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The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters 

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Updated October 15, 2019 910 votes 101 voters 1.2k views 56 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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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

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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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

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

3
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Movie: Chaplin
Year: 1992

4
Kirk Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Movie: Tropic Thunder
Year: 2008

5
Julian Wells is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Julian Wells

Movie: Less Than Zero
Year: 1987

6
Harry Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Movie: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Year: 2005

7
Peter Highman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Peter Highman

Movie: Due Date
Year: 2010

8
Paul Avery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

Movie: Zodiac
Year: 2007

9
Alex Finch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Alex Finch

Movie: Chances Are
Year: 1989

10
Derek Lutz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Derek Lutz

Movie: Back to School
Year: 1986

11
Puppy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Puppy

Movie: Pound
Year: 1970

12
Ian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Ian

Movie: Weird Science
Year: 1985

13
Wayne Gale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters

MovieNatural Born Killers
Year: 1994

14
Billy Covington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Billy Covington

Movie: Air America
Year: 1990

15
Thomas Reilly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Thomas Reilly

Movie: Heart and Souls
Year: 1993

16
Dan Dark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Dan Dark

Movie: The Singing Detective
Year: 2003

17
Steve Lopez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Steve Lopez

Movie: The Soloist
Year: 2009

18
Terry Crabtree is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Terry Crabtree

Movie: Wonder Boys
Year: 2000

19
Hank Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Hank Palmer

Movie: The Judge
Year: 2014

20
Charlie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Charlie

Movie: One Night Stand
Year: 1997

21
Peter Wright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Peter Wright

Movie: Only You
Year: 1994

22
Leo Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Leo Wiggins

Movie: Johnny Be Good
Year: 1988

23
David Seton Barnes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
David Seton Barnes

Movie: Soapdish
Year: 1991

24
Jack Jericho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Jack Jericho

Movie: The Pick-up Artist
Year: 1987

25
Lee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Robert Downey Jr. Characters
Lee

Movie: Firstborn
Year: 1984