YMMV: The Kite Runner

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Amir a misunderstood boy who wants his fatherís affections? A coward who always runs from his problems? Or a selfish but still caring person? It seems that everyone sees Amir differently depending on how they view him.
  • Base Breaker: Some people see Amir as a protagonist everyone can relate to who has to tackle the obstacles in his path, while others see him as a spineless jerk who only cares about himself.
  • Complete Monster: Assef rapes Amir's servant, Hassan, because he wouldn't give him a kite, and then goes on to become a member of the Taliban, where he takes small children from orphanages to become sex slaves, one of them the orphaned son of Hassan!. As a cherry on top, he actually ''admires'' Adolf Hitler. By that point he's already shown himself to be a nasty villain in many respects.
  • Hollywood Homely: In the book, Ali is described as having his face muscles damaged by a sickness, and Hassan having a harelip. Neither are present in the film.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Amir is shown to be stubborn and often outwit on Hassan with tricks for his amusement. But he has a father who doesnít appreciate the way he is, feels guilt about ďkillingĒ his mom when she gave birth to him and Hassan is his only friend. He may be a jerk sometimes, but what Amir had to go through was rough.
  • Moe: Hassan is loyal, innocent (or too innocent as Amir mentions) and a bit naÔve. Itís no surprise that people find him adorable.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Assef, see Rape as Drama on the Main page.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Even though Hassan is a nice person who would do anything for Amir, he is often subjected to racial comments by the Afghans for being a Hazara. But a lot of people adore Hassan and sympathize him for what he went through.
  • The Woobie: Hassan, oh so much.
    • Sohrab.