When we watch movies, especially one from our childhood, we rarely questions the behavior of our favorite heroes. However, sometimes you look back on a certain characters and realize things were not quite as they seemed.
Here, people reveal the most popular heroes that are actually kind of jerks.
1. Glinda the “Good” witch – Wizard of Oz. Has the power to send Dorothy back from the beginning of the adventure, but instead enlists her (without Dorthy’s knowledge) as an hitman for the other witch.
2. Maverick in Top Gun. Iceman was right all along. Maverick, although a very gifted pilot – or naval aviator, was dangerous in the air. Every one knew it even Goose. As Stinger said it best: “Your ego is writing cheques your body can’t cash.”
3. Mufasa segregates undesirable members of the animal kingdom into a drab, uninhabitable section of the savanna, the elephant graveyard.
Scar brings the hyenas out of the ghetto and shares food with them. Scar is a civil rights hero.
4. Indiana Jones.
He charges around the globe causing massive damage to ancient monuments and churches in his relentless quest to find artefacts that really do not belong in a museum, but in fact belong EXACTLY where he damn well found them!
5. He-Man. Think about it, he lives in Castle Greyskull. Who in the hell would build a house that looks like a skull? I dunno, maybe Skeletor? Skeletor who’s had to resort to living in a bog? That whole show is just one man’s attempt to get his freakin’ house back and we’re cheering the squatters the entire time.
6. Morpheus and the gang in the Matrix. Everyone is living in blissful ignorance in a nice world the robots have made for us. Waking up to realize your whole life was a lie and you’re in an apocalyptic wasteland would just cause everyone to want to kill themselves.
7. Guy Fawkes.
Previously only really known in the UK, but V for Vendetta had made him out to be some free speech hero, with a romantic subplot, that has been perpetuated by the masks as a symbol of popular protest.
In reality he was a terrorist for hire, who’d gained his expertise with gunpowder as a mercenary in catholic armies in Spain and NL. Meanwhile, the people who hired him to blow up the protestant king and Parliament (not the good guys either) wanted to put a Catholic monarch on the throne and start a whole new cycle of repression and persecution against the people who had done that to them. And the rhyme ‘remember 5th November’ and celebrating bonfire night are supposed to celebrate the plan failing, not commemorate Fawkes or the plot.
8. Thomas the tank engine. This show is awful. All Thomas and his friends do is complain about their jobs or find a way to mess up the one thing they are supposed to do. Gordon is the only one who does good work and continues to work while everyone else screws off around him. They portray Gordon as this grumpy jerk. I would be upset too if I had to do everyone’s work.
9. I used to love Tom and Jerry as a kid, but watching back I noticed what a complete douche Jerry actually is. Tom is just chilling out, enjoying some chicken. That’s when that stupid mouse comes in, eats the whole thing, hits poor Tom in the face with a frying pan and when Tom gets angry and chases him he’s always the one getting in trouble for it.
As a kid I had been laughing at Tom’s misfortune thinking: ”That’s what you get for trying to eat Jerry” but boy was I wrong. Tom is the victim and not the villain. Jerry is not a hero he is a egoistic little jerk of a mouse.
10. The Man in the Yellow Hat in Curious George. He actually went to Africa and kidnapped George in a sack. George was scared and crying through the first book and really did not want to go with the Man on the Yellow Hat. He attempted to escape several times.
11. The entire staff of the Pawnee parks department. Jerry is the nicest guy and they all treat him like crap while they bask in the joy of doing so.
12. Postman Pat: Do your gosh darn job. Only in the public service could you see an employee so grossly underperforming while also being universally lauded. I’ll bet Special Delivery Service is just some dirty broom closet where they lock unsackable employees.
13. Powerpuff girls. Mojo Jojo is often chilling in his tower, minding his own business, when those jerks storm in through the window and beat him for nothing. Little poops.
14. Peter Pan kidnapped children. And he implies that he has murdered them too…
15. Mario from Super Mario Bros. He stomps on innocent Goombas, steals Koopa shells, invades castles, and pretty much destroys the landscapes of several different worlds, only to chase after some chick who probably isn’t even interested in the first place.
Plus, he doesn’t even acknowledge his poor brother who’s there to help him at the drop of a hat.
16. Elsa. Well, not portrayed as a hero, but every conversation about that movie with a little kid goes like this:
Who froze the kingdom? Elsa. Who ran away? Elsa. Who attacked her sister? Elsa. Who tried to find her sister and fix everything? Anna. Who sacrificed her life to save Elsa? Anna. Who taught Elsa how to stop the winter? Anna. Who is the hero? Elsa.
…Kids are so dumb.
17. Snape from Harry Potter. He is an amazing, intense and wonderfully crafted character but he is hardly a hero. He just did some good things for what seems to me a very selfish love for Lily.
Still one of my favourites though.
18. The Beast from Beauty and the Beast. He literally kidnaps Belle and her father.
19. The Jedi. Palpatine was just tying to unite the galaxy since the Republic was corrupt as crap.
20. The Kids Next Door.
Those great people fighting for kids’ rights by recruiting six-year-old child soldiers with the promise of adventure and making a difference, only to take away all of those memories of their childhood for the crime of turning 13.
21. The Phantom of the Opera in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production. He’s just someone who learned the art of conjuring in order to secretly spy on a girl that he fantasized about, eventually kidnapping her into the sewer to play her his demo tapes, and murdering several people who got in his way.
22. Andrew Jackson. Among other things, he had the military force the Cherokee out of their land, going against the Supreme Court’s ruling on the situation, and is featured on the $20 bill.
23. The protagonists of 2012.
Oooh, let’s flood these ships with too many people, they must be holding us back because they don’t want us right? It can’t possibly be because there’s limited space, food, water etc.
24. Queen Victoria. During the Irish famine, she blocked the Turkish Sultan from sending in food, because it was more than her personal contribution and he would be showing her up. He cut the food down into smaller boats and smuggled it ashore instead.
Good Guy Ottoman.
25. Rose from Titanic. She’s a narcissist. Her potential husband is trying to help her and her mom from poverty. Yeah, he’s a bit of a douche, but so is Jack. When you see her bedroom, you see dozens of pictures. All of them are of her. None of her husband (who is dead presumably), none of her children or grandchildren. Just dozens of pictures of her doing whatever the heck she wants.
And then she drops the necklace into the ocean. YOU ARE LIVING WITH YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER, THAT COULD HELP PAY MEDICAL BILLS. She flew out to the middle of the ocean for you! Give her the freaking necklace you’ve been hiding! It’s worth dollars.
You have to remember too that the movie is being told by Rose, who is probably an unreliable narrator. She probably pushed Jack off so she could live.
I hate Rose from Titanic.
26. Mother Teresa. She believed suffering brought people to god, and therefore withheld painkilling drugs from terminal patients.
She also took most of the money given by donations to better outfit her “hospitals” and gave it straight to the Catholic Church.
27. The vault hunters from Borderlands – they are trying to stop Jack from making this miserable country into a legitimate tourist attraction, with civilization. You are a looter who is friends with a bunch of people who are greedy and just want wealth.
Jack is the good guy!
28. There are quite a lot of heroes who make some questionable decisions. A big one for me though would have to be Ferris Bueller, it’s been said before but despite his relaxed demeanor and casual attitude, he is a total jerk at some points in the movie and even a borderline sociopath.
Ferris does some pretty expensive stuff on his day off, and obviously wasn’t doing it on his own dime. The only reasonable explanation if you ask me is that he stole the money. My friend also told me that there’s a deleted scene in which Ferris steals the money from his father.
Ferris also treats Cameron like crap. He forces him to come out when he doesn’t want to, steals his dad’s car against Cameron’s will and even hits Cameron when he doesn’t say the right thing on the phone to Rooney. Additionally, Ferris refuses to admit that he did the wrong thing by hitting Cameron, and denies that he even hit him at all, claiming to have ‘lightly slapped him’. It is clear throughout most of the day that Cameron is uncomfortable and doesn’t really want to be there. Ferris doesn’t care about this, however, and only wants his friend there for his own entertainment, he doesn’t care how Cameron feels about it.
Then there’s Sloane, ask most people and they’ll tell you she’s a pretty great girlfriend: friendly, kind, good-looking. Her and Ferris have a genuine moment, where he even speculates that they get married. Then, only minutes later, while Ferris is running home, he introduces himself to 2 female sunbathers in a clearly non-platonic way.
Ferris seems to lack emotion, seeing it only as an avenue to manipulate others, never seeming to be affected by it himself. He takes advantage of his parents’ trusting nature and sympathy to take the day off school. He takes advantage of Cameron’s friendship in order to steal his father’s car. He fakes genuine bonding moments with his father and with Sloane, all just to benefit himself.
The primary antagonist, Rooney, while being slightly dim-witted, is just a guy trying to do his job. Is the PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL really doing the wrong thing when he tries to catch a student that is repeatedly skipping class and influencing other students to break the rules?
Yeah as much as I enjoy the movie, I can’t help but notice that Ferris is kind of a dick, and Rooney isn’t a villain in any real sense.
29. Yoda is the single most overrated character in the Star Wars franchise. Everybody is always talking about how he is the wisest of the Jedi, but everything he says is basically wrong and I can prove it.
Apparently he’s been training Jedi for 800 years, but not once do we see any result of this training except for Count Dookoo, who’s not even good enough to not get his hands chopped off by Anakin. And all the other Jedi we know got killed off pretty easily, so it’s not like they were super well trained. So we really don’t even know if he was a good teacher. Anakin was a little boy when brought to stand before the Jedi council and Yoda sensed anger in him. Want to know why he sensed anger?
BECAUSE YOU JUST TOLD HIM TO FORGET ABOUT HIS SLAVE MOTHER!! GUESS WHAT YODA WHILE YOU AND THE JEDI ARE SITTING IN YOUR SKY PALACE HIS MOM IS ROTTING ON TATOOINE! Instead of bullying him for years and judging him every time you see him, how about you give him some freaking support. Anakin grows up feeling resented by the jedi council just because he freaking exists. Obi-wan even said “he has never let me down” to Yoda. That shows us that Anakin wasn’t a troublemaker growing up. Even through all of the evidence, Yoda kept his bias which led Anakin to feel resented which made him easier to manipulate by the emperor. Thanks Yoda!
Yoda seems to realize that his teaching sucks. Because of this very point he sends himself to Dagobah to sit in a bog and die. He didn’t try and go find new students to train (even though he’s supposedly the best trainer ever), he didn’t do anything to help anyone else, he just went to a place where he knew he couldn’t screw anything else up.
Along comes Luke. If this isn’t the biggest punch in the groin to Yoda, then I don’t know what is. The son of the dude that showed him how much he sucked is now asking to get trained by him. Yoda doesn’t want to do it. He knows he sucks and doesn’t want to screw anything else up, but he’s literally the last option left available. So he trains Luke for a little while and tells him all about how not to use anger and such when he’s fighting because that’s “a path to the dark side” (Yoda says things like this like a million times). When Luke wants to leave he says something along the lines of “don’t go or you’ll turn evil”. Luke says “nuh uh” and leaves anyways. Well fast forward a bit and guess who sucks at prophecy? YODA! Luke doesn’t turn evil. In fact, while he lost the battle, Luke was successfully able to channel his anger into his fighting while maintaining most of his composure. He loses the battle, but I don’t blame him for it. It’s not his fault that Yoda spent so much time teaching him how to move things with the force and not how to freaking fight with a lightsaber. Think about it. Pretty much the only time that luke ever uses the force for anything useful is BEFORE he meets Yoda! Yoda doesn’t teach him jack and when he comes back Yoda is probably thinking “dude I hate your family so much”. Why? Because once again a Skywalker shows Yoda how little he actually knows.
30. Victor Frankenstein was a narcissistic character who released a creature who wreaked havoc on the world just because he could.
He stormed through charnel houses and graveyards completely disrespecting the dead in order to fulfill his goals.
He creates the monster, not to expand the scientific field of reanimation but to become a God. He wanted to create a monster to “bless [him] as his creator”.
He cowardly runs away from his creation leaving him vulnerable to the malevolence of the world, completely exposed rather than nurture him simply because he was hideous.
He allows Justine Moretz, a completely innocent woman to suffer at the hands of a biased court when he knew she was innocent of killing William. He gnashes his teeth as Elizabeth pours her heart out to the soon-to-be-executed Justine instead of trying to put things right.
He leaves his wife on his wedding night to protect himself. He leaves the woman who loves him alone when he knew the monster was a threat to her and she dies because he was scared.