Talk:Man with No Name

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"Similar Characters?"[edit]

Nearly everything in the "Similar Characters" section seems to be completely irrelevant to this article. This article begins with the stipulation that, "This article is about the film character played by Clint Eastwood" -- but most of the cited examples have absolutely nothing in common with Eastwood's character, aside from having no specified name. (In particular, comparing Eastwood's character to the protagonist from the "Kill Bill" movies, the Prince from the "Prince of Persia" game, or Boba Fett are all just utterly ridiculous.)

I strongly suggest removing the entire "Similar Characters" section; or at the very least, limiting the entries within it to characters that are directly and unquestionably inspired by Eastwood's "Man With No Name." Merely being nameless does NOT make a character "similar" in anything but the most superficial sense. FireHorse 12:37, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

I do agree with FireHorse. This section is original research which is against WP guidelines. I must admit in trying to trawl through this section I did not get past Bronson as "Harmonica"... and Harmonica is in my opinion not a similar character at all; he is secretly on a quest for revenge (that is absolutely the key aspect of the character) and Eastwood's character was not. Format 20:21, 15 September 2007 (UTC)
It's been quite a while since I left the comments above. If no one has any objections, I'm going to remove everything from the "Similar Characters" section except items that are clearly based on or inspired by Eastwood's "Man With No Name." Objections...? FireHorse (talk) 20:19, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

I was redirect to this page after opening a link on the "Sword of the Stranger" film page when talking about the swordsman with no name. I a little confused as it's talking about a character with no name, as this article talks about, but it this is completely irrelevant to the other page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.102.181.144 (talk) 23:31, 25 December 2010 (UTC)

Merge?[edit]

I would like to merge this article with the very similar article, "The Man with No Name." Any objections? --Draugen 06:34, 19 Jul 2004 (UTC)

misprint[edit]

I replace "Monco" by "Manco", the right spanish word for one-handed

"Manco" may indeed be the Spanish word for "one-handed" but the film's dialog (and subtitles provided on the US and UK DVDs) indicate "Monco" is the correct nickname for the Eastwood character. The credits provided in Christopher Frayling's 'Something To Do With Death' Leone biography list "Monco" as the character's name. Robert C. Cumbow's 'Once Upon A Time: The Films of Sergio Leone' also references the character's name as "Monco". The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has the character listed as "Monco." In fact all reliable sources say "Monco", not "Manco". If all these sources are incorrect, which I suppose is possible, then actual sources of information (such as interviews with screenwriters or cast members) should be provided if anyone insists upon changing the name to "Manco".
I found a 1998 interview with screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni (http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/classic/articles/vince.html), in which he was asked (by interviewer Cenk Kiral) what the correct name for the Eastwood character was. He replied that the name was "Monco," and added "in Italian it means a man with only one hand." So, its definitely "Monco", not "Manco". As suspected by viewers more astute than myself, the filmmakers apparently DID intend the nickname as a subtle "fitting joke" regarding The Man With No Name's occasional favoring of his shooting arm in the film.Hal Raglan 13:41, 22 December 2005 (UTC)
It is fairly good that Sergio Leone himself says that his nickname is "Monco". But, what has to do an italian word in a western movie, located in a spanish language place? The man who speaks of him clearly says "Manco". So, I think there's a little mistake in the film itself, if they "officialy" gave the character the name of Monco. What I'm saying is that the "official" nickname Monco is probably a goof of the italian producers. Nazroon 06:44, 8 October 2006 (UTC)
The law offical near the beginning of 'A Few Dollars More' clearly states that Clint Eastwood's character is named "Manco". In Italian, "Monco" would still be pronounced as it is written and "Manco" would sound as is is written. There is no pronounciation difference between English and Italian for the two words. Since "Manco" is clearly pronounced, one would have to assume that this would be the preferred pronounciation and spelling. I would agree with the user (Nazroon) that it was probably a mistake on the original audio dub or a mistake by the producers. It is the only time that any character states officially what the Clint Eastwood character's name is, and it clearly says "Manco" (<<<<Suggested Edit: the Indio character also refers clearly to Clint Eastwood's character as "Manco". He asks the big fat sidekick guy: "How long have you known that Manco's a bounty killer". It's just before the final big gun fight. >>>> ). If it was supposed to be "Monco", then someone made a mistake at somepoint because that name did not make it to the final film. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mayhemproducer (talkcontribs) 16:44, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Picture[edit]

Surely the picture accompanying this article ('The Man With No Name from the Dollars Trilogy, played by Clint Eastwood') is not in fact taken from any of the Dollars Trilogy movies? I'm not sure which Eastwood movie it's actually from (possibly "Hang 'Em High"?) but the overall appearence doesn't resemble any of the costumes Eastwood wore in his 'spagetti westerns'. Is it possible to source a more relevant photo? Demos99 09:03, 17 May 2006 (UTC)

-Exactly. That is NOT Eastwood in any Leone picture - he looks about 10 years older.

The Man With No Name as stated in the intro, does not onlyrefer to the Man With No Name of Leone's movies, and as such the picture stands as an example of the Man With No Name outside of that which fits the definition. --142.162.166.97 02:49, 27 May 2006 (UTC)

Fair enough - if the picture was from one of the MWNN movies. I still think it looks like it could be from 'Hang 'Em High' in which Eastwood's character *does* have a name: Marshal Jed Cooper. (See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061747 .) Apart from the Dollars Trilogy, the only other MWNN movies Eastwood's made have been 'High Plains Drifter' (which could be a 'possible' source for the still (although I'm not convinced)) where he's 'The Stranger' and 'Pale Rider', where he's 'Preacher'. In any case, I feel it's fair to say that the MWNN persona is more closely associated in most people's minds with the Dollars Trilogy and just feel that a more 'indisputable' picture should be used. Demos99 00:29, 6 June 2006 (UTC)
In addition, the 'place text' for the disputed picture is "The Man With No Name from the Dollars Trilogy, played by Clint Eastwood", which is clearly inaccurate, since I think we both agree it's *not* from the Dollars Trilogy. Demos99 00:33, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

This has now been fixed with a pic from For a Few Dollars More.

Recent editing[edit]

A lot of recent anonymous edits have bungled the text...I'm not sure how to fix it since I don't really know the subject matter, but it's somewhat unreadable at the moment. Adam Bishop 23:59, 9 July 2006 (UTC)

I have tried to adress this by adding some captions.

Red Harvest[edit]

Its somewhat contested and unconfirmed that Yojimbo is based on Red Harvest, so am removing "Although ultimately based on Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett". Highlandlord 16:47, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Duplicated Text[edit]

I just deleted a section of text that was repeated verbatim in the 'filmography' section from the 'Similar Characters' section, and it was reverted. Why? Jonabbey 04:30, 12 August 2006 (UTC)

Ah, I see, it was robotic. Never mind. Jonabbey 04:36, 12 August 2006 (UTC)


Original research[edit]

What is this rant about Josey Wales under "Fan Theory"? A prime example of OR if you ask me.

Plagiarism and Lawsuit?[edit]

This article makes the claim that both the film A Fistful of Dollars as well as the "man with no name" character were both directly plagiarized from the film Yojimbo and that the makers of the film actually sued over it. Until this can backed up with some actual citations I think the "unreferenced" tag should remain on this article. -- Grandpafootsoldier 07:54, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

While we're at it, I'm scrapping the uncited (and almost certainly incorrect) picture caption assertion that GBU was "illegally" copied from Yojimbo. Vonspringer 03:14, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

original research: supernatural interpretation[edit]

The following smacks of original research. I don't think it belongs in the article, but I've moved it here in the hopes that it can be properly sourced and put back into the main article. --142.103.211.144 21:23, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

Supernatural Interpretation of the Man With No Name[edit]

Some instances, at least, of the Man With No Name may not be, or be intended as, human in the normal sense of the word. There is a wealth of supernatural symbolism around the general stock character:

  • "Pale Rider" is an ancient epithet for, or emblem of, Death personified.
  • Similarly, a pale or white horse (the Man's usual mount) is traditionally portrayed as Death's steed (as in Revelation).
  • Folklore of many cultures attaches mystical, occult, and/or demonic significance to a wanderer with no name or identity.
  • The Man With No Name is frequently credited with weapons skill, perceptions, charisma, foresight, stamina, keenness of mental perception, and/or detachment well beyond ordinary human capacity and into the realm of the supernatural.
  • His separation from and contempt for human society, while not psychopathic (it is evident that he acts from some sort of moral code, though its nature is unclear and alien to the society around him), suggests a mode of existence far removed from that of others.

In High Plains Drifter, the Man's identification as an avenging spirit comes as close to explicit as possible without being directly stated: at the end of the film, a townsman carving a grave marker asks him his name, and he answers, "You know my name," and the camera pans to the name on the grave marker (that of a sheriff murdered by the very outlaws who had just been massacred).

In Pale Rider, the Stranger is shown with the scars of flatly unsurvivable bullet wounds in his back, and rides into town on a pale horse just as a young woman is reading the requisite verse of Revelation: "death on a pale horse..." Another character recognises his description but states that the man matching it is dead. Eastwood has identified the character as a ghost in an interview available at http://www.clinteastwood.net/welcome.html.

Supporting evidence for a supernatural view of The Man With No Name is thinner for the "The Dollars Trilogy", but the process by which the Man acquires his signature clothing (from a character named Angel-eyes, and a dying man) in GBU is suggestive of a shamanic rebirth or initiation, or an occult bargain. This slight suggestion of the supernatural in the last film of the trilogy may have been a presage of the more explicit supernaturalism of High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider.

  • There is 'Taboo Deformation'[1] where the name of a feared entity is changed. This occurs with wolves, bears, etc. Also, there is where the revered, the 'sacred god', has a name that cannot be mentioned- is ineffable[2]- and is altered out of respect, as in the Jewish use of 'G_d'[3].
I'm very skeptical of the identification for Dollars. The man is portrayed as determinedly mortal - he gets injured and beaten up all the time, and he needs a metal shield to do his Yojimbo-invulnerability trick, and so on. And further, I'd question the article's description of him as 'superhuman'. If he is so superhuman, then why in For a Few Dollars More is Colonel Mortimer specifically portrayed as being a better shot and more experienced skilled fighter than him? --Gwern (contribs) 16:47 2 August 2008 (GMT) 16:47, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

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Occasional Nicknames[edit]

"Occasional Nicknames" states the following: "The credits for A Fistful of Dollars list Eastwood's character as "Joe" and though the undertaker in the movie calls him by that name, he is the only character to do so (and it is further worth noting that "Joe" is often used as a generic nickname). Thus, during the entire incident in the beginning of the movie, he uses only his left hand when lighting his cigar, dealing the cards and striking the man he is hunting (keeping the right hand on his gun the whole time)." I'm assuming there's supposed to be something in there about "Monco," correct? intooblv (talk) 03:39, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Why did Clint quit?[edit]

So, I've been wondering. Why did Eastwood stop playing the character? The movies seemed to be fairly successful both critically and definitely commercially, and based on how well-received spaghetti westerns continued to be made (Once Upon A Time), so it wasn't for lack of good ideas or lack of financing or external discouragement. Why then did he stop? --Gwern (contribs) 16:59 2 August 2008 (GMT)

Moasty likely he feared of being type-casted —Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.13.205.166 (talk) 12:49, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
He also fell out with Sergio Leone. Whether this was just artistic differences or more personal, I don't know. They supposedly made up before Leone died. The Yeti (talk) 22:37, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

Is this a subtle joke?[edit]

He is characteristically soft-spoken and laconic, speaking only when necessary, with as few words as possible.
So, calling him "laconic" suggests that he doesn't speak much.
Describing him as, "speaking only when necessary" seems slightly redundant.
"with as few words as possible" really has me wondering if this is a bit of a joke.
Saying the same thing three times over, to indicate that a person doesn't talk much, just sounds like someone was having fun with the content. Or is it just in my head? 139.57.100.104 (talk) 23:50, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Perhaps the sentence was written by three different people, each thinking the previous version insufficiently explicit. —Tamfang (talk) 15:58, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Popular culture[edit]

All of this information is completely unsourced or completely useless. Such a section is not a bad idea, but this junk needs to stay out of it unless sources are found. I'm placing it here for now in case anyone wants to sift through it. TTN (talk) 18:41, 3 August 2009 (UTC)


  • In 1999 television film Dollar for the Dead is the tribute to the spaghetti westerns. Emilio Estevez portrayed an unnamed character similar to Clint Eastwood's characters.
  • The protagonist of the Mad Max trilogy, played by Mel Gibson, shares many traits with the archetypal Clint Eastwood character. In the third film of the series, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the announcer at the Thunderdome introduces the "Max" character to the crowd as "The Man With No Name".
I watched MM3 this evening and Max is definitely introduced as, among other things, "The Man With No Name". Unfortunately there appears to be no way to add a link to my BluRay player and it'd break if I now watch another film. Mr Larrington (talk) 03:28, 26 November 2015 (UTC)
  • In the movie version of Paint Your Wagon, although Eastwood's character bears little resemblance to the traditional Man with No Name, he still lacks a name and is referred to simply as "Pardner" throughout the movie. At the end he reveals that his name is Sylvester Newel.
  • In one episode of The Pretender, Jarod is described as "the man with no name".
  • George Lucas attributes the character of Boba Fett to The Man with No Name in the DVD commentary on The Empire Strikes Back. His armour includes a blanket or short cape that is reminiscent of Eastwood's poncho used throughout the trilogy. The most obvious similarity between the characters is that they are both bounty hunters. In true style of "a man with no name", Fett's name is not mentioned once in The Empire Strikes Back. When he enters the scene on Cloud City after Darth Vader blocks Han Solo's blaster shots with his hand, the clink of spurs can be heard clearly, even though the character does not wear spurs.
  • In one episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger featured in a Wild West parody as an outlaw wanted for stealing a train. He called himself "The Tigger with No Name", while his sidekick, Pooh, called himself "The Pooh with A Name (if only [he] could remember what it was)".
  • One episode of Animaniacs featured Chicken Boo disguising himself as "The man with no personality".
  • One-Eyed Garth in the Magic: The Gathering series of novels, specifically "Arena", bears a strong resemblance to the character, in that he doesn't reveal his name until the end of the book (and then it is someone else who reveals it) and he has a mysterious purpose. Furthermore, the plot of the book loosely follows that of A Fistful of Dollars, with One Eye playing warring organizations against each other and profiting off all of them.
  • In the cartoon series Time Squad, an episode featured the team time traveling to cause Billy the Kid to become an outlaw. The team was successful enough that a Man With No Name, bearing a great resemblance to Eastwood, was sent after them. The bounty hunter pursued them throughout the episode, even after they had returned to the future.
  • A graphic novel named Dead West features a protagonist who bears a great resemblance to Eastwood, including the serape. The unnamed protagonist, a bounty hunter, chases a bandit to the town of Lazarus, where the dead have risen as zombies. The bounty hunter eventually burns half the town and kills the leader of the zombies, though his mark manages to escape.
  • In the Japanese eroge (adult computer game) Satsuriko no Jango by NitroPlus, one of the protagonists is a female gunslinger named Donne Anonime, which is Italian for 'anonymous women'. The game itself is based on those spaghetti westerns where the man with no name was popularized.
  • In the Japanese film Versus (2000), all of the characters in the film have no name.
  • In the Japanese anime film Sword of the Stranger, the main character is a swordsman with no name. Another main character, Kotaro, refers to him as the nameless samurai ("Nanashi").
  • In Back to the Future Part III, Marty, going by the alias Clint Eastwood, defeats Buford by imitating the final showdown in A Fistful of Dollars (which he had seen in Biff's penthouse suite in Part II).
  • The appearance and personality of the main character of Oddworld Inhabitants' Western video game Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is very similar to that of the Man with No Name. In addition, his name is never revealed, with characters simply calling him "stranger".
  • In the 2007 film Shoot 'Em Up, Clive Owen's character is known only by the false name "Mr. Smith" and is seemingly invincible as he fights for an innocent baby. Clearly influenced by the Eastwood character, he is described by one of the villains of the film as "a man with no name riding into town on a pale horse". referencing both The Man With No Name and another Eastwood character The Pale Rider.
  • Rock frontman Scott Weiland is noted for his resemblance to Clint Eastwood, and in the 2007 music video for "She Builds Quick Machines", he portrays a cowboy similar to the Man with No Name in a western setting with his bandmates.
  • The man with no name is mentioned by Edward Norton in the 1999 film "Rounders" in reference to Matt Damon's decision to come back and play a poker game despite swearing off gambling. Norton says that Damon's favorite actor is Clint Eastwood, the man with no name, who always doubles back to save a friend.
  • The Super Famicom RPG Live-A-Live (created by Squaresoft, never released outside Japan) features a playable character who greatly resembles the "Man with No Name" both in attire, lack of speech and skills in gunplay.
  • In the Total Drama Action episode "The Wacky Wild West", Chris McLean whistles the tune of the man with no name.

Poncho in Spain?[edit]

  • Ponchos are traditional clothing from Peru or Mexico, there are as many ponchos in Spain as in Italy or Norway. The claim that it was found in Spain should be backed up with a link. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.159.41.25 (talk) 17:24, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Appearance in Rango?[edit]

In Rango, the Spirit of the West is presented as "The Man With No Name". Is this a reference, or not? should it be included in the page? 24.151.237.124 (talk) 20:57, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath[edit]

Should The Stranger(Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath)be mentioned in this page.~Tailsman67~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.71.48.207 (talk) 23:02, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Article's purpose?[edit]

This article has more information about Yojimbo and Red Harvest than it actually does about the Man With No Name. The information about yojimbo/red harvest would be better served in their own articles with only minor references here; as is, this article is very bad. — Preceding unsigned comment added by L.cash.m (talkcontribs) 23:41, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

According to IMDb, the character's name is Joe and this article itself says that. So, in answer to your question, article's purpose seems to be to convince us that Joe has no name. Since the evidence won't be found in the movie, the article seeks evidence from other sources. 68.173.49.156 (talk) 02:13, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

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Article oddity[edit]

I note that the "Concept and creation" section has more info about Yojimbo and Mifune than about Eastwood and Leone. I don't necessarily have any suggestions about how to change that. I am posting this in case anyone who might know (or want to research) things and make any changes to the article that they see fit. MarnetteD|Talk 02:06, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Color of the poncho[edit]

A look at these does not give a definitive answer as to the poncho. The design on it is more memorable than the color. It is also important to note that it isn't seen until the very end of GBU so hyperbolic words like iconic or signature are POV. Of course if any sourcing can be found onee way or the other then that could be used in the article. MarnetteD|Talk 18:02, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Bruce Willis and Last Man Standing are irrelevant[edit]

I just deleted the following sentence from the Concept and creation section as it has nothing to do with the Man with No Name:

A subsequent film, Last Man Standing (1996) starring Bruce Willis, is a credited remake of Yojimbo.

Straffin (talk) 16:24, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

It is relevant if you actually read the section. ---The Old JacobiteThe '45 23:22, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
Hi TOJ. I don't know if you saw my post above, IMO this article has too much info about Yojimbo, Kurosawa and Mifune. Mifune's character has not been been described in reliable secondary sources as "TMwNN". While the first Fistful film was based on Yojimbo, FaFDM and TGtBatU are not. In the same vein the info about Red Harvest is only tangentially related to Fistful. While there are plenty of sources LMS is a remake of Yojimbo that doesn't apply to any relationship to Dollars. In some ways the only info about Yojimbo that is relevant is how Leone didn't get AK's permission for using his film as the basis for Dollars. Now these are just my thoughts and I certainly understand if you disagree. I do hope that someday another editor(s) come along and help put the focus of the article back on Clint's character. Best regards. MarnetteD|Talk 23:44, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Missing Information and Citation[edit]

This article is incomplete and is missing important citations for its information. The appearances in literature section needs to be rewritten so that it briefly details the character's appearance in each work with proper citations. This section should also include the character's appearances in film as well with the same detailing and citation applying to it. If there is any more information out there on the character's concept and creation then it should be added to the article with proper citations. The article is also missing important information on the character's reception and legacy which needs to be added to the article with the proper citations. This article has potential like most article to be GA and FA status if enough attention is given to it. Hopefully sooner rather than later.--Paleface Jack (talk) 16:51, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

The popular culture section also needs to be rewritten so that it's not bullet points.