Last Wednesday, the Internet’s foremost entertainment review website asked a question they must’ve known would cause instant debate: “Who is the most unlikeable TV character of all time?” tweeted Rotten Tomatoes.
According to the thousands of replies, plenty of TV shows had more than one detestable character—Games of Thrones’ Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton, The Office’s Toby and Robert California, Ross and Phoebe from Friends. These are understandably unlikeable characters—they were designed that way (except for Phoebe, what’s wrong with y’all?).
Many other responses called out “unlikeable” characters that on the surface you never really thought of as “unlikeable” but…now that you think about it…kind of suck. Scrappy Doo came up often, as did George Costanza and…Caillou. The hate for Caillou was unprecedented and was even backed by actor Sterling K. Brown.
Who is the most unlikeable TV character of all time?
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) April 29, 2020
Here are more of the most unlikeable TV characters of all time:
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) April 30, 2020
— mio (@spdrvrs) May 2, 2020
Martin from Fleabag pic.twitter.com/alpz7daN1k
— Dara Jackson 🤝 🚿 (@britlitreader) April 29, 2020
— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) April 30, 2020
Without a doubt Castiel from #Supernatural
He is useless, ungrateful, manipulative, a liar, he has a huge superiority complex, he never takes responsibility for his actions, he always hide things from Sam & Dean, he always f*cks up & the Winchesters have to clean up his messes. https://t.co/kUdcsMBHmD
— Let’s take those boys home (@PadAcklesArmy) April 30, 2020
I loathe Lucy from Charlie Brown. I understans her purpose. But I loathe her and her football-yanking, Linus-bullying, horrible ways.
— Black Adder (@CloudSkillet) May 1, 2020
The entire cast of FRIENDS https://t.co/sNEi8dg7fa
— Dude Van Nistelrooy (@TheTopGrant) April 30, 2020
How dare you, ur gonna say a friends character that isn’t Ross
— strawberry (@Samm93181159) April 29, 2020
She was insufferable. She cheated on her husband twice. In the first season before he started making drugs she treated him like SH*T. Constantly talked down to him, controlled every aspect of their lives.
Had one disabled child but still SMOKED CIGARETTES WHILE SHE WAS PREGNANT!
— Tielle (@tielliebon) April 30, 2020
WHEN YOU COULD HAVE SAID ROBERT CALIFORNIA BUT YOU DECIDED TO DO TOBY WRONG LIKE THAT 🤧🤧🤧🤧
— brian (@brian_c_86) April 29, 2020