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7 Of The Worst Girlfriends On TV

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Girlfriends!

Wondrous creatures, aren't they?

They irritate you when you specifically ask them not to, just to tease you, wear your clothes which they swear are more comfortable than their own, make you watch their favourite series even though you hate it, eat the stuff you don't like, comfort you when you are down. 

At the end up the day, they do these things to show that they love you.

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Talking of series, the fictional land is full of intriguing characters who share their lives with us and we, in a way, share a part of our lives with them.

They say art emulates life. Thus, when we see these characters have relationships, we think about our own relationships. We cried happy tears when Rachel came back to Ross instead of going to Paris, rejoiced when Jim finally got together with Pam, ugly-cried when Derek died and left Meredith alone.

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You are bound to have a crush on these TV ladies as well and idealize them in terms of your girlfriend and sometimes compare them in your mind. (Remember that they are just characters, they act the way the script demands.)

At times, you might think that your girlfriend is the worst, probably after a fight and fantasize about how some couples on TV never fight.

Well, everyone has an evil side. You, me. Even TV girlfriends!

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Everyone has their faults; flaws make us human and this is more apparent when we see it on TV. You do something that sets your partner off, and they do the same to you. One can hardly vouch for a couple who have never quarreled in their life..

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People come with various traits; both good and bad. Being in a relationship will test your limits and how much you can find the good in the other person.

So, what makes these ladies on TV transition from their beautiful dispositions into horrible girlfriends? Let's find out.

(Note: This post is regarding why these characters make a bad girlfriend and does not mean that their respective significant others are faultless and innocent. It takes two to tango. :P )

1. Penny- The Big Bang Theory:

Beautiful, resourceful, quirky and sassy, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) “without a last name” is the quintessential girl-next-door on the surface. Based on the “dumb blonde” archetype, she captures Leonard's heart the moment she moves into the apartment opposite his.

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What makes her the worst girlfriend?

Penny's sunshine demeanour is cast aside by her more dominant nature; Penny seems manipulative and doesn't shy away from making a fool out of others, using her charm and guiles, though she gets fooled quite a lot.

Time and again, she uses Leonard's infatuation with her for her own good. Moreover, she seems to have little regard for his feelings and always makes fun of him, his job and his friends.

She does not necessarily support his decisions concerning any aspect of their lives.

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Penny is also particularly nasty to his friends, tries to sweet-talk herself out of commitments and she makes Leonard put up with the slack.

In the initial seasons, even though she doesn't specifically want to date Leonard, she sabotages his relationships so that she can have him when she wants and gets angry when Leonard stands up for himself.

Even after getting married to Leonard, she reiterates that she has better options and he got lucky with persuasion, makes Leonard grovel for them to remain in a relationship.

She also conveniently forgets the times Leonard has had her back when she messed up.

2. Carrie Bradshaw- *** And The City:

Choice in shoes? Wonderful. Choices in men? Ghastly. As a person? Irritating.

The opinionated and talented Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a resourceful journalist and witty writer but that doesn't change the fact that she is a horrible person when it comes to relationships.

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What makes her the worst girlfriend?

Carrie's most significant relationship on the show is with Mr. Big and Aidan Shaw. The biggest obstacle in any relationship she has, which Carrie is oblivious of, is that she is a narcissist; everything has to be about her. She doesn't seem to comprehend the feelings of the other person she is in a relationship with and self-sabotages everything when they fall into a pattern.

She is completely unaware of what she wants about anything in her life (well, that might be true about every one of us); especially relationships!

Carrie ends up with Mr. Big (no spoiler here) after nearly a decade of an on-again-off-again relationship with him. Till then, she tries to change him so that it suits her and throws a fit every time he doesn't comply; like forcing him to tell her that she is “the one”.(Mr. Big acts like a douchebag time and again, as I said, it takes two to tango.)

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She dates a bisexual guy and then shames him for his orientation by ditching him and has a long-drawn discussion about how bisexuality is not a real thing with her friends. Irony: She is apparently a *** columnist on the show.

She starts dating Aidan and when things start going smoothly, she begins cheating on him by having an affair with Mr. Big (who is married and is not such a great person either) and then when Aidan finds out and forgives her, she breaks his heart again after agreeing to marry him and then freaking out at the last moment. 

Moreover, she makes Aidan buy her apartment and then feels bad for herself when he asks her to buy it back from him after their breakup. What else did you expect, Carrie? A free apartment?

Her intelligence and vivacity are overshadowed by her worse traits. As a result, she comes off as selfish and paranoid; she refuses to part with her old clothes in order to make room for Aidan, she is obsessed with herself and also a bit of a snob, hardly bothering to think about her friends, even agrees to marry her gay best friend for a fortune (though good sense prevails at the end).

3. Rory Gilmore- Gilmore Girls & Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life:

The studious, rosy-faced, beautiful 16-year-old was a fresh respite from other characters on TV in the cable-dominated early 2000s.

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With her beguiling charm and pretty face, Rory (Alexis Bledel) had a gaggle of guys waiting for her to say yes to a relationship. Add to it her rapid-fire, witty, pop culture reference-bombarded dialogue with mother Lorelai, and you get a hearty show with her being the best character in it. (I loved the character initially.)

That is until Rory decided to ruin it all. Still, she was a fairly nice character until she started as a freshman at Yale and everything went downhill; not only did her clothes change but also her attitude and outlook towards life, especially relationships. Though the warning signs had always been there from her first relationship.

What makes her the worst girlfriend?

Rory is an ideal girlfriend but her bad side rears its head up with Dean; when he loves tells he loves her (who tries to force her to say “I love you”. Not cool, dude!) which she handles in an atrocious way, making it seem like she had little part in the break up.

Provided, she is young and inexperienced at handling situations like these, Rory unknowingly plays the victim, unlike being the smart girl she is. She never tells anyone why they broke up until Lorelai finds out.

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She gets back with him and all seems well until bad boy Jess shows up in Stars Hollow and it starts Rory's transition into a weird girlfriend.

She starts developing feelings for Jess and flirts with him all over town (eventually kissing him), making her boyfriend, Dean, feel insecure about their relationship. Instead of letting Dean go, she treats him badly; ignoring calls, not meeting him, not writing back and strings him along until “he” breaks up with her.

Albeit in a funny way, she rags on Dean who is (nauseatingly) sweet and wants him to follow everything she says. 

Her timing is always off; she sleeps with Dean when he is married (both parties guilty) in a departure from her smart girl persona. The relationship is doomed from the start and she starts feeling claustrophobic. Enter douchey, rich boy Logan and Rory leaves Dean to run off with him and completely goes off-track; enticing Logan to steal a yacht, giving up on Yale, stop talking to her mother, becoming Horrid Henry's cousin.

Then, when Logan cheats on her she becomes self-righteous and mad at him. No one likes it when it happens to them, eh, Rory?

We return to Stars Hollow in the reunion and guess what? Rory has become a horrible person; she doesn't remember that she has a boyfriend of two years, Paul, (who is extremely forgettable; vouching for that is every other person on the show) and repeatedly cheats on him with Logan, who is now engaged.

4. Lily Aldrin- How I Met Your Mother:

People might love her fire-brand spirit and red hair but one of the most problematic characters on HIMYM has to be Lily (Alyson Hannigan). Throughout the show, her character has no real growth; she starts off as an unlikable person and ends that way. Though it provides the required laughs, she comes off a bit too calculating for her own good.

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What makes her the worst girlfriend?

She leaves Marshall and breaks off their engagement in the first season when things don't work out. She returns three months later and begs him to rekindle their romance because she fails in San Francisco.

It is no argument that she loves him dearly but her way of showing it is abysmal.

She has an astronomical credit card debt, yet she never tells Marshall this the whole time they are dating; she manipulates him into a corporate job even though he wants to work for the environment, to pay off her personal debts.

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She makes him take a large loan for a house which turns out to be crooked. She becomes self-righteous when people call her out on her behavior and breaks up with people at the slightest bit of confrontation, Marshall included.

She also meddles with Ted's relationships in order to make her dream of the “Front Porch” come true.

She makes it a point to make Marshall pay for his goof-ups, but she never seems to have any semblance of being wrong when it comes to her antics. Haughty and snarky, Lily Aldrin is the queen of worst girlfriends. She tries to micro-manage every aspect of her boyfriend's life and is a control freak.

5. Jackie Burkhart- That '70s Show:

Jackie (Mila Kunis) is the stereotypical mean girl; rich, a cheerleader, kooky and beautiful. Jackie is Michael Kelso's (Ashton Kutcher) girlfriend is the beginning of the first season, with her shrill voice screaming “Michael” whenever she needs him to do something.

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What makes her the worst girlfriend?

Jackie constantly threatens Michael about breaking up with him if he does not agree with her. She uses Kelso's dumbness to makes him do all sorts of weird stuff. Adding to that, she is extremely materialistic and shallow (though to her credit she does not shy away from the fact) and keeps on hanging on to the relationship because it seems comfortable. Michael is no prize either and keeps cheating on her during their relationship.

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She then dates Hyde and redeems herself a bit; though being extremely difficult and manipulative in the beginning but regresses to her original money-crazy persona and spells dooms over the relationship.

Fez, whom she ridicules every chance she gets, treats like a servant, walks all over and wants to cater to all her whims and fantasies is the person she ultimately ends up with, which is absurd.

She is controlling, bossy, even bordering on physical violence if necessary, which qualifies her as one of the worst girlfriends of the series.

6. Piper Chapman- Orange Is The New Black:

'Orange Is The New Black' is an exemplary show and a great deal of its success is owed to its characters; Piper, Alex, Daya, Taystee, Red, et al.

The most problematic character is Piper Chapman, portrayed by Taylor Schilling, the central focus of the show. Beautiful, Waspy and a goody-two-shoes at the beginning of the series, her transition into Litchfield's resident criminal queen is a journey to be seen. The only thing that doesn't change is her holier-than-thou attitude and the constant struggle to prove that she is good.

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What makes her the worst girlfriend?

Piper is gay; but to placate her parents and to some extent herself, she starts a relationship with Larry and is engaged to him before being incarcerated. She comes clean before going to jail and tells them about Alex, the girl with whom she had a relationship when she was a lesbian.

She ends up in the same jail as Alex (Laura Prepon) and turns up cheating on Larry with Alex and doesn't own up to it when Larry asks her. All seems to go well between Alex and Piper, until Stella (Ruby Rose) shows up; new, exciting and dangerous. Alex gets dumped by Piper, because, why not? When you can have the honey, why worry about the comb?

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She gets angry when Polly and Larry hook up and does not forgive them even though she easily cheats as easily as they did. She dumps Stella as soon as she becomes the new IT girl in the prison, not to mention the face of white supremacy, and banishes Stella to the max a day before she is to be released as punishment for stealing.

Then she rekindles her relationship with Alex after tricking her into getting arrested and keeps on making up and breaking up with her.

After all this manipulation and falsifications, she worries and cries about not being liked or loved. Much drama?

7. Quinn Fabray- Glee:

The unofficial poster girl of worst girlfriends, Quincy is a terrible girlfriend and possibly a worse human being. Putting Regina George to shame, she has it all and uses everything in her arsenal to get what she wants. Hot boyfriend? Check. Head cheerleader? Check. An unparalleled sense of revenge? Check. Check. Check.

She is a lying, obsessed, mean girl to the core and pulls all the stops to be nasty to someone who apparently wrongs her. She is a bully but plays the victim.

She does become a little better as the series progresses, but too little, too late!

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What makes her the worst girlfriend?

Sleeps with her best friend' s boyfriend. While drunk. While being the head of a celibacy club.

Doesn't make her “Girlfriend of the Year”, does it? 

If that wasn't bad, she gets knocked up by Noah and tries to manipulate Finn into thinking that he is the father. Scheming, she constantly tries to break up Finn and Rachel.

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Also, she makes it a point to not let Finn join the New Directions because it would harm her popularity and queen bee status. She never loved Finn in the true sense, he was just her hot jock boyfriend.

She comes across as a mean girlfriend; trying to fake a pleasant appearance on the surface for selfish reasons. She is a conceited princess with a penchant for torture.

*Honorable Mention*

Robin Scherbatsky- How I Met Your Mother:

Robin (Cobie Smulders) is beautiful and sexy for sure. She is a lot of fun as well and one of the best, strongest female characters on TV!  But there is a part of Robin which spells trouble.

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Don't get me wrong, I am completely in love with Robin as a character; she is a very relatable one and any guy would be lucky to have her as a girlfriend. The only problem is her agreeing to the concept of being a girlfriend.

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She seems to have a lot trouble adapting to the girlfriend persona. Maybe, because of the past histories of being best friends with her boyfriends; be it Ted or Barney. You see, she does not have a hard time being a bro and kicking back with scotch, cigars and guns (and hockey obviously).

She tries very hard at being the dominant one in the relationship, controlling to a fault because she doesn't want to come across as vulnerable or needy. This becomes very apparent when she makes Ted give up all the belongings from his ex-girlfriends but doesn't have a problem with the dogs she keeps; a gift from her exes.

This makes her an honourable mention in this company of girlfriends.

If only she could give up a little bit of her control and try to be equals, she can become the best girlfriend out there.

Your girlfriend is looking pretty level-headed and nice now, isn't she? Gives you some perspective. :P

Well, you are welcome!

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