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Film and TV Characters Most Doomed to Spend Forever in the Friendzone

Updated November 6, 2017 6.3k votes 719 voters 110.3k views35 items

List RulesFilm & TV characters who were "friendzoned" and NEVER really made it out (sorry, Ross Gellar).

"Friendzone" – a hellish pit of loneliness one finds himself (or herself) when the object of his/her affections says they'd like to be friends, forever, and nothing more. For example, there's poor Duckie in Pretty in Pink or Jorah (Khaleesi's minion) on Game of Thrones... These lovestruck fools found themselves fools of the friendzone. And yes, it felt like a fate worse than death. 

On this list, the victims can NOT have escaped the friendzone. That means Ross Gellar and Steve Urkel don't count – they FINALLY got the girl! On this list of sad-sacks, nobody was so lucky. Just like in real life, these characters who got friendzoned were forced to stay there forever.

So here are some of the worst friendzone victims of all time. Vote up the worst friendzones in film and TV history – those pitifully lovelorn characters who just couldn't escape the dreadful words, "Let's just be friends."
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  • In the Harry Potter franchise, Professor Snape spent his entire life in love with Harry's mom, only to have her end up marrying his worst enemy. And even after she died, Snape was still so devoted that he dedicated his life to protecting her son. That Lily Potter can cast one helluva a friendzone spell!
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  • On Orange Is The New Black, Crazy Eyes quickly set her sights on her "Dandelion," Piper. Her wooing skills lacking, Crazy Eyes didn't take rejection well (she urinated on Piper's floor!). Needless to say, this strained relationship ultimately led to a more stable and amicable "friendzone" for Crazy Eyes.
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    On Modern Family, Manny Delgado is a mature ladies' man who hasn't even hit puberty yet. Therefore, he's friendzoned by his older crushes right and left.
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  • On Game of Thrones, Jorah Mormont is the right-hand man of Daenerys Targaryen, Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, in all matters but love. He'll never get close to the Iron Throne, just the Iron Friendzone. Winter has come!
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