Updated on Aug 15, 2020. Posted on Jan 15, 2020

    21 Kid Characters Who Almost Ruined Perfectly Good Movies And TV Shows

    "All I could think was, thank god that kid is not mine."

    We recently asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the kid characters in movies and TV that get on their nerves, and they did NOT hold back:

    1. Caillou from Caillou

    Teletoon

    "Caillou is banned in our house because watching him made my daughter act bratty and whiny. Most of my friends who’ve got kids have banned him too."

    altheab

    "There's a reason 90% of people hate this character."

    seashel

    2. Chloe in Big Little Lies

    HBO

    "I get what the actress and director were going for, but my goodness the precociousness was nauseating. The way her dialogue was written drove me crazy."

    jconway

    "If you've read the book, she’s the same way. I’m not surprised it didn’t translate well to the screen because it was pretty unrealistic on the page too."

    jessbruso

    3. Charlie from The Santa Clause franchise

    Disney

    "He’s just so whiny and spoiled. I find it hard to sit through any scene with him in it."

    giestgoss

    "I was a '90s kid so I grew up watching The Santa Clause, but now I find Charlie annoying AF. In the beginning he's whiny and ungrateful for everything, then he finds out about Santa and the North Pole, and he won't just shut up and keep it a secret despite ALL the problems it causes for his dad. And it's not like people need to know the truth for any important reason; he just tells them because he wants them to think it's cool.

    Then he ran away from his mom's house on Christmas Eve because he wanted to go have a Christmas adventure with his dad and didn't care that his mom would be in a panic over her missing child."

    smrtblonde77

    4. D.W. from Arthur

    PBS

    "Arthur's little sister embodies every possible annoying trait of a younger sibling. 'Disaster Warning' is right."

    lauram4ac7120f3

    5. Sydney from Parenthood

    NBC

    "My gosh, her character was a bonafide brat."

    greenzoe

    "When I rewatch the show, I have to skip her scenes."

    etvecchi

    "The character was oppressively annoying. She was a dick to her parents and her brother, who she eventually blamed for their parents' separation. She threw way too many tantrums and was all-around insufferable."

    loulou1223

    6. Rachel from 500 Days of Summer

    Fox Searchlight

    "I love Chloe Grace Moretz, but come on, no child talks as her character was written. Kids can be smart and wise while still acting and talking like children, you don’t need to have them speak like your jerk philosophy professor."

    britleedance

    7. Danny Torrance from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

    Warner Bros.

    "He had no personality, moved around with no purpose, and basically just seemed like a placeholder in the story. In the book and the made-for-TV mini-series, Danny had so much personality and was fun to read and watch."

    captainkappa173

    8. Rachel and Robbie from War of the Worlds

    Paramount/Dreamworks

    "Both the kids were jerks who treated their dad horribly, but she was the worst. Tom Cruise had to carry her around like a sack of potatoes for most of the movie and all he got in response was a bunch of screaming. He finally got her to mom’s house and she ditched him without one word of thanks!"

    stephanieah2

    "I recently rewatched War of Worlds and I'd forgotten how horrible the kids were. The daughter is entitled and spoiled and the son is a piece of work. I say let the tripods make them into fertilizer and move on."

    elizabethf38

    9. Ellie from Seasons 2 of You

    Netflix

    "This character made me so frustrated. She was just such a know-it-all and never wanted to listen to her sister or Joe, especially when being told about Henderson. I get that she had a rocky relationship with Delilah and a tough life but still...she always felt that she knew what was best for herself. I know Joe is technically a bad person but if he hadn't shown up at Henderson’s house, who knows what would’ve ended up happening to her."

    simplyjennyfurr

    10. Myron from Glee

    Fox

    "He was given awful, gimmicky numbers, a rushed-out, poorly constructed character, and never seemed to fit into the group."

    raptorneet

    11. Michelle from Full House

    ABC

    "I’m a '90s kid and love Full House, but looking back now Michelle was pretty awful. She was never truly held accountable for anything."

    stephaniecassandram

    "How was she the most popular character on the show? She was insipid, spoiled, and never settled for 'no.' Her constant messy food bits were disgusting and overdone, and no one ever tried to stop her when she tore into a cake or stole some food."

    colleend9

    12. Every child in Fuller House

    Netflix

    "The kids I babysit make me watch this and every single kid character is insufferable. They’re entitled, annoying, and cause more problems then the original Full House kids (their parents, I guess) ever did."

    jenniferl40be2a32b

    13. Maddie from Nashville

    ABC

    "She treats her mom terribly, blames everyone else for her own mistakes, and is vindictive toward her parents because they won’t let her neglect school for a music career (amongst other things)."

    beautifuldead17

    14. Mike from Stranger Things

    Netflix

    "The character is just so whiny."

    jmeu510

    "Just a whiny, annoying child."

    idk1234456

    15. Alex, Manny, and Lily from Modern Family

    ABC

    "Alex thinks she's better than her family and constantly talks down to them — and they let her because she's the 'smart' one in the family."

    proudsound

    "As soon as a girl rejects Manny, he loses the will to live. This has been happening for years and has gotten worse the older he gets. He brings everyone down."

    proudsound

    "I hate when shows try to give kids 'funny' lines to say to their parents, but they just end up sounding like disrespectful little brats. Lily's attitude toward her parents is disgusting and her sulky behavior is obnoxious."

    kathleendavinar

    16. Samuel from The Babadook

    Screen Australia

    "I understand his purpose — to emphasize the chaos and exacerbate the mental and emotional decline of his mother — but he and his shrieks were the worst!"

    kyliewebbl

    "All I could think was, thank god that kid is not mine."

    katelynp43b9d67eb

    "I stopped watching the movie because of that character."

    stephaniesezz

    17. Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

    20th Century Fox

    "I feel for the child actor stuck with all that George Lucas dialogue. At least he wasn’t played for unfunny comedy relief like Jar Jar."

    jbmasta

    "There were a lot of problems with The Phantom Menace but Anakin was by far the worst. The character makes me cringe every time."

    travisk4f4edb82b

    18. Dawn from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    20th Century Fox

    "The character's constant whining and unredeemable attitude almost ruined one of the best seasons of one of greatest TV shows ever."

    phillo

    "Dawn was the worst decision that the writers made."

    jakehalbac

    "Introducing her on the show was like a glitch in The Matrix. All she did was whine and never contributed anything useful to the group. She was just a damsel in distress that Buffy had to keep rescuing."

    francesm4e77729e1

    19. Debbie from Shameless

    Showtime

    "This character thinks she knows everything, when in reality she’s frighteningly naive and should maybe take advice from Fiona every now and then."

    nfnsjdha7371

    20. Sam from Diff’rent Strokes.

    NBC

    "35 years later and I'm still annoyed when I think about him."

    my2hhs

    "Sam happened because the producers didn’t know when to let a good show die."

    stephaniecassandram

    21. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Warner Bros.

    "Without Hermione or the adults, these two would have been dead by the end of the first year at Hogwarts."

    natalieg47790f622

    Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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