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What Your Favorite Keanu Reeves Character Says About You

Actor Keanu Reeves has played plenty of memorable characters in his storied career, several of which reach the level of iconic. More than three decades ago, Reeves broke into the mainstream consciousness with his role in the popular idiot-slacker comedy "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," playing one of the titular characters whose band is destined to change the future, provided they don't fail their high school history class. He followed that up with 1991's cult classic action crime drama "Point Break," starring alongside heartthrob Patrick Swayze. In the years since, Reeves has had the opportunity to work on projects adapting the work of William Shakespeare, timeless gothic horror literature, modern science fiction classics, and DC comics.

As Prince Siddhartha, he played a transcendent religious leader in "Little Buddha." As Neo in "The Matrix," Reeves played a prophesied digital messiah meant to deliver humanity from the rule of machines run by artificial intelligence. In the role of John Wick for the namesake action thriller series, he's a seemingly unstoppable killer who really loved that little dog his wife gave him. While most of the characters in Reeves' filmography are driven by good intentions, some of them have had quite a dark side. Of the vast collection of roles Reeves has played, most people undoubtedly have a favorite, a character that speaks to them above all others, though what that says about them makes for an interesting discussion. This is what your favorite Keanu Reeves character says about you.

Kevin Lomax

For 1997's horror film "The Devil's Advocate," Keanu Reeves took on the role of Kevin Lomax, a cocksure defense attorney from Gainesville, Florida. He's undefeated in his career, managing to discredit witnesses and squeeze the most unctuous of defendants through the narrowest of windows provided by reasonable doubt. In fact, he's so good that a big firm from New York City, the de facto legal capital of the world, has sent a headhunter down to Alachua County, Florida, to recruit him to join the firm of Milton Chadwick Waters on behalf of the head of the firm, John Milton (Al Pacino). So Kevin drags his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) and all of their stuff up to the city that never sleeps in order to see to the firm's business clients' criminal legal needs. In the process, he risks losing his wife and his soul, because his new boss is Satan — not to mention his birth father — and the pervading darkness of their lives has caused Mary Ann to lose her mind.

If Kevin Lomax is your favorite character, you're driven to succeed — like, maybe a bit too much. Like him, you'll stop at nothing to achieve your goals, no matter what the cost. You're eager to please your superiors with positive results and may neglect those around you in pursuit of success and acclaim. Like Kevin, you may need to re-evaluate your priorities and consider taking the L with grace. Also, you might be the antichrist, so maybe look into that before something bad happens.

Ted Theodore Logan

Crazy as it is to think about, "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" provided the breakthrough role for an actor who would go on to serve as the cornerstone for action franchises like "The Matrix" and "John Wick." Keanu Reeves played goofy slacker Ted Theodore Logan, best bud to Bill S. Preston, Esquire (Alex Winters). If he doesn't pass his upcoming history project, Ted's father John (Hal Landon Jr.) is going to ship him off to a military academy. While that might not seem like huge stakes, on the surface, the boys receive a visit from a time traveler named Rufus (George Carlin) — he's like, totally from the future — who's determined to help them successfully complete their presentation because the fate of the future depends on it. So the title duo use the time-traveling phone booth Rufus provides to round up various figures from important historical periods to talk about their lives.

Viewers who love Ted clearly have an appreciation for the simple things in life, because he is pretty simple-minded, and that's phrasing it politely. You like rock n' roll like Van Halen and Kiss and you could be a strategic thinker who excels at the classic board game Battleship, one of the games in which Bill and Ted beat the Grim Reaper (William Sadler) in "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey." You have an affinity for chocolate like Ted, who stole Easter candy from his brother Deacon's Easter basket, as we learn when he's in his personal hell.

John Wick

The 2014 action film and franchise-launcher "John Wick" served a something of a career renaissance for Keanu Reeves — the beginning of the Keanaissance, if you will. The titular anti-hero has recently lost his beloved Helen (Bridget Moynahan), the wife for whom he'd given up a lifetime of misdeeds and a lucrative vocation as a hired assassin. John was broken before they met, an unfeeling shell of a human, and she's worried he'll regress after her death from a terminal illness. In order to give him something to love and care for, Helen arranges for a puppy to be delivered to their home and John begins to see light in the world again. And then some arrogant jerk named Iosef (Alfie Allen), the bratty son of Russian crime boss Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist) has to go and kill Daisy when he and his dim-witted pals break into John's house to steal his car — and they're stupid enough to leave John alive! Big mistake.

If John Wick is your favorite character from Reeves' filmography, hopefully you just really, really love dogs and hate when people mess with your car; maybe you have a special affinity for beagles and Ford Mustangs, respectively. Alternately, you could be a font of rage, letting out the years of emotional repression likely required to be a contract killer. Potentially less negative character traits include codependency, though if you want to put a positive spin on it, we could charitably call John a hopeless romantic, if viewed through the right lens. 


In 1999, Keanu Reeves took on one of his most iconic roles, perhaps the one for which he's best known. For the dystopian sci-fi thriller "The Matrix," Reeves took on the role of Thomas Anderson, a.k.a. Neo, a frequently tardy software engineer by day and an enterprising insomniac-hacker for hire by night. Neo thinks he's searching for answers and he hopes he can find them from one man, Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), a techno-terrorist the authorities feel is the most dangerous man in the world. Morpheus explains that life as Neo knows it is a lie and he frees Neo from the unwitting slavery he and everyone he knows has been subject to their entire lives, a programmatic reality that boils down to the human brain being fed electrical impulses while lounging away unconscious in a pod full of pink goo. Also, Neo is the chosen one meant to lead humanity to victory against a machine army powered by AI, or at least through the rest of the original "Matrix" trilogy and the fourth "Matrix" movie 18 years later.

Fans whose favorite Reeves character is Neo are probably on the cynical side, not inclined to believe everything they're told. Perhaps they've gone through stirring, profound life changes that have exposed them to new ideas, ones they'd never even considered possible before. Like Neo, they could be on a spiritual and intellectual journey, constantly seeking not just wisdom and knowledge but capital-T Truth and to know their places in the universe. Or maybe they just like industrial music and are into leather and PVC fashion.

Conor O'Neill

Like many of the kids in Keanu Reeves' 2001 sports drama outing, "Hardball" had a lot of heart but didn't hit any home runs. Reeves stars as a jobless and luckless gambling addict named Conor O'Neill, who's managed to get in deep with two different Chicago bookies, one of whom is willing to be a human being about it and the other of whom is probably going to break his thumbs soon. Desperate, he calls up Jimmy Fleming (Mike McGlone), an old pal from school who's become a successful businessman. Refusing to give Conor the cash, he offers him a job: representing his firm as a youth baseball coach, thereby giving his pal a source of funds and relieving himself of the civic responsibility with which he'd no-doubt been tasked by his higher-ups. Conor shows up to coach the Kekambas, a ragtag group of kids who are better at talking smack than they are at fielding ground balls, hoping to score big on his next bet to wipe his slate clean.

If Conor O'Neill is your favorite Reeves character, you might be prone to taking unnecessary risks and not looking before you leap. You might also be a giant loser, but deep down, you've got a good heart. Like Conor, you might be quick to anger, ready to lash out as a defense mechanism any time you feel challenged, which can be damaging to the few positive relationships you've managed to build. Ultimately, you will do the right thing at the end of the day and sacrifice to help others, even when it's to your detriment.

Johnny Utah

The 1991 crime thriller "Point Break" gave Keanu Reeves a reason to learn to surf and his first shot at a mainstream action movie role. Reeves stars as Johnny Utah, a daisy-fresh rookie FBI agent whose potential career in football was cut short by a knee injury when he played for Ohio State University. Enduring the typical new-guy treatment such characters generally receive, he's paired up with veteran agent Angelo Pappas (Gary Busey) and assigned the task of apprehending a quartet of bank robbers the feds have dubbed the Ex-Presidents, owing to the masks they wear while committing their crimes. Since his partner is convinced the bank robbers are connected to the local surfing community, Johnny goes undercover to catch some waves in the hopes of catching the bad guys, but first he finds a major bromance with a zen-like surf-philosopher named Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), whose friends happen to tick all of the boxes of the perps their looking for. But no, it couldn't possibly be him.

Fans of Johnny Utah are probably pretty good at keeping secrets, though it may come back to bite them eventually. It's probably hard to earn their trust, as they aren't fond of letting people in, but once you're in, it's hard to lose it, no matter what truths are staring them in the face. Like Johnny, you could be an action junkie who's all about thrills. Or maybe you throw yourself too deep into your work and allow it to affect your relationships. No matter how badly you're betrayed, you'd never intentionally hurt a friend.

Jack Traven

The 1994 thriller "Speed" offered Keanu Reeves another shot at action stardom, playing officer Jack Traven, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT team. He and partner Harry Temple (Jeff Daniels) foil the plot of a would-be bomber named Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper), who's believed to have died in an explosion. Spoiler alert: he survived and he's bent on getting revenge. In order to do so, he blows up a city bus and has another bus rigged to blow, forcing Jack to get aboard and maintain a speed of at least 50 mph or else it will blow. If he tries to unload any passengers, the bomber will detonate his device remotely and kill everyone on board. Everything probably would have been relatively fine if a nervous criminal didn't recklessly fire a gun onboard out of fear Jack was going to arrest him. He ended up wounding the bus driver, forcing passenger Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock), who doesn't even have a license, to take the wheel.

Jack Traven fans are probably super adaptable, able to make split-second decisions and willing to go to extreme measures — like shooting their friends and-or partners — in order to get the job done. They're also infinitely patient and able to keep calm under pressure in order to avoid making others nervous. They may be prone to entering into relationships under extreme circumstances and not sticking around for the sequel. If you like Jack, you might just be really good at pop quizzes, hotshot. If not, you're probably at least taller than the bad guy, when all is said and done.

John Constantine

Another entry in the impressive list of characters named John that Keanu Reeves has played is the titular DC comics antihero and warlock in 2005's "Constantine." John Constantine is a smug and cynical practitioner of the mystic arts; think Doctor Strange but with lesser powers and somehow more attitude. John busies himself with sending any demons on earth that cross the lines of the balance between heaven and hell straight back to the pit. Such thankless heroics have put him on the radar of the LAPD, specifically detective Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz), who's looking into her twin sister's death. After reluctantly agreeing to help her, John discovers the trail in this case leads much deeper into hell than he could have imagined, with the son of Lucifer (Peter Stormare) making a play to conquer the earth.

John has a lot of miles on his soul, damned though it remains. As such, he's beyond jaded with the status quo, believing the systems in place are just a bunch of BS, window dressing on a collection of lies. If your favorite Keanu Reeves character is John Constantine, you're likely as cynical as he is, wracked with apathy. Maybe, like John, you've made a lot of mistakes in the past and you're trying to redeem yourself. You may have a taste for scotch like the Ardbeg whisky he's seen drinking in his apartment. It's possible, though we certainly hope not, that you see the same kinds of visions John did as a young man; if that's the case, we have no idea what to tell you.

Eddie Kasalivich

Keanu Reeves played Eddie Kasalivich for the 1996 sci-fi thriller "Chain Reaction." When the research team he's working with finds a way to convert the hydrogen atoms in water into energy, thereby offering a renewable energy source that could revolutionize the energy industry, they become a target. Given the impact that would have on the economy, not everyone is onboard with that idea, so project leader Dr. Alistair Barkley (Nicholas Rudall) is killed and his associate Lu Chen (Tzi Ma) is kidnapped, with Eddie and physicist Lily Sinclair (Rachel Weisz) framed for the dirty deeds. The duo goes on the run, trying to clear their names while hiding among friends, though they soon realize there are few people they can trust, especially when it appears the American government — via the CIA — is the entity trying to shut down the project to prevent the market disruption cheap, clean energy would have on the fossil fuels industries.

If Eddie Kasalivich if your favorite Keanu Reeves character, you're a member of a rare breed — mainly stemming from the fact that you've seen this movie. Like Eddie, who's a machinist, you're probably practical by nature. You may also be a bit naive when it comes to relying on people you think have previously proven their worth. At the end of the day, you're willing to do whatever it takes in order to get things done, even if that means risking blowing up your partners and fellow suspects in order to prove a point. 

Shane Falco

No. 16 in your programs and No. 1 in your hearts, Keanu Reeves took on the role of quarterback Shane Falco for 2000's "The Replacements," one of the best sports comedies of all time. Another former signal caller from Ohio State University, Shane makes a living scraping barnacles off of other people's boats and wishes everyone would just forget about that 1996 Sugar Bowl game. But when coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) tries to convince him to come out of retirement and play while the league's players are on strike, Shane decides to give the whole football thing a go again. He joins a collection of unlikely heroes — from a convenience store stock boy and a convicted felon to a SWAT officer and two bodyguards — who suit up for the Washington Sentinels and manage to win their way to the playoffs while dealing with flack from the striking players.

Fans of Shane Falco more than likely have a lot of heart, which he has in spades. They probably patiently endure whatever crap life throws at them and continue on with a smile when facing any adversity, because what else can they do? Like Shane, they probably don't hold grudges and won't complain when things beyond their control don't go their way, because sometimes life happens and things need to be done. If Shane Falco is your favorite Keanu Reeves fan, you know it's not about how many times you get knocked down; it's about how many times you get back up.

David Allen Griffin

Keanu Reeves took on a rare villain role for the 2000 thriller "The Watcher," playing serial killer and stalker David Allen Griffin. After narrowly escaping capture in Los Angeles, David follows Joel Campbell (James Spader) — the FBI agent who was investigating his killings but retired in shame — to Chicago to restart their game of cat and mouse. David kills a woman who lives in Joel's building and sends him a photo as a way of reaching out. Joel takes this to the FBI and SAC Mike Ibby (Ernie Hudson) asks him to take the case back up, but he refuses. Undaunted, David tries even harder to get his old pal in the game, this time dangling live bait as a lure instead of simply gloating with a fresh body. If Joel can find the woman in the photo he receives before 9 p.m., David will let her live. Naturally Joel can't say no to that and rejoins the case, but he's too late to save the latest victim.

We're hoping no one who likes "The Watcher" — which has a dismal 11% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes — identifies with David, though that creates a bit of a conceptual conundrum. Since serial killers lack empathy, being able to identify with one technically sounds unlikely. We're going to go out on a limb and guess David Allen Griffin isn't anyone's favorite Keanu Reeves character, especially not Reeves' himself. After all, as Variety reported in 2001, Reeves went on record as saying a friend forged his signature on a contract for "The Watcher" and he only did the film to avoid a legal battle.

Donnie Barksdale

While Keanu Reeves rarely plays the bad buy, he's still plenty able to play one that's not so good. Such was the case for 2000's supernatural crime thriller "The Gift," in which he plays the scummy but non-murderous Donnie Barksdale. When psychic Annie Wilson (Cate Blanchett) has a vision that a local woman has died, she convinces the police sheriff to investigate and they find the body of Jessica King (Katie Holmes) on Donnie's property. Despite lacking any other physical evidence tying him to the crime, Donnie is convicted and sentenced to prison. Of course, Annie eventually has visions that he didn't do it, so she convinces Jessica's fiance Wayne Collins (Greg Kinnear) to look into it, realizing when it's almost too late that Wayne is the killer and he murdered Jessica over the affair she was having with Donnie.

Where to start? If Donnie is your favorite Keanu Reeves character, you've got some issues. You probably hate psychics and consider them to be witches; maybe, like Donnie, you've even told one they'll burn in hell. Donnie is not a happily married man; he steps out on his wife, Valerie (Hilary Swank), to have an affair with Jessica, which is why there's a murder to begin with. There's certainly no reason to celebrate infidelity, so maybe Donnie deserves what he gets to some degree. Hopefully Donnie fans, if they exist, simply identify with being vindicated after having been wrongfully accused of something and don't share any other characteristics with him.

Jonathan Harker

For the 1992 gothic vampire flick, "Bram Stoker's Dracula," Keanu Reeves took on the role of Jonathan Harker, a solicitor who becomes an unwitting pawn of the title villain. Having taken over the case after his colleague, R. M. Renfield (Tom Waits), is committed, Jonathan makes the long journey to Transylvania to serve the legal needs of Count Dracula (Gary Oldman). Convinced that Jonathan's fiance Mina (Winona Ryder) is the reincarnation of his own former bride, Dracula hops a boat to England and leaves poor Jonathan to be a snack for his three wives. Thankfully Jonathan is able to escape and get word to Mina, though not before the vampire sinks his fangs into their friend Lucy (Sadie Frost). Jonathan and a group of men led by Dr. Abraham Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) travel to Transylvania to try to destroy Dracula, who's now claimed Mina as his own.

Maybe fans of Jonathan Harker just think that his life sucks — pun intended — and they feel bad for him. After all, he's imprisoned by some crusty, old guy who wants to steal his girl because he thinks she used to be married to him. To make matters worse, she actually falls for the guy — yeesh. If Jonathan Harker is your favorite Keanu Reeves character, we're guessing you travel for work a lot. Perhaps your hair has gone prematurely gray so you can relate. It's certainly can't be because you like Reeves' accent in the film because it's considered to be among the worst movie accents of all time.

Johnny Mnemonic

Keanu Reeves played the title role in the 1995 campy and futuristic action thriller "Johnny Mnemonic," a courier who can do a lot more than simply delivering documents. Johnny's actually a mnemonic courier and carries data in a drive that was implanted in his skull. It's not always safe and it's not always legal, but the pay is good and he's nearly got enough money to have his implant removed and the memories he gave up for it restored. But the last run is far more than he bargained for. For starters, the data package exceeds his storage capacity and begins to compromise his brain and body. Also, it just so happens the info he's carrying is the cure for the modern day plague called nerve attenuation syndrome — or NAS — and it's been leaked by scientists who'd rather the information be public than allowing a corporation to profit from the treatment. Naturally that gets them killed and makes Johnny a target for their Yakuza enforcers.

If Just Johnny is your favorite Keanu Reeves character, you probably really dig cyberpunk and other sci-fi fare because "Johnny Mnemonic" was panned by critics. Despite having an all-star cast, the film earned a lowly 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Reeves one of his Golden Raspberry nominations; he's also been nominated for "Chain Reaction," "The Watcher," and "Hardball." Perhaps, like Johnny, fans have a childhood they'd rather forget, though it's entirely possible they're simply obsessed with data storage solutions and love a good USB flash drive as well. We hope it's not because they're egocentric and throw tantrums when they don't have room service.

Jjaks Clayton

Keanu Reeves starred opposite Cameron Diaz in the goofy crime rom-com "Feeling Minnesota," playing the confusingly named Jjaks Clayton. Jjaks' brother Sam (Vincent D'Onofrio) is all set to marry former stripper Freddie (Diaz) until she meets Jjaks and they two pretty much fall in love at first sight. Jjaks tries to rob his brother so he and Freddie can run off together but ends up the worse for wear after duking it out with Sam. Sam follows him to their motel and shoots Freddie, unbeknownst to the likely concussed Jjaks, who wakes up the next morning with a fuzzy brain and the inkling that maybe he was the one who shot Freddie, since he has no reason to think he didn't and no recollection of the previous night's events. Sam involves his corrupt cop buddy to frame Jjaks for Freddie's murder but no one can seem to locate the body, which Jjaks dumped on the side of the road.

Fans of Jjaks Clayton probably believe in love at first sight, or maybe they've simply always been envious of their siblings and enjoyed seeing Sam get taken down a few pegs. They're probably willing to do pretty much anything for someone they love, even when it's dangerous and morally questionable. People whose favorite Keanu Reeves character is Jjaks Clayton always follow their heart, even if it leads them to Las Vegas to pursue a person they hardly know, because that's true love.

Bob Arctor

Keanu Reeves took on the role of undercover cop Bob Arctor for director Richard Linklater's rotoscoped 2006 sci-fi flick "A Scanner Darkly." Adapting the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, the film is set in a dystopian future in which a hallucinogenic drug called Substance D is running rampant. Bob is a narc who, like similar officers, wears a special suit to conceal his identity from his coworkers while in police headquarters. Having gone undercover to live with two users named James Barris (Robert Downey Jr.) and Ernie Luckman (Woody Harrelson), Bob himself has also becomes addicted to Substance D and it's fracturing his mind; he orders increased surveillance on his own house, seemingly not knowing his own identity as Bob Arctor and is eventually sent to an addition treatment center run by the corporation that actually makes Substance D.

We hope anyone whose favorite Keanu Reeves character is Bob Arctor is well and healthy without any substance abuse issues. Hopefully they are just passionate about law enforcement and admire the lengths to which Bob is willing to go to do his job, essentially sacrificing his life. Maybe they really have a thing for Winona Ryder, with whom Reeves once again co-stars. It's possible they feel like a pawn who's being sacrificed for the greater good, but we hope not.

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In 2008, Keanu Reeves was on a mission to save humanity from itself, portraying the alien Klaatu in the remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Sent by a group of alien civilizations, he arrives in a giant spaceship that is initially believed to be a gigantic asteroid hurtling its way toward Earth. Klaatu's mission is to evaluate whether human kind should be allowed to continue living or if the planet's population should be removed so that Earth can recover from the destruction mankind has wreaked on it. With few exceptions, Klaatu finds human beings to be incapable of changing their destructive ways and seems to be leaning toward wiping them off of the planet, but Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) and her son Jacob (Jaden Smith) manager to convince him of otherwise.

If Klaatu is your favorite Keanu Reeves character, we hope it's because you're an eco-minded steward of the Earth who wants to reduce your carbon footprint and not because the idea of wiping out mankind resonates with you. Like the humanoid alien, you see there is good in humanity, despite the horrible things of which people are capable, and maybe — just maybe — we're worth keeping around a bit longer. In doing so, you're adaptable and open to ideas outside of the concepts you yourself have formed. You're not prone to rash action and instead are willing to listen to reason.

Will Foster

For the 2018 sci-fi flick "Replicas," Keanu Reeves took on the role of brilliant scientist Dr. Will Foster. He and partner Ed Whittle (Thomas Middleditch) are tasked with transferring the consciousness of a dead soldier into an android's body, a project which meets a bit of a roadblock when the soldier freaks out upon seeing his artificial body and ends up destroying it. If they don't get this job on a better trajectory, they risk being shut down. To make lemonade out of the lemons life hands Will, he's at least able to get in lots of practice and work on the project in greater depth when his wife Mona (Alice Eve) and their three children are killed in a traffic accident. He scans their brains and is forced to leave his youngest daughter, Zoe (Aria Leabu) as just a part of his memory because he's only got the equipment to transfer the consciousness of three people, thereby forcing him to remove her from the memories of Mona, Sophie (Emily Alyn Lind), and Matt (Emjay Anthony).

Will Foster has a hard time letting go, so we figure anyone for whom he serves as their favorite Keanu Reeves character probably does too. They're also probably willing to play things fast and loose when it comes to ethics. It's possible they have difficulty separating their work and home lives, much like Will, though his work obviously became trying to maintain the existence of his home life.

Don John

Like many an actor, Keanu Reeves has appeared in an adaptation of a William Shakespeare drama; in his case, he took on the role of the villainous Don John for the 1993 adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing." He's the half-brother of Don Pedro (Laurence Fishburne) who's just squashed his rebellion, though they remain on good enough terms. That doesn't stop him from trying to prevent his brother's friend, Count Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), from marrying the girl he fancies, Hero (Kate Beckinsale), an arrangement Don Pedro himself made. In order to do so, he devises a scheme in which Don Pedro and Count Claudio see a woman they believe to be Hero engaged in a compromising situation, not realizing it's actually her lady in waiting Margaret (Imelda Staunton). It totally would have worked were it not for the fact that Don John's toady Borachio (Gerard Horan) was overheard bragging about ruining the wedding.

In the unlikely event that Don John is your favorite character from Keanu Reeves' filmography, we assume you don't believe in love and that you must hate happy endings. You've clearly got a vindictive streak in you, since being defeated by your half brother somehow gives you the idea of ruining his pal's relationship for kicks. You might be full of envy for your brother's status or maybe you're just tired of being treated as lesser due to the fact that were born a bastard and no one's let you live it down.