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The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 35. Maximus Decimus Meridius

"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next." Maximus Decimus Meridius

Played By: Russell Crowe
Film: Gladiator

Why He's On The List: A mix of Roman history, legend, Shakespeare and old fashioned Hollywood epics, Maximus is about as traditional a tragic hero as you'll find. With everything taken from him by corrupt Emperor Commodus, all he has to fight for is justice, and before he dies, justice is what he shall restore and receive. It was, for Hollywood, a return to the square-jawed non-ironic hero and, for Crowe, the announcement of his status as an A-lister to be reckoned with.

Finest Hour: Fighting a freakin' TIGER.

The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 35. Maximus Decimus Meridius
Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius

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