23 Characters That Sucked All the Life Out of a Movie

‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ didn’t need the comic relief gargoyles
23 Characters That Sucked All the Life Out of a Movie

Unless you’re a diehard devotee of the one-man show, movies need a diverse cast of characters to move the story forward. You’re not going to love all of them — that’s arguably the protagonist’s only job — but they all serve an important narrative function. Except that one guy. You know the guy. The character in your favorite movie who sucks so much that they seem to be actively sabotaging the story rather than contributing to it and may or may not be purely a screenwriter’s revenge on an actor who couldn't remember their name.

For user VishnuBhanum, it was Lex Luthor as played by Jesse Eisenberg in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “Honestly, (it) offended me on a personal level,” they told r/Movies. “I thought the film itself was just fine. It’s not especially good but still enjoyable enough. Every time the ‘Lex Luthor’ (character) was on the screen though, I just want(ed) to skip the dialogue entirely.” 

They asked for more examples of “the one character that single handedly brought down the whole film,” and Reddit rolled their eyes all the way through their faves.

Gangs of New York

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

House of Gucci

Poor Things

The Martian

The Godfather Part III

Batman Begins

Army of the Dead

Treasure Planet

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ocean’s Twelve

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Road House


War of the Worlds

Godzilla vs. Kong


Avatar: The Way of Water


Black Adam

Blade Runner 2049

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