After making feature films for almost twenty years, director Wes Anderson has a stable of characters that would make any filmmaker green with envy. I’m almost surely overlooking some fantastic imaginary folks, but let’s take a look at my Top 10 Wes Anderson Characters, starting with 10 through 6.

10. Mr. Fox Voiced by George Clooney

Mr. Fox is…a fox. On a farm. He’s fantastic, that’s really all you need to know. But seriously, he’s pretty much like any other George Clooney character – calm, cool, and collected. And he always has a plan. He wants to retire from farm raiding for his family but one last job lures him back in.

9. Scout Master Randy Ward Played by Edward Norton

Scout Master Ward is a Khaki Scout leader on New Penzance Island. He’s very orderly and by the book but he cares for his scouts and pulls out all the stops when Khaki Scout Sam Shakusky runs away. Ward gets his moment in the sun when a hurricane hits New Penzance Island and he has to take charge of a large group of scouts.

8. Klaus Daimler Played by Willem Dafoe

Klaus is adventurer Steve Zissou’s right hand man (or at least, he was until Steve’s long lost son Ned came along). He always thought of Steve and his partner Esteban as his dads. He’s jealous and a bit of a hothead but he’s a good person. And he might be on B Squad, but he’s the B Squad leader!

7. Max Fischer Played by Jason Schwartzman

Max is a student at Rushmore Academy and he’s involved in a lot of extracurriculars. He also saved latin. What did you ever do? When you get right down to it, Max starts his journey as a deeply flawed character, whose pride and ego get him in all sorts of trouble. By the end of Max’s story, however, he’s saved more than just latin.

6. Sam Shakusky Played by Jared Gilman and Suzy Bishop Played by Kara Hayward

You can’t feature Sam or Suzy without the other one so that’s why they share this spot. Sam and Suzy, two troubled kids in their own ways, meet on New Penzance Island and young love blooms. Many forces conspire to keep them apart, but whatever happens, they’ll always have Moonrise Kingdom.


Do you agree with the first half of my list? Am I forgetting anyone? Who would you like to see in part two?



6 thoughts on “Robert’s Top 10 Wes Anderson Characters

  1. This is a tough list to put together. I wouldn’t put Steve Zissou so high, but I really need to give that movie another shot. The omission that stands out to me is Dignan from Bottle Rocket. Owen Wilson fits the role of a guy who thinks he’s a lot cooler than he really is so well.

    It’s hard to really argue with too many of these picks, though. Ed Norton and Bruce Willis (plus the kids) are all great in Moonrise Kingdom, and you can’t go wrong with the Rushmore leads. Gene Hackman is also so good in the Royal Tennebaums. There are too many good options!

  2. I agree with Dan that I’d put Dignan on my list for sure. I do love Luke Wilson’s character, Anthony, in Bottle Rocket a lot too though. He’s so sweet… a bit like a less depressing version of Richie though.

    Margot Tenenbaum would absolutely be on my list though! She might be my favorite with Max Fischer a close call. I love the flashback of Margot’s history.

    I would want to put the 3 brothers from Darjeeling in there too, but none of them stand out quite enough to pick one. I just really like their relationship.

  3. Jess – I knew I’d catch flak for leaving Margot off. My friend Tiffany loves her. I think I’ve only seen Darjeeling once and I agree, the brothers really operate as more of a group. None of them really stand out to me as a “favorite” character but if I watched it a little more I’d probably feel differently. Thanks for reading!!!

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