When you become invested in a television show—or in the very least—remember the important episodes, at some point there is usually a character you identify with. This can be the main character, one of the supporting cast members, or even the antagonist of the series. However, it's also common to appreciate a character who is nothing like you, or someone you would never want to befriend or interact with in the first place. Generally, these characters are clearly unlikeable, or have enough endearing qualities that keep you interested. On the other hand, sometimes you can make it through an entire series before realizing that the character who everyone loves—and who you may also have loved—is actually a terrible person.
Whether you love them or you hate them, there's no denying the following TV characters have made an impact, and are popular for a reason.
15 Jeff Winger From 'Community'
Jeff Winger, played by Joel McHale, is perhaps one of the best known hate-him-but-love him guys on TV. Right off the bat when we're introduced to his character in the first episode of Community, he's a misogynistic narcissist who has no intention of living life with integrity. In fact, the entire reason he found himself at Greendale Community College was because he has falsified the law degree that allowed him to be an attorney. Though his egotistical and almost sociopathic tendencies are masked by his supreme lying abilities and charming persona, Jeff actually develops as a character throughout the series. For someone who never likes to put effort into anything, he does and has ridden through life on a high horse. Later, though, Jeff actually begins to grow tolerant and (somewhat) compassionate for others. Though he never seems to 'do the right thing' in any given situation, he does surprisingly become more amicable upon graduation. If he hadn't, it seems unlikely the series would've been so popular.
14 Kimmy Schmidt From 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'
Perhaps this is a low blow to such a bubbly and 'strong' female character, but Kimmy Schmidt of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt may very well be the most aggravating and annoying character to ever star in a TV show. Played by the charismatic Ellie Kemper, we almost wish she didn't play Kimmy so convincingly. There are so many things you can tilt your head at when analyzing her character, but to be fair, for someone who experienced abduction, a religious cult, Stockholm Syndrome, and PTSD, there are valid reasons for Kimmy's bizarre personality.
The show is centered around the extremely sinister event of kidnapping and the release of Kimmy and the other 'Mole Women.' In retrospect, the show does a good job of instantly lightening the mood. While Kimmy's upbeat attitude, naivety, and childlike view of the world is at times illuminating, it can also be her downfall. Her strange relationship with Jacqueline Voorhees is actually pretty emotionally abusive, and she is constantly taken advantage of by her roommate and lover, Dong. Overall, for such an integral character, she definitely has some unbreakable weaknesses.
13 Rick Grimes From 'The Walking Dead'
If you don't know who Rick Grimes is, it's time to come out from under your rock and catch an episode of The Walking Dead. Rick is the series' main protagonist, and he's been with us from the very beginning. Rick's good qualities are hard to ignore, and there are indeed plenty. He consistently proves that his role as leader and provider is warranted. He's exceptionally brave, thoughtful, and meticulous. He's also passionate and strong, and people can't help but respect him. Of course, Rick is also kind of the worst. Not only does he take charge in every situation regardless of anyone else, but he rarely takes advice, and is brave to the point of recklessness. Because of his strong moral views, he has often led his family and friends into fatal situations, and never seems to learn from this. As the series progressed, Rick's role was shifted from aspirational father figure to an uncompromising martyr — which is somehow not as enticing as his grizzled sheriff character from the first season. Go figure.
12 Monica Geller From 'Friends'
While Ross Geller from everyone's favorite '90s sitcom, Friends, may very well be the most hated character on prime time television, Monica (Courteney Cox) follows closely behind. For some reason, Monica's extreme and nearly psychotic compulsions are simply tolerated or ignored by her family and friends. When we find out she has a past of being overweight (something that back in the '90s was not a source of contention, apparently), you'd think her character would be a little more charismatic. Unfortunately, despite all of her clearly impressive qualities (successful chef, perseverance, and competitiveness), her cringeworthy neuroses and insufferable quirks only make us anxious and uncomfortable. Are we the only ones who get some sort of pleasure whenever the Geller parents comment on her lack of suitability?
11 Piper Chapman From 'Orange Is The New Black'
Orange is the New Black was one of Netflix's pioneering and most successful TV series, and for many good reasons. A groundbreaking (though glamorized) depiction of life on the inside, OITNB (inspired by the memoir of the same name) gained fans who could identify with many of the different characters — all with redeeming as well as questionable personality traits despite their crimes. Piper Chapman, played by a very convincing Taylor Schilling, is the main character whose life we begin to follow. Thankfully, her cookie-cutter, upper-middle class, white woman problems are often overshadowed by the more realistic trials of her fellow inmates. Perhaps Piper's most frustrating quality is her ability to play the victim in every situation she encounters, with practically zero repercussions and minimal lessons learned. There are only so many times you can try to convince the audience you're not a bad person, after all. Though we may have started the series watching Piper's exploits with wide eyes, we quickly became more invested with the other, much less frustrating characters.
10 Nancy Botwin From 'Weeds'
Nancy Botwin, portrayed by the vivacious Mary-Louise Parker, is the entrepreneurial marijuana queen, masquerading as a soccer mom in the suburb of Agrestic. Weeds was a controversial and explicit series created by the same masterminds behind Orange is the New Black, and we can definitely see the similarities. First of all, Nancy is an attractive and charming widow of two who just happens to make a living selling illegal narcotics. For those who've watch the entire series, we know this job has too many ups, downs, and sideways turns than we can count — but that's what makes it such a good show. While you have to admire Nancy for her tenacity, in retrospect she is incredibly pathetic. As a character, she (like Piper Chapman) eventually turns from trepidatious wealthy woman to hardened criminal in a matter of episodes, but somehow she never grows as a human. In fact, in later episodes when we're introduced to one of many past love interests, we realize Nancy is actually kind of a bad person, and often a neglectful mother.
Still, there's something about her unabashed flair that makes watching her fail, succeed, and fail some more, so damn satisfying.
9 Ted Mosby From 'How I Met Your Mother'
The entire premise of How I Met Your Mother is admittedly pretty weak. We follow a man in his late twenties in New York City (not cliche at all, right?) on his search to find love. Or better yet, his perfect woman. Ignoring the fact that this is already overdone and kind of too sexist for 2010, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) is portrayed as the lovable dope that can hopefully convince some unknowing women to marry him. The show's issues aside, you won't find too many people who'll argue about just how annoying Ted really is. He's whiney, wimpy, hopelessly (and we mean hopeless) romantic, and despite his credentials and success, is just an average Joe with zero game. He's definitely one of those love-hate characters who you can't help but root for - even though there's no way you'd set him up with any of your friends.
8 Nathan Young From 'Misfits'
Let's face it. Nathan Young (Robert Sheehan) from the British TV show, Misfits, was the best part of the whole series. When he was "replaced" by Rudy's character in the third season, some of us stopped watching altogether. Nathan was the quintessential bad boy who wouldn't think twice before stealing, schmoozing, or causing havoc. His hilariously inappropriate quips were always insulting and extreme, but for some reason, we still couldn't help but love him. His carefree, confident attitude and ability to laugh at himself were so endearing that they overshadowed his numerous horrible qualities. Of course, in addition to his criminal tendencies, Nathan was a relentless flirt (and often pervy), yet he was often the first to look out for his new friends, and was willing to take the fall and face death (literally) to save them all.
7 Hannah Horvath From 'Girls'
Whether you're a fan of Lena Dunham or not, the HBO's solution to representing millennial white girls in New York City, Girls, is a show that has stirred up its fair share of controversy and criticism. While the cast and events of the show touch upon many taboo topics (female sexuality being a prevalent topic), there is a sense of exclusion for many young women who tuned in. Dunham's main character, Hannah Horvath, is an exceptionally mediocre millennial who experiences what all middle class, post-graduates go through when cut loose in a boisterous city.
For all intents and purposes, Hannah truly is average, and has the same unhealthy relationships and warped world outlooks as many women of that age. For this reason, we can't fault her too badly. After all, her depiction is pretty accurate. But again, for many wanting a little more substance, Hannah doesn't really deliver.
6 Annalise Keating From 'How To Get Away With Murder'
She started out the most hardened, influential, and inspirational character on the show, but for some reason quickly morphed into an unstable woman with a turbulent past. This is, however, the best part about the character of Annalise Keating from How to Get Away with Murder.
Portrayed by Viola Davis, Annalise is the self-sufficient lawyer and criminal law professor who leads a group of students through her client's trials as well as her own. In essence, Annalise is a very unlikeable and unapproachable character who consistently makes sketchy moves, and is impressively adept at lying to people she claims to care for. Despite this, she is also the most realistically flawed character on the show, and (with brilliant acting) portrays a woman struggling with her own demons while maintaining a career. You may hate her, but we'd be hard-pressed if you don't respect her.
5 Marty Kaan From 'House Of Lies'
Marty Kaan from House of Lies is another one of those complex, multi-dimensional characters who you really can't put your finger on. Portrayed by the absolutely hilarious Don Cheadle, Marty is a tactless management consultant who will do whatever it takes to secure clients in his firm. He's a womanizer, narcissistic, and untrustworthy, but remains the best character of the show because despite all this, is still determined to be a good parent to his son. Indeed his redeeming characteristics starkly contrasts with that of his manipulative ex-wife, and we're constantly rooting for him and the relationship he's built with his son. He is also a loving son himself and expresses concern and love to his greying father. Though, of course, he is not perfect.
4 Carrie Bradshaw From 'Sex And The City'
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) from Sex and the City may be the most iconic heroine of the '90s, if not for her guile, than for her over-the-top fashion sense. She is a talented columnist with aN eye for trendy fashion. She's also a loyal friend who truly cares about her relationships, and is blunt and witty about all her failures with men. Yet, just like Ted Mosby's whole purpose was to secure himself a wife, Carrie is all-consumed with sex and men, and tends to fall flat in terms of personality. Even after the series ended, fans never truly got to know who Carrie was and what she stood for. Her supporting characters, on the other hand, all grow as people and eventually settle into their adult lives, yet Carrie is constantly in a state of limbo. She tends to glamorize the clearly unhealthy relationship she has with Mr. Big and Aidan, and is never fully honest with herself or others — despite doting out dating advice weekly.
3 Max Black From '2 Broke Girls'
Kat Dennings plays the sarcastic, sly, and unapologetic Max Black in the sitcom 2 Broke Girls. Because she has street smarts and is wise to the ways of the world (in her eyes), she is constantly demeaning and critical of her coworker Caroline, who just so happens to have lost all of her fortune. We know the show is supposed to depict the dichotomy between such different characters, but Max's selfish and negative vibes are not only off-putting, but unhelpful. We're all surprised Caroline ever stuck around for as long as she did, especially since Max is always quick to point out their drastic differences. After awhile, all that negativity just starts to take its toll on you, you know? However, the news just broke recently that 2 Broke Girls would no longer be picked up by the network and was canceled.
2 Angel From 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'
The brooding, reserved, tall-dark-and-handsome heartthrob of the '90s took the form of centuries-old Angel from the iconic Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Played by David Boreanaz, the tortured soul character of Angel complemented perfectly the bubbly teenage Buffy Summers. To the end and forever, many fans believe there is no love more ideal than that between Angel and Buffy; a true Romeo and Juliet for modern times. And while we don't totally disagree with this, we definitely wonder — why? Sure, he had sultry hooded eyes and always showed up at the last minute to help Buffy and the Scoobies out, but what did he really contribute to their relationship?
Regardless, Angel (or Liam, as he was born) was a much more dynamic character whenever Angelus (his purely vampiric self) took shape, and seemed to revert into a shell of himself whenever his soul was restored. Thankfully, he seemed to develop somewhat more of a personality in the spin-off series Angel, although we wonder why Joss Whedon made that decision in the first place.
1 Will Schuester From 'Glee'
If only Glee had made a simple omission (or at least some edits) when developing the character of Will Schuester, the glee club's coach and McKinley High School's Spanish teacher. Portrayed by Matthew Morrison, and paired with impressive vocal talent and the dance moves to match, Will was taken a step too far. Not only was he obsessed with his students in an almost intrusive way, but there's something to say about a man who doesn't notice his wife is hysterical until she does the unthinkable. Admittedly, Will is a dedicated teacher who always encourages his kids to do better, is as tolerant as you can be in a small town in Ohio, and does belt out a good number of hits. We just wish that perhaps his character had more charisma, and was a little less creep.