5 Characters Who Made Bad First Impressions

When I tell people I was homeschooled, they often ask if I was shy or antisocial as a child. When I tell people I’m a geek, they ask if I have a job and still live in my parents’ basement. When I tell them I’m Southern, they ask why I don’t have a strong accent.

When people assume things about me, they often get a first impression that isn’t accurate. It frustrates me because they’ve attributed characteristics to me within the first few minutes, and I have to fight to counter a negative first impression when I shouldn’t have to. I feel hurt when people think they know me from a few stereotypes they heard through the grapevine.

But I’m guilty of doing this too, with people I meet and with fictional characters. Sometimes I make up my mind about them before I give them a chance. Here are five characters I didn’t like at first, but changed my mind about later. For some of them, I grew to like them as they changed and adapted; for others, I started to like them because I understood them better.

What characters would you add to this list?

“GOLLUM =D” by speedportraits (speedportraits.deviantart.com).

1. Gollum (The Lord of the Rings)

When I first saw Gollum in the movies as a child, I was terrified of him. I wasn’t sure of what to make of this “gangly creature.” He was an odd schizophrenic who seemed bent on doing anything, including murder, to get back the Ring. But as I learned more about his character and understood his addiction, watched his development I realized, like Frodo did, that he really is a creature to be pitied, not feared.

“Cactus Love…” by Moni (moni158.deviantart.com).

2. Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

I saw this show on its debut night as a kid and thought to myself, “Here we go, another stupid sarcastic character on Nickelodeon.” But over time I grew to see that Sokka wasn’t just a sarcastic meat-lover, but he cared deeply about his sister and had a knack for strategy.

“Iron Man” by Chasing Artwork (chasingartwork.deviantart.com).

3. Tony Stark (Iron Man)

I thought Tony Stark was a complete jerk. But when I learned more about his tumultuous childhood, saw him change after becoming Iron Man, and watched him try to protect the world from danger, I appreciated Tony.

Wallpaper from Catching Fire.

4. Finnick Odair (The Hunger Games)

When this darling of the Capitol introduced himself to Katniss by offering her a sugar cube, he seemed like an arrogant pretty boy, but as I came to know about his love for Annie and his dedication to liberate Panem; that endeared me to him.

“RWBY – Weiss Wallpaper” by UnknownChase

5. Weiss Schnee (RWBY)

The first words she said to Ruby made her sound like a spoiled brat. But she turned out to be so much more than that and though she has her haughty moments, Weiss genuinely cares for her team.

Victoria Grace Howell

Victoria Grace Howell

Contributing Writer at Area of Effect
Victoria Grace Howell is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction and an editor for Geeks Under Grace. When not typing away at her novels, she enjoys drawing her characters, blogging, Kung Fu, cosplaying, and a really good hot cup of tea.
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