12 Greatest Lone Wolf Characters In Movies

Characters like Rambo and Ripley just work better alone!

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There are a tonne of typical clichés and character types that permeate Hollywood, and while that sounds like a bad thing, it actually really benefits many cinema goers. Common character archetypes can help audiences to gain a significant understanding of the film's roles and, therefore, make it easier to become invested in the movies they appear in.

One of the best character types is that of the 'lone wolf'. This is a protagonist who rejects others' help and strives to achieve their goals on their own. There are many great movies built around this concept, often with the narrative centring on attempting to integrate this solo protagonist into working with others.

There is something fundamentally appealing about a character who is confident enough in themselves to strive out on their own, even if that desire to walk solo is bred of insecurity and a lack of opening up.

Lone wolves have been seen in a great many of the best films ever created, and the following entries are not only some of the best examples of this type, but some of the most remarkable character-driven feature-films of all time.


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