Messianic Archetypes in Movies

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The Messianic Archetype is a character whose role in the story echoes that of Christ. They are portrayed as a savior, whether the thing they are saving is a person, a lot of people or the whole of humanity. They endure a sizable sacrifice as the means of bringing that salvation about for others, a fate they do not deserve up to and including death or a Fate Worse than Death. Other elements may be mixed and matched as required but the Messianic Archetype will include one or more of the following: being the Chosen One, gaining a group of devoted followers, being betrayed by one of these followers, persecution by nonbelievers, parallels to the Passion Play, obvious Crucified Hero Shot, a figurative or literal resurrection, and even a Second Coming. Bonus points if the character has the initials JC.
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Checklist:
01. Odd, unexpected and obscure birth or otherwise strange origin and arrival
02. Central protagonist and/or object of concern within the narrative
03. Outsider
04. Sent by deliberate outside intervention
05. Alter ego or dual identity (one mundane and the other fantastic)
06. Very special, rare and unusual being although
appears as normal human doing mundane activities throughout normal working live
07. Apostle-figures (intimate friends-cum-associate)
08. Begin “divine” mission at the age of thirty
09.Judas-figure (inner circle intimates who
betrays friend for essentially unwholesome reasons).
10. Mary Magdalene-figure (sexually tagged women
who are related to the Christ-figure in some close way, but do not know exactly how to express her sexuality with him)
11. John the Baptist-figure (prophetically point the way to the Christ-figure)
12. Dies (cruelly) and then miraculously comes back to life again as good-as-new, if not better
13. Death results in victory
14. Sacrifice made by Christ-figure specifically benefit others and are based upon higher principles, although these others are usually of lesser worthiness, talent or power, comparatively speaking
15. Choose sacrifice out of newfound knowledge,
status, position or cosmic mission requirements
16. Accused of crimes although totally innocent
17. Cruciform posture
18. Acompanied by cross imagery
19. Incredible behaviour (walking on water)
20. Appears as simple, fool or crazy
21. Pronounced poverty
22. White clothing (toga, cloth)
23. Blue eyes
24. Verbal tags (“My God!” or “Jesus Christ!” or “Jesus!” or “Christ!”)
25. Initials J.C.

(Kozlovic)

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1951, in 13 top lists Check
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    Superman

    1978, in 10 top lists Check
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    Being There

    1979, in 13 top lists Check
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    RoboCop

    1987, in 13 top lists Check
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    Shane

    1953, in 17 top lists Check
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    Pale Rider

    1985, in 1 top list Check
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    The Iron Giant

    1999, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Matrix

    1999, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Green Mile

    1999, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 21 top lists Check
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982, in 27 top lists Check
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991, in 21 top lists Check
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    Children of Men

    2006, in 10 top lists Check
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    Metropolis

    1927, in 34 top lists Check
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    The Man from Earth

    2007, in 0 top lists Check
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    2011, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Truman Show

    1998, in 12 top lists Check
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    Pleasantville

    1998, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cool Hand Luke

    1967, in 12 top lists Check
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    K-PAX

    2001, in 0 top lists Check
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    Twelve Monkeys

    1995 — a.k.a. 12 Monkeys, in 13 top lists Check
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    Gran Torino

    2008, in 6 top lists Check
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    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 18 top lists Check
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    Dancer in the Dark

    2000, in 10 top lists Check
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    Se sei vivo spara

    1967 — a.k.a. Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!, in 3 top lists Check
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    Adams æbler

    2005 — a.k.a. Adam's Apples, in 1 top list Check
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    Dead Poets Society

    1989, in 10 top lists Check
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
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    Alien³

    1992, in 1 top list Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 31 top lists Check
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    Black Narcissus

    1947, in 14 top lists Check
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    Braveheart

    1995, in 18 top lists Check
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    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 31 top lists Check
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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch...

    2005, in 4 top lists Check
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    Dogville

    2003, in 14 top lists Check
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    Viskningar och rop

    1972 — a.k.a. Cries and Whispers, in 16 top lists Check
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    Sling Blade

    1996, in 1 top list Check
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    Jésus de Montréal

    1989 — a.k.a. Jesus of Montreal, in 6 top lists Check
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    God Told Me To

    1976, in 1 top list Check
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    When Worlds Collide

    1951, in 1 top list Check
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    A Canterbury Tale

    1944, in 8 top lists Check
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    Meet John Doe

    1941, in 3 top lists Check
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    Nóz w wodzie

    1962 — a.k.a. Knife in the Water, in 13 top lists Check
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    Edge of the City

    1957 — a.k.a. A Man Is Ten Feet Tall, in 1 top list Check
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    Teorema

    1968 — a.k.a. Theorem, in 8 top lists Check
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    Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent...

    1956 — a.k.a. A Man Escaped, in 17 top lists Check
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    Au hasard Balthazar

    1966 — a.k.a. Au Hasard Balthazar, in 17 top lists Check
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    Simón del desierto

    1965 — a.k.a. Simon of the Desert, in 5 top lists Check
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    Johnny Got His Gun

    1971, in 3 top lists Check
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    O Pagador de Promessas

    1962 — a.k.a. The Given Word, in 8 top lists Check
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