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    Updated on Sep 6, 2019. Posted on Sep 19, 2018

    19 Characters From TV Shows And Movies Who Are Actually Pretty Damn Problematic

    Ugh, what did we do to deserve them.

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community which TV or movie character they believe is really problematic. Here are some of the best responses.

    1. Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

    CBS

    He was a sex-obsessed womaniser who treated women like objects, tricking and misleading them into sleeping with him. Even when he and Robin were together he lied to her under the guise of good intentions and romantic gestures. It's amazing he didn't have multiple rape charges against him.

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    2. Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

    HBO

    I get that she was supposed to be the main character, but damn she was the worst friend in the history of TV shows, and SO selfish. She had to talk about herself all the time — even when her friends were telling her big news like pregnancy, miscarriage or cancer, she somehow made the situation about herself. Don't even get me started on how badly she treated Aidan when he forgave her again and again. Everyone says Big was a bad character, but seriously they both sucked so much they deserved each other.

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    3. Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl

    The CW

    He literally attempts to rape Jenny in the first episode and it's never addressed again. I know he has issues, but it doesn't justify him being the shittiest person, emotionally cruel and manipulative at all times. The worst part is he's marketed to young girls as a hot bad boy type and we all bought into it.

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    4. Ezra Fitz, Pretty Little Liars

    Freeform

    I'm still grossed out when I think about how he and Aria got married rather than him ending up in prison for literally preying on teenage girls.

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    5. Edward Cullen, Twilight

    Summit Entertainment

    The guy wanted to possess his girlfriend and control every aspect of her life. Love is not supposed to be a prison with your partner the fucking guard, isolating you from everyone else in the world.

    — Pipi Langstrump, Facebook

    6. Ron Weasley, Harry Potter

    Warner Bros

    Ron Weasley is the Ross Gellar of Hogwarts. He's massively sexist — he not only slut-shames Ginny but punishes Hermione for dating Krum, yet snogs Lavender and calls her problematic for liking him. He never did his own homework despite knowing his so-called best mate was fighting the worst villain of all time, and always expected Harry and Hermione to carry him. Doing two good things doesn't excuse his white male privilege and the the literal 500 screw-ups he made.

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    7. John Bender, The Breakfast Club

    Universal Pictures

    He's supposed to be the rebel and the hero, but spends about 75% of the movie repeatedly sexually harassing Claire, almost to the point of assault when he puts his face between her legs without her knowledge or consent. Of course they get together at the end, because nothing says genuine romance like forcing someone to admit they're a virgin against their will and then taunting them about it.

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    8. Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother

    20th Century Fox

    She was selfish, rude and manipulative, constantly messed with other people’s relationships and refused to support Marshall when he got the opportunity of a lifetime.

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    9. Hook, Once upon a Time

    ABC Studios

    His entire personality thrives because of rape culture. We're supposed to think he's a hero and deserves a happy ending after a lifetime of shitty behaviour because for five seconds he says sorry after sending Emily's entire family, including her SON, to literal hell?!

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    10. Patty Bladell, Insatiable

    Netflix

    All the characters are problematic as hell, but she's on another level. She tried to break up the marriage of her coach who was 20 years older than her and was the father of her crush, she kidnapped a girl, exposed a gay relationship, killed a guy, and when she had a teratoma she thought she'd eaten her twin. She was not some girl we pity for being bullied — she literally destroyed the lives of everyone around her.

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    11. Olivia Pope, Scandal

    Shondaland

    She gad no regard for her staff's feelings, was willing to screw them over to benefit herself and even used her friends' past trauma against them. Plus, she was portrayed as a strong and independent woman, but literally ruined people's lives just because she's infatuated with Fitz.

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    12. Lucas Scott, One Tree Hill

    The CW

    He was self-centred and constantly hurting people who were close to him. The worst example was him leading both Peyton and Brooke on, and making them both believe that he loved them. Growing up and watching it again made me realise how much of a twat he was.

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    13. Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

    The CW

    She was incredibly entitled and self-centred. She slept with Dean when he was still married to Lindsay and had a long-term affair with Logan when they were both in separate relationships. She could have evolved into a great, complicated character but instead just made bad decision after bad decision.

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    14. Anastasia Steele, Fifty Shades of Grey

    Universal

    Christian tells her he's not a "flowers and hearts" kind of guy because of his past and is only into BDSM, and yet she's so desperate for him to love her that she submits to him. She drastically lowers her standards for him and would essentially take a spanking over a hug just so he'll touch her. She seemed oblivious to the fact that he only wanted her as a submissive despite him telling her countless times.

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    15. Paige McCullers, Pretty Little Liars

    Freeform

    She said homophobic things to Emily then ended up kissing her while she was grieving the death of Maya, and even tried to drown her. She showed every sign of being a manipulative and emotionally abusive person and never once had a positive play in the storyline.

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    16. April Kepner, Grey's Anatomy

    Shondaland

    She's the most selfish character in the series. She makes impulsive decisions, gives ultimatums and forces her beliefs on people with the expectation that they'll be accepted. She's never open-minded enough to consider other people's view points and the show tries to spin it to make her look like the victim.

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    17. Jim Halpert, The Office

    NBC

    He bullies Dwight, treats Karen like shit and messes with Pam for half of season three to punish her for turning him down at the end of season two. He's a bully and an irresponsible portrayal of the "perfect" guy.

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    18. Zack Morris, Saved by the Bell

    NBC

    He disrespects Native American culture in one episode, lies about being Jewish to attend a basketball in another and sold swimsuit photos of underage girls. He's often overlooked but his behaviour is both abusive and problematic.

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    19. Ross Geller, Friends

    Warner Bros

    He was jealous and possessive to the point where he destroyed his relationship with Rachel, and made her choose between him and a career he never supported in the end. Why she ever wanted him back I'll never know. Oh, and who could forget the fact he couldn't handle his toddler son playing with a Barbie, or when he tried it on with his own cousin or when he was rampantly homophobic in the male-nanny debacle? I just hate him.

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