A lot of the time, the coolest characters in fiction are treated the most poorly. Here are my top 10 characters, with wasted potential. Keep in mind that these are my opinion.
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#10 General Grievous (Revenge of the Sith) - For everyone who saw the 2003 Clone Wars cartoon, they saw how much of a boss Grievous was. In the cartoon Grievous was shown to be this awesome Jedi slayer with moves that could rival Samurai Jack. In the movie (and the 2008 cartoon) Grievous is shown to be a coward and poor combatant. The reason he’s so low on the list is because he’s still cool in the movie and series.
#9 Venom (Spider-man 3) - Many Spider-man fans were excited to see Venom on the big screen in the original movie trilogy. Sadly, Venom only appears at the very end of the movie and his appearance is weakened by his character’s poor development in the film. Not only that but his appearance was altered from the trailers and promotional images to make him less scary to kids, despite the fact that the movie is PG-13. There also were several important scenes cut from the movie, including a scene where Venom offered Sandman the money he needed for his daughter’s medicine which would make their partnership more plausible. While I still enjoy Spider-man 3 and even what we got from Venom in it, it sucks that we could’ve gotten more.
#8 Tripredacus Council (Beast Wars) - The Tripredacus Council is probably the most mysterious group of characters in Transformers. They were only seen in a few episodes of Beast Wars and it was rumored they were descendants of Unicron and were revealed to combine into a giant Transformer as well as had their own secret agenda. Unfortunately, when Beast wars ended and it’s sequel series began the Tripredacus Council were written out of the series. They could’ve easily been made the main villains of the sequel series.
Thankfully, they did have a large role in the comics.
#7 Rowan North (Ghostbusters 2016) - Ghostbusters 2016/Answer the Call did miss out on some great opportunities but one of the problems was how the villain was handled. Rowan is just a man who’s been bullied all his life and wants to destroy the world with the power of ghosts, which is a step down from the villains of the previous films. He later commits suicide and becomes a ghost and gains the power to possess people and change into a cartoon or a kaiju sized monster(how he got this power is never explained). Unfortunately the way he’s handled in the movie is very poorly, even his ultimate defeat is disappointing. They tried to make him a sympathetic and goofy character but hardly managed to either. Sony could’ve done a way better job with his character, they could’ve had him lost a loved one and is trying to bring them back through the ghost world and still make him a funny villain.
On a side note, there is a character called Rowan in the Ghostbusters comics (which also features Women Ghostbusters) who is a magician and could’ve made a much more imposing & interesting threat to the team.
#6 Professor Proton/Arthur Jeffries (The Big Bang Theory) - For me, Professor Proton was one of the best guest stars and later recurring characters on the Big Bang Theory. Unlike other characters, Sheldon looked up to him and annoyed him with love not being condescending. Sadly, he was killed off after a few episodes since his debut. I feel like there was so much more they could’ve done with him since he was such a good character, especially since half of the main cast hadn’t even met him.
#5 E-123 (Sonic the Hedgehog) - This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about Omega. As many know, he wasn’t as cool as he was in Sonic Next Gen/06 as compared to how he was in Sonic Heroes. Since his last playable appearance was in the glitchy mess, it left a bad impression of his character since his gameplay was so limited and broken (also his voice was vastly different from his original). To make matters worse, in Sonic Generations he wasn’t even included as a part of the story despite the fact that characters like Cream the Rabbit was. Hopefully if we someday get a new Adventure game, Omega will be one of the playable characters.
#4 Cyrille Le Paradox (Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time) - One of the biggest attractions to the Sly Cooper games is it’s variety of villains, especially the main antagonists of each game. In the 4th installment, we got Le Paradox who is not only from a rival family of the Cooper Clan but, also lived a similar life to Sly’s. However, instead of being a master thief like Sly, he relies on his henchmen and technology to do his bidding instead of his own lackluster skills. Compared to the previous main villains of the series, he doesn’t stand out much and his plan to rewrite history is somewhat cliched. It was also hinted in the background that him or his family had some kind of connection to Clockwerk but sadly we never got to see any connection between the two. To add more insult to injury, as stated by Sly he already made a good life for himself only to throw it away for his ego. Maybe in Sly 5 (if we ever get one) he’ll return to be a more prominent threat or maybe even an ally, since the series is known for having characters reform from their evil ways.
#3 Lewis Dodgson (Jurassic Park franchise) - At first glance Dodgson may seem like a typical corporate vulture looking to make a quick buck, but there’s actually more to him than what was shown in the movie. In the novelization of The Lost World, Dodgson was the main villain not Hammond’s nephew. Not only that but he was a monster in the book, he threw Sarah Harding off a fishing boat in open water and later tried to feed her to a mother T-Rex. Strangely, despite playing such a large role in the series, he’s never returned to play the role on the big screen. In Jurassic World, Biosyn (the company Dodgson works for) could’ve easily been the founders of the new park since it’d make sense that the world would be against Ingen at this point, but instead we got another Ingen plot.
#2 Archangel (X-Men Apocalypse) - Over the years since his debut, Angel has become one of the most forgettable superheroes due to new and more exciting heroes becoming iconic. To make matters worse, the X-Men movies haven’t done him much justice except for his iconic scene in Last Stand. Not only does he have very limited screentime in two of the movies he’s in, but neither try to make him grow as a character like he does in the comics and cartoons. Archangel is supposed to a tragic villain turned hero after he loses his ability to fly, but in the movie he’s just some random guy given metal wings just for the sake of it. All the other characters in the movies overshadow him and he’s barely had a chance to shine, in fact he hardly has any impact on the movie.
#1 Everyone (Mighty No. 9) - I must admit that I was not one of the backers for Mighty No. 9, but I know the game could’ve been alot better than what was given to the fans (but by now everyone knows the story of what happened). I also like alot of the characters in the game like Beck, Brandish, Ray, and Countershade (who’s voiced by legendary VA Steve Blum) to name a few. all of them seem very unique in their own way, even if some are copies of Megaman characters. Sadly, since the game did so poorly all plans for a sequel are out the window, and what sucks the most is that the game ended on a cliffhanger so we’ll never know what happens to them and the world they’re in.
Andrew Garfield’s Spider-man (The Amazing Spider-man movies) - Sony got super greedy with the Spider-man film rights and drove their rebooted series into the ground, what’s sad is that Andrew is still receiving flack from people for his role in the movies even though he purposely got himself fired from the role to get Spider-man into the MCU, plus he was great as Spider-man.
SJW characters (Marvel comics) - Instead of making original genderswapped and racial washed character, why not make new ones all together.
Stasrscream (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) - He might be a wimp, but not even Starscream deserves to be defeated by Sam Witwicky. The movies did him and several other characters so badly.
Vicious (Pokemon 4ever) - After seeing Suede’s review of the movie on Youtube, I agree that there could’ve been a lot more done with his character besides just wanting to take over the world.
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