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Top 10 Unseen Movie Characters

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Script written by Nick Spake. Some characters should be heard and not seen. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 unseen movie characters. For this list, we’re taking a look at movie characters that are mentioned and heard off screen, but are never fully revealed to the audience. We’ve excluded characters that initially went unseen but were later exposed in sequels, like Ernst Stavro Blofeld or Professor Moriarty. Special thanks to our users workingclassoiskin, Melguld and Coop for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Nick Spake.

Top 10 Unseen Movie Characters


Some characters should be heard and not seen. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 unseen movie characters.

For this list, we’re taking a look at movie characters that are mentioned and heard off screen, but are never fully revealed to the audience. We’ve excluded characters that initially went unseen but were later exposed in sequels, like Ernst Stavro Blofeld or Professor Moriarty.

#10: DJ
“The Warriors” (1979)

Working with the Riffs, this anonymous radio DJ puts out a hit on the Warriors as they race back to their turf on Coney Island. To get her listeners in the rumble mood, she follows up her broadcasts with ironic songs like “Nowhere to Run.” Her foxy voice and slick showmanship are more than enough to influence any bopper to hunt down and destroy the Warriors. In this actin thriller, the audience never sees much more than the DJ’s red, seductive lips. Whoever you are DJ, please come out to play.

#9: Godot
“Waiting for Godot” (2001)

While the stage version of “Waiting for Godot” might be more well known, the film adaptation still contains one of the most significant unseen characters of any entertainment medium. The movie consists of two tramps waiting for a man named Godot. As you might have guessed, Godot is a total no-show. Over the years, Godot’s identity has sparked a number of theories, the most popular being that he’s God. If you want a clear-cut explanation, however, you’ll likely be waiting an eternity with ultimately no closure, much like our main characters.

#8: Harvey
“Harvey” (1950)

If a child told you his best friend was a six-foot, three-and-a-half-inch tall rabbit, you’d find it cute. But if a middle-aged man told you this, you’d probably run away in terror. Throughout much of this film, everyone, including the audience, believes Elwood P. Dowd is a loony who’s imagining a giant rabbit named Harvey. Elwood is so passionate and sincere in his belief of this invisible pooka, though, we actually start to believe in him too. In the end, we’re finally given confirmation that Harvey is all too real.

#7: Death
“Final Destination” (2000)

The “Final Destination” films show no restraint whatsoever when it comes to killing teenagers in over-the-top fashion. The one aspect of these movies that does maintain some ominous subtlety, however, is the notion of death. Most people think of death as a dark angel or grim reaper. In “Final Destination,” Death is more of an unseen, unstoppable force that just keeps pursuing its victims. It doesn’t matter how careful you are. When all is said and done, Death will claim your life, be it through decapitation, bathroom accidents, or speeding buses.

#6: Lemony Snicket
“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004)

This mysterious author has the misfortune of chronicling the lives of the Baudelaire children. Lemony Snicket strongly advises the audience to go watch a sunnier movie and let him carry this gloomy burden on his own. As bleak as the story is, Snicket’s narration does incorporate some much needed humor and wit. As for Snicket’s background and connection to the Baudelaires, that’s never revealed since “A Series of Unfortunate Events” failed to become a film franchise. If you really want answers, though, you can always go read the books.

#5: Soviet Premier Dimitri Kissov

“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964) After something goes incredibly wrong with the bomb, the bumbling United States President must call the Premier of the Soviet Union with some bad news. The conversation starts off fairly casual as the president asks Dimitri to turn down his music. Like an uncomfortable teenager trying to tell his parents that he crashed the car, the president eventually works up to the impending nuclear strike. One can only imagine the expression on Dimitri’s face as the president breaks the news over the phone. At least it was a friendly call.

#4: Charles ‘Charlie’ Townsend
“Charlie’s Angels” (2000)

Reprising his voiceover role from the ‘70s TV series, John Forsythe’s Charlie assigns dangerous missions to his three beautiful agents via speaker box. Although the plot in “Charlie’s Angels” might be nonsensical, there is one thing that keeps you watching in suspense: The hope that we’ll see Charlie’s friggin’ face already! In the film’s climax, it looks like Charlie just might come face-to-face with the angels as part of his body is shown. This reclusive millionaire continues to be a tease, however, slipping out just in time. Thus, the mystery continues.

#3: Vern
“Ernest Saves Christmas” (1988)

Whenever Ernest comes to visit Vern, everything shifts to the long-suffering neighbor’s point of view. Vern never says a word, in a hurry to get Ernest back out the door as quickly as possible. Initially starring with Ernest in a series of commercials, Vern returns in “Ernest Saves Christmas” as our well-meaning title character delivers an unwanted tree. This results in Vern’s knickknacks being destroyed, his wires being torn out of the wall, and his chandelier collapsing. Whoever Vern is, he must have the patience of a saint.

#2: The Blair Witch
“The Blair Witch Project” (1999)

In an age where horror movies were becoming progressively more graphic, “The Blair Witch Project” reminded us that sometimes it’s what you don’t see that’s most effective. The deeper three film students lose themselves in the woods while searching for the Blair Witch, the deeper they spiral into insanity as an unseen entity allegedly hunts them. What’s fascinating about this approach is that it’s never made clear if the witch was real or if the filmmakers were just bonkers. In any case, the aftermath left everyone in the audience speechless.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Man
“Bambi” (1942)
- Korben Dallas’ Mother
“The Fifth Element” (1997)
- The Man
“Undercover Brother” (2002)

#1: Rosemary’s Baby
“Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)

From the initial conception, it’s obvious that something is seriously wrong with the fetus growing inside Rosemary. As the mother gazes into her newborn’s crib, her neighbors confirm our greatest fear. All this time, Rosemary has been carrying the spawn of Satan. While we never see the demented offspring, Rosemary’s reaction to his eyes is more than enough to send a chill up anyone’s spine. Maternal instinct kicks in, however, and Rosemary decides to raise the unseen baby who will bring on a grim future we’ll fortunately never see either.

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