25 Best Coen Brother Characters

From Barton Fink to the Dude, counting down Joel and Ethan's craziest, most unforgettable creations

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9. H.I. McDonagh ('Raising Arizona')

His name is Herbert, but you can call him H.I. — just keep your goddamned hands off his wife (we're talking to you, Glen!) and don't try to break up his recently acquired family unit. Nicolas Cage's uniquely coiffed ur-hipster doofus is arguably cinema's most lovable recidivist. His life is already a cartoonish maelstrom, and that's before he plots to kidnap one of the Arizona Quints. H.I. is also the type of guy to attract lunatics, so following him will let you meet men who get the menstrual cramps real bad, who offer that there's something wrong with their semen and who, when there were no crawdad, ate sand. But though he's a thief at heart, he's also a dedicated family man, and though his style of parenting ain't Ozzie and Harriet material, any man who'll risk life and limb for some Huggies is okay in our book. JH

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