The emotions a television character can evoke from viewers can be surprisingly strong. There are those we love, and those we empathize with; those we find attractive, funny, or even maybe a bit intriguing. We can often be drawn to the anti-hero in a love-hate kind of way — think Walter White on Breaking Bad, or Don Draper from Mad Men.
Then there are those characters that make us cringe every time we watch them. It might be the intended reaction, particularly when it comes to an actor who can play a series’ key antagonist beautifully. But villain or not, there are those characters that we simply despise.
With that said, here are 12 TV characters that we love to hate, and are worthy of the title of “most disliked” on television. (Note: some minor spoilers ahead.)
David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Friends
Supposedly the character of Ross was written specifically with Schwimmer in mind. We’re not sure if the actor should take that as a compliment or an insult, since the whiny, hopelessly romantic paleontologist made viewers constantly wonder why his friends put up with him. Maybe it was because he was the older brother of one and long-time friend of another. Nonetheless, his endless complaining, annoying tone of voice, and defeatist attitude made viewers sometimes wish there were only five friends not six. Then again, his on-again-off-again romance with Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) served as a key storyline for much of the show, right through to its end. So we guess Ross simply had to be part of the mix.