Live Poll: Characters Who Never Give Up

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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?

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Great idea! I would pick Rocky, Superman, and Batman
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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
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PK,

Thanks.
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Nuts, 35!  Anyway, I suggest Lucy Pevensie from Narnia - optimism was practically her character trait! 
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NarniaisAwesome

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Oh, thank you.  :)
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Wile E. Coyote 70 years to try catching a single bird. I have a lot of respect for him
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Sylvester added
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Wile E. Coyote 70 years to try catching a single bird. I have a lot of respect for him

LOL!  Yes I agree!  :D
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Paok, 
when describing Rocky, did you mean small boxer or small time boxer?  :)
BTW, you described Lucy wonderfully.
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Paok-Kilkis

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I mean a small boxer, thanks!
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Okay, just wanted to make sure, thanks!  ;)
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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.
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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.
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Thanks a lot!
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Paok, when you are using text from another site, please remember that it's always good to give credit to the source.
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Done
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Uhm, you're thanking Ranker, but did you ask their permission to use their text?
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You think I should erase the texts?
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Just write your own.
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? ?

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

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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

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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.
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My pick

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


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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...
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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?..
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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.
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 Marlin, Luke Jackson and Ikiru added to the list.
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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!"


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Demian Slade in Better Off Dead 1985
You've gotten it mixed up. Lane Myer isn't the persistent one, its Johnny Gasparini, the psychotic paperboy who is persistent in Better Off Dead (1985). Watch the video.
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He is already on the bad guys list after you suggested it... maybe it would be better to have Paok's list dedicated to good guys... so we avoid overlapping.
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Same comment than before, I got strong "heroic" vibes from Paok's initial suggestion, I think it would be better if our polls were complementary rather than overlapping, Blake, while not a bad guy, is more on the antiheroic side and I would love to have it in my list, just like the Paperboy.

I would even suggest Paok to have "Good Characters" in the title :) so we make this poll a two-parter.
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I think it is a good idea to split these polls, since there seems to be more than enough characters to justify both. I posted some on these on both. But. maybe varying the questions to focus on the type of persistence rather than the type of person, Good vs. Bad is a better way to go.

Maybe, Paok-Kilkis' question should be: Which of these persistent character's drive in never quitting do you find the most inspirational?
Sean Astin in Rudy 1993
Hadley Belle Miller and Noah Schnapp in The Peanuts Movie 2015

While, ElM's question should be Which of these persistent character's would least like to have in pursuit of you?
Keir Gilchrist Maika Monroe and Ingrid Mortimer in It Follows 2014 Alec Baldwin and James Foley in Glengarry Glen Ross 1992
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I'm OK with that, and I like the phrasing :) good job!
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Correction: Which of these persistent character's would you least like to have in pursuit of you?

I also nominate Daniel Eugene "Rudy" Ruettiger from the movie, Rudy (1993) for his persistence in pursuing his dream to play football for Notre Dame. This true story about his relentless pursuit, both on the field and academically is most inspirational. Despite being undersized at 5'6" and 165 pounds, plus being dyslexic. and having marginal high school grades he both played for and graduated from Notre Dame, a top-ranked school both in football and academics.

Rudy 1993 Sean Astin and Jon Favreau in Rudy 1993Sean Astin in Rudy 1993Rudy 1993
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I love this idea. : )
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Done
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Done
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It should say "persistent characters' drive" since it's a plural.
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It should say "persistent characters' drive" since it's a plural.
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Corrected
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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. 
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Thanks
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Yeah P-K
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Thanks
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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
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