The List: Little people who kick big ass

From the December 13, 2012 edition

With Bilbo Baggins returning to theaters in “The Hobbit,” we’re counting down 10 small packages that open big ol’ cans of whoop-ass.

10. Leprechaun

Actor Warwick Davis is known for some all-time great little people roles (Willow, Wicket, Professor Flitwick), but this was easily his most murderous.

9. Joe C.

Kid Rock’s late, great hype man had swagger far greater than his size.

8. The Landlord

Director Adam McKay cast his two-year-old daughter, Pearl, opposite Will Ferrell as a foul-mouthed landlord dealing with a deadbeat tenant. The rest is viral video history. “I want my money, bitch.”

7. The Man from Another Place from “Twin Peaks”

Talking (and dancing) backwards? C’mon, that’s pretty kick-ass.

6. Frank from "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

Danny DeVito’s brilliant return to TV comedy was perhaps most significant for the invention of wine in a can.

5. Samara from “The Ring”

How scary can a little girl be? Well, when she comes out of the television, audiences across the country promptly crapped themselves.

4. Marcus from “Bad Santa”

Behind every bad Santa is an even worse elf. Tony Cox never pulled any punches, especially those below the belt.

3. Hit-Girl

Chloe Grace Moretz’s scene-stealing “Kick-Ass” action hero meant no one should ever again say “You got your ass kicked by a girl” like it was something to be ashamed of.

2. Tyrion from "Game of Thrones"

Peter Dinklage’s Emmy-winning role is indelible. “Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let’s go kill them.”

1. Yoda

Judge him by his size, do you? Well, finally seeing Yoda wielding a lightsaber may have almost made the disappointing “Star Wars” prequel trilogy worth it.