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Updated on Jun 17, 2020. Posted on Jun 17, 2020

Which Rom-Com Leading Men Were Actually Trash?

Still lookin' at you, Jake from Sixteen Candles.

I, like the rest of us, love a good rom-com. But sometimes, whether it be a rewatch or my first time seeing the movie, I realize that the leading man I'm supposed to be rooting for actually isn't all that great. In fact, sometimes, he's straight-up HORRIBLE!


So I'd like to know: Which rom-com leading men did you think were actually trash and a half?


Maybe you're like me and believe that Nate was the true villain in The Devil Wears Prada for shaming Andy for caring about her job and generally just being a lil' whiny baby.

20th Century Fox

Or maybe you didn't jive with the fact that Nick didn't tell Rachel anything about his family and wealth, and then just expected her to be cool with all of it in Crazy Rich Asians.

Warner Bros.

Or maybe you will NEVER forgive Jake for basically bragging about how he could sexually assault his girlfriend and eventually leaving her with a bunch of other creepy guys while she was drunk in Sixteen Candles.

Universal Pictures

Same, reader. Same.

So my fellow rom-com lovers, it's time to call these walking trash cans out once and for all! Tell us which rom-com leading man you thought was terrible and why you felt that way in the comments below. We'll feature the best responses in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.