All of the world's greatest heroes tend to have similar attributes. For instance, Sigourney Weaver in Alien and Rey in [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) shared the courage to rise to a challenge they knew nothing about. Whereas Indiana Jones and Atticus Finch share a wealth of knowledge and charm that made them endearing.
But the heroes we're talking about today all share a very different attribute; they're all giant knobs. Now, that's not always the case, but they've certainly demonstrated a profound sense of dickishness on numerous occasions. Shall I give you a few examples?
Star Fox From Nintendo's 'Star Fox' Gaming Franchise
The first time the world became acquainted with Star Fox was in the the first game, Star Fox (Starwing in Europe and Australia), which was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993. The guy soon became a pop culture icon and is almost instantly recognisable to so many today. But he's a dick.
I mean, seriously. Check out this exchange.
Jeez, Star Fox. The guy just died! Why you gotta be such a dick? That awful line was the last thing that he heard. Sheesh.
Han Solo From Star Wars
What a cocky hero, Han Solo is. But what's not to like? He’s suave, ballsy and Harrison Ford back in the day?
While Han Solo wasn't the main hero of the Star Wars trilogy - that right belonged to Luke Skywalker - he was most certainly one of the franchises' most beloved heroes. But the man could be an unconscionable dick, particularly when Leia was involved. The guy was crazily sexist, verbally abusive, hot headed and downright arrogant. He’s condescending to Luke, short with Chewie, and his idea of foreplay with Leia is winding her up. Oh, and remember this exchange?
Luke: But they’re gonna kill her!
Han: Better her than me.
What a loveable dick.
James Bond From, Well...James Bond
Need I say more? It's remarkable that there is only one instance of Roger Moore hitting a woman (still not commendable), one instance of George Lazenby doing the same (absolutely not commendable) and then the rest of the clip above is seemingly Sean Connery abusing every woman he meets.
Sure, James Bond shot a lot of people. But they were mostly villains, right? Some of these women he actually cared for! And a few others were attempting to help 007 on his missions. What the hell, James?! Stop being such a dick!
Honorable Mention: Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is one of the greatest fictional characters ever conceived. He's wickedly intelligent, capable, multitalented and a master of multiple fighting styles. Every screen adaptation has brought something fresh and exciting to this character. But I don't think any of them have escaped the character's inherent desire to be an ass.
Probably the worst example (which is a spoiler for Season 2 of the BBC's hit TV series, Sherlock) involves Sherlock's leap from a building at the conclusion of Season 2. All of this was faked and his dear friend Watson not only had to watch the even unfold, but then deal with the trauma of losing his closest companion when in fact the man was still alive! Come on Sherlock, that's a bit harsh isn't it?! Not cool.