8: Todd 3465 ("Soldier") - "What are you going to do?" "I'm going to kill them all, Sir."So there's definitely a "no superhero" rule, but what about people who are clearly augmented humans? Alice from the Resident Evil Franchise qualifies. Neo too, technically; by the end of their respective franchises they're basically Goku, who is often listed on similar power tiers as Superman.
Immortality is also a question; does The Highlander qualify? The Old Guard is getting a sequel, so Charlize is finally get herself a franchise, but...
I also think the Franchise rule is a little weak. Sometimes films don't need sequels. Some characters are made worse by their sequels. Snake Pliskin, looking at you. Also: Conan.
BTW, The Rock's franchise is the Jumanji sequels. Speaking of movies that neither needed nor wanted a follow-up... (talking about the second one, Welcome to the Jungle was sick)
I also think being genre snobby is a bad choice. Action-comedies and action-horror movies are still action movies.
Also setting aside the "single character per actor" rule, the definitive list:
Honorable Mention: Santa Claus (the one that f***s)
- Snake Pliskin
- Jack Burton
- Colonel Jack O'Neill
- R.J. MacReady
- Captain Ron
- Wyatt Earp (Tombstone)
- Lt. Gabriel "Gabe" Cash
Or Itto Ogami from the SIX "Lone Wolf and Cub" movies, for that matter.I have to admit, I'm kind of bummed that the rules prevent Toshiro Mifune's character from Yojimbo and Sanjuro from even being being considered. And likewise for Shintaro Katsu's blind swordsman Zatoichi.
Why the franchise requirement? It seems odd that Arnold Schwarzenegger only barely makes the list on the technicality that Conan was in two movies. He had a lot of great action movies in the 80s including playing Dutch in Predator.
I agree with coming up with a criteria to narrow selection, but the franchise tag I think is too limiting. Its pretty much "7 biggest white guys in hollywood" list.
The criterion. Getting rid of the franchise tag opens it up to women like Theron as you mentioned, black guys like Snipes and Denzel, and of course one of the greatest action stars Bruce Lee. Which is why its more fun to cheat your list than to actually follow it. Like I said, I agree, usually, with your criteria, but this time its too narrow for no apparent good reason. There are better ways to narrow the list than franchise and no supers.… and is that really an issue with that criterion, or with Hollywood.