SF and Fantasy's 20 Most Irritating Characters 10

10 Short Round/Willie Scott
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Role: Oriental street kid and Shanghai night club singer

The painful truth: The "annoying sidekick" is a venerable and ancient subset of "the irritating bastard", and we were honoured with two of the blighters in the second Indy movie. Lucky us. One was named after the screenwriters’ dog; the other became the director’s bitch. Shame somebody couldn’t have muzzled them both. They seem to be in a competition to see who can shout or scream the loudest throughout. At least Short Round is vaguely useful, whereas Willie is plain hopeless, more worried about her nails than anything else. Maybe she was supposed to be ironic in a post-modern kinda way, but that's no excuse.

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