I was just reading The Silver Fox's entry Cast of Characters, and I felt compelled to create one of my own. (If you want to see his selections, go to http://www.obscurorama.com/obscurorant. good stuff.)
So here it is, my list (in no particular order) of favorite characters, literary or cinematic.
1. Bucky Turdgeson, Dr. Strangelove
2. Burgess Meredith's "pop", Grumpy Old Men
3. Inspector Clouseau, The Return of the Pink Panther
4. Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs (particularly the book)
6. Phileas Fogg, Around the World in Eighty Days
7. Dante Allegheri, The Divine Comedy
8. Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano de Bergerac
9. 'Pinhead', The Hellbound Heart
10. Leland Gaunt, Needful Things
11. Clark W. Griswold, National Lampoon's Vacation
12. Inspector Danvers, The Frighteners
13. Reverend Scott, The Posideon Adventure
And, for the hell of it, a list of the worst.
1. Jar Jar Binks, Star Wars The Phantom Menace
2. Jack Dawson, Titanic
Well, that's enough, isn't it?