Some movie characters are not particularly evil and yet remain unappealing to audiences. Though these characters may even qualify as ‘nice,’ we never find ourselves rooting for them because of just how boring and annoying they are. Here are 19 such characters:
Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother (2005)
Ted Mosby has been called the Ross of his day mainly because they had similar characteristics and never realized how awful they were. He’s a controlling, jealous, and pretty lousy friend who spent most of the show looking for the perfect woman, for him only to end up back with Robin.
Ross Geller in Friends (1994)
Ross Geller was a miserable human with a victim complex who believed he deserved everything he wanted. He was conceited, selfish, and sexist. He constantly sabotaged Rachel’s relationships because he believed they were destined to be together and cheated on her with the excuse that ‘they were on a break.’
Cousin Oliver Tyler in The Brady Bunch (1969)
Cousin Oliver was added to the cast of The Brady Bunch in the final season and was instantly despised by viewers. His character was unnecessary and mainly to drive up ratings. He is the sole inspiration behind the term “Cousin Oliver syndrome.”
Will Schuester in Glee (2009)
Will Schuester is not the kind of teacher you’d want in your kid’s school. There’s a long list of all the problematic things he has done. He might be the protagonist, but the fact that he always put his interests above those of his students made him one of Glee’s least likable characters.
Ezra Fitz in Pretty Little Liars (2010)
There’s really no defending the relationship between Ezra and Aria, as flashbacks reveal he was well aware of who Aria was—and her age—before they hooked up. The show kept insisting he was a good guy, but his behavior was just creepy and repulsive.
Scrappy-Doo in Scooby-Doo (1979)
Remember Cousin Oliver syndrome? This is a perfect example of that, and it flops just as hard. Fans showed their displeasure when Scooby-Doo’s nephew, Scrappy-Doo, was introduced. He received so much hate that the writers made him a villain in the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo.
Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Jar Jar Binks was originally planned to be a villain till he was replaced with Count Dooku. When he was introduced, he received a lot of hate mainly because of his clumsiness and annoying speech patterns.
Janice Litman-Goralnik in Friends (1994)
The curly-haired cackler ruined a number of events in the show, popping up throughout Chandler’s relationship with Monica and in Rachel’s delivery room. Even though she managed to make me laugh, I just can’t get past her annoying nasal laughter.
Paige Jennings in The Americans (2013)
Viewers found Paige annoying because of her constant digging into her parents’ mysterious disappearances at night. It gets even worse when she finds out their real identities and tells Pastor Tim, thereby putting everyone in danger.
Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
Dawn was a teenager with issues, but it was tough to feel sorry for her when she whined and complained about everything. Having a sister like Buffy, people often expected more from her, but her attitude was unpleasant. It’s no wonder fans wanted her killed off.
Arnold Horshack in Welcome Back, Kotter (1975)
Sounding like a gravely ill hyena, Arnold Horshack’s laugh was one of the most grating sounds in television history, possibly beaten only by Janice’s annoying nasal laugh. It irked me every time he raised his hand and yelled, ”Oohhh, oohh, oohh, Mr. Kotter!”
Dawson Leery in Dawson’s Creek (1998)
Dawson Leery is one of my least favorite aspects of the show. He was always lamenting about his life and had a crying face that was famously memed. He definitely doesn’t give off the aura of a likable leading character on a teen show.
Ned Flanders in The Simpsons (1989)
Ned Flanders is Homer’s neighbor. He has an annoyingly optimistic outlook on things, which gets progressively irritating as the show goes on. His religious views make him feel like he’s better than others. It’s no surprise Homer wrote a song called “Everybody Hates Ned Flanders.”
Karen Filippelli in The Office (2011)
The only thing Karen Filippelli did wrong was dating Jim Halpert. Fans were not happy with this pairing because it meant that Jim couldn’t be with Pam. Nothing gets you more heat from TV show fans than being the obstacle to a much-desired romantic pairing.
Walter White Jr. in Breaking Bad (2008)
Walter White Jr, also known as Flynn, is the son of Walter White. He is popularly disliked because he has no character development in the show. He basically shows up on screen when he wants to eat or whine and complain about something.
Star-Lord in Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
When Star-Lord debuted in Guardians of the Galaxy, he quickly became a fan favorite. However, that all changed after what he did in Avengers: Infinity War. He couldn’t control himself after he found out about Gamora’s death and ended up causing half of the population to be erased.