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The Most Toxic TV Characters

Updated October 6, 2020 16.2k votes 2.3k voters 19.9k views44 items

List RulesVote up the toxic characters you love to hate.

Take a breather as we rank TV’s most toxic characters. Characters who are toxic can be manipulative, self-serving, egotistic, and uncaring. These characters share all those traits - and then some.

It’s easy to pick out all the toxic characters on TV because they're usually the ones who cause the most chaos. Their selfishness tends to seep into other characters’ lives and they show no remorse for their actions. From Dennis Reynolds in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl, this list includes all the characters we love to hate. Sometimes, though, we still care about these characters regardless of how rude, crude, or downright shrewd they might be. 

Whether you think Cersei Lannister is the most toxic TV character or believe that honor should go to Walter White in Breaking Bad, make your voice heard by voting up all the toxic characters you love to hate. See someone missing? Add them to the list below!

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  • Logan Roy26
    22
    27

    Logan Roy

    Succession

    Played by: Brian Cox

    Memorable quote: "Not to be crude about it, but politics is what comes out the a**hole. Wouldn't you rather be up front, feeding the horse?"

  • Don Draper27
    178
    248

    Don Draper

    Mad Men

    Played by: Jon Hamm

    Memorable quote: "If you don't like what's being said, change the conversation."

  • Lucky Luciano28
    43
    61

    Lucky Luciano

    Boardwalk Empire, The Valachi Papers

    Played by: Vincent Piazza

    Memorable quote: "There's no such thing as good money or bad money.There's just money."

  • Christopher Moltisanti29
    55
    78

    Played by: Michael Imperioli

    Memorable quote: "When you're bleeding a guy you don't squeeze him dry right away. Contrarily, you let him do his bidding suavely. So you can bleed him next week and the week after at minimum."

  • Marc Antony30
    49
    75

    Marc Antony

    Rome

    Played by: James Purefoy

    Memorable quote: "Winter does not last forever. Spring comes. Snows melt."

  • Jerri Blank31
    2
    5

    Jerri Blank

    Strangers with Candy, Strangers with Candy
  • Carrie Mathison32
    20
    33

    Played by: Claire Danes

    Memorable quote: "I'm serious. I-I missed something once before, I won't... I can't let that happen again."

  • Rodney McKay33
    20
    34

    Rodney McKay

    Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1

    Played by: David Hewlett

    Memorable quote: "Well I've discovered you're pretty good under the threat of impending death!"

  • Damon Salvatore34
    216
    347

    Damon Salvatore

    The Vampire Diaries, The Vampire Diaries fictional universe

    Played by: Ian Somerhalder

    Memorable quote: "If you're going to be bad, be bad with a purpose or else you're not worth forgiving."

  • Fleabag35
    19
    37

    Fleabag

    Fleabag

    Played by: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

    Memorable quote: "My bottom dropped ages ago. My farts used to be like "pah!" Now they're just sort of fighting their way out."

  • Roman Roy36
    11
    30

    Roman Roy

    Succession

    Played by: Kieran Culkin

    Memorable quote: "Well, Kim Jong Pop, that's not how things work in this country."

  • Eric Northman37
    32
    68

    Eric Northman

    True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

    Played by: Alexander Skarsgard

    Memorable quote: "Oh, Billy. This paranoia, it's really quite unbecoming."

  • Sherlock38
    46
    95

    Sherlock

    Sherlock, The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Powers & AbilitiesNatural deduction, Disguise

    Played by: Benedict Cumberbatch

    Memorable quote: "Anderson, don't talk out loud. You lower the IQ of the whole street."

  • Barney Stinson39
    262
    475

    Barney Stinson

    How I Met Your Mother

    Played by: Neil Patrick Harris

    Memorable quote: "When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead."

  • Dexter Morgan40
    217
    406

    Played by: Michael C. Hall

    Memorable quote: "They make it look easy, connecting with another human being."

  • Titus Andromedon41
    26
    65

    Titus Andromedon

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Played by: Tituss Burgess

    Memorable quote: "It's the 90's Kimmy, everybody is gay."

  • Jimmy Shive-Overly42
    57
    134

    Jimmy Shive-Overly

    You're the Worst

    Played by: Chris Geere

    Memorable quote: "This is our love story… and our story is chaotic, but love is chaos. It's the only game in town I've played."

  • Michael Scott43
    216
    479

    Michael Scott

    The Office

    Played by: Steve Carell

    Memorable quote: "Make friends first, make sales second, make love third. In no particular order."

  • Jim Halpert44
    132
    555

    Jim Halpert

    The Office

    Played by: John Krasinski

    Memorable quote: "Everything I have I owe to this job…this stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job."