Happy birthday, Tim Burton! The visionary filmmaker was born on August 25th, and we're glad that he was, because -- ever since making his directorial debut back in 1985 with Pee-Wee's Big Adventure -- he's given us classic films such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, Batman, Alice in Wonderland and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
No matter how you look at his filmography, there is no denying that Burton has been a genius at creating mystical #fantasy worlds. In addition to his amazing settings, he has created some very memorable characters and stories. Most of us would instantly recognize the iconic main characters that Burton has created, but there are a decent amount of supporting characters that have been just as influential or meaningful.
So let's celebrate the birthday of this amazing artist by counting down the 13 best supporting characters he has created. (Don't be surprised if you see multiple characters from the same movie. Sometimes things really are that great.)
13. Dr. Finkelstein (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Although this resident of Halloween Town seems like a mad scientist on the surface, Dr. Finkelstein is really just a lonely old man looking for a companion. He creates Sally, only for her to rebel against him, but he doesn't let that stop him -- he's determined to make newer and more spectacular creations.
12. Martian Woman (Mars Attacks!)
This mysterious "woman" managed to infiltrate the White House without ever saying a word. Not to mention that creepy eyeball ring and the funny dance-like walk. She served as more proof that the martians were a lot more dangerous than anyone could have predicted.
11. Barbara and Adam Maitland (Beetlejuice)
Barbara and Adam are the ultimate #relationshipgoals. They love each other so much that they decide to spend a vacation at home enjoying each other's company. After their unfortunate death by drowning, they are forced to roam around for centuries as ghosts with a strange family living in their house, but at least they are stuck together.
10. Karl (Big Fish)
This giant is one of the first creatures we encounter in Big Fish. Played by the late Matthew McGrory, Karl has something that resonates within your soul as you watch how his surroundings made him who he is inside. He eventually becomes quite isolated by simply being a bigger man than his small town would allow. However, Karl's re-connection with the humanity that he believed to be lost is a beautiful journey.
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9. Joyce (Edward Scissorhands)
Joyce is the epitome of a lonely housewife. Although she has a nice house in suburbia, she gravitates toward the strange and unexpected when Edward arrives. When Edward rejects her advances, she definitely shows that the average suburban housewife might just be scarier than a guy with scissors for hands.
8. Max Schreck (Batman Returns)
Christopher Walken brought us a stellar performance as one of the most powerful businessmen in Gotham City. This character was specifically created for Burton's Batman sequel; he's just as dangerous and menacing as any existing #Batman villains and he proves it by teaming up with Penguin. Not to mention by contributing to the origin of Catwoman ... and trying to murder her. Maybe he can show up in the #DCEU alongside Ben Affleck's Batman?
7. Juno (Beetlejuice)
This chain-smoking "ghost host" is no doubt one of the best characters ever created in all of cinema. She manages to make herself relevant by serving as a guide for Adam's and Barbara's transition into the afterlife. We also can't forget how her history with #Beetlejuice shapes the events that unfold. Just don't forget to grab your handbook before meeting with her.
6. Delia Deetz (Beetlejuice)
Audiences manage to both love and hate Delia as the hilarious "wicked stepmother." We can admire Delia's tireless devotion to her need for self-expression, but art comes at the expense of her marriage and lackluster parenting. Not to mention what her thirst for fame ultimately puts the Deetz family through. Delia is an example of what happens when greed poisons your life.
5. The Inventor (Edward Scissorhands)
The late Vincent Price brought us this meaningful portrayal of a lonely inventor. Loneliness can make the unconventional a reality, as he is able to make such a strong connection with his most beloved creation, Edward. It's simply heartbreaking when we see Edward go unfinished when he dies, but loneliness really is a disease. Eventually, it might just claim your life.
4. Kim Boggs (Edward Scissorhands)
The special thing about Kim is that she's not your typical Tim Burton character. She isn't dark or draped in black, and she's certainly not unusual. However, she's suffering just as badly as everyone else is inside. Kim's compassion and devotion is what makes her such a lovely character to watch, and she really was the shining star within the jaded, suburban neighborhood that Edward is forced into.
3. Weird Girl (Frankenweenie)
Weird Girl shows Tim Burton's unique style and creativity in a nutshell. Voiced by longtime collaborator Catherine O'Hara, her dialogue is brief, but her appearance and overall aura just bleed weirdness, and you can't help but love every second of it.
2. Sally (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Sally is yet another contrasting character to Tim Burton's overall "dark" tone. Although her aesthetic matches the unique worlds we are brought into, her personality paints a much different picture. Sally is kind, considerate, creative and adventurous. She wants to see the world and can't imagine existing while under the control of someone else's idea of what life should be.
1. Lydia Deetz (Beetlejuice)
Winona Ryder became everyone's favorite with her portrayal of Lydia Deetz. This gothic, depressed teenager is placed into a rural, country setting, only to find that the strange and unusual can exist just about anywhere. What makes Lydia great is the fact that she makes no apologies for who she is (or for what fascinates her). Although it might be weird to connect with two ghosts stuck in your house, we must remember that this is Tim Burton we're talking about.
Ping and Jing (Big Fish), Zero (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Miss Argentina (Beetlejuice), Elder Gutknecht (Corpse Bride), Otho (Beetlejuice), The Mayor (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Who is your favorite Tim Burton character? Let us know in the comments!