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7 Once Beloved TV Characters We've Come To Despise

By Joanna Robinson | Lists | January 30, 2013 |

By Joanna Robinson | Lists | January 30, 2013 |

There are more irritating TV characters on TV than you can shake a red cowboy boot at. But what’s worse than a character who you hated from the start? One you used to love, of course. Here are seven characters who used to nestle gently in our heart. Most have out-worn their welcome, some are merely a victim of a bad plot line. Lo, how the mighty have fallen.

Jim Halpert-“The Office” Once a preppy, snarky little dreamboat, Jim Halpert has turned into a complete, raging asshole. Maybe this is a sophisticated cautionary tale about marriage or, more like, “The Office” writers are completely out of ideas and are, instead, throwing whatever they can against the wall to see if it sticks.

Sue Sylvester-“Glee” I mean, we all pretty much hate the entire crew over at McKinley High at this point, right? But Jane Lynch (so very good in Christopher Guest films and on “Party Down”) was a favorite. But the inconsistent and waffling way she’s been redeemed/vilified over the past few seasons have made the lovely Lynch as much of an irritating bore as everyone else.

Mr. Bates-“Downton Abbey” Such a lovely and unlikely hangdog heartthrob in Series 1 and such an utter waste of space these days. I regret the moment you limped into my life, Mr. Bates. I really do.

Deb Morgan-“Dexter” Your mileage may vary on Jennifer Carpenter’s acting ability (I think she’s great), but the foul-mouthed, tough as nails Deb Morgan was a fantastic creation. I don’t know why the writers have insisted on assassinating her character. Possibly because [OLD SPOILER ALERT] Rita isn’t around to be the annoying one anymore. Regardless, it’s been a tough thing to watch. I really wish Dexter had hung up his saran wrap two years ago.

Phil Dunphy-“Modern Family” The entire Dunphy clan are irritating as h*ll these days, but since Phil was always my favorite, I feel his loss most keenly. Lord knows it’s not Ty Burrell’s fault. Given the critical and popular success of “Modern Family,” I’m guessing Burrell’s going to be tied to this role for many years to come. Shame.

Ted Mosby-“How I Met Your Mother” Maybe you never loved Ted Mosby. But you certainly weren’t supposed to hate him, right? The writers have started to have more fun with Ted’s douchiness (much like latter-day Ross on “Friends”) but he’s still one of the smarmiest characters around.

Daenerys Targaryen-“Game Of Thrones” Alright, fine, this is a cheat. We don’t despise Dany. How could we? But compare your feelings about her plotline in Season 1 with that nonsense in Qarth in Season 2. I’m ever so glad she has her dragons back, maybe now she’ll stop whinging.