Fictional Characters

The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Robert Downey Jr. may be best known as Iron Man, but this A-list actor has portrayed all kinds of different characters in his career. In fact, he appeared in his first role when he was only five years old. From fighting supervillains as Tony Stark to solving crimes as Sherlock Holmes, RDJ has one of the most impressive - and versatile - resumes in Hollywood. Which of his characters is your favorite?

In the 1980s, Robert Downey Jr. appeared in a string of teen comedies. In Back to School, he played Derek Lutz, a young and outspoken college student who ends up befriending Rodney Dangerfield, and in The Pick-up Artist, he played Jack Jericho, a serial womanizer who falls for Molly Ringwald. In 1992, Robert Downey Jr. captivated audiences with his role as Charlie Chaplin. The film was nominated for a handful of awards - earning RDJ his first BAFTA for Best Actor. 

Vote up Robert Downey Jr.’s best characters, and if you think someone’s missing, add them to the list. And if you love these characters, be sure to cast your vote in our Robert Downey Jr. movies list.

list ordered by
  • Movies
    Iron Man
    The Incredible Hulk
    Iron Man 2
    The Avengers
    Iron Man 3
    Avengers: Age of Ultron​​​​​​​
    Captain America: Civil War​​​​​​​
    Spider-Man: Homecoming​​​​​​​
    Avengers: Infinity War​​​​​​​
    Avengers: Endgame​​​​​​​
    Years: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Movies
    Sherlock Holmes
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
    Years: 2009, 2011

  • Movie: Tropic Thunder
    Year: 2008

  • Movie: Chaplin
    Year: 1992

  • Movie: Zodiac
    Year: 2007

  • Movie: The Soloist
    Year: 2009

  • Movie: U.S. Marshals
    Year: 1998

  • Ian


    Movie: Weird Science
    Year: 1985

  • Movie: Less Than Zero
    Year: 1987

  • Movie: The Judge
    Year: 2014

  • Marvin


    Movie: Chef
    Year: 2014

  • Movie: Charlie Bartlett
    Year: 2008

  • Movie: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    Year: 2005

  • Movie: Chances Are
    Year: 1989

  • Movie: Back to School
    Year: 1986

  • Movie: Wonder Boys
    Year: 2000

  • Series: Ally McBeal
    Season: 4

  • Movie: Due Date
    Year: 2010

  • Jack Jericho

    Jack Jericho

    Movie: The Pick-up Artist
    Year: 1987

  • Movie: Soapdish
    Year: 1991

  • Peter Wright

    Peter Wright

    Movie: Only You
    Year: 1994

  • Movie: Heart and Souls
    Year: 1993

  • Movie: Good Night, and Good Luck
    Year: 2005

  • Movie: Gothika
    Year: 2003

  • Movie: The Singing Detective
    Year: 2003