8 Beloved Movie Heroes You Didn’t Realise Were Terrible At Their Jobs

In the world of movies, the main heroes are almost always the best and most qualified people at doing whatever...

T.J. Barnard

Editorial Team

Nick Fury

In the world of movies, the main heroes are almost always the best and most qualified people at doing whatever it is they’re supposed to be doing for jobs. Even characters who are washed-up or considered suicidal still end up being the best employees in the organisation – take Lethal Weapon, where a man on the brink of self-destruction still manages to take down a sniper and arrest a cocaine dealer before he even gets to work. We accept this, of course, because we don’t want to watch people who are just “okay” at their jobs. We see that in real life all the time.

Occasionally, though, movies will deceive us into thinking that because a character gets the job done, they are instantly great at their professions. In fact, it’s usually the exact opposite. Now and again that notion is actually used as a plot point, and we realise that a character is supposed to be pretty bad at their job, but hey, they normally come through in end, so cut them some slack. But what about those heroes who are supposed to be really, really good at their jobs – the best even. Looking at the evidence, you begin to realise how unprofessional some of these guys are…