25 "Universally Hated" Characters That Honestly Deserve More Respect

    Revisiting these characters with fresh eyes may change your mind about them once and for all.

    There are a lot of things that can get you hooked to a TV show or movie. One of them is a really intriguing character that you love to hate.

    Over the years, fans have sounded off on the characters that truly irked them. Everything looks different with 2022 eyes, however, and some of these characters don't seem so bad after all.

    1. Anakin Skywalker seemed like theeee emo kid in Star Wars (until Kylo Ren showed up).

    2. Dawn Summers was already at a disadvantage for being sprung on Buffy, The Vampire Slayer fans five seasons into the show.

    3. Emily Waltham was put in a no-win situation on Friends.

    4. Janice Litman was annoying, but totally misunderstood, too.

    5. Meredith Blake from The Parent Trap does not seem entirely unreasonable as an adult.

    6. Bella Swan from Twilight sucked but was relatively reliable for a teenage girl.

    7. Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter is awful, but only because he's being raised that way.

    8. Andie McPhee from Dawson's Creek was not quite the goody-goody you thought she was.

    Andie McPhee and Pacey Witter on 'Dawson's Creek'

    9. Dawson Leery was really unlikeable for a main character, while we're at it.

    10. Sharpay Evans from High School Musical was salty, but she really got the short end of the stick.

    11. Squidward from SpongeBob Squarepants is every adult.

    12. Patty Di Marco from School of Rock also had to be the grown-up more often than she wanted to.

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    13. Emily Gilmore from Gilmore Girls can be a bit of a grandma about things, but she can also be a badass.

    14. Wilhelmina Slater from Ugly Betty was not as extra as you thought she was.

    15. It wasn't Karen Filippelli's fault on The Office.

    16. Ryan Howard from The Office was your average corporate ladder climber.

    17. Screech Powers from Saved by the Bell got on most people's nerves.

    18. Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother isn't a guy you want to date, but he's not your mortal enemy.

    19. Will Schuester from Glee was just in the middle of a freaking circus, honestly.

    20. Blair Waldorf was absolutely the worst at the beginning of Gossip Girl.

    21. Jake Ballard was just about his business on Scandal.

    22. Piper Chapman's prison girl-bossing was a little bit much on Orange Is The New Black.

    23. Jake Peralta can't be Jake Peralta without an enemy like The Vulture on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

    24. Skyler White became one of the most hated characters on Breaking Bad, but it was thanks to a lot of projection.

    25. Joffrey Baratheon from Game Of Thrones was just a child at the end of the day.

    What other "bad" characters were actually totally misunderstood? Let us know in the comments.