Sometimes terrible people make the funniest protagonists, which is why we often find ourselves busting a gut over questionable antics. Whether it's the stalker-ish behavior of Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber or the misogyny of John and Jeremy in Wedding Crashers, these protagonists give us more than enough reason to hate them - yet we laugh nonetheless.
While a lot of these leads end up evolving and changing over the course of their stories, their inappropriate, selfish, and sometimes scary escapades typically go unchecked. It's time to take a second look at some of the awful personalities we've come to idolize. Below are 13 comedies where the main character is, in fact, a narcissistic monster.
Yes, it's fun to watch someone get away with outlandish stunts, but not when it requires manipulating your alleged best friend. Ferris Bueller coaxes his BFF Cameron into taking his dad's prized possession, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. The plan is just to pick up Ferris's girlfriend Sloane from school, but Ferris hijacks this favor and joyrides to downtown Chicago. Cameron is sick and nervous about the car the entire time - but that doesn't stop Ferris, because it's all about him.
After a failed attempt to run the odometer back, the car ends up, as Cameron feared, totally trashed - although in fairness, it's by Cameron's own hand. To make matters even more annoying, Ferris is always lying to his parents, but they still favor him over his little sister Jeanie. The movie frames Jeanie as an irritating buzzkill, but enlightened viewers should realize we should have been on Jeanie's side the whole time. If nothing else, Ferris owes a solid apology to all the people whose lives he ruined.
Actors: Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Kristy Swanson, + more
Directed by: John Hughes
Annie is engaged to Walter, a sweet, doting guy with a full head of hair, but Walter has to sleep with a humidifier sometimes, and Annie is so over it. As Annie slips further into her obsession with Sam - a sad dad from across the country that she heard on the radio - she keeps assuring Walter that everything is fine.
She ends up leaving Walter dramatically during their Valentine's Day dinner, like we all knew she would. Even in that horrible moment, Walter remains supportive and kind. It would have been great to see Annie be nicer to Walter. The only thing he was ever guilty of was having allergies.
Actors: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell, Rob Reiner, Rita Wilson, + more
Directed by: Nora Ephron
Phil is a smooth-talking, good-looking teacher - but he's also just kind of a jerk. He hustles his students for money for a fake field trip, then uses that money to fund his Vegas vacation. And he's not exactly using that money responsibly. "You know I drive great when I'm drunk," he matter-of-factly insists at one point.
We're supposed to like that Phil is awful? He's constantly rude to his friends, who seem to stick with him because he's the alpha. He tells them what to do and gets them into wild, often dangerous situations. Maybe we'd root for him a little more if he did or said anything redeeming.
Actors: Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, Carrot Top, Zach Galifianakis, + more
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Lloyd is a friendly, misguided goof who seems to have the best intentions. However, when the part-time limo driver decides to trek to Aspen to return his passenger Mary's suitcase, he's really going because he's obsessed with her. When he discovers her suitcase is full of money, he decides to spend that, too - all of it.
Turns out that cash is ransom money for Mary's husband, whom she loves with all her heart. Without Lloyd's intervention, Mary's husband would have been successfully swapped for the suitcase full of money, and Mary would have avoided all of Lloyd's uncomfortable advances.
Actors: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Teri Garr, Lauren Holly, Cam Neely, + more
Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly