25 Best Coen Brother Characters

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

25. Leonard Smalls ('Raising Arizona')

A nightmare come to life, former boxer Randall "Tex" Cobb's bounty hunter enters Raising Arizona in a ball of fire, setting the movie, and some unfortunate desert creatures, ablaze. His "lone biker of the apocalypse" riffs on The Road Warrior, but he's also the embodiment of ex-con H.I. McDonough's criminal past coming back to haunt him, the last gasp of his childish id before the responsibilities of fatherhood take over for good. He's terrifying but ridiculous, a scowling, cigar-chomping phantom just waiting to be seen through, and the last look on his face reveals just how little he knows. SA