Often we go to the movies to see characters that are larger-than-life: heroes saving schoolchildren, tremendous dancers, and forbidden loves. But without the sour you can't appreciate the sweet, so for every larger-than-life character, we get a whiny characters who is much, much smaller-than-life. They piss and moan and can’t seem to get their house in order for more than five minutes. They just keep plugging along, cursing their station and acting like nothing is their fault, bringing down not only the other characters, but the audience as well.

Here are 9 examples.

9. Andrew Largeman – Garden State

What’s amazing about this character is that he’s able to whine using ONLY HIS SULLEN EYES! He doesn’t say much throughout the course of the movie, but every time he opens his mouth, it’s like a magnified combination of Eyore and Snuffleupagus.

Whiniest Line: That actually made me sadder than anything: the fact that I felt so numb.

8. Fredo Corleone – Godfather II

This prodigal son actually had a reason to be whiny. He really, really sucked. Sonny was the muscle who died for the family, Michael was the patriarch, and Thomas Hagen was the brains. Fredo was the dipshit, the G.O.B. of the family, only without the looks or charm. And he let everyone know it, complaining every time he was cut out of a scheme. Of course, he took pains to rectify this, but that resulted in a very unpleasant boat ride for him.

Whiniest Line: It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!

7. C-3PO – Star Wars

Ugh. Whoever the genius was who programmed a robot to be a cynical pussy should have been fired a long time ago. If I wanted to feel bad about all my decisions, I’d listen to my conscience. If C-3PO was leading the rebellion, they’d all be on their couches under a chenille throw, watching Dancing with the Stars and complaining about teenagers.

Whiniest Line: I would much rather have gone with Master Luke than stay here with you. I don't know what all this trouble is about, but I'm sure it must be your fault.

6. Ira – Suicide Kings

It turns out Ira had a pretty good reason to be whiny. His jackass friends kidnapped a mob boss and brought him into his parents house. But there’s no excuse for being AS whiny as Ira was. He complained about drinking his parents liquor, guests taking their shoes off, and broken lamps when he should have been a little more concerned about how to keep Charlie Barret alive.

Whiniest Line: Why is this man here? Why is he taped to my father's favorite chair?

5. Narrator/Jack – Fight Club

While Ed Norton’s character in Fight Club was meant to serve as a symbol of all the decadence and candy-ass-ed-ness that men have succumbed to, it’s still harrowing to see him bitch about so many things. Sure, he toughens up by the end of the movie. I mean, whiny people don’t shoot themselves in the head. Well, I guess they do when they’re suicidal, but Jack shot himself in the head for an altogether different reason, which showed how badass you can become if you just hit bottom and listen to your id.

Whiniest Line: Look, nobody takes this more seriously than me. That condo was my life, okay? I loved every stick of furniture in that place. That was not just a bunch of stuff that got destroyed, it was ME!

4. Adrian – Rocky

The archetype for the wet blanket significant other in film, Adrian was the nagging presence that made our skin crawl when we should have been inspired. Always second-guessing the champ, it was a wonder that he ever got anything done. If Adrian was running the show, Rocky would have been working at H&R Block in 1988, rather than saving the world from communism.

Whiniest Line: Can I talk to you? I wanna ask you something important, and I want you to tell me the truth.

3. George McFly – Back to the Future

Not only is this guy a pushover, but he relegates himself to loserdom with such a voice that it makes you just want to shake the shit out of him. If this guy could spend five minutes lifting up his skirt and grabbing his balls, rather than bemoaning his myriad shortcomings, he wouldn’t be…well, he wouldn’t be George McFly.

Whiniest Line:
I know what you're gonna say, son. And you're right, you're right. But uh... Biff just happens to be my supervisor, and I'm afraid I'm just not very good at... confrontations.

2. Raymond Babbit – Rain Man

Now, I’m not here to start some huge holy war over mental illness, but I AM here to point out famous movie characters who act whiny as shit, and Raymond Babbit certainly falls into that camp. Now, he isn’t always high-maintenance, but sometimes people with autism require a little more care than others. Hence “special needs.” For instance, how many things does this guy “definitely” have to do?

Here’s a list:

Definitely can’ drive on Monday
Definitely have to watch to TV
Definitely has to dance on his date
Definitely has to dance with Iris

That’s a lot of stuff he needs to do.

1. Vern – Stand by Me

Vern was the wet blanket. The fat kid that couldn’t get on board with a single thing the gang had up their sleeves. Hey Vern – you were going on a clandestine trip to see a dead body. Some questionable shit is going down, so if you aren’t on board, turn your cookie dough-ass around, take your comb, and go home.

Whiniest Line:
What am I supposed to do, think of everything? I brought the comb!