While good action heroes always rise to the occasion and overcome the odds to save the day, bad action heroes do anything but. Often overshadowed by their bigger, better counterparts, these awful action heroes are known for blundering, fubbing, and generally sucking all the fun out of whatever movie or show they’re in. Whether they’re purposely bad (like Sam Larson in True Memoirs of an Assassin) or accidentally bad (like Goku in the live action Dragonball Evolution), these characters are known for being the worst action heroes in film and TV history.
Some actors, like Vin Diesel and Tom Cruise, have managed to maintain their careers in spite of their bad choices, but other actors haven’t been as lucky. Chris O'Donnell’s painful portrayal as Robin and Shia Labeouf's awkward role as Mutt Williams in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull managed to damage each actor’s action career.
Which of these characters do you think did the worst job? Vote up the worst fictional action heroes, and add your own picks if they’re missing from the list.
Shane WolfeThe Pacifier
Played By: Vin DieselShane Wolfe is a fictional character from the 2005 film The Pacifier.
- Barb Wire
Played By: Pamela AndersonBarb Wire was a superhero published by Comics Greatest World, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics. A regular series was published for 9 issues between 1994-1995, followed by a mini-series in 1996. In ...more
Cypher RaigeAfter Earth
Played By: Will SmithCypher Raige is a fictional character from After Earth.
Rip ThomasNo Holds Barred
Sgt. Jake CarterThe Marine 3: Homefront
Played By: The MizSgt. Jake Carter is a fictional character from the 2013 film The Marine 3: Homefront.
Ecks And SeverBallistic: Ecks vs. Sever
- Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Played By: Chisa Yokoyama, Ming-Na, Laura Bailey, Fumiko Orikasa, Kristin KreukChun Li is a fictional character from the 1992 film Street Fighter. ...more
Played By: Adrienne Barbeau, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt, Courtney Thorne-SmithCatwoman is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics and is associated with the Batman franchise. Historically a supervillainess and often an antiheroine, the ...more
Played By: Borislav ParvanovAgent 47 is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Hitman franchise, created by the Danish company IO Interactive. The franchise currently consists of six Hitman video game titles and the ...more
Sgt. Joe BomowskiStop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Played By: Sylvester StalloneSgt. Joe Bomowski is a fictional character from the 1992 film Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.
Sam LarsonTrue Memoirs of an Assassin
Derek ThompsonTooth Fairy
Played By: The RockDerek Thompson is a fictional character in the 2010 comedy film Tooth Fairy.
Alex ShawSpeed 2: Cruise Control
Played By: Jason PatricAlex Shaw is a fictional character from the 1997 film Speed 2: Cruise Control.
Lt. Ben GannonStealth
Played By: Josh Lucas
Played By: Kristanna LokenRayne, sometimes called Agent BloodRayne, is a fictional character in the BloodRayne series of video games. Created by Majesco Entertainment, she is the series' titular protagonist, appearing in both ...more
- Batman and Robin
Played By: Burt Ward, Joshua Adams, Alexander Martella, Burt Ward, Chris O'DonnellRobin is the name of several fictional characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, originally created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson, as a junior counterpart to DC Comics ...more
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indiana Jones franchise
Played By: Shia LaBeouf
Played By: Milla JovovichViolet Song jat Shariff is a fictional character from the 2006 film Ultraviolet. ...more
Nick MortonThe Mummy
- Van Helsing, Van Helsing: The London Assignment
Played By: Hugh Jackman