Originally the Man With No Name starred in three films A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). These are commonly known as the "Dollar Trilogy", it is also argued that the films High Plains Drifter (1973) and Pale Rider (1985) are also part of the characters stories. There have been many arguments for and against this because of the vast similarities and differences.
Nothing is known about the origins of the mysterious Man With No Name. He has been an outlaw, a bandit, and a gun-for-hire, but retains a sense of honor that often finds him doing the right thing to help those in need in spite of his quest for personal gain. His adventures led him to become a wanted man by both the Confederate and Union forces of the American Civil War when he blew up a Union bridge and made off with a small fortune in Confederate gold.
He is shown as being slightly cynical, somewhat selfish and very violent. He has been known to lighten up from time to time, showing a sense of humor through sarcasm, as well as being very compassionate to people he believes to be good.
He uses Colt Revolvers, one a Single Action Army (SAA), the other a 1851 navy. Both are unique because of the snake like engravings on their handles. His main rifle is a Winchester Yellow Boy. He also uses a sharps 1874 sniper rifle on occasion.
After the popularity of the three films there were several novels produced. Including the novelization of the Dollar Trilogy. There was also the novels A Coffin Full of Dollars, A Dollar to Die For, The Devil's Dollar, The Million-Dollar Bloodhunt, and Blood For a Dirty Dollar.
The five books were all written by Joe Millard with the exception of A Dollar to Die For by Brian Fox.
Finally in 2008 The Man With No Name got in his own comic with the same title with Dynamite Entertainment. The comic picks after the Dollar Trilogy films.
A year later the comic The Good Bad and the Ugly made it's start also with Dynamite Entertainment.