Fictionland is inhabited by the worst bullies in existence, always ready to mock you and steal your lunch money. Who is the meanest kid you have ever seen on TV? Does watching a kid be mean on TV cause your child to be mean too? Here’s a collection of 10 mean and ornery on-screen minors from Eddie Haskell to Dracoy Malfoy. This is by no means a complete list, just a few of my favorites. And here’s another thought: Have you ever noticed that most all the blonde kids are always mean and nasty?
Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond)
Leave it to Beaver (1957)
Eddie is the smart-mouthed best friend of Wally Cleaver who is sickeningly sweet when around the adults but Eddie changes faces and becomes quite nasty when out with the guys. This conniving, instigating wise guy loved to pick on Wally’s younger brother, Beaver, maybe because he was an only child and didn’t have a little brother of his own to torment.
Dennis Mitchell (Jay North)
Dennis the Menace (1959)
Although tow-headed blonde Dennis has well-meaning intentions, destruction seems to follow in his wake wherever he goes. Dennis is really more mischievous than mean or nasty, but his mischievous ways always landed him in trouble. George Wilson (Joseph Kearns), Dennis’ peace-and-quiet-loving older neighbor, finds Dennis to be more trouble than he’s worth. Dennis never realized that “Good Ol’ Mr. Wilson” found him aggravating to no end.
The Wonka Tourists (Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, Michael Bollner)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Veracu Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teevee and Augustus Gloop are perhaps the greediest children ever to grace the big screen.
“Nasty” Nellie Oleson (Alison Arnigram)
Little House on the Prairie (1974)
Not all the bad blondes are boys. Nellie has the deceptively sweet looking blonde curls, but she was the snottiest, nastiest, moodiest, vengeful little hellion in Walnut Grove. The sneaky little devil-girl was sickening sweet around the adults but behinds their backs and alone with the other kids she was horrendous – kind of like a female Eddie Haskell.
“Sweep the Leg” Johnny and “Flip the Tray” Greg (William Zabaka)
The Karate Kid (1984); Just One of the Guys (1985)
Johnny Lawrence is a nasty, mean, dirty, cheating blonde guy of the mid-80s who tried to beat up on Ralph Macchio in “The Karate Kid”. A year later he traded in his black belt for black cycling gloves to tip lunch tables as Greg Tolin in “Just One of the Guys”.
Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson)
Back to the Future (1985)
Biff is another blonde-haired bully who made it through high school by bullying George McFly to do his homework. Biff is real brave when surrounded by his gang, but, as with most bullies, not so much when he is alone.
Ace Merrill (Kiefer Sutherland)
Stand By Me (1986)
Ace is a tiny bit older than the guys he was being nasty to. He sported that blonde bad-boy look with his t-shirt sleeves rolled up and a switchblade in his pocket as he tried to run Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell away from the body in the woods.
Wayne Arnold (Jason Hervey)
The Wonder Years (1988)
Blonde-haired Wayne is lead character Kevin Arnold’s (Fred Savage) older brother on “The Wonder Years”. His favorite pastime is tormenting his brother and his best friend, Paul (Josh Saviano).
Sid Phillips (Erik von Detten)
Toy Story (1995)
This metal-mouthed mean brat was every toys worst nightmare. Sid’s backyard was an absolute graveyard of mangled and misbegotten toys.
Dracoy Malfoy (Tom Felton)
The Harry Potter films (2001-2009)
Dracoy has had it out for Harry from the very beginning. Why? He doesn’t need a reason other than “Just because”. He’s also blonde.
Has a movie or TV show ever made you meaner? Nicer? If not, do you think characters on TV or in the movies are capable of affecting people’s actions? Whatever happened to “Treat others as you want to be treated”? I don’t think that any of the would-be meanies out there would like to be treated the same way they treat others. Kids today seem to be following the “monkey see, monkey do” rule, whether the monkey they are following is seen on TV or from someone at home or school. When mean and nasty seem “cool” to kids — which includes getting a laugh from by-standers – will they be enticed to imitate that meanness and nastiness?
The Wonder Years
Stand By Me
Back to the Future
The Karate Kid
Just One of the Guys
Little House on the Prairie
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Dennis the Menace
Leave it to Beaver