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Ranking: Every Wes Anderson Character From Worst to Best

A collection of heroes and villains that are "most satisfactory"

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    This feature originally ran in February 2016 and has been re-published today as Isle of Dogs hits theaters.

    “It is an extremely common mistake. People think the writer’s imagination is always at work, that he’s constantly inventing an endless supply of incidents and episodes — that he simply dreams up his stories out of thin air. In point of fact, the opposite is true. Once the public knows you’re a writer, they bring the characters and events to you. And as long as you maintain your ability to look, and to carefully listen, these stories will continue to … Stop it! Stop it! Don’t! Don’t do it!”

    –The author as an old man shot with pellets by his grandson, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

    The world of Wes Anderson is a perfectly designed park that audiences have been so lucky to play in. Brimming with nostalgia, resolute framing, addled adolescence, troubled adulthood, and of course, sensationally drawn characters, Anderson builds terrific dramas and comedy of the surreally humane.

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    Today, in celebration of the release of Anderson’s latest film, Isle of DogsConsequence of Sound seeks to rank those characters — for their qualities, idiosyncrasies, and all around memorability. From Sam and Suzy to Ari and Uzi. Why there’s even room for Mr. Fox and Cody the three-legged dog.

    But why? Because we can. Because Max Fischer would.

    –Blake Goble
    Senior Staff Writer

    p.s. Let us know where your favorite Isle of Dogs characters should slot into our list in the future…

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    161. Fire Chief

    Martin Ballard, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Like the pilot, the fire chief just does what he’s asked with little emotion on his face. We’d like him more if he actually enjoyed flushing animals out of their burrows, but instead, he’s an empty shell of a man. –Dan Caffrey


    160. Pilot

    Rob Hersov, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    The pilot for Franklin Bean is nothing more than a mustachioed stooge, eager to do anything for his mean-ass boss, no matter how horrible. It’s not the actions that make him bad, but his refusal to ask why he’s doing them in the first place. –Dan Caffrey


    159. Grande Dame

    Lisa Kreuzer, The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Lisa Kreuzer, The Grand Budapest Hotel

    This is a deep cut Anderson character right here. Gotta look around the edges of the framing. Cultish German actress Lisa Kreuzer as the Grande Dame was one of Gustave H.’s many bedfellows. –Blake Goble


    158. Carmen

    Anna Cifuentes, Bottle Rocket

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    No, she doesn’t know where Inez is at this moment. Or where else she belongs in this film. –Michael Roffman


    157. Serge’s Sister

    Giselda Volodi, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    Five lines: “Yes, sir?” “Yes, sir.” “No, sir.” “No, sir.” “Yes, sir.” Then she gets beheaded. –Allison Shoemaker


    156. Anita

    Melinda Renna, Bottle Rocket

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    Who could hang up on Anthony? She could. Anita doesn’t get much screen time, but she has one icy resolve. –Michael Roffman


    155. Rabbit Girl and Boy

    Molly Copper, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Rabbit Girl and Boy’s cuteness gets undercut by their crazed red eyes — unsettling in the worst way possible. –Dan Caffrey


    154. Rob

    Stephan Dignan, Bottle Rocket

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    Rob, aren’t you supposed to be in literature? –Randall Colburn


    153. Dr. Badger

    Jennifer Furches, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Dr. Badger gets brownie points from us because she’s a pediatrician, and thus the resident healer in Fantastic Mr. Fox. She also looks exactly like her husband Clive Badger, which means he disappears all too easily in Bill Murray’s shadow. –Dan Caffrey


    152. Antonia Cook

    Isabella Blow, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Isabella Blow, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Antonia only shows up in brief to congratulate Zissou on his success, and what a success it was. Seriously. (We wish it didn’t require the “seriously,” but hey.) –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


    151. Mr. Beaver

    Steven M. Rales, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    For most of the film, the bucktoothed rodent stands there like a goon in his three-piece suit, never uttering a word or offering to help. Only when he goes on a reconnaissance mission after the animals are holed up underground does he begin to distinguish himself. –Dan Caffrey


    150. Doug, Explosives Man

    Tristan Oliver, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    It’s great that one of the film’s biggest catastrophes comes from an explosives expert who’s simply named Doug. “Contact!” –Michael Roffman


    149. Antonio Monda

    Antonio Monda, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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    As much as it’s a hoot to see the real-life professor/director/essayist/cultural giant interview Steve Zissou in The Life Aquatic, most of the good stuff ended up on the cutting-room floor. –Dan Caffrey


    148. Izod

    L.J. Foley, Moonrise Kingdom

    L.J. Foley, Moonrise Kingdom

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    Izod is the kinda guy who will absolutely run off to get more gunpowder when so ordered. What? It’s not like they can all be memorable. –Allison Shoemaker


    147. Herr Mendl

    Rainer Reiners, The Grand Budapest

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    While he may have been a talented patisserie man … actually, Agatha did the work. Okay, while he might have had great craftsmanship and packaging design … well, again, that craft seemed like Agatha, and the design would have likely been outsourced. Yeah, alright, Herr Mendl was likely a touchy, credit-hogging, oddball loner wasn’t he? –Blake Goble


    146. Doctor

    Dipak Pallana, The Royal Tenenbaums

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    There’s not much to say about Dipak Pallana’s Doctor, though this won’t be the actor’s last appearance on this list. He’s also, interestingly enough, the son of Kumar Pallana, who we’ll meet later on. –Randall Colburn


    145. Rabbit’s Ex-Girlfriend

    Allison Abbate, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    One of the many ancillary animals in The Fantastic Mr. Fox, she enjoys the title character’s newspaper column, but can’t be bothered to get a subscription because she’s too cheap. A boring, stingy accountant. No wonder she’s Mr. Rabbit’s “ex” girlfriend! –Dan Caffrey


    144. Lieutenant

    Neal Huff, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    Anderson takes a lot of care with his films. Often even if a character’s known only by a title or description, they’re dynamic and feel real. This is not one of those cases. –Allison Shoemaker


    143. Dr. Nichols

    Ned Dowd, Bottle Rocket

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    Um, seems like a nice enough guy. He lets Anthony crawl out of his window with a rope of tied bedsheets and doesn’t call security, so that’s pretty cool. –Randall Colburn


    142. Mr. Mosher

    Larry Pine, The Grand Budapest

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    Mosher’s not particularly interesting. But hey, he hired Zero! That’s cool! –Allison Shoemaker


    141. Panagle

    Andreas Sheikh, Moonrise Kingdom

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    Ever get the sense that Anderson likes to occupy an image with lots of people and takes joy in devising names then casting a person to fill a busy character shot? Panagle seemed like one of those inventions. –Blake Goble


    140. Bookstore Manager

    Darryl Cox, Bottle Rocket

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    “Don’t call me an idiot, you punk!” Few people, if any, could shut down Dignan. Could you imagine what a hard ass this guy is on any given day? Odds are his stockboys hate him. –Michael Roffman


    139. Anatole

    Daniel Steiner, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    While he doesn’t do a whole lot, Anatole’s got two things going for him: he looks perfect in this movie, all skinny and wobbly and stuff, and he’s in every damn trailer (“The police are here”). That’s about it. –Allison Shoemaker


    138. Rowboat

    Tak Kubota, Bottle Rocket

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    Rowboat has a history with James Caan’s Abe Henry. What that history is we don’t exactly know. But you can’t argue with a nickname like Rowboat. –Michael Roffman


    137. Alice Whitman

    Camila Rutherford, The Darjeeling Limited

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    All that’s clear about Alice Whitman from her brief scenes in The Darjeeling Limited is that she and Adrian Brody’s Peter aren’t doing too hot in the love department. Not a surprise, I suppose, this being a Wes Anderson film and all. –Randall Colburn


    136. Bean’s Son

    Garth Jennings, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Ha, what a little twerp. All covered in gunk. Bean’s son probably got bad grades and was a wormy, entitled butthead, too. Call it a hunch. But nice comic relief. –Blake Goble


    135. Renzo Pietro

    Pawel Wdowczak, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Pawel Wdowczak, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    You know what’s pretty cool about Pietro, an otherwise forgettable character in a movie chock-full of memorable ones? He does sound for Zissou’s film, and he’s portrayed by the guy who was the movie’s actual sound designer. Cool, now let’s shag ass. –Justin Gerber


    134. Bernice

    Haley Miller, Bottle Rocket

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    Bernice may believe that Anthony is a jet pilot, but she sure knows when to leave a conversation. –Zack Ruskin


    133. Agnes

    Juman Malouf, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Agnes had nice spots. It was a tad peculiar that she got to hang with the Fox family in the end, but what do we know about foxes and their animal behavior? –Allison Shoemaker


    132. Bobby Ogata

    Niels Koizumi, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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    Of all the Team Zissou descriptions, “Frog Man” may be the strangest. But Ogata’s a good hand. Now put out those deck fires before we sink. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


    131. Roosevelt

    Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Moonrise Kingdom

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    “Roosevelt, how’s that lanyard coming?” “Horrible.” No joke — Roosevelt is very, very bad at lanyards. –Allison Shoemaker


    130. Mr. Herbert Billingsley

    Larry Pine, Moonrise Kingdom

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    We don’t spend long with Mr. Herbert Billingsley, but his phone call, in which he says he can no longer foster Sam, is a memorably heartbreaking moment. –Zack Ruskin


    129. Nico, Intern #1

    Matthew Gray Gubler, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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    Nico was the finest, bestest intern. The one that stayed. Nico deserves any and all extra credit. –Blake Goble


    128. Gadge

    Chadler Frantz, Moonrise Kingdom

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    We don’t know much about Gadge, but since he works as Scout Master Ward’s note-taker and is the first person to notice that Snoopy’s gone, we can assume he’s detail-oriented. –Allison Shoemaker


    127. Mrs. Bean

    Helen McCrory, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    A fantastic actress in her own right, the best part about McCrory’s character is the food she prepares. Stare into the “Famous Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps” and despair! –Justin Gerber


    126. Prisoner Günther

    Volker Michalowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Prisoner Günther

    Günther. Didn’t do much. Didn’t say much. But, he played an instrumental role in the escape of Gustave H. from prison in Grand Budapest Hotel, and that’s worth at least a mild commendation. Or maybe even a bigger piece of a Mendl’s treat. –Blake Goble


    125. Bookstore Employee

    Dipak Pallana, Bottle Rocket

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    As the hapless bookstore employee who’s subject to Anthony and Dignan’s first honest-to-goodness robbery, Dipak Pallana is nothing if not confused. “Why do you have that tape on your nose?” he asks as Dignan and Bob bafflingly “cacaw!” at each other. He’s a fine foil to the mishaps of our protagonists. –Randall Colburn


    124. Nathan Bunce

    Hugo Guinness, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Look at the little guy! Wading, struggling to float in the shallow end of a pool. Bunce was a croney for Bean, but it didn’t make him any less villainous and creepy. –Blake Goble


    123. H. Clay Murchison

    Brian Tenenbaum, Bottle Rocket

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    Just being in proximity to Future Man, Bottle Rocket’s resident bully, will bump you up a few slots on this list. H. Clay Murchison is nothing more than a lackey with a douchebag rich kid name, but he serves an important purpose: to be the exact kind of person Luke Wilson’s Anthony never wants to become. –Randall Colburn


    122. The Mechanic

    Barbet Schroeder, The Darjeeling Limited

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    Barbet, mother-flappin’ Schroeder, in a glorified cameo? Nice, nice, nice. Perhaps this was a plea to viewers to check out Schroeder’s work. Like, go out and watch Reversal of Fortune right this second! –Blake Goble


    121. Vikram Ray

    Waris Ahluwalia, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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    Vikram may not say much, but as Team Zissou’s primary cinematographer, it’s up to him to make sure the camera never stops rolling, no matter how bad things get. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


    120. Prisoner Wolf

    Karl Markovics, The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Prisoner Wolf

    Actor Karl Markovics has the perfect mug to play one of the rogues Gustave meets (and befriends) in a Zubrowska internment camp. But he gets marked down because his name is Wolf and never transforms into the lupine creature from Fantastic Mr. Fox. What was Wes Anderson thinking? –Dan Caffrey


    119. Daniel Peabody

    Brian Cox, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    This field reporter’s face looks almost identical to the fire chief’s. Are they twins, perhaps? If so, Daniel’s clearly the more likable of the two, a consummate professional who actually enjoys what he does for a living. I’ll bet he’s Mummy and Daddy’s favorite to boot! –Dan Caffrey


    118. M. Dino

    Waris Ahluwalia, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    In terms of abandoning emergencies to help a fellow member of the Keys, M. Dino ranks right behind M. Robin. He may stop fighting the fire, but at least he doesn’t pause in the middle of CPR. Oh, and his costume is fabulous. –Allison Shoemaker


    117. Mr. Beaver’s Son

    Jeremy Dawson, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Because he has a decent amount of lines and gets his jollies from picking on Ash Fox, the Beav stands out from many of the other critters. But as far as Wes Anderson bullies go, he’s got nothing on Rushmore’s Magnus Buchan. –Dan Caffrey


    116. M. Robin

    Fisher Stevens, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    M. Robin is another concierge, most notable for passing off CPR duties in order to get to the phone and help Gustave. Luckily, all lobby boys are well-trained in health and safety. –Allison Shoemaker


    115. The Wolf

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    All that talk from Mr. Fox about having a “phobia” of wolves, and then out of nowhere, The Wolf appears, and Mr. Fox fawns. Is there anything cooler than the four-legged beauty giving a power fist? –Blake Goble


    114. Deluca

    Rob H. Campbell, Moonrise Kingdom

    Rob H. Campbell, Moonrise Kingdom

    In case you were wondering which kid’s Deluca, he’s the one with the giant fucking bowie knife who tells Suzy that Sam’s crazy. Pot, kettle. –Allison Shoemaker


    113. Walter Boggis

    Robin Hurlstone, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    One of the film’s three vicious farmers, Boggis is the one who somehow manages to eat a full-portioned chicken for every square meal. Astounding. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


    112. Stacy Sinclair

    Jenni Tooley, Bottle Rocket

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    Bless her heart, but Stacy is something of a ditz. She’s ostensibly one of Future Man’s crew, but she finds herself much more interested in Anthony’s laconic existentialism. “You’re really complicated, aren’t you?” she asks, as if that were the biggest novelty in the world. –Randall Colburn


    111. Nelson Squirrel

    Roman Coppola, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    As the contractor in charge of the renovations on the Foxes’ home, this is one critter with a passion for hard work, a good attitude, and a job well done. His role may be minor, but he makes sure you respect him, even if you can’t quite remember him. –Dan Caffrey


    110. M. Georges

    Wallace Wolodarsky, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    M. Georges gets right down to business, which is great for the Society of the Crossed Keys, but bad for people who are ranking Anderson characters. Here’s what we know of him: he’s “got it.” –Allison Shoemaker


    109. Clotilde

    Lea Seydoux, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    Anytime Léa Seydoux is on screen, she glows. Perhaps one day Anderson will write her a role more interesting than this one. Until then, if you want to see what she’s capable of, watch basically anything else she’s in. –Allison Shoemaker


    108. Petey

    Jarvis Cocker, Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Jarvis Cocker, Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Alt-rock singer/songwriter Jarvis Cocker doesn’t get a huge role in The Fantastic Mr. Fox, but he still gets to sing a charming little ditty about the titular critter, complete with Claymation jugband. Of course, his yarn is cut off by Boggis, who was listening the whole time. Don’t worry Petey: we rather liked it. –Clint Worthington


    107. Applejack

    Jim Ponds, Bottle Rocket

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    Poor Applejack. Despite being the most experienced of Abe Henry’s goons, he was also the only one to take a bullet during Dignan’s ill-fated heist. Dignan made him a belt buckle in prison; however, so that probably helped soothe his wounds. –Randall Colburn


    106. Rickity

    Adrien Brody, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    The great joke of Rickity is his voice. Here comes this eager pipsqueak, and he’s got the voice of Adrien Brody mimicking a chain-smoking pipe-fitter. –Blake Goble


    105. Ronny and Donny Blume

    Ronnie and Keith McCawley, Rushmore

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    Everybody hates their kids sometimes. It’s one of those things we all know but politely disregard because of blood ties. But if your kids were Ronnie and Donnie, you might go off the high dive, too. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


    104. The Father

    Irrfan Khan, The Darjeeling Limited

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    Irrfan Khan is an Indian film actor with an impressive resume in Hindi, British, and Hollywood cinema. As the father of a deceased young Indian boy, Khan’s role here mainly circles around his culture’s funeral practices and the toll they take on his well-being. In a movie about the grief sons feel for their father, his mourning of his son serves as a necessary counterpoint. –Randall Colburn


    103. Prisoner Pinky

    Florian Lukas, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    Pink Bandisnki inspired the following Gustave H. monologue, and we can’t thank him enough for that: “What happened, my dear Zero, is I beat the living shit out of a sniveling little runt called Pinky Bandinski, who had the gall to question my virility. Because, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from penny dreadfuls, it’s that when you find yourself in a place like this, you must never be a candy ass; you’ve got to prove yourself from day one. You’ve got to win their respect. You should take a long look at his ugly mug this morning.” –Blake Goble


    102. Vladimir Wolodarsky

    Noah Taylor, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Noah Taylor, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Noah Taylor, you know we love you. But as documentary score composer Vladimir Wolodarsky, your original music pales in comparison to Seu Jorge’s David Bowie covers. Sorry! –Dan Caffrey


    101. Rocky

    Donny Caicedo, Bottle Rocket

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    Rocky’s a sweet kid, but damn if his poor translation skills don’t cause Anthony a helluva lot of heartache. –Randall Colburn


    100. Mordecai

    The Royal Tenenbaums

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    If you can pull off flying away into the sky to a Mutato Muzika Orchestra cover of “Hey Jude”, you deserve a name like Mordecai. –Zack Ruskin


    99. Mr. Adams

    Dipak Pallana, Rushmore

    Dipak Pallana, Rushmore

    Dipak Pallana’s face is the first one we see in Rushmore. As Max’s math teacher, he sets the stage for our hero to establish his dominant intellect with “the hardest Geometry equation in the world.” But, just like that equation and Max’s popularity, he’s nothing but a dream. –Randall Colburn


    98. The Chief Steward

    Waris Ahluwalia, The Darjeeling Limited

    Waris Ahluwalia, The Darjeeling Limited

    Waris Ahluwalia, a newfound mainstay of Anderson’s troupe, exudes authority with his steely gaze and confident tone. As The Chief Steward of the Darjeeling Limited, he also quietly culls empathy with non-verbal cues that point to a fractured relationship with co-worker Rita. He’s also pretty good at catching a poisonous snake with nothing more than a spatula. –Randall Colburn


    97. Redford

    Lucas Hedges, Moonrise Kingdom

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    Alas, every troubled kid needs a bully. It makes the movie struggle real. Redford is an all-timer in Moonrise Kingdom. The redheaded stepchild with the bad-boy motor bike tormented Sam and Suzy and was a nasty little tattletale. Actually, the only thing to enjoy about this punk kid is when he gets an arrow stuck in him. This is less about condoning child abuse and more about relishing comeuppances; you feel me? –Blake Goble


    96. Phil Mole

    James Hamilton, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Stare into Phil Mole’s hypnotic eyes, and you may fall into a trance. He’s also a nocturnal rodent who “just wants to see a little sunshine.” Try not to love him. I dare you. –Zack Ruskin


    95. Grace

    Shea Fowler, Bottle Rocket

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    Grace is precocious, but age is just a number. Her advice to her big brother Anthony is some of the sagest wisdom offered in Bottle Rocket. –Zack Ruskin


    94. Linda Otter

    Karen Duffy, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Truth be told, Badger, Beaver & Beaver’s secretary is kinda boring until she writes down all of the animals’ scientific names. The way she says “Got it” with the exact same cadence every time becomes one of the funniest bits in the film. –Dan Caffrey


    93. Mrs. Calloway

    Connie Nielsen, Rushmore

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    Forgive me for this, but Mrs. Calloway is Rushmore’s MILF. All the boys salivate over sweet, little Dirk’s mom, especially Max, who betrays his friend by regaling his classmates with tales of illicit handjobs. Sure, it’d be nice if we knew a little about her, but Rushmore is looking at the world through the eyes of a teenage boy. –Randall Colburn


    92. Franklin Bean

    Michael Gambon, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    God, where to start? He’s the skinny one. He invented his own species of both turkeys and apples. His diet consists solely of apple cider. He’s a condescending son-of-a-bitch. Oh, and he’s “possibly the scariest man currently living.” Fantastic Mr. Fox isn’t about the humans, but of those we see, Bean’s the most memorable. –Allison Shoemaker


    91. Monsieur Jean

    Jason Schwartzman, The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Jason Schawartzman, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    M. Jean gives Jude Law’s author the skinny on Mr. Moustafa, so we have him to thank for the story’s existence. As his reward, he presumably gets to spend all his working hours hanging out with a very nice painting. –Allison Shoemaker


    90. Monsieur Chuck

    Owen Wilson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    “Military concierge” M. Chuck is yet another helpful fellow. Like most of the concierges in the film, he’s played by an Anderson regular. Thus, he’s inherently memorable, but one’s far more likely to call him “Owen Wilson” than by his actual name. That’s the nature of famous people in bit parts, I suppose. –Allison Shoemaker


    89. Oseary Drakoulias

    Michael Gambon, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Michael Gambon, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Michael Gambon’s lush voice somewhat goes to pot as Oseary Drakoulias, Steve Zissou’s financial backer, but his presence is felt behind his nerdy apparel and nervous glasses. Random fact: Oseary’s name is a nod to George Drakoulias, music supervisor for films like Team America and Frances Ha. George is a bud of Wes. –Blake Goble


    88. Dusty

    Seymour Cassel, The Royal Tenenbaums

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    Dusty’s a relic from another, more innocent era. Do charming, wizened elevator operators even exist anymore? More importantly, do I really want to talk to anybody in an elevator? Not really. Sorry you’re out of a job, Dusty, but time has left you in the dust. –Randall Colburn


    87. M. Martin

    Bob Balaban, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    Like all members of the Society of the Crossed Keys, M. Martin’s got his priorities straight. Someone’s got to taste the sauce, but a fellow concierge comes first. Yes, he’s just one in a series of punchlines — “take over” — but his placement at the end of the phone tree, plus his cute little waiting-on-hold noise, pushes him up a few spots. –Allison Shoemaker


    86. Brendan

    Wally Wolodarsky, The Darjeeling Limited

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    Kudos to Wally Wolodarsky’s quiet immersion into the world of Wes Anderson. The famed Simpsons’ scribe (he wrote “Last Exit to Springfield” and the “dental plan” line, people!) was in Grand Budapest, Mr. Fox, and his last name was a character in Life Aquatic. All that is to say he was delightful and sweet in Darjeeling Limited. –Blake Goble


    85. M. Ivan

    Bill Murray, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    M. Ivan’s exactly the kind of person you’d want to help you out in a tight spot. If anything, the fact that he’s played by Bill Murray seems a detriment — when has Murray ever had that kind of efficiency, that cunning, that unwillingness to take the 25 Klubecks? –Allison Shoemaker


    84. Esteban du Plantier

    Seymour Cassel, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    87 Ranking: Every Wes Anderson Character From Worst to Best

    There’s not much to know of Esteban since it’s more the specter of his death that drives the film than any presence he has. But old installments of The Life Aquatic suggest a simpler time, when Zissou traveled to all corners of the planet with his best friend in the world. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer


    83. Buckley

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    63 Ranking: Every Wes Anderson Character From Worst to Best

    Perhaps the cutest member of the Tenenbaum coterie, Buckley remains relatively innocent in the midst of all the film’s familial drama. The beagle remains a symbol of the happy childhood each member wishes they still had – until his untimely death courtesy of an Eli Cash car crash reminds everyone that “it’s been a rough year.” –Clint Worthington


    82. Lazy-Eye

    Charlie Kilgore, Moonrise Kingdom

    Charlie Kilgore, Moonrise Kingdom

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    A lot of the kids in Moonrise Kingdom — at least the ones that aren’t Suzy, Sam, and the slightly villainous Redford — tend to blur together. Not so in the case of Lazy-Eye, whose handy patch makes him stick out. He’s also very interested in PhD programs. Good on ya, Lazy-Eye. –Allison Shoemaker


    81. Mr. Rabbit

    Mario Batali, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    Of all the minor characters in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Mr. Rabbit’s the one who most frequently turns to his natural animal talents. Whether he’s doing an everyday task like chopping up vegetables for a stew or something more extravagant, such as infiltrating an enemy’s farm, he always puts his speed and jumping skills to good use. Also, we like to think he’s named after a certain Paul Westerberg song. –Dan Caffrey


    80. Commander Pierce

    Harvey Keitel, Moonrise Kingdom

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    Don’t be fooled by the fact that he’s played by Harvey Keitel: Commander Pierce is basically a plot device. He exists to dress down Ward and then immediately get rescued by the man he just stripped of Command. At least Harvey’s got a hell of a scowl. –Allison Shoemaker


    79. Dr. Peter Flynn

    Luke Wilson, Rushmore

    92 Ranking: Every Wes Anderson Character From Worst to Best

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    If I were Max, I would’ve hated him, too. The presence of any unfamiliar party at dinner inevitably pivots the conversation into a broader, less intimate place. And yeah, Peter, we understand you didn’t expect to be going to a fancy dinner, but OR scrubs aren’t really proper theater attire, either. –Randall Colburn


    78. Bill Ubell, “Bond Company Stooge”

    Bud Cort, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    bud cort life aquatic Ranking: Every Wes Anderson Character From Worst to Best

    Bud Cort of Harold and Maude fame makes for a delightful addition to the Anderson universe. His innate haplessness and quirk clashes beautifully against all the big personalities in Zissou’s crew, and he gets his own moment of badass triumph after Jeff Goldblum’s Alastair Hennessey inquires as to whether or not this is his espresso machine. “We fuckin’ stole it, man,” Ubell says, and we all cheer. –Randall Colburn


    77. Mr. Littlejeans

    Kumar Pallana, Rushmore

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    Wes Anderson would later figure out how to put Kumar Pallana to better use in The Royal Tenenbaums, but in Rushmore, he’s more or less eccentric background scenery as the school’s groundskeeper, Mr. Littlejeans. Although it’s comforting to see Max greet him several times throughout the film, Pallana’s deadpan charisma leaves you wanting to see more of him, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Dan Caffrey


    76. Rita

    Amara Karan, The Darjeeling Limited

    57 Ranking: Every Wes Anderson Character From Worst to Best

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    Sri-Lankan actress Amara Karan was the four-eyed object of Jason Schwartzman’s desire in Darjeeling Limited. As Rita, the train’s stewardess, Karan was soulful, sweet, and able to let Schwartzman see how utterly selfish and insecure he may be. It’s a brief role, but a key one, and Karan fascinates. –-Blake Goble


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