The Bachelor isn't that different from a real fairy tale. It's all about true love. There are heroes and villains. There was a real prince that one time. Beauty And The Beast was basically Stockholm Syndrome but with ball gowns — tell me that's not for sure the logline Mike Fleiss used while pitching the series to ABC.
After over a decade of content, even the most ferocious Bachelor franchise fans have forgotten the storybook villains that originated things like being "there for the wrong reasons" or "not here to make friends." Before those were slogans on weird, off-brand Bachelor merch, they were real drama coming from real people. We took a walk down memory lane of all the Bachelor villains we almost forgot.
Courtney Robertson invented 'not being here to make friends.' The eventual winner of Ben Flanjnik's heart on season sixteen wrote the book on being a Bachelor villain and literally called it I Didn't Come Here To Make Friends, in case anyone forgot she was the OG. Revelations from that book included that she had sex on camera during a skinny dipping stunt on the show, she was Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s regular hookup buddy, and she dated both Jesse Metcalfe and Adrian Grenier. She once said, "I just want to rip her head off and verbally assault her," while talking about an on-screen feud with Kacie Boguskie, and we miss that type of blatant aggression on the show. Ah, the good ol' days.
Kelsey Poe went to the top of Bachelor Nation's sh*t list when she decided to come for Ashley Iaconetti during Chris Soules's season of The Bachelor, IMO. Being rude to the reigning queen of Bachelor realness isn't even one of the worst things she did on her season, which included faking a panic attack to stay on the show, talking about her husband's tragic death in weirdly positive, flippant terms, and having a major case of crazy eyes. Kelsey disappeared from social media in 2016 after moving to Paris and finding a new man.
Rozlyn Papa may not be a household name, but she was part of the biggest scandal Bachelor Nation has ever seen. Rozlyn was accused of having a sexual relationship with one of the producers during filming Jake Pavelka's season, which she denied "on [her] child's life." After Rozlyn and the producer were kicked off of the show for their "inappropriate relationship," the producer visited her hometown and introduced her to his father, so she might have spoken a little too soon. When Chris Harrison tried to get some answers during "Women Tell All," Rozlyn accused America's father Chris of flirting with a producer's wife.
Justin Rego was not there for the right reasons. He should have been booted off the minute Ali Fedotowsky heard that his nickname was "Rated R," but instead, his time came when Ali realized that he had a girlfriend waiting for him back in Canada. When she tried to confront him about it, he ran away. Like, literally ran. In post-show interviews with E!, he talked mad sh*t about Ali and the show, saying he knew he wasn't into Ali after three days and wasn't allowed to leave the show because of the producers. That's about as much class as we'd expect from someone named Rated R.
Tierra LiCausi would do anything to get attention on Sean Lowe's season of The Bachelor, whether it was throwing yet another tantrum or wearing what people speculated was a huge fake engagement ring during the "Women Tell All" special. That "engagement" (yeah, we didn't buy it either) was reportedly called off after a couple of months according to Us Magazine, where she got absolutely destroyed for a crazy fight she had with AshLee Frazier. She might be the only person in Bachelor history to cry more than Ashley I., but David Ravitz beat her for "dumbest injury" when he got sent to the hospital after rolling off of his bunk bed. At least Tierra tripped down the stairs before her hospital visit.
Kalon McMahon was a contestant on Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette in 2012, and he was possibly the worst person to ever be allowed on the show (exempting the ridiculous amount of racists that somehow keep slipping through the cracks). Emily's backstory, for those who've forgotten, is that her fiancée died in a small plane crash and, shortly after, Emily learned that she was pregnant with his daughter, Ricki. Kalon is the world's biggest *sshole because he called Ricki "baggage." The comment wasn't aired on Emily's season, but it's the reason she sent Kalon home.
Michelle Money started out as a Bachelor villain on Brad Womack's (second) season before redeeming herself on Bachelor Pad and Bachelor In Paradise. She said some messed up stuff about the other women on her original season, and her decision to go on Marriage Boot Camp with fellow Bachelor in Paradise winner Cody Sattler (even though they weren't married) shows that she might have been there for the spolight a little more than she was there to find ~true love~ but Michelle has been overshadowed by bigger, badder Bachelor villains.
Bentley Williams taught us the valuable lesson to never trust someone named Bentley. Surprisingly, that wasn't already a given. He purposefully strung along Bachelorette Ashley Herbert for fun. She was falling in love with him, and he was saying stuff like, "I'm going to make Ashley cry, but I hope my hair looks okay." He left the show, then came back for a second to get "closure" (lol, OK), at which point Ashley finally cut him loose. He has a measly two thousand followers on Instagram compared to Ashley's 332 thousand, so it looks like she got the last laugh.
JJ Lane got called a turd by Amy Schumer, if that gives you any indication of his personality. He had exactly one friend on the show, his "Brokeback Bachelor" bro Clint Arlis, during Kaitlyn Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette and endeared himself to no one when he stole Kaitlyn away after already getting a rose. He also coined the phrase "villains gotta vill" and once said he was feeling "smugness wrapped inside of cockiness wrapped inside of confidence wrapped inside 'I just talked to the girl and you didn't.'" Maybe this villain is best left forgotten.
Trish Schneider was one of the Bachelor franchise's original villains all the way back in 2004 during NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer's season. That's right, before Colton Underwood, we had a Bachelor that actually left the bench. Trisha wore a shirt on the show that said, "Gold Digger — Like A Hooker, But Smarter," which basically put a target on her back for the entire season. You can't fault a girl for truth in advertising, but you can fault her for coming back after she was eliminated to give Jesse her hotel room key during another girl's date.
Ian Thomson once described himself as "a gift you unwrap for life." Yeah, okay. He really, really wanted to be the next Bachelor, but surprisingly, dumping Kaitlyn Bristowe because he found her "surface level" before leaving because he said he needed to have sex did not endear him to viewers or put him in contention to become the next season's lead. No one cares you went to Princeton Deerfield except you, Ian. He also called himself too "deep" for Kaitlyn before implying she was only there to make out, which is literally ridiculous. We all know she was only there to make out with Shawn Booth.
Wes Hayden fully went on The Bachelorette to promote his music. His various social media bios paint the picture of a man who had no business going on national television. His IMDB and personal website bio is so funny: "At eight years old, Wes got his first guitar and the rest is, as they say, history. Playing professionally since the age of sixteen, Wes has kicked his fair share of sawdust around in bars and honky-tonks." I would quote the whole thing if it wasn't 224 words long. Also, his Twitter bio is "The man your momma warned you about and the man your daddy always wanted to be!" none of which sounds appealing. He constantly bragged that he just went on the show to promote his music and had a girlfriend back home, gloating that he was going to be the first guy to make it to the Top 4 with a girlfriend. The worst.
Samantha Steffen didn't make any impression during Chris Soules's season of The Bachelor, but people weren't too thrilled with her during her time on Bachelor in Paradise's second season. She won her Paradise season, but she got in some hot water when she tried to deny having a previous relationship with fellow contestant Joe Bailey only to get caught fessing up to lying on a hot mic. Rookie mistake, girl! Joe and Samantha were both villains that season, but Samantha walked away with the W and contestant Nick Peterson.
Vienna Girardi is no longer a household name, proving definitively that there is a God. When Vienna won Jake Pavelka's season of The Bachelor in 2010, she was basically unavoidable. When two villains fall in love, tabloids fall in love with *them.* Vienna was lowkey the worst that entire season, but after her split with Jake, things got ugly. She accused him of being a fame wh*re (which, to be fair, is true), and he accused her of undermining and emasculating him (which is probably also true).
Joe Bailey, like Samantha Steffen, made little-to-no impact during his first appearance in Bachelor Nation and became a villain during Bachelor in Paradise. Joe and Samantha had made secret plans to hookup in Paradise, but he got there first. So, Joe did what any horrible person would do: He led on a single mother and widow, Juelia Kinney, to get roses until Samantha showed up. Of course, once she did show up, she promptly gave her rose to someone else and sent Joe home.
Lace Morris was "gets matching tattoos in Paradise" type of crazy. Lace made a pretty big impression on Ben Higgins's season of The Bachelor considering she quit in Week 3. Ben had bigger villains to worry about, like Olivia Caridi, but Lace still managed to scare both Ben and the entirety of Bachelor Nation after she kissed Ben right out of the limo, asked him to kiss her again during her time on night one, then had a total breakdown when they got interrupted and started ranting about virgins. Don't even get me started on Lace on Paradise.
Lee Garrett is a racist, full stop. Honestly, do I even need to say more? He was a villain because he was a literal racist who somehow got cast during Rachel Lindsay's season, a.k.a. the first black Bachelor franchise lead *ever.* Fans uncovered tweets where Lee shared a petition to recognize Black Lives Matter as a terrorist group, said he doesn't trust female liberals, called the Irish "the forgotten white slaves," and said his calling was to be a meninist. Oh, and he called the NAACP racist and compared it to the KKK. Do the producers not do background checks?
Daniel Maguire makes us as a society finally ask, is being dumb a crime? Daniel came on Bachelor in Paradise *twice* after being on JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette. He called the female contestants leftover scraps, continually called his penis Canadian bacon, and was truly mean to Lacey Mark, who for some insane reason actually really liked him. He was also super close friends with Chad Johnson, an inarguably horrible person who once cursed out Chris Harrison, and he has been known to refer to himself as a "lambo," which is just gross.
Erica Rose was on the hilarious season where The Bachelor was set in Rome and they tried to convince us all that Lorenzo Borghese was a real prince. His father is a prince, which makes Lorenzo... rich? Erica screamed "gold digger" louder than Trish Schneider's shirt on her season of The Bachelor and subsequent appearances on Bachelor Pad. She called herself a princess on the show, and we're really not sure if that was a joke about Lorenzo or if she would have said it either way. Our money is on the latter.
Nick Viall is one of the biggest names in franchise history. Okay, so we don't think anyone has forgotten about Nick. He'd never let us. But a few too many people have forgotten that Nick got his start as a villain on Andi Dorfman *and* Kaitlyn Bristowe's seasons of The Bachelorette before kind of redeeming himself on Paradise. Nick is the guy who decided to put Andi on blast on national television for "making love" with him in the Fantasy Suite, which is both cringey and anti-feminist. Remember, Nick, a gentleman never kisses and tells.
Arguably the only Bachelor to become a villain during his own starring season (and, yes, we're including Arie in that statement), Juan Pablo Galavis might hate women. He slut shamed Clare Crawley for some ocean sex that may or may not have actually happened, he patronized the women, and insulted Andi Dorfman so profoundly in the Fantasy Suite that she literally left the show. He also said that gay people were perverts, which is a whole 'nother problem. Topping it all off, he never even said "I love you" to his winner — not even on "After The Final Rose."
DeMario Jackson has been through it. The alleged Bachelor In Paradise sex scandal was confusing and strange enough without the added context that DeMario had only been on Rachel Lindsay's Bachelorette season for two weeks before managing to become forever associated with the word "villain." He was arguably the hottest guy on Rachel's season (second only to certified hottie Peter Kraus), but he got outed as having a girlfriend back home in the most hilarious confrontation in Bachelor history. His face went from recognition to feigned denial in the span of one GIF, and Rachel kicked him off the show.
Lucas Yancey a.k.a. "Whaboom" wasn't really a villain for anything he did to Rachel Lindsay, but he did have some major beef with fellow contestant Blake Elarbee. It's safe to say Rachel really didn't care because the fact that two scrubs such as these were let onto her season was a clear publicity stunt on the part of The Bachelor producers. Whaboom was there for the wrong reasons and had merch made with his catchphrase while the show was airing. Plus, he'd done reality television shows before, which is actually where his beef with Blake originated on a show called Ex Isle.
Chad Johnson might actually be a danger to himself and others. I vividly remember watching his season of The Bachelorette and legitimately think that he was going to attack JoJo Fletcher or one of the other contestants after being eliminated. Most of his personality revolved around being angry and eating meat. Like, a lot of meat. And Chad managed to get thrown off of Bachelor in Paradise after one episode for belligerent behavior. No one curses out Chris Harrison and lives stays in the franchise.
Olivia Caridi took her villain status hard, even telling Refinery29 that she was suicidal after being portrayed so cruelly on the show. She's mostly remembered for having a giant mouth, literally not figuratively, and for having weird toes, but at the time, the show made Olivia seem positively evil for stealing Ben Higgins away a lot. Compared to some of the villains that came before and after her, Olivia really wasn't that bad. Her total crying breakdown during "Women Tell All" also helped her find sympathy within the fanbase.