of movies so I understand most of them. I love the Harry Potter movies but Harry ain't cool.

  • March 29, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST

    a list written by someone who's only seen 30 films.

    by Obscura

    surely the whole point of harry potter is that he ISN'T cool! fuckit, Aragorn should be on there. infact, looking at the EW site, they should empoy a rule.... if you're not holding a weapon in your profile pick, you dont belong on this list. unless your name is superman or james bond...

  • March 29, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST

    yeah right, superman is "cool"

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    I'd rather read 20 incoherent ramblings from harry than one more list of greatest (insert bullshit here) compiled by some entertainment industry asshole. why did this shit get posted? to shot that EW sucks? isn't that common knowledge already?

  • March 29, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST


    by Mad-Maximus

    The reason they picked Harry Potter so high is because EW is owned by the same company that owns Warner Brothers that produces the Harry Potter films.

  • March 29, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    This list was created by a 14 year old closeted emo boy.

    by dr sauch

    Seriously? How is batman not at the top of the hero list. Below Buffy? Give me a fucking break. And the voters were cool enough to put Atticus Finch on there, but then they put him below Foxy fucking Brown? Wow. Who let the gay out?

  • March 29, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    how the hell do you rank anything by "coolest"

    by walrusholder

    what is this 7th grade. This is total crap. And how the hell is Superman "cooler" then Batman or Spiderman, he's a total square.

  • March 29, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    The Doctor isn't there. Number Six isn't there.

    by StarWarsRedux

    And yet Nancy Drew is. What's wrong? They didn't have room for the Hardy Boys, too?

  • March 29, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    POS List

    by Tobiwise

    Buffy? nancy drew? WTF?

  • March 29, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    picked by an old woman


    that's all i can think. plus you realize EW is paid very well by whatever companies have movies coming out soon. so there you go- don't lose sleep over it. their list does not HAVE TO be your list.

  • March 29, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST

    several friends of mine get EW for FREE


    they don't even know why. it just comes to their house, addressed to them. they have never gotten a bill or signed up for it.strangely enough, they are big dvd/bluray buyers. so EW/Warner must somehow have tacked their sales. and either they areidiots losing money on a magazine they apparently give away fro free, or it's a brilliant propaganda campaign with disposable revenue. and looking through i have noticed that a warner movie gets several pages of articles and hype where other studios are lucky to get one or 1 and a half pages- even if it's a huge movie. so there you go. EW is bullshit.

  • March 29, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Atticus Finch? How Pretentious

    by A-COD

    How could they leave off Maximus?

  • March 29, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Michael Myers

    by rdcranium

    I guess he was listed for the Love Guru.

  • March 29, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Who Cares?

    by Charlie_Allnut

    EW is shit anyway. This list is laughable though. I like Harry but I mean come on.

  • March 29, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST

    The Lord of the Rings?

    by johnnyangelheart

    Aragorn, Gandalf, Frodo. Sauron, Gollum. I think some of these guys should be listed somewhere.

  • March 29, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Two character from Harry Potter

    by johnnyangelheart

    None from the Lord of the Rings? Not that Potter is bad, but LOTR is iconic.

  • March 29, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Fuck this list with no RAMBO, ROCKY or TERMINATOR!

    by ABking

    When you have a list and it doesn't have ROCKY, RAMBO or TERMINATOR on it, fuck off ET WEEKLY!

  • March 29, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Atticus Finch haha

    by dioxholster

    sure he was a great character but he was just used as a symbol. and he didnt do much other than shot a dog.

  • March 29, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by dioxholster

    all LOTR characters were quickly forgotten once it was over with. i blame the 12 oscar wins, it gave people a reason to stop caring.

  • March 29, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    As Dumb As This List Is...

    by Crow3711

    I think we all need to have a bit of perspective on this and realize we are all complete nerds and only care about the most badass villains from comic-book, sci-fi, etc type movies/shows. I think its hard for us to take any list seriously because we are all so disdainful of pedestrian entertainment. We are the Uber-Nerds, and our lists, while superior, wouldn't gel with most of the people who read EW. Just a thought.

  • March 29, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    And Atticus is only on there as a "bone"

    by Crow3711

    to throw at old women and stuff so they don't complain that movies from there time weren't recognized. It's like people who say Citizen Kane is the best movie ever because AFI and shit told them it was. Not that Citizen Kane isnt great, I'm just saying. Maximux Decimus would have been a better pick than Atticus, but he had to be on the list for tradition.

  • March 29, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I first read the headling as "Harry Potter cooler than John McCa

    by andrew coleman

    These lists are stupid. I'm pretty sure I did not see Rambo on that list... So fuck them.

  • March 29, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Blade #1 coolest hero, Ledger's Joker #1 coolest villain.

    by Leafar the Lost

    Fuck these bullshit lists! Its very clear that the writers of EW have no idead that they are writing about, and they are racist scum.

  • March 29, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Nacy Drew Cooler than Batman?

    by General_Veers

    As soon as I saw that these lists were immediatly disreguarded. And no Sherlock Holmes? the most popular character in the last 200 years? That is poo poo my friends.

  • March 29, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I Hate Greatest Lists


    The Greatest or Best of Lists by VH-1 and Rolling stone especially piss me off.

  • March 29, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Atticus Finch vs Freddy Krueger

    by johnnyangelheart

    Uhhhh, I think we have here a miscarriage of justice. Hmmmm, and why am I addressing the court in my underwear?

  • March 29, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I tried not to be wound up, but....

    by Keith Maniac

    All these lists really indicate is how easy to use the internet is, even for people who have'nt a fucking clue otherwise. Also factoring in the kind of evolutionary dead end who reads the EW website, its a gold plated miracle that Hanna Montana isnt top of the heroes list. Any fanboy, geek, nerd, film fan, parents basement dweller, overgrown adolescent (me) worth his or her salt would at a glance be able to tell this list was compiled form the opinions of people who have to think about breathing. As the great Harry Callahan ( who is shamefully low down on this "list") said: "Well opinions are like assholes, everybody has one!"

  • March 29, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    I think it's cool that Michael Myers is the only slasher on the

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Unless you count Norman Bates. No Freddy. No Jason. I've always been a "Halloween" guy, so it just tickles me.

  • March 29, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Where is Grammaton Cleric John Preston??

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Okay, but seriously (well I am serious he is a great hero), anyone can make a list. This is just a list from Entertainment Weekly. I can respect the AFI film list etc in that I consider it a more legitimate list. If any can be considered legitimate that would be it. EW is all flash, and no substance going off of press releases and the whims of filmakers. It's not that I don't like EW mind you, but every "article" is just a fluffy opinion piece. Not hat I'm against fluff mind you, but let's understand this isn't serious writing in any sense of the word, the exception being The King's weekly column.

  • March 29, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Solid Snake was robbed

    by Chutch

    but I guess that's what you get when a publication makes a half baked list to bait nerds into arguing with them for more hits/views.

  • March 29, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST


    by S_Rorschach

    T-2 AHNOOLD > harry potter

  • March 29, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Crap like this is why I let my subscription run out

    by Jack Burton

    That magazine is tween centric garbage now. After the 4th Twilight cover story, not to mention The Hills, and High School Musical covers, I'm done. I don't know anyone that still reads this rag. I found I was getting all the relevant information I cared about 15 minutes after sitting down with it. Why waste the $15 a year?

  • March 29, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    they are kidding right...

    by gringostar

    The wicked witch of the west?? Fuck off.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Nancy Drew, whose origin...

    by TheMarineBiologist most likely influenced by the popularity of Sherlock Holmes, is on a Greatest Characters list that Holmes is not on.<p> It does not take a detective to see this as a crime.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    The Villains List

    by TheMarineBiologist

    Not sure how I would do my own list, but I know that either Scaramanga or Goldfinger need to be on it. The fact that James Bond tops the Heroes list, yet there is no Bond Villain on the Villains list also explains why these lists are COMPLETE SHIT.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter can fuck right off.

    by kwisatzhaderach

    You can quote me on that. Little speccy brat.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Where is Christian??

    by SlapStickJim


  • March 29, 2009, 12:16 p.m. CST

    I love EW, but these lists are a bit nuts.

    by a goonie

    Especially the villains one. I love ED-209 in a crazy way, so he would definitely be on my list. And the omission of Chigurh and HAL9000? That's fucking ridiculous. Voldemort ranked above Dracula?!? In what universe is Voldemort a better villain than the most badass vampire ever? Well, at least Vader and Hannibal Lecter are near the top.<br><br>As for the heroes list, I love that Buffy made the grade. She'd be even higher on my list, but I'll accept a top ten spot. Plus, it's pretty awesome that Sydney Bristow was included, too. Jennifer Garner was the best thing about the show and her character is what kept me interested in Alias as it started to become repetitive. I agree that Indy, Bond, and Ripley deserve to be ranked very high, but I agree with Herc that the notion that Harry Potter is a "cooler" hero than John McClane, Mad Max, Jack Bauer and Batman is completely off-the-radar nuts. I'm a Harry Potter fan (though not a completely obsessed one) and while I quite like the story and love some of the books, the character of Harry is far more of a pop culture phenomenon than a "cool" hero. I like the characters that Rowling created, but nothing about Harry makes me scream "cool." Either way, the overall heroes list is a pretty decent bunch. I just highly disagree with the rankings on that list. But that cracked-out villains list is another story...

  • March 29, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    These lists are bullshit...

    by The Eskimo

    ...except for James Bond being #1. I'm good with that.

  • March 29, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    What the motherfuck?

    by phallix trebek

    Ok , harry potter cooler than Han Solo? Insanity.....And I see Snow White's evil queen? where's fucking Meleficent?

  • March 29, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    No Daniel Plainview?

    by skoolbus

    No Anton Chigurh or Daniel Plainview? And for, Luke Fucking Skywalker?

  • March 29, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    We need an anit-heror list

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    1) Boba Fett 2) Snake Plisken 3) Bill Moony (sp?) and Josey Wales (tie) 4) ?

  • March 29, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Hal 9000 is not a villain the same way

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Colossus, and VIKI were not villains. They were just cold caluclating logic machines either trying to do the best for the most, or to understand conflicts in programming.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Sydney Bristow?

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    WTF? Over The Doctor? HORRIBLE!

  • March 29, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Sarah Connor!

    by Johnny Smith

    EW has met its judgment day.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Potter is cool?

    by baaba_pappa

    Pfffffft, no!

  • March 29, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    To hell with Harry Potter...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    No way is he cooler than Han Solo; in fact, he doesn't belong anywhere on the same list as Han Solo.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    gollum is not the villain

    by GavinVanDraven

    the villain is the ring. also the real heroes of that story are Aragorn and Sam, Frodo not so much. he carried the ring, but he never would have made it without Sam. gay.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Me thinks 'El-Chicko' makey 'El-Listo'

    by uberman

    Either that or the flaming gay dude in the cube next to her.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    They don't understand "cool"

    by criticalbliss

    Han Solo, Captain Kirk, Indiana Jones, Tony Stark... those are cool heroes. Non-cool heroes are people like Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, etc (great heroes, but not "cool"). <p>

  • March 29, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Charlie Chaplin's...

    by London_is_dead85

    The Tramp is the coolest character ever or maybe spinal tap. I would put the daleks as enemies somewhere.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    I would put Mavra at the top of this list!

    by The_Man_Behind_The_Curtain

    And you can too by going to:<p><p>Remember, she's not YOUR Mavra. She's my Mavra!<p>See you there.

  • March 29, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Superman deserves his spot on the list

    by AshyLarry81

    He is THE template for all super heroes. It doesn't matter if Iron Man and Batman are "cooler"! The list should be invalidated due to the fact that Nancy Drew is on here. They should have thrown a lit match on this list as soon as someone mentioned her name. Jack Bauer? Over-rated. Atticus Finch? Pass. Will Kane? Sydney Bristow should be lumped in there with Buffy like they lumped in Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger with Michael Myers. That brings me to the Villains list.JR Ewing? What the fuck were the licking when that was mentioned? The queen from Snow White? Gordon Gekko and Alex Forrest? This list was an Epic Fail on every conceivable level!

  • March 29, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by DatoMan413


  • March 29, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    and fuck Catherine Trammell too!

    by AshyLarry81

  • March 29, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    I love Potter

    by Mr Gorilla

    But cool he ain't

  • March 29, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Gordon effing Gecko??

    by BillboeFett

    Are you serious? Is this list made by commies? You have people like Ozymandias who wipe out 1 third of the world's population... Benjamin Linus who commits genocide on the Dharma initiative, master manipulator... and then you have a wall street investor who is greedy and makes lots of money. WTF

  • March 29, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    No Power Puff Girls!!!

    by Mockingbuddha


  • March 29, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Foxy Brown?? I guess you gotta...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    ...throw one in for the black people so they don't get uptight.

  • March 29, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Aint It Shit News

    by batman713

    Why the fuck is this shit on this site? Everyone knows EW sucks donkey balls.

  • March 29, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by SlapStickJim

    LOL...They have the white house...they should be quiet for now. Lol.

  • March 29, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    No Jack Bauer or Sydney Bristow

    by Acquanetta

    Let's face it, nothing from the current decade should really be on such a list.

  • March 29, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    If "Cool" is the criterion..

    by SutureSelf

    then Derek Flint must be included, since nobody was ever cooler than James Coburn.

  • March 29, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    TIME WARNER owns EW.

    by cloudrider`

    that's why potter is high on the list.

  • March 29, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    hype just in time for the new potter movie

    by cloudrider`

  • March 29, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    EW lists = pointless

    by otm shank

    and you can't have a villains list without the SHAM-WOW guy on it. That dude scares the shit outta me.

  • March 29, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    What we must remember

    by daggor

    is to NOT go to EW's web site - that's what they're trying to achieve with their BS list. Buffy is a "fun, kick-ass" character. She is not cooler than Batman.

  • March 29, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    What the Hell.

    by december

    this is the stupidest goddamn list I have ever seen. I should have known any mag that will put some of the reality show, famous for nothing trash that EW puts on their covers would be fucking incompetent in something like this. Fuck EW. They're for goddamn soccer moms anyway.

  • March 29, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    otm shank

    by InActionMan

    I think the Sham Wow guy just got busted for beating up a hooker.

  • March 29, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Here it is

    by InActionMan

  • March 29, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is their definition of cool?

    by RevengeOfJobu

    Did they say what their definition of "cool" is? "Cool" meaning "neat"?

  • March 29, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Buffy? WTF?

    by Nizzuts

    Seriously...what the fuck is Buffy doing on this list? She was just a hot bitch who killed vampires...lots of those on Sci-Fi channel movies. And where the fuck is Lex Luthor or the Terminator or the fucked up guy from the Saw movies?

  • March 29, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Lists suck. <p> Fuck'em.

  • March 29, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Where's a Bad Mutherfuckers List

    by SlickRick

    I mean, where's Sonny Chiba as Terry Tsorugi in THE STREET FIGHTER!!! How about Charles Bronson in any DEATHWISH movie? Better yet, Robert Ginty and Maro Van Peebles in EXTERMINATOR 2. Oh, oh... Let's not forget David Carradine as Frankenstein in DEATH RACE 2000 as one of cinema's coolest heroes. These Best Thing Lists are always the same old fucking thing.

  • March 29, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST


    by ToughGuyRizzo

    And yeah, of course Buffy, but uh, not over Batman. Fuck EW.

  • March 29, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Superman is cool?

    by Immortal_Fish

    As a character, the guy isn't cool. He's naive. A boyscout. The rest of the JLA roundly calls him out on this on a regular basis. Clearly, those people that compiled this list aren't serious, so I stopped reading.

  • March 29, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    Where is John Reynolds as Torgo?

    by Prossor

    tHe MaStEr DoEs NoT aPpRoVe Of ThIs ShItTy LiSt.

  • March 29, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Atticus Finch could be a villain

    by Prossor

    You know that dude could have been a rapist, you know they say the pure alabama black snake is an untamed beast!

  • March 29, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I agree with the HAL 9000 part

    by Prossor

    Sure we got to see Dullea travel through some colorful lights into the Jupiter atmosphere and have some ribs and booze and chill as a Starbaby, with the big bad HAL destroyed, except the multibajillion dollar mission went to shit and the scientists back on Earth wondering what the fuck happened and starting ths mission all over again.

  • March 29, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Harry Potter's wand shrank in the presence of Hermoine Granger

    by FeralAngel

    You know, strong capable women do that to some men. So that's why Rowling had Harry marry that nothing cipher of a character, Ginny. So very non-threatening, you see. Also it happened because the bitch can't write.

  • March 29, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I certainly hope they're thinking Connery/Brosnan Bond

    by Prossor

    or even Moore, and not wack ass monkey we have now.

  • March 29, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST

    This is just dumb.

    by JDanielP

    End of story.

  • March 29, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Man with No Name

    by Prossor

    The_Genteel_Gentile good mention, can't believe he's absent, i mean what the... the fuck? he dude could have been wearing mickey mouse shorts with big yellow buttons and he'd still be cool personified.

  • March 29, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Dirty Harry at 15?

    by OutlawsDelejos

    yeah, bullshit.

  • March 29, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    ...and they are way under represented on this list. <p> Where the fuck is Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade? The guy was the original PI, before Magnum, Jake Gittes, Phillip Marlowe, Shaft, everyone. And no was cooler than Bogart (save for maybe Mitchum). Where the fuck is SPADE?! <p> Plus, on the villain side, you want to talk great villains, where is the Fatman from the Malterse Falcon (Sydney Greenstreet). Never has crime been so damn entertaining and eloquent. Where is Barbara Stanwyck/Phyllis Detrietchson from Double Indemnity? She was the original femme fatale. Where is fucking Peter Lorre from M? He was a fucking child murder for god's sake. And where, of where the fuck is Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera? The image is fucking iconic as hell! And

  • March 29, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    The Emperor

    by manvark

    I can't believe The Emperor wasn't even given a spot on the bad guys list. How can Jack Bauer barely be cooler than Nancy Drew? Here's to wishing Nancy has a tender moment with Bauer so she can die 20 seconds later.

  • March 29, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    NO J-DIZZLE???????

    by J-Dizzle

    What is the world coming to when I'm not the number 1 hero *AND* villain.

  • March 29, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Where's the Bandit?

    by IndyCollector

    East bound and down, bitches!!!!!!

  • March 29, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST

    how in hell

    by frank cotton

    did i not make the villians list?

  • March 29, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    EW has always been

    by Bjornegar

    the gayest entertainment magazine published. That's "gay" as in the "written mainly by flamboyant homosexuals" way. Cover-to-cover, weekly, without fail, hype out of bounds for the absolute worst, most shallow product pop culture can offer. If you want to read about the latest fashions of the "Gossip Girls" or you want three issues a year dedicated to "American Idol," then EW is your source.

  • March 29, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    No John Crichton or Scorpius?!

    by Dinsdale12

    Scorpius was one of the best and most complex bad guys in sci-fi history. And John Crichton earned his spot on the list of coolest heroes when he dumped brain probe Scorpius into a dumpster and shouted in victory "CAN I GET A HELL YEAH?!"

  • March 29, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Commendant Cleavage? Come on!

    by Dinsdale12

    Commendant Grayza, also from Farscape, deserves mention just for the outfit!

  • March 29, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST


    by Cletus Van Damme

    Seriously, what'd you expect from "Entertainment Weakly?"

  • March 29, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Dont know if this has been posted here yet...

    by DrBrianOblivion sure it has...but this stop motion video by Patrick Boivin has two of the top Coolest Heroes Bruce lee and Iron man doing battle...

  • March 29, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Also his mandalorian dance is fucking hilarious...

    by DrBrianOblivion

  • March 30, 2009, 12:13 a.m. CST

    NEW RULE: Jesiah is a big fat sissy

    by Bill Maher

    The hero and villain from a comic book movie that took itself way too seriously? I'll pass.

  • March 30, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Godzilla should have been on both top 20 lists

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Also agree with some that Freddy Krueger should have been the best villains list over Catherine Tremmel.

  • March 30, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    NEW RULE: This list ROCKS!

    by Bill Maher

    All you big fat fags who whine that the guy who kills people with a bicycle pump/aqualung thing in that shitty Coen Brothers movie wasn't on the list can fuck right off. J.R. Ewing was the best villain in TV history back when people actually watched television. I don't think Buffy or Jack Bauer are anything special, but I'd rather see the Adam West Batman on the list than some of the characters you tubby bitches crush on.

  • March 30, 2009, 12:21 a.m. CST

    NEW RULE: No pussy shots from Freddy Kruger!

    by Bill Maher

    Thank you very much!

  • March 30, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Frank the Pug

    by i.baronvladimir

    One cool pug.

  • March 30, 2009, 1:28 a.m. CST

    The Equalizer

    by Dingbatty

    Brett and Bart Maverick.

  • March 30, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Ain't it Lame, not actually News

    by phool2056

    I really don't like to be a hater, but really, is this worth reporting on? EW makes a crappy list that pisses off everyone every fifteen minutes. I'll never understand why people care about arbitrary lists of things made by editors to fill space.

  • March 30, 2009, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Nancy Drew is a heroine!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Not a hero! Sydney Bristow? WTF? What about Princess Fucking Leia?

  • March 30, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    No Goldfinger? Dr No? Oddjob? Hugo Drax

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Kamal Khan? No fucking James Bond villains?

  • March 30, 2009, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Annoyingly and transparently calculated.

    by ides

    Can't really blame them, though, I guess.

  • March 30, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Catherine Tramell?

    by Lost Jarv

    What the fuck?

  • March 30, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Hercules is the coolest hero ever

    by CuervoJones

    I mean the Son of Zeus. You are cool too, Herc, but the original one was awesome.

  • March 30, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Alex is HARDLY a villain

    by ricarleite2

    But this list was done but idiots, so...

  • March 30, 2009, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Wicked Witch? Worse than Vader? OH! They're gay.

    by BurnHollywood

    Took a second, but yeah, that explains it...

  • March 30, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Batman > Superman

    by TheDoctor73

    Also, no Rooster Cogburn? "Fill your hands, you Son of a Bitch!"

  • March 30, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST

    where da fuck is Ash?

    by just pillow talk

    Good, bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

  • March 30, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST

    If the Joker ended up in Oz...

    by TheDoctor73

    He would have kicked the Wicked Witch of the West's ass. No water necessary. And Darth Vader isn't #1? WTF. He'd kicked everyone's ass. No one beat Vader. Vader beat Vader. "Oh you have flying Monkey's. I have two f'n Death Stars, bitch."

  • March 30, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST

    "This is my Boom Stick...

    by TheDoctor73

  • March 30, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST

    "Smile you son of a bitch"

    by I AM ROCKO

    A list of the coolest heroes of all time and no Chief Martin Brody?! I mean he whacks a great white, gets hammered on wine when things shit at work, smokes away whilst eyeing up his hot wife, argues with the mayor and aint afraid to say he is afraid of the water. A cool cat no less. And one can argue over these lists until the cows come home, however this list is so WAY OFF it is untrue...

  • March 30, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Yes, where the fuck is Ash?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    And while we're at it, where the fucking fuck is Blade?<p>I ask you, what hero is cooler than Blade? Not that cunt James Bond, I'll tell you that for nothing.

  • March 30, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Blade would never drink a Martini

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    That is a girl's drink.<p>Also, James Bond does not understand about motherfuckers always trying to ice skate uphill.

  • March 30, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Indiana Jones, I'm willing to concede, is pretty cool

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    But his weapon of choice is a whip!<p>Blade has a sword!<p>And Indiana Jones better not think about trying that 'take out a gun and shoot a guy with a sword' bullshit on Blade. Blade will chop you right in half for that shit.

  • March 30, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST

    And where's Frank Martin the Transporter?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    You really have to include a guy whose skills include kicking ass while covered in oil.<p>Harry Potter, as far as I'm aware, cannot do that. Plus, Harry Potter is a shit driver.

  • March 30, 2009, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Having see Chocolate recently...

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    ...I would also like to nominate Zen for the hero list.<p>Zen would drag James Bond up the outside of a building and then kick that smug douchebag right off again.

  • March 30, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Also, bonus points for Zen

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Because she was kicking all that ass to help her poor sick mother.<p>What asses has James Bond ever kicked for his poor sick mother?<p>None!

  • March 30, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    And what about Capt. Damien Tomaso?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Him out of District 13?<p>There'a a guy who knows how to act in a casino. He sees asses, he kicks them.<p>What did James Bond do in the casino? Played cards!

  • March 30, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    EW sucks

    by Beezbo

    The only reason I even get it any more is because I pay 15 cents an issue.

  • March 30, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST

    The Man With No Name

    by Hamtaro Hentai

    That alone exudes coolness. Clint Eastwood doesn't care about lists.

  • March 30, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Scorpius and John Crichton rule!

    by Animation

    I cant believe some of the characters that made it compared to these two. In my mind, Scorpius blows Darth Vader away in terms of being actually intimidating / effective as a villain.

  • March 30, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    What about Capt. Sully vs. the Hudson River?

    by MrMysteryGuest

    What about that, huh? HUH?? :P

  • March 30, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Salma Hayek has some great breasts

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Not for the list but worth mentioning

  • March 30, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Shaft is definetely the coolest

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Though Sonny Chiba in most of his roles is also up there.

  • March 30, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    harry potter?

    by palewook

    lol i stopped reading the list when i hit #4. <p> what a bs list.

  • March 30, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Cloverfield vs. New York City?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 30, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Rowling get 2 and Tolkein gets none?

    by TheLastCleric

    That's pretty lame.

  • March 30, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    HAL, Ash, He-Man and stuff.

    by a goonie

    HAL is not a traditional villain, but he still fulfills the necessity of a villain in the narrative. He opposes the protagonist and makes his journey difficult to complete. So while he isn't your usual bad guy, I still think of HAL as a brilliant, unpredictable villain.<br><br>Regarding Ash, I can't believe I forgot about him! He is one of the great modern screen icons, so his absence from the hero list is ridiculous.<br><br>As a gigantic He-Man fan, I would love to see him included on a list like this, but that would probably cause several other geeks to have brain aneurysms, so that might not go over well.<br><br>But I AM glad that The Transporter dude wasn't invited onto the Heroes list. I would be far more frustrated if Jason Statham was anywhere near those twenty names.

  • March 30, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    How can you have no Tango and Cash on the hero list?

    by Atticus Finch

    And Gollum is not a villain.

  • March 30, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Where is the hot Asian girl from AUDITION on this list?

    by MrSentinel

    If you've seen this movie, there's no way she should have been left off...

  • March 30, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    What?!! No Gandalf...

    by morGoth

    ...Aragorn, Sauron or even Saruman?!! Stupid public, what do THEY know?

  • March 30, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Gollum isn't a villian?

    by morGoth

    Since when? Oh sure, we all give him plenty of sympathy but he's a doubt. How is he not?

  • March 30, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    The Rifleman?

    by morGoth

    Heh, thanks for that larf of the day. I doubt if 99.9% of the readers here even know who that character was. may as well throw in Paladin and Nick Adam's "The Rebel" while you're at it. Hah, still funny! "Where's Festus, Doc?"

  • March 30, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST

    You know who's cooler than all these bitches?

    by HoboCode

    Goran Suton.

  • March 30, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    No Over the Top? Fuck You.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • March 30, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by Aquanaut

    yeah they're pretty much equal in my book. batman is cool because he's like james bond, dracula, sherlock holmes and a ninja rolled into one with a clint eastwood disposition. superman is cool, because if he wanted to, he could incinerate batman with a glance and destroy most of his toys with minimal fuss. and all the more cool is that he has these vast powers and is not corrupted by them. as cool as it would be to see the batmobile roaring down the street, i have to say it would be intensely cool to see a man catch a plane out of the sky. but we're not talking about the wow factor here are we...we're talking about what's fashionable, and superman would be hard pressed to be considered fashionable in this cynical world. even superman comics today are hued with cynicism as the character is written to be naive, clinging to a black and white sense of right and wrong. yes, clark was heavily shaped by his smallville upbringing, but this is also a seasoned journalist that has travelled the world and even the universe, so i think we can stop painting him into that corner. he can be self righteous at times, but the fact that he has flaws means that he is a complete character, not that he is uncool.

  • March 30, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Franklin T Marmoset

    by Prossor

    Yeah but Blade loses points for tax evasion. no cool dude!!

  • March 30, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Buffy? That's got to be a joke

    by chien_sale

    less interesting character of all time

  • March 30, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Where the hell is Wolfman Jack?

    by TheFug

  • March 30, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Villains list is mostly BS

    by scors54

    Give me a break--any villains list that doesn't include Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) in "Sexy Beast", Max Cady (the DeNiro version or the Mitchum version--I prefer Mitchum) from "Cape Fear", Jack Palance as Jack Wilson in "Shane",Kevin Spacey as John Doe in "Seven" (no, I'm NOT using the lame-o spelling with the 7 in it)and Lawrence Olivier as Dr. Christian Szell in "Marathon Man" (make sure to floss, now)is just plain lame bullshit.For that matter, Ralph Fiennes should be on there for Amon Goeth in "Schindler's List", not Volder-dork. Jesus Christ--Montgomery Burns?? How irredeemably lame can it get?

  • March 30, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Ohh and ...

    by scors54

    How about John Huston as that son of a bitch Noah Cross in "Chinatown" ?? Christ, I could probably get to a dozen more if it was worth the mental energy to go on.This is one limp dick villains list.

  • March 30, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ should be #1 hero, and the Devil the #1 villain.

    by Leafar the Lost

    If we include all of the movies about Jesus Christ, then he should be the #1 coolest hero, and the Devil should be considered the #1 coolest villain. In the "Passion of the Christ", for examples, you see Jesus get his ass kicked for almost all of the movie, and then the Romans nailed Him on two pieces of wood. The Devil was watching the whole thing, and in one scene he/she was holding a demonic infant that scared the shit out of me. I believe that Mel Gibson was drunk when he directed that movie. Didn't he call some cop "Sugar Tits"? I mean really, fuck him, and I mean Mel not the other guy.

  • March 30, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST

    John Wayne

    by Mgmax

    People will still be watching John Wayne kick ass when nobody remembers who Han Solo was. So there.

  • March 30, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Bauer should be number 1.

    by SID 8.0

    If Nancy Drew is on the list Wonder Woman should be too.

  • March 31, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Catherine Trammell?? Really?

    by smackfu

    Because correct me if I'm wrong, but the only reason anyone even noticed, went to see, or talked about Basic Instinct was the fact that Sharon Stone flashed her beaver.

  • March 31, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Leafar the Lost

    by smackfu

    C'mon, be reasonable. I know this list is about Fictional characters, but let's have at least some standards of plausibility.

  • March 31, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Operation: Shoot Fish in a Barrel...

    by popcultureADD

    Obviously, EW's list is garbage -- but it succeeded in getting people talking, which was no doubt the point. Getting geeks to debate is liek shooting fish in a barrel. Personally, I think about half the list is ok and half the list is intentionally inflammatory or at the very least corporate ass-kissing. My full response to the list and my personal top-25 is here: