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Land of Remakes
Javert (c. 1775-1832) is a fictional character from the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. He is a prison guard, and later policeman, who devotes his life to the law. He is always referred to simply as "Javert" or "Inspector Javert" by the narrator and other characters throughout the novel; his first name is never mentioned. Javert is the main antagonist of the novel, to Jean Valjean, the novel's protagonist.
Some consider Javert misguided rather than evil, although his inflexibility and cruelty throughout the novel moves in parallel to Jean Valjean's kindness. Those who consider Javert misguided believe that the distinction of pure evil in the novel more appropriately belongs to the greedy and treacherous Thénardiers. Javert may also be regarded as one who seeks only blind justice. Javert refuses to acknowledge repentance and will imprison those that break the law or parole, as Jean Valjean did. Others consider the Thénardiers dishonest, petty criminals, whose actual negative impact on the protagonists is minor compared to the significant levels of spite and mercilessness Javert inflicts on those he encounters.
The Javert for Earth Prime-Time would be portrayed by Anthony Bate in a 1967 British mini-series.
"There is no God. There is only the Law.
Good and Evil do not exist outside the Law."