We hated Joffrey from the start of Game of Thrones, and we had plenty of reasons. He was a sadistic, incompetent coward and, unlike most TV villains, he didn't have any redeeming qualities. Plus, his uncle was his father. Unfortunately, Joffrey is no longer with us, which means we will never again get the satisfaction of watching Tyrion slap his nephew across the face. However, you can click ahead to see how Joffrey stacks up against more of the small screen's most loathed characters of all time.
We didn't intend to be annoyed by Dana. In fact, the relationship between her and her terrorist father was among the things we loved in Season 1. But then everything conspired against her. Her pouty teenage angst grew insufferable, especially when the show paired her with a number of equally annoying boyfriends. But things got really ugly when the writers all but removed Nicholas Brody from the story in Season 3, but still chose to check in on Dana, whose mix of mumbling apathy and young-lovers-on-the-run rebellion rubbed nearly everyone the wrong way.
OK, OK, we know they're not technically interns anymore, but these angsty amateurs will always be grouped as such in our book. Characters such as Leah, Shane and Stephanie seemed like they were only brought in to be convenient plot devices to mess up the existing love lives of the main characters, and the death of Brooks and exit of Shane and Leah (even though she eventually came back) proved that the showrunners see them as disposable.
It says a lot when you're the worst character on Girls. Thankfully, Ray summed up Marnie's problem perfectly: "You're a huge fat f---ing phony." She's also judgmental, self-important and extremely uptight. Marnie's the type of person who would be mad at a friend who got Beyonce to perform at her dinner party but didn't include a plus-one on the RSVP. In short, we can't understand why anyone is still friends with her.
By the end of Season 1, it's clear that Healy deserves to be behind bars more than many of the inmates at Litchfield do. His homophobia sets off the chain of events that leads to Piper's downward spiral and he's downright evil when he turns his back on Piper as Pennsatucky tries to murder her. His character reaches for redemption in later seasons via his connection with Red and attempts to heal his marriage, but affection for Healy just won't stick.
Arrow's never known what to do with Laurel. She's bounced around various love interests and gone from a dogged attorney hunting the Hood to an alcoholic damsel in distress. Who can keep track of whose team she's on? She lives as Black Canary, she dies, she's back as Black Siren... it's chaos.
During the first 12 episodes of Smash, fans could barely be bothered with the question of who would play Marilyn. They were too busy wondering if anyone was going to give Ellis the smack in the face he deserved. While only a minor character, Ellis' schemes and never-ending selection of sweater vests made him a much-hated sensation. It seemed there wasn't a single conversation behind a closed door that Ellis didn't eavesdrop on. After he pompously declared in the finale "You haven't seen the last of me," viewers were more than ecstatic when he was soon proved wrong. (The character didn't return in Season 2.) Ellis wasn't a character we loved to hate. He was just a character we hated.
Did anyone really expect us to believe this couple had been on the Island the entire time? Get real. When Nikki and Paulo were introduced in Season 3, the pair stuck out from the rest of the survivors like two polar bears in the jungle. Though Sawyer could barely keep their names straight, there's no chance viewers will ever forget Nikki and Paulo. Their abrupt introduction and irrelevant back story immortalized them as the most hated characters on the series. Thankfully, showrunners took notice and killed off the pair later that same season by burying them alive.
We suppose the deck was stacked against Mohinder from the beginning. The genetics professor was initially one of the few central characters on Heroes without a special ability. Rather, he was focused on following his father's research in hopes of learning how his dear ol' dad died. (He also got to speak the highly expositional narration at the beginning and end of each episode.) By the time he created a formula that gave him super strength, we couldn't care less that the show was ripping off The Fly and that the formula was also turning Mohinder into a bug. We just wanted him to fly away.
Ultimately, Roz occupies the TV history books for her gruesome death. (She fell down an empty elevator shaft just as she and secret lover Leland had decided to marry.) It was a hilarious, fitting end for a character who, in two short seasons, earned the enmity of most of the attorneys of McKenzie Brackman with her ruthless tactics in and out of the courtroom.
On paper, Mandy -- a brilliant, motor-mouthed political operative and ex-girlfriend of Bradley Whitford's Josh Lyman -- seemed like a perfect addition to Aaron Sorkin's chatty White House ensemble. But jeez, was she annoying! Ultimately, Sorkin agreed: At the beginning of the second season, her character was gone, and no explanation was ever given for her absence.
There's no denying that Pete Campbell was Sterling Cooper (Draper Price)'s slimiest weasel. Although his naked ambition has brought out his uglier side a few times -- like when he blackmailed Don about his past in front of Bert Cooper -- it also made him one of the firm's most valuable assets. What truly does Pete in is his petulance. Whether he's trying to humiliate Roger, or simply whining about his woes ("Why can't I get anything good all at once?"), sometimes you just want to slug the guy. And thankfully, somebody finally did.
Romano made it so easy to hate him. Pompous, rude and always armed with a stinging -- and sometimes racist -- putdown, he made the lives of nearly everyone at County General miserable, so much so that almost none of them attended his funeral (after he was crushed by a helicopter, of course). But as it turned out, underneath all that bravado was a man with some heart: He pined after his dear Lizzie, broke down after Lucy's death and secretly communicated with Reese via sign language. So, we loved to hate him and hated to love him too.
During his brief storyline in Season 1, spoiled psychopath Oliver pulled every cheap trick imaginable in an effort to steal Marissa away from Ryan. These included, but were not limited to: lying, staging a fake suicide attempt, and holding his wannabe girlfriend hostage. Talk about romance. Hatred for Oliver was so great, series creator Josh Schwartz had to do interviews in defense of the character. Too bad there is no defending his haircut.
While Julie was obnoxiously sweet -- making it difficult for even the most die-hard Ross/Rachel fans to hate her -- Emily was just obnoxious. She was so uptight and controlling that even her British accent was unable to lend her any charm. It took Ross 10 episodes to marry her, but it only took one scene for us to hate her. When Ross rebounded with Janice, even that was a step up.
If you thought Nikki and Paolo's introduction on _Lost_ was too abrupt, imagine tuning into the fifth season of _Buffy_ and discovering the Slayer had a sister you never knew about! In all fairness, even Buffy didn't know about Dawn, since she hadn't technically existed before. Viewers had little sympathy for Dawn's teen angst and soon grew tired of her. And frankly, the Scooby Gang had enough on its plate without having to live through a Judy Blume novel.
She started off as the innocent but ambitious younger sister of Dan, but before her final farewell in Season 4, Jenny added home-wrecker, drug dealer and Queen Bee to her resume. Jenny's switch from bashful Brooklynite to snarky saboteur was intensified by the 10 lbs. of black eye shadow the actress insisted on wearing both on and off-set. The only thing worse than Jenny's devolving style choices was when she split up one of TV's favorite couples after Blair learned Little J lost her V-card to Chuck.
After seducing his much older teacher in Season 1, it was nice to see Pacey date someone his own age. But did it have to be the shrill, nagging, know-it-all (did we mention slightly crazypants?) Andie? They had the "opposites attract" thing down pat, but after a while, this couple's supposedly adorable banter was just plain painful to listen to. Once Andie started hallucinating her dead brother and the couple broke up, there was little for Andie to do except nag the rest of the Capeside kids. Isn't that what their parents are for?
Before she was the pregnant girl on the Island on _Lost_, Emilie de Ravin played the pregnant alien in New Mexico -- and she was the worst. Tess used everything in her power (including actual mind control) to come between Max and Liz. She even tricked Max into impregnating her, for crying out loud! Plus, anyone who is responsible for the murder of a Colin Hanks character is automatically in our Burn Book for life. Sacrificing herself in the series finale was probably the best thing Tess ever did.
Terri was a needy, whining, self-absorbed woman so desperate to keep her husband that she faked a pregnancy and then tried to pay one of her husband's students for her child. How was Terri not the show's most beloved character? Don't even try to answer that one with a straight face.
Is there anyone who liked Cousin Oliver? It'd be unfair to blame the end of _The Brady Bunch_ on a child, but Cousin Oliver ensured that the once-beloved sitcom went out with an unceremonious, embarrassing whimper. One of the most definitive "jump the shark" moments in TV history, the introduction of Cousin Oliver was purely an attempt to improve low ratings by injecting the show with overbearingly mawkish cute-kid appeal -- and it failed spectacularly. But at least the move will always have a (dubious) place in TV history: The addition of children to aging shows became known as the "Cousin Oliver Syndrome."
As originally portrayed by Nicki Aycox, Meg was tolerable. While it's hard to like anyone who sows dissent between Sam and Dean, Original Meg at least made things interesting. New Meg, played by Rachel Miner, only made things irritating. Not only was she responsible for the deaths of Ellen and Jo, but she's a huge flip-flopper!