Valentine Special – Worst Fictional Characters – Any Gender

How cool of a Valentine special is this?!  I thought as an antidote to the chocolatey, mushy Valentine stuff, it would be fun to throw in an unsweet, unmushy topic.

Let’s hear it for Worst Fictional Characters Ever!  For me, that means those that I like the least.  Not evil (necessarily).

We’ll go for Top 5, okay?

1. Holden Caulfield.  Althoughe this fictional character says in the book The Catcher in the Rye, “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it,” which is my favorite quote ever, I can’t stand Holden Caulfield.  I understand teenage angst….I once was a teenager and I have taught teenagers for almost 20 years.  But really?  I can’t.  I just can’t with Holden.

2. Jay Gatsby.  Do I have to say more?  Shallow, obnoxious, bleeeeeeech.  I  don’t like him or the novel he rode in on.  Let the record reflect that unlike me, my husband loves The Great Gatsby.  Is it a guy thing?

3. Ramsey Bolton from Game of Thrones.  His smile makes his insane evilness more perfect, but he is such a despicable character.  He’s supposed to be despicable, though. Holden Caulfield and Jay Gatsby are not.  But I could have nightmares about Ramsey Bolton.

4. Daenerys Targaryen.  I know, I know.  I’m the only person in the entire world who doesn’t like her.  Throughout the  A Song of Ice and Fire books I thought her storyline was the most boring.  DON’T THROW TOMATOES AT ME.  Even I don’t understand why. I love the medieval aspect of the George R.R. Martin series.  I felt that the storylines in the exotic locales featuring Daenerys should have been in another book.  In the HBO series, the dragons are completely cool and I see, now that her storyline is meshing with the Westeros Houses, it could be good.  I’m the biggest GoT fan alive, but that character never interested me.

5. Scarlett O’Hara.  And I thought was spoiled.  She must be a character that I love to hate, because I’ve read Gone With The Wind more than once.  I totally get that she’s a product of her time and upbringing and that she has strength and willfulness.  But she’s too much.

Man, does this whole thing sound negative!!  Who are in your Top 5 of Worst Characters Ever?

Okay guys…..let it rip.

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65 Responses to Valentine Special – Worst Fictional Characters – Any Gender

  1. AM Daly says:

    I’m with you on Holden and Ramsey, but Dany … c’mon. She grew up right before our eyes. 🙂 Personally, maybe because Twilight was in middle school for so long, I detest every character. However, Bella Swan takes the cake. A character that changes EVERYTHING about herself for a man. It breaks my heart that millions of women and girls connect with her.

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  2. Ramsey Bolton…The guy gives me the creeps too

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  3. I totally agree on Gatsby and O’Hara. While I think the writing in “The Great Gatsby” is very beautiful, I hated all the characters in it, and don’t understand why it is considered one of the greatest books ever.

    -Everyone except Lee in “East of Eden”, by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck was a great writer, but I can’t stand that book.

    -Eustacia Vye, from “The Return of the Native”by Thomas Hardy: Great book, but I couldn’t stand Eustacia. I know she was supposed to be a romantic, but she seemed horribly self-centered.

    -Anakin Skywalker, from the “Star Wars” prequels. As you may know from my blog, I often stick up for these much-maligned movies. But I can’t defend the way he is portrayed in them… just an awful, whiny brat.

    -Everyone in all of Ayn Rand’s novels, with no exceptions or possibility of clemency.

    -Cathy and Heathcliff, from “Wuthering Heights”. For me, the puzzle of this book was deciding which one I hated more. They both seem nuts, but I think it’s Heathcliff.

    There’s one more character that I hate more than all of these combined… but I won’t say who he is, because he’s in one of my books, and that would just seem like shameless self-promotion.

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  4. The more I try to think about “worst fictional characters,” the more I realize that ALL of the characters I don’t remember, or care about even as I’m reading, are in the running for a spot on this list. Villains and villainesses, easy (and Ramsey would make my list here too) Most depraved protagonists, absolutely. But “worst characters” and most forgettable are synonymous for me, which is probably a good thing. This poor brain of mine isn’t big enough to hold onto the unimportant stuff.

    Now, what IS important is putting Daenerys on any list that doesn’t start with Favorite…
    I’m pretty sure I saw rules about that someplace.

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  5. 1) Daisy/Skye/Quake from Agents of Shield. She’s whiney Bella Swan with super powers. 2) Thea Queen from Green Arrow–more teen angst the world doesn’t need. 3) Salieri, portrayed by Peter Shaffer in Amadeus. 4) Papa Jupiter from The Hills Have Eyes (1977). 5) Nuclear Warhead whatever teenager from Deadpool–what a cardboard cut out complete waste of space.

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  6. Barb, you dislike Daeny more than Cersei? Really?

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  7. Neegan from the Walking Dead!!! 😅 Iris West from the Flash (cuz I’m for Caitlin and Barry) and…yeah, Bella Swan! LOL
    This was fun! Thanks, Barb 🙂

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  8. Worst characters or portrayal of?
    I don’t like Mr Bean as he gives me the creeps (how sad is that?).
    The Ugly Sisters in Cinderella (can this count as 1?), selfish, vain and jealous.
    Danny Glover as Colonel Isaac Johnson in ‘Shooter’ (2007)**
    Ned Beatty as Senator Charles Meacham (same film)
    Marg Helgenberger’s Catherine Willows in the original CSI series, as I found her to become most irritating!

    **
    This is actually one of my favourite films and these two political slimeball characters were worse than the one portrayed by Elias Koteos!

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  9. umashankar says:

    Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Period.

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  10. peckapalooza says:

    I know Bella Swan has been said. But I think she bears repeating. Worst. Literary. Character. Ever!

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  11. Paul says:

    The teacher from Charlie Brown.

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  12. Ann Coleman says:

    I agree with you on numbers one, two and five. I’d probably agree with you on all of them, but I don’t watch Game of Thrones and I have no idea who number four is!

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  13. Maggie Jean says:

    LOL, I am so with you on Holden and Scarlett. I cannot stand Jeeves, who is an uppity arse.

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