I was thinking today, why shouldn´t I write a post on the war movie characters I hate most? Obviously I am not talking bad acting here. On the very contrary, it is maybe more difficult to play a truly unlikable and obnoxious character. A true bully or a monster like Hitler. Bruno Ganz who stars as Hitler in The Downfall aka Der Untergang apparently refused the role at first whereas I believe I remember having read, Anthony Hopkins found his role in The Bunker to be particularly challenging and he did enjoy such a challenge.
But apart from extreme evil historical people like Hitler, there are numerous mean characters populating war movies. The list I made are those that came to my mind easily, those I will never forget, no matter how many years have passed since I last saw the movie. Often those really evil people are paired with good ones like in Platoon, Casualties of War and Cross of Iron.
Here´s my list of war movie impersonations of meanness or just plain unlikable geeks.
I am not sure which one I consider to be the worst. I guess either Sgt. Barnes or Hauptmann Stransky.
I am sure the world of war movies contains many more bad people than those I just mentioned. Who is your most hated character?