18 TV/Movie Characters Who Were Treated Badly But Were Actually Right

Sometimes it feels like a character in a movie or tv show gets more criticism than they deserve. A recent online survey asked, “Which characters were treated badly but were actually right?” Here are the top 18 answers.

Walter in The Big Lebowski

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“He was also the only one who cared about the rules.”

“Walter in The Big Lebowski is one of my favorite cinematic characters of all time. Amazing dialogue, great zingers, and he backs up his talk.”

Ariel’s dad in The Little Mermaid

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios.

“He wasn’t trying to crush her dreams, he knew that moving to the surface would be dangerous. Also, he clearly used to be very close with Ursula and was rightfully afraid of Ariel getting entangled with her.”

“Seriously, King Triton did nothing wrong. She was 16 years old.”

Jerry in Liar Liar

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“There’s nothing wrong with him, he’s basically just a goofy dad type. He doesn’t do anything wrong throughout the whole movie( unless you count doing ‘the claw’ poorly), but still gets unceremoniously left by the wife in order to go back to her historically negligent ex-husband.”

“My only counter is he did try to get Max’s Mom to move to the other side of the country, away from his father, with very little communication beforehand.”

Howard Hamlin in Better Call Saul

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“Howard was right all along that it was Jimmy doing everything. It’s just that it was so outlandish that Howard sounded crazy, but he was spot on the whole time.”

“He’s portrayed as a bad guy when you don’t know the full story, but when you know what’s going on, it’s pretty clear that the show wants you to know that Jimmy and Kim are in the wrong.”

Miranda Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire

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“As an adult, I see where she’s coming from. She needs a partner who can grow with her, but Robin Williams’ character fails miserably.”

“Mrs. Doubtfire is on the top of my list of things that are portrayed as heartwarming but are actually super creepy.”

Iceman in the original Top Gun

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“I just watched top gun for the first time a couple of months ago in preparation for Maverick, and I didn’t think Iceman was in the wrong at all. I, too, would be irritated by Maverick’s behavior in that movie.”

Mr. Cooper in Night of the Living Dead

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“He keeps telling them to barricade themselves in the basement and wait for help. Instead, they listen to Ben. They board up the windows and doors, and the sound of hammering draws zombies to the house. They try to gas up the truck, which kills two of them. Eventually, the zombies break through the barricades, and everyone else dies except Ben. And what does he do? Goes into the basement. Cooper was right all along, and Ben gets them all killed.”

“The only argument I’ll make is that Ben does suggest that they keep the cellar available as a last resort, and Mr. Cooper refuses to help with anything, saying that he’ll lock them out.”

The homeless character in Rent

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“There’s a homeless woman in Rent who says to the main characters that their exploitation of the homeless and the world around them for the sake of art is just as bad as the big business because, in the end, nobody is helping…”

“And the best part: that lady is quite literally never mentioned again, nor is the idea that the main characters are horrible people just exploiting an underclass because they feel it’s their birthright to do that and also literally steal living space in a building by taking full advantage of a friend’s kindness by letting them slide for so long.”

Walter in Elf

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“If someone like Buddy came from seemingly out of nowhere and acted like that, I probably wouldn’t be in that good of a mood either.”

“He was a rubbish dad to his real son, though, too.”

Todd and Margo in Christmas Vacation

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“My wife and I talk about this every year.”

“And why is the carpet all wet, Todd?”

Captain McKay in Dirty Harry

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“He’s right – you can’t have a cop go off book and harass suspects, intimidate them in the street with a gun, tell a suicide to jump, and ignore departmental procedure.”

“This is the boss in every US cop movie/tv show ever.”

The Dad in Dirty Dancing

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“The guy didn’t want his teenage daughter dating some guy who looked forty and just knocked up another woman. Seems like a great Dad to me.”

“Not to mention throwing away every ambition (quality ambitions, involving helping people!) that she ever had…”

The Environmental Protection Agency guy in Ghostbusters

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures.

“Like, legit, most of the stuff they had in that garage was legitimately dangerous and unlicensed. Someone should probably have oversight to make sure they don’t accidentally start a zombie apocalypse, irradiate half a city block, or something else like that.”

Ken from the Bee Movie

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

“Ken from The Bee Movie by far. The dude just tried to kill a bee and lost everything.”

“Are there any other bugs in your life?”

Red from That 70’s Show

Photo Credit: Fox.

“That’s kinda the point of the character. Your Dad might be a grumpy old man, but he’s got experience and knows what he’s talking about the majority of the time.”

“It would have been so easy to make Red a cardboard cutout of grumpy Dad, but they gave him so much depth.”

Worm in Rounders

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“He basically was the catalyst for Mike realizing that his legal career was not at all what he wanted.”

“Ha, you’re right. And showed him the light in the most Worm way possible.”

Kerchak the Gorilla in Disney’s Tarzan

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios.

“Everything he said would happen happened.”

“Tarzan was always going to feel like an outsider. He’s a different species. But Kerchaks first instinct was always to protect the family, while Tarzan was always focused on himself. And worse, Kerchak was the only one that died.”

Marty Mikalski in The Cabin in The Woods

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“I love how he is actually the wisest among them instead of just the usual trope. Well, the final girl was smart, too.”

“This is absolutely a top-five horror film for me, along with the original Scream, for being so smart about tropes and then subverting them. I love Marty as a character and that he’s the hero multiple times.”

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