The Most Hated TV Characters of All Time

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Vote up the TV characters from any series that you just didn't like for whatever reason.

Television is fun, but some TV characters are just the worst. For every beloved character on television, whether it be Mary Tyler Moore of The Mary Tyler Moore Show or everyone's favorite resident of the Seven Kingdoms, Tyrion Lannister, there is an equally and adamantly disliked character on the tube (hi, Joffrey and Cousin Oliver!!). This list ranks the worst of the worst, including all the most terrible television characters and most hated TV characters of all time.

Yes, it's true that not everyone is going to like every character on a show, just as not everyone will like every person in real life. However, you will find that there are some characters that are so universally detested by everyone that no one bats an eye when they learn they're near the top of this list of awful TV characters. Have you ever stopped watching a show simply because one character annoyed you so much? This is a list about those guys and gals.

The list includes some of the most vile TV characters. They aren't necessarily vile because they are bad or evil, but simply because every time they come on the screen, you wish they'd just go away.  In other words, they're not characters you "love to hate," they're unpopular, disliked, and even annoying characters you just absolutely can't stand.

Vote up the worst TV characters in all of television history that you dislike the most, add any other bad television characters that aren't already listed here, among the worst.

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  • Joffrey Baratheon
    Game of Thrones
    6,587 votes
    • Played By: Jack Gleeson

    Despite his cruel and sadistic nature, Joffrey Baratheon captivates viewers with his unpredictable actions and twisted sense of power. His portrayal as a despicable character keeps us on the edge of our seats, eagerly awaiting his next diabolical move.

  • Ramsey Bolton

    Ramsey Bolton

    Game of Thrones
    4,590 votes
    • Played By: Iwan Rheon

    Ramsay Snow's wickedness knows no bounds, yet his cunning and manipulative ways make him an intriguing antagonist. Viewers are simultaneously repulsed by his sadistic tendencies and fascinated by his ability to outsmart those around him.

  • Skyler White

    Skyler White

    Breaking Bad, Pilot
    5,561 votes
    • Played By: Anna Gunn

    Skyler White may be disliked by some, but her complex character adds depth to the show. Her moral ambiguity and conflicted emotions make her relatable, even if we don't always agree with her choices.

  • Livia Soprano
    The Sopranos
    1,460 votes
    • Played By: Nancy Marchand

    Livia Soprano's conniving nature and manipulative tactics make her a character fans love to hate. Her constant scheming keeps viewers engaged, wondering what she'll do next to disrupt the lives of those around her.

  • Janice Soprano
    The Sopranos
    1,584 votes
    • Played By: Aida Turturro

    Janice Soprano's larger-than-life personality brings both humor and irritation to the screen. While her self-centered behavior can be grating, it also provides comedic relief in tense situations.

  • Shou Tucker
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    628 votes
    • Played By: Chuck Huber, Yo Oizumi

    Shou Tucker's despicable actions may repulse viewers, but they also serve as a stark reminder of the darkness that can exist within humanity. His role as a catalyst for emotional turmoil adds depth to the storyline.