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Six of the Most Unlikeable Characters on TV

Every show has that one character that you just can’t stand. Whether it’s the horrible decisions they make or their whiny personality – there’s just something about them that you hate. Most of these shows have enough loveable characters that make the show worthwhile, but it doesn’t stop us from complaining about the one we hate to no end. Here’s a list of some of the worst characters on TV.



Elena Gilbert - Vampire Diaries

Elena is the definition of an unlikeable heroine. She is whiny, self-absorbed, and extremely problematic. She could do something as little as stub her toe and the entire town of Mystic Falls would drop everything to protect her. Elena didn’t know how to do anything except whine- especially when she became a vampire. Practically every character in the show became a vampire without any complaints, but when Elena turned she had the entire cast searching for a cure to vampirism.

Jenny Humphrey - Gossip Girl

Poor Little J. She went from being Dan’s sweet, innocent sister to arguably the most problematic character on the show. I respect her wanting to stand up to Queen B and pursue her passion for fashion, but did she have to make such horrible decisions along the way? She was an awful friend to Eric, constantly disobeyed Rufus, attempted to ruin Nate and Serena’s relationship and the list goes on. Her burning desire to fit in and climb the social ladder resulted in her being such an unlikeable character on the show. 

Serena van der Woodsen - Gossip Girl

While we’re on the subject of unlikeable characters on Gossip Girl, it would be a crime not to mention Serena van der Woodsen. Where do I even begin with this one? I’m all for women getting with however many men they desire, but holy cow, this girl fell “in love” with more guys than I can count. Not to mention how incredibly problematic her choice in men always was. Whether it’s sleeping with her best friend’s boyfriend or having an affair with a married man - her values were questionable at best. Her cringe-worthy love life is ultimately why she has earned herself a spot on this list.

Ezra Fitz - Pretty Little Liars

The most obvious flaw to Ezra’s character was his inappropriate relationship with Aria. Ezra was a high school teacher who initiated a relationship with an underage student. He also dated Alison who - you guessed it, was underage! It wasn’t just his inappropriate relationships that made him unlikeable, he was also just super creepy. He manipulated and spied on a group of girls in the name of his “crime novel”. Overall, his character just didn’t have enough redeeming qualities to make up for his questionable decisions.

Lily Aldrin - How I Met Your Mother

I have a love-hate relationship with this character. There were times where I sympathized with her character, which is why I was hesitant to add her to this list. But Lily’s decision to abandon Marshall and run off to California to become an artist was completely selfish. Lily had every right to pursue her dreams before settling down, but applying to a school across the country without even telling her fiance was undeniably selfish. And to make matters worse, when she failed to become an artist she returned to New York and begged Marshall to take her back. There were several other points throughout the show when she was unlikeable too. From meddling in all of Ted’s relationships to forcing Marshall to move to Italy with her- she was overall just too selfish to root for. 

Harvey Kinkle - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Dump him. Dump him! DUMP HIM! I found myself uttering these three words to myself as I watched this Netflix series (that is before I gave up on the show altogether). Sabrina fell hard for Harvey, but he does nothing but put her down and add to the misery in her life. He starts out as the typical sweet high school boyfriend, but as the show progresses he downgrades to just a selfish, immature boy. When Sabrina finally built up the courage to confess her secret to Harvey, his response was “Are you saying all this because you don’t want to be with me?” Can you think of a more self-centered response because I surely cannot? He breaks up with her twice because he can’t handle her new mystical life, but then he gets absurdly jealous when she finds a new man who accepts her for who she is.

There you have it, the most annoying, problematic, and unlikable characters from TV. Share this article with your friends who might agree!

Sarah Peltz is a student at Michigan State University studying journalism and public relations. With a passion for health and wellness, Sarah enjoys working out, cooking, and simple acts of self-care.
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