16 Controversial Movie Characters People Never Stop Arguing About

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Vote up the characters who will spark an instant argument.

Can't we just have nice things? Or does everything always have to devolve into meaningless arguments between strangers? Like, of course, Jar Jar Binks is a dumb character created to appeal to kids... but it's Star Wars. What did you expect? There are still lightsaber battles and John Williams scores - so can't we all just get along? Yeah, Trevor Slattery isn't the Mandarin - but that's not a reason to despise Iron Man 3, right?

In addition to these legendary lightning rods of controversy, we have The Last Jedi's Rose Tico, Spider-Man 3's Venom, and Kick-Ass's Hit-Girl. Oh, and there are plenty more where those came from, as well. Get ready to remember all those times you got suckered into a dumb argument in a random internet comments section as we run through some of the most controversial movie characters of all time.


  • Let's be real for a second: Star Wars is a franchise tailor-made for kids. That's not to say adults can't be really into a galaxy far, far away. Millions of people around the globe are obsessed with the ever-expanding space opera. That being said, most people first fell in love with the series when they were kids. Characters like C-3PO, BB-8, and the Ewoks are clearly made to appeal to the younger set. Luke, Leia, and Rey may drive the narrative forward, but it is the goofy side characters that flesh everything out. The much-maligned Jar Jar Binks follows in those kid-oriented footsteps.

    Is the blundering Gungan funny? Well, not really. Unless you're, like, 12 or younger... and even then, it's a toss-up. Still, Jar Jar is essential to the plot of The Phantom Menace. Imagine how the Battle of Naboo would've gone if Jar Jar hadn't been there to lead Queen Amidala to the Gungan Sacred Place. You think the Trade Federation would've struggled to beat the Naboo on their own? Please. Jar Jar is often brought up as one of the biggest flaws in The Phantom Menace, though he still has his cadre of fans who don't take themselves too seriously. And some Jar Jar fan theories are pretty great, too.

    62 votes
  • You do not want to enrage the comic book fandom at large. Ask Marvel Comics if turning Captain America into a neo-Nazi for a hot second was really worth all the blowback it received during the Secret Empire era. It is with this in mind that we come to the MCU's Trevor Slattery. First appearing in Iron Man 3, Slattery is portrayed by Ben Kingsley, and many people thought he was going to be playing a comic book-accurate portrayal of the Mandarin in that flick. Well, Marvel Studios wanted nothing to do with the original, problematic version of the character.

    With the origins of the character in mind, the production team behind Iron Man 3 turned the Mandarin into a drunk actor playing a role to cover up the illegal actions of Guy Pierce's true villain. And Iron Man comic book fans were not happy. However, some MCU fans who are totally fine with Marvel changing things up from page to screen were on board with the alteration. With Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings bringing a genuine interpretation of the Mandarin to the big screen with Kingsley in tow, everybody wins! Probably. Some people will just never be happy.

    50 votes
  • Paulie's Robot - 'Rocky IV'
    Photo: MGM/UA

    The Rocky franchise has always been rooted in a rags-to-riches story that feels true to life. Of course, the 1980s were a decade unlike any other, and there is little that highlights this better than Paulie's robot from Rocky IV. Nothing says "hard-hitting drama" like a ridiculous robot butler. Rocky IV is probably the most out-there entry in the series (at least up until that point), as Rocky basically fights Ivan Drago as a metaphor for the Cold War.

    But a robot? Really? Paulie's bug-eyed automaton is remembered fondly by some fans as a comical inclusion that plays up the cheesiness of the decade it's from. The rest of the franchise's acolytes are happy that Stallone's new Director's Cut of the film removes the robot entirely.

    25 votes
  • Sam Raimi, the director of the original Spider-Man trilogy, did not want to put Venom in 2007's Spider-Man 3. Raimi's original plan for the threequel centered around Sandman and Harry Osborn as the villains, which is obvious thanks to their inclusion in the final script. Producer Avi Arad basically told the director to give fans what they want and shove Venom in there, too. This led to an overstuffed script, the worst reviews of the trilogy, and a pretty good scene in Spider-Man: No Way Home where Tom Holland and Tobey Maguire reminisce about fighting aliens while Andrew Garfield looks on in envy.

    Some Spidey fans remain adamant to this very day that Spider-Man 3 gets a bad rap and that Topher Grace's Eddie Brock was a worthy inclusion. Others think the Tom Hardy Venom films give a more comic book accurate version of the symbiote antihero. We'll leave it up to you to decide for yourselves which flavor of Klyntar-based goodness is for you.

    24 votes
  • Hit-Girl - 'Kick-Ass'
    Photo: Lionsgate

    This one could be seen coming a million miles away. Kick-Ass is a 2010 film based on the Mark Millar comic book series of the same name. Anyone who has picked up a Mark Millar comic knows what the guy has in store for them. He's the man who created Nemesis and Wanted, after all. His work isn't always for the faint of heart. This brings us to Hit-Girl, played by a then-12-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz. Plenty of people lost their minds when they heard a preteen utter the word "c**t" on the big screen.

    That wasn't all, of course. Moretz's Mindy McCready also is a violent vigilante who is proficient in all kinds of *ss-kicking mayhem. Butterfly knife? Check. Multiple firearms? Check. Various styles of martial arts? Check. And she does it all while wearing a goofy purple wig. There seem to be two options when it comes to Hit-Girl: You're either completely game for the ludicrous character or you find her completely reprehensible. Either way, Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is just happy to have your attention.

    33 votes
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    The Architect - 'The Matrix Reloaded'

    The two initial Matrix sequels, while ambitious works of big-budget filmmaking, struggled to ignite the movie-going public as effectively as the 1999 original. For whatever reason, the thematically adventurous Reloaded and Revolutions didn't become quite as beloved. One of the more enigmatic elements introduced into the Matrix franchise in the first sequel was the Architect. He looks like Colonel Sanders. He speaks with no emotion. He's surrounded by a never-ending scroll of television screens. And the things he says, well, they certainly are something.

    "You are the eventuality of an anomaly. Which, despite my sincerest efforts, I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably, here." Excuse me... did you forget we're in an action movie that cost more than $100 million to make? This needless verbosity will not stand! Of course, some Matrix diehards love everything about the Architect, so to each their own.

    24 votes