Live Poll: Characters Who Never Give Up

  • 2
  • Praise
  • Updated 5 months ago
  • (Edited)
Perseverance is one of the most admirable traits a person can have and it’s quite common in fiction to have a protagonist who deals with adversity at every turn. These characters might watch the people they love die, while facing hurdle after hurdle. The average person would cut their losses and give up. Since these fictional characters are so extraordinary, they never give up, despite every hardship they face.

Which of these characters do you think is the most persistent?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls045904149/

https://www.imdb.com/poll/53VMERhwBms/
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes

Posted 12 months ago

  • 2
Photo of Ben

Ben

  • 79 Posts
  • 98 Reply Likes
Great idea! I would pick Rocky, Superman, and Batman
Photo of Dan Dassow

Dan Dassow, Champion

  • 14212 Posts
  • 14936 Reply Likes
Paok-Kilkis,

My first thought:
Sisyphus (1974)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073715/mediaviewer/rm2229348352
Sisyphus Poster

From your list, my vote: Wile E. Coyote
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Sisyphus added
Photo of Dan Dassow

Dan Dassow, Champion

  • 14212 Posts
  • 14936 Reply Likes
PK,

Thanks.
Photo of NarniaisAwesome

NarniaisAwesome

  • 3567 Posts
  • 5946 Reply Likes
Nuts, 35!  Anyway, I suggest Lucy Pevensie from Narnia - optimism was practically her character trait! 
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Added
Photo of NarniaisAwesome

NarniaisAwesome

  • 3567 Posts
  • 5946 Reply Likes
Oh, thank you.  :)
Photo of cinephile

cinephile

  • 1128 Posts
  • 1762 Reply Likes
Wile E. Coyote 70 years to try catching a single bird. I have a lot of respect for him
Photo of cinephile

cinephile

  • 1128 Posts
  • 1762 Reply Likes
(Edited)
Photo of cinephile

cinephile

  • 1128 Posts
  • 1762 Reply Likes
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Sylvester added
Photo of NarniaisAwesome

NarniaisAwesome

  • 3567 Posts
  • 5946 Reply Likes
Wile E. Coyote 70 years to try catching a single bird. I have a lot of respect for him

LOL!  Yes I agree!  :D
Photo of NarniaisAwesome

NarniaisAwesome

  • 3567 Posts
  • 5946 Reply Likes
Paok, 
when describing Rocky, did you mean small boxer or small time boxer?  :)
BTW, you described Lucy wonderfully.
(Edited)
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
I mean a small boxer, thanks!
Photo of NarniaisAwesome

NarniaisAwesome

  • 3567 Posts
  • 5946 Reply Likes
Okay, just wanted to make sure, thanks!  ;)
Photo of Arkas16

Arkas16

  • 174 Posts
  • 289 Reply Likes
Rocky and Inigo. Also Robert Angier from the Prestige also is a good candidate as he goes to extremes in order to become a better magician than Alfred Borden, even losing his own humanity along the way.
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
 Robert Angier added
Photo of rubyfruit76

rubyfruit76, Champion

  • 4858 Posts
  • 5720 Reply Likes
I love this idea! I started a similar one once but I think I forgot about it. I love your list, too: Atticus Finch is my favorite character from the list but Andy DuFresne probably most inspires me not to give up.
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Thanks a lot!
Photo of Jessica

Jessica, Champion

  • 3683 Posts
  • 4278 Reply Likes
Paok, when you are using text from another site, please remember that it's always good to give credit to the source.
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Done
Photo of Peter

Peter, Champion

  • 6771 Posts
  • 8312 Reply Likes
Uhm, you're thanking Ranker, but did you ask their permission to use their text?
(Edited)
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
You think I should erase the texts?
Photo of Peter

Peter, Champion

  • 6771 Posts
  • 8312 Reply Likes
Just write your own.
Photo of ACT_1

ACT_1

  • 3709 Posts
  • 3584 Reply Likes

? ?

Charlie Brown


A Charlie Brown Christmas  (1965)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059026/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059026/reference
Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him,
Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas
Peter Robbins   ...  Charlie Brown

Peter Robbins and Christopher Shea in A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059026/mediaviewer/rm2330418176

- - -


The Peanuts Movie  (2015)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2452042/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2452042/reference
Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.
Noah Schnapp   ...  Charlie Brown (voice) 


Hadley Belle Miller and Noah Schnapp in The Peanuts Movie 2015

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2452042/mediaviewer/rm1288830208

- - -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanuts
Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip
written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz
that ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000,

The strip focuses entirely on a social circle of young children
The main character, Charlie Brown,
is meek, nervous, and lacks self-confidence.
He is unable to fly a kite, win a baseball game,
or kick a football held by his irascible friend Lucy,
who always pulls it away at the last instant.
.

Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Added
Photo of Ed Jones (XLIX)

Ed Jones (XLIX)

  • 17379 Posts
  • 19794 Reply Likes
My pick

Chuck Noland is a character who got stuck in an island but but he managed to escape


Photo of 15yearsIMDber

15yearsIMDber

  • 3756 Posts
  • 4107 Reply Likes
Dammit, I just spent one hour making this and I just found out it's already been made:
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls044896308/
I'm really out of touch...
Photo of Nikolay Yeriomin (Mykola Yeromin)

Nikolay Yeriomin (Mykola Yeromin), Champion

  • 3071 Posts
  • 4017 Reply Likes

Sorry, I was not able to resist. 

Anyhow, the other poll was all about the bad guys, so that might still be useable with adjustment?..
Photo of 15yearsIMDber

15yearsIMDber

  • 3756 Posts
  • 4107 Reply Likes
Lol, no the other poll had good guys as well, it had 35 entries, I had to remove:

John McClane, Rocky, Inigo Montoya, Bryan Mills (who were in Paok's list)

and then Judah Ben-Hur, Maximus
Mattie Ross from "True Grit"
Marlin from "Finding Nemo"
Andrew from "Whiplash"
Sean Astin's Sam from "LOTR" and "Rudy"
Luke Jackson from "Cool Hand Luke"
The horse from "Tangled"
Ethan Edwards from "The Searchers"
Aron  from "127 Hours"
Richard Kimble from "The Fugitive"
The Nasa Crew from "Apollo 13"
Watanabe from "Ikiru"

Quite a bloodbath lol, I would have loved to see these characters in Paok's list, maybe he can make a two-parter, one about Top 250 characters and a second one. I really think Marlin or Luke Jackson or the Ikiru hero exemplify the "never giving up" trope.
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
 Marlin, Luke Jackson and Ikiru added to the list.
(Edited)
Photo of urbanemovies

urbanemovies

  • 4876 Posts
  • 2986 Reply Likes
My vote for the most persistent cinematic character is for Demian Slade  as Johnny Gasparini, the psychotic paperboy in Better Off Dead (1985). He shows up at least a half dozen times throughout the movie looking to collect his two dollars from the main character in the most unlikeliest of locations saying "Two dollars. I want my two dollars!"


Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Done
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Done
Photo of Peter

Peter, Champion

  • 6771 Posts
  • 8312 Reply Likes
It should say "persistent characters' drive" since it's a plural.
Photo of Peter

Peter, Champion

  • 6771 Posts
  • 8312 Reply Likes
It should say "persistent characters' drive" since it's a plural.
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Corrected
Photo of rubyfruit76

rubyfruit76, Champion

  • 4858 Posts
  • 5720 Reply Likes
Like I already said, I really like Urb's idea and I also think that maybe it would be cool to have them go live together. I like thematically consistent polls every now and then. These two fit so well together. 
Photo of Dan Dassow

Dan Dassow, Champion

  • 14212 Posts
  • 14936 Reply Likes
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Thanks
Photo of Ed Jones (XLIX)

Ed Jones (XLIX)

  • 17379 Posts
  • 19794 Reply Likes
Yeah P-K
Photo of Paok-Kilkis

Paok-Kilkis

  • 3397 Posts
  • 3384 Reply Likes
Thanks
Photo of Dan Dassow

Dan Dassow, Champion

  • 14212 Posts
  • 14936 Reply Likes
Congratulations Paok-Kilkis on your 188th live poll! As of 6-Jun-2019 5:14 AM Pacific your polls have 211,551 or more votes, for an average of 1,125 votes per poll.

Characters Who Never Give Up
7795th Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/53VMERhwBms/

This is the 2,530th Image poll. Such polls have a total of 4,343,751 votes for an average of 1,717 votes per poll.
Total Number of Votes			17,406,740
Projected Date of 20 Million Votes	28-Nov-2020
Days Until 20 Million Votes		541
This is the list of Paok-Kilkis' polls as of 30-May-2019:

Sorted Alphabetically http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2014/05/imdb-polls-alphabetical-by-author.html#Paok-Kilkis

In Decreasing Order of Votes http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2015/03/imdb-polls-descending-order-of-votes-by.html#Paok-Kilkis

Alphabetical List of Polls http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2014/03/imdb-polls-alphabetical.html

Top IMDb Polls http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2015/07/top-imdb-polls.html

IMDb Polls - Descending Order of Votes http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2013/12/imdb-polls-descending-order-of-votes.html

Summary Statistics http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2016/05/summary-statistics.html

Key Threads - IMDb Poll FAQs Index https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/faq-key-threads-imdb-poll-faqs-index

How to Improve the Chance of Having your Poll on the Home Page https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/faq-how-to-improve-the-chance-of-having-your-poll-on-the-hom...