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Inigo Montoya


"Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya. 
You killed my father.  Prepare to die."


Inigo Montoya may be the baddest mother ever in search of vengeance on his father's murderer.  I realize most people don't think of The Princess Bride as a bitchin movie, but how can you argue against a guy who devotes 20-odd years of his life fanatically studying sword-play and chasing after the mutant-freak 6-fingered Count Rugen?  Then, once he finally FINDS Rugen, he chases him down a hall, through all these castle corridors, up and down big staircases, etc until they're face-to-face in a banquet hall in Humperdinck's castle (Castle Humperdink?)  Anyway, Rugen fires a cheap shot at Montoya, hitting him in the liver-area with a gay-looking dagger.  Montoya whispers, "Sorry father... I failed you," and the audience feels shat upon.  Then, he gets a second wind.  He starts to stand up, Rugen stabs him twice - once in each shoulder.  As Rugen prepares to finish him off, Montoya gets his strength back, and starts repeating "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die."  Rugen flips the fuck out, cuz this crazy Spaniard is clearly out for blood.  Montoya slashes Rugen across the face, twice, mirroring the scars Rugen once gave him.  At this point, Montoya decides to play with Rugen a little.  It goes something like this:

- "Offer me money."
- "Yes."
- "Offer me power."
- "All that I have and more.  Please.  Anything you want."
- "I want my father back, you son of a bitch!"

Then Montoya runs Rugen through, in one of the best scenes ever.  Montoya staggers off bleeding like a bitch and you feel victorious with him.  I seriously can't think of a better Vindictive Badass on the Side Of Good than Inigo Montoya.  I salute you.  (Though I am deeply amused by the fact that Mandy Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya is a NY Jew... not even close!)







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