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28 TV Characters Who Started Off As Fan Favourites, But Ended Up Being The Absolute Worst

Such good potential, but it all went down the drain.

Recently, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which of their fave TV characters started out good, but then ended up being terrible. Here's what they had to say!

1. Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

Closeup of Rory, who is dressed in a blue dress

2. Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother

Close up of Ted who is wearing a black suit and tie

3. Tina Cohen-Chang from Glee

Close up of Tina who is leaning her arm against a piano and talking to Artie

4. Randall Pearson from This Is Us

Randall sitting at an outdoor table; he is calling someone on his phone and looking into the distance

5. Debbie Gallagher from Shameless

Debbie standing in her home; she is wearing overalls with a flannel on top

6. Owen Hunt from Grey's Anatomy

Owen wearing scrubs and a stethoscope

7. Veronica Lodge from Riverdale

Veronica wearing her cheerleading uniform

8. Gina Linetti from Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Gina is sitting at her desk while holding her phone to watch something on it; she is looking off into the distance

9. Andy Bernard from The Office

Andy with a confused and angry expression on his face

10. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen from Game Of Thrones

Jon and Daenerys standing together in the snow, looking into the distance

11. Piper Chapman from Orange Is The New Black

Piper using the payphone while in prison

12. Ben Chang from Community

Chang smiling at the camera while holding an open book at his desk

13. Haley Marshall (née Dunphy) from Modern Family

Hayley standing at a room door while looking confused and shocked

14. Xander Harris from Buffy The Vampire Slayer

15. Nancy Botwin from Weeds

Nancy calling someone while in a public bathroom

16. Blaine Anderson from Glee

Blaine dressed in his Warblers' uniform

17. Ross Geller from Friends

Ross sitting down on a couch, with his mouth open

18. Rafael Solano from Jane The Virgin

A close up of Rafael; he is dressed in a white patterned shirt

19. Danny Castellano from The Mindy Project

Mindy and Danny lying down in bed together; Mindy is holding Danny's arm, while he looks straight into the distance

20. Sabrina Spellman from Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

A closeup of Sabrina smirking and winking at the camera

21. Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl

Dan dressed in his school uniform and looking to the side

22. Castiel from Supernatural

A closeup of Castiel, who is wearing a jacket, white shirt and tie

23. Bernadette Rostenkowski from The Big Bang Theory

Brittany holding a carton of milk; she's sitting down at a table and there's a "Smile" mug on the desk

24. Jim Halpert from The Office

A closeup of Jim looking confused at the camera

25. Izzie Stevens from Grey's Anatomy

A closeup of Izzy who is dressed in her hospital scrubs

26. Jaime Lannister from Game Of Thrones

A closeup of Jaime dressed in his Lannister armour

27. Fiona Gallagher from Shameless

Fiona sitting on the stairs holding a bottle; her hand is wrapped in a bandage that has a bit of blood stained on it

28. And finally, Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries

Elena holding a match

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

What other TV characters started off with so much promise, only to end up disappointing you? Sound off in the comments!


An earlier version of this article included a submission about Lexa from The 100. On further review and based on reader feedback, we have decided to remove the submission, as it did not meet our editorial guidelines. Thanks to our readers for being honest and pointing it out!