Some characters in action movies you can’t stand, even though they’re not even the official villain. We show you 9 hateful side characters.
Most of the time, the villains in action movies are the most hated characters. But there are also villains we feel sorry for, and likewise there are characters who are not considered villains, but are so unlikable that we want to get rid of them quickly. These can be minor characters, sleazy sidekicks, or even major characters.
A hero is only as good as his antagonist. We are familiar with well-known villains who make our blood boil, for example, from the “Star Wars” films, “Die Hard” or “Kill Bill. The fact that some movies have even worse side characters to offer is an interesting change. That’s why we present you 9 most hated movie characters from well-known action movies that we absolutely can’t stand.
Major Arnold Toht from “Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark”
The action movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark” represents the first part of the acclaimed “Indiana Jones” series. Even though the real villain in this film is the greedy Dr. René Belloq (“Absentia” star Paul Freeman), another antagonist disgusts the audience.
This is the real-life Nazi Major Arnold Toht (Ronald Lacey), who has a lot of malice in him with his genocidal ideas and is considered one of the legendary villains of the series. That’s why it makes viewers happy every time Toht’s face starts to melt when he opens the Ark of the Covenant.
Elle Driver in “Kill Bill”
The title character Bill (David Carradine) appears rather less in “Kill Bill.” It’s a different story with his sidekick Elle Driver (“Sense8” star Daryl Hannah). The hitwoman with the eye patch seems to have the easiest time making life hell for Beatrix Kiddo (“Suspicion” actress Uma Thurman).
She’s on a personal vendetta against Beatrix and has no problem with causing a massacre at her wedding. Elle’s love and loyalty to her boss Bill also makes viewers skeptical and shows her dark character. Therefore, most are pleased when Elle receives her well-deserved punishment in the trailer fight at the end.
Clarence J. Boddicker in “RoboCop”
In “RoboCop,” the CEO of OCP named Old Man is actually considered the villain. However, there is another character that you can just hate. Clarence J. Boddicker (“The Wild Seventies” star Kurtwood Smith) is consistently evil and is driven only by his own desire to steal and kill.
He is the one to blame for Alex Murphy’s RoboCop transformation, as he fired a shot that nearly cost Alex (“Sons of Anarchy” actor Peter Weller) his life. Unlike the other villains in “RoboCop”, Boddicker isn’t just after money, which makes him particularly unpredictable and one of the nastiest villains around.
Harry Ellis in “Die Hard”
The “Die Hard” character Harry Ellis (Hart Bochner) appears only very sporadically in the film, yet he is hated by fans even more passionately than the actual villain Hans Gruber (“Harry Potter” star Alan Rickman). At the beginning of the film, Harry is seen making a pass at John’s wife Holly (“Parenthood” actress Bonnie Bedelia), although she shows no interest at all.
Harry also ingests quite a bit of coke, which makes him an even bigger douchebag. When he betrays all the other prisoners during the hostage-taking and reveals John’s (Bruce Willis) name to the hostage-takers, you can see his rotten character even better.
Cypher in “Matrix”
As you know, “Matrix” has some villains to offer. So, besides Agent Smith (“Lord of the Rings” star Hugo Weaving), there are also the machines. But the worst of all remains Cypher. In the film, he decides to betray the crew of the ship Nebuchadnezzar in order to continue living his glamorous life in the fake world of the Matrix.
Precisely because actor Joe Pantoliano (“Bad Boys for Life”) plays the egotistical Cypher in such a sleazy and unscrupulous way, one can only feel dislike for the character. Also, unlike the machines, Cypher is a human being, which means that he is responsible for all of his own decisions.
Winston in “John Wick: Chapter 3”
Actually, hotelier Winston (“American Gods” star Ian McShane) is a good friend of the title character John (Keanu Reeves) in the “John Wick” movies. At least that’s true of the first two installments of the series. However, in the third film of the action series, Winston betrays John and thus commits an even worse deed than the film’s villain, the Judge (Asia Kate Dillon).
Winston turns completely against John to avoid losing his hotels and puts a bounty on his old friend’s head, putting John’s life in danger. At the end of the film, Winston even fires a shot at John himself. Whether he really meant to kill him with it cannot be said for sure. In part 4 of the series, however, John and Winston team up again.
Bats in “Baby Driver”
Bats is a movie character from “Baby Driver” played by Jamie Foxx (“Spider-Man: No Way Home”). He is part of a gang that consists of Doc (Kevin Spacey), Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Darling (Eiza González). While the others usually keep a clear head, Bats is a real sadist who likes to go crazy and thus puts his gang members in great danger.
At the latest when Bats shoots an innocent security man for no reason in the film, you only have hate for him. The scene is also the reason why Baby (“Tokyo Vice” star Ansel Elgort) finally makes the decision to kill Bats.
Scarecrow in “The Dark Knight Rises”
“The Dark Knight Rises” features Bane (“Taboo” actor Tom Hardy) as the real villain. But Scarecrow (“Peaky Blinders” star Cillian Murphy) also returns from “Batman Begins” and takes on a supporting role. While Bane is also more than evil, he has a bad past that you can sympathize with.
Scarecrow, on the other hand, uses his power as a self-proclaimed anarchist and indiscriminately kills people from Gotham’s elite. “Batman” fans have little sympathy for this, which is why Scarecrow’s actions are more than despicable even as a supporting character.
Mutt Williams in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
In general, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is one of the most hated movies of the “Indiana Jones” franchise. This is mainly due to the fact that fans were not very enthusiastic about the replacement of Harrison Ford (“Shrinking”) with Shia LaBeouf, which is why he did not return to the role of Mutt Williams after one film.
Although Mutt is considered the hero of the action film, he is one of the most disliked characters in the entire series. This has mostly to do with the sympathy the audience has for Indy. There was no room for Mutt anymore.