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Added by Leader Vladimir on 14 Jan 2013 08:29
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Not so Interesting Protagonists

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Luke Skywalker in Star Wars

Luke isn't exactly hated by the Star Wars fandom, but when Han Solo, R2-D2 or even Darth Vader himself begin appearing in more merchandise than him, you know he is not the most interesting character in Star Wars.
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Duke in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

Compared to Ripcord (pilot), Scarlett (intelligence expert), Heavy Duty (weapons specialist) and Snake-Eyes (ninja), Duke is just an ordinary frontline soldier. The only special thing about him is that he is the main character, nothing more.
Bella Swan in Twilight

Bella is a very controversial figure amongst the Twilight fandom. She was specifically written to be a character without a solid personality so that readers could imagine themselves as her. There is also the large amount of secondary characters with more interesting stories.
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Average listal rating (1277 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0
Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings

Just like Luke, Lord of the Rings fans don't hate Frodo. However, there is a sizable list of characters who outshine him in popularity, inlcuding Aragorn, Faramir, Arwen, Eowyn, Sam, Legolas, Gimli or even Tom Bombadil. In fact, Tolkien himself believed that Sam was the real hero of the story, which is why the latter parts of the book give him more attention.
Average listal rating (1507 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 0
Alex the Lion in Madagascar

Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria are the main characters of the franchise, and even within the group, Alex gets the greater amount of development and attention. However, most people want to see the penguins and Julien.
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Jack Shepherd in Lost

Although Jack is the main character, people are more interested in Locke, Sayid or Ben. In all fairness, Jack was supposed to die in the first episode, and people believe that Jack became more interesting towards the end of the series.
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Average listal rating (757 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl.

Serena is the main character of the show, but people became more interested in Blair and her astonishing relationship with Chuck. Season 5 is pretty much the Blair season, to the virtual exclusion of Serena. Of course, season 5 is considered by many to be the worst of the show, so, be careful what you wish for.
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Average listal rating (897 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood

Sookie gets a lot of criticism in the fandom because she spends most of her screentime making stupid decisions and getting away with it because she is the main character.
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Peter Petrelli in Heroes

Peter is supposedly the most powerful of the heroes, but since his enormous power would cause him to solve the show's problems too quickly, the writers had to decrease his intelligence. Fans were not amused.
Average listal rating (207 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
Meredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy

Meredith gets a lot of critcism because of her self-obessesion and endless rantings.
Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory

Although Leonard is supposed to be the main character, fans are more interested in Sheldon and his quirks. Of course, what people fail to realize is that without Leonard to contrast him, Sheldon wouldn't be nearly as funny.
Average listal rating (646 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Elena Gilbert in The Vampire Diaries

Elena is supposedly the good girl of the show, but most of the time, she is kidnapped by the bad guy of the week and the protagonists must save her. Even she admits that her personal flaw is that she is "too good".
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Rachel Berry in Glee

A lot of fans dislike Rachel because they don't like the idea of a straight white girl being the main character in a show that promotes racial diversity. And there are others who don't like her spotlight-stealing. And there are people who are just plain tired of her relationship with Finn.
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Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Philip J. Fry in Futurama

Fry might be the main character, but the fans want Bender. It doesn't help that when the show was brought back on Comedy Central, more episodes have been focusing on Bender's antics rather than on Fry's relationship with Leela.
Average listal rating (18 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 0
Arnold in Hey Arnold

While he is not outright hated, Arnold gets a bit of criticism because of his sudden transformation into a well-adjusted and incorruptible hero to contrast his quirky classmates.
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Sonic the Hedgehog

Inverted! Given the vast increase in characters, gamers began complaining that they were stealing Sonic's limelight.
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Sora in Kingdom Hearts

A lot of people dislike Sora because of his squeaky-clean image.

These people are the main characters! The heroes! The center of the story! Only problem is... they are so boring. This is what happens when your villains or your supporting characters are too interesting.

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Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 16 15:50
Such an awesome list !
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 16 16:22
Amazing list! Great job.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 16 17:04
you rock with this list! seriously!
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 16 18:10
Great list!
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 6 16:27
Great list! Would love to do a list like this just on video game characters alone!
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 6 17:43
This list is so true
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 8 21:00
I think Sawyer is the most interesting form Lost IMO. I still haven't completed the show yet, but I only have four more episodes to go. I think that Sora was made that way on purpose because it was supposed to be a good guy fighting against the bad or should I say the heartless. I agree with pretty much everything on here. IMO I think Darth Maul was more interesting than Luke.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 11 23:09
Totally agree with the point on Leonard and Sheldon. There's even an episode where they unofficially tell the viewer that Leonard is the main character.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 22 17:42
Fantastic list, my friend. I see your points on Skywalker and Shepherd, but I like the Sookie Stackhouse character. She's supposed to have an innocence and naievte, which Anna Paquin does quite well.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at May 25 21:56
i agree with all, except with Jack from Lost.
And i was a fan of Peter Petrelli, its sad
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at May 25 22:07
"Jack became more interesting towards the end of the series."

Sorry, but I lost interest in Lost before that happens.

"the writers had to decrease his intelligence"

I still a big fan of Syllar from Heroes, but the thruth is that writers decrease intelligence of EVERBODY in the last season.
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at May 25 22:18
Actually, if you think about it Luke Skywalker may be more interesting in the Star Wars books than the actual movies.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Jan 23 20:28
I don't think that they are "boring" characters, but rather more matured.
Like Andy in the Andy Griffith Show. Barney is the "funny guy" and Andy is the stable and witty character. The "adult" in the duo, if you will.

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