Several directors have left a very distinctive style in their movies, which make it very easy to identify as their work. Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson are among those who are widely recognized for their unique filmmaking. However, there is one such man who reinvented the art of quirky filmmaking and staying true to his style, no matter what. Tim Burton is easily one of the most controversial directors working in this industry. Critics seem to be confused whether to identify him as a genius at play or brand him as a B grade filmmaker. For me, Tim Burton’s brilliance is unparalleled and his imagination has a far wider horizon than many. Only a very creative mind can give birth to such unique, colorful and lovable characters. Burton’s ability to transform the seemingly placid fairytale into a morbid nightmare has drawn him both love and ire from the audience.
Along with Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton has a huge cabinet of astounding characters which can’t be found elsewhere. His creations might seem queer but a closer look would reveal the symbolism Burton was trying to make the audience understand. We, at the Cinemaholic, list out top Tim Burton characters in movies. This list contains the characters which have been written by him or appears in any of his films.
10. Penguin (‘Batman Returns’)
Oswald Cobblepot, in the comics, has been represented as an upper class criminal who is socially pleasing but performs heinous crimes. In fact he is the only villain who doesn’t have mental damage. Tim Burton, however, threw out that origin story out of the window, and decided upon a more morbid version of the Penguin. The monocle wearing criminal was given a severe deformity and a homicidal streak which forced his birth parents to abandon him and subsequently he was raised by a wild flock of penguins from a decrepit zoo. His circus freak career saw him as a grotesque bird man and his criminal nature soon became notorious. Penguin managed to disguise as a decent hero of Gotham and even manages to run for Mayor. Tim Burton’s rendition was far away from the civil criminal who was decent to women, with his Penguin being weird, rude and possessed zero socialization skills. He was a classic Burton villain and his appearance made him all the way more fearsome. Penguin’s alternate character has led to whispers of being a weird amalgamation with Killer Croc, a relatively unknown Batman rogue back then. If true, it is Tim Burton at his finest.
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9. Vincent (‘Vincent’)