We count down the worst characters on Australian TV.
From serial killers to crime lords based on real-life figures, these are some of the nastiest characters we have seen on Australian television.
Sporting dark, fringed hair, mascara and red lipstick, Nat (Kestie Morassi) was the ball-busting, about-business madam of brothel 232. Incapable of having a normal relationship with her gigolo flame Sean (Dustin Clare), the third series of Satisfaction saw her have raunchy, on-the-side encounters with troubled fetishist Bernie, which subsequently prompted her to explore her own sexuality by reconnecting with her long-lost mother.
In the early 2000s, Kath & Kim's Kim Craig née Day (Gina Riley) was probably the closest thing on TV to the girl next door -- mean, obscene and barely out of her teens. With her flamboyant passion for fashion, annoying "bitch-fits", metro-sexual boyfriends and choice of company (the overweight sports-obsessed type), Kim lived up to the image of a superficial modern-day pop culture junkie.
Debuting on-screen in Home and Away's 2008 season finale, tough-as-nails cop Angelo Rosetta (Luke Jacobz) was instantly thrown into the heat of the action, getting involved in a climactic shoot-out which ended in the accidental death of one of the show's most beloved characters, Jack Holden (Paul O'Brien). Alienated by the Summer Bay community soon after the incident, Rosetta has a very edgy and mysterious aura to him, highlighting the diamond-in-the-rough dynamic we all know and love.
Racist, with a snobby attitude, an obsession with body image and an interest in almost pre-pubescent boys, Summer Heights High's Ja'mie King (Chris Lilley) belongs at the centre of any teenage schoolgirl's dartboard. Having a go at her friends about everything from their weight to their bra size, this stunning-but-atrocious chick was destined to be the public high school's new Queen Bee, ruling the student body with an iron fist.
From his shady business deals to his mostly short-lived romances, Neighbours' bad-boy Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) is most famous for one thing -- cheating. In the past, he has been at the heart of many high-profile scandals including money laundering, a leg amputation, a hostage situation, prison time and scams that shocked the residents of Erinsborough. Even though Paul has mellowed out after surviving a brain tumour, you can never really be sure that his terrorising days are truly behind him.
Loved throughout her five-season run on the '80s soap Sons and Daughters, Patricia "Pat the Rat" Palmer (Rowena Wallace) became a pop culture icon thanks to her bitching and scheming. Playing musical chairs with the men in her life, Pat had multiple affairs while being married to successful businessman Gordon Hamilton (Brian Blain). Going from rags to riches and back throughout the series, Aussie audiences followed Pat as she snatched up every golden ticket to high society she could find -- from business opportunities to businessmen.
With her old-school, by-the-book nursing style, impeccable posture, British accent and cold-hearted quips, The Young Doctors' Sister Matron Grace Scott (Cornelia Frances) could have been Mary Poppins' long-lost evil twin. Easily the best-remembered character on the show, she endured several dramatic story lines including being raped twice, investigated over the death of a colleague, jilted at the altar, and having a one-night stand with the dashing young Dr Craig Rothwell (John Walton). If there is one thing people remember from the show, it's the mixture of awe and delight they felt when this horrible nurse fell down an elevator shaft in season two's bone-breaking finale.
Based on the real-life Victorian mobster, Underbelly's Carl Anthony Williams (Gyton Grantley) may have looked like a harmless, half-witted driver at first glance, but a lengthy criminal career involving serious drug-trafficking and "offing" his enemies with a simple phone call saw him quickly become one of Australia's most-feared criminals. Standing out in a show that is already crowded with some of the slimiest characters on earth, Williams was the central figure in the real-life Melbourne gangland wars that shocked an entire nation.
In the 1982 season of Prisoner, Aussie viewers trembled at the arrival of one of the meanest, most heinous TV villains they had ever seen -- Joan "The Freak" Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick). Laying down the law with her black leather-gloved fists, molesting prisoners during illegal body searches and taking her cut on all the prison rackets, Ferguson was just as corrupt as some of the worst prisoners in Wentworth Detention Centre. With her brutal policing style, Ferguson rubbed a lot of the inmates the wrong way, perpetuating a climactic showdown with front-line prisoner Bea Smith (Val Lehman) in the 1982 season finale, which literally brought the prison down.
Good guy "Richo" by day and cold-blooded killer "Mr Bad" by night, Steven Richardson (Vince Martin) was the kind of guy who would give Freddy Krueger the creeps. Burying his ex-lovers, suspicious folks and enemies one by one, Steve turned E Street's fictional inner-city suburb of Westside into a morbid ghost town. Terrifying his victims as the night phantom "Mr Bad", Steve also wore face paint -- half black and half silver -- that added the finishing touches of evil to his brutal murders.
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