We tend to brace ourselves whenever we see new characters introduced on our favorite TV shows. While they seem like a good fit on the surface, there's no telling whether their presence will ultimately ruin everything we love about the show. We don't know if their backstories will be intriguing enough to keep us invested. We don't know if their personalities will be relatable. And there's no guarantee that they'll seamlessly fit into existing storylines. Sure, we've seen a few examples, where new additions worked out really well (just look at Bernie and Amy from The Big Bang Theory). But unfortunately, this isn't always the case.
When it comes to popular shows, new characters are often thrown into the mix to either replace former characters, help boost show ratings or add more storylines. This is pretty understandable because it's tough to keep a show running for several seasons without losing the audience. However, it's important to add complex and engaging characters that viewers can actually relate to on some level. Because randomly adding annoying or one-dimensional people for the sake of drama just won't cut it. See some of the most pointless characters that great TV shows could've gone without:
If we had to pick the worst character to ever appear on this sitcom, it would be Raj's baby sister, Priya, by a longshot. Sure, it felt good to see her challenge Sheldon once in a while, but let's not forget that she was also selfish, manipulative, and extremely controlling. She rarely ever took an interest in the things Leonard loved, she tried to control what he wore, and she even tried to force him to cut ties with Penny when she felt threatened. It felt like her sole purpose was to make poor Leonard's life a living hell, which unfortunately included keeping him and Penny apart. So you can imagine the joy we felt when she and Leonard finally split up.
When Nellie got hired as one of the new managers, we never wished so badly for Michael Scott to come back. She was unnecessarily rude, beyond annoying, and so badly unqualified for the job. She also had a weird cockney accent, so listening to her speak usually felt like... well, torture. We do admire her self-awareness (she once admitted that she's lacking in formal education, useful skills, and motivation). But one decent quality wasn't enough to redeem her character. Thankfully, we still had Jim, Dwight, and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin gang to keep us distracted.
Though not quite as bad as Nellie, Deangelo was the kind of boss that would make anyone dread going to work. He considered himself a professional juggler, even despite the fact that he juggled objects that were invisible. He was also super awkward and way too childish to handle the role of Regional Manager. So of course, literally no one in the office truly respected him as their boss. Though it really sucks that he wound up getting seriously injured, it was a relief to see that his time at the office was so short-lived.
Who can forget that awkward moment when Ross said Rachel's name as he was about to marry Emily? It sounds like a bride's worst nightmare, but considering the fact that Emily desperately tried to keep Ross and Rachel apart, it's kind of hard to feel sorry for her. She knew that Ross was still in love with Rachel. But still, she married the guy and then tried to force him to cut all ties with Rachel (aka his best friend), which ultimately would've broken up the group. Thank goodness Ross grew a backbone and didn't give in to her manipulation.
To this day, we still don't understand why a selfish and entitled person like Sugar was added to the show. She couldn't sing to save her life, but she felt that she had all the talent in the world. And that's not even the most annoying part. For some odd reason, she justified her cruel behavior by claiming to have "self-diagnosed Asperger syndrome." For starters, autism isn't something that you can just switch on and off, and to remain "self-diagnosed" for so long makes absolutely no sense when you have the necessary resources to get yourself evaluated. The fact that she reduced such a condition to a convenient excuse for acting like a heartless brat was beyond low.
Nick was so blinded by Reagan's hotness that he completely missed the fact that they have almost nothing in common. It still amazes us that they managed to stay together for as long as they did. And it upsets us even more that they tried so hard to force a relationship that was barely hanging on by a thread. Seeing Reagan constantly run to Jess (the one he's meant to be with) for tips on how to deal with Nick or how to talk to him was always so frustrating. And as for Reagan's personality, she actually paled in comparison to the rest of the gang. Breaking up was the best thing that she and Nick could've done.
To be clear, we're totally happy that Liz finally found true love and got her happily ever after. But our issue is with the fact that her partner, Criss Chros, is duller than a cardboard box. Liz went from dating several men in an attempt to figure out what she truly wanted to accepting an average, underemployed musician (who, by the way, we met in the middle of their relationship). It's not like we expected her to land a gorgeous millionaire with no flaws at all, but personally, we just don't find his character that appealing. Still, both of them did want the same thing (an adopted child) and Criss did make Liz happy, so we can at least appreciate that.
Cousin Oliver is one of the most popular examples of a new character being added for literally no reason. Since ratings were declining, the show writers decided to add an eight-year-old relative who came to stay with the Bradys for a while. They hoped that the new addition would bring back the same appeal that the Brady kids had when they were younger, but unfortunately, audiences weren't into it. Ratings continued to plummet and, to this day, some fans believe that Oliver is the main reason why the show came to an end. It's worth noting that this practice became such a common trope that it's sometimes referred to as the "Cousin Oliver Syndrome."
Originally, the writers intended to have the actor who played Randy (Josh Meyers) play Eric. Apparently, he would explain his difference in appearance by claiming to be a "changed man" after his return from Africa. But thankfully, the writers scrapped that idea and decided to introduce him as a new character that would be a mixture of Eric and Michael. This did NOT work out well, because what they came up with was a boring character with no depth. All we knew was that he was a popular, laid-back ladies' man with barely any flaws, and that just wasn't enough.
The sitcom suffered a devastating loss when its star, John Ritter, suddenly died in 2003. So understandably, the writers had to introduce a few new faces to help fill that gap. While some of them worked, one character, in particular, turned out to be so annoying that we wish he wasn't included. Cate and Paul's nephew, C.J., was like that nagging relative you desperately want to get rid of, but can't. He was always so childish and his several failed attempts to pick up women were just sad. The show could've done just as well (or even better) without him in it.
We know that she meant to follow in the footsteps of her former mentor, J.D., but when she stepped up in season nine, she was nowhere near as funny or entertaining as he was. Some might argue that thirteen episodes is too little to go by, which is fair. Perhaps we would've grown to like Lucy if her character were redeemed in future episodes. But from what we'd seen so far, all she really had going for her was her medical knowledge and her good looks. Those two things alone just won't cut it.
Unfortunately, Lucy's love interest, Cole, wasn't so great either. The surgical student was a spoiled and arrogant airhead who almost never respected his professors. And it's kind of hard to look past these things, considering the fact that he had no redeeming qualities. ABC would've been better off if they'd just ended the series when J.D. left. In fact, most fans were quite content with his departure. But still, the network wanted to try their hand and milking the show's success for as long as they possibly could. The ratings steadily dropped, so clearly that didn't work out.
Is anyone else sick and tired of seeing 436,972 versions of Harrison Wells? Granted, we have met a few intriguing ones, but the Sherlock rip-off from Earth 12 has been working our nerves since day one. He's so protective of his reputation and often arrogant when it comes to his detective skills. He can also be sneaky and dishonest (as we saw when he pretended to solve a mystery for a giant fee when really, he didn't do any work). We've seen enough to learn that he does have a good side. But still, his annoying ways are sometimes too much to bear.
Her character was already under a lot of pressure because honestly, who could replace someone like Tara? But as Kennedy herself once put it, she's "kind of a brat." Though her ability to be confident and outspoken can be seen as admirable qualities, they also seemed to be her biggest weaknesses. She assumed that Willow's affections were hers for the taking and then she practically forced herself onto her. Not only that, but she also went out of her way challenge Buffy's authority whenever she got the chance. Talk about annoying... We can see why fans were so happy when she and Willow finally broke up.
To be fair, Dawn didn't necessarily have it easy. She suffered from abandonment issues, had an identity crisis, lost her mother, and turned to self-harm. But even despite her struggles, it was hard to watch her constantly act like the Debbie Downer. Her sulking and constant whining were annoying to a fault and at times her petty behavior was just too much to handle. We're pretty certain that most fans would've preferred to see a bit less of her.
For some reason, the writers thought it would be a good idea to introduce a new love interest for Meredith while she (and the rest of us) was still recovering from Derek's death. Nathan entered the picture a mere nine episodes after we last saw Derek. And it seemed like he was only added to spruce up the drama and distract viewers from such a big tragedy.
Regarding Nathan's addition to the cast, Ellen Pompeo (who plays Meredith) commented: “I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a [man] in there. We brought in Martin Henderson, but they didn’t love the storyline, so that ended.” Good riddance.
As awful as it was that Charles got murdered, many fans were kind of relieved to see him finally go. He was a surgical resident who transferred from Mercy West Medical Center to Seattle Grace Mercy West after the merger. However, he wasn't that good of a doctor and he was awful to the rest of the team. It certainly helps that he didn't appear on the show for long, but he was by far one of the most annoying characters that most fans would prefer to forget about.
All that glitters isn't gold, and Lila is pretty much the perfect example of this. At first, we all thought she was a genuinely nice and compassionate person (man were we fooled...). But in time, she was revealed to have a much darker personality. She was an arsonist and killer with sociopathic tendencies, and she could be very manipulative. She definitely had the potential to make an interesting villain, but she didn't quite live up to the others that have appeared on the show.
Yes, it's impressive that she learned about her powers all on her own, but any fan would agree that she was a whiny brat who didn't deserve all the spotlight that she got. Her plotline made fans raise an eyebrow because it made absolutely no sense. After the sisters and Wyatt, Billie was suddenly cherry-picked as the Chosen One. And to this day, we don't really understand why. Adding Billie alone almost ruined a show that was already suffering.