(a) Any character in a film whose narration of current or transpired events cannot be completely accepted as truth by the audience. (b) Any main character in a film who exhibits behaviors commonly associated with schizophrenia, paranoia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, pseudologia fantastica, and/or multiple personality disorder. Examples include:
Occupation: High school student
Why He's Unreliable: Donnie is a sleepwalker. He believes that a man in a bunny suit named Frank tells him what to do. The events of Donnie's young life include parallel time lines and paranoid delusions of death.
The Narrator/Tyler Durden
Occupation: Claims Investigator/Soap Maker/Anarchist
Why He's Unreliable: Exhibits signs of paranoia, delusion, and split personality disorder. He is crazy enough to kick his own ass.
Why He's Unreliable: Leonard is unable to make new memories. He must rely on his Polaroids and tattoos to solve the murder of his wife. He has no frame of reference or sense of time.
Why He's Unreliable:
Trevor hasn't slept in over a year. His perception of time and space is riddled with cloudy memories of a hit-and-run incident.
Occupation: Federal marshal
Why He's Unreliable: 'Teddy Daniels' is a persona created by mental patient Andrew Laeddis. Andrew uses Teddy to deal with the loss of his family.
Can you think of another "unreliable narrator?" Share your findings!