What happens when the protagonists or their allies are useless? What happens when the world depends on heroes who seem important and powerful, but they aren't? This is a list with ten useless characters in specific movies. I'm sure that there are a lot of them, but I chose to analyze only 10. Are you ready? Let's go!
1. Ron Weasley in Harry Potter
We begin with Ron Weasley. Ronald is Harry's best friend and his closest ally. He surely is a good company and he is always there for Harry. But that's it. Ron is a weak wizard and he has no specific talent in duels. He isn't very creative and compared to Hermione, he isn't very useful. He often fights and argues with Harry. He even left the team when they needed him the most. However, Ron got the girl in the end. He escaped the friendzone. Even the author, J.K.Rowling, started to question if this finish was truly mediocre. Although he isn't very clever or talented, he managed to destroy a Horcrux and he won this magical chess game in the first movie. Those were his achievements in the film series.
2. Jar Jar Binks in Phantom Menace
Jar Jar Binks. The most hated character in the entire Star Wars film series. Jar Jar is an alien from the planet Naboo. He is a foolish, clumsy and childish character. He provides no help at all. Binks is only there as a comic relief character. He is useless and annoying. This is one of the many reasons why fans and critics hated Episode I. His role in the second prequel was a lot smaller, however, he manages to break things again. He grants Palpatine the power to overthrow the senate. Gee, thanks Jar Jar!
3. Darcy Lewis in Thor
Darcy Lewis is...well, We don't know exactly what she is! Is she a scientist? Is she Jane Foster's friend? Is she her assistant? Darcy is Jane's wacky sidekick and she does not do a single thing in the whole first movie. In the second one, she helps Thor defeat Malekith, the Dark Elf. In the first movie, she just stands there.
4. Inspector Fix in Around the World in 80 Days (2004 film)
Aaaah! Not again with the comic relieves! This film had many, many sins. Stupid scenario, dumb plot, Arnold Schwarzenegger... The greatest one was Inspector Fix. In the classic book, Fix is a serious detective. He wants to arrest Phileas Fogg because he thought he was a bank thief. In the 2004 film, Fix is kind of like a human, evil Jar Jar. He tries so hard... Yet fails! I feel bad for this hombre.. But then again, he is a product of the silly Hollywood clichés. There is no mercy for those characters!
5. Fabrizio De Rossi in Titanic
Inspector Fix is a human Jar Jar. Fabrizio is the Muggle form of Ron Weasley. I'm not going to stay a lot on this character. Again, he is a good friend and he cares about Jack Dawson. But that's it. In the end of the movie, he dies. Well, he doesn't involve too much with the plot and he is a character that could have been cut from the film.
6. Bugs Bunny in Looney Toones: Back In Action
This should have been called Daffy Duck: Back In Action. The movie is the last Looney Tunes film that involves CGI and live action performances together. In a film with the Looney Tunes characters, we've been expecting to see a lot of Bugs Bunny. Well, we do. But he does not do a single thing. He is there only for laughs. The secret hero is Daffy. The world was saved thanks to this black talking duck. However, Bugs Bunny gets all the glory. He ends up leaving the studio with his servants in his VIP limousine, while Daffy stays there. Seriously, he just stays there and he is crushed by the Looney Tunes logo. Come on, he was awesome in the whole film! A little respect, please!
7. Hawkeye in The Avengers
The Avengers. The team consisted of Earth's Mightiest Heroes... And Hawkeye. The Avengers have the Incredible Hulk, a monster who can destroy whole buildings with one fist. They have Iron Man, the beloved billionaire philanthropist. They have Thor, the God of Thunder. And they have Hawkeye. Poor Hawkeye. Surrounded by those legends. He doesn't serve a great deal in the Avengers. When he was controlled by Loki, he nearly destroyed the Hellicarier. I'm not going to lie. That was cool. When he joins the Avengers... He doesn't do much. In the final battle, he kills some of the aliens. He attacks Loki with his arrows, but he doesn't do a single thing to him. While he isn't completely useless, he is the weakest member of the team.
8. Captain Stacy in Spider-Man 3
Captain Stacy is the father of Peter Parker's first love interest, Gwen Stacy. However, Gwen's role is reduced in the third film of the first Spider-Man trilogy. Gwen Stacy's part in the film is to make MJ jealous. Her father's role is much smaller. He appears when his daughter falls from the giant building and he does nothing. He then informs Peter and Aunt May about the real killer of Uncle Ben, a job that every single police officer could get along. Fortunately, his role in the Amazing Spider-Man was much bigger.
9. Most of the dwarves in the Hobbit
In Lord of the Rings, every single member of the team was awesome. Everyone did something. Sadly, I can't say the same thing for the Hobbit. Most of the Dwarves are just getting captured by Orcs, Goblins, Elves, Giant Spiders, Trolls, and by Humans and they are waiting for Gandalf or Bilbo, in order to save their asses. You can't even tell who's who! I hope that they will do much more in the third installment.
10. Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark
I saved this for the end. Indiana Jones is the main protagonist in this film and he plays no role in the outcome of the story. Just like Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler cleverly mentioned, if Indy wasn't in the film, the ending would have been exactly the same. The Nazis would have still found the Lost Ark and they would have died by the spirits. Simple as that. Thanks, Big Bang Theory! You ruined everyone's childhood! Because he is the main character and he pretty much didn't do anything that would have altered the outcome, I declare him the most useless character of them all.
That was my list. I didn't put the characters in any order. Which character I forgot? Comment and let me know!
- 128Ron Weasley in Harry PotterClick to answer
- 348Jar Jar Binks in Phantom MenaceClick to answer
- 81Darcy Lewis in ThorClick to answer
- 32Inspector Fix in Around the World in 80 DaysClick to answer
- 65Fabrizio De Rossi in TitanicClick to answer
- 27Bugs Bunny in Looney Toones: Back In ActionClick to answer
- 131Hawkeye in The AvengersClick to answer
- 60Captain Stacy in Spider-Man 3Click to answer
- 58Most of the dwarves in the HobbitClick to answer
- 142Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost ArkClick to answer