Poor Wesley Crusher.  Created by Gene Roddenberry with many of his own characteristics (admittedly so, including Gene’s middle name), he was the most ill-treated of the Star Trek: The Next Generation characters and concepts.  Even in those almost-pre-Internet days, entire newsgroups existed to complain about the character, even leaving his real-world actor scarred by the experience.  Of course, he’s not the only creator’s pet character to get such vitriol, as there are dozens of examples from John Cena to Damian Wayne to Barry Allen himself (a character who, honestly, kinda deserves his backlash) leading to today’s unfairly maligned query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually feels pretty positively about Wesley, and never hated him during the peak of his infamy, asking: What “creator’s pet” character that fandom hates do you still find appealing?

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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    I never could quite muster the disdain for Jar Jar Binks that the universe of fandom seems to heap upon him.

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