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TV's most insufferable characters

The heroes and the good guys are always wonderful to watch on TV, but there’s a part of all of us that loves to pick at those no-good, truly irksome characters, too.

Whether they’re the kooky boss, the self-absorbed friend or, you know, a psychotic murderer, there’s plenty of TV characters who are just downright insufferable.

Read on for a list of TV characters we love to hate.

Hannah Horvath from 'Girls'

She's selfish, she's childish and she's not quite
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She's selfish, she's childish and she's not quite competent -- Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) can't pick a life path, switching from struggling writer to coffee shop employee to advertorial corporate writer to substitute teacher. Each time she finds her way in her newest venture, Hannah finds herself unhappy and gives up in favor of another, brand-new idea. Her romantic relationships tend to be self-serving, eventually leading to their crumbling, and her friendships are regularly imperiled by her decisions.

Ramsay Bolton from 'Game of Thrones'

Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) is the worst. When
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Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) is the worst. When he arrived on the show, he was quickly revealed to be a psychopath with incredibly violent tendencies, skinning some alive, chopping bits off of others and always taking pleasure in the torture of all who fall into his lap. An even worse character than Joffrey Baratheon, he murders his own father, stepmother and stepbrother, repeatedly assaults his wife Sansa Stark and creates "Reek" out of a broken Theon Greyjoy.

Ross Geller from 'Friends'

Let's face it -- Ross Geller (David Schwimmer)
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Let's face it -- Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) is a whiner. He's always moping around, overreacting about 1) his ex-wife Carol leaving him 2) Carol being a lesbian 3) Carol having a baby 4) pining after Rachel since forever 5) being on a break or 6) anything else, really. And when it comes to Rachel, he is insanely possessive, both when they're together or when they're seeing other people. He's super melodramatic, judgy and condescending, even to his best friends. He thinks he's better than his friends and isn't always supportive.

Jenna Maroney from '30 Rock'

She's the definition of high maintenance, usually an
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She's the definition of high maintenance, usually an awful friend to our flailing hero Liz Lemon, and can't seem to understand that singing isn't a necessary part of "TGS." Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) is an aging diva with an obsessive need for attention and will do just about anything to get it. She repeatedly poisons the good-natured NBC page Kenneth in one episode to find an emergency medical technician, locks herself in her dressing room whenever she deems reality too difficult to handle, and is probably a sociopath.

Chad from 'The Bachelorette' 2016

With his weird lunch meat consumption and mostly
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With his weird lunch meat consumption and mostly rational approach to the process of wooing Jojo along with 23 other eligible men, Chad is a would-be hero of this season's "The Bachelorette," taking advantage of all of the perks and making fun of the strange requirements on this reality television show. He says what a lot of people are probably thinking back on the couches at home, but takes a turn for the terrifying when he begins to make physical threats. His approach becomes more annoying than funny; he isn't gaming the system but refusing to play the game. Chad's behavior gets into the heads of the rest of the men, who have devolved into a mass of middle schoolers fighting over one woman, so here's to hoping his exit from the show is swift.

Michael Scott from 'The Office'

Though he may have once been a wonderful
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Though he may have once been a wonderful salesman for the Dunder-Mifflin paper company, he's a terrible manager. Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is tone deaf when it comes to racial and sexual politics in the office, making crude jokes and leaning heavily on his "That's what she said!" catchphrase. Jim Halpert's graph of Michael's time says it all: 80% "distracting others," 19% "procrastination" and 1% "critical thinking." He pushes off responsibilities he doesn't want to deal with onto other staff members and rarely seems to be doing actual work. But boy, is he entertaining.

Rumplestiltskin from 'Once Upon a Time'

There's been some serious character development here over
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There's been some serious character development here over the years, but still, he's pretty awful. Despite multiple chances to redeem himself from being the Dark One, Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) consistently chooses to give in to the lure of power and practice dark magic. He's constantly scheming, and leaves his wife Belle out to dry on multiple occasions, choosing power over love.

Piper Chapman from 'Orange Is the New Black'

Though she's technically the main character of the
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Though she's technically the main character of the series, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is incredibly self-involved. She lacks a sense of empathy for her fellow inmates and makes a mess of prison politics. One thing we can appreciate about her, however, is the fact that her existence provides the window into the show in the first place. We get to enjoy the rest of the show's characters and their stories, but with a hint of Piper on the side.

Glenn Talbot from 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Somehow, this man is able to throw up
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Somehow, this man is able to throw up red tape and wreak havoc all over the place, throwing many a wrench into the covert superhero-focused government agency's plans. Glenn Talbot (Josh Lucas) is a bit of a caricature of a military man with his serious mustache and closed-off demeanor, and in carrying out his duties he tends to miss the nuance of the HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. distinction. He never knows quite enough about any situation to be truly helpful, more often hindering missions with his bravado.

Serena van der Woodsen from 'Gossip Girl'

You want to be her, but you also
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You want to be her, but you also hate her a little bit (or a lot). Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) starts the show with an upward battle ahead of her, attempting to climb back into her friends' good graces after sleeping with her best friend's boyfriend, witnessing some guy's death and hightailing it out of town. Who does that? Her relationship with Dan is both wonderful and weird; as an Upper East Side "it" girl, she sometimes can look down upon Dan's more modest upbringing. While she does seem to have good intentions most of the time, bad things just sort of happen around her.

Temperance 'Bones' Brennan from 'Bones'

Overly rational and often unfeeling, Bones (Emily Deschanel)
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Overly rational and often unfeeling, Bones (Emily Deschanel) is a brilliant scientist but an utter failure in social relations. After befriending FBI agent Seeley Booth, she is allowed out of the lab and into the field to investigate crimes, but she often struggles with tact and social cues when speaking with victims' families or suspects. Part of this, of course, is portrayed as charming, but her tone and line of questioning often comes off as abrasive. Luckily for her, she has very understanding friends and co-workers; otherwise she might be out of a job.

The Master/Missy from 'Doctor Who'

Master/Missy (John Simm, Michelle Gomez) seems to exist
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Master/Missy (John Simm, Michelle Gomez) seems to exist purely to mess with the state of things. They don't seem to have any primary goal other than creating chaos and being clever ... which, when you think about it, is also what the Doctor tends to do, but at least the Doctor saves people along the way. Among the Master's greatest hits are enslaving the human race (on multiple occasions), somehow enslaving everyone who has ever died by uploading their consciousnesses into a cloud and downloading them into Cybermen, and tricking the Doctor into some serious rumbles with the Daleks.

Emily Gilmore from 'The Gilmore Girls'

Mother to Lorelai and grandmother to Rory, Emily
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Mother to Lorelai and grandmother to Rory, Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) certainly makes her presence felt throughout the years with her insistence on Friday night dinners, Yale tailgates and DAR meetings. Usually coming from a position of "mother knows best," she criticizes Lorelai's parenting and Rory's choices in boyfriends. She's run through what seems to be thousands of maids, running them off shortly after bringing them on with her demands for perfection. In one of her boldest moves, she defies Lorelai's wishes and allows Rory to drop out of Yale for a semester. While she clearly acts out of love, her decisions and comments are usually derisive and unpleasant for the freewheeling mother and daughter duo.

Xanthippe Voorhees from 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

Kimmy, a 30-year-old woman who spent half of
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Kimmy, a 30-year-old woman who spent half of her life trapped in an underground bunker, takes on a nanny job and faces off with 15-year-old Xanthippe Voorhees (Dylan Gelula) throughout the first season. While Kimmy and Xanthippe have about the same amount of real-life experience, their demeanors are incredibly different. Kimmy maintains a bubbly and optimistic view about her reality, while Xanthippe is negative, sarcastic and rebellious. She wreaks havoc for both Kimmy and her stepmother Jacqueline with her narcissistic demands and partying tendencies.

Kilgrave from 'Marvel's Jessica Jones'

The purple man has super powers no person
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The purple man has super powers no person should ever have access to -- mind control -- but it's especially terrible in his case. After a childhood where his own parents experimented on him (talk about a lack of control), Kilgrave (David Tennant) develops the ability to make anyone close to him do exactly as he says. And for a man who always gets what he wants, his whole conscience and right/wrong dichotomy never really develops properly. He has people kill themselves simply because he's done with them, or because it's a good threat or, you know, because it suits him. And when it comes to consensual relationships, well, someone has never heard the word no -- until Jessica Jones.

Huck from 'Scandal'

After years with CIA offshoot B613, his impulse
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After years with CIA offshoot B613, his impulse controls are shot. Huck (Guillermo Díaz) is constantly fighting his "guy" (you know, the murdery impulses in his head) to remain a somewhat functioning robot person. He introduced Quinn to his world of torture and assassinations, but then tries to pull her back, fearing what she might become, but ultimately ignores her and damages their once-close friendship. He couldn't decide whether or not he wanted to be a part of his family after entering Olivia Pope's service, so he watches his son via security cameras and attacks men he thinks might be dating his (ex?) wife. He is routinely set off as an attack dog, sometimes torturing, other times butchering the enemies of OPA and company.

Sam and Dean Winchester, collectively, from 'Supernatural'

Yeah, these guys are the protagonists. And yes,
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Yeah, these guys are the protagonists. And yes, they save the world more than a few times. But they are also the ones endangering the world in the first place, usually, and they can't seem to figure out when it's time to finally let go. Like the CW with this show, which just finished its 11th season, both Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) keep bringing each other back to life, when they each should have died several times over.

Rachel Duncan from 'Orphan Black'

Dubbed the
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Dubbed the "pro-clone" by Sarah Manning's adopted brother Felix, Rachel Duncan (Tatiana Maslany) is definitely the most evil of the Leda clones we've seen so far. Rachel attempts to steal Sarah's ovaries, kidnaps Sarah's daughter, and in an insane moment in season four, stabs her own mother. Raised as a self-aware clone, Rachel is ruthless and willing to kill off her genetic sisters without blinking an eye. And speaking of eyes, it seems Sarah's pencil-to-the-eye shot barely slowed her down -- Rachel now has a fully functioning robot eye and is back to leading the science-driven Neolutionists down a dangerous path of human cloning.

Chanel Oberlin from 'Scream Queens'

While Emma Roberts performed some incredible GIFable moments
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While Emma Roberts performed some incredible GIFable moments in the show's first season, her character, Chanel, takes the classic mean girl trope to new heights. She deems her clique of beautiful sorority girls unworthy of their given names, renaming them Chanel No. 2, 3 and 5. Chanel accidentally kills the house chef in frying oil when trying to scare her, and when her friends die, Chanel redirects attention back onto herself. She's racist, homophobic, spoiled rotten and downright awful to nearly everyone she interacts with, except for her sometimes-boyfriend Chad Radwell.

Jess Day from 'New Girl'

Though some might dismiss claims against her by
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Though some might dismiss claims against her by calling her "quirky," Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) is undeniably a mess. She latches onto things at a level nearing obsession, more often causing harm than good, and she can't seem to get her head around concepts of restraint or normalcy. She's entertaining, for sure, but would probably be an awful friend in reality. Only Nick, the misguided but lovable bar owner, seems to be able to balance out her crazy nature with antics of his own.


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