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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.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Assef is half-German, has blonde hair and blue eyes and wishes that Hazaras were wiped out of existence. And itís implied that he sees Hitler as a role model if his birthday present for Amir is anything to go by. This was probably the reason why that changed Assefís hair brown and never mentioned anything else aside from still being a bully and hating Hazaras.
  • 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.

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