Every actor that has been blessed (or cursed) with portraying a part that appeals to a certain geeky fandom knows that it’ll be something that will never be forgotten, and he’ll always be invited to conventions for the rest of his life.
Some actors are lucky enough to portray those rolls well, but others get branded and blamed for ruining the character in its movie adaptation. Some actors, for better or for worse, get to play more than just one character like this, helping them build their geek-appeal or completely destroy it.
The fantastic artist Matt Cowan decided to honor those with at least two roles that have a certain appeal to the geeks around the world by creating a series of artworks in his usual 8-bit style, showcasing them in their different parts.
Magneto from the X-Men movies and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.
Robert Downey Jr.
Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man.
Han Solo from Star Wars, Rick Deckard from Blade Runner and Indiana Jones.
Nick Fury from the Avengers, Frozone from The Incredibles, Mace Windu from Star Wars and Jules from Pulp Fiction.
Lord Elron from Lord of the Rings, V from V for Vendetta, the Red Skull from Captain America and Agent Smith from the Matrix.
Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit, Dr. Watson from Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Dent from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek and Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, from the X-Men films.
Thor, Captain George Kirk from Star Trek and the Huntsman from Snow White.
Dracule, Saruman from Lord of the Rings and Count Dooku from Star Wars.
Daredevil and in the future, Batman.
The Riddler from Batman Forever and Colonel Stars and Stripes from Kick Ass.
Deadpool (From the first Wolverine film) and the Green Lantern.
Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.
For something along these lines, check out these awesome works of art from the Evolution of Pop Culture Icons.
For the rest of Cowan’s work, just check out his gallery