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List Rules Vote up the most memorable television characters who suffer from chronic teen angst.

Being a teenager is hard. No one knows that better than the greatest misunderstood teenagers in TV history. These teens have suffered unnatural – or sometimes supernatural – trials and tribulations, all in the name of prime-time entertainment. From the angsty Angela Chase (My So-Called Life) to the zany Zack Morris (Saved By the Bell), those on the list of the best misunderstood TV teens are left to wonder why grown-ups just don’t get it.
 

Sibling rivalry plays a large part in the lives of the greatest misunderstood teens on TV. While Jan Brady (The Brady Bunch) and Vanessa Huxtable (The Cosby Show) often lament the parental favor their older siblings receive, Anthony Soprano, Jr. (The Sopranos) and Silas Botwin (Weeds) turn to substance abuse to ease their feelings of inferiority. 
 

Being one of the best misunderstood TV teens is a fraught enough experience as a human character, but extraterrestrial teens face a whole different set of problems. Space-travelers like Tommy Solomon (3rd Rock From the Sun) and Clark Kent (Smallville) must navigate the treacherous waters of high school while minding the complex missions for which they were sent to Earth.
 

Finally, some of the greatest misunderstood teens in TV history have to contend with an altogether different dimension. The undead plague our heroine Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); White Walkers lurk in the North kingdom, where Sansa Stark just wants some peace to train her direwolf (Game of Thrones); even the Big Guy upstairs bugs a savvy teen once in awhile (Joan Girardi, Joan of Arcadia).

Who else bravely bears the indignities of being the most misunderstood TV teens?

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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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251 152
Daria Morgendorffer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Daria Morgendorffer Daria, Beavis and Butt-head

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312 122
Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Sabrina Spellman Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina, Down Under

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269 147
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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239 128
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alaina Hillman added Steven Hyde That '70s Show

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240 132
Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Darlene Conner Roseanne

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180 122
Alex Russo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alex Russo Wizards of Waverly Place

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194 153
Fez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Fez That '70s Show

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175 173
Jan Brady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Jan Brady The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

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160 124
Clark Kent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Clark Kent Smallville

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168 136
Angela Chase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Angela Chase My So-Called Life

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191 160
Meg Griffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Meg Griffin The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

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200 128
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Cory Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

14
158 135
D.J. Tanner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
D.J. Tanner Full House, Guest Star Day

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131 117
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills, 90210

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154 109
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

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130 126
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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161 164
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Bud Bundy Married... with Children

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126 122
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

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Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Zachary 'Zack' Morris Saved by the Bell

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177 142
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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117 75
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
JVall14 added Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

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125 109
Tommy Solomon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tommy Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun

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109 103
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alaina Hillman added Raven Baxter That's So Raven

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112 114
Blossom Russo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Blossom Russo Blossom

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117 122
Violet Harmon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Violet Harmon American Horror Story

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92 130
Miley Stewart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Miley Stewart Hannah Montana

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46 33
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tom Weiss added Steve Urkel Family Matters

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72 110
Joey Russo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Joey Russo Blossom

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Jordan Catalano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
zoe-krainik added Jordan Catalano My So-Called Life

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81 130
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

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91 107
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

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74 127
Mallory Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Mallory Keaton Family Ties

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98 121
Kurt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

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94 117
Brenda Walsh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Brenda Walsh 90210

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95 119
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

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89 116
Lindsay Weir is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Lindsay Weir Freaks and Geeks

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49 101
Max Braverman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Max Braverman Parenthood

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65 131
Vanessa Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Vanessa Huxtable The Cosby Show

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42 53
Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
ceset added Clarke Griffin The 100

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86 124
Serena van der Woodsen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

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Scott McCall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Scott McCall Teen Wolf

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Enrique Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Enrique Vasquez My So-Called Life

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68 102
Becky Conner-Healy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

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57 88
Joanne Jo Polniaczek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Joanne Jo Polniaczek The Facts of Life

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Laura Palmer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Laura Palmer Twin Peaks

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Dana Foster is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Dana Foster Step by Step

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16 24
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Rose Beattie added Octavia Black The 100

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Samuel
Tom Weiss added Samuel "Screech" Powers Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

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Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Luke Albright added Jughead Jones Archie's Weird Mysteries - Riverdale