There’s always that one special bowhunter we all looked up to as a kid, whether it was a family member or a close friend. Many, however, owe their love of archery to a fictional character, one whose bravado and skills with a bow in hand made the sport all the more enticing—and if we could shake their hands, surely we would.
And the trend continues today, with movies like The Hunger Games and The Avengers introducing a whole new generation to archery and bowhunting—and in some cases, the stars themselves come out in support of hunting. Maybe they’re not your cup of tea, but you can’t help but admit these movie characters are doing archery and bowhunting a big favor when they prompt a kid to turn to his dad and say, “I want to do that!”
So in honor of all the silver-screen stories that inspired us, here are eight of our favorite movie archers of all time.
- The Na’vi people in the 2009 film Avatar are hunter-gatherers who rely on their archery skills for hunting and self-defense. In fact, hunting is an important part of the Pandoran clan culture, as the Na’vi live in large ancient trees in typically inhabitable areas. Adolescents get the honor of making a bow from the wood of the sacred "Hometree" once they become a man.
Favorite Movie Moment: The film's heroine, Neytiri, uses her bow to take down the film's cold-blooded villain before he can kill the main character, Jake Sully. Talk about some quick thinking.