People Cast Their Vote For Worst Characters In TV History
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Every show has a character that is absolutely insufferable - but they're not necessarily always unwatchable. Those are the really special ones, and sometimes fans need to blow off some steam.
eldridge2e asked, Who is the worst character in tv history?
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
He did kinda hold the team back... like a toddler among stoners. Oh wait...[rebelmouse-image 18354115 is_animated_gif=
Scrappy Doo isn't cute he isn't funny and he's not interesting. Screw Scrappy Doo... he ruined Scooby Doo.
The privilege is real on Gossip Girl - so is that lack of self-awareness.[rebelmouse-image 18354116 is_animated_gif=
Well, he WAS King Arthur's father, isn't that enough?[rebelmouse-image 18354117 is_animated_gif=
Uther Pendragon from Merlin... F that guy!
He was far too shallow to replace Eric.[rebelmouse-image 18354118 is_animated_gif=
Randy from That 70's Show.
Plus she totally betrayed Rick...[rebelmouse-image 18354119 is_animated_gif=
Lori Grimes in The Walking Dead. Idk if I've ever disliked a character so much.
Good news everyone, you don't have to watch it.[rebelmouse-image 18354120 is_animated_gif=
Seriously, what was that besides a way to jab at Frank? The Meecham threesome on the other hand...[rebelmouse-image 18354121 is_animated_gif=
Claire's writer F-boy in House of Cards.
Leslie fawned over him for way too long.[rebelmouse-image 18354122 is_animated_gif=
I always say this, but Mark Brendanawicz from Parks and Recreation. I know there's a lot of TV history, but this one always annoys me.
He never made sense. He was a womanizer that hated himself for being one...but still did it? It didn't come off as him being complicated, it came off as messy writing on a character not developed well. And Leslie's obsessive crush on him in season one was beneath the character she would become. Even Mark's actor said he "was insecure about playing Mark in early episodes because (he) was still trying to figure out and understand the motivations of (his) character."
Then in season two, he was just a pointless straight man, but they already had Ann in that role, so they ditched him and the show was so much better for it.
That's the drug dealing business for ya...[rebelmouse-image 18354123 is_animated_gif=
Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) from Weeds.
The show started with her being a lovable rascal. A single mom, slinging weed to support her kids.
She quickly devolved into a selfish POS that took no responsibility or ownership over the fact that her terrible life choices actively ruined her children, her friends, and her family. At most, she would acknowledge a vague "Yep, I dun goofed" then continue making the same shitty choices.
On top of that, just like Piper Chapman in Orange is the New Black (another Jenji Kohan series), she is the least interesting character in the series. Every time she is on screen you just want her to shut up and get out of the way so you can watch the people you care about.
Took me all of one episode to realize this truth.[rebelmouse-image 18354124 is_animated_gif=
Nearly every character from HIMYM. I have watched every season at least 50 times and came to the realization that most of the characters are insufferable.
LILY: The absolute WORST character in this show by far. Dear god, this girl have screwed up so many times and hurt so many people by being self-righteous, but she is still beloved by every character in the show.
-She broke up with Marshall for some fancy internship in SF, completely blindsiding him by not properly communicating with him before flying off across the country.
-She then returned from SF because she failed not out of love for Marshall which is addressed in the final season when Marshall straight up asks her if she would have returned if she had succeeded instead showing that she simply settled for Marshall.
-After Ted went out on the limb for her by getting her a job at his office, she decided to jeopardize their jobs because the boss was MEAN to her. Way to go, Lily, that'll teach him, don't you know that the proper way to teach kindness is by STEALING from them??? Just another example of her self-righteous, egotistical behavior.
-She purposefully broke up and interfered in Marshall's attempts to move on from her after she left him.
-She got all offended when Ted called her a "grinch" while she was off in SF, leaving her heartbroken ex-fiance that Ted had to take care of and console. Newsflash Lily, maybe you are.
-She broke up every single relationship Ted had because she couldn't imagine them on her imaginary, future porch. Why would it fucking matter if Ted's potential spouses wouldn't fit well on your imaginary porch that you're envisioning for your twilight years? She had no reason to interfere in Ted's relationships like that, relationships that ultimately caused extreme emotional pain for Ted. What kind of "best-friend" would do that to their friend?
-She kept her thousands of dollars of credit card debt from her husband while they were looking to buy a home!!! And then got all moody when Marshall tried to sell off all the useless junk she bought. It's not a cute quirk to cling onto leather boots while your husband is working a job he hates to get you guys out of the hole YOU created Lily!
-And what was up with the way she treated Barney? She constantly talked down on him, calling him "disgusting," "perverted," ect... even though Barney treated her with love and respect and even helped her repair her relationship with Marshall.
There's so much more that I hate about Lily but this is all I can remember.
TED: He was funny in the beginning but then his character just went in the toilet. WE GET IT TED, YOUR ONE LIFE GOAL IS HAVING A NUCLEAR FAMILY OUT IN SUBURBS!!!
-He was creepy at times with Robin, telling her he loved her on the first date. Stealing that blue trumpet for her (it's clear that some of these characters have issues with sticky fingers), clinging to her even when they weren't dating and stopped short of just pissing on her to mark his territory.
-He got so angry at Barney for sleeping with Robin, saying that Barney broke the "bro-code" despite the fact that Ted never believed in the bro-code until it applied to him. Also, why did he only stop being friends with Barney? It's not like Barney tied Robin down and had his way with her, Robin definitely wanted Barney just as much as Barney wanted her.
-He's also just really annoying, smug and has a holier-than-thou attitude with the personality of a wet towel. Besides his dream to get married and settle down into the domestic life, what else defines him?
ROBIN: Besides not standing up for Barney when he got iced out by Ted for sleeping with her, she was pretty cool when you forget her nasty attitude toward Patrice. Why did she hate Patrice so much? Patrice seemed to be a sweet girl who clearly idolized Robin who got bullied by Robin for being...overzealous??
BARNEY: He was gross in his womanizing ways but he also was a sweet character who loved his friends more than they loved him which I found so sad. The gang seemed to just keep him around to gang up on him.
MARSHALL: I got nothing bad to say, he was the man! And he definitely was the who settled in his marriage.
Maybe the show as trying to get a sympathy vote? Who knows.[rebelmouse-image 18354125 is_animated_gif=
Nellie from 'The Office'.
Let's make this annoying, grating character that has zero redeeming qualities. Oh, we want to keep her for another season. How do we get the audience to like her? I know! Let's say she's in debt and unsuccessfully trying to adopt a baby!
It's weird because Jim Parsons is actually funny.[rebelmouse-image 18354126 is_animated_gif=
Just once, give Tony a break, will ya?[rebelmouse-image 18354127 is_animated_gif=
Poochie's home planet can have him. As for Roy... why?[rebelmouse-image 18354129 is_animated_gif=
Being Carrie is goals though, so...[rebelmouse-image 18354130 is_animated_gif=
Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City.
There's just no way his Infowars persona can be real. Right? Please?[rebelmouse-image 18354131 is_animated_gif=
He tries though, bless his heart.[rebelmouse-image 18354133 is_animated_gif=
Ted Mosby. What a f_cking loser.
They're minerals, Marie.[rebelmouse-image 18354134 is_animated_gif=
Marie from Breaking Bad. She literally said or did the absolute worst thing possible in every single situation.
I relate to Brian on a spiritual level.[rebelmouse-image 18354135 is_animated_gif=
Brian Griffin from Family Guy, he used to be a likable character and the voice of reason, now he's just a liberal, pretentious, sex-crazed douche.
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Some people will just believe anything.
And if you call a statement a fact long enough, many people take it as gospel.
Some facts are absolute truths, others can be malleable.
Lies are exposed.
And research is an actual art form.
Redditor OfficialVickiLuv wanted to share the truths we need to know, so they asked:
"What is a common 'fact' that you know is bulls**t?"
There is no such thing as an alternative fact.
So let's start there.
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"Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker."
"I used to believe this one. I was very disappointed when I learned it was BS."
"There are two kinds of thinkers: Right brain people are who are creative, and the people that use the left side who can do math."
"Try telling that to psychologists/psychiatrists who do research/clinical studies/trials. I’ve been denied dozens of times to partake in research studies revolving around mental health, specifically depression, and anxiety."
"Why did they deny me [even tho I was a perfect candidate]? Because I write with my left hand. And apparently it would make their study 'invalid' because they 'don’t want to interfere with results.'"
"Please tell me how excluding a large amount of people from a research study would somehow give you the correct answer for treating mental health for everybody?"
"That you have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing."
"Especially with children, the quicker the police can get to the 'crime' scene the fresher the evidence and easier to follow leads. I used crime in quotes because there could have been a crime or the kid might have just wandered off."
"But it's not just for kids though... If you know someone is a home body and never leaves home and you know something has happened, by all means call the police. Even if they like to take random trips, it never hurts to inform the law."
"Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis."
"Probably just normal. Cracks are just little bubbles of nitrogen that settle where there's space. They don't build up over time, once the space is occupied by a little bubble then no more can join it. A knuckle that hasn't been cracked in 50 years is the same as a knuckle that hasn't been cracked in a few hours."
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"Alpha wolves being real. The guy who did the original study disproved his one study and gets mad when people get it wrong now... lol."
"Came looking for this, also extrapolating this BS to human beings and 'sigma,' go read. The articles are all available. It's nonsense that people still believe s* like this with access to everything in their hands."
The wolf pack is always ready.
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"A 'factoid' is an often repeated statement that isn't true, but is now believed to be true due to people saying it all the time. Its not a mini fact, or like, fun piece of trivia."
"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The quote was made by Kellogg's to make people buy more cereal. If you search up articles that say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, most are sponsored by Kellogg's."
"I’m not sure Kellogg’s made it up. In my country there’s a saying that’s been around forever that alludes to the importance of breakfast that goes 'have breakfast like a king and dinner like a poor person.' Kellogg’s might’ve simply exploited an existing popular belief."
"Caffeine makes you short."
"This one makes me laugh. I've been drinking coffee since I was like 9 years old and turned out 190cm tall."
"Potatoes absorb toxins. The amount of people that believe putting potato slices in your shoes or wear them around your neck as a holistic medical treatment is shockingly high. It’s just oxidation."
"I recall seeing a antivaxx meme that said if you had to get a COVID shot to put a potato slice at the injection site to absorb all the toxins. I’m all for sharing that idea if it makes people get vaccinated."
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"Bats are blind."
"I remember getting into a really stupid argument shortly after high school with a friend over this who just couldn't believe that bats weren't actually blind."
"Fine. Bats are legally blind."
Now I've learned more.
Do you have anything to add? Let us know in the comments below.
Movies can mold who we are.
Some stories caught on film leave an impression that we take with us through our dying breaths.
That's why the arts and artists are so vital.
But there are some movies and specifically movie moments that can be to much to rewatch.
We may love the movie, but a certain scene may always be on the fast forward list.
Sometimes it's all too real.
Redditor KentuckyFriedEel wondered what movie moments have left scars for life, so they asked:
"Which movie scene is really hard to sit through and watch?"
The death of Artax in 'The Neverending Story.'
Scared me for life.
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"Swingers. Mike calling and leaving messages over and over for the girl whose phone number he got at the bar."
"Never. Call. Me. Again."
"Trainspotting. Specifically the scene where they wake up from their drug induced haze to find the dead baby. The decomposition effect made to look like they neglected to check on her for DAYS... Then their best and only response is to shoot up and get high again. Dull the pain. Just tragic."
"A very good portion of the original French version of Martyrs."
"That movie is both the definition of gore porn, but also a solid story that makes sitting through how uncomfortable it is completely worth it. It’s unfortunate that Hollywood somehow made a mostly shot for shot remake and completely ruined the movie."
"My housemate and I watched Martyrs and spent like the next three days talking about it, that movie was INTENSE."
"Green Mile. I leave when Mr Jingles chases the thread bobbin, and again for the execution scene gone wrong. I've seen both scenes once. Don't need to see that again."
"The book is as heart-wrenching as the movie. It's my all-time favorite Stephen King book, but it's tough to get through."
"When I saw that execution scene as a kid I was at a friend's house and decided to go home right there. Came back next day to finish it though cause didn't wanna get made fun of."
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"Annihilation. The bear quietly screaming. ‘Help me.'"
"Absolutely not, thank you."
Never saw that one. Maybe I'll take a peek.
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"Hereditary. Watching the kid just pull up to the bed is pretty tough to watch. The scream by the mom the next morning is also pretty tough."
"I've never gone back and watched it again, because it skeeved me out so much, but that scene in Dr. Sleep, where the Shine Vampires are stealing all the shine from that kid through pain was ROUGH."
"I came here to say this. Jacob Tremblay practiced for months before the scene to be sure he could get it right. When the time came to shoot it he did so well that all the Shine Vampires forgot their lines and struggled to finish the scene. The first time I saw it was pretty traumatizing."
"The shower scene in Schindlers List. It took me years to get through it, even though it ends up just being a shower and not a gas chamber. Also the Tony episode on the new Dahmer series. I was hysterical watching it and feel sick thinking about how much real people suffered because of him."
"I watched Schindlers List for the first and only time a few years ago and couldn't stop crying after."
"The scene in the SpongeBob movie where SpongeBob and Patrick dry up."
"I know this guy that loved movies and would give me all these high brow recommendations. One Saturday morning, I decided I wanted to watch a movie and was considering one of his recommendations. I watched the SpongeBob movie instead. And I made the right choice. Saturday morning is for cartoons."
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"Saving Private Ryan - when the German soldier is plunging the knife into Mellish."
"For me it is when the medic is dying after attacking the machine gun nest. All those soldiers standing around absolutely helpless."
"Oh God don't get me started. Only scene from a movie that gets my physically angry."
All good movies. All to never watch again.
Every person, and every relationship, is unique, and that includes what makes each partner deeply and truly happy, or annoyed.
Since all of us have our little quirks, it makes sense that our partners would enjoy some of them but not others.
But it's hard to tell how each behavior will be received.
Redditor HotWife_Aisha asked:
"What quirky thing does your partner do?"
"She makes this cute nasally 'hmm' when I get in bed after she's asleep. I don't know why but it makes me happy."
It's the Effort That Counts
"My wife never screws a lid back on a jar. She just gives the lid a 1/100th of a turn so that it just sort of, kind of, possibly latches just long enough to make it halfway from the counter to the fridge."
"She hoards gas station cups. The disposable ones. That most people would throw away."
"She's not re-using them, either. She just empties them in the sink and then leaves them next to the sink."
"I regularly go in and throw them away, but I think my record disposal at one time was like 15. Just chillin' in our bathroom."
What Personal Space?
"My wife is native Italian."
"Italians are weird. It's like they have ZERO concept of personal space."
"I, am a New Yorker. Personal space, is our thing. You don't get too close... you don't rub up on people on the Subways... you leave a little space between the person you are talking to."
"Italians, will get up like nose to nose with you. Stand RIGHT behind you. Like leaving NO space."
"Often I will be in the kitchen, making tea or something and I turn around and BAM, it's like my wife wants to stand in my shadow. Or I am getting something out of the closet, and back up, and BAM, she is like right there... trying to become ONE with me or something... instead of walking around, and just leaving that inch or two of personal space to allow movement."
"All her relatives are like this too. When they talk to me, it's like they are standing on my toes... that close. Like, back the f**k up a step or two. D**n, it's creepy."
It Gets Better Before It Gets Worse
"Any recently decluttered area becomes new grounds for more cluttering."
His Version is Better
"He cannot properly remember the lyrics to any song. And he insists on singing it his way even after he’s been corrected about the lyric."
"He stutters for a word, and when I give him the word he's looking for, he says, 'YES! THAT!' and goes on with what he was saying."
"She literally cannot stop dropping and breaking things like plates, sunglasses, etc."
"She's a really talented athlete and smart to boot but oddly clumsy. I think it's cute... But it gets expensive."
Make It an Experience
"He likes a special kind of spoon for his coffee."
"About two years ago, when I realized that our set of cutlery was missing several parts (where the h**l do they go?!) I bought a new one, but since the old cutlery was alright, just incomplete, I didn't throw it away. Now we have two sets of cutlery in the drawer, but always use matching ones for the table."
"Before that, my husband had complained that sometimes he won't find a clean teaspoon because they were either dirty or in the dishwasher, so I bought a separate set of six teaspoons that look different from both of our cutlery sets."
"We have also a few of these teaspoons that you sometimes find in the big teabag boxes of Ahmad Tea, which I drink daily, as a freebie. So all in all, there are four different kinds of teaspoons in our household."
"He only uses the fancier ones from the second set of cutlery for his coffee, because they look nicer, he says."
"He's never asked me for it, but he did mention it once when he was making coffee for himself."
"Since then, every time I bring him coffee, I make sure that it's served with his favorite kind of spoon. He's over 60 and some would regard it childish, but what's the harm in considering his preference?"
"One day I went to kiss my wife and she just started breaking out laughing. She tried and tried to keep a straight face to kiss me back but couldn’t."
"When she could finally contain her laughter enough to talk, she asked, 'What if I just blew into your mouth when you tried to kiss me?'"
"Just the thought alone had her in stitches for a solid minute. Predictably, she blew into my mouth when I went to kiss her after this exchange. That was a couple of years ago and she still does it here and there, but not often enough that I keep my guard up. It catches me off guard every. Single. Time."
"Anyway, she’s hilarious and I love that she keeps me on my toes!"
Comfy Blanket Burritos
"She wraps herself in a blanket and adorably says that she’s a burrito."
Cute Ulterior Motive
"Every time SHE wants to do something, she will say it in the form of a question directed towards me."
"Like, 'Hey, do YOU want to have a bite of one of these cookies?'"
"Or, 'Babe, do YOU want to try this wine?'"
"I don’t actually think she realizes she does it every time."
"To clarify, this isn’t a bad thing. It just makes me laugh every time before I inevitably say, 'Yeah, sure.'"
That One Time...
"When she’s telling a story and says 'the other day,' it can mean any time from this morning to five years ago."
"He talks to himself. Homeboy's internal monologue is external."
"It's kinda nice never having to wonder what he's thinking."
The Good Outweighs the Bad
"The annoying thing: uses every knob as a hanger for some bag or kitchen towel. Every time I have to use a drawer, I have to move something."
"The cute thing: she is very excited about the little things in life. We went on a walk today with rain boots to jump in each puddle on the way."
Every person has their own little set of quirks that makes them truly themselves.
Some of these actions might prove to be annoying to some people, but to just the right person, it might prove to be their favorite thing about their other half.
The amount of shows that have aired in the history of television is a lengthy one, and the ones we know of are the ones that have been picked up by the networks.
There are tons of other ideas that have been pitched that have not seen the light of day and some that have been produced and presented as pilot episodes but eventually scrapped due to a variety of reasons.
The ones that have come to fruition but caused an uproar were mentioned when Redditor Future-Game asked:
"What is the most controversial TV shows of all time?"
Shows pushing the envelope were so risqué. Some aged well over time. Others didn't.
"I don't know about all time but the time it aired here in Canada, the original Degrassi High series. They covered so many topics that weren't really covered on mainstream shows back then. Even still somewhat taboo today. And everyone my age watched it and talked about it the next day."
"When Ellen Degeneres's character came out as gay on her sitcom, there was a f'king firestorm."
"Believe it or not the comedy SOAP was highly controversial when it premiered in the late 70s. It's done by the same people who did GOLDEN GIRLS. SOAP is so tame by today's standards a ten year old could watch it."
"I like South Park as an answer, but if we are talking about pushing boundaries, Chappelle's show at least deserves a mention. The Black, White Supremacist alone was wild to see on TV, and it was the first episode of the show to air."
Reality bites. So did these reality competition shows.
Trash Talk Show
"Jerry springer, what a sh*t show."
When Looks Are Everything
"The Swan - a show about generally average, everyday women with low self esteem (due to a variety of factors), receiving plastic surgery and whole makeovers. Every episode would feature two ladies and a "winner" would be decided between them. At the end of the season, all of the winners would be put in a pageant to compete and see who would be dubbed 'The Swan'"
"Takeshi's Castle / MXC wasn't exactly controversial at the time, but the production of that show seems awfully exploitative by today's standards (and for the English dub, horribly stereotypical and downright racist at times). We've since watered it down severely with versions like Wipeout, but the real ones know what the lineage of shows like that is."
Ultimate Exploitation Of Privacy
"Big Brother. How about we mix the worst people with the most exploitative form of entertainment whilst also casually normalising invasion of privacy."
Just because it was family friendly didn't mean everyone approved.
"Sesame Street - When this show debuted in 1969, TV channels in the southern US refused to air it because it’s racially mixed group of children playing together was too controversial."
Beavis And Butt-Head
"Surprised I haven't seen Beavis and Butt-Head on this list yet. When it came out everyone was freaking out."
"Southpark, we went from outrage at Bart saying "eat my shorts" to Cartman feeding children their parents."
"I mean swearing on TV was less prominent , then Southpark pushed that forward quickly as well, all of a sudden "A**" and "Bullsh*t" were on standard TV."
Every now and then a show comes out and sends audiences clutching their pearls.
But sometimes, even an episode from a relatively tame TV show can send viewers reeling with topical moments.
Examples of this include the much-hyped same-sex kiss on Melrose Place in the 90s that was ultimately edited to imply the act and the One Tree Hill arc that explored school shootings–which was considered daring and admirable at the time for addressing a malaise that continues plaguing the US today.