12. Sherlock Holmes
Let’s start this off by saying how much of a huge Sherlock Holmes fan I am. I’ve seen all the shows, all the old movies, and read all the books. Jim Hopper could be the Sherlock Holmes we have yet to see portrayed on the big screen. He’s a little rougher than the Robert Downey Jr. version but just as smart and obsessed with solving crimes and helping people.
Sherlock Holmes is a boxer and addicted to drugs (yes, he only does them when he’s bored, but come on!). Hopper, for better or for worse, gives off the vibe of not having his whole life together. He’s rough and tumble, and we haven’t seen a Sherlock Holmes like that in a film. The Johnny Lee Miller version is the closest, but Hopper is a little rougher than even him.
And obviously, he’s great at solving a mystery! He’s a cop! While we haven’t seen him take down “normal” criminals like Sherlock, after you’ve fought a monster and found a kid in a strange underworld, helping someone being blackmailed or figuring out who the murderer is is kind of a piece of cake.
Sherlock is always portrayed as this sleek, wiry individual, but he doesn’t have to be. He can have the same features as he does in the book and look like Hopper. Hopper certainly has the intense stare that could even make Moriarty a little nervous. While I have nothing against Robert Downey Jr. in this role, I think Jim Hopper would give it a whole different vibe.
11. Dead Poets Society
No one can ever take over the role of Robin Williams as John Keating, but Jim Hopper could put his own spin on it. While Hopper tries to come off as apathetic and uncaring, he only uses it as a facade for his big heart. He was hurt so much when his daughter died that he put up a barrier so he’d never feel that way again. But those intense emotions are what would make him perfect as the inspiring teacher in Dead Poets Society.
He’s already great at inspiring and leading kids, and while poetry may not be Hopper’s cup of tea (or coffee), he certainly has enough passion to teach it in a way that would lead to the same admiration the students gained for Williams’ version.
Although, if you think about it, his catchphrase “mornings are for coffee and contemplation” does sound very poem-like and why couldn’t he be reading poetry during his contemplation time? It’s totally plausible. There are plenty of angry, sad, and revenge-filled poems that he’d love.
While Mr. Keating is all about love and peace and hope, Hopper would probably be a little more about tough love, but still inspiring. He’s had no problem teaching Eleven the ways of the world and leading the kids through the trials of fighting monsters. He could certainly help the students of Welton Academy through their equally valid but less supernatural problems.
He might even physically fight the “evil dad” who puts so much pressure on his son that he ends up dying by suicide (sorry for spoilers, but it’s thirty years old!). After losing a child, Hopper is very protective of kids and it’s easy to imagine him getting very pissed at parents who don’t completely appreciate their children.