Characters are not always as they are portrayed in movies or T.V shows.
Here, people share characters that are not actually as good as they seem.
SpongeBob. Squidward is just trying to live a normal life without daily interruptions from his neighbors.
2. Snape, Snap, Serverus Snape.
Okay, he’s not the typical “good guy”, per se, but Severus Snape. There is this giant subculture about how great Snape is because he “Always” loved Lily and how that guided his intentions. I’m sorry, but he’s still a horrible person.
3. Gilligan’s Island.
Gilligan. They would have gotten off the island ages ago if they would just kill/tie up Gilligan.
4. Tom and Jerry.
Jerry in the cartoon Tom and Jerry. He always antagonized Tom first.
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Tom is a house cat. He’s supposed to be there. Jerry, a pesky rodent, is not.
90% of the battles are initiated by Jerry. Even if they were initiated by Tom, it’s justified because he’s pretty much fulfilling one of his purposes as a housecat.
Tom has a conscience. In one episode, he threw Jerry and either Nibbles or that little duck outside in a horrible storm, and locked them out of the house. He was so troubled and overcome with guilt from being so cruel, he went out to search for them and bring them back to shelter and safety. Jerry and Nibbles once stole food from a banquet Tom was supposed to be guarding, effectively getting him executed at the guillotine. They didn’t care either, they just ate their food and sauntered away knowing full well they just got Tom killed. On top of that, Tom has even rescued Jerry from certain doom at the hands of other foreign foes.
Jerry has taken advantage of the kindness of Spike, the bulldog that makes appearances occasionally. Spike, based on his own observations, sees Jerry to be an innocent mouse ritualistically tormented by Tom, so he defends him from Tom on some basis. Jerry has hit Spike with a golf club, repeatedly endangered/harmed him and his son, and framed Tom for all those misdeeds. This is how Jerry treats someone who defends him against Tom.
5. That 70’s Show.
Eric Foreman in That 70’s Show. A cowardly spoiled entitled little douche with no appreciation for the parents that just want the best for him. A guy who lies and manipulates his girlfriend and even leaves her at the altar.
6. Family Guy.
Peter from Family Guy. He used to be your average “family man,” albeit maybe a little less bright, but in recent years he’s become flanderized to the point where he’s a MASSIVE danger to everyone around him, and yet things are always supposed to work out for him, even though he’s too stupid to learn his lesson from anything. Also, him and the rest of the family have gone from comically picking on Meg to being straight-up cruel and isolating her from the rest of the family (my favorite example of which being Lois and Peter fighting to decide who has the displeasure of taking Meg to tour a PRESTIGIOUS COLLEGE).
7. Toy Story.
Woody, specifically in Toy Story 1. He tried to kill Buzz out of jealousy!
8. Gilmore Girls.
Both Lorelei and Rory in Gilmore Girls are horrendous people (story continued on the next page…)
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They’re both horribly selfish people, especially when Rory slept with Dean when she knew he was married!!
9. 13 Reasons Why.
Hannah Baker, girl kills herself then let’s everyone else deal with it in the form of horrible messages.
10. Wizard of Oz.
Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz She’s pretty and she pretends to be Dorothy’s friend, but she makes Dorothy the target of a vendetta by magically putting shoes onto Dorothy’s feet that rightfully belong to someone else. Then she disappears through all the trouble, showing up at the end to say ‘Yeah you had the power to get home all the while. Why didn’t I tell you? You wouldn’t have believed me…” Real troublemaker, there.
11. 500 Days of Summer.
I wouldn’t say he’s the “good guy” but the Tom (Joseph Gordon Levitt) in 500 Days of Summer is often seen as a romantic guy when in reality he’s really selfish.
12. Captain America.
Captain America in Civil War.
Despite it being a superhero movie, it had the potential to encourage a metered debate between freedom and security. Instead it… (story continued on the same page…)
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Threw Tony Stark under the bus and did him a huge injustice by being absurdly biased with Cap.
Tony, and most of the heroes who took his side, had solid arguments to justify the position they took. Tony recognized that the Avengers had an immense amount of power, and unchecked could bring a lot of innocent people to harm. He wasn’t asking to shut down superheroes for good, he was just backing an attempt to implement some checks and balances to minimize the harm done to civilians, and trying to reconcile the public with superheroes. Whether he was right or not is a different matter, the point is he had his reasons and you could relate.
Captain America on the other hand, just shuts Tony down with constant condescension and high-roadness throughout the movie. In the first confrontation between the two when Tony’s asking Cap to sign, he talks about the people who got hurt in the line of duty and he says it’s a big risk. Cap’s response? “Well that’s a risk I’m willing to take.”
WELL WHOOPDY DOO STEVE. YOU think it’s a worthwhile risk? Problem solved then, dilemma resolved, Cap says it’s cool so it is. No counter-argument, no appealing to Tony with actual proof of why he’s wrong, just straight up “Nahhh.”
Can you imagine if in a real world scenario a cop accidentally kills a bunch of people, and then waves it off as “Hey not my fault, just part of the job”? Hey wait. That has happened multiple times and people were livid and demanded that heads roll. And those were just regular human cops with small arms. The Avengers are city-levelling superpeople who can cause so much more destruction, and Cap thinks it’s a satisfying argument just to say “nah it’s okay”?
Then the movie ends with Cap being all “you’ll understand in time, Tony my boy” as though it was a no brainer that he was right and Tony was wrong. Cap’s a total self-righteous jerk.
13. The Devil Wears Prada.
The boyfriend in The Devil Wears Prada. He’s shown to be the non-materialistic, non-shallow person that knows the “real” Andy and is supposed to bring her down to earth but all I saw was a guy not supportive of his girlfriend struggling and stressed out in a job that was a huge door to her real dreams.
Hard to say if they try to make him “the good guy” but Jack from Lost definitely turned into a major jerks in the last couple of seasons.
15. Willy Wonka.
Grandpa Joe is a piece of crap. This guy, his wife and his two in-laws are 79/80 years old and they’ve been in bed for 20 years. Grandma Georgina has been in bed since she was 59 for Pete’s sake. Then at the first sniff of some free chocolate Grandpa ‘ultimate lad’ Joe makes a full recovery and dances around the room. The family has been living on bowls of heated cabbage water for twenty years while these lazy jerks have been in bed doing nothing to help anyone.
16. Scott Pilgrim.
Scott Pilgrim. He’s only occasional an a jerk, but he’s pretty much always selfish and only cares about his own happiness (story continued on the next page…).
Plenty of other characters have their own struggles going on that he just ignores, even though they’re all supporting him along the way. Wallace has a drinking problem. Young Neil has depression and everyone just kind of left him alone. I don’t know what’s up with Kim exactly, but she only became angry and bitter after Scott moved away while they were dating and he didn’t tell her. Then there’s the two most obvious people, Knives and Ramona.
Truth be told, I kinda tried to change myself after the first time I read those books, because I saw a lot of myself in Scott. I even kinda look like him. He’s not a bad person really, but he’s extremely self centered.
17. Ferris Bueller.
Ferris Bueller. Cameron is the one with a character arc, and Ferris is an agent of destructive chaos.
18. Harry Potter unpopular opinion.
I never understand the love for him. The very least he could have done was to be honest with Harry. But instead he basically just says “eh screw it” and the excuses himself by saying “I just couldn’t do that to you”.
JD from Scrubs. He’s awful to the women in his life.
20. The Office.
Jim from “The Office ” (story continued on the next page…).
I once saw someone suggested it and now I can’t watch it without seeing it. He spends most his day bullying Dwight and Andy. He tries to get Pam to cheat of Roy a few times. He dumps Karen and starts dating Pam on the same day. He leaves her home with the kids to go work in Philadelphia even though Pam is still suffering from some postnatal anxiety. The list goes on.
21. Mean Girls.
I always thought Janis Ian from Mean Girls was kind of a jerk. Like, she pretty much forced Cady to go spend all of her time with the horrible girls, and then got mad when Cady started acting the same way. What did she expect to happen?!
Also, Janis purposely calling her by the wrong name (Caddy instead of Cady) always kind of irked me a bit.
22. Phantom of the Opera.
The Phantom of the Opera. He’s a stalker, a menace, tries to kill a guy whose only crime is being in love with the phantom’s plaything.
23. Always Sunny.
I think my favorite part about It’s Always Sunny is how the show offers you a glimmering ray of hope that someone in the gang has a soul or a conscience, then snatches it away.