Whether it’s ‘hate-watching’ a despicable character, or eye-rolling at another self-professed ‘innocent victim’, dealing with these fictional folks is central to the TV watching experience. These characters are either infamous for their major snooze factor or for being just plain evil, taunting and torturing anyone in their path.
From Game of Throne’s sadistic Jeoffry to the whiney Piper Chapman in OITNB, all of these characters have been awful in their own unique way.
Michael Scott – The Office
Played by Steve Carell
The “World’s Best Boss” was obviously the worst. Totally delusional and inappropriate, Michael Scott behaved terribly towards his ‘underlings.’ He was rude and offensive and got himself into the most cringe-worthy situations.
We know it a lot to do with loneliness, but from how he behaved, it wasn’t always easy to sympathize with him.
Whether it's 'hate-watching' a despicable character, or eye-rolling at another self-professed 'innocent victim', dealing with these fictional folks is central to the TV watching experience. These characters are either infamous for their major snooze factor or for being just plain evil, taunting and torturing anyone in their path.
From Game of Throne's sadistic Jeoffry to the whiney Piper Chapman in OITNB, all of these characters have been awful in their own unique way.
Michael Scott - The Office
Played by Steve Carell
The "World's Best Boss" was obviously the worst. Totally delusional and inappropriate, Michael Scott behaved terribly towards his 'underlings.' He was rude and offensive and got himself into the most cringe-worthy situations.
We know it a lot to do with loneliness, but from how he behaved, it wasn't always easy to sympathize with him.
Priya - The Big Bang Theory
Played by Aarti Majumdar
Priya's time in the show was short-lived. That's possibly the best thing about her. Her character was unfunny and even mean as she basically mistreated everyone around her, including her boyfriend, Leonard.
Thankfully she left and never returned, which is sort of odd seeing as she was Raj's sister. Guess that says enough.
Oliver Trask - The O.C.
Played by Taylor Handley
It took six episodes too many for creators to cotton on to the mistake that was Oliver. Trask's brief time at Newport Beach involved him faking both a girlfriend and a suicide attempt. The villainous little attention-seeking loser then topped it off when he held poor Marissa hostage.
Talk about needy. That name should never be mentioned again.
Wesley Crusher - Star Trek
Played by Wil Wheaton
Any character praised for having "good behavior" is going to make bad TV, and that's guaranteed. Crusher's tendency to make everyone feel a little inferior is what grated fans the most. Even the actor portraying the character admitted to not being particularly fond of him.
Luckily writers read the room and banished the Wesley Crusher to the trash can.
April Kepner, Grey’s Anatomy
Played by Sarah Drew
While April did ease up later in the show, her initial behavior tainted her character for good. When she became the chief resident of Seattle Grace Hospital, she somehow continued to get increasingly more boring and self-righteous.
She did at least make the other characters seem more interesting.
Dawn Summers - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Played by Michelle Trachtenberg
In Dawn's defense, she did get dealt a bad hand. Relentlessly abandoned by everyone she loved, Dawn had issues. And at 14 she discovered that she had been living a complete lie. It was clear that poor Dawn could not get a break. While her character begged for sympathy, it was hard to give it.
Perhaps if she begged a little less she could have been a little more tolerable. Sulky and whiny Dawn then developed a shoplifting habit. Perhaps it was a cry for help. Still, fans just sort of lost patience for her.
Ned Flanders - The Simpsons
Voiced by Harry Shearer
The bible-thumping Ned annoyed the heck out of Homer and a lot of fans. Starting out with a sort of 'cute' overly sunny outlook on life, Ned later got a little intense about his beliefs, often leading him to look down upon others who didn't share his values.
It's no surprise that Homer ended up writing the song “Everybody Hates Ned Flanders”, which, due to such overwhelming popularity even earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding music and lyrics.
Samantha Jones - Sex and The City
Played by Kim Cattrall
While Samantha Jones did what she wanted, she probably made a terrible work colleague. She might have been a great worker and all, given her high-position and success and all, yet there are a couple of things that would have definitely set her back.
Her passions for the physical indulgences might keep her a little preoccupied at work, or worse...land in some hot water over sexual harassment.
Ross Geller - Friends
Played by David Schwimmer
While the show's writers certainly intended for Ross to be a loveable nervous nerd, that wasn't quite the result. Ultimately, Ross just came off as whiny and self-pitying who believed that he was entitled to anything he wanted.
Countless marriages and failed relationships, Ross just couldn't get it right. Eventually, he managed to get the wonderful Rachel and we really just don't know how or why.
Dawson Leery - Dawson’s Creek
Played by James Van Der Beek
The Dawson Leery crying meme will be etched into our memories forever. Not only because it's just so deliciously ugly, but because it perfectly sums up Dawson's ongoing self-pitying behavior that was displayed for the entirety of the six-season show.
While an emotionally attuned soft boy with the chiseled face of a jock did reel in viewers, Dawson's whole thing just got a bit too much.
Miranda - Sex and the City
Played by Cynthia Nixon
While she may have been the most successful of the lot with her shrewd and "lawyery" ways, Miranda had a rather immature way of dealing with her friendships.
It was not uncommon for her to hold grudges and give the silent treatment. You were either with her or against her.
Jeremy Jamm - Parks and Recreation
Played by Jon Glaser
Anyone who gets in the way of the ever-delightful Leslie Knope is just quite simply the worst. Case in point, Jeremy Jamm. Thwarting all of Leslie's efforts to make Pawnee the best town ever, Jeremy Jamm was awful.
Add in his misogynistic and patronizing behavior, and he was completely unbearable
Marnie Michaels - Girls
Played by Allison Williams
The consensus about all the characters from Girls is that they were all pretty annoying and self-involved. So for another one to receive special status, it must have been bad. Marnie could suck the energy from any room.
Her need for attention and making big decisions on a whim often left people pretty broken.
Lee - Westworld
Played by Simon Quarterman
It's unclear if it's actor Simon Quarterman couldn't quite get the character right or if Lee's cartoon-like and absurd behavior is especially noticeable in a world of robots.
The show's creators did make an effort to improve Lee by the second season, but it felt a little too late by then.
David Brent - The Office
Played by Ricky Gervais
The original "Michael Scott", no one wanted David Brent in management. He was awkward, humiliating, and had completely out of touch ideas that would never work.
He should be avoided at all costs. Really, he might even be worse than Michael Scott, and that's saying a lot!
Jonah Ryan - Veep
Played by Timothy Simons
Terribly cringe-worthy and painfully stupid, Jonah Ryan is one of the most infuriating characters to ever appear on television.
What makes it worse is that he somehow manages to climb higher and higher up the political ladder and gain popularity.
Jenna Maroney - 30 Rock
Played by Jane Krakowski
Jenna Maroney was a vain, self-obsessed actress. She always sought approval and recognition and would do anything to get into the spotlight. She bossed people around, lied to them, and threatened them. The way she treated Kevin was terrible.
We still don't know how Liz dealt with her on a daily basis for so many years. Many people would quit in 5 minutes.
Janice Litman - Friends
Played by Maggie Wheeler
Should we even bother with explaining? Janice managed to turn any social event into an annoyance.
That laugh, that voice. Gosh, Chandler, how did you suffer through that?
Jake Ballard - Scandal
Played by Scott Foley
Jake clearly doesn't know what love is. He claims he loves Olivia but he only tries to lead her in the direction that he most needs. He interferes and even stalks her. Time after time the actions prove one thing. He has no moral compass.
It wasn't any better-seeing him in prison either.
Kate - Lost
Played by Evangeline Lilly
Jack was certainly up there on the list but he's had his fair share of redeemable moments. When it comes to Kate, however, well, not so much. It's a real shame, seeing as her storyline had some decent potential. The longer series continued, the worse she got and we're discounting that tedious love triangle she was involved in.
Often times Kate was just in the way of things and made the narrative unnecessarily complicated. There was also that dreaded stare that was too much to handle.
Susan Mayer-Delfino - Desperate Housewives
Played by Teri Hatcher
Susan spent much of the show's eight seasons ambling through Wysteria Lane with zero self-awareness. At least the other characters were fully comfortable with their moral depravity.
Lying naked the shrubbery while death lurked in the corners of suburbia pretty much sums up Susan for us.
Sheldon Cooper - The Big Bang Theory
Played by Jim Parsons
The brilliant scientist who doesn't understand social cues. If only it was just that. Sheldon was also mean and totally insensitive, yet somehow his friends stuck by him. With his ego as high as his IQ, Sheldon was simply unrelatable.
With all of that, it was hard to look past the geeky quirkiness. Nothing about him was endearing.
Andrea - The Walking Dead
Played by Laurie Holden
Andrea's inconsistent personality and ever-changing motivations could really wear us down after a while. There's only so much you can take, technically three seasons of it.
Her annoying monologues had a habit of draining all the enjoyment of the show. Oh, and her taste in men was pretty awful.
Angelica Pickles - The Rugrats
Voiced by Cheryl Chase
Possibly the biggest brat in the entire network of Nickelodeon. Angela Pickles was a little mini terror. She constantly ratted everyone out, she was mean to her cousin and all of the other babies.
According to a 1998 article in The New Yorker in 1998, co-creator Arlene Klasky even admitted that she Angelica was a little too mean and that it almost ruined the show.
Eric Forman - That 70’s Show
Played by Topher Grace
Thankfully Eric eventually left the show, but that does not make up for all his time spent on the majority of the series. Initially, Eric seemed 'normal', but as time went by his mama's boy antics and lack of ambition just got extremely annoying.
He quickly got very boring which explains how held so dearly onto the only interesting thing in his life, the amazing Donna.
Rachel Berry - Glee
Played by Lea Michele
The talented Rachel was no doubt the star of the Glee club. That kind of star quality can only really take you to the big leagues. It's a shame that the "slappability" factor was part and parcel.
Her egocentric ways kept her pretty much friendless. But what does that matter when you just think you're the greatest thing ever created?
Paige Jennings - The Americans
Played by Holly Taylor
According to the show's creators, fans hated Paige so much that they wanted her to be killed off the show. Yup, pretty harsh. Paige created so many issues for the Jennings.
Digging through her parents' strange disappearance, revealing identities, she just ended up endangering everyone. This character needed to just get out of the way.
Piper Chapman - Orange Is The New Black
Played by Taylor Schilling
As the fresh new meat at Litchfield Correctional Institution, Piper Chapman entered her new home as a self-entitled privileged woman, afraid of all the prison baddies and what they might do to her. Fast forward a few seasons later and Piper is exactly the same person.
It doesn't help that she is a real jerk to a lot of the other characters. Being pretty isn't redeemable enough for us!
Kimmy Gibbler - Full House
Played by Andrea Barber
The poor Tanners. Every time Kimmy Gibbler entered the house, most of their energy was just spent on trying to get her back home. Her clashing patterns and neon colors were overwhelming even by 90s' standards. Her voice was unpleasant and she had stinky feet! What kind of person is this?
Kimmy may have been kind of annoying, but on a more positive note, the friendship between her and DJ was TV gold.
Broad City - Ilana Wexler
Played by Ilana Glazer
We love Ilana, but the way she went through life was kind of childish sometimes, and pretty exhausting too.
At least towards the end of the series, she decided to grow up a little.
April Nardini - Gilmore Girls
Played by Vanessa Maarano
Just when things were finally turning around for Luke and Lorelai, along comes this little curveball named April Nardini, the long-lost daughter of Luke. Ok, we can't exactly blame her for seeking a relationship with her father, but could she not have chosen a worse point in the show?
Her first appearance in the episode "The Prodigal Daughter Returns" was immediately perceived as a rather annoying intrusion. Fans of the show did not like her tactless know-it-all attitude and ultimately, her involvement in the show just ruined a pretty good love story. Sorry April, we know you were just a badly written character caught in the middle of ugly family dynamics. It's not your fault.
Hannah Horvath - Girls
Played by Lena Dunham
Oh, Hannah. Yes, we get it. You have your dreams and you believe that you are the voice of a generation, or at least "a voice" (even if it's in some opium-induced state.) But unfortunately, throughout the series, you were so painfully self-absorbed to the point that it blinded you the pains of others.
That being said, we hope Hannah became the best mother she could be. She may have been rather annoying but she did seem very happy as a mom.
Olly - Game of Thrones
Played by Brenock Grant O'Connor
Olly was a product one of the many annoying "tweaks for TV" that drove original book fans crazy. His ultimate involvement in Jon Snow's death cemented the many negative feelings towards the character.
Even though he witnessed the murder of his parents, fans had a hard time sympathizing with him.
Julie Taylor - Friday Night Lights
Played by Aimee Teegarden
The stereotypical teenage girl, Julie, as many fans will agree, was the worst character in the series. Constantly at loggerheads with her parents, (who were actually really great) fans hated her.
There was also the idea that she was in no way deserving of such a great boyfriend.
Bill Compton -True Blood
Played by Stephen Moyer
How Sookie ever fell for Bill, we will never understand. His methods for helping the so-called love of his life by allowing her to be almost killed so he could heal her and then be forever bound to her was creepy, to say the least.
Oh, he was also quite the bore. Yawn.
Scrappy-Doo - Scooby-Doo
Voiced by Scott Innes, Don Messick, and Lennie Weinrib
There's a reason why Scrappy-Doo wasn't part of the original series. The character has really been a symbol of gimmicky creations crafted by networks to revive ratings.
After seeing him as the antagonist in the first-ever live-action Scoopy Doo film in the 2000s, I think we can say that it's enough Scrappy.
Janine - Friends
Played by Elle Macpherson
Don't worry, Ross. We have another "Friends" entry. This time dedicated to the annoyingly upbeat Janine played by supermodel Elle Macpherson.
Why she was the one who had to be Joey's new roommate was just beyond us. She was a real bore.
George Costanza - Seinfeld
Played by Jason Alexander
George's character showcases heaps of neurosis, irrationality, not to mention his tendency to ‘manipulate’ the truth whenever things don't quite go his way.
These are the three pretty important characteristics that make up a problematic person. Dealing with someone like that would probably be one of the most exhausting things in the world.
Dennis Reynolds - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Played by Glenn Howerton
It doesn't quite bode well when a certain character from a show about unlikeable and sociopaths sticks out. Dennis's cruelness was the worst seen on the "It's Always Sunny."
Even when Dennis left, it was hard for fans to forget how terrible he was.
Pete Campbell - Mad Men
Played by Vincent Kartheiser
The smug and entitled ad exec, Pete Campbell could really make your blood boil. He completely exploited the job that was handed to him on a silver platter
He mistreated women and abused his powers. His awful actions made audiences squirm. Towards the very end of the show, Pete comes to some sort of realization and changes. Hopefully, it stuck with him.
Karen Jackso - Shameless
Played by Laura Slade Wiggins
Out of the pile of savages that made up the cast of Shameless, Karen seemed to take the cake. She did some atrocious things throughout the show that it would be too much to list, but we will try to anyway.
She ruthlessly toyed with Lip, she tried to sell her baby, she sent a nasty video of her and Frank to her own father (who then committed suicide), she destroyed her mother's chance at happiness, oh and she 'forgot' to mention to Lip that he was not the father of her child. Karen is one nasty character that you want to stay away from.
Serena Joy - The Handmaid’s Tale
Played by Yvonne Strahovski
The ironically named Serena Joy could be described as the embodiment of pure evil. As a woman, her allegiance to the patriarchal government of Gilead makes her one of the most threatening characters to women and freedom.
Writers tried to set up a backstory that would somehow justify her wicked ways and terrible treatment towards Offred. Even with that, it didn't make much difference.
Richard Hendricks - Silicon Valley
Played by Thomas Middleditch
The CEO of Pied Piper started out promising and, initially, we were rooting for him to overcome those ruthless tech conglomerates. But then something shifted and Richard just got a little too arrogant.
After it all came crashing down, we found that Richard hadn't really learned much and so the cycle would repeat itself.
Andy Bernard - The Office
Played by Ed Helms
Andy started out great. His Ivy League obsession coupled with his total incompetence and hilarious anger outbursts gave us many laughs, so it was a real shame to see him morph into this unbearable being. After while his insecurities got tiresome and fans just had enough of him.
The way he treated Erin was also awful. He just became generally obnoxious and literally the most annoying boss ever.
Dan Scott - One Tree Hill
Played by Paul Johansson
This was one example of a man who failed at family life. He pressured his kids while simultaneously not being involved in their lives. He behaved terribly towards his wife Deb and was disrespectful to Lucas' mother Karen.
It's not any surprise that multiple people tied to kill him.
Ted Mosby - How I Met Your Mother
Played by Josh Radnor
It's generally agreed upon that How I Met Your Mother had pretty much tanked by the time it reached the finale. That, of course, was largely due to its main character, Ted Mosby. Watching him obsessively searching for the woman who would magically check off every single ridiculous box in his list for the ideal future Mrs. Mosby was exhausting.
Of course, he ended up with Robin which could only happen once his perfect wife had died. Weird. He has also been criticized for chasing women who were not interested.
Serena van der Woodsen - Gossip Girl
Played by Blake Lively
As it generally goes with TV's pretty blonds, they tend to waltz through life with little self-awareness. Serena is certainly no exception.
As the It Girl of the Upper East Side, can we really blame her?
Bevers - Broad City
Played by John Gemberling
Definitely the worst TV roommate ever. Bevers had no respect for poor Abbi's personal things. As the supposed boyfriend of Abbi's actual roommate, he wasn't even supposed to be there. Yet there he was, all the time.
It also seemed like he just did not own a pair of pants.
Jenny Humphrey - Gossip Girl
Played by Taylor Momsen
The little Blair Waldorf wannabe, Jenny desperately wanted the lavish lifestyle of an Upper East Side It Girl. In fact, she wanted it a little too badly. It made her unlikeable. There was also the terrible damage she caused between Nate and Serena and Chuck and Blair that didn't help either.
When Jenny finally graduated high school and left the city, viewers were only too pleased to see her go.
Joffrey Baratheon - Game of Thrones
Played by Jack Gleeson
There's certainly no shortage of moral depravity in The Game of Thrones, but nothing quite reaches Jeoffry levels. His face and general demeanor made the average viewer want to reach out and strangle him.
We can put partial blame on his seriously messed up parents but it's hard to pity him when he is just so awfully sadistic.
Janice Soprano - The Sopranos
Played by Aida Turturro
Janice was basically Tony minus the likeability and power. She possessed all the dirty antics of a no-good mafioso but was forced to only operate outside of the mobster universe. Lying and cheating her way through the series, Janice was simply a bad person.
Unable to exert any power in the mafia world, unfortunately, made her actions look worse.
Will Schuester - Glee
Played by Matthew Morrison
Leading the colorful band of high school theater geeks in the hit Fox musical comedy-drama, Glee was the terribly bland Mr. Schuester. Perhaps he was picked for a reason as his white-bread personality added a little bit of balance in the show. Still, that didn't take the away pain of having to deal with his whiny and boring personal issues whenever he stepped away from the class.
Aside from that, his teaching methods may have been somewhat questionable. Getting way too involved in his students' personal lives was a little weird, not to mention him creepily living vicariously through the glee club experiences. He somehow still landed teacher of the year at Mckinley High. We think this needs some serious reevaluation.
Screech - Saved by the Bell
Played by Dustin Diamond
Certainly aptly named, the highly annoying ways of Screech oddly seemed to escape us all these years ago. Viewed back then as an endearing little nerd hero, today looks he looks pretty darn irritating and almost deserving of those wedgies and wet willies.
Somehow he was smart, but never sharp enough to catch a joke. On top of that, it just never quite clicked for him that Lisa was not interested. Honestly, Screech. It's not cute.
Homer - The Simpsons
Voiced by Dan Castellaneta
Homer's habits revolve around continually failing at his job. His lazy approach to life stops him from doing anything right. time. He's also kind of abusive father!
Stay away from this guy even if he's America's most loved yellow hero.
Kim - 24
Played by Elisha Cuthbert
Of all the people who got killed off, somehow annoying Kim managed to stay on, surviving things from cougars to nuclear bombs.
How she got a job at CTU while having Jack as her father is beyond us.
Paige McCullers - Pretty Little Liars
Played by Lindsey Shaw
This pretty little liar was also pretty violently competitive. When she almost drownd her swim rival, Emily, by pushing her head under the water, fans were positively horrified.
While the two evidently patched things up later, Paige's stubbornness began to wear on Emily and her friends.
Madison Sinclair - Veronica Mars
Played by Amanda Noret
This troublesome character terrorized her way through Neptune High. Not only did she make poor Veronica's life miserable, but she also pretty much taunted everyone.
It got particularly bad when we witnessed her being the catalyst to Veronica's horrendous attack.
Andrea Harrison - The Walking Dead
Played by Laurie Holden
Fans of the original Walking Dead comics were devastated to find how their illustrated heroine took real-life form. Supposedly nowhere close to how she was portrayed in the comics, Laurie lost all credibility when she started cozying up to the show's villain, The Governor.
Her bad judgment even led her to shoot poor Daryl after mistaking him for a zombie. What happened, Andrea? This is not at all what we signed up for.
Ellis Boyd - Smash
Played by Jaime Cepero
Smash was slammed by critics rather often, still, the show picked up a sizable following. One thing fans couldn't really overlook was the unbearable Ellis. His manipulative and deceitful behavior really rubbed fans the wrong way.
Often needing to get praise for anything he did, many viewers felt that he symbolized everything bad about millennials.
Beans - Even Stevens
Played by Steven Anthony Lawrence
Beans never really won us over. He may not be as bad as some of the others on this list, but Beans did bring about a lot of eye-rolling in a way an annoying younger brother might do.
Steven Anthony Lawrence appeared in quite a lot of kids shows, often displaying similar behavior.