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The Tramp is Charlie Chaplin's most memorable on-screen character and an icon in world cinema during the era of silent film.

Why He Rocks

  1. He's one of the silent era's most iconic characters ever created, along with one of the funniest.
    1. He walks in a funny way (properly because of his clothing style.)
  2. His appearance and outfit is super ideal for comedy. Including the bowler hat, his cane, his small mustache among others.
  3. Chaplin's able to perfectly portray emotions for the Tramp without having to speak out loud so he would be universally understood.
    1. The closest we get to Tramp speaking is his "singing waiter" number in Modern Times. Which is genius, because Tramp would be speaking and staying to his silent self at the same time.
  4. He's usually portrayed as a punching bag in his films, but he still manages to make the best out of any situation.
  5. He occasionally manages to be a hero even when he's not trying to.
    1. In Modern Times for example, when he ended up in prison-because he was falsely accused of being the leader of a group of protesting workers- he accidently ate some cocaine (or "nose powder" as they call it.), which made him drunk and lose his way to his cell. But this also led him to a trio of jailbreakers attempting to escape, which the Tramp managed to defeat thus saving the warden's life.
  6. He's super polite and kind-hearted as in The Kid when he was willing to adopt and protect a lost child.


  • The Tramp came in 38th place in the Heroes category on AFI's 100 Heroes and Villains countdown.
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