Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.
June 28: Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters EVER
- Nicole from the Rama Series – Where to even start… after Rendezvous with Rama (which is an absolute classic) the series starts a down hill turn. Starting with Rama II the stories more-or-less follow the character arc of Nicole. By the end of the series I realized that it had been a total waste of time. A lot of this is because of the choices Nicole makes in Garden of Rama and the terrible way the series ends.
- Aunt Marie from Miramont’s Ghost – One of the most cruel characters I have ever met in a book. She and her son are the most despicable people ever. The vast difference between their public self-righteous exterior and their truly evil actions towards Adrienne and others just absolutely seals it.
- The Soviet Agents from The Gemini Effect – I thought they were totally unnecessary for the plot. And basically just silly. The story would have been better without them.
- Thomas Covenant – A main character so frustrating and inappropriate that he gives a new meaning to anti-hero, as in NOT A HERO. Covenant doesn’t want to be a hero, doesn’t want to be in the story and does things that are clearly wrong. This is a series I’m not planning on finishing.
- Modred from the Dark Tower – Build up, build up… let down. Seriously for all the build up in the previous books about this being like the worst demon child ever he ends up not being a big deal at all. I can’t say any more without spoilers.
- Stephen King from the Dark Tower – I have said it before, but I am not a fan of authors writing themselves into their stories.
- Esme Squalor from A Series of Unfortunate Events #6 The Ersatz Elevator – There are certainly a lot of bad characters in the Series of Unfortunate Events, but in my option, Esme Squalor is the worst of the worst.
SPOILER:The twist from her being one of their guardians to a villain, was actually shocking. I know that basically each of their guardians let them down, but this time one of them straight up betrayed the children, and then goes on in the following books to be a main villain, who is obnoxious as snot.
- Pippi Longstocking – This is one character I’ve never really “got.” She’s not rambunctious and cute, she ornery and annoying. I have never liked Pippi.
- PK Dick from Radio Free Albemuth – Again a writer making himself a part of the sci-fi story he is telling.
- Ruby Rhod, The Fifth Element – Okay cheating here because this is a movie character, but the Fifth Element is such an awesome movie that gets spoiled every time Chris Tucker is on screen. I mean is there anyone who can watch this movie and think yeah I liked that character?