7 Times Accountants Were Badass In Movies or TV Series
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Sure, accountants get their fair share of stereotypes and inaccurate portrayals in pop culture. But there are a surprising amount of badass CPA characters, too. Here’s a shout out to our favourite pop culture accountants of all time. Click through to see which of these number crunchers you’d want to do your tax return!
Louis Tulley – Ghostbusters
Louis (played by Rick Moranis) started off as a hapless accountant with below-par social skills. Five years after the Ghostbusters saved him from demonic possession, he went on to successfully defend them in court and become their official accountant and tax attorney. He even appeared on the Ghostbusters’ TV commercials.
Linda Ferguson – Orange Is The New Black
Linda from Purchasing (Beth Dover) is not the kind of accountant that suffers fools. Brutally competent, efficient, and dedicated to her job at Management and Corrections Corporation (MCC), she cuts costs at Litchfield prison and climbs the corporate ladder like a boss. Sure, she may not have the warmest of hearts, but you can’t deny she gets things done.
Hermes Conrad – Futurama
You may know Hermes (Phil LaMarr) as the lovable Jamaican Bureaucrat (Level 34) and official accountant for Planet Express. While sometimes he might seem not to care for the other members of the unruly crew, his compassionate side is revealed in a flashback episode. While inspecting robots for defects at Mom’s Robot Factory factory, Hermes almost dies saving baby Bender. He hides Bender’s critical defect (lack of backup system) and destroys all evidence of his actions, so Bender will never know. He then later risks his Bureaucrat license to save Bender’s downloaded brain from the IN pile.
Christian Wolff – The Accountant
In what may possibly be the most dramatic data analysis scene ever, Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck), accountant and lethal killing machine, blows on his fingers before going HAM on a bunch of numbers. Fade transitions, moving cinematic shots, time-lapses: this montage has it all, right up to when he throws his pen in the bin after the breakthrough. Oh, and did we mention he’s a criminal under instruction from a voice on the telephone to investigate the books of some big, shady corporations?
Tyrion Lannister, Master of Coin – Game of Thrones
Being the Master of Coin is a challenging job in the realm of Westeros. What with all the wars waged by King’s Landing, the royal council’s chief of finance must procure the funds from somewhere. Petyr Baelish, who holds the position at the start of season 1, solves this problem by secretly borrowing huge sums from the Iron Bank… as Tyrion discovers when he takes up the position. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) gets our respect for doing his best to hold the crumbling treasury together, even as his dastardly family plots against him.
Leo Bloom – The Producers
Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) quits his job as an accountant, becoming a Broadway producer in order to pull off a dazzling sham and embezzle investors’ funds – all by putting together a sure-fire failure of a musical. It’s cooking the books in the most flamboyant, colourful way possible, and it never would have been possible without his insight into finances and bookkeeping. Plus, he elopes with the show’s sultry star Ulla only to swoop in and save his business partner Max when it really hits the fan. A shady character to be sure, but one we can admire for his loyalty and panache.
Andy Dufresne – The Shawshank Redemption
In this Stephen King short story adaptation, the mild-mannered accountant Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), imprisoned for life, starts looking after the prison finances. He assists with the warden’s money laundering scheme, only to turn it all around. He reveals the warden’s crimes to the world, earning his freedom. Who said physical strength is the most valuable asset in prison?
Who’s your favourite pop culture accountant? Did we miss the character that inspired you to become an accountant?
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