1. Jar Jar Binks (Prequel Trilogy)
Ah, Jar Jar Binks - the name alone brings a collective groan from Star Wars fans around the galaxy. This sometimes-perceived-to-be-a-Sith-Lord, gawky Gungan from the prequel trilogy hopped into our screens with all the grace of a Bantha on ice skates: tall, floppy-eared, with a puzzling accent and a knack for causing chaos wherever he went. Jar Jar was intended to bring a splash of comic relief to the epic saga, but alas, he landed with the subtlety of a TIE fighter in a library. Fans were baffled. Was he a brave warrior? A clumsy fool? A secret Sith Lord? Nope, he was just Jar Jar, bumbling through the galaxy, tripping over his own feet and the audience's patience.
Now, spare a thought for Ahmed Best, the actor behind the CGI mask of Jar Jar. He and Kelly Marie Tran are the perfect example of just how awful fans can be when they don't get their way or just don't agree with creative choices. Imagine stepping into the legendary Star Wars universe, only to find yourself playing its most criticized character. Best poured his heart and soul into Jar Jar, performing with motion capture technology that was groundbreaking at the time. But when the movies hit the screens, the backlash was as swift as it was harsh.
Fans and critics alike panned Jar Jar, and poor Best found himself in the eye of a storm he never saw coming. He faced a torrent of criticism, much of it unfairly personal, and this took a heavy toll on him both professionally and personally. It's a stark reminder that behind every character, no matter how disliked, is a human actor, deserving of respect and kindness.
There are so many more characters that have been branded as "disliked" or even "hated" in the series. I have my own gripes - ahem, SABINE -for my own personal reasons, and I'm sure you do as well.
Regardless of how we feel about the character, let's remember there's someone behind it - playing the character or voice acting for the character - and they don't deserve to be attacked personally for a job.
Thanks for coming to my accidental TED Talk.