The Lord of the Rings: Gandalf is a dick. Sauron is just a prisoner of his times.
The Cather in the Rye: Holden Caulfield is a phony.
Lord of the Flies: Ralph becomes the real dictator. A liberal dictator.
A Christmas Carol: Tiny Tim Cratchit is a manipulative little twerp.
The Old Man and the Sea: Is a perv.
Dr. Zhivago: Is a quack.
James Bond: Dorky in high school and then impotent. Later incontinent. Then in mid-career he develops uncontrollable projectile vomiting and narcolepsy.
On the Road: Kerouac/Sal Paradise blows off his friend and stays home with his Mom/Aunt.