TV Characters I Used to Hate

TV Characters I Used to Hate

Have you ever started off hating a character then grew to love them? You know those TV characters we hated because they seemed too annoying or awful to grow an attachment to, but end up being scene-stealers.

Television characters have the greatest growth since we spend more time with them than a two-hour movie or a single novel. Even when characters change for the worse, sometimes they embrace their true nature. Remember that a villain is the hero in their story.

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TV Characters I Used To Hate

​The following is a list of ten characters I used to hate but ended up loving:

(Please note: possible spoilers for Gray’s Anatomy, Sons of Anarchy, The 100, Justified, Lost, Game of Thrones, Suits, Yellowstone, Glee and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)

1. Alex Karev (Gray’s Anatomy)

​Alex started as a tactless, overconfident, impulsive womanizer. His selfish decisions made him hard to like. He was a lone wolf left out of the trusted circle who called him ‘evil spawn’.

Alex made a lot of wrong choices, but after we learn more about his back story, we can understand that most of his personality is a defence mechanism. Once he worked for Arizona in pediatrics, he showed his vulnerable side. He eventually became Meredith’s person when Christina left the show, but he always kept his blunt honesty.

“Maybe I’m a pig, maybe I’m an ass, and maybe I’m a vermin like everybody says. But I tell them the truth. It’s the only thing that I’ve got going for me.”

2. Alexander ‘Tig’ Trager (Sons of Anarchy)

As Clay’s right hand, Tig was prone to violence and hard to like. Especially after he accidentally killed Opie’s wife, Donna. Turning in his sergeant-at-arms flash when Clay assaults Gemma showed he had limits. Eventually Tig proved he was loyal and sensitive, particularly in his love of dogs. His relationship with Venus also showed a softer side.

“You know why I like teaming up with you, Hap? Because when we do, I’m the normal one.”

3. Bellamy Blake (The 100)

Jaha’s enemies manipulated Bellamy into killing a guard to get on the drop ship to protect his sister. Loving his newfound freedom, his motto of ‘whatever the hell we want’ put him in opposition to Clark in the struggle for leadership of the group. Although he made a lot of mistakes, he became a trusted ally and would do whatever it took to protect those he loved.

“Who we are and who we have to be to survive are two different things.”

4. Boyd Crowder (Justified)

Originally scheduled to die in the pilot, Boyd is one of my favorite characters. He was a small-time con artist who liked to blow things up. He had a calm, articulate, charming way of speaking. Although Boyd tried his best to go straight, he eventually returned to his outlaw roots, with Ava at his side. It is in Boyd’s interactions with Marshal Raylan Givens, where we see they are two sides of the same coin that could easily flip them from lawman to outlaw.

“I’ve been accused of being a lot of things. Inarticulate ain’t one of them.”

5. James ‘Sawyer’ Ford (Lost)

After the plane crash, Sawyer looked out for himself hoarding supplies and leveraging them. An abrasive con man, he wouldn’t do anything unless it was to his benefit. His honesty was refreshing. Plus, he jumped out of a helicopter to give Kate and the others a better chance to survive. He also had some of the best lines on Lost.

“Why am I getting the evening news from a six year old?”

6. Jamie Lannister (Game of Thrones)

Jamie started off as a villain, throwing Bran Stark off a roof to protect his secret love affair. After he lost his hand, it humbled him. We saw a softer side of Jamie, especially with his affection for Brienne of Tarth who he helps to protect the Stark girls. He even turned his back on Cersei to fight for the North. (Although he abandons his hero arc to return to die with Cersei.)

“People have been swinging at me for years, but they always seem to miss.”

7. Louis Litt (Suits)

Louis started off as a neurotic mess with an inferiority complex. He always felt left out and less valued than Harvey by Jessica. Although what Louis wanted most was Harvey’s approval and friendship. He wears his heart on his sleeve and lashes out when his emotions get bruised. His love of mud, cats, fine arts and other eccentricities bring humor to his character. In the end, you couldn’t ask for a more trusted loyal friend than Louis.

“So I treat my body like a temple. Does that make me uncool? I don’t think so.”

8. Rip Wheeler (Yellowstone)

Rip starts off as a bully, especially with the other ranch hands. A man of few words, he has no qualms about killing anyone or telling them what he thinks. His relationship with Beth Dutton and his backstory provide an insight into his behaviour, making him more likable. He is loyal to John Dutton and the Yellowstone ranch and will do whatever it takes to defend them. When he received the letter from John, you can see how touched and vulnerable he really is.

“I’d rather kill a thousand men than shoot another horse.”

9. Santana Lopez (Glee)

Santana was a cheerleader who joined the glee club to spy for Sue Sylvester, the cheerleading coach. As an antagonistic force, she was cruel to the other glee club members. She was witty, smart, and called things like she saw them. She eventually stood up to Sue in defence of Finn and admitted to actually liking the glee club.

“Everything about you screams virgin. You’re about as sexy as a Cabbage Patch Kid. It’s exhausting to look at you.”

10. Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

They brought Spike onto the show to be the villain in season two. After Cordelia left to join Angel, they brought Spike back to the show to fulfill her role in creating conflict in the group. It’s not until Spike regains his soul that you see his character change. The King of one liners, Spikes provide levity to any situation.

“If every vampire who said he was at the crucifixion was actually there, it would have been like Woodstock.”

Honorable Mention

There are lots of other characters to include on this list: Nathan Scott (One Tree Hill), Seth Cohen (The O.C.), Theodore ‘T-Bag’ Bagwell (Prison Break), Gregory House (House), Chloe O’Brien (24), Daryl Dixon (Walking Dead), Red (Orange Is the New Black), Doug Stamper (House of Cards), Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad/ Better Call Saul), Mellie Grant (Scandal), Paris Geller (Gilmour Girls), Lemon Breeland (Hart of Dixie), Pete Campbell (Mad Men), Rumpelstiltskin (Once Upon a Time), and Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl). I am sure I could name over a hundred TV characters on this list.

Streaming Availability

If you haven’t watched any of these shows, you can watch Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Gilmore Girls, Gray’s Anatomy, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Prison Break, Scandal, Sons of Anarchy, Suits, The 100, and The Walking Dead at Netflix Canada.

Amazon Prime Video has 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, House, Mad Men, Lost, and Yellowstone. You can watch Justified at FX Now Canada, Game of Thrones on Crave and Once Upon a Time on Disney+. Unfortunately Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, One Tree Hill, and The O.C. are not available to stream in Canada right now.

Final Thoughts

As a writer, I like to analyze characters and their motivations to find out what makes them tick. What TV characters did you hate then grew to love? Let me know in the comments.


Until next time



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