Science fiction, or Sci-Fi, is a genre of fiction that deals with things that are often imagined, such as aliens, magic and monsters. Most often, it deals with science and the things that surround it, which include alien life, time travel, space adventures, and technology. This genre explores all of this and more and has created a legacy of movies, television shows, and books.
The genre has been around for a long time (although the name was only coined around the '50s) because humans are creatures who love speculation. With speculation came a plethora of abstract ideas. Some of these include the following: that we weren't the only beings in the galaxy, that robots were capable of their own thought, that animals are much more intelligent than we give them credit for and that there are creatures on this planet and others, who want to destroy us. These theories have given rise to Sci-Fi greats such as The Terminator, Alien, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Star Wars.
One of the reasons why these films are so great is because of their characters and we want to see if you can recognize them enough to name the movies they came from. Think you've got what it takes? Take the quiz now to find out!
Considered one of the most prominent female figures in popular culture, Ellen Louise Ripley, who is played by Sigourney Weaver, is the protagonist of the 1979 and 1986 "Alien" films. The actress earned world recognition for the role, which remains one of her most famous to date.
In the science fiction/action media franchise, "The Chronicles of Riddick," viewers journey through the 28th century and the adventures of an antihero character portrayed by actor Vin Diesel, called Riddick.
As a Starfleet officer, this fictional character in the Star Trek franchise, named Jean-Luc Picard, is the inventor of the "Picard Maneuver," a hyper-speed starship battle strategy.
Keanu Reeves takes on the role of the fictional protagonist, a computer programmer and cybercriminal character known as Thomas A. Anderson, who is also referred to as Neo (or The One) in the Matrix franchise.
In the Terminator franchise, Kyle Reese is a soldier who contributed to the Resistance by burglarizing and reverse-engineering the Skynet technology. He is also John Connor's father and is highlighted in the first and fifth films of the series.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the talented extractor and a once-skilled architect, Dominick "Dom" Cobb, in the 2010 science fiction thriller film, Inception. This movie was also directed by Christopher Nolan.
Katniss Everdeen is the District 12's female tribute in the Hunger Games, a role she took up when her younger sister, Primrose, was chosen to partake in the 74th Hunger Games.
Iron Man's alter ego, Anthony "Tony" Stark, is an inventive scientist and wealthy business tycoon who invents a powerful suit of armor which he uses to defend and protect the world.
As the main protagonist in the "Back to the Future" series, actor Michael J. Fox plays Martin "Marty" McFly, a teenager who travels back in time to the 1950s in a modified DeLorean car. This occurred when an experiment conducted by his peculiar scientist friend, Doc Brown, goes awry.
Portrayed by Sharlto Copley, Wikus van de Merwe is the protagonist in the 2009 science fiction film, District 9. Wikus gains the ability to activate alien equipment and weapons when he is exposed to an alien chemical.
Rising from a penurious childhood to become a principal figure of the Rebel Alliance, fictional character Han Solo is a pilot from planet Corellia in the "Star Wars" film franchise.
Emmett Lathrop Brown Ph.D. is affectionately known as "Doc," the inventor of the time machine and mentor to Marty McFly in the "Back to the Future" trilogy.
Max Rockatansky is the star in the Mad Max movies. Max possesses considerable skill with firearms and displays fast reflexes within these movies.
This sentient tree-like entity made his first debut in November 1960. Many years later he became the pop culture phenomenon for one iconic line, "I am Groot," in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" series.
Spanning over many generations, the fictional character Spock, in the Star Trek franchise, is known for his pointy ears, slick hair and famous Vulcan salute, with the accompanying words, "Live, long and prosper."
Rick Deckard is a selfish, self-involved bounty hunter who has no value for android life in the film, "Blade Runner". However, life experiences throughout the movie cause him to develop empathy towards androids.
Roy Batty is the main antagonist in the "Blade Runner" films. He is highly intelligent, fast, skilled at combat and considered the most dangerous of all the fugitive replicants.
Boba Fett played a bounty hunter in the "Star Wars" franchise and made his first appearance in November 1978, as a mysterious figure who betrays Luke Skywalker after saving him.
Hal, short for Heuristically Algorithmic computer, is a sentient computer which is responsible for controlling the systems on the Discovery One spacecraft in the adaptations of the Space Odyssey.
Sam Rockwell stars as Sam Bell, a lunar miner extracting helium-3 from the moon's surface. The mystery surrounding his employment, identity and existence unfolds after he finds a clone of himself millions of miles from Earth.
Amy Adams starred in the 2016 Sci-Fi hit, Arrival. The movie centers around a linguistics professor who tries to communicate with aliens.
Yoda, the Grand Master of the Jedi Order, lived to be the oldest character in the "Star Wars" movie franchise until his demise at age 900 in the film, "Return of The Jedi."
The late David Bowie debuted his acting career as Thomas Jerome Newton, an extra-terrestrial who lands on Earth with the mission of shipping water to his planet in the 1976 British sci-fi film entitled, "The Man Who Fell to Earth."
Selected as the 50th greatest movie character of all time in 2015 by Empire magazine, James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk of the Star Trek franchise has led his crew as captain of the starship USS Enterprise in exploration to where man has not ventured before.
As the twin brother of Princess Leia, leader of the Rebellion, Luke Skywalker is one of the main protagonists in the Rebel Alliance's struggle to defeat the Galactic Empire in the "Star Wars" franchise.
Alex Murphy is an injured Detroit officer who was transformed into a powerful cyborg also known as RoboCop. Robocop must take on the bad guys to help limit violent crimes in his city.
In the 1982 film directed by Steven Spielberg, the leading character Elliott, along with his siblings, become friends with an extra-terrestrial, "E.T." They aim to help the creature return to its planet but in doing so, they must conceal it from their mother and the government.
In the 1956 horror film, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", Dr. Miles Bennell is a doctor in the Californian town of Santa Mira. He uncovers and attempts to stop the invasion of a series of alien plant spores which has grown into seed pods capable of replicating humans.
Over the course of the Terminator films, the fictional character of Sarah Connor has transformed from a shy distressed victim to a fugitive who is wanted for her acts of terrorism, and finally, to a heroine who must sacrifice all for the fate of her son's future.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis star as Joe, an assassin who travels through time to kills his targets. In this sci-fi crime thriller, young Joe sets out to kill his future self but things go off the rails when he cannot.
As a former employee at the software company ENCOM, Kevin Flynn is a fictitious character from the film "Tron". He is talented at video games and journeys through the digital world in search of incriminating evidence which will expose the current CEO of his previous employer.
The 1986 film "The Fly" stars Jeff Goldblum who takes on the role of Seth Brundle, an intelligent scientist whose erroneous experiment gradually turns into a fly-hybrid creature.
Formerly known as Anakin Skywalker, a Jedi who was thought to bring balance to the Force, he becomes the iconic villain Darth Vader who falls to the dark side in the "Star Wars" franchise.
Since the start of the British television series "Doctor Who", The Doctor has been played by twelve actors. He is a fictional time lord who journeys through space, appearing as numerous different individuals during the series.
In the 2015 Australian film, "Mad Max: Fury Road", Charlize Theron takes on the role of Imperator Furiosa, a soldier who betrays her leader to free "The Five Wives" and along the way, encounters Max, who becomes her ally.
Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on the role of The Terminator in "The Terminator" franchise. In the 1984 film, this cyborg killer, sent by Skynet, is disguised as a human who travels from the future in search of Sarah Connor.
The 1927 silent film"Metropolis" takes place in Germany when a malicious scientist creates a robot with the image of a woman of the working class named Maria. The robot presents anarchy into the world of workers.
From the British television series Torchwood, the character Ianto Jones, who is stationed in Cardiff, is a support officer for a team of alien hunters who progresses into a field agent.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" follows the story of Roy Neary, an Indiana native who is employed as an electrical lineman who encounters an unidentified flying object which alters his life.
American astronaut, George Taylor, is a fictional character in the film "Planets of the Apes". Taylor is the leader of an expedition into space which crashes on a planet where apes are the dominant species.