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Justin Vampatella

I'm back! Here is the third installment in my new mini-series "ABC Badasses", where I look at the coolest, most badass (go figure) characters in a given genre for every letter in the alphabet. Check out my other lists here:

The genre being analyzed this time is not really a genre at all, but rather a place. Middle-Earth. As the front-runner in the 'coolest fantasy worlds ever' race, Tolkein's creation definitely deserves a list all to its own. Here I will only be looking at the on-screen interpretations of the characters, so Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

It is a poorly kept secret that these are among my favorite movies ever, and some of these choices were tough as I had to pick between multiple great characters.


Fun fact: Viggo Mortensen actually deflected a knife with his sword during his fight with Lurtz. Ya that's badass, and is only one of multiple incredible feats he performed during filming!

Honorable Mention: Arwen


The dude kills a dragon. Enough said.

Honorable Mentions: Boromir, Bilbo, Balrog


He doesn't have a big part of the movies, but he is the King of the Lorien elves. He is also married to Galadriel, the ultimate babe of Middle-Eath

Honorable Mentions: None


He rides a friggin battle-pig. That's friggin awesome. Oh, and his accent is amazing too, just in case he wasn't already the coolest.

Honorable mention: Dwalin


Elf King? Check. Ninja? Check. Awesome hair? Check. Get this man (elf) an award.

Honorable Mentions: Eowyn, Eomer, Elendil


Sure, Frodo is worse with weaponry that Faramir, but he bears the One Ring for the entire journey to Mount Doom, and he's incredible for that.

Honorable Mention: Faramir


He's Gandalf, c'mon!

Honorable Mentions: Gimli, Gloin


While he missed his chance to destroy the One Ring, he did in fact kill Sauron the first time around, which is extremely noteworthy.

Honorable Mentions: None


This dwarf swings a mean sword and was able to survive a wound from a Morgul Shaft. He's one tough dude!

Honorable Mentions: None


Even 50-foot tall Mumakil don't stand a chance. Legolas is definitely using cheat codes.

Honorable Mentions: None


Merry matures a lot as the movies go on, growing from a goofy little boy to a strong, selfless warrior. He also helps kill the Witch-King, something no man can do.

Honorable Mention: Mouth of Sauron

The Necromancer (Sauron)

He's not very nice and doesn't show up in person a lot, but this menace is always lurking in the background and was able to survive being killed due to a single ring. That's pretty awesome.

Honorable Mentions: None


Just look at that adorable face!

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Much like Merry, Pippin grows to realize the tough realities of life. He becomes much braver and self-sufficient as the movies progress, and helps rescue Faramir from being burned alive!

Honorable Mentions: None

Queen Galadriel

When every single living thing in Middle-Earth has equal amounts of fear and respect for you, you know you're pretty badass. Able to hide one of the three elven rings from Sauron, this elvish queen is the greatest power of good in Middle-Earth.

Honorable Mentions: None


"These are Rustabell rabbits. I'd like to see them try!" - Radagast

Honorable Mentions: None


I don't think this one needs any explanation.

Honorable Mentions: Saruman, Smaug


He and the Ents laid the smackdown on Isengard, destroying any chance Saruman had of continuing to grow his power.

Fun Fact: Treebeard was actually voiced by the same actor as Gimli! John Rhys-Davies is one talented man!

Honorable Mentions: Theoden, Thranduil, Tauriel, Thorin

Undead (The King of the Dead)

The battle of Minas Tirith is one solely on the strength of this dude's army. He's pretty sweet.

Honorable Mentions: None


The elves that jump into battle with the Men at Helm's Deep are some of the most underappreciated heroes in the Lord of the Rings franchise. Without their help, I doubt the stronghold would have been able to hold out until Gandalf arrived with help.

Honorable Mentions: None


I know he ends up being killed off, but this dude is seriously badass! That helmet is sweet, and he destroyed Gandalf in a one-on-one duel. Not may people can claim that.

Honorable Mentions: None


He's literally the greatest horse in Middle-Earth. American Pharoah's got nothing on this speed demon!

Honorable Mentions: None

Yeoman Archer

The whole battle of Helm's Deep begins when this guy lets the first arrow fly. I like to think he did it on purpose to buff his battle stats and get a head start on Legolas and Gimli.

Honorable Mentions: None


The biggest and baddest of all the orcs, this dude kills the dwarf-king Thorin. And drove his father insane by killing his grandfather. He's one tough orc.

Honorable Mentions: None

What is your favorite "Lord of the Rings" or "Hobbit" movie?
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