4 Literary Heroes Who Are Actually Total Creeps

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While these characters are supposed to be the heroes of their stories – or at least on the hero’s side, their actions don’t stand up well under close inspection. From the passive-aggressive, Mean Girl “Good Witch” of Oz to everyone’s favourite headmaster, these heroes are often a little less than awesome.

Glinda the “Good” Witch

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Total creeper

Her character in the ‘Wizard of Oz” movie is a composite of several book characters, but in general, Glinda advances the cause of “good” by dropping a house on her closest rival – and then blaming it on the closest kid. While the book Glinda is nowhere near as sadistic and downright creepy as the movie version, she certainly wreaks a lot of havoc in the name of good.

Edward Cullen

Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia
Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia

While he is still beloved by misunderstood teen girls everywhere, the golden-eyed veggie-vamp is just a teeny, tiny bit stalkerish. OK, moderately stalker…y. Or very. You decide, really.

Breaking into the home of his crush and staring at her while she sleeps, inventing rules for her and simply expecting to be obeyed isn’t over the top, right? For the stalking alone, the youngest Cullen earns a place in the creeper Hall of Fame.

Romeo

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Romeo of is basically the romantic equivalent of the squirrel-spotting DUG from UP. He is in love with, obsessing over Rosaline in the very first scene, and then…SQUIRREL! He sees Juliet and she becomes the sun. Had their romance not ended in such quick tragedy, you have to wonder how long he actually would have stuck around. Romeo certainly enjoyed a daily dash of melodrama and angst, making him a lot less appealing upon closer inspection.

Albus Dumbledore

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  • Leave a baby on a doorstep and never check in on it for over a decade? Check.
  • Conveniently forget to tell said baby there’s a pretty high likelihood he’ll need to die prematurely? Check.
  • Fail to mention that whole “piece of the Dark Lord” in you thing? Check.

While obviously interested and invested in the greater good, Dumbledore fails hard a few times in the book – particularly as Harry ages.