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The Most Toxic TV Characters  

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List Rules Vote 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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1
Ramsay Snow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Game of Thrones

Played by: Iwan Rheon

Memorable quote: "If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention."

2
Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Game of Thrones

Played by: Lena Headey

Memorable quote: "Everyone who isn't us is an enemy."

3
Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Jessica Jones

Played by: David Tennant

Memorable quote: "I'm the only one who matches you... who challenges you... who'll do anything for you."

4
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
House of Cards

Played by: Kevin Spacey

Memorable quote: "Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock in your left."

5
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
American Horror Story

Played by: Evan Peters

Memorable quote: "Something has changed in you. Towards me."

6
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Lost, Lost: Missing Pieces

Played by: Michael Emerson

Memorable quote: "I've seen this Island do miraculous things. I've seen it heal the sick, but never once has it done anything like this."

7
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Played by: Trey Parker

Memorable quote: "Selling out is sweet."

8
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

Played by: Seth MacFarlane

Memorable quote: "It's in my diaper and it's not a toaster."

9
Dennis Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Played by: Glenn Howerton

Memorable quote: "Without the sunglasses, Weekend at Bernie's would have been a very dark, strange tale."

10
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

Played by: Seth MacFarlane

Memorable quote: "I can be just as non-competitive as anybody. Matter of fact, I'm the most non-competitive. So I win."

11
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Friends

Played by: David Schwimmer

Memorable quote: "PIVOT!"

12
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
True Blood, A Drop of True Blood

Played by: Alexander Skarsgard

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

13
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Sherlock, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes

Played by: Benedict Cumberbatch

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

14
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Breaking Bad

Played by: Bryan Cranston

Memorable quote: "I am not in danger, I am the danger."

15
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Sex and the City, Sex and the City

Played by: Chris Noth

Memorable quote: "You're not like anyone else."

16
Jan Levenson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
The Office

Played by: Melora Hardin

Memorable quote: "Serenity by Jan is kicking a** and taking names. You remember last week when that girl went missing? Guess whose candles they used for the vigil?"

17
Fleabag is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
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."

18
Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Played by: Tituss Burgess

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

19
Logan Roy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
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?"

20
Roman Roy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Succession

Played by: Kieran Culkin

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

21
Marc Antony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Michael Patrick Holland added Marc Antony Rome

Played by: James Purefoy

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

22
Pete Campbell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Michael Patrick Holland added Mad Men

Played by: Vincent Kartheiser

Memorable quote: "And if you pull your waist in a little bit, you might look like a woman."

23
Rodney McKay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, Stargate

Played by: David Hewlett

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

24
Gob Bluth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Arrested Development, Arrested Development, Arrested Development

Played by: Will Arnett

Memorable quote: "But where did the lighter fluid come from?"

25
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Gossip Girl

Played by: Ed Westwick

Memorable quote: "There's a difference between a great love, and the right love."