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The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Updated October 15, 2019 1.5k votes 131 voters 1.6k views53 items

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.

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  • 1

    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

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

  • 3

    Movie: Chaplin
    Year: 1992

  • 4

    Movie: Tropic Thunder
    Year: 2008

  • 5
    29
    6

    Dan Dark

    Movie: The Singing Detective
    Year: 2003

  • 6
    35
    13

    Lee

    Movie: Firstborn
    Year: 1984

  • 7
    35
    14

    Julian Wells

    Movie: Less Than Zero
    Year: 1987

  • 8

    Movie: Zodiac
    Year: 2007

  • 9
    24
    6

    Marvin

    Movie: Chef
    Year: 2014

  • 10
    27
    10

    Stewart

    Movie: Baby It's You
    Year: 1983

  • 11
    21
    5

    Jerry Renfro

    Movie: Bowfinger
    Year: 1999

  • 12
    27
    11

    Roger Baron

    Movie: True Believer
    Year: 1989

  • 13
    24
    9

    Ralph Karr

    Movie: 1969
    Year: 1988

  • 14
    27
    13

    Alex Finch

    Movie: Chances Are
    Year: 1989

  • 15
    26
    11

    Derek Lutz

    Movie: Back to School
    Year: 1986

  • 16

    Movie: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    Year: 2005

  • 17
    23
    9

    Peter Highman

    Movie: Due Date
    Year: 2010

  • 18
    27
    14

    Ian

    Movie: Weird Science
    Year: 1985

  • 19
    21
    8

    Reed Richmond

    Movie: Too Much Sun
    Year: 1991

  • 20
    23
    10

    Thomas Reilly

    Movie: Heart and Souls
    Year: 1993

  • 21
    21
    9

    Jerry

    Movie: Hail Caesar
    Year: 1994

  • 22
    18
    5

    Steve Lopez

    Movie: The Soloist
    Year: 2009

  • 23
    17
    4

    Terry Crabtree

    Movie: Wonder Boys
    Year: 2000

  • 24
    19
    6

    Wolf Dangler

    Movie: Rented Lips
    Year: 1988

  • 25
    19
    9

    Hank Palmer

    Movie: The Judge
    Year: 2014