15 Greatest Character Names In American Film History
2. Vermithrax Pejorative ("Dragonslayer")
This is the only non-human character on this list. But the name rings with such awesomeness that it just had to be included. Vermithrax Pejorative is, in fact, a dragon. And not just any dragon. He's probably the most successful dragon ever brought to the silver screen and effectively puts Smaug to shame. The story of the film "Dragonslayer" is set in a fictional Medieval country. An ancient dragon (Vermithrax) terrorizes a small kingdom, and to appease him, the King offers him two virgin girls every year. An old sorcerer (portrayed by the great Ralph Richardson) and his young apprentice (Peter MacNicol; of Ally McBeal-fame) come to the rescue. "Dragonslayer" was the first Disney feature not targeted at an audience primarily consisting of children. This was probably what made it bomb at the box office. This is truly sad, as the film in fact is quite brilliant, and one of the best fantasy films before "The Lord of the Rings" came along. It is fairly unpredictable in how its events unfold, despite its non-original storyline, and it's refreshingly dark (especially for a Disney film). The name of Vermithrax Pejorative has been hailed by people such as Guillermo del Toro and George R.R. Martin. The latter rightly proclaimed it "The best dragon ever put on film", and the one with "The coolest dragon name as well".