Crazy Leader: The Humungus
Not too many characters in movie history can lay claim to an introduction as memorable as that accorded the muscle-bound, masked leader of the roving band of post-apocalyptic sociopaths in The Road Warrior. “The Lord Humungus!” screams the bespectacled, cringing herald known as the Toadie, announcing his lord and master’s presence. “The Warrior of the Wasteland! The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla!” His backstory might be a little vague: Does that mask hide hideous scars from wounds suffered in battle? Or is there truth to those rumors of a horrific baking accident? But the Humungus shines as a compelling, mysterious figure who had a demented brand of greatness thrust upon him by the violence and anarchy of the post-nuclear age. Sure, he’s a deranged bastard —but as the leather-clad, goggle-wearing psychos who comprise his motley army might argue, he’s our deranged bastard.