Detestable Literary Characters Who Are Not Technically Villains

From The Hairpin:Daisy

Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby lindy-hopped away with over 50 million dollars last weekend and inspired New York’s Kathryn Schulz to put together a thought-provoking takedown of the source material: “Aesthetically overrated, psychologically vacant, and morally complacent,” she declared last week.

Schultz points out, rightly, that no one in the book is worth a bottle of bathtub gin: What does our narrator Nick do when swaggering douchebag Tom breaks his mistress Myrtle’s nose, for example? Nothing. But the really detestable member of the bunch is Daisy, who has no character. She spends the book being languidly beautiful and wealthy, ignoring her child, flirting with her cousin, and leading on her old flame, before running away with her racist brute of a husband.

Daisy may not be the technical villain of Gatsby (Tom, a proto-bro, gets that honor) but she still sucks, and if it weren’t for her a couple key players in the book would be alive at the end of it. In her honor, here are some of The Hairpin’s picks for the top detestable characters of literature—a brief rundown of bad guys who aren’t the bad guys. See their full list here.

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