There are some fictional characters who are just universally hated. Umbridge. Bob Ewell. Nurse Ratched. There are also fictional characters who are universally adored, like Matilda, Samwise Gamgee, and Atticus Finch if you, like me, prefer to forget that Go Set a Watchman ever happened.
And then there are fictional characters who are widely beloved but secretly kind of awful if you think about it for too long. Look, I’m not trying to ruin these characters for you, I swear. I’m just saying nothing’s black and white; good people do bad things. Take me, for example. I donate my clothes and recycle bottles, but I am also a monster who will eat the last cookie with no hesitation. So with that in mind, let’s talk about why all our favorite characters are actually dirtbags.