Pages in category "Fictional smugglers"
The following 19 pages are in this category, out of 19 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 19 pages are in this category, out of 19 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Tiffany Case – Tiffany Case is a fictional character in the 1956 James Bond novel Diamonds Are Forever and its 1971 film adaptation. A Bond girl, she was portrayed by Jill St. John in the film, in Ian Flemings novel, she is an American diamond smuggler working as a fence for The Spangled Mob, a ruthless American gang that is smuggling diamonds from Africa through an international pipeline. Bond contacts her in London posing as petty crook Peter Franks, felix Leiter, familiar with Tiffanys background, acquaints Bond with the fact that she was gang-raped as a teenager and, as a result, has developed a hatred of men. She is nevertheless attracted to Bond, and the two become lovers. Tiffany turns against her partners, and helps Bond escape from their clutches. In the novel, she is kidnapped by Wint & Kidd on the Queen Elizabeth. After this adventure, the two live together, but, like many of Bonds women, she is out of his life by the next novel. In this novel, Fleming writes that Tiffany found Bond too difficult to live with and returned to the United States with an American military officer, the 1971 film adaptation of Diamonds are Forever substantially revised the plot and, with it, Tiffanys character. In the film, she is a small-time smuggler unwittingly working for Bonds nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his terrorist organisation, posing as gangster Peter Franks, Bond arranges a partnership with her, but this time it is to investigate her role in Blofelds latest criminal scheme. She initially believes that she and Franks are going to make millions, by the end of the film, Tiffany has helped Bond defeat Blofeld, and the two go on a romantic cruise together. In an attempt to leave Las Vegas with the diamonds, Tiffany hires a red Ford Mustang Mach 1, which is later driven by Bond
2. Chewbacca – Chewbacca, nicknamed Chewie, is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. He is a Wookiee, a tall, hirsute biped and intelligent species from the planet Kashyyyk, Chewbacca is the loyal friend and associate of Han Solo, and serves as co-pilot on Solos spaceship, the Millennium Falcon. The character has appeared on television, in books, comics. To repay this debt, Chewbacca protected Han for the rest of his life, standing at 8 feet tall, Chewbacca is covered with long hair, and wears only a bandolier. His weapon of choice is the Wookiee bowcaster, Chewbacca was named one of the greatest sidekicks in film history by Entertainment Weekly. In Italy the name of Chewbacca was changed to Chewbecca and his nickname is Chewbe, Chewbaccas creation as a gentle, hairy, non-English-speaking co-pilot was inspired by George Lucas seeing his own dog sitting up on the passenger seat of his car. It is said that Chewbaccas name is derived from собака, the Russian word for dog, in all five screen appearances, Chewbacca was played by Peter Mayhew, who was chosen for his height of 73. Five identical costumes were made for Mayhew, in the three films and a holiday special, the suits were made of yak hair and mohair. In Revenge of the Sith, the suit was made of more comfortable materials, only Mayhews blue eyes could be seen in his costume, but fans easily recognize him by his gestures, and his co-workers claimed the ability to tell when a stand-in was taking his place. Chewbaccas voice was created by the films sound designer, Ben Burtt, from recordings of walruses, lions, camels, bears, rabbits, tigers. The individual recordings were mixed at different ratios for Chewbaccas different utterances, one of the most prominent elements in the voice was a black bear named Tarik, from Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose, California. The original costume was created by Stuart Freeborn and his wife Kay Freeborn, First appearing in Star Wars, Chewbacca and Han Solo accept a charter to take Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to the planet Alderaan. When they find the destroyed by the Death Star, the two smugglers are drawn into the Rebel Alliance. As part of a plan to rescue Leia, Luke tries to put handcuffs on Chewbacca to make it look like hes a prisoner. Chewbacca almost attacks Luke believing him to be selling him and Solo out, after rescuing Leia and taking her to the rebel base on Yavin IV, the two smugglers are given reward money in the value of a payload lost by him to which he owes Jabba The Hutt. Somehow, Chewbacca is able to convince Han to put his debt to Jabba aside for the time being and they manage to save Luke from being killed, also allowing him to be the one to destroy the space station. In The Empire Strikes Back, Chewbacca finds a dismantled C-3PO in a pile in Cloud City. He later tries to him, but does a terrible job at it
3. Auric Goldfinger – Auric Goldfinger is a fictional character and the main antagonist in the James Bond film Goldfinger, based on Ian Flemings novel of the same name. His first name, Auric, is a meaning of gold. According to a 1965 Forbes article and The New York Times, in 2003, the American Film Institute declared Auric Goldfinger the 49th greatest villain in the past 100 years of film. In a poll on IMDb, Auric Goldfinger was voted the most sinister James Bond villain, beating out in order Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Dr. No, Max Zorin, Auric Goldfinger was played by German actor Gert Fröbe. Fröbe, who did not speak English well, was dubbed in the film by Michael Collins, in the German version, Fröbe dubbed himself back again. Goldfinger was banned in Israel after it was revealed that Fröbe had been a member of the Nazi Party, however, he left the party before the outbreak of World War II. After several years, the ban was lifted, as it was found that Fröbe helped out hiding two Jews in his basement during the war, in the novel, Auric Goldfinger is a 42-year-old expatriate from Riga, Latvia, who emigrated in 1937 at the age of 20. He is 5 feet tall, has eyes, red hair. Goldfingers name was borrowed from Ian Flemings neighbour in his Hampstead home, architect Ernő Goldfinger, Goldfinger is typically a German-Jewish name, and the protagonists of the novel know this, but neither Bond nor Mr. Du Pont think Goldfinger is Jewish. Instead, Bond thinks the red-haired, blue-eyed man to be a Balt, Goldfinger is the treasurer of SMERSH, a Soviet counterintelligence agency, which is Bonds nemesis. Goldfinger fancies himself a pistol shot who never misses. He tells Bond he has done so with four Mafia heads at the end of the novel. Goldfinger is obsessed with gold, going so far as to have yellow-bound erotic photographs and he is also a jeweller, a metallurgist, and a smuggler. When Goldfinger first meets Bond in Miami, he claims that he is agoraphobic, Bond figures out how Goldfinger is managing this, and blackmails him by forcing him to admit his deception. This incident also establishes Goldfinger as boundlessly greedy, as whatever sums he can gain by this elaborate cheating are negligible compared with what he already has in his possession. Goldfinger is also a golfer, but is known at his club for being a smooth cheater there. When Bond contrives to play a match with Goldfinger, he cheats the cheater by switching Goldfingers Slazenger 1 golf ball with a Slazenger 7 he had found while playing. In both the novel and film, Goldfinger is aided in his crimes by his manservant, Oddjob, Goldfinger is the owner of Auric Enterprises A. G. in Switzerland, maker of metal furniture, which is purchased by many airlines including Air India
4. The Greek – The Greek is a fictional character on the HBO drama The Wire, played by actor Bill Raymond. The Greek is the head of a criminal organization involved in narcotics. The Greek is a mysterious figure involved in criminal activities. His given name is never mentioned on the show, and though he is only as The Greek. A quiet and unassuming man, The Greek prefers to keep a low profile and his smuggling organization operated from a small diner in Baltimore for years, and while Vondas would conduct business The Greek would listen in quietly at the counter. Nick Sobotka, upon seeing The Greek identify himself, was amazed that the figure had been in plain sight the entire time. Despite his calm demeanor, The Greek is cunning and ruthless, series creator David Simon has said that The Greek is an embodiment of raw unencumbered capitalism. Anyone interfering in this process is eliminated immediately, and he prefers to leave victims headless and handless to hinder identification and his smuggling operation includes importing sex trade workers, illicit drugs, stolen goods and chemicals for drug processing. The Greek supplies the major drug dealers in East Baltimore with pure heroin and his chief client is Proposition Joe, but he is also affiliated with smaller drug dealing organizations like those run by White Mike McArdle. His sex trade interests in Baltimore include a run by a madam named Ilona Petrovna. He manages to avoid prosecution for his crimes because an FBI counter-terrorism agent named Kristos Koutris tips him off if a criminal investigation gets too close and it is suggested he and Vondas may serve as federal informants. The Greek began to police attention in Baltimore when his contact at the docks, Frank Sobotka. At the same time a container of thirteen young women intended for the sex trade was discovered at the docks. The container belonged to The Greek and the girls were killed by a crewman on board the vessel that had delivered them, the ships crew had been paying the girls for sex and when one of the girls refused, she was killed. The crewman responsible dumped her overboard and collapsed the air pipe to kill the remaining women, the Greek had Sergei track the crewman down, interrogated him personally, and had Vondas kill him. As the investigation continued the police were able to link Eton, when police began tracking containers as they left the port, The Greek and Vondas began to close down the operation temporarily by dumping their cell phones and stealing clean containers. The Greek recognized that the investigation was too extensive to stop and made plans to leave and he attempted to buy Sobotkas silence with promised legal aid for his son, but when he learned from Koutris that Frank was planning to turn informant he had the union man killed. Aware that The Greek and Vondas were gone, the left the investigation behind
5. Mara Jade – Mara Jade Skywalker is a fictional character in Star Wars expanded universe books, comic books, and computer games. She is the wife of Luke Skywalker and mother of Ben Skywalker, in the different video games, she is voiced by Heidi Shannon, Edie Mirman and Kath Soucie. Mara Jade was introduced in Timothy Zahns Heir to the Empire, Zahn imagined Jade as a strong, complex female character, which he found was lacking in the Star Wars universe. While competent, she is also flawed, when the Thrawn Trilogy ended in 1993 with The Last Command, Zahn thought it was the last book for which he would develop the character. When Zahn was asked to write another novel, he established two goals, to end the war between the New Republic and the Empire, and to get Luke Skywalker and Mara together, although Lucasfilm initially resisted the idea of Luke marrying Mara, they eventually acquiesced. But theyre both women who are strong without sacrificing their femininity, a balance which I think some authors have trouble writing. Bear in mind too, that Leia was one of the first people in the New Republic who decided Mara could be trusted, in a 1998 Star Wars Insider poll of fans favorite Star Wars characters, Mara Jade was the only expanded universe character to break the top 20. Mara Jade is introduced as smuggler Talon Karrdes second-in-command in Heir to the Empire, the novel establishes that she was previously an Emperors Hand—a special agent—for Emperor Palpatine. Several stories depict Jade before the events in Heir to the Empire, showing her training under Palpatine, the Thrawn trilogy depicts Maras first confrontation with Luke Skywalker, whom she has sworn to kill to avenge Palpatines death. In doing so, she took Anakin Skywalkers blue lightsaber, and used it instead of Lukes green lightsaber, Luke recognizes in Mara an underdeveloped affinity for the Force, although she initially resists Jedi training, she eventually becomes a Jedi Master. Luke and Mara develop a bond in Zahns The Hand of Thrawn Duology, he proposes marriage. She delivers a son, Ben, during The New Jedi Order series, in the Legacy of the Force series, Mara becomes suspicious of her nephew, Jacen Solo, when he sends Ben on several ethically dubious missions. Upon learning that Jacen has become a Sith apprentice, Mara vows to kill him and she later appears as a Force ghost, first to Ben and then to Luke, in Revelation. She also appears as a Force ghost to Cade Skywalker in the Legacy comics, Mara was portrayed by model Shannon McRandle on several cards in the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. Meeting her was also an objective in the now defunct massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies. She is a character in Star Wars, Masters of Teräs Käsi. Star Wars Jedi Knight, Mysteries of the Sith, Star Wars, Empire at War and Star Wars and she also narrates the Imperial campaign in Star Wars, Galactic Battlegrounds. Mara Jade was chosen by IGN as the 19th top Star Wars character, UGO Networks called the character the seventh top Star Wars Expanded Universe character, calling her complex
6. Sergei Malatov – Sergei Serge Malatov is a fictional character on the HBO drama series The Wire, played by Chris Ashworth. He acts as a driver and enforcer for The Greek and he is Ukrainian, although Americans often assume he is Russian. He hates this and their subsequent tendency to nickname him Boris and he is responsible for picking up containers of smuggled goods from the port and taking them to The Greeks front warehouse to be fenced. Malatov is a lieutenant in The Greeks import business. He is said by White Mike to be straight muscle, when vodka, appliances, electronics, drugs or Eastern Bloc women destined to be sex workers arrive in Baltimore, Sergei ensures the cargo is delivered to The Greeks associates in the city. He mentions that he has spent four years in prison in Ukraine, the Greek later learns that the girls were killed, and Sergei is sent to the Philadelphia port to find the crewman. He infiltrates the port and captures the crewman, when The Greek and Spiros Vondas Vondopoulos arrive, the crewman tells them everything about how the girls were killed, and Spiros murders him. Sergei is charged with disposing of the body and The Greek instructs him to make sure there is no face or fingerprints, the body is later found and identified by a tattoo. Sergei is friendly with drug kingpin Proposition Joe, who is supplied by The Greek and he is ruthless in his work, and thorough in clean-up. When a drug dealer asks whether a recently found body was his handiwork, as most of the US population is not in police/federal DNA records, a body that has neither fingerprints, a recognizable appearance, or intact teeth is generally impossible to identify. After the events on season 2, Sergei was sentenced to imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Upon learning that Sergei is locked up in Jessup, Marlo arranges a meeting with him, Sergei, despite receiving a great deal of money from Marlo, is disrespectful and states that he does not need Marlos help or money. However, Marlo points out that Sergei can win back favor with the Greeks if he gets a message to Vondas regarding Marlos intentions to do business with them. Avon encourages Sergei to cooperate with Marlo, and Sergei, realizing that Marlo is right that he can claim some credit if the deal happens, agrees to get in touch with Vondas
7. Saunders Mucklebackit – Saunders Mucklebackit is a character in Walter Scotts 1816 novel The Antiquary, an elderly fisherman and smuggler who is bereaved of his son. Though a comparatively minor character he has often singled out for praise as one of the novels most masterly creations. Mucklebackit first appears in the novel as one of the rescuers of Sir Arthur Wardour and his companions when they are stranded on a cliff-face and his impatience of the title-character Jonathan Oldbucks interference is also seen for the first time. Much later Mucklebackits son Steenie is drowned, and at the lads funeral Saunders is almost incoherent with grief, since he is too overcome to help to carry the coffin to the graveyard Oldbuck takes his place. While the interment is taking place the Mucklebackit cottage is visited by Lord Glenallan, Saunders indignantly refuses him entrance, but is overruled by his mother. Oldbuck returns to find Mucklebackit repairing the fishing-boat from which Steenie had been swept, Mucklebackit replies, And what would you have me to do…unless I wanted to see four children starve, because ane is drowned. Its weel wi you gentles, that can sit in the house wi handkerchers at your een when ye lose a friend, finding the job too much for him he flings his hammer aside, and Oldbuck offers to send a professional carpenter to repair the boat. Mucklebackit thanks him for this and for the honour he did him in helping to carry the body, several contemporary reviews of The Antiquary quoted the scene of the Mucklebackit funeral as a highlight of the novel. Byron himself and Scott’s son-in-law and biographer J. G. Lockhart were both struck by the power of the scene in which Mucklebackit is found repairing his boat despite his sons death. Moving forward to the 20th century, Andrew Lang found the character of Mucklebackit to be an example of Scotts art at its very best, the boat-repairing speech put Catherine Macdonald Maclean in mind of Davids lament for Absalom in the Second Book of Samuel. David D. Brown thought the interchange between Mucklebackit and Oldbuck the most poignant in all Scott’s work, Mucklebackit being Scott’s “only spokesman for the incipient working classes”. Likewise Harry E. Shaw found the boat-repairing scene unforgettable, and saw Mucklebackit as the voice of social protest by the Scottish peasant class against the gentry
8. Nick Sobotka – Nickolas Andrew Nick Sobotka is a fictional character on the HBO drama The Wire, played by actor Pablo Schreiber. Nick is cousin to Ziggy Sobotka, the wayward and rebellious son to his uncle Frank Sobotka, Nick is a dockworker, and works for his uncle Frank Sobotka, the secretary treasurer for the International Brotherhood of Stevedores. He often has to keep his cousin Ziggy out of trouble, despite his disdain for Ziggys antics, Nick shows considerable patience and seems to genuinely care about him. Involved in his uncles smuggling operation, Nick often serves as Franks go-between in meetings with Spiros Vondas Vondopoulos, at the diner Vondas uses as an office, Nick acquires the serial numbers of cargo containers being smuggled in by The Greek. Nick has a girlfriend, Aimee, with whom he has a daughter and they want to move in together, but they are unable to afford a place of their own. The fact that Nick lives with his parents and lacks a steady income leads to tensions between the two, since Nick is one of the younger stevedores, seniority prevents him from getting enough work at the docks. Desperate for cash, he and Ziggy steal a full of cameras and sell it to the Greeks front man. This brings Nick to the attention of Vondas who asks for large quantities of chemicals, Nick accepts this job after learning that the chemicals are useful in the processing of drugs but not bombs. Nick enters the trade to help relieve Ziggy from the debt he owes to Proposition Joes nephew Cheese. Cheese co-operates when Nick arrives with Sergei Serge Malatov to threaten him at gunpoint, later, Nick sells heroin to a drug dealer named Frog after receiving it as payment from Vondas. Nick begins dealing with White Mike McArdle in order to continue supplying Frog, Nick is distraught when Ziggy is arrested for killing Glekas. Knowing that Ziggys stature and temperament make him ill-suited for prison, Nick descends into a drunken depression, eventually, police obtain a warrant for Nicks arrest. His parents are aghast to see Nicks stash of money and drugs when their house is raided, knowing about Ziggys case, the Greeks make an offer of witness intimidation in hopes of buying Franks silence. Nick relays this offer prompting Frank to arrange a meeting with the Greeks alone, from their mole in the FBI, the Greeks learn that Frank cannot be trusted and kill him once he arrives. Grieving over his uncles death, Nick turns himself into the police in order to testify, at the end of season two, Nick, Aimee and Ashley enter federal witness protection. In the last scene, he sheds a tear looking at the decaying shipping shoreline, symbolizing the death of blue-collar work in American industry
9. Nien Nunb – This list of characters from the Star Wars franchise contains only those which are considered part of the official Star Wars canon. C-3PO and R2-D2 are the characters to appear in all films to date
10. Rastapopoulos – Roberto Rastapopoulos is a fictional character in The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. He is a mastermind with multiple identities and activities. A visual prototype for Rastapopoulos appears in Tintin in America, where he is among the dignitaries at a Chicago banquet held in Tintins honour. Here he is seated next to the actress Mary Pikefort, an allusion to the real-life actress Mary Pickford, michael Farr asserted that this was indeed a depiction of Rastapopoulos, and that it would be expected for a film director to be seated next to a Hollywood actress. The name Rastapopoulos had been invented by one of Hergés friends, Hergé thought it was hilarious and he devised Rastapopoulos as an Italian with a Greek surname, but the character fitted anti-Semitic stereotypes of Jews, Hergé was adamant that the character was not Jewish. Hergé first introduced the character of Rastapopoulos in Cigars of the Pharaoh, Tintin runs into him at the start of the Adventure aboard the M. S. Isis, a ship docking at Egypt. Here, Rastapopoulos bumps into the Egyptologist Sophocles Sarcophagus, and threatens to beat him until Tintin intervenes and he then shouts at Tintin, accusing him of being an Impudent whipper-snapper. Tintin recognises Rastapopoulos, commenting that he is the millionaire film tycoon, and its not the first time weve met. Farr noted that this idea of the hero mistakenly trusting the villain was one that had used by John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock. Hergé reintroduced Rastapopoulos in the adventure, The Blue Lotus. At the end of The Blue Lotus, Rastapopoulos is exposed as the leader of the opium smuggling organisation that Tintin had previously battled in Cigars. Rastapopulos fakes his death by making his boat sink, while escaping in a submarine from the bottom, when he is accidentally injected with truth serum by Dr. Krollspell, he reveals various evil deeds, such as his plan to kill Dr. Krollspell afterwards. He is taken hostage by Tintin, like Krollspell and Carreidas, he is tied up and gagged with sticking plaster. Throughout the course of the story he suffers more and more injuries, first when Haddock breaks his gun chasing Rastapopoulos, he throws part of it away, and it hits the hiding Rastapopoulos on the head. When he continues to run away and is called to by Allan, he is distracted and he experiences pain to the face when Allan pulls the sticking plaster off. When Allan is about to throw a grenade at Tintin and Co, he remembers that Rastapopoulos wants Carreidas alive, Rastapopoulos is caught in the blast, leaving his clothes in tatters. When Allan pulls Carreidas hat from under a head, he accidentally elbows Rastapopoulos
11. Smokey and the Bandit – Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry. The film was the debut of stuntman Hal Needham. It inspired several other trucking films, including two sequels, Smokey and the Bandit II and Smokey and the Bandit Part 3. There was also a series of 1994 television films from original director/writer Hal Needham that were based on the earlier version. The three original films introduced two generations of the Pontiac Trans Am, and the Dodge Stealth in the television movie, Smokey and the Bandit was the second-highest-grossing film of 1977, second only to Star Wars. Wealthy Texan Big Enos Burdette and his son Little Enos seek a truck driver willing to bootleg Coors beer to Georgia for their refreshment. At the time, Coors was regarded as one of the finest beers in the United States, truck drivers who had taken the bet previously had been caught and arrested by Smokey. The trip to Texas is mostly uneventful except for at least one pursuing Smokey whom Bandit evades with ease and they reach Texarkana an hour ahead of schedule, load their truck with the beer and head back toward Atlanta. Immediately upon starting the second leg of the run, Bandit picks up runaway bride Carrie, but in so doing, Bandit makes himself a target of Texas Sheriff Buford T. Justice, a career lawman whose handsome but slow-witted son Junior was to have been Carries bridegroom. Ignoring his own jurisdiction, Sheriff Justice, with Junior in tow, chases Bandit all the way to Georgia, neither Sheriff Justice nor any other police officers have any knowledge of Snowmans illegal manifest. They quickly leave in one of Big Enos Cadillac convertibles, passing Sheriff Justices badly damaged car by the side of the road. Bandit first directs Sheriff Justice to Big and Little Enos, but then in a gesture of respect, reveals his location and invites Justice to give chase. It was not until Needhams friend Burt Reynolds read the script, and said he would star, at that time Reynolds was the top box office star in the world. Universal Studios bankrolled Smokey and the Bandit for $5.3 million, just two days before production was to begin, Universal sent a hatchet man to Atlanta to inform Needham that the budget was being trimmed by $1 million. With Reynolds salary at $1 million, Needham was left with only $3.3 million to make the film, Needham and assistant director David Hamburger spent 30 hours revising the shooting schedule. Buford T. Justice was the name of a real Florida Highway Patrolman known to Reynolds father and his father was also the inspiration for the word sumbitch used in the film, a variation of the phrase son-of-a-bitch that according to Reynolds he uttered quite often. Jackie Gleason was given free rein to ad-lib dialogue and make suggestions, in particular the scene where Sheriff Justice unknowingly encounters the Bandit in the choke and puke wasnt in the original story, but rather was Gleasons idea. Reportedly, Needham had great difficulty getting any studios or producers to take his project seriously and he managed to obtain studio attention after his friend Reynolds agreed to portray the Bandit in the film
12. Ziggy Sobotka – Chester Karol Ziggy Sobotka is a fictional character on the HBO drama The Wire, played by actor James Ransone. Ziggy is Frank Sobotkas son and Nicks cousin, Ziggy is a dock worker in his fathers stevedores union, but he is also involved in criminal activity. Like most of the workers, Ziggy frequents Delores bar. He is known for exposing himself. His work on the docks is often poor, resulting in him regularly being fired and reinstated by his father, due to his lack of seniority, Ziggy receives little work. He is often portrayed as a clumsy and inept beneficiary of his fathers hard work and he is close to his older cousin Nick, who often bails him out when his various money-making schemes backfire. Despite his shortcomings, however, he has an understanding of technology than many of his colleagues. He uses his computer skills to assist Nick in his dealings with the Greeks. When fourteen dead women are discovered in one of Sobotkas shipping crates and he tries unsuccessfully to convince his more streetwise cousin Nick to join him. He sells the drugs at street level using an East side dealer known as Frog, when Frog lies about being robbed and keeps the money, this prompts White Mike to sever ties with Ziggy. He turns to smuggling with his cousin, starting with a container of digital cameras, during a meeting with George Double G Glekas, a front man for an international smuggling operation, Ziggys knowledge of the product helps to secure a better deal. However, when Glekas sees Ziggy taking pictures, he smashes the camera. When Ziggy uses his share of the money to buy a new leather coat and this also earns him the disdain of a coworker named Maui. Turning to a dealer named Cheese for a fresh supply. Cheeses group steals his car, delivers a beating and threatens to kill him if he not pay within a week. The debt is ultimately cancelled when Nick enlists the help of the Greeks since they are shown to supply the entire operation, the two of them smuggle chemicals that the Greeks use to process cocaine. When offered payment in the form of drugs, Nick opts for cash instead to stop Ziggy from failing at another scheme, Ziggy accepts regular installments from Nick until he decides that his pride as been hurt too much and dramatically throws a pile of bills away in refusal. After losing a fight with Maui, in response to a paternity suit prank, Ziggy buys a duck
13. Han Solo – Han Solo is a character in the Star Wars franchise. In the original trilogy, Han and his co-pilot, Chewbacca. During the course of the Star Wars story, he becomes a figure in the Alliance. Star Wars creator George Lucas described the character as a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good. Han owes crime lord Jabba the Hutt a great deal of money and has a price on his head, Han and his passengers are attacked by Imperial stormtroopers, but escape by accelerating to light speed. When they arrive at Alderaan, however, they discover that the planet has been destroyed, the Falcon is then captured and held within the Death Star, a moon-sized battle station constructed by the Empire. Han and company hide from detection inside the Falcons smuggling bays and they discover that Princess Leia Organa is a prisoner on board, and Luke convinces Han to help rescue her by promising him a huge reward. They rescue Leia and escape, though Obi-Wan is killed by Sith Lord Darth Vader, after delivering Luke, Leia, C-3PO, and R2-D2 to the Rebel Alliance, Han and Chewbacca receive a payment for their services and prepare to leave. Luke asks Han to stay and help the Rebels attack the Death Star, Han has a change of heart and returns to save Lukes life during the films climactic battle scene, ultimately enabling Luke to destroy the Death Star. For his heroics, Han is presented with a medal of honor, Han helps Chewbacca join his family on the Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk. He faces Imperial forces on Kashyyyk, and later joins Luke, Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Han returns with the Rebel Alliance to Echo Base on the frozen planet of Hoth. While out on patrol with Luke, they witness a meteor strike the surface, Han returns to base while Luke decides to investigate. Han informs Leia and the General of Echo Base that he must leave in order to clear his debt with Jabba, before he can depart, it is discovered that Luke has not returned from his reconnaissance. Han rides out alone into the frozen Hoth wastelands, soon finding Luke badly injured, using his friends lightsaber, Han cuts open his tauntaun, providing Luke warmth while he builds a shelter until they can be rescued the next morning. Later, Han and Chewbacca are sent out to investigate another meteor strike and they discover that the meteor is actually an Imperial Probe Droid. The two succeed in destroying the probe, but not before the Empire is alerted to the location of Echo Base, when the Empire attacks Echo Base, Han, Chewie, Leia, and C-3PO narrowly escape on board the Millennium Falcon. Han evades a squad of Imperial TIE fighters by flying through an asteroid field, Han and Leia fall in love during the long journey. They manage to hide from the Imperial fleet long enough to escape, bounty hunter Boba Fett secretly follows the Falcon during this getaway
14. Spiros Vondas – Spiros Vondas Vondopoulos is a fictional character on the HBO drama The Wire played by actor Paul Ben-Victor. Vondas is The Greeks second-in-command and acted as a buffer between The Greek and his activities, using a small cafe as his base of operations. The name Spiros Vondopolous is one of a range of identities that he has available to him and he holds Hungarian and Croatian passports but it is unclear if he is really a citizen of these countries. He is later shown destroying his Hungarian passport during a meal with The Greek and his Hungarian name is Janos Kovats and he comes from Budapest. His Croatian identity is Kirko Skaddeng and he is ostensibly a medical assistant from Osijek and he tells Nick Sobotka that he has many names, many passports. Vondass actual name and nationality are unknown, though his alias is Greek in origin, Vondas manages all aspects of the Greeks illicit shipping business, but keeps a low, surveillance-conscious profile. He is Frank Sobotkas point of contact for his smuggling with The Greek and he was even-tempered and patient, often having to soothe an increasingly angry and frightened Sobotka as the Baltimore police began a serious investigation into Sobotkas union. He also handled much less savory tasks, when a sailor in the Greeks employ, Sam, Vondas managed the Greeks drug dealing through their Israeli lieutenant Eton Ben-Eleazer. His own personnel involved in the operation included driver and enforcer Sergei Serge Malatov. He often met with Nick Sobotka, who served as Franks go-between. Impressed with Nicks intelligence, he gave him the task of stealing a shipment of chemicals and he intervened in a dispute over a debt between Nicks cousin Ziggy Sobotka and a drug dealer supplied by the Greek, Cheese Wagstaff. Despite a personal dislike for Ziggy he ordered Serge to argue his case to Proposition Joe, Cheeses uncle, Vondas distrust of Ziggy proved correct when Ziggy killed Glekas in an argument over payment for stolen goods. Ziggy was arrested soon afterwards and Vondas distanced the murder from the rest of the operation by removing all evidence of the business from the warehouse, when Lieutenant Danielss port detail began investigating the Greeks activity Frank Sobotka realized and tipped Vondas. During the finale outsets of the investigation, the detail finally got a photo of Spiros when he was meeting drug lieutenant Eton on the waterfront of Baltimore, the detail then surveilled his home and followed him to meetings at hotel rooms and the diner where he met with associates. The Greek ordered Vondas to shut down the smuggling temporarily and replaced all of his personnels telephones, the Greek withdrew from their meeting place at the cafe and began meeting Vondas in hotel rooms. When the detail began rounding up the members of the Greeks smuggling ring, when Sobotka was arrested Vondas suggested that they could broker his loyalty by having a witness against Ziggy change his story. He put the proposition to Frank through Nick, Frank had already agreed to testify against the Greeks crew, but decided to meet with them for Ziggys sake. The Greek learned of Franks agreement through his inside man at the FBI, agent Koutris, following the murder Vondas left the country under a fake Croatian passport with the Greek, using the alias Kirko Skaddeng