2. Clove, The Hunger Games
Clove is the career tribute from District 2 at the 74th Annual Hunger Games, and she did not kill Rue. Let’s repeat: She did not kill Rue. But she did come closer to killing Katniss than almost anyone else.
Marvel, the male tribute from District 1, killed Rue while attempting to kill Katniss. Marvel was subsequently killed by an arrow to his heart. But we didn’t know he had hit Rue until after Katniss turned back from killing him. And then we didn’t get to savor his death. And we kind of needed to.
After Rue has passed, and Katniss is trying to grab supplies from the Cornucopia, Clove attacks. It doesn’t take long for Clove to gain the upper hand. And when she does, she taunts Katniss about Rue’s death, and we instantly hate her all the more. Unluckily for her, Thresh, Rue’s counterpart, needs supplies, too, and he overheard her talking about killing Rue.
Thresh lifts her off Katniss and proceeds to bash her skull against the side of the Cornucopia. And we clap, and we cheer. Thresh could totally kill Katniss at this point, but he lets her live because of what she did for Rue. He runs off, and we don’t see him again.
1. Dolores Umbridge, Harry Potter Series
And here’s another one from Harry Potter.
She is easily the single most unnecessarily obnoxious character to appear in any movie I have ever seen. Ever. Absolutely everything she did hindered our heroes. What’s worse is I think she actually believed she was doing what was in the best interests of everyone. I’ve never been happier than I was when I watched the centaurs ride off with her into the woods.
Seriously, I only have two words to say about her, but I can’t say them here.
Is there anyone else you hate? (Preferably not from Harry Potter.)