Vote! Best Reluctant Hero

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Critics have commented that American literature and film is full of the "reluctant heroes," loners who often have shady pasts and don't want to be bothered by anyone, but who finally step up to help somebody or some group, thereby saving the community. After they have saved the community, usually through violence, they move on yet again, knowing they will never truly belong. Here are a few examples, some who completely fit the myth, a few who are variations on it.

Hmmm. It seems the six votes for Rick disappeared from the results. I don't know what happened. Round up the usual suspects!

Johnny Waco

Did you change the text of the "Rick" entry after voting had started? That would cause the entry to become disassociated with its votes.

Yes, I changed "Rick" to "Rick Blaine"; I had no idea that would cause a problem. OK, I guess I'm the usual suspect...

Johnny Waco

Yeah, I should document that somewhere. If you change it back to "Rick", I think the votes will come back. Of course, then you'll lose any votes that have since been made for "Rick Blaine", if any.

"I guess I'm the usual suspect..."

You didn't know that? ;P

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Now all those suspicious e-mails from angry listologists make sense...

Johnny Waco

Excellent idea for a poll.
I definetly go with Rick Blaine.

hhhhmmmm are you open to suggestions?

John Mclane (Bruce Willis) from Die Hard
Travis Bickle (De Niro) From Taxi Driver

Added McLane, but agreed, Bicle may not quite fit! He may be more of an "eager hero";) Another poll on psychos may be in order, heh?

Johnny Waco

I think Travis Bickle isn't so much a reluctant hero as a psychotic freak. You could make this the "best anti-hero" poll, too.

Humphrey Bogart's Character of Harry Morgan in To Have and Have Not was pretty reluctant. And his character Charlie Ornaught from African Queen. Kate Hepburn had to twist his arm to make him go on the mission. I guess Jimmy Stewart as the Patriarch in Shenandoah was pretty reluctant to join the fight in the Civil War, until it got personal. But Your choices on the list already are excellent already.

I added Morgan and Charlie Anderson (Shenandoah). Great suggestions. Thanks!

And by the way, I have never seen to To Have and Have Not, but I looked it up after you mentioned it; it sounds great, and now I want to see it!

Johnny Waco

Oh You Have Charles Allnut up there, didn't see him at first.

He's a heroic freak and a reluctant psychotic.

Travis Bickle?

Did we see the same movie?

The Die Hard choice, however, I fully support.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

lol yeah good point. Travis wasn't really a hero. he was weird, good point. i got the idea of the article wrong i thought it was more "Best Violent characters" something like that.

Ah, that makes more sense.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs