2. Anakin Skywalker (Prequel Trilogy)
Anakin Skywalker, the super whiny one from the Star Wars prequel trilogy, is a character as controversial as a double-edged lightsaber. Let's dive into why he's often placed in the "Most Disliked Characters" list in the franchise.
First off, it's not about Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin – he's as adored as a puppy on a spring day, precious, and must be protected at all costs. It's the way Anakin was written that ruffled the feathers of Star Wars fans. Anakin Skywalker is the guy destined to become Darth Vader, one of cinema's most iconic villains. You'd expect his journey to the Dark Side to be a whirlwind of complex emotions and compelling storytelling. Instead, what we got was a character who whined as much as my seven-year-old twins do when I don't let them play Roblox, and more often than he wielded his lightsaber. His transition from a wide-eyed, podracing kid to the brooding, future Sith Lord felt as smooth as a ride on a malfunctioning TIE fighter - not very smooth at all.
The issue wasn't just in his moody teenage phase, it was in the details. Anakin's dialogue often sounded like it was written by a droid with a broken empathy chip. Remember the cringe-inducing lines about hating sand? Gags. It's like the script was trying to make him deep and tortured, but ended up making him sound like he's perpetually stuck in a bad poetry slam. And let's not forget the awkward, borderline creepy romance with Padmé. It felt as natural as a Stormtrooper hitting a target - which is a nice way to say that it was forced and just... bad.
These writing choices made Anakin's character feel less like a tragic hero and more like that one person at a party who just can't read the room. It's an absolute testament to Christensen's talent that he managed to bring some depth to the role despite the script feeling like it came from the Dark Side of screenwriting. It's not about hating the player - it's about wishing the game was played differently.
We love you, Hayden Christensen!