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The Most Toxic TV Characters 

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Updated February 21, 2020 10.6k votes 1.9k voters 14.4k views 40 items

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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Ramsay Snow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Ramsay Bolton 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
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
American Horror Story

Played by: Evan Peters

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

4
Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Jessica Jones

Powers & Abilities: Telepathy, Healing factor, Mind Control

Played by: David Tennant

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

5
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 5 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."

6
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 6 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."

7
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 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."

8
Dennis Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 8 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."

9
Joe Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Mauricio Viladegutt added Joe Goldberg You

Powers & Abilities: Serial killer, stalker and former bookstore manager

“The real horror of my life is not that I've killed some terrible people. The real horror is that the people I've loved didn't love me back.”

10
Jan Levenson is listed (or ranked) 10 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?"

11
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 11 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."

12
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 12 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."

13
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Friends

Played by: David Schwimmer

Memorable quote: "PIVOT!"

14
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 14 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."

15
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 15 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."

16
Pete Campbell is listed (or ranked) 16 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."

17
Jonathan Randall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
tine.moos added Jonathan Randall Outlander
18
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 18 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."

19
Alex Vause is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Orange Is the New Black

Played by: Laura Prepon

Memorable quote: "I'm pretty much the master of handling things completely wrong."

20
Logan Roy is listed (or ranked) 20 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?"

21
Skeksil (The Chamberlain... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Tom Islava added Skeksil (The Chamberlain) The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
22
Ezra Fitz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Pretty Little Liars

Played by: Ian Harding

Memorable quote: "We can't just go back to the way it was."

23
Lucky Luciano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Michael Patrick Holland added Boardwalk Empire, The Valachi Papers, Billy Bathgate

Played by: Vincent Piazza

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

24
Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Toxic TV Characters
Mad Men

Played by: Jon Hamm

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

25
Fleabag is listed (or ranked) 25 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."