Usually, a main character is someone the audience likes and can relate to. On occasion, however, the main characters are someone easy to hate. According to an online discussion, these are the worst main characters in a TV series or movie.
1. Jax Teller – Sons of Anarchy
Ignoring your wife's cries for help and to find safety is a surefire way for an audience to hate you. But hey, every show needs the bad guy.
2 – Nate – Ted Laso
At the end of season two, the writers of Ted Lasso did us all a favor and made him a villain headed into season three. It's not fun watching Nate betray Ted but that's part of the show.
3. Emily – Emily in Paris
Even though Netflix's smash-hit Emily in Paris is loved by many, some viewers cannot stand the title character. Most are not a fan of her dumb American routine and how she doesn't try to adapt to the culture around her.
4. Mark – Rent
In 2005, the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent was released. But people who were big fans of the movie and musical then don't feel the same as they used to.
Mark, for example, comes from a wealthy upbringing but instead chooses to be “poor” so he can make his arthouse films.
5. Noah – The Notebook
I remember reading a list that called The Notebook one of the greatest romance movies ever, Titanic-level great. I went into it with high hopes but ended up disappointed and underwhelmed. One of the reasons I felt that way was because of the main character, Noah, who I found obnoxious! But maybe we can just chalk it up to being young and in love.
6. Dawson Leery – Dawson's Creek
He may have been the main character on the show, but Dawson Leery is arguably the least-liked character. The older we get, the more we hate him and see through his whiny and needy characteristics.
7. Rory Gilmore – Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls is loved by so many, but a lot of people can't stand one of the main characters because she's often whiny and narcissistic. Oh, and she keeps cheating on her boyfriends.
8. Cade Yeager – The Transformers
Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is one of the main protagonists of Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight, as well as a single father to Tessa Yeager. He may be “overly protective” of his daughter, but his last promise to his late wife was always to protect her. Still, it felt a bit “icky.”
9. Evan Hansen – Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen is a coming-of-age musical film with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. It centers on Evan Hansen, a high-school student with social anxiety. But Evan is a horrible person, taking advantage of a family's grief to get closer to the girl he likes and lying to everyone in the film, just so people will feel sorry for him.
10. Caillou – Caillou
Calliou is one of those characters that as a child, we didn't really see anything wrong with him, but as we got older, we realized how annoying he was, along with being so spoiled. His parents also never did anything to discipline him.
11. Tori Vega – Victorious
I never entirely understood why Tori Vega was the musical's main character. She was controlling and always wanted everything to be about her — and the plotline always managed to put her in the spotlight, despite her being one of the least talented characters.
12. Rachael – Friends
Rachael and Ross's back-and-forth relationship in the sitcom hit the rocks many times because either partner offended the other. But in some cases where Ross was vilified, the true villain was Rachael just being “extra.” Yet, it always seemed like it was Ross's fault, and he ended up being guilt-tripped by their other friends into believing it.
13. Piper – Orange is the New Black
When Orange is the New Black begins, we sort of feel bad for Piper. we understand her pain and we feel sympathy for her, but as time goes on, we really start to not like her and she's no longer a character we feel bad for.
14. Ted Mosby – How I Met Your Mother
A lot of people who watch How I Met Your Mother agree that a lot of the characters in the show are pretty horrible, but Ted Mosby is just a horrible main character. He always has unrealistic expectations for everyone, and to be honest, Marshal deserves a better friend group.
15. Sierra Burgess – Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
When Sierra Burgess Is a Loser came out, the show was supposed to be about the underdog getting the guy and beating out the popular girl. But Sierra is a horrible person, pretending to be someone else so the popular boy falls in love with her. She lied and tricked him the entire movie and we just don't support that.
Boloere Divine Seibidor, fondly called B.S., is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She's been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sights. When she's not writing, she's delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.