Madmartigan: Scoundrel, Ruffian, and the Greatest Swordsman Who Ever Lived

Madmartigen, Willow (1988), played by Val Kilmer
March 21, 2022  
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“The man is a scoundrel! A ruffian! Look at him!”  And so does Willow Ufgood describe Madmartigan, the rakishly handsome rogue played by Val Kilmer in the movie Willow


An improbably charming rogue, Madmartigan was as much a hero as he was a scoundrel. The deuteragonist (the person second in importance to the protagonist in a story) of the 1988 George Lucas film, he was a disgraced warrior of Galladoorn.

"I am the greatest swordsman that ever lived." Madmartigan (Val Kilmer, Willow)

“Madmartigan! So! Well, I knew you’d end up in a squirrel’s cage sooner or later!”

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Airk Thaughbaer (Gavan O'Herlihy), from the 1988 film Willow

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Meeting Madmartigan (Val Kilmer)

Torchlight glimmered on a weird scene. In the one cage, the skeleton leered and pointed, revolving uncannily, always facing them, no matter where they moved. In the other cage, a scarecrow dangled the hapless Willow from one long arm…

The man’s parched, cracked lips parted in a kind of smile. Teeth gleamed. He wiped the filthy back of his free hand across his mouth.

“Water, little Pecks, or your friend’s crows’ meat!”

He was a frightening specter. His eyes glinted in the torchlight out of a tangled mass of long black hair. Stubble covered his chin and cheeks. His clothes were such filthy rags that it was hard to tell what they might once have been – perhaps a cotton shirt, a leather vest and high boots, a neckerchief, a sash.






Madmartigen fighting General Kale (Willow gif)


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