Whether he’s oiled, toned, or dressed like a total nerd, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a powerful onscreen presence. During his storied film history, he's fought snake demons to taught kindergartners - and everything in between. But who's the strongest Arnold Schwarzenegger character? What is strength? Is it the ability to hoist a telephone booth over your head, or is it giving birth in the midst of a scientific breakthrough?
Obviously, the Arnold Schwarzenegger character you think is the most powerful is a subjective question. One person's version of strength is always going to be different from that of another person. In the 1980s, Schwarzenegger was the king of tough-guy action flicks. He was ripped and ready to rock, and even though he softened his image in the '90s, he remained an action icon. What he left in his wake was a vast and varied collection of strongmen, physical and otherwise.
- Photo: Total Recall / TriStar Pictures
Who Is Your Arnold, And What Does He Do? In Total Recall, Quaid is a man who goes into the Rekall company to have vacation memories implanted, then wakes up in the middle of a galactic conspiracy. He doesn't know what's real and what's fake, but he knows he needs to get his butt to Mars.
Skill Set: Quaid is athletic, but he's not a superspy or anything. That said, he's good with a side arm and knows how to throw a punch or two.
Greatest Feat of Strength: After falling out of the containment area into the Mars desert, he's so strong that he survives the lack of atmosphere on the red planet and drags himself back inside even after multiple characters have already exploded.
Weakest Moment: After returning home from Rekall, Quaid gets his clock cleaned by his wife - or the woman he thought was his wife - before he finally subdues her via workout clothing and futuristic side arm.28090Arnold strong?
- Photo: The Running Man / TriStar Pictures
Who Is Your Arnold, And What Does He Do? This former police helicopter pilot, who's been framed for multiple misdeeds, has been getting ripped in a forced labor camp. He may not have any spectacular skills to speak of, but he's mad at the system that falsely imprisoned him - which is more than enough fuel to carry him through the dangerous game of The Running Man .
Skill Set: Aside from being impossibly tough, Richards is ruthless and his quip game is on point. He doesn't let one of his targets go by without dishing a searing burn for the viewers at home.
Greatest Feat of Strength: Every fight Richards gets into is pretty cool, but his greatest feat of strength comes when he faces "Buzzsaw," a stalker whose whole thing is using a chainsaw. Richards overpowers Buzzsaw and eventually cuts him in half in the worst possible way.
Weakest Moment: After breaking out of the forced labor camp, Richards assaults musician Amber Mendez, which is plain wrong.295105Arnold strong?
Harry TaskerPhoto: True Lies / 20th Century Fox
Who Is Your Arnold, And What Does He Do? In True Lies, Tasker is a superspy masquerading as a computer scientist. He's a part of Omega Sector, a secret group created by the United States government.
Skill Set: Tasker is like James Bond but American... or Austrian pretending to be American... so he's adept at gunplay, hand-to-hand combat, and pretty much any kind of fighting style someone might consider cool.
Greatest Feat of Strength: After he's pumped full of enough truth serum to make George R.R. Martin tell you his ending to Game of Thrones, Tasker tells his captors how he's going to escape and exactly how he's going to do away with them, point by point - then he does exactly what he promised, like clockwork.
Weakest Moment: He's built such a well of distrust in his wife that he has to bring her on a secret spy mission, where they both get nabbed by bad guys and taken to the Florida Keys.301108Arnold strong?
- Photo: Eraser / Warner Bros.
Who Is Your Arnold, And What Does He Do? In Eraser, John Kruger is the best at what he does: Faking the demises of high-profile witnesses. He works for the Witness Security Protection Program, and in the film, he's tasked with taking care of a woman who has knowledge of a secret device that's about to hit the black market.
Skill Set: A classic Arnold if ever there were one: Kruger's adept with a side arm and blade, but he can also trap people, go hand-to-hand with impressive agility, and make people "disappear."
Greatest Feat of Strength: After finding out that everyone he thought was on his side is actually double-crossing him, Arnold drops a parachute out of an airplane and then falls after it. He passes through the flames of a burning jet engine before catching up to the parachute, putting it on, and opening it safely.
Weakest Moment: While saving Vanessa Williams from her would-be assailants, Arnold literally grabs a refrigerator and flips it on its side to block any pulse blasts that might come their way. Moments later, when Arnold's hand is nailed to the fridge, he barely has time to wrench his hand free and get Vanessa Williams to safety.22070Arnold strong?