The 10 Worst New Characters of the Fall 2013 TV Season

For every John Locke, there's also a cray Japanese temple guardian—that's just the way television works. If every TV character was great, half of the internet would cease to exist, and the world would be a lot more boring. That's why we're paying whatever the opposite of a tribute is to some of this season's worst new TV characters, our way of honoring the yang after praising the yin with our recent list of the 12 best new TV characters of the fall.

I polled the TV.com writing drones for their take; you'll find the 10 suckers we came up with below. These characters aren't irredeemable, nor are they entirely loathsome, but for some reason or other we just can't deal with 'em. Also, a very special note: These aren't knocks on the actors, just the characters they play!

Pi (Myko Olivier) on Castle

At the start of the season, Pi was downright insufferable, imposing on people and being annoying and oblivious at every opportunity. But then he and Alexis moved in together, and all of a sudden Pi was kind of tolerable when the young lovebirds had Castle and Martha over for dinner? And now he's the reason Castle and Alexis are walking on eggshells with each other? Whatever, we're taking Castle's side in this fight: Pi and Alexis haven't known each other very long, and shacking up with him seems a bit out-of-character for Alexis, who is absolutely smarter than this. Plus, that mustache is the WORST. How long until he's gone and we can write a review with "Death of Pi" as the headline?


Jake Sanders (Mateus Ward) on Hostages

While most of the characters on Hostages were  shoe-ins for a spot on this annual list of dishonor, we settled on Jake Sanders as the worst of them. Jake not only had the least interesting "secret" of all his family members—he deals pot!—but he somehow managed to come off as a whiny, self-centered teenager even in the face of all the shootings and stabbings taking place in his house. Everything's all about Jake! So much so that the kid actually called home after he and Morgan escaped to flee to Canada, putting everyone at risk. Well done, Jake, Well done.


Lizzie Samuels (Brighton Sharbino) on The Walking Dead

This annoying little squirt introduced herself to us by humanizing zombies, a big no-no in the when you're trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. She was naming zombies! And then she asked to be the one to kill her dying father and chickened out. And then after her father died, she went outside and mourned... the fact that "Nick" the zombie had died! This girl is clearly on crack, and we will be overjoyed when one of her "friends" eats her spleen. Hopefully she'll come back as a zombie so we can watch her get killed all over again. 


Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

To be fair, most of the characters on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aren't all that developed yet, but Agent Grant Ward is probably the worst of the group. He's incredibly stiff and mechanical, he always tries to fix problems with his fists, and he doesn't have much of a personality. We're not quite sure yet, but he might also hate puppies. The verdict is still out on that last one, though.


Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) on Super Fun Night

There are a couple reasons to like Rebel Wilson's character in Super Fun Night: She's the underdog, and... ummm, actually, that's about it. But the show's attempt to make Kimmie likable through awkwardness and spontaneous singing hasn't worked at all, leaving the show with an underdog who we don't want to see win. She should just stay inside forever.


Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Sure, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the better new network comedies of the season, but that's not because of its main character, Jake Peralta. The perma-grinned hotshot of the B99 precinct collars plenty of crooks, but he does it with a level of arrogance that's usually reserved for sixth-grade class presidents. He's got an answer or a smirk for everything, and he's generally the only person who finds his quips funny. Cockiness and immaturity can be entertaining when managed correctly, but we're still waiting for this show to give him a badly needed slap of reality and bring him down to Earth. Terry Crews needs to put this guy in a headlock and flex.


Sara Hanley (Hannah Ware) on Betrayal


Television's shlockiest soap had a spot reserved on this list from the get-go, but we were only able to single out one character after much heated discussion. Congrats, philandering photographer Sara! As one half of the sizzling fizzling romance at the center of the series, this gal is 50-percent responsible for one of its biggest faults. And as someone who has nothing to do with Betrayal's big legal-murder-mystery, her role is little more than "cheating-wife plot device and pervert with raging sexual fantasies to appease the 50 Shades crowd." Finally, could her job as a photographer—which the show continually reminds us is part of her character—be more boring? (Trick question. No.)


Colette (Kim Dickens) on Sons of Anarchy

We love Kim Dickens (Treme, y'all!) but we cannot say the same for Colette, the madame of the Stockton-based whorehouse that SAMCRO is helping go legit. It's not that she's a bad person, it's that so far, she's a complete waste of a character who has no business being part of a show that already suffers under the weight of a populous ensemble cast. In the first episode of the season, she F'd Jax, and there were zero ramifications or developments to come out of that. Since then, she's become even less of a player, standing in the background and saying very little while the boys do all the talking. Colette is definitely a character who needed to spend a little more time in the writers' room. 


Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) on Dracula

This isn't the fairest of entries, because it's really NBC's concept of the fanged one that's the stinky part, and the badness of it actually makes the show kind of fun. But with that said, it's almost impossible to separate the idea of Dracula Businessman from the Dracula we see on screen. The newest version of the king of vampires is living in Victorian-era London and posing as an American businessman so he can get into an energy-industry tussle with the members of the Order of the Dragon, who has a foothold in the oil business. To fight them, Dracula is working to bring clean, free, renewable energy powered by geomagnetism to the people. In the process, he also attempts hostile takeovers of his rivals' business by purchasing stock, to amass a majority share. Erm... whaaaaaaa? And that accent! 


Everyone on Dads

We couldn't pick just one. Yep, naming the whole cast is a cop-out, but after debating which character was the worst for three days in a locked room, we eventually had to compromise.



Who are your least favorite new characters of the season?




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I've only seen four of the shows targeted and agree with the Hostages character.
Walking Dead and SHIELD...not so much. Not favorites but also not deserving of a worst list.
And with Dracula you just missed the mark totally. Jonathan Rhys Meyers was excellent along with great casting elsewhere on the show. It was a relief to not have teenage male models portraying Dracula. But to each their own I guess.
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I think it is unfair to place Dracula in this group. The writing could be better, but the actors are very good. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is pretty good considering he is an Irishman having to fake an American accent. This version of Dracula is certainly not what people expect of Dracula. Making him an unscrupulous businessman is a very different kind of blood sucker. The show has actually gotten better as the season progressed and the actors have gotten more comfortable in their roles. It is hard in the first season of any show to flesh out the characters and it is especially hard when the main character is not the good guy. It is hard to care about a villainous character or root for him unless, he can be seen as redeemable. Unless people watched the animated webisodes it took awhile to get to know the character's back story.
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I agree with Pi being the worst. Like someone said, he's the Cousin Oliver of Castle. They couldn't find a better way for Alexis to move out of the house? He adds nothing to the show. Yawn. I love all the characters on the show except for Pi. I think if they were going to give Alexis a love interest, they could have found a better one. His character is ridiculous. Unless they have something surprising planned with this character, they could really do without it.
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How in the hell did Jake Sanders end up on this list?! First off, I wanna give Mateus Ward credit! That boy has a great talent. His character is whiny for a reason, he doesn't wanna die! I saw EMMY time for this dude! :)
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Everyone on Dads, I watch 1 eps and start "crying"
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Since Laurel form Arrow has overhauled her face and is now incapable of making normal expressions, I say she is allowed on the "new characters" list. Unless she has a serious medical problem of course, in which case I respectfully apologize for nominating her.
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Good question. I kept thinking something has changed with her. Bad hair? Bad makeup? Bad camera angles. Never thought of plastic surgery gone bad.
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Dracula is the One. Man, if it was for me he would starve to death. I would NEVER invite him in...I'm not that difficult, I swear. I am a crazy vampire fan. From Bela Lugosi to Edward or Damon Salvatore. Even Klaus from The Originals. But this one...god no.
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Pi is the worst. No excuses.
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Andy Samberg's character is my favourite part of B99! :P
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Everyone on this list exempt Ward from S.H.E.I.L.D he is slowly developing as a character and loosening up each episode, hopefully the writers will allow him to grow more quickly by giving him some more scenes and go into his past
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Pi.. How long do I have to wait for him to be the center of an episode? By center I mean the victim.
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Everyone on dads! cracked me up!
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you can't include Kim Dickens(Colette SOA) due to the fact of not being in enough episodes or not being a main focus, my vote for worst is JOSH COOKE (Joel from Hart of Dixie) plus Hannah Ware(Sara Betrayal) should not be on this list
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Pi is the worst. I'm still on the fence about Lizzie. And oh no! Poor Ward. I actually found Skye to be far more ugh inducing than that guy.
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Brooklyn nine nine is amazing all of the Characters are HILARIOUS
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Do not hate on Agent Grant Ward!!!! Yes, he's underdeveloped thus far, but he's likeable. Maybe a little boring, but likeable.
As for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, almost everybody is unlikeable on that show. It's funny and I watch it, but the characters would all be reeeeeeeaally annoying in real life.
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And B9 is one of the better comedies?????? help us all!!!!
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Pretty much hit it on the head! Rebel is not funny in ANYTHING!!!!!!!!
BUT-Martin Mull is very cool and deserving of a good vehicle!!!!!
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Uh.... I am defenitly going with Pi as my number one.

And I agree, Dads should be on this list. But it just makes it to second place, because I just stopped watching after the first episode, so these characters aren't as annoying as Pi :D
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Abbie from Sleepy Hollow should be up there.
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- Whaaaat...? ABBIE???...? No. The ENTIRE main cast of Sleepy Hollow is on point! But to each his own, I guess!
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Yeah I absolutely adore Ichobod and I loved John Noble as "The Sin Eater" and am so excited that he will guest star every now and then. But Abbie....Sorry. I know that I'm in the minority when it comes to Abbie but I just don't like her. Although it sometimes takes me a while to get into a character so who knows? Maybe she'll grow on me and I'll regret that comment. I am just saying that what I've seen of Abbie so far, I don't like her. :-/
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But this isn't about Jonathan, it's about the very badly written character that he portrays. Sorry, this Dracula is the worst.
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Hello Ladies ... can't even remember Stephen's character, that's how much I hate him. Gervais is not even doing the jerkish character anymore ( watch Derek, BRILLIANT! OMG!! ). Why has Stephen brought back the same type of idiot he played in Extras, that Gervais played in the office. It's like a combination of all the jerkish idiots he and Gervais played on their shows. Do something new Stephen!
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the better comedy's indeed and if there was one role Andy Samberg could portray perfectly it was the one of an obnoxous person with a permanent grin on his face. It works perfectly for me as well as the entire (hilarious) cast.

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Why not poll the dumbest (self-appointed) reviewer on TV.COM instead? As with DADS, it'll be the whole bunch - because you all suck!
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ITA about the chick from Betrayal. The worst! I'm constantly shaking my head at th edumb stuff she does. Pi is just AWFUL and hastened my decision to kick Castle to the curb this season.
I like Andy Samberg but apparently 22 minutes of smarmy, dickish behavior is my threshold. I would like the character better & I think the show would be stronger if Peralta showed less smarm and more actual acumen as a detective. He's allegedly the best detective of the precinct but I'm really beginning to wonder about the other detectives' skill. That's like saying, "of the people in this house (me & my dog), I am the better car mechanic." :)
Ward is...okay. He may be a little wooden, but at least he's got some dimension, purpose, back story, etc. For me, Fitz-Simmons are the worst. I still can't remember which is which & they don't add much enjoyment to the series, aside from needing techy types for this type of show. What SHIELD really needs is a Marshall. *Alias flashback*
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dude you hate Lizzie! hahaha!!! although i must agree on Lizze and the kid from hostages cant wait for them both to die

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Colette all the way. Haven't hated a character this much since Ima in Sons. And prior to that, Lori Grimes. And before that, it was probably Nikki and Pablo/Paulo, whatever his name was in Lost. You know, the ones that even the writers realised were god awful and so buried them alive!?!!! Moooahahaha. ;)
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Show some respect man, their names were Nina and Pablo. ;-)
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Why no poll this time, tv.com Staff? To avoid election fraud?
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It might be too complicated for a certain somebody to set up ;)
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I love Peralta.
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Adam Lambert on Glee...
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Dracula? Really? Who came up with that?? Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays flawless its part!
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i feel like this agents of shield series is like the first season of buffy, awkward character development, but give it time.
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Seriously, how does NBC get Dracula wrong?
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TOTALLY with you on Pi from Castle, that character is the Cousin Oliver of the series and can eat a big donkey flopper, you nailed the reasons solid. And it's like the producers know all this, and know how out of tone the character is and are using him to needle the audience - his "Mister C" shit like he's the Fonz makes me want to see an episode where we get a glimpse into Castle's imagination at all the ways he could dispose of Pi.

Agent Ward really is annoying, his character is supposed to be Coulson Jr. and he's just generic. Plus he killed puppies, pretty sure on that one.

Kimmie's biggest flaw: her fake American accent when she monologues to her laptop, holy crap is that the worst.

Cannot stand Jake Peralta, that character is the biggest reason I walked away from the series. The character is full of unearned snark and smarm while not being terribly funny, and then falling back on the cheapest gags to get past that.
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I'm surprised that Agent Ward made it here. While he is far from being a very interesting persona, he has demonstrated to be more than he had initially seemed to be. Wasn't stiff and mechanical all the time, showed a little sense of humor, and didn't try to solve every single thing by fighting.

If I had to pick someone from SHIELD, it would be Simmons with her incessant smiling regardless of situation and a one-note approach to everything. But then the entire squad (aside from Coulson) is not really compelling.
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I agree with Pi and Dads, but I like Peralta on Brooklyn 99, he's hilarious! Also Agent Ward is a robot but he could improve... his Handsome helps the character. :)
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I agree that Andy Samberg's Jake Peralta is annoying but he's not the most annoying on the show. I'm have to go with the secretary as the most annoying character.
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Dads would be better if they would get rid of the Dads!
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I am glad to see that the comments seem to agree that Jake Peralta is hilarious. His arrogance gives the rest of the characters something to play off, and each in their own way. I expected that show to be awful, but gave it a shot, now it is one of the few shows I watch week to week, and Samberg is a big factor in that.
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The Red Queen from Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, she is horrible
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- Yes, she IS awful! She should've been at the TOP of this list! It's mainly her FACE, it's so hard to look at for more than a few seconds...but although I don't much like who her character is supposed to be, and I HATE the stupid, unnecessary overt sexual quips/banter ("HAah-der...HAAH-DER!!!" <_< ), I can say that she acts VERY well when the scenes call for serious emotion, she's awesome when she becomes very still & angry & teary because she's angry & scared, etc...her acting suddenly becomes really nuanced.

But someone else, and perhaps just a different character altogether, would have been better. Hoping I'll come to love her, though, I'm either starting to get used to her face, or maybe her lips and all (the obvious fillers) have started deflating & settling a bit...
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I want to sandpaper her lips off.
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As much as I dislike Agent Ward, I don't think he should be on this list.

Jake Peralta is one of the better characters this fall. I wasn't on the Samberg ship before the show (Loney Island are awesome though), I like him a lot now.
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Do not agree with Andy Sambergs character. He's awesome:D
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i feel like a little goes a long way with him. by the end of the show you find him annoying, but if they maybe tone him down a bit so we don't feel that way by the third segment, we will find him more enjoyable.
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The show and character isn't new but her personality has changed so much one might think she was new. I would add Revenge's "new and improved just back from a transformative summer in Paris" Charlotte. She has always been the most annoying character on Revenge, but this season I truly can't stand her. Ugh.
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Add Hank Foxx on American Horror Story.
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Why? He's barely been on there long enough to develop any real animus toward him.
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I so agree with all,maybe not Dracula I'm totally digging him. And especially Agent's marvel of shield agent whathisface annoys the hell outta me
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NO WAY! Agent Ward is the BEST! And no, I'm just saying this because he has incredibly handsome looks; I think SHIELD needs to give us more background on him and I'm sure once he's developed and as the season will progress he will be a great character.

But Pi is the worst character I have seen til date on Castle. I mean it's seriously bad. I too thought that Alexis was much smarter than to date, of all things, a 'fruitarian' (which I didn't even know or wanted to know existed). He needs to get off the show, like yesterday.
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Agent Ward I completely agree with. It is also the tragic flaw of that show. The Avengers succeeded in large part due to the reckless wise-cracking Tony Stark. This show lacks that character and it is one it sorely needs. That character should be the role of Agent Ward, but he was unfortunately cast as Robocop instead. This suprises me since most of Wheedon's successes cam from characters like the aforementioned Tony Stark and of course Mal on Firefly (just llok at what Nathan Fillion brings to Castle for the value of snark). I wish they could fix this, Coulson's dry wit really only works as a secondary, not a primary humor source. Maybe they could kill Ward and replace him with a better character (this would help galvanize the team and the new guy could be someone for them to hate on for a while and bring some soul-searching to the show). Another example of what a good witty character can do for a show is Deeks on NCIS: Los Angeles. That show became mildly tolerable with just the addition of him.

Also, yes the accent is TERRIBLE in Dracula, but it is WAY worse on Kimmie Boubier. Her voice is SO irritating. I actually think the show would work much better with her actual voice. I think that would give the dialogue a much needed bump as well. I have watched british shows (yes I know Rebel is Australian) where they did a US version with almost identical dialogue (The IT Crowd, Coupling), and the jokes were AWFUL. the only seeming difference was the accent. Some things are just funnier with other dialects!
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The only reason I can think of for Alexis dating Pi at all is that he must be PHENOMENAL in bed.
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Instead of Dracula you should have included at least one of the side characters from The Originals.
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Patrick, Margot AND Sara on Revenge
The cast of The Crazy Ones
Margo Martindale's character on The Millers
Skye on SHIELD
The kids from Trophy Wife, especially the little Asian one
Stephen Jameson and Cara on The Tomorrow People
No. 1 most annoying character is: Adam Pally's character on The Mindy Project! He is the WORST
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agreed 100%
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