Sometimes a person just doesn’t get along. In films, it can be the other characters that don’t mesh, or sometimes it’s the audience themselves who just can’t stand a single idiot character that won’t go away. I believe the term is “Jar-Jaring” or, if you’re referring to television, “pulling a Lori.”

Last year I gave you a pretty okay list of characters that achieved excellent redemptions for their wrongdoings. Today I want to explore those who did not. These are the asshole characters that tried and failed, or simply didn’t try at all.

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12. Dr. McCallister in Deep Blue Sea


Susan McCallister is supposed to come across as passionate about her work with sharks – therefore justifying the decisions she makes along the course of the film. Instead she just comes off as a selfish sociopath, opting right away to save a giant-brained shark from shotgun death despite it biting a guy’s arm off. After that she continually defends the ridiculous plan of making sharks super-smart in the middle of the ocean in a underwater observatory that can apparently be destroyed by a small metallic gurney. Not to mention that they appear to be keeping all their flammables huddled together on the surface deck.

Her demise is an honest-to-god attempt at redemption, jumping into the water to distract the last killer shark from escaping into the ocean through the flimsy-ass fence they decided to put up. However, she also causes the hero shark wrangler to jump in the water. At least she got eaten.

The Low Point: Risking her life in the midst of the action to retrieve her research.

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