10 Movies Where Audiences Are Rooting Against The Protagonist, According To Reddit

Which makes Freedmen so captivating is the frenetic performance of the late Ray Liotta, and Martin Scorsese has paid a touching tribute to the late great actor. The actor played Henry Hill, the despicable protagonist against whom audiences notoriously root. But he’s not the only main character audiences want to see crash and burn.

Redditors discussed which movie characters they root for the most. And between several immoral but ambitious professionals, a husband wrongly accused of having killed his wife and a very close bank robber, it is impossible to get behind these protagonists, even if they are right.

Goodfellas (1990)

Freedmen is a sprawling gangster epic with an ensemble cast, and so many characters have their own compelling story arc, but at the center of it all is Henry Hill. Each consecutive decision Hill makes is worse than the last, and he doesn’t seem to care about the consequences unless they affect him directly. Wjbc explains: “He only becomes an informant when his life is at stake and never feels remorse for his many crimes or for aiding two psychopathic murderers.”

Where other films’ gangster protagonists feel a kind of regret for their acts of violence, Hill couldn’t be more indifferent. And the public despises him even more when he ends up living a normal, comfortable life after giving names to the FBI. Nobody likes a rat.

Diablo (2014)

Somnambulist shines a light on a profession that no major film has ever depicted before, as it follows Lou, who wants to be the best stringer in the business. A stringer is a night shift worker who listens to police radios and records violent crime scenes for sale to the news networks. But Lou becomes so hungry for success that he creates his own crime scenes by maniacally pitting gangs against each other.

Yoshidawg93 asks rhetorically, “Is he a ‘bad guy?’ No, certainly not in the traditional sense. But he’s definitely not a good guy, and he gets more and more disturbing as the movie progresses. It’s a weird movie, and it’s even scarier when Lou actually achieves his ambitions.

Election (1999)

Election follows a teacher, Jim McAllister, who feels intimidated by a student’s intelligence, and he does everything in his power to sabotage Tracy’s bid to become student president. Dilophosoupus, along with all the other viewers, was against Jim the entire time.

They get what they wanted when Jim gets fired and his marriage falls apart, and his reputation is entirely dishonored because of his actions. Even years later, when Jim works as a museum guide, he still accuses Tracy of her own incompetence, throwing a coffee in a limo he sees her in.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

There are so many parallels between Freedmen and the wolf of Wall Street, and in many ways the 2013 film could be considered a secret remake of the 1990 gangster film. Jordan Belfort has the same character arc as Henry Hill, and most of the story beats are identical. And while some might envy Jordan and Henry’s lifestyles, it’s been earned by manipulating everyone around them and playing major roles in atrocious criminal activity.

Fun-Butterscotch-77 thinks the public was rooting for Jordan Belfort, and they’re not wrong, because it was so satisfying when he was finally caught by the FBI. But again, just as in FreedmenJordan’s time in prison felt more like a vacation because he was so rich.

Ambulances (2022)

Jake Gyllenhaal apparently gravitates towards terrible and unlovable protagonists, because, in addition to playing Lou in Somnambulistthe actor recently played bank robber Danny in the new Michael Bay film, Ambulance. The 2022 film is Michael Bay’s best film in years, and part of the reason why is Gyllenhaal’s powerful performance, but MovieMike007 notes that no one was backing Danny.

Most movie bank robbers are well-meaning, whether it’s Dalton robbing a Nazi bank owner in Inside the man or Sonny doing it for his wife in Dog day afternoon. But Danny is so sinister in the way he tries to control the downward spiral heist. He says he’s doing it for Will’s family, but it feels like an excuse to commit acts of violence.

Borough 9 (2009)

Few films with such a low budget have had as much impact as the science fiction film District 9. The film has viewers on the edge of their seats, and that’s thanks to how it’s an allegory of apartheid-era South Africa. Unsurprisingly, the protagonist, Wikus, has controversial political views, and they influence his every decision.

Iamnik77 argues that “Wikus is selfish, classist and probably racist.” However, it’s mortifying to watch him slowly transform into an alien himself, and it takes a lot to not sympathize with the character. And even the Redditor admits, “the things that happen to him, I don’t wish on my worst enemy.”

Heat (1995)

Heat constantly points out that Neil (Robert De Niro) is ready to give up his whole life if the heat comes around the corner, but audiences think he might have changed his tune after meeting Eady, love of his life. However, that’s not what happens and he doesn’t even say goodbye to her. EvadingDoom thinks it’s what he deserved, noting, “I liked De Niro’s character and felt sympathy for him, but I wanted him and the rest of the crew to get caught.”

While it’s easy to get upset that Neil was so close to settling down and living a normal life after his latest heist, he knew what the consequences would be if he got caught. But even if the Redditor was rooting against him, Heat the fans split down the middle, as half of them are Team Vincent and the other half are Team Neil.

Missing Girl (2014)

There’s no relationship more toxic in movies than Nick and Amy’s wedding in missing girl. Amy literally attempts to frame him for murder, and her meticulous plot ultimately involves the murder of her ex. Amy’s actions are so shocking that missing girl borders on a horror movie. But Varekai79 didn’t care about Nick being harassed by civilians and the police.

The Redditor says, “I couldn’t stand Nick’s character and wanted him to suffer. My wish has come true!” What’s happening to Nick is terrible, but he’s certainly not portrayed as a victim, and some would say he deserves everything that’s happening to him. But the film shot from two very different points of view is what makes it so great.

American Psycho (2000)

New York yuppies are always portrayed as jerks, whether it’s Jordan Belfort in the wolf of Wall Street or Paul Hackett in after hours. But unlike other characters mentioned by Redditors who are either criminals or just jerks, American psycho‘s Patrick Bateman is a literal serial killer, and Large-Wheel-4181 was understandably rooted against him the whole time.

The film ends ambiguously, as it implies that Patrick never killed anyone and that it was all in his head. However, even taking all the murders away, Patrick still has a horrible attitude and his craving for business cards is disgusting in the most hilarious way. And because of Christian Bale’s portrayal of the character, the film adaptation is much better than the book.

Good Time (2017)

Whenever unlikable characters are brought up by Redditors, Connie is often one of the first, and UmpireBeginning was rooting against him the whole time. Good time follows the character as he tries to save himself and his brother, Nick, from getting caught by the police after a botched bank robbery.

Although Connie always tries to protect her brother, it seems more selfish than anything, as he knows that Nick can be just as useful to him. The audience wants Connie to fail every step of the way, but it’s bittersweet when he gets arrested, as it ends in a mortifying way with Nick having no one in his life.

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