Have you ever watched a movie in which a seemingly important and powerful hero doesn’t do much when it comes to the plot? Have you ever seen a film in which the main hero stands back, leaving everything to his sidekicks or allies?
Whether or not a character is cool, impressively dressed or incredibly strong, sometimes he could be completely worthless, his best efforts could be proven completely inadequate. You know who I’m talking about: those overhyped protagonists that are barely involved with the plot, those side characters that are just there, those terrible comic reliefs who are in the movie just for laughs. All of them belong in the same category and today, I’ll be presenting to you my ten personal favorites, some of which you might already know of and some others that you hadn’t taken into consideration… Prepare to get angry, amazed, and mind-blown, because we’re about to begin!
(1) Ron Weasley in The Harry Potter Film Series
We begin with Ron Weasley, Harry’s best friend and everyone’s favorite character in Rowling’s tale- apart from Harry himself, Hermione, Dumbledore, Voldemort, and Hagrid. Now, I know that I’m going to get a lot of hate for this, but ok, let’s do it!
Ron is a valuable friend, always being there for Harry. I know that he actually stood by him countless times and I know that he destroyed two of the Horcruxes, but I expected more from him. He was supposed to be one of the most important characters in the series since he was part of Harry’s inner circle, for crying out loud! I was very disappointed when he left the group at the time of their greatest need… I just wished he was the one killing the snake, saving the team in the Malfoy dungeons, discovering the Horcruxes… I was expecting more heartbreaking moments between him and Harry, I wanted him to be more like Sam from LotR. You know, the I cannot carry it for you, but I can carry you type. Don’t get me wrong, I know Harry couldn’t have done it without Ron, but I still wanted more!
(2) Jar Jar Binks in Episode I: The Phantom Menace
I think we can all safely bet that Jar Jar is the most hated character in the entire Star Wars film series! He is the reason why most of the audience didn’t enjoy Episode I; he is the reason why many people hated the prequels, a character created only to win children over, with the older fans finding him irritating, racist and annoying. This is what happens when you’re trying to forcefully squeeze crappy humor into a film. Apart from being there just for laughs, Jar Jar didn’t contribute much to the plot… I think that the only important thing he ever did was give even more power to chancellor Palpatine, making him capable of overthrowing the Jedi Order. Gee, thanks, Jar Jar!
(3) Darcy Lewis in Marvel's Thor
Darcy Lewis is... well, we don’t exactly know much about her! Is she Jane Foster’s childhood friend? Is she a fellow scientist? Is she one of Loki’s agents, having sworn a sacred oath to destroy Thor? So many questions… I’ve actually heard from many viewers that they despise the character for the same reason they hate Jar Jar: her clumsy, awkward sense of humor. She’s also not involved with the plot much, appearing in the film only as an excuse for even more Chris Hemsworth abs jokes!
(4) Inspector Fix in Around the World in 80 Days
Remember this old, wacky Jackie Chan flick? It’s supposed to be a parody of the classic Jules Verne tale! If you’re a fan of the original book, you might remember Fix, the prestigious and very capable Scotland Yard detective trying to arrest Phileas Fogg, the novel’s protagonist. Well, in this 2004 comedy, he is neither capable nor prestigious. Fix is the classic harmless villain, spending 120 minutes getting hit in his ribs, face, and crotch! It’s a miracle he even survived the movie!
(5) Fabrizio De Rossi in Titanic
While Inspector Fix is a human version of Jar Jar, Fabrizio is the Muggle form of Ron Weasley. I'm not going to stay a lot on this character since I cannot recall much about him--that’s how forgettable he is. Again, he is a good friend and he cares about Jack Dawson. But that's about it! In the end, his death didn’t really have an impact on us, since we weren’t really emotionally attached to him.
(6) Bugs Bunny in Looney Tunes: Back In Action
In a film about Looney Tunes, you would expect to see Bugs Bunny a lot. And you do see him… doing nothing! Since the protagonist of the last Looney Tunes film that mixed live action performances with animation is none other than Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny is kind of pushed aside, having more of a background role. Everything about the wacky wabbit is kind of mediocre, while Daffy gets all the good parts!
(7) Hawkeye in The Avengers
The Avengers! The team consisted of Earth's Mightiest Heroes… and Hawkeye! We’ve got the Incredible Hulk, a monster which can destroy whole buildings with one fist! We have Iron Man, the eccentric billionaire philanthropist! We have Thor, the God of Thunder. And then, there’s Hawkeye. Poor Hawkeye! He’s by far the weakest member of the group. Although he actually had some cool scenes in the first half of movie, with him getting controlled by Loki and destroying the Helicarrier, he completely lost his mojo when he joined the heroic team. What was his involvement in the final battle? He actually managed to kill some aliens with his arrows, while Hulk and Iron Man destroyed the huge monsters on the next block.
(8) Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3
Many of you might consider Gwen as Peter Parker’s main lady, with Emma Stone’s performance as the blonde beauty overshadowing Kirsten Dunst’s as Mary Jane. Unfortunately, that cannot be said for Bryce Dallas Howard in Spider-Man 3, since the actress was given little to no time to shine, with Gwen’s role being downgraded into that of just a pretty girl in Peter’s class. She doesn’t get romantically involved with Peter, the whole The Night Gwen Stacy Died storyline is completely absent, and Gwen settles into the stereotypical role of the useless female companion.
(9) Most of the Dwarves in The Hobbit
In Lord of the Rings, every single member of the team was awesome; every single one of them had something to offer! Sadly, I can't say the same thing for The Hobbit. While everyone remembers Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas, no one really can recall the names of the dwarves in the prequels… And that’s fine, their main job was to get captured by Orcs, Goblins, Elves, Giant Spiders, Trolls, and Humans, waiting for Gandalf or Bilbo in order to save them. Let’s just hope they will do more in the third installment!
(10) Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark
I saved this one 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 from The Big Band Theory cleverly mentioned, if Indy wasn't in the film, the ending would have been exactly the same. The Nazis would still have found the Lost Ark and they would have died by the spirits protecting it. Simple as that!