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A Brief History of Blue Movie Characters

In James Cameron's Avatar, human soldiers interact with an alien species called the Na'avi—a race of tall cat-like tree-huggers. Which also happen to be blue. Let's celebrate the fact that we have new blue characters to dress up as every Halloween until the pigment gives us cancer!



The Blue Meanies (Yellow Submarine, 1968)
Sprung straight from the LSD-addled minds of The Fab Four, the Blue Meanies are an ugly group of freaks who can't stand the Beatles' music. In other words, The Rolling Stones.

Violet Beauregarde (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971)
A lesson to children everywhere. No, not that they shouldn't be greedy little shits (that's what childhood is all about) but that they should never follow eccentric bachelor millionaires into their amusement park-like homes. It never ends well.


Zoot (The Muppet Movie, 1979)
The sax man for the Electric Mayhem sprung from the reefer-addled mind of Jim Henson (seeing a pattern here?), and the guy is bluer than Mile Davis attending a funeral in Smurf pajamas. Oh, and before you say it—Gonzo's mostly purple and Sam the Eagle is nothing but a Right Wing mouthpiece.


Max Rebo (Return of the Jedi, 1983)
Originally the frontman of a respectable funk band, Max had to suffer the indignity of having his music and band taken over by a pop-friendly CGI crapfest, as if Jabba's Palace had suddenly hired Lou Pearlman.


The Genie (Aladdin, 1992) 
You know how the term "you've let the genie out of the bottle" used to mean that you've done something you can't undo? After the visual/aural assault of this blue porker, it now means, "For the love of all that is holy, SHUT THE FUCK UP!"


Mr. Blue (Reservoir Dogs, 1992) 
Mr. Brown is too much like Mr. Shit, and Mr. Pink sounds like Mr. Pussy. Mr. Blue might have gotten away with a cool name, but all that got him was one line of dialogue and an off-screen death.


Diva Plavalaguna (The Fifth Element, 1997) 
In the future, we'll all consider 10-foot blue aliens with tentacle heads who sing opera remixed by the house DJ from Hunkabunka's in Sayreville, New Jersey the pinnacle of entertainment. Here's hoping that the Mayans are right at the world is ending in 2012.


The Blue Raja (Mystery Men, 1999)
The silverware-chucking mamma's boy knows that implying blueness is often as powerful as actually having a shred of blue anywhere on you at all. Or not..


Amok (The Specials, 2000) 
You can slap on all the blue spray paint you want, but there's no hiding that that's Jamie Kennedy. Nice try. You almost tricked us into watching this.


Mystique/Nightcrawler/Beast (X-Men, 2000; X2: X-Men United, 2003; X-Men: The Last Stand, 2006) 
Apparently, the X-Men franchise exists solely to up the blue character quotient from one movie to the next. If Brett Ratner hadn't fucked the franchise into submission, X4 would have shoe-horned in at least three more indigo X-characters you can probably name off the top of your head. Dork.


Sully (Monsters Inc, 2001)
Sully is like Chewbacca mixed with a Yeti mixed with Boo Berry cereal. If that's not 100 kinds of awesome, you need to find your lost sense of awesome.


Dory (Finding Nemo, 2003) 
Yeah, she's a fish. But one of your asshats would have run to the Comments section and been all "You forgot Dory! CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION!" so we'll save you the misplaced anger. Now you can direct back to its source, your abusive childhood.


Blue (Old School, 2003)
The late Joseph "Blue" Palasky will always be Frank The Tank's boy. And, honestly, isn't he, in his own way, all of our boy?


Abe Sapien (Hellboy, 2004) 
Abe is like a cooler version of Aquaman, because he's got creepy black fish eyes and gills and webbed hands and not an orange mesh T and a confused misunderstanding of Aqua Lad's personal boundaries.


Dr. Manhattan (Watchmen, 2009) 
By this point, the idea of a blue man (even sans Group) just wasn't shocking enough on its own. What to do? What to do? Oh, let's give his big glowing blue dong more screen time than Silk Spectre. Oh, yeah. You have officially taken movie blueness to the next level.