Appears In: Lethal Weapon (1987), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Portrayed By: Mel Gibson
Riggs plays the wild card to Murtaugh's beleaguered, practical veteran in the Lethal Weapon films. Gibson's turn as Riggs takes the traditional maverick gunslinger stereotype to a whole new level. We often question Riggs's sanity when he does things like this and like this. It is this unhinged quality, particularly when played against Murtaugh's staid family man, that makes his performance so memorable.
We love the humorous humanity Riggs brings with his marksmanship. When asked about his prowess with a pistol, he responds all too truthfully, "It was the only thing I was ever good at."