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The 24 Best Christmas Movie Characters
The Yuletide types bringing the seasonal cheer

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We’ve talked before about the Greatest Christmas Movies Ever and we’ve had our readers mash up Christmas posters but now we want to focus in a little more closely. Who are the best characters in all these seasonal films? What personalities stand out when the Christmas presents are down? Here, for our money, are the contenders…

WORDS HELEN O'HARA, CHRIS HEWITT
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The 24 Best Christmas Movie Characters | 24. Mr Poppy
24. Mr Poppy

Film: Nativity (2009)
Played by: Marc Wootton (right)
Distinguishing features: Puppyish enthusiasm for everything; sticky-up hair; loudness.

As teacher’s assistants go, Mr Poppy is closer in mental outlook to his tiny charges than his colleagues. But when he begins to work with colleague Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) on the annual primary school nativity play, his boundless enthusiasm carries his sometimes despairing boss through the experience. Admittedly, he has a tendency towards excitability that would make a puppy go for a lie-down, but his innocent joy in the Christmas season and, er, penchant for quoting The X-Factor are a continual delight. And hey, he certainly motivates the kids, who seem instinctively to recognise him as one of their own and flock to his knee.

Typical line: “You’re through to the next round.”

What to get him for Christmas: The X-Factor winner’s single.
 

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John McClane? Shaved head? Have I missed something? More

Posted by Fuzzbap on Saturday December 24, 2011, 21:38

2 wot, no Grinch?
The Grinch is not even in the list when he should be Number 1 More

Posted by vswindle on Saturday December 24, 2011, 07:08

3 RE: The 24 Best Christmas Movie Characters
Bailey not number 1, another Empire 'list' goes to waste. More

Posted by JIm R on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 10:05

4 RE: The 24 Best Christmas Movie Characters
As always any list is gonna divide my opinion, but following on from what others have said - Kevin from home alone and any of the characters from Trading Places should be there for me :D Sgt. Al Powell in Die Hard is also worth a mention :D Frohes Fest!!! More

Posted by Mitchel_W on Wednesday December 21, 2011, 09:31


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