10 Most Hated Movie Characters
Haters unite. For this list, we’re looking at movie characters that audiences most hate – from villains such as Percy Wetmore in “The Green Mile” (1999) and Mrs. Carmody in “The Mist” (2007) to characters who failed to strike a chord with audiences – including Jar Jar Binks from the “Star Wars” franchise (1977-) and Bella Swan from the “Twilight” franchise (2008-12).
Today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Hated Movie Characters. Or this list, we’ll be looking at the cinematic characters that most inspire hatred from audiences. This can be intentional on the part of the filmmakers because the character is a villain, or unintentional due to their actions or personalities.
We’ll be excluding film characters based on real people, though. For the record, we’re not saying we hate these characters, but we understand why people do.
10Willie Scott “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984)
The “Indiana Jones” franchise has no shortage of annoying sidekicks, and while we were tempted to include (xref) Mutt Williams instead, Willie Scott “won” a spot on our list. A lounge singer who becomes caught up in Indie’s adventure, Willie is a far cry from Indie’s other love interests.
Besides her almost constant need to be rescued, she isn’t important to the plot and doesn’t bring much wit to the dialogue either. Her most egregious offense, though, is her frequent, shrill screaming. “The biggest trouble with her is the noise.”
Sure, we don’t know how well most of us would hold up under the circumstances she finds herself in, but we can see why people dislike the damage to their eardrums.
9Grandpa Joe “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971)
Surely not Grandpa Joe! Yes. Yes, Grandpa Joe. The grandfather of the film’s protagonist, Charlie Bucket, Joe at first appears to be a kindly, if rascally grandfather, but he’s steadily gained a “hatedom” over the years as people have gone back and really looked at his actions.
Firstly, the guy is apparently perfectly healthy, yet remains bedridden for years along with his wife and in-laws, rather than help support the family. Then, when something fun happens, he jumps at the chance.
Then, in the factory, Joe pushes Charlie into breaking the rules and nearly gets him killed and almost makes him lose the competition. What a role model.
8Matilda’s Family & Principal “Matilda” (1996)
Matilda Wormwood is an incredibly gifted child, possessing a genius level intellect at a young age and telekinetic powers. However, her parents are incredibly neglectful, not even allowing her to go to school until she’s six and probably failing to teach her anything at all. Her brother is a dimwitted bully.
Meanwhile, when she does get to school, Matilda encounters Miss Trunchbull, her school’s tyrannical principal, who frequently abuses students in outlandish ways. Just watching Matilda have to deal with them for a few hours is enough to make us despise them, so we really feel for the girl growing up with them all.
7Mrs. Carmody “The Mist” (2007)
Sometimes a crisis brings out the best in people. Mrs. Carmody is at the other end of the spectrum. A religious fundamentalist, Mrs. Carmody is trapped in a supermarket with many others when a supernatural mist full of deadly creatures descends on their town.
Rather than rising to the occasion, Mrs. Carmody becomes bitter, spiteful, and is convinced that the mist is divine punishment from God. Some of the panicked survivors become convinced that she’s right, joining her in sabotaging the protagonists from leaving and even attempting to murder some of them. You know, like God would want.
6Bella Swan “Twilight” franchise (2008-12)
The protagonist of this supernatural romance franchise, Bella Swan is meant to be a relatable every teen who the audience is supposed to get behind, as she engages in a romance with a sparkly vampire, Edward Cullen. However, many viewers ended up despising Bella. Rather than empathetic, plenty found her bland.
In addition, her attachment to Edward, who’s not well-loved either, is incredibly unhealthy, as she endangers her own life multiple times just to see him. Add in Kristen Stewart’s famously stuttering, blink-heavy performance and you have a recipe for one of the most loathed heroines in movie history.
5Jar Jar Binks “Star Wars” franchise (1977-)
“All we-sa have to do-sa is talk likey dis” and you could guess part of why Jar Jar is a lightning rod of hate. “How wude!” An amphibious CGI alien, Jar Jar Binks acts as a comic relief character in the “Star Wars” prequels.
However, far from making many laughs, he’s proven to be one of the most infamous characters in the beloved film franchise, with his immature antics, allegedly racist caricature voice, and inadvertent role in the founding of the Empire making him a pariah among a notoriously testy fanbase.
His voice actor, Ahmed Best, has even experienced depression and considered suicide as a result of the vicious fan backlash.
4Percy Wetmore “The Green Mile” (1999)
A prison guard of death row inmates in 1930s Louisiana, Percy Wetmore is a thoroughly despicable character. Percy is abusive towards the inmates, especially Del; stepping on his mouse, calling him slurs, and eventually sabotaging his execution to make his death needlessly painful; getting away with it because of he is related to the governor.
In addition, Percy is, like most bullies, a coward, as he is terrified when one of the more dangerous prisoners stands up to him. John Coffey ultimately sends Percy into a catatonic state for the rest of his life and we feel little sympathy for the creep.
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3Nurse Ratched “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975)
Speaking of awful people in authority over the confined, Nurse Ratched is the head nurse of a mental institution. Far from being a caring figure, Ratched is a veritable tyrant, using her position of power over her mentally ill charges to make life simpler for herself, no matter the cost to their wellbeing.
Her revoking of privileges and threats against patients ultimately drive one to suicide; prompting protagonist McMurphy to nearly choking her to death, for which she has him lobotomized. Positions of power go to people’s heads and Nurse Ratched is a “retched” poster child for abusive authority figures.
2Lex Luthor “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016)
People had a lot of issues with this film, but its version of Lex Luthor is especially hated. The young version of Superman’s nemesis is presented as a brilliant mastermind, but rather than intelligent and calculating, Jesse Eisenberg’s interpretation seems like a jittery, quirky, pontificating dork whose plans are not so much achieved through planning as a plot contrivance.
This Luthor has had people pointing out parallels to Heath Ledger’s Joker and while that might seem like a compliment, Eisenberg’s performance is nowhere near as charismatic or intimidating. Instead, it was all over the place – except where it should have been: as Lex Luthor.
1Dolores Umbridge “Harry Potter” franchise (2001-11)
You know you’ve got a vile villain when they’re more universally hated than the franchise’s main antagonist! Dolores Umbridge is a government bureaucrat put in charge of teaching at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, who nearly takes over the entire institution.
Petty, two-faced, and cruel, Umbridge does her worst to not only suppress the students’ education and sense of joy but also literally tortures them with her draconian punishments; having it out for the series’ eponymous boy wizard in particular.
After she’s driven out of Hogwarts, she follows it up with falsely imprisoning people for the magic supremacist government run by Voldemort. We’d say she deserves the Dementors, but as Umbridge demonstrates: she has no soul to suck out!
Which character do YOU hate the most? Let us know in the comments!