It's hard to tell who the hero of a story might actually be. Sure, the author might center in on a specific character's arc, hoping we'll feel something for this person they've obviously invested a lot of time into. And, sure, we might leave the movie or finish the book thinking that character was heroic. With the passage of time, however, it becomes a little more obvious the individuall we were supposed to be rooting for was a horrific monster the entire time.
Reddit user, u/darkp25, wanted to hear who we should actually hate when they asked:
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Mario. Lets Yoshi die to save himself, plays around with other women, kills thousands of Mushroom Kingdom citizens that have been turned into blocks, is a complete ahole towards his brother, etc. etc.
Cigars Can't Hide Actions Behind The Senes
The monster, the mass murderer is still portrayed as a hero in western countries.
Winston Churchill committed some atrocities to the Scottish people, but so has every other U.K. government since, so we're kind of used to it now.
To Be Fair, EVERYONE From "Watchmen" Is An Awful Human, And That's The Point.
[Rorschach] from WATCHMEN.
He's basically a realistic Batman but he's a complete sexist and homophobic a--hole. He claims to be fair but when a former ally of his said that her mom got raped by another hero called the comedian, Roarshac just shrugs it off by saying that the comedian served his country and that her mom was a whore anyways.
Heard He Was A Big Party Boy, Too
Violates the constitution. Defies the supreme court. Massacres the native american populace by relocating them via the trail of tears.
Gets put on the $20 bill.
This One Has Probably Been Talked To Death Online
Severus Snape. The movies watered this character down extremely. In the books, basically the only positive thing about him is that he's actually a "good" guy. He literally threatens to poison his students in book 4 to test their antidotes, and he fed a potion made by Neville to Trevor, expecting it to kill the frog and when it doesn't he punishes Hermione for helping Neville. He treated Harry horribly right from the get go simply because of his father.
He literally created a spell to make a person bleed out. He may've been on the side of the good guys but he was certainly no tragic hero like the movies made him out to be. He was a self-righteous, pompous, insufferable, arrogant prick.
It's Not Just The MCU. It's ALL Incarnations Of Odin.
If you think about it Odin from the MCU is a dick. He has covered up everything and raised Hela to be a cold-hearted killer and banished her for doing what he wanted. He also lied to Loki about being Asgardian. He made Loki think he could be king. He also got overconfident with Malekith. He also treats people who are not Asgardians like sh!t. He also stole and killed many many people. He raised Thor to be a spoiled brat and got mad at him for it and banished him. He also died when Thor and Loki needed him to help them fight Hela. He's not a hero at all.
Breaking The Law, No Matter How Funny It Is
Robin Williams' character in Mrs. Doubtfire. As a kid, I was mad at Sally Fields for ruining everyone's fun, but as an adult, holy sh-t, Robin Williams' character is the WORST. He sabotages his own career, destroys his house with zoo animals (going behind his wife's back to do so, after specifically being told not to have a crazy party), and literally tries to murder the new guy his ex-wife is dating (Pierce Brosnan's character) by serving him food he's allergic to.
Not to mention the basic plot of the movie, which is establishing a new identity to get closer to his kids whom he's not allowed to be around.
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Steve Jobs. Despite being worth a tremendous amount of money, he had to be sued for child support. Choosing to not provide for your family makes you a dirt bag.
Apparently he was a smelly dirt bag. Dude never washed because he believed being a fruititarian meant he had no body odour, his coworkers very much disagreed. He was known for being a visionary, but I guess not a smellanary.
From My Point Of View...
Some ancient cult that kidnapped babies to turn them in to magical wizards with laser swords. The whole order were labeled as peace keepers but just turned into war generals serving a corrupt senate run by a f-cking Sith Lord
And Just To Add Insult To Injury
Stop me if you've heard this before.
He joins the rebellion and blows up the Death Star. Although we see it as awesome because he's the "hero", that action would have crippled the galactic economy and sent the government into a frenzy after the death of several important political figures. The Death Star took almost 20 years to build and would've been ludicrously expensive. It's like the 9/11 attacks but on a galactic scale.
And when Vader and Palpatine die, the government goes to complete anarchy after the death of their leaders. Despite the rebels being portrayed as "heroes", they're just a group of violent rebels pulling off a coup. So Luke, Leia, Han and all the rebels are violent criminals who overthrew a pretty stable government and crippled the galactic economy.
For Those In The Back: THE PUNISHER IS NOT A HERO
Same probably as Rorschach from Watchmen. The Punisher is an intriguing character, but not that great of a person, and certainly not a hero. It certainly depends on the writer, Netflix Punisher for example, is a lot more sympathetic than the 2019 run of comics Punisher. I'm sure lots of people fantasize (and carry out) vigilante justice but it's just not sustainable. Add to that at times Frank seems overly sadistic and goes out of his way to torture criminals makes things a bit problematic.
Especially in the world of 2020. This was addressed last year when some cops in the comic had a little "club" with Punisher logos on their cars that supported him (ha like real life!) and the Punisher told them to f-ck off and if they wanted a role model try Captain America. Honestly IMO it might be time to retire the character, give him a noble send off and let it be. Besides, almost every Punisher story is written the same way and ends up getting stale (that's why I unsubscribed from the books).
The fact that a lot of military personnel and law enforcement still to this day wear Punisher logos is a bit disturbing when you think about who it represents.
Doesn't Matter How Many Musical Numbers There Are, Still An Awful Guy.
PT Barnum in the Greatest Showman. Dude was definitely not a nice guy and completely focused on exploiting anyone with strange features.
He touted an old black woman around as George Washington's 160 year old nurse and, when she died, had her autopsy performed live on stage for an audience.
Popular Books. Awful Person.
As a naive kid who didn't understand the concept of an unreliable narrator I thought Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid was pretty cool, as an adult he is a rotten little piece of sh-t.
Yeah. In real life, the way he is in the books, he would just be that one weird ahole that no one likes. Not even bullied, everyone would just hate being around him.
A Long Lineage Of Mistakes
Zeus is a horrible person if you look at the actual Greek myths. Hades is a pretty good dude though.
Zeus was disloyal to Hera and is a rapist and it's treated like a running joke. Hades was loyal to his wife and even the idea that he "kidnapped" Persephone has been mostly discredited in modern translations/interpretations. It's likely one of the most loving and consensual relationships in Greek mythology. All of the gods are flawed and jealous and everything but altogether, Hades (and Persephone) are some of the least so, while Zeus is one of the worst.
How Did We Never Notice This One Growing Up?
Jack from jack and the beanstalk
The guy literally sold his fathers cow for some beans, and then he'd break and enter into the giants home and then MURDER him
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Dude was smart, but a total scumbag.
EDIT: I just felt the need to elaborate a little more on why Edison is trash. But first, some things to know:
Many people will want you to think he stole everything and invented nothing at all, but history is actually a little fuzzy on that. He was a smart man, but most of his influence stems from his vast marketing skill, and deep pockets of cash.
Many inventions that Edison is credited with, were not invented by him, but likely these things would not have been as popular, or widely used or influential without the cash and influence from Edison.
He deserves only trace amounts of credit for helping those good inventions along, because here are (a few) of the reasons Thomas A. Edison was human garbage:
- A popular technique of his was slander. Using his money and influence he destroyed many of his opponents (actual brilliant inventors and their ideas) because he cared more about money than the progression of science and technology.
- In experiments with X-rays, he resorted to irradiating his employees; thankfully he also irradiated himself and almost went blind. Bastard deserved it.
- He did indeed kill elephants, but on top of that, he killed dogs, cats, and other neighborhood pets. He's pay kids in the neighborhood to bring him animals so he could electrocute them to show just how dangerous his competitors' technology was.
- Speaking of electrocution, we have Edison to thank for the electric chair. Another smear campaign to harm a competitor. The first execution took 8 minutes, multiple attempts, and the prisons skin bled and burned. Smell was so bad it's noted in many accounts. According to Edison, 'all the excitement had caused some bungling'
Mid-World War I, Tesla was working on radar. A piece of technology that could've saved many lives, and improved allied military intelligence.(Tesla's theories and research for radar, and further development was rejected, not radar itself.) When presented to the US Navy's head of Research & Development (none other than the pile of trash we call Thomas Edison) prevented the further R&D of radar. Later on this research would be the backbone for the actual development of radar in the 30's.
I'm sure there are more stories, but these are the ones I am aware of. I hope history will one day look upon Edison in the way he deserves.
I think back to my third grade class where we learned how important his contributions were, and how he gave us the lightbulb! Hogwash. The man was scum, and glorifying him is a gross misrepresentation of his impact.
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We are inundated with so much "entertainment" content these days.
The list of what I refuse to waste time on long outweighs the stuff I can't wait to see.
Some of these shows look like a mess.
RedditorRepairOdd2957wanted to hear about what we're avoiding in film and television and why? They asked:
"What's one show/movie that you just refuse to watch, no matter how popular it is and why?"
I avoid most tv. Especially if it's a reality thing. And I'm at peace in that life choice.
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"Riverdale. No further questions your honor."
"50 shades of grey (cause it’s terrible)."
"I read the first book knowing it was terrible but I just had to 'experience"'it. However, I HIGHLY recommend this blog, it's so funny and I'm not ashamed to say I read every single post : http://redlemonade.blogspot.com/p/fifty-shades-of-tedious-f*ckery.html"
"And the Bachelorette. It all feels gross."
"It is gross. I still can’t believe someone pitched that idea and everyone in the room was like 'that sounds awesome!' Then they aired it and waaaaaaay too many people said 'this is awesome!' Meanwhile I’m feeling like the crazy one for thinking it’s gross."
"Keeping up with the Kardashians. There's no reason to watch it."
"I'm proud of having never seen as much as ten consecutive seconds of anything K*rdashian. That was everywhere a few years ago, but I got to be very fast at closing browser tabs or changing the channel quickly whenever it showed up."
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"Grey's Anatomy. I don't need to see 18 seasons of people in a hospital."
I do love Grey's. So rethink avoiding this one.
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"Tiger King. I don't care."
"I sat down to watch it at the height of its popularity. Five minutes in, the power went out and so I took it as a sign from the universe to just not continue."
"Thirteen Reasons Why. I work in mental health, and this show should never have been created."
"I didn't watch all of it. I remember a scene in which Clay says 'I cost a girl her life because I was afraid to love her.' That disturbed me. As if the suicide was partially his fault because they didn't become a couple on her schedule. Nobody is required to date someone at the time that the other person wants it."
"The idea of blaming someone for your suicide-- and taking such extra measures to make sure that they know it's their fault-- is so toxic. It never sat right with me, both while reading the book and watching."
"90 day fiancé. It just sounds like a really cruel premise and I feel bad for the people who come from another country to marry someone just to end up hating them or realizing they’re not compatible."
"Season one was really interesting and felt way more like a good look at the process of the fiancé visa. Then it got more focused on the drama then by season… 4 it just started fully exploiting people and got too uncomfortable to watch."
"The Masked Singer. Just… no."
"The kid I nanny used to watch it and she would tel me about it and bee like 'guess who the bee was?!?! DONNY OSMOMD!' And have absolutely no ducking clue who Donny Osmomd was because she was 8. It was hilarious honestly."
"When I saw that Rudy Giuliani was one of the singers I wondered who did the singing for him because I can't imagine him having a good singing voice."
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"The Fast and the Furious. I just don't care about cars going vroom vroom."
"The first few are pretty decent heist movies but they get ridiculous, the latest one they strap a car to an icbm and go to space in diving gear. That’s not even the dumbest scene."
"The Walking Dead, I’m just really tired of zombie stuff, there was a while where everything had zombies in it and it was just super overused and talking to the fans of the show it’s basically, find base, get locked in, have fight with people or zombies and have to find more home."
Well I have successfully avoided most of this mess. Good on me.
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It's a rich man's world.
Hell, it's going to take millions just to grab gas.
So at this point... what wouldn't we give away everything for it?
Free money is one of the most potent allures in life.
RedditorElixir_Jxwanted to hear about all the things we'd be willing to deal and dish out for a massive payday. They asked:
"What are you willing to give up in exchange for 10 million dollars?"
There is precious little I won't trade for a hot buck. You?
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"Only 10 mil? Eh I'm pretty poor, take my kidneys."
"THIS IS MY NEW LOTTERY PLAN! But first, I’m quitting my current job in style. I would never give them the satisfaction of an upper hand by firing me."
"I'm make base of 70k a year, multiple that my 30 years and you get 2.1 million. Can I live off almost 5 times my lifetime salary? Yes."
"Quite literally everything I currently own, save for the clothes on my back. Actually, scratch that. I'd walk to the bank in the nude for 10 million."
"Exposing yourself on the way to the bank will surely have the cops asking you questions and now you have to explain a 10million dollar check? Or was it wired to you? Still gonna throw red flags, irs will want to talk so really we are talking 5 million at that point. If you aren't in jail."
From the hands
"You don’t get to specify which finger"
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"I think that's the real answer."
All good responses. I'm onboard.
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"10 years of my life. With that kind of money it will be exponentially better."
"I'd give up 10 last years of my life. I wouldn't give up the next 10 years and wake up 10 years older with 10 million."
"9 million dollars."
"That was my first thought."
"9 million pennies?"
"Take my whole identity. I'll move to Europe and change my name to baron von Maximilian."
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"The real question is what am I not willing to give up: my health, my youth, my creativity. Anything else? Fair game."
"The much harder to answer question is what wouldn't I give up for 10 million dollars. As long as I'm alive and relatively unhandicapped by the experience, I think just about anything."
"Not having my own children. There's enough out there that need proper homing."
"I’d give up my uterus for sure. Who needs it. Not me when I can have 10 million $ instead."
"All of my neighbors. It’s fine, just take em. I’ll manage somehow without the stomping and so forth. I’ll move after anyway, so I’ll barely notice they’re gone."
10,000,000 dollars is a lot of funds. Give away everything!!
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Every president has faced scrutiny for how they have led the country–or failed entirely at succeeding.
While some presidents faced more condemnation than others, some of our nation's leaders managed to please their supporters but still demonstrated they had room for improvement.
It's not an easy task to simultaneously make the hard decisions from behind the Resolute Desk and be inspirational, but strangers online had their picks of whom would come through for their nation without contempt.
In an effort to imagine more qualified candidates to run the country, Redditor Hungry-Sloth asked:
"Who would you like to see as president?"
People offered their criteria.
"Someone who isn’t a senior citizen. That would be nice."
The Casual Candidate
"Someone who doesn’t want to be."
"In high school, a student told my American history teacher he should run for President. He was super smart, an overall excellent guy and by far the most liked teacher in our school. His response was: 'People who are smart enough to run for President are smart enough to know they don’t want to be President.'”
Too Much To Ask?
"A person who is fair, wise, kind, incorruptible and truly cares about the people."
Time For Change
"Someone young, intelligent and brave enough to admit neither party is doing what they should to help Americans. It’s time for a real change, the two party system has divided us into teams that hate each other instead of a team that works for the betterment of us all."
Animal lovers put their faith in furry leaders.
"My dog moose he’s a good boy."
Incumbent Mayor Of Idyllwild, CA
"That Labrador who keeps getting voted in as Mayor."
In all seriousness...
"Someone who understands the hardship of working class, and has enough compassion to advocate and prioritize it."
"I've come to understand over the years that if a president doesn't have his or her party running a clear majority of the congress and senate then it doesn't matter what they want to enact. The opposition party is likely to stop them with a filibuster. Gridlock is baked into the cake!"
Redditors started getting very specific.
"My dad, he’s the wisest person I know."
Directly From The Matrix
"Keanu Reeves, they say he's the one."
The Democratic Representative From California
"Katie Porter. She is clear in how she explains things, well researched, and realistic while being a fierce advocate."
While many of the responses were sarcastic in nature, it was indicative of the frustrations Americans have had in the past towards administrations representing both political parties.
Based on the high-spirited comments, one Redditor made it clear that users know what they don't want "but people here have absolutely no idea what it is they do want."
To which Redditor leftier_than_thou_2 responded:
"I don't know what challenges the president and country will run into, and the president is only the public face of a very large organization guiding the country."
"I do know some disqualifying features, but I'm not going to say my guy or the highway because it is not going to be any one person doing the whole job by themselves."
So, let's say you've been seeing someone exclusively long enough to know you're not interested in pursuing anyone else.
You feel a mutually amorous connection that is undeniable. You work up the courage to finally open up your heart to say those three words you've held off expressing for quite some time.
"I love you."
When the recipient of the romantic declaration doesn't respond right away, it's a record-scratching moment indicating you've either spoken too soon or the love connection you thought you had with this person was all in your head.
Curious to hear results from strangers after they've professed their love, Redditor DadsSpaghettiii asked:
"What is the worst response for 'I love you?'"
People can be so heartless.
Give It Time
"Ew is the worst response to many things."
Some responses are just head-scratchers.
"And I love you too random citizen."
Responds With Question
“How did you get in my house?”
"If I get a response like that at this point in my life, I just say forget it man. It’s not worth it. If they aren’t making an equal effort, it’s not worth it."
"See ya in chemistry!"
- "If you know, you know"
Some people don't think before responding, or do worse without verbalizing.
"Which is what my wife said to me when I first said it to her, 28 years ago."
"i once accidentally said ‘oh no’, which I think is pretty horrendous."
And That's An Order
"You should rethink your life options."
"Needs the tongue click and the wink too."
"Just dead silence."
The fear of rejection is what prevents most people from being true to themselves.
What's the point of withholding your feelings about someone you have strong affections for if you can't verbalize them? If you're hoping they'll make the first move, then you're just playing games. And who has times for games? No one.
If you're worried about someone responding to you in a way you weren't hoping after using the "L" word, who cares?
What you really should be asking yourself is, "What if they love me too but they are also freaked out like I am?"
You'll never know until you take that leap.