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"What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin'? Well you're not! You're not! You're no crazier than the average asshole out walkin' around on the streets and that's it!" ― McMurphy encouraging his fellow patients to rebel

Randle Patrick McMurphy is the protagonist of the late Ken Kesey's 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and its 1975 film adaptation. He is a brash, free-spirited criminal who manages to get himself committed to a mental hospital in lieu of prison, and then rebels against the hospital's cruel administrator, Nurse Ratched.

He is most famously portrayed by Jack Nicholson, who also portrayed the Joker in Batman.

Why He Rocks

  • He is the quintessential rebel and rugged individualist, refusing to conform to society's standards or live by anyone's rules but his own.
  • He helps the other patients stand up for themselves and become their own men.
  • He is (at first) the only patient in the hospital who stands up to Nurse Ratched, and refuses to bend to her will despite the many cruel punishments she inflicts upon him.
  • He helps Chief Bromden (literally) find his voice.
  • He gets Billy Bibbitt laid.
  • He gives Nurse Ratched the punishment she so richly deserves.
  • He ultimately gives his life so the other patients can be free.

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