There’s a long list of TV show characters that exist in the pantheon of hated TV personalities. Many of them have already been killed off and for some, their shows have been off the air for years. But what about the eminently hatable ones still kicking today? We run through and rank the top 15, giving you the definitive, up-to-date list of hated characters on TV.
15. Dev Patel, Master of None
On the surface, Aziz Ansari’s nearly true-to-life depiction of Dev Patel comes off as fairly inoffensive, generally kind, and for the most part, likable. But as Bustle describes, there’s something that doesn’t quite fit, and it can be traced back to the idea of “Nice Guy” syndrome.
Toward the end of what is, for the most part, a strong season of Master of None, Dev gradually reveals himself to be less of a nice guy and more of a Nice Guy; someone whose performative decency and respect for women masks a serious case of male entitlement.
It’s something that makes Dev hard to relate to, and even harder to overtly like, especially as the events of Master of None‘s second season play out.
14. Kublai Khan, Marco Polo
Benedict Wong is transformative as Mongol conquerer Kublai Khan in Netflix’s Marco Polo. That said, even as one of the primary players of the series, Kublai is hard to love. He’s proven himself to be brutal, vindictive, stubborn, and lacking in sound judgment. All this makes it tough to root for him, even as our titular Italian explorer serves in the Khan’s court.
13. Jonah Ryan, Veep
You’d be hard-pressed to find more characters as insufferable as Jonah Ryan in Veep. The liaison to the president makes a habit of rubbing just about everyone he comes into contact with the wrong way, described to a T by the Daily Beast as “unparalleled ego manifested as a human, who accessorizes his frat-boy privileged personality with excessive delusion and obliviousness.”
12. Iris West, The Flash
The Flash has had an Iris West problem since its very first episodes, constantly struggling to find a way to make her relevant. More often than not, you can see her nagging our heroes from the sidelines, getting herself kidnapped, and being in the way during her ill-advised attempts to try and be helpful.
The latest season tried to fix this by threatening to kill her off, but ultimately, it only served to keep us wondering what purpose she serves on Team Flash.
11. Morgan, The Walking Dead
Morgan may technically be one of the “good guys” on The Walking Dead, but his peaceful philosophies concerning violence don’t quite fit in the brutal, post-apocalyptic world. In turn, it has him at constant odds with our heroes, endangering them in his constant insistence that non-violence is the correct path.
10. Piper Chapman, Orange Is the New Black
Given that Orange Is the New Black has pivoted away from Piper Chapman as the primary character in recent seasons, it’s a clear indication that even the show knows how insufferable she can be. Originally our gateway into the diverse prison the series is set in, she’s spent the better part of her incarceration complaining about how hard she has it, all while serving time with people whose lives have been infinitely more difficult than her own. Essentially, she’s white privilege personified, and it’s not a great look for someone who’s supposed to be a show’s main character.
9. Gavin Belson, Silicon Valley
Gavin Belson is the walking, talking embodiment of everything there is to hate about the modern tech industry. As the CEO of the Google-esque Hooli, we see that insincere, New Age philosophy that’s taken hold in the Bay Area technology sphere, parodied to a hilarious extent. Serving as the primary adversary for our main characters, Belson represents everything wrong with the actual Silicon Valley.
8. Claire Underwood, House of Cards
It’s not that Robin Wright isn’t doing a stellar job as Claire Underwood in House of Cards (namely because she is doing a stellar job). When it comes to Claire, it’s more that the character is equal parts cold and incompetent, and doesn’t seem to care about either. As the resident Lady Macbeth of the series, her scheming usually gets her in over her head, leaving more than a few political messes for the president to clean up.
7. Barry Allen, The Flash
As the main hero of The Flash, you’d expect Barry Allen to be at least somewhat easy to root for. It makes it that much more disappointing to have the opposite be true, as Barry’s penchant for time travel frequently ruins everything for everyone. Recent episodes tried to show that he couldn’t live consequence-free as a result of this, but all that really did was demonstrate just how much damage he does on a regular basis.
6. Olivia Pope, Scandal
Olivia Pope may be the best fixer in Washington D.C., but her decision-making skills when it comes to having sex with the already-married president are questionable to say the very least. Scandal has always tried to establish her as a strong female lead, and that’s certainly something modern TV is in desperate need of right now. When you continually compromise that by having her involved in an affair with the commander-in-chief though, it flies in the face of any credibility she might have.
5. Frank Gallagher, Shameless
Most (if not all) of the various misery brought down upon the Gallagher family in Shameless can be traced back to their absentee patriarch, Frank. As a father, he’s been both physically and emotionally abusive, while his alcoholism pretty much single-handedly leaves his family in ruins. It’s a parenting approach that acted as a breeding ground for all the dysfunction of his children, as they struggle daily to make ends meet without his help.
4. Frank Underwood, House of Cards
Make no mistake, despite acting as the focal character of House of Cards, Frank Underwood is a villain through and through. He’s murdered and schemed his way straight into the Oval Office, deposing a perfectly good president in the process, and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. He doesn’t get any more likable after that either, making it tough to root for his success as he marches toward his goal of global domination.
3. Danny Rand, Iron Fist
It’s not often that the main hero in a comic book series is the least interesting character at any given moment, but that’s what we have with Netflix’s Iron Fist. While his Defenders cohorts struggle with issues like race, disability, abuse, and morality, Danny Rand’s biggest problem seems to be that he’s rich and white. It’s a stark contrast to the rest of Marvel’s Netflix universe, and it doesn’t paint the Iron Fist in all too positive of a light.
2. Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones
Cersei Lannister may have the most blood on her hands of any other character on this list. Over the course of her ascent to the Iron Throne, she’s been responsible for the death of her children, murdered the Tyrell family in cold blood, and seized control of Westeros for herself. Many believe she’ll meet her end at the hands of Daenerys Targaryen, and few would mourn her passing if that ended up happening.
1. Negan, The Walking Dead
Ever since Negan first appeared at the end of The Walking Dead‘s sixth season, fans have been counting down the days until he’s finally vanquished. The brutal leader of the Saviors has proven himself both a formidable foe and a terrifyingly ruthless adversary, kicking off his run on the series by crushing in the skulls of Abraham and Glenn. Suffice it to say, we can hardly wait until someone returns the favor.
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