Top 10 Great Characters in Horrible Movies



Top 10 Great Characters in Horrible Movies

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Well, at least these movies had one redeeming quality! For this list, we're looking at the most memorable characters in otherwise forgettable movies. Our list includes characters from “Prometheus” (2012), “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018), “Suicide Squad” (2016), “Queen of the Damned” (2002), “Blade: Trinity” (2004), and more. Which of these characters kept YOU watching? Let us know in the comments!

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Top 10 Great Characters in Horrible Movies

Well, the movie had one redeeming quality, at least. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten great characters in horrible movies.

For this list, we’ll be looking at those characters that we consider to be memorable who were stuck in films that were otherwise boring, not very well-received or made.

#10: Sandman

“Spider-Man 3” (2007)

Though the action scenes were great, “Spider-Man 3” was a real dud and contained far too many characters for its own good. But at least one of them was actually interesting. It is widely agreed-upon that Sandman was the best part of this movie, as Thomas Haden Church’s performance outdid the others, and he looked exactly like he did in the comic, which pleased fans of the source material. He is a three-dimensional character in a genre typically reserved for over-the-top villains, and when paired with whiny Eddie Brock, emo Peter, and broody Harry, he definitely stands out as a superior character.

#9: David

“Prometheus” (2012)

OK, “Prometheus” wasn’t a horrible movie. But there’s no denying that it was a massive disappointment, complete with a dull plot, lame answers, and unimaginative characters. That is, everyone except for David, who is arguably one of the “Alien” series’ most interesting and complex personalities. Michael Fassbender’s performance is both intelligent and subtly horrifying, and his character offers up some complex possibilities and motivations that the others grossly lacked. He was easily the most well-received element of “Prometheus,” and slightly elevated it beyond the mediocrity that it otherwise was.

#8: Lando Calrissian

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018)

Taking into account “Star Wars”’ massive pop culture impact and Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, a solo Han film was pretty much inevitable. But also considering what a fan favourite character Han Solo is, we’d have thought a better attempt would be made at creating a storyline that wasn’t this predictable - and the fact that it’s the lowest earning live action installment in the franchise reflects that. Perhaps one of the few saving graces of this Star Wars story is Donald Glover’s portrayal of the underworld’s gambler and ex-smuggler though. The fact that Glover met with Billy Dee Williams, who originated the role, before taking on Lando Calrissian clearly helped the actor give a charming performance - so much so that he was often singled out by critics’ praise.

#7: General Thade

“Planet of the Apes” (2001)

Tim Burton's “Planet of the Apes” was widely agreed upon to be a massively disappointing remake and adaptation. But there’s no denying that Thade was a memorable villain, due to the completely bonkers performance of Tim Roth. Roth helped to create the character and even turned down the role of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter franchise for it, which probably wasn’t a good career move, but hey, it shows his commitment to the role! While Thade is wildly hammy and ridiculous, he is also entertaining as hell, and he gives the otherwise dreadfully boring movie a much-needed boost of fun.

#6: Dr. Moreau

“The Island of Dr. Moreau” (1996)

Marlon Brando is behind some of the most unforgettable characters in cinema, including Stanley Kowalski, Vito Corleone, and Colonel Kurtz. But he’s also behind some of the most ridiculous characters, like Dr. Moreau. But no matter how weird he is, Moreau is an absolute blast to watch, and it’s all thanks to Brando’s completely unhinged performance. He totally hams it up and chews the scenery like you wouldn’t believe, but in the process, he creates one of the strangest and most oddly-fascinating characters of his career. He’s no Vito, but he’s interesting nonetheless.

#5: Akasha

“Queen of the Damned” (2002)

After “Interview with the Vampire” became a hit in 1994, audiences were clamoring for another entry in the “Vampire Chronicles” series. Enter “Queen of the Damned,” an abysmal movie with little redeeming qualities, aside from Aaliyah’s performance as Akasha, the film's titular queen. Akasha is a complete monster of a character, as she is the progenitor of the entire vampire race and is even feared by others of her kind due to how terrifying she is. She’s not the most complex villain, but then again, she is the freaking progenitor of the entire vampire race! Surely she needs a more deserving movie than this.

#4: Hannibal King

“Blade: Trinity” (2004)

Some may argue that Ryan Reynolds and “Blade” go together like bleach and ammonia, but then again, you can never really go wrong with Ryan Reynolds. “Blade: Trinity” was heavily criticized upon release, but Hannibal almost makes up for it. Ryan Reynolds plays Ryan Reynolds, but he’s a welcome addition to the series, and he injected the otherwise messy movie with at least a semblance of fun. With the right director and writer behind him, Hannibal could be an amazing addition to the Marvel universe, although we’re not sure how that would work now that Deadpool is a thing.

#3: Diana Prince

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016)

Admit it, you got chills when Wonder Woman showed up and that badass music started playing. Before the movie was released, fans lost their collective minds after discovering that a model was chosen to play Diana Prince, as they believed she couldn’t act and looked too “fashion model” for the role. Those fears were alleviated when they saw the movie, as Wonder Woman was easily one of its most acclaimed aspects, despite her brief appearance. And one year later, she would completely steamroll through the box office in a solo film, proving that she’s a character we can’t get enough of.

#2: Shaggy Rogers

“Scooby-Doo” (2002)

This movie may have been a cherished part of your childhood, but try taking the rose-colored glasses off... the film is awful and you know it. The CGI is abysmal and it’s filled with terribly lame jokes, including all the farts you could imagine. That said, Matthew Lillard is scary-good as Shaggy, so much so that we truly believed we were watching the cartoon character come to life. His mannerisms and voice are perfect, and his performance was so successful that he's actually been the official voice of Shaggy ever since 2009. We hope the casting director got a raise for this one.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.


“Death Note” (2017)


“Dark Phoenix” (2019)

Roland Deschain

“The Dark Tower” (2017)

Stacee Jaxx

“Rock of Ages” (2012)

Neville Flynn

“Snakes on a Plane” (2006)

#1: Harley Quinn

“Suicide Squad” (2016)

Yes, there were some problems with Margot Robbie’s Harley: she wasn’t as complex as she could have been, the accent was inconsistent, and she seemed more “drunken college student” than psychologically tortured psychopath. Then again, it’s not exactly hard to stand out in the snoozefest that is “Suicide Squad.” While it’s not quite the Harley Quinn we all know and love, Margot Robbie did a respectable job with her interpretation of the character, providing her with an original twist while still staying relatively faithful to the source material. It’s not perfect, but there’s a reason she’s on all the merchandise.