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  1. i’m surprised neither of you included Jackie Chan, who has portrayed plenty of swashbuckling characters in films, and by virtue of doing a decent amount of his own stuntwork, is sort of a real life swashbuckler.

  2. Here’s my list.
    5. The Three Musketeers. I tried to pick one, but let’s be fair, they are a package deal.
    4. The Count of Monte Cristo, Edmund Dauntes. I really loved the movie with Jim Caveziel and a young Superman!
    3. Zorro. One of the inspirations for Batman, swordsman extraordinaire, and an awesome horse named Tornado. What more can you ask for?
    2. The Dread Pirate Roberts/Inigo Montoya (You killed his father, prepare to die.) Their sword fight in the Princess Bride is the gold standard all sword fights should aspire to.
    1. Cyrano de Bergerac. A peerless swordsman and a peerless romantic who’s big nose destroys his self esteem enough that he can only profess his love for the fair Roxanne through a handsome, but dumb, proxy.

  3. 1. Inigo Montoya/Wesley Dread Pirate Roberts. Still probably the best swashbuckling sequence in movie history.
    2. Paladin from the Have Gun, Will Travel radio show. A western in the dying days of gunslingers. Trying to bring the rule of law and Justice and such.

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