There is a massive list of movie characters to choose from given the constant churning out of new stories and adaptations of famous novels, so let’s look at some iconic names from movies starting with ‘C’.
See how many you know, and if there’s one that you think should be on this list, let us know!
1. C-3PO (Star Wars)
A droid that is programmed primarily for etiquette and protocol, C-3PO appears as a humanoid figure with metallic skin. He was fluent in over six million forms of communication.
C-3PO has popped up in various films, including the original three films and prequels, playing a small but important role in helping destroy the Empire.
He has a personality that is very nervous, anxious and neurotic, which often doesn’t gel well with his companion R2-D2, who is willing to go anywhere and everywhere, especially if he’s been told to.
He has been disassembled and shot at by who knows how many people, but somehow always finds a way to get put back together or not get destroyed by a stray laser beam.
2. Carl Wheezer (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius)
One of Jimmy’s best friends and constantly speaking with a blocked nose because of his allergies, he loves llamas and is very shy. With very advanced speaking skills, he often speaks in improvised rhymes.
Often seen with red hair, spectacles and a pair of green pants with an orange and yellow striped shirt, he appears as a typical nerd with freckles and is overweight.
3. Carnage (Spiderman)
Carnage is part of a race of amorphous extraterrestrial organisms known as Symbiotes.
Cletus Kasady was an extremely unstable serial killer, who comes into contact with Eddie Brock, himself another symbiote known as Venom. Kasady bites Brock’s hand during a fight and ingests a small part of the symbiote.
Carnage stops Kasady being executed and helps him break out of prison, freeing inmates and killing many guards along the way. As Venom and Carnage become enemies, they fight several times with Venom eventually being victorious and eating Carnage whole.
4. Carrietta N White (Carrie)
A lonely girl the product of a broken home, with her mentally ill mother constantly abusing and beating her, she has had hidden telekinetic and telepathic powers that were dormant during her youth.
The bullying continued into school, until one day when her powers were activated, eventually Carrie using them to kill her tormentors and bullies, including her mother. Eventually she ends up killing over 400 people.
5. Casper the Friendly Ghost (Casper)
Inhabiting a haunted house along with other ghosts who get their kicks scaring the living, Casper actually prefers to make friends with people rather than scare them.
He died as a child after succumbing to pneumonia, and befriends children when they come into Whipstaff Manor.
He often has to stop his three uncles terrorizing other people.
Casper appears as a small, white ghost. He has a round head and has the usual ghost abilities like flight and the ability to pass through walls.
6. Cat in the Hat (The Cat in the Hat)
An anthropomorphic cat with a red and white striped top hat and a red bow tie comes to visit two bored children Conrad and Sally, however he tends to leave a trail of destruction, not helped by letting go of Thing 1 and Thing 2 from a crate.
After eventually destroying the entire house, the children find out that the Cat had this planned all along, and kick him out, only for him to return and clean the entire house, further confusing Larry, a man after the children’s mother’s, Joan, money.
Larry’s attempt to get the kids out of the way so he can trick Joan doesn’t work when he accuses the children of destroying the house, only for him to arrive on the scene with the mother to find the house in spick and span condition.
7. Catwoman (Batman)
Real name Selina Kyle, she is a burglar who often forms one of Batman’s enemies, although she does become his love interest.
Often targeting the rich and powerful of Gotham City, her ability to survive almost certain death and athletic ability is part of the reason for her nickname.
Her criminal activities are often tempered by a reluctant altruism, and she will give up her hard-won jewels and money if necessary.
8. Chad (In the Company of Men)
A middle-aged manager, he hatches a plan with his coworker Howard to romance a woman simultaneously, and then break up with her at the same time. Chad comes up with the mean-spirited scheme due to being angry at women.
After making some mistakes at work that he blames Howard for, Chad is promoted and begins sleeping with the woman they picked for their scheme. Later on it is revealed that Howard’s trajectory at the company has continued to go down.
Chad also reveals that he hadn’t actually broken up with his ex-girlfriend, Suzanne, and is still with her, thus intentionally cheating on her.
9. Charizard (Pokémon)
A Pokémon that is of the fire-type, Charizard resembles a large red dragon, with huge wings and a flame breath. While there have been many Charizards across the films and games, the one belonging to Ash is quite iconic, having been saved from death as a Charmander.
This action by Ash has resulted in his otherwise normal Pokémon being somewhat more powerful, as they will do anything to help Ash.
10. Charlie Brown (The Peanuts Movie)
Often seen in his yellow outfit with a brown zig-zag across the stomach, Charlie Brown fails at practically everything he does, but that doesn’t stop him trying again.
Seemingly bald despite being a young child, he has a tiny swirl of hair on his forehead.
With the goal of impressing the new girl, he embarks on a magic show (which fails), a dance competition (which he somehow sets the sprinklers off via his shoe). After partnering up with the girl for a book report, he picks a text that he can’t even understand, causing them to fail.
However, the girl reveals she actually likes Charlie Brown due to the other personality qualities that come through despite the failures: his selflessness, his determination, his honesty, and his caring and compassionate nature.
11. Charlie Kaufman (Adaption)
A morose screenwriter, he struggles mightily with writer’s block, made worse by his freeloading brother suddenly finding success with his own screenwriting escapades.
After Donald’s superior social skills deduce that all is not right with Charlie’s deal, the two find themselves being chased by a murderer. At once resolving their differences, they try to work together to escape, only for Donald to be shot and dying in a car accident.
12. Charlotte (Lost in Translation)
Stuck in Japan due to her husband’s work, she feels trapped in the hotel due to having no friends, no job and can’t understand Japanese.
After striking up a friendship with fellow guest Bob, they bond due to their shared ennui and loneliness although he isn’t much help due to going through his own personal troubles.
Charlotte can’t work out what to do, despite being a beautiful, funny and well-educated woman, often spending her days listening to motivational speakers in an attempt to find herself.
13. Cheech and Chong (Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie)
Stoner buddies Cheech and Chong bumble through life, causing issues for all those around them due to their constant want of drugs, or money to buy drugs.
Their selfish actions are almost always extremely short term, with the bill or consequences a problem for the future.
Cheech often appears in a red beanie and yellow singlet with red suspenders, while Chong is often seen with a thick beard and long hair tied up with a red bandana.
14. Chef (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut)
Working at the school cafeteria, Chef is wiser than he would appear, also being one of the top womanizers of South Park. Often seen in his white chef’s hat, apron and red shirt, he is almost single-handedly trying to fight against the bigotry of his small town.
Looking out for the children as they get themselves into yet another predicament, he is clear-headed and is one of the best people to turn to when looking to get out of a mess created by the other useless adults.
Chef, however, is often found telling the children about things that they perhaps shouldn’t know about yet, particularly in regards to adult relationships, sex and other topics likely inapprorpiate for young elementary aged children.
An amazing singer, he often has singing parts of very catchy songs replete with double entendre.
15. Chewbacca (Star Wars)
A wookie from Kashyyyk, he possesses super strength that allows him to use the bowcaster, a weapon that requires such strength that almost no one else can wield it.
A close friend of Han Solo, he is a massive humanoid creature covered in thick brown hair, with a type of yodeling guttural speech that only Solo seems to be able to understand.
Due to Solo rescuing him from slavery, he is fiercely protective of Solo. He is a capable co-pilot on the Millenium Falcon.
16. Cher Horowitz (Clueless)
An airhead with rich parents, she tries to use her looks and oratory skills to get her way, and while she believes it is because of the latter that things work out for her, it tends to be the former.
However, her constant busybodying and attempts to fix the minor issues she sees around her tends to work out in strange ways, but sometimes she is successful.
17. Chris Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness)
A salesman who becomes homeless after banking on the wrong product, he has to deal with raising his son while trying to get out from under the mass of stock of portable bone-density scanners.
Increasing financial pressures cause his marriage to break down, although a chance meeting with a manager and partner of a stockbroking firm lands him an opportunity to go for a job.
Unfortunately he is arrested and spends the night before in jail, but manages to ace the interview anyway, eventually securing the job and a successful financial future.
18. Chuckie (The Rugrats Movie)
With a perennially blocked nose and Tommy’s best friend, his flaming head of hair and glasses complements his green pants and blue shirt like nothing else. Chuckie has a great relationship with his father but inherits his worrywart personality.
Scared of anything and everything, he’ll be the first to throw water on an idea that involves dark places or having courage but all it takes is for the others to go off on an adventure for him to join, as he hates being alone.
19. Chucky (Child’s Play)
A killer doll influenced by voodoo, he has supernatural powers of strength. After Charles Lee Ray, a bank robber, is shot and transfers his soul to the doll, Ray then uses the doll to exact revenge on the people that have wronged him.
This includes his former partner who left him for dead, and a detective Mike Norris. Often preferring to use a knife to kill his victims, he is able to hide in plain sight due to his appearance as a doll.
20. Clark Griswold (National Lampoon’s Vacation)
A family man always looking to enjoy a vacation with his family, his inability to control his temper often leads to the holiday being ruined, although much of the blame must lay at the feet of incompetent employees of hotels and other tourist locations.
He also gets easily distracted by beautiful women, and is obsessed with his job in the prepared food industry, especially additives and preservatives.
21. Clark Kent (Superman)
The cover identity for Superman, he works as a reporter at the Daily Planet. While this enables him to keep his finger on the pulse of crime, he struggles with his double life as it is very hard to save everyone and everything while keeping his Superman identity secret.
His powers also make him many enemies, and Kent is worried that his coworkers and other people will be harmed once the supervillains find out about his day job. This is unlikely to happen due to his genius disguise of wearing thick, black glasses to hide in plain sight.
22. Clementine Kruczynski (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
A bookstore clerk who becomes the love interest of Joel. With constantly changing and very loud hairstyles, Clementine’s alcoholism and internal demons makes life hell for all those around her, especially Joel.
Her free-spirited nature makes her unreliable, and after a fight Clementine decides to enlist the services of Lacuna to erase all memories of Joel. After Joel realizes that this has happened, he too decides to erase all memories of Clementine as well.
As the process goes on, Joel realizes that despite all of Clementine’s flaws, they had a good relationship and were happy together.
23. Conan (Conan the Barbarian)
A barbarian warrior who seeks vengeance for the death of his parents at the hands of a snake cult led by Thulsa Doom, he is taken into slavery after the slaying of his vaillage. After surviving and growing huge due to his labors, he is educated as a gladiator and released.
After many trials and tribulations, including being left for dead after being recaptured by Doom, he eventually is healed by magic from the wizard Akiro and takes revenge on Doom using his father’s broken sword.