You’ve known some of these characters your whole life and you might even love some of them (or at least the actors who play them), but did you ever wonder what’s the real name behind the memorable face? What if they don’t have a name after all? Well, get ready to meet some of your most favorite and not-so-favorite nameless pop culture icons from film and TV.
20. Number Six, The Prisoner
The Prisoner was a 1960s British TV series, the golden era of British TV during which several all-time classic shows, such as The Saint, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and The Avengers, aired. The main character, portrayed by a great TV star of the era, Patrick McGoohan (the evil king from Braveheart), has no name and is referred to in all seventeen episodes as Number Six.
15. Every Character in 12 Angry Men
This classic film from the â€˜50s should be taught in every law school around the globe so students would be aware from an early stage that no murder trial is as clear as it might appear. A masterpiece that was way ahead of its time and a seminar in jury studies, 12 Angry Men is all about how a juror’s prejudices, life experiences, personal views, and preconceptions can affect his or her judgment and the outcome of a trial. As for names? Don’t ask for any since all you get in this film are twelve nameless, angry jurors.
10. The Nameless Warrior, Hero
There have been many films with the same title but this is probably the best one. Jet Li, in one of the most convincing and touching roles of his career, is an undefeated, unstoppable master swordsman who is on a mission to kill the king of Qin. You never learn his name while watching the film, but it won’t matter much after you have watched this powerful, timeless masterpiece.
5. Man in Black, Lost
Lost is probably the TV show with the most unsolved mysteries (that is if one excludes The X-Files and Unsolved Mysteries, hosted by the late, great Robert Stack of Untouchables fame) and the fact that the ultimate villain of the show had more nicknames than Michael Jackson but no real name to concretely identify it, makes the show even more puzzling and dark. You can call it anything from the Man in Black to Smoke Monster and Black Smoke, just don’t ask its real name because you might piss it off and you don’t want that.