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    Dodger (The Garbage Pail Kids Movie)

    "It's not worth it. It's not worth it."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Bullied Kid
    Age: 14
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Mackenzie Astin
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

    Dodger is the main human protagonist of the most infamous 1987 American film The Garbage Pail Kids Movie based on the then-popular children's trading cards series of the same name. He was played by Mackenzie Astin.

    Why He's Not Worth It(?)

    1. He comes off as a bullied 14-year-old boy who gets his money stolen at the hands of the bullying loan sharks led by a young older teen-like man named Juice.
    2. The film tries to paint him as if he was helping the Garbage Pail Kids get back home, but the problem is that he never even tries to, because he seems to care about helping Tangerine selling clothes and create her own fashion show.
    3. His dialogue is forced like question the kids about the “normies” (who are just real normal humans).
    4. Like other bullies' victims, he doesn't call the police or tell Captain Manzini about Juice and his gang, instead he and the Kids (whom Juice and his gang had them imprisoned at the State Home for the Ugly) wanted to get revenge on them by beating them at Tangerine’s Fashion Show so that they won't be “tired of being losers”.
    5. He is too similar to any other victims that were bullied, too.
    6. He is quite possibly the worst main protagonist in movie history.
    7. He is like a whiny manchild that will never grow up and bursts into tears while beating up Juice for revenge.
    8. He is treated like a harmless pushover who gets thrown in the trash or dirty waters like three times. This makes him a punching bag in the movie.
    9. He is often too young to date with Tangerine, who is Juice’s girlfriend.
    10. He is rather forgettable and has aged badly.
    11. His "It's not worth it. It's not worth it." gets old very quickly after Manzini comforted him trying to beat Juice badly.
    12. He is sometimes a mean-spirited protagonist who doesn't get along with the Garbage Pail Kids.
    13. At the end of the movie, Dodger doesn't get back at Tangerine for double-crossing him into sending Juice and his gang to capture the Garbage Pail Kids and take them to the State Home for the Ugly but thinks that she is not pretty anymore and leaves.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. Despite coming off as generic, Mackenzie Astin did a decent job portraying him.
    2. Despite this, it's sad to see how he was treated like a bullied kid.
    3. He is a nice character alongside Captain Manzini, despite his rudeness towards the Garbage Pail Kids.
    4. He was able to fight back at Juice, and it was really satisfying at the end of the movie.


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