No matter how well-intentioned a screenwriter or author is, sometimes the fans just can't stand a certain character. The creators may love him or her, but their beloved character comes off as whiny, useless and just plain boring. Read on for a list of the top 10 most annoying fictional characters that we really wish had never been created.
Ginny Weasley, 'Harry Potter'
Ginny is hands down the worst character of the 'Potter' franchise. This annoying lass started off as a star-struck little girl who thought Harry Potter was the cat’s meow for defeating He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. As the series progressed, she turned into a drooling fangirl and a complete "Mary Sue."
How did the shy girl turn into a tomboy witch who can do everything, including playing Quidditch? We really wish J.K. Rowling had killed her off in the last book, but, alas, she lived to become Mrs. Harry Potter. It’s a shame too, as killing her off would’ve added more drama to the seventh book, which was basically one giant camping trip. We'll pass on the Mrs. Weasley-Potter stories, Rowling!
Bella Swan, much like Ginny Weasely, is one of the most annoying characters fiction has ever seen. She’s absolutely useless and has no agency -- Bella basically lets her love interests boss her around and decide her life course. When Edward disabled her car so she couldn’t visit Jacob, instead of reading him the riot act and kicking him out of her life for good, she huffed and puffed but acquiesced.
Even as a vampire, Bella does nothing and her “love shield” is the dumbest psychic power we've ever had the misfortune to read about and see depicted onscreen. Kristen Stewart's terrible brand of acting does nothing to make the character likable either -- how many times did she blink or stare blankly in the movies? We've lost count, but neither the author's writing nor Kristen Stewart could make Bella Swan less irritating.
Will Turner, 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
While Orlando Bloom may be a handsome lad, his character William Turner in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ drove us crazy. All he kept going on about was his darling Elizabeth and constantly denying the fact that his father was a pirate. Perhaps it was difficult for Orlando Bloom to be charismatic when Johnny Depp was hamming it up as Captain Jack Sparrow, but we’re glad he eventually took over the Flying Dutchman. That means he gets to sail around the Seven Seas for eternity, and we don't have to sit through his emo whining in the fourth movie.
Jar-Jar Binks, 'Star Wars'
We’re not sure what George Lucas was thinking when he created this character, but we kept hoping that eventually Obi-Wan would kill him off just for being completely and utterly annoying. Sadly, that was not to be.
While Lucas may have attempted to win small children over with Jar-Jar, it turned the fans off to the prequels. He really wasn’t needed and his overenthusiastic personality was migraine-inducing. We wish Lucas had listened to Rob Coleman of ILM who said the character was a bad move. Maybe after seeing the numerous parodies of Jar-Jar on the web, Lucas will listen next time he gets another idea for a character who is a walking Jamaican stereotype.
Gale Hawthorne, 'The Hunger Games'
We can’t stand Katniss’s Love Interest Numero Uno. Okay, sure, he helped watch out for her sister Prim, but he’s far too fanatical about taking down the Capitol and is ridiculously jealous over Katniss’s budding (tortured) romance with Peeta.
While he doesn’t moon over her like Bella Swan or Ginny Weasley, his attempts at trying to sway Katniss into figuring out her confused emotions and choosing him became stale for many readers. Collins would’ve been much better off if her editor had backed down on the love story and focused on the war story in ‘Hunger Games.' Maybe Gale would have been a little more likable and his eventual actions in 'Mockingjay' more poignant, instead of just being a cog in the usual YA love triangle nonsense.
In comic book fandom circles, Storm from the 'X-Men' movies is pretty much universally hated. Halle Berry took a strong female character and did an impossible feat: she turned Storm into the most annoying person ever.
Berry's character is supposed to be fierce, charismatic, and have the power of a god(dess), and what do we get? Bad acting, awful dialouge, ("Do you know what happens to a toad when it's struck by lightning"?) and a character who just looks pretty while doing weather-related party tricks. Can someone please recast Berry for the next 'X-Men' movie? Kerry Washington, perhaps? Don't let Alicia Masters in 'Fantastic Four' be her sole big-screen Marvel credit.
Rachel Dawes, 'Batman Begins'
Katie Holmes as Batman's love interest/old childhood friend Rachel Dawes drove us crazy. She was a little too naive and a little too preachy, especially when Rachel slapped Bruce across the face for wanting to get revenge on his parents' killer. Plus, Katie Holmes cannot act to save her life.
We're thankful that she was recast with Maggie Gyllenhaal for 'The Dark Knight' because she's a far better actress and the character actually kick-started a great arc that led to Bruce's eventual retirement and his meeting of Selina Kyle, who is a far better love interest for the Batman.
Samwise Gamgee, 'The Lord of the Rings'
In the first 'Lord of the Rings' movie, Samwise Gamgee is the bumbling sidekick, always hanging onto Frodo's arm, both literally and figuratively. He was a little too loud and a little too much of a doofus in 'Fellowship of the Ring', which was different than in the books. Sam's constant preaching about how untrustworthy Gollum was also grated on the nerves; while he didn't trust their slimey guide, Sam knew how to approach Frodo. No wonder Mr. Baggins sent him away in 'Return of the King' -- he probably got tired of Sam's overprotectiveness. However, thankfully Sean Astin is a great actor and redeemed all of Sam's annoying traits in the previous movies during the scene when he carries Frodo up Mt. Doom to make sure the Ring is destroyed once and for all. That scene alone makes Sam's annoying traits much more bearable upon re-watching the trilogy.
Young Anakin Skywalker, 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace'
Now we know where Luke Skywalker got his whininess from: his dad! Even as a child, Anakin drove us crazy. It didn't help that Jake Llyod's voice grates on one's nerves after awhile and that he had zero acting chops.
While some issues could have been resolved with a much better script, you'd think the casting director would have chosen a child actor who could actually act. Also, his "Is that a laser sword?" comment drove many fans crazy: for a kid who knew about the Jedi, you'd think he would also know that it's called a lightsaber.
Sadly, Anakin only got worse when Hayden Christensen took on the role. It's a shame that Darth Vader's past self was characterized by a mopey actor with a weird ponytail, especially given how powerful and fearsome he was in the original trilogy.
Willie Scott, 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'
Kate Capshaw's Willie Scott, the money-hungry-singer-turned-love-interest of Indiana Jones, is infamous amongst 'Jones' fans for her bad acting, lack of chemistry with Harrison Ford and damsel-in-distress antics.
You'd think that an awesome action hero like Indiana Jones would have a smarter love interest, but guess not. Willie Scott is completely irritating and useless, so it's no wonder that Mola Ram wanted to use her as a human sacrifice. Maybe he was trying to kill the character off so Indiana could get an upgraded love interest who wasn't so shrill all the time.