5 Movie Characters Who Prove it’s Cool to be Single

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Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The NotebookValentine's Day is here again: the holiday when couples get free rein to be obnoxiously self-congratulatory about their couple status (even more so than usual), while single people are expected to stay in their homes and cry into a bowl of ice cream.Is finding a willing partner such a grand achievement, though? Thousands of people manage it every day, and most of them aren't even all that clever, cool or interesting. To sprinkle a little perspective among the hearts and candy, here are 5 movie characters who kicked all sorts of ass despite not having a designated date night or arguments over whose turn it is to clean the toilet.

The Dude

Jeff 'The Dude' LebowskiAside from being one of the Coen brothers' best-loved comedies, The Big Lebowski is a great advertisement for single life. Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski's troubles all stem from another Lebowski's marriage troubles, and the important life lesson this teaches us is that staying single and just going bowling with your friends is the wisest course in life.The Dude is so revered that he even became the prophet of his own religion. The Church of the Latter-Day Dude preaches that its followers should just take it easy and go with the flow, and being single is no barrier to acceptance among the Dude's disciples.


Loki -  Tom HiddlestonThor might have found a girlfriend, but it's scheming trickster Loki who has amassed the greatest legion of fangirls, all of whom have been charmed by his evil ways. Although Hollywood law dictates that Thor should always win in the end, Loki has repeatedly outsmarted his adoptive brother in his efforts to claim the throne of Asgard - and it's not because he's hoping to find his perfect queen.Loki manages to pull off an air of suaveness even in the middle of a prison riot in Thor: The Dark World, and while he lacks a legendary weapon he's practically oozing with book smarts. It's just possible that this charismatic villain has a sweet, romantic side, but he'd probably stab you in the back if you went looking for it.

Clarice Starling

Jodie Foster as Clarice StarlingThanks to the 'Final Girl' trope, the horror genre has a relatively high proportion of badass female leads, but they usually have a boyfriend hanging around on the background somewhere (if only so that he can be killed and/or revealed as the killer).Clarice Starling does not appear to have a boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse of any kind in The Silence of the Lambs or Hannibal, but you'll forgive her for not fretting too much about her single status as she trades conversational barbs with a sadistic cannibal, then later takes down Buffalo Bill single-handedly while Jack Crawford and his FBI tactical team flounder around in completely the wrong state.


Albus DumbledoreThere's a reason that Dumbledore became the only wizard that Voldemort ever feared, and it's not because Voldemort was envious of Dumbledore's love life. At 115 years old, Harry Potter's friend and mentor was still happily unattached and was one of the most powerful and respected wizards of all time.Speaking of Voldemort, is it a coincidence that the most powerful dark wizard of all time was also a singleton? Clearly matters of the heart and matters of the wand do not mix well.

James Bond

Sean Connery as 007There's a reason that the James Bond movies have such a very long list of Bond girls, and it's not because 007 kept saying, "Sorry, but I've already got a girlfriend." Being a highly skilled spy and leaping into the mouth of danger almost every day doesn't lend itself well to holding down a steady relationship, but Bond seems to be pretty happy with his life as a single man.It's no surprise, really. On the rare occasions that Bond does start to wonder if it's time to settle down with just one lady, it always turns out extremely badly. In fact, the only two women he's ever fallen in love with have both died horribly. Clearly this is a sign that Bond should stick to one movie stands.


Edward and BellaIf any of our readers happen to find themselves single on Valentine's Day, just remember that millions of people have managed to score Valentine's Day dates, but there are only a small handful of people capable of outsmarting Norse gods, tracking down serial killers, intimidating the greatest dark wizard who ever lived or saving the world from nuclear destruction. They just don't need their own designated holiday to feel good about it.Romance is a fickle thing anyway, but the Dude abides.
TAGS: hannibal, harry potter, james bond, thor, thor 2


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  1. Not to be a stickler, but Dumbledore and Grindewald were preeeeeetty close in the book. I know, I know, this is for movies. But the source material doesn’t really match up with that.

    • I don’t know about that, because J.K. Rowling herself said she always envisioned Dumbledore as gay even though she never blatantly said so in the novels. So I doubt him and Grindewald would happen, Snape would have probably been more his speed lol.

    • It’s a list of single characters, not celibate characters.

    • This entire article is a failure as it says this is suppose to be about
      being cool and single (like bond is). Dumbledorf and The Dude are complete fails
      as thier single and not much cool factor (esp dumbledorf) some overweight single
      40s+ dude prolly not that cool.
      Also technicaly bond is never single he just goes through women, he’s a revolving dating door.

      • If you didn’t think The Dude was cool, then you obviously didn’t see the film, or didn’t get it. The Dude is generally seen as a cool character. Not like smooth/suave kind of cool, but the kind of cool where he doesn’t care what anyone else thinks and does his own thing, and people love him for it.

  2. Being single is awesome. Entering into a permanent symbiotic relationship with all the compromises, the loss of freedom etc. just isn’t for me. I love sharing great times with friends, but I’m even more happy when I can return to my peaceful fortress of solitude. Everytime I hear the words “I’d love to … but my wife…” or “I don’t have the time to do that anymore…” I know I’m making the right decision. ;)

  3. Pfft…Bruce Wayne and Logan aka James Howlett FTW

  4. I didn’t think that being single makes me more like Loki and/or James Bond haha.. Thanks H. Shaw Williams!! This was the perfect way to start this years Valentines Day :)

  5. Loki is married to Sigyn in the comics and the mythology…

    actually he has two wives…

    • It’s a movie characters list, and in the movies he is single. And therefore cool. Like all single people.

      • The movies always leave that special room in Loki’s lair where he kept his cardigan and cats just slightly out of focus. Every time he exits stage left, though…

        • Maybe he secretly has a Mrs Loki who rubs his feet for him after a hard day of evil-doing, but she’s only ever in the deleted scenes.

          • I think Mrs Loki will be a great addition to Thor 3. The nagging wife, his several kids/animals etc being the real reason why he’s really in disguise, and nothing to do with hiding from evil Masters of Universe type characters at all.

            • And unsurprisingly, he usually gets what he wants…

  6. Hahah! What a great read and The Dude was a perfect intro to this list.
    I laughed so loudly seeing his picture pop up first.

    Rock on single life ;)

  7. How about a character proving that poliamory is cool? Besides the OS from Her?

  8. Indiana Jones! Well I guess he got married in the 4th movie. But until then?!

    • There is no 4th Indiana Jones movie. There is a weird fan film, though, which was made by some guy whose name is also Steven Spielberg, strangely enough. That Harrison Ford lookalike is amazing too. Unfortunately the story and tone doesn’t really have anything to do with the actual Indiana Jones trilogy.

  9. There’s only 1 lady on a list of 5. That’s sad, we need more cool single women as role models.

    • How about Alice (from Tim Burton’s movie version).

      At the end of the movie she rejected a marriage proposal and choose to be a career woman and sailed off to the distant sea.

  10. Damn you Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!!! Once again you prove how you muck up everything Indiana Jones related.
    If it wasn’t for that movie Indy would tie James Bond for #1 on this list.

    • + infinity! I also brought up Indy above too!

  11. James Bond was married in the film, Her Majesties Secret Service

    • He was only married for 5 minutes of the movie until Blofeld tried to kill both of them before they went on their honeymoon.

  12. I love screenrant, but this is hands down the stupidest article i have ever read

    • Thank you.

    • No, it was a fun piece to read. That was a fairly weak criticism, with no reasoning to back it up.