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Hi-5 is one of the main protagonists of the critically panned 2017 animated film, The Emoji Movie. He's meant to represent one of the hand emojis. He was voiced by James Corden.
Why He Can’t Give A High Five (No Pun Intended)
- While none of the characters are well-written, he in particular stands out among how bad he is.
- His design is too mediocre, just like most of the other characters.
- He's very self-centered and arrogant to the point where he's near impossible to sympathize with for most of the movie.
- He serves absolutely no role in the plot (if you can even call it that) whatsoever, and he's meant to be a comic relief, but he can't even do that right.
- His voice by James Corden is very annoying.
- He has a terrible sense of humor and too much poor dialogue which is basically the writers trying to be cool. For example, at one point he tells Gene "None of these people know him! But they like him! And that's what matters in this life - popularity!" Which also conveys the messages that "Even if you've never met someone in person and have no idea what they're actually like, you should still like them because they're already popular" and "Popularity of what matters in life", both of which are terrible morals to teach anyone.
- He often steals the spotlight from the other characters and doesn't give anyone else practical screen time.
- His reason for joining Gene on his quest is very generic. He just wants to be popular among the other emojis again. Because we've never seen that done before.
- He's a total idiot, as he causes too much trouble for the "heroes". One example is when he turned the app on after Jailbreak told him not to, nearly killing everyone. Speaking of which...
- He's also extremely unsympathetic, as when he and the host of Just Dance get erased from the phone, Gene comes back to rescue Hi-5 from the memory dump, and neither of them showed any mercy for leaving the host, Akiko Glitter (one of the film's few tolerable characters) to die a painful death. Plus, Hi-5 never proved himself worthy of being rescued up to that point. Please remind us again why we're supposed to root for these guys?
- There's one scene where he waves his butt-like palm at the camera. Why would a hand have a butt?! As if his character wasn't lazily written enough...
- He literally has no personality other than being a sidekick for Gene, who is not even better.
- In the book adaptation, "The Emoji Movie: Junior Novelization" (also known as The Emoji Movie: Book of the Film, or The Emoji Movie: The Novel in some regions), he's been flanderized to the point where he is seen as even more unlikable and insufferable than he already was in the actual movie itself.
- There, he is actually very mean spirited towards Gene. A good example of this is when when Gene tells him that he is a malfunction, in the film, he just gasps. In the book however, he also tells him “Ew, yuck! You’re even more of a loser than these guys!”.
- He acts even more selfish and annoying than he is in the movie, to the point where it makes his movie counterpart look likable in comparison.
- He also thinks he's a total "know it all" here, as he tells Jailbreak “Hey, nice hacking. But that’s kid stuff, am I right? How would you like a real challenge?”.
- Another change from the movie is that Hi-5 purposefully pressed the button during the Just Dance scene to slow his friends down. Whereas in the movie, he pressed it not knowing it would activate the app.
- He is also a total hypocrite, as he thinks Jailbreak is rude, where he himself is so much ruder.
- It gets to the point where even Jailbreak is bothered by his actions.
- He saved Jailbreak's life at the end of the movie.
- He started to care for others once Gene was taken by the Anti Virus bot.
- He can be helpful sometimes.