23 Movie/TV Characters Who Seemed Nice But Were Actually Complete Jerks

Movies and TV shows can be biased and will sometimes make you root for a character that isn’t actually nice. A recent internet survey asked, “What movie/tv show character was made out to be nice but was actually a jerk?” Here are the top 23 answers.

The Parents (The Parent Trap, 1998)

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“Seriously! Each one agreed to abandon one of their children and keep the twin sisters apart. That’s messed up.”

“I had this exact thought. Neither adult thought it was a despicable thing to split up your kids and pretend the other half of the family didn’t exist.”

“The reason is so selfish; they couldn’t stand to be in the same room as each other.”

Alan Harper (Two And A Half Men)

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“Alan Harper. Started as an unlucky but responsible and likable guy and turned into a very unpleasant and weird dude over the duration of the series.”

“He was a guy who was unfairly raked over the coals by his money-grubbing ex-wife. By the end, he was a shameless mooch. It turns out he’s got plenty of his own money; he lies, cheats, and above all else, he’s a chiropractor.”

Brian Griffin (Family Guy)

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“He was once the voice of reason among the largely ignorant Griffin family. Now he’s just a self-centered jerk.”

“Brian was written to be Seth McFarlane’s self-insert, but he just uses the character to poke fun at himself. Now, he has few (if any) redeemable qualities.”

“He’s a great example of Flanderization as well.”

Emily Cooper (Emily In Paris)

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“A friend of mine watches this. The first thought I had about her when I watched it with her was how bad of a person she is. The character, not my friend.”

“I have so many problems with her. I hate how she acts like she’s so innocent after cheating on her boyfriend and ruining their relationship, betraying her old boss, and making Sylvie look bad where she’s really not.”

Carrie Bradshaw (Sex In The City)

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“The episode where she argues with Charlotte because she won’t give her money. Carrie has a ton of designer clothes; sell some before screaming at your friends!”

“When she realized she had spent $40,000 on shoes but didn’t have a place to live.”

“Now I’m the age she was then, I see just how terribly immature she behaved and how clingy she was! She brought all her problems on herself.”

Andrea’s Friends (The Devil Wears Prada, 2006)

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“For real!! That one scene where she gave them expensive presents only for them to basically grab her phone and refuse to give it back to her when Miranda was calling!”

“That scene made me so angry I almost had to pause the movie.”

“They make fun of Andy for not having a sense of fashion, but when she starts to dress nicely, they get annoyed because she’s changed.”

Andy Bernard (The Office)

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“He seemed down to earth but with an endearing pretentiousness about him. Later on, he was just a straight-up horrible person.”

“For some reason, the writers decided to reverse all the positive development his character had gone through. It started when he abandoned his girlfriend to go on a boat trip; when he came back, he was even worse than he’d been at the start.”

Dawson Leery (Dawson’s Creek)

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“He straight0up tried to murder his best friend at sea (tried to sink his boat) because said friend started dating his ex, a year after they broke up and nine months after Dawson rejected getting back together with her in the first place. What a piece of poop.”

“I rewatched the first episode, and my God, does he need a punch to the face.”

“Dawson is a manipulative, whiney, grade-A loser.”

Michael Bluth (Arrested Development)

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“That show was so well written that everything was done on purpose, including him supposedly being the nice, normal one in the family but actually being a selfish jerk just like the rest of them. Especially to his own son.”

“His cruelty towards others is aimed at his family, who sucks, in the first season. Then later on, you realize he’s like that to everyone else too.”

Glinda The Good Witch (The Wizard Of Oz, 1939)

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“She could have sent Dorothy home right away.”

“She’s straight-up Machiavellian; she manipulates Dorothy into a protracted quest to eventually kill Glinda’s enemy for her while keeping Dorothy entirely unaware of what’s going on and then sends her on her way once she isn’t useful anymore.”

“Glinda doesn’t even send her home. Dorothy sends herself home.”

Bloo (Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends)

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“In the pilot, he was Mac’s best friend and saved him from getting picked on. As soon as the show got greenlit, he became selfish, annoying, and a constant antagonist. All the other characters (like Walt and CoCo) are nice to Mac, but Bloo is a constant jerk.”

“Bloo had 50% of the votes for most popular in a CN survey. I never got why; they made him as unlikable as possible.”

Scrappy Doo (Scooby Doo)

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“He was supposed to be a lovable scamp but was so bad that TV tropes used his name as shorthand for the element of a piece of media that absolutely everyone hates.”

“Wasn’t he the villain in James Gunn’s Scooby-Doo movie?”

“I hated him when I was seven years old. He was THAT insufferable.”

“I basically love all dogs in existence. Except for Scrappy Doo.”

Patrick (Spongebob Squarepants)

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“He started out as earnest but stupid, then kind of turned into a solid jerk.”

“It depends on the episode. Sometimes he is slightly dumb but still has a functioning brain. Sometimes he literally has zero brains, and sometimes, he is outright malicious.”

“I thought I was going crazy when just seeing Patrick would make my blood boil. Thank you for confirming that I can hate him as much as I want.”

Jodi Kreyman (Tall Girl, 2019)

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“Saying, “You’ve no idea what it’s like to be me,” to her black friend, living in the South.”

“Having racists hurl the N-word at you is nothing compared to the tall jokes I’m subjected to! Poor, poor me!”

“That movie is whack in so many ways, but the main character is really just a huge jerk in that movie.”

Peter Pan (Peter Pan, 1953)

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“He never grows up, so he never really can grow as a person. He is literally the perpetual child, unable to truly understand the world any further than that. The closest he gets in the entire story is when he’s convinced he’s about to die.”

“In the book, he visits Wendy after a year, and she enquires about Tinker Bell. Peter does not even remember her and says she’s probably dead. She was his best friend!”

Jacob (LOST)

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“The arrogance and presumption to put so many people through so much suffering just to win a philosophical argument – an argument you were wrong about – with the angry spirit of your deceased brother, whom you killed in the first place.”

“Everything happened because he kept his brother on the island against his will.”

“Yeah! He ruined Ben’s existence for no reason at all.”

The Man In The Yellow Hat (Curious George)

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“That man leaves a wild primate unsupervised and allows him to run amok in public.”

“And he left him unsupervised with a puzzle, so George ended up in the hospital after he curiously ate a piece! I think of it every time there’s a monkey attack in the news, and I wish George had let him have it.”

Tom Haverford (Parks and Recreation)

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“He is an interesting example; he’s clearly meant to be selfish and out of touch, but the show aims for him to be a decent person at heart, or at least be well-meaning.

” A lot of the time, he simply comes across as smarmy, pushy, arrogant, and rude.”

“He was always a selfish person and invariably took the low road.”

Tweetie Pie (Tweetie Pie)

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“This is a fact! I always rooted for Sylvester to eat that horrible bird!”

“I have some fond memories as a kid of my dad watching looney tunes with me and getting so angry whenever Sylvester and Tweety were on. He shouted, “I hate that bird!” I used to find it really funny, but the older I got, the more I understood his hatred.”

” I hated Tweetie as a child, and I still do as an adult. He was not innocent at all.”

Ben 10,000 (Ben 10)

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“I mean the version of him in Alien Force season 3 and afterward.”

“His personality in Season 3 of Alien Force was an active attempt to make his character more like he was at 10…it was received so badly he was immediately reverted.”

The Enchantress (Beauty And The Beast, 1991)

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“She turns up in the middle of the night and gets angry when he won’t let a strange, dirty, old woman sleep in his house. Instead of turning into an Enchantress and giving him a lecture, she decides to turn him into a Beast. Not only that but for no reason, she decides to punish the innocent staff as well by turning them into household objects.”

“She imposes a ridiculous and unachievable condition on him, as well.”

Olivia Pope (Scandal)

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“My wife watched this whole show. I couldn’t believe we were supposed to be rooting for Olivia or anyone else. I don’t know if she’s supposed to be some great anti-hero or what, but she’s just a selfish person, as was everyone else on the show. Just awful.”

“It’s telling that the most sympathetic character in the show is an almost unrepentant serial killer.”

Hyde (That 70s Show)

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“He was a pretty terrible friend all the way through and so unapologetic too.”

“Hyde is a child of poverty and abandonment. He is like so many of the students I have had. He’s not a good person, but the way he is makes sense.”

“He always looked out for himself and no one else and would take joy in seeing bad things happen to other people. No loyalty at all.”


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