Everybody loves a good movie. In the past few decades, cinema has introduced us to iconic characters that have captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of viewers all over the world: Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones are just a few that come to mind. These characters have changed the way we think about movies, inspiring countless directors, actors, and writers to create their own exciting and compelling characters.
Sadly, they also often miss the mark entirely and give us a character that brings nothing more than distraction and noise to a movie. Every great hero deserves a great sidekick, as evidenced by Sherlock and Holmes, Han Solo and Chewbacca, or Turner and Hooch. But the sidekicks on this list are quite the opposite. These characters were able to bring down otherwise great movies, with their ability to be supremely annoying just by being in the room, never mind speaking. With sidekicks like these, who needs a hero?
1. David Levinson – Independence Day
You might be surprised by the inclusion of David Levinson on this list, as this character’s annoyance sneaks up on you after repeated viewings. While Will Smith is keeping busy fighting aliens and keeping humanity safe, Levinson is figuring out how he can get his wife back. Bill Pullman as the president is keeping busy trying to unite the world and giving impressive speeches, while Levinson worries about how to deal with his grumpy father.
When he unbelievably finds himself on the secret mission of blowing up the mothership, his facial expression resembles not someone on the coolest mission ever, but someone who is trying to remember if they locked their doors on their way out. Plus, who can down a liter of vodka and discuss physics with the U.S. Department of Defense a minute later?
2. Willie Scott – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
If a character does nothing but scream, complain, whine, cry and yell for the entire movie while still believing that they are an amazing singer and the object of the hero’s affection, they definitely deserve a spot on this list. Willie Scott interacting with Indiana Jones is always uncomfortable, as you’re just waiting for her to start crying or screaming. Willie Scott is not interested in participating in the adventure, so why is she even there?
3. Mini-Me – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Goldmember
Some moviegoers believe that Mini-Me was a good sidekick that brought more comedic relief to the Austin Powers movies. They argue that he was just as psychotic as Dr. Evil and twice as funny. We wholeheartedly disagree. Mini-Me was a thoroughly offensive character, a throwaway joke that was somehow stretched out into two movies.
4. Prince Tarn – Red Sonja
Red Sonja has plenty of sidekicks to choose from, each serving a purpose. Falkon is the funny one, Lord Kalidor is the good one, and Prince Tarn is the terrible one. His overdeveloped sense of self-importance is never explained, and he ends up coming across as a petulant and spoilt child who should be shipped off to boarding school.
5. Leo Getz – Lethal Weapon 2, 3 and 4
It cannot be reiterated enough that action movies don’t need a character designed for comic relief. A perfect example of this is Leo Getz. The first Lethal Weapon movie was great, so the inclusion in the rest of the franchise of this annoying and jarring character, who you wanted to lock in a closet just for some peace and quiet, is baffling. Joe Pesci can be a great actor, but this role was just torture for audiences.
6. Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue – Forrest Gump
This might be a controversial choice, as both Bubba and Forrest Gump are beloved by audiences. However, Bubba feels like a throwaway character and just one more in the list of confused and slow southerners with speech impediments, that have popped up on our screens since the beginning of time. Plus, was all that endless shrimp talk really necessary?
7. Stifler – American Pie series
While Stifler might not be a conventional sidekick, his role was big enough in the American Pie series that he can claim a space on this list. His cocky mama’s boy performance only served to remind us that we were watching an awful comedy about sex aimed at teenagers. Stifler may have given us some laughs, but the endless impersonations by frat boys everywhere make us wish he had never been created in the first place.
8. “Jinx” Jordan – Die Another Day
The James Bond franchise has made a series of bad choices over the years, including special effects reminiscent of a video game, an invisible car and Timothy Dalton. However, the nail in the coffin was Jinx, a character that was supposed to be reminiscent of the iconic Honey Rider, played by Ursula Andress. Any character that answers “Yo mama!” when asked who sent them deserves permanent banishing from the screen and our collective memories.
9. Ruby Rhod – The Fifth Element
Combine Chris Tucker, a comedic actor whose career is based on playing obnoxious and loud characters, with one of the most annoying creations to ever come out of a screenwriter’s imagination and you get the loud and extremely over the top Ruby Rhod. We always wondered why Bruce Willis helped save him when things go belly-up, instead of strangling him with his bare hands after having to suffer through his endless histrionics.
10. Barbara Wilson (Batgirl) – Batman & Robin
Outdoing Chris O’Donnell’s Robin as the worst sidekick in the Batman franchise is a hard job, but Barbara Wilson was up for the challenge. Batman & Robin is not a great movie, as proven by Poison Ivy performing a strip-tease while wearing a pink gorilla outfit, but that’s no excuse for Alicia Silverstone to have sleepwalked through the role. Her accent ranges from bad to non-existent, and her portrayal of Batgirl is one of the most offensive things in the list of offensive things, that Joel Schumacher managed to do to this iconic character.
Any annoying sidekicks that we missed? Let us know in the comments section below.