Top 10 Johnny Depp Characters



5. John Dillinger

Public Enemies

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Portrayed as an american gangster and bank-robber in the Depression-era United States. He was charged, but never convicted, with the murder of an East Chicago police officer. This was his only kill. Dillinger embraced the criminal lifestyle behind bars in the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. Upon being admitted to the prison he is quoted as saying, “I will be the meanest bastard you ever saw when I get out of here.


4. Willy Wonka

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Willy Wonka’s behavior is viewed more as a sympathetic character flaw. These aspects of Wonka’s personality are explained in Burton’s version by a strained, conflicted relationship with his father, the dentist Wilbur Wonka – a character created exclusively for this film. Wonka had a traumatic childhood, as his father locked him into dreadful orthodontics that bore more resemblance to a medieval torture device, and every Halloween, he would burn his son’s candy in the fireplace. Eventually, Willy tastes chocolate after sneaking a piece that had fallen from the fire, and starts getting ideas for other candies. Shortly after, he runs away from home when his father forbids him from becoming a candy maker. When he becomes an adult, Wonka opens his own candy store, with Grandpa Joe being one of Wonka’s first employees. Then several of Wonka’s rivals, notably Mr. Slugworth, plant spies in Wonka’s factory to steal Wonka’s recipes. Wonka became very concerned that his rivals might ruin him and he closed his factory forever by sending all his workers home not sure of which one has been helping his rivals. Additionally, in Burton’s film, Wonka initially refuses to allow Charlie to bring his family to his factory. An eventual reconciliation between Wonka and his father causes Wonka to change his mind and allow Charlie’s family to move in with him as well.


3. Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

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The sensitive and misunderstood creation of an inventor. After the inventor’s death, he was left all alone in the castle without regular hands. Meet Edward Scissorhands. The inventor was inspired to make an artificial man due to the anthropomorphic appearance of his other inventions. His final result was a humanlike young boy who had everything except for hands, but the inventor had a heart attack and died while in the act of creating a pair of real hands for Edward, leaving him “unfinished” forever. His isolation allowed him to live without a sense of reality, seems cruel to everyone, he has the intrinsic goodness which few possess.


2. The Mad Hatter

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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In Tim Burton’s 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland, the Hatter is portrayed by Johnny Depp. He is very brave and loyal to the White Queen, and becomes very emotionally attached to Alice and goes to great lengths to protect her. In this version, his full name is Tarrant Hightopp. Burton explained that Depp “tried to find a grounding to the character, something that you feel, as opposed to just being mad. In a lot of versions itโ€™s a very one-note kind of character and you know his goal was to try and bring out a human side to the strangeness of the character.” The orange hair is an allusion to the mercury poisoning suffered by many hatters who used mercury to cure pelts. According to Depp: “I think he was poisoned, very, very poisoned, and it was coming out through his hair, through his fingernails and eyes.” In an interview, Depp stated his experience was “A dream come true” and that the Hatter is like “A mood ring, his emotions are very close to the surface”


1. Captain Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean

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Sparrow is a trickster who uses wit and deceit to attain his goals, preferring to end disputes verbally instead of by force. He walks with a slightly drunken swagger and has slurred speech and flailing hand gestures, which are slightly based on Tuco, from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. In the context of the films, Sparrow is one of the Brethren Court, the Pirate Lords of the Seven Seas. He can be treacherous, but survives mostly by using wit and negotiation rather than weapons or force, preferring to flee most dangerous situations and fight only when necessary. Sparrow is introduced seeking to regain his ship, the Black Pearl, from his mutinous first mate, Hector Barbossa, and attempts to escape his blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones while battling the East India Trading Co.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Johnny Depp Characters

  1. Depp must be the coolest guy ever!
    He plays weird roles and always manages to make them a success.
    Pure class ๐Ÿ™‚

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