The Friend Nobody Likes

"It's like that friend who's an asshole, but he's our asshole."
Nick Webber, Hot Tub Time Machine

In a group of otherwise good friends, there's one character who's an unrepentant Jerkass to everyone else. Or, if they aren't downright mean or cruel, they may be so stupid, annoying, or just plain weird that it's embarrassing to be seen with them. In any case, asking "Why are they even friends with him?" is a perfectly legitimate question. It can usually be answered with one of the following explanations:

  1. Seniority—They've known this person the longest. They may be the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder.
  2. Proximity—They're neighbors, classmates, family members, or coworkers and the group can't simply be rid of them.
  3. Necessity—They're worth keeping around because they're useful, can provide something no one else can, or someone with control over the group is forcing them to include them. That leads directly to...
  4. Dating—Someone in the group is dating the person and insists on including them. This could also involve one person who genuinely likes them platonically.
  5. Fear—The last thing you want to do is piss this person off by telling them they can't join in.
  6. Pity—They're such a completely pathetic loser, the group just can't bring themselves to kick them to the curb.
  7. Audience Popularity—Sometimes a jerkish Ensemble Darkhorse will start hanging around the group just to feature them more.
  8. Supervision—The disliked character is too dangerous or irresponsible to be left to their own devices.
  9. Caring—Deep down, the group does care (or the disliked character cares about them), and it seems to be otherwise simply for a matter of very difficult behaviour.

It's not even that their friends aren't aware of their behavior, either. They're perfectly aware that the person is a jerk, or a geek, or a ditz, and will frequently treat them as such based on their behavior. They still get included in the group nonetheless, with the group defending them if any outsiders insult or mistreat them.

In some cases, it's discovered that the group really does care about this friend and vice versa. In other words, "They may be a pain in the butt, but they're our pain in the butt." Often uttered right before such lines as "You mess with them, you mess with all of us!" or "We're not leaving anyone behind!" The character may have a breakout episode that explains the reason for their attitude or reveals a human side that never showed before (such as a cute hobby).

Compare Vitriolic Best Buds and With Friends Like These..., where this kind of attitude is usually limited to one or two select members of the group as opposed to being the opinion of the group as a whole.

This trope may overlap with Loser Friend Puzzles Outsiders. However, in this trope the whole social circle hates the "loser" rather than an outsider to the group, and the person may actually have some cause for being disliked. In the other, the person is usually presented as being an innocent victim of prejudice, whether it's related to social Darwinism, jocks vs geeks, Slobs Vs Snobs, or racism, fantastic or otherwise.

If The Friend Nobody Likes is a protagonist or otherwise portrayed sympathetically, he may instead become The Woobie. The Friend may also be The Gadfly if they aren't an up-and-out jerk.

See also My Friends... and Zoidberg, No Accounting for Taste (when a romantic couple are similarly incompatible), and Token Evil Teammate.


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    Anime And Manga 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Russia is this through necessity for the Allies and fear for the rest, especially the Slavs and Baltics.
    • America can also fill this role. He's well-meaning, but tends not to notice the suffering he causes others. The other nations consider him young and inexperienced when they're feeling particularly charitable. Usually, they consider him an idiot who constantly gets into scrapes wanting to be "the hero".
    • Prussia fills this role due to how obnoxious he is towards everyone around him, particularly Austria and Hungary. The person who tolerates him the most is Germany, who is in a constant state of exasperation with him and despite being Prussia's younger brother, acts more like an older brother and caretaker towards him.
  • Azumanga Daioh: Yomi is bes friends with Tomo, though their other classmates wonder WHY, since all Tomo does is cause trouble for them, for her own amusement. When they ask during episode 4, Yomi tries to think of a reason, only to end up asking herself the same question!
  • Boku no Hero Academia:
    • Bakugou is the most blatant example. His Hairtrigger Temper, tendency to badmouth everyone and forget their names, and a general inability to behave in a socially acceptable manner ostracizes him from the entire cast, with Kirishima and Midoriya being the only exceptions. To a lesser degree, Kaminari warms to him, but, outside of that, the most anyone feels for him is respect for his skills or outright dislike and disdain.
    • Mineta is not far behind of Bakugou. Though he's capable of befriending Midoriya and Kaminari, nobody likes him either, especially the girls, since he behaves creepily around them, which also ostracizes him from everyone else (no other guys besides him and Kaminari behave like that). The fact he is generally not that good in battle doesn't get him any points either.
  • Both Li's took turns as this in Cardcaptor Sakura, both Syaoran and later Meiling starting off competitive, arrogant and intimidating rivals. Sakura struggles to be contemptuous about it however, and is kind to them despite their abrasiveness towards her, something that wins them over and makes them softer, more genuine friends.
  • Death Note has Higuchi from the Yotsuba Group's Death Conference members. He often shows his arrogance despite being not as competent and smart as six of the other seven members, leading him to be disliked by his co-workers. Namikawa, Mido and Shimura conclude from his bad personality that he is the Kira among them. They are right.
  • Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z falls into this during the Android arc due to most of the cast fearing him, with the exception of Bulma (who had his baby) and Goku (who's more of the forgiving sort and actually likes having a rival like Vegeta around). Even his son, Trunks, spends about as much time berating him as he did seeking his approval. It's so bad that whenever Vegeta gets hurt, no one is in any hurry to heal him, even when he's demanding it. And when he first went Super Saiyan, the entire main cast all but groaned. After getting beaten unconscious by Cell, Krillin says point-blank that he didn't really care if he dies and is only doing this because Trunks believes in him. He lightens up slightly as time goes on, though he never quite grows out of it; the other fighters are more comfortable having him around but his arrogant personality still puts him off most of the cast. Hell, even in Dragon Ball Minus Vegeta's fellow Saiyans didn't seem to like him too much. Bardock calls him a pain in the neck partner when he learns Raditz is paired up with him.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has Yoki, who starts out as a villain of the week, but through happenstance, joins up with the good guys. However, his cowardly, unpleasant nature makes him the butt of everyone's jokes, particularly when a helpless Envy tries to take him as hostage, but everyone convinces Envy they won't care if he dies.
  • In Hero Union BBS, Legal Loli is a permanently youthful, immortal hero known around the forum for her obnoxious attitude. The other retired heroes become visibly annoyed when she loudly barges into a thread.
  • Ging Freecss (Gon's dad) in Hunter × Hunter is this to the vast majority of the Hunter Organization. He's highly regarded and admired for his skills and knows most, if not all of them on a personal level, and every single one of them can immediately agree that he is a colossal pain in the ass.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Rohan Kishibe in Part 4. Even after his Heel–Face Turn and joining the group to hunt down Kira, he still absolutely hates Josuke, and Josuke and Okuyasu still think he's pretty creepy and insufferable and hard to be around. About the only person he gets along with is Koichi (who he tried to kill pre-Heel–Face Turn,) who's still a little uncomfortable around him for quite a while.
    • Also in that part, Shigekiyo "Shigechi" Yanguu. Though Josuke and Okuyasu tolerate him, they still find him despicable and don't trust him, owing to him stealing their lottery money. Despite this, Shigechi's death is the catalyst that gets Josuke's team to start fighting back against Kira
  • Haruo Niijima from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. He's a self-proclaimed evil genius, and is cowardly and manipulative. Even his "friends" often wonder why the heck they tolerate his presence. The only person who seems to genuinely like having him around is the resident Cloudcuckoolander Siegfried, everyone else was bullied, blackmailed, or otherwise manipulated into joining him... but at least he's good with information and a capable strategist, so he does make himself quite useful.
  • The "Loony Gang" in Maison Ikkoku which consists of Mrs. Ichinose, Akemi, and Yotsuya.
  • Medaka Box: Seeing as he's formerly Medaka's Arch-Enemy, Kumagawa gets this treatment at times. Despite annoying many of the characters, the Student Council keeps him around to keep him in check.
  • Kai Shiden in Mobile Suit Gundam started out as this. Late into the series, however, he got his breakout episode where he had a love interest only to see her die in the next episode. After this, he became a more sympathetic character. His cameo appearances in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam definitely showed a more mature Kai.
  • My Monster Secret has Shimada, who's a jerkish, perverted loser and is occasionally arrested for sexual assault, but who still hangs out with everyone. He's still a massive Butt-Monkey and Asahi desperately tries (but fails) to stop him when Shima talks about "conveying his love".
  • Pokémon:
    • Meowth initially started as such in the original series, considering himself "Top Cat" of the Team Rocket trio, despite Jessie and James often being irritated by him or even considering replacing him and their Pokemon refusing to obey him. This got downplayed as the trio's sympathetic characterisations became more prominent (of the three, Jessie is now more liable to play this because of her temperament, though even then she's not a full example).
    • Wobbuffet similarly had a bad debut with the trio, due to being a accidental replacement for the (comparatively) more competent Likitung and often irritating them with his dopiness and refusal to stay in his Pokeball. As time passed however, they warmed up to him, and by the time he returns to them in the Kalos region he's practically the fourth member of the team.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: While he's certainly respected among the main characters, most of them still agree that Saitou is still rather unpleasant to deal with.
  • Sailor Moon:
  • Chiri in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei is a lot like Cartman. She's a very extreme Heroic Comedic Sociopath and everyone is afraid of her Ax-Crazy streak, but she's still part of the group. It probably helps that everyone else is pretty crazy/borderline sociopathic.
  • Shimoneta: Ayame and Tanukichi are initially taken in by Kousuri's sweet and innocent act, but it isn't long before she reveals her true colors. They soon grow weary of her, because she only impeded SOX's efforts by treating ero-terrorism as a game. Hyouka is the only one to not be fooled by Kousuri's act and plainly calls her on it; making it clear she doesn't think highly of her either.
  • Tarou Takanashi in Shirobako is a useless and incompetent dumbass with the sensitivity and tact of a brick, and his bumbling (for which he consistently fails to show any shred of responsibility) has threatened the studio at least twice in just six episodes, but he still isn't fired yet.
  • Sonic X:
    • Knuckles seems to be this to Sonic and the others, but this doesn't help that his hot-headed attitude and his disagreements with the group's thinking makes his bonding with them very difficult to handle.
    • Amy is the same way. Due to her bad attitude and violent behavior, the team prefers to work without her, despite Caring and occasional Fear.
  • Miu Matsuoka in Strawberry Marshmallow. She's usually included because she's Chika's oldest friend and next door neighbor.
  • Downplayed and then subverted in Wandering Son. The only member of the group of friends Saori is consistently on good terms with is Kanako. Throughout the several years in which the manga takes place, Saori has gone through stages of either being a moody, sarcastic jerk or having everyone be nice to her. By the end of the manga, she's become a nicer person and is good friends with the others.
  • Yanda from Yotsuba&!. It doesn't help that the person he will pick on most is five years old. Although, he quickly evolves into a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis for Yotsuba (and later even Friendly Enemy) and his antics don't trigger more than mild annoyance in other characters. Also partially justified, as he's a coworker of Yotsuba's father.
  • Played with in Yu-Gi-Oh!. Kaiba considers Yugi a worthy opponent and Yugi does consider him a friend, but he expresses indifference and disdain to everyone else in Yugi's group, and in Jonouchi's case there's a mutual hatred between them.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the group is friends with Manjoume, even though no one really likes him.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice has Jean-Jacques, because of his boisterous attitude and Awesome Ego, the other skaters can hardly stand him, to the point that, when everybody is having a get together and J.J. shows up, they all leave the party.

    Comic Books 
  • Ragdoll of the Secret Six is viewed as a complete weirdo by his teammates, who openly state how much he freaks them out and they keep him around mostly for usefulness and, it's implied, partly out of pity. And even Ragdoll is squicked when new team member Black Alice develops a crush on him. Ironically, he's probably one of the most popular characters among fans of the series.
  • Several characters from Marvel Comics are eligible for this on both sides:
    • For the heroes Namor the Sub-Mariner, The Punisher, and Deadpool. Namor for being a considerable Jerkass and Anti-Hero at best, the Punisher for being a murderer who doesn't arrest criminals (and he also makes it clear to almost any hero he encounters that he regards them as dangerously naive), and Deadpool for being a psychopath and annoying. Of the three, only Deadpool has gained any true acceptance from the other heroes as Character Development and multiple cases of helping others means he's now typically tolerated as long as he doesn't cause too much trouble.
      • After Namor attacked Wakanda in Avengers vs. X-Men, his reputation among the hero community is now even worse. When Namor is kidnapped by the Kree in All-New Invaders, Captain America bluntly states that most people would likely say "Good riddance" upon hearing the news. Cap himself is usually one of the few people who can stand him, and even that was lost after the Illuminati mindwiped him.
    • Wolverine was this on the X-Men, early in his career. Basically he was a huge jerk-ass who argued with everyone except Jean Grey, and even with her made it very clear he'd like nothing better than to get Cyclops out of the way. His popularity, character development, taking a paternal role with Jubilee and Kitty, and mellowing of his personality due to self-discipline have made him the person everyone wants on their team, because he gets things done and always has your back.
    • For the villains, nobody really likes Boomerang and with good reason, as he's a greedy coward and con artist who will sell out his friends for a quick buck. However he's at least tolerated; Red Skull isn't so lucky. Nobody except Crossbones likes him, and nearly every other villain is actively disgusted by him. He's rarely ever involved in villain team-ups because the partnerships almost always conclude with his newfound allies trying to kill him personally. One of the few times he joined a Legion of Doom, the day wasn't even over before Magneto buried him alive.
    • Original Sin retcons that Bucky Barnes was this to most of his friends, with a LMD of Nick Fury claiming, "I never liked you, you son of a bitch", and Wolverine saying the same. This fact isn't much referenced if at all outside of Original Sin however.
    • Most Marvel heroes don't like or trust the Thunderbolts, which is understandable given they're mostly made up of villains claiming to reform. That's not even getting into the fact that the first Thunderbolts team was actually the Masters Of Evil trying to trick everybody as part of their latest scheme. The sole exception to this is Mach V, who's been reformed so long and is such a Nice Guy that he's more or less proven himself.
    • Spider-Man gets this treatment from time to time. X23 makes sure he's aware of it.
  • From DC Comics:
    • Batman for the Justice League. Pretty antisocial and a Jerkass, but he's one of the greatest heroes ever and the heroes would be screwed without him, if not just from a lack of funding from Wayne Enterprises. Many stories will frame that Superman is the only person who really likes having him around, but between Bruce's paranoia and the duo's totally opposing personalities, even Clark can find him tiresome. Though this is, like many things, depending on the writer with just how hard it is for the other heroes to like Bruce.
    • For the villains, we have The Joker. In fact, Lex Luthor is Genre Savvy enough to usually bring him into whatever group he is starting, mainly because while he's psychotic, unpredictable, and irritating, it's much preferable to have him on your side rather than having him pissed off at you for not inviting him.
    • Post-Flashpoint Supergirl genuinely believes nobody likes her because she's short-tempered and ever-angry, and they only put up with her because they find her powers useful. In the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline Kara thinks no one wants her around because she is too dangerous after being kicked out of the Red Lanterns.
    • John Constantine is pretty hated among the heroes who know of him. He's a manipulative man who will rope other people into his efforts and has been known to come out unscathed when those who've worked with him get the short end of the stick. Underneath it all, he's a good man who feels responsible for those he's been powerless to protect.
  • Julie from Scott Pilgrim. The only reason the main characters spend any time with her is because she is Stephen Still's on-again off-again girlfriend. And she throws regular parties.
    • Scott himself to a minor extent. All of his friends regularly mention how much they dislike him, even if in a semi-joking manner. He doesn't seem to mind too much. Knives is the only person who truly fully likes him, and she has Stalker With a Crush tendencies.
      • The main reasons seems to be seniority and he's the linchpin of the group. From an individual standpoint of each character, they've known him the longest compared to the others. Beyond that, he seems to be the main thing they have in common, being friends with Scott. They do really care for him deep down though and he for them.
  • Fucking Tara from The Wicked + The Divine isn't very popular amongst her fellow gods. Or her fans. Or anybody.
  • Reggie from Archie Comics generally gets along poorly with the others, though how much of a jerk he is differs Depending on the Writer, but is still usually a part of the main group of friends.
  • Tosahwi in Deadly Class. As Zenzele puts it, "He hangs out with us almost by default. He has no one else, so he buzzes in our periphery." He's extremely angry and unpleasant and it's not at all exaggerating to say that nobody likes him, but Helmut can't avoid him because they're roommates, and Zenzele and Quan are Helmut's friends.

    Fan Fic 
  • Sherman from Calvin and Hobbes: The Series starts out as this (though Andy, his owner, puts up with him), but he later strikes up a friendship with Calvin. He's still not too good with Hobbes or Socrates, though.
  • In the "A Common Enemy Without A Common Cause" omake of Perfection Is Overrated, Hitomi and Shizune prove to be this to their fellow SUEs, standing out from the rest of the already dysfunctional team. Hitomi is an Ax-Crazy Jerk Ass murderer and deconstruction of the Jerk Sue who openly states her intentions to kill the others For the Evulz; the others, despite having poor morals, find her repulsive. Shizune is a religious extremist who wants to kill everyone who doesn't agree with her- which means all of the SUEs, for one reason or another.
  • Matt is this in Those Who Stand for Nothing Fall for Anything. Everyone just seems to tolerate his presence to various degrees even his wife.
  • L gets this treatment a lot in Story of the Century. Erin thinks that the only reason the task force has stuck with him for so long is because he's the only one that can help them catch Kira. It's implied that L is fully aware that he is this, but continues to enforce the animosity.
  • In Boys Und Senshado, Heishi is this among Shark Team, which is entirely composed of male OCs. The team isn't especially close (in contrast to most Oarai crews, which are composed of clubs or close friends)- only Akio and Masaru are friends with each other, as are the other two boys- but none of the two pairs of close friends especially like Heishi, thinking of him as an annoyance. He's a Necessity example, though, since they need him to load their tank.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act VI: Arial Kuyumaya has a Hair-Trigger Temper and constantly acts like a Spoiled Brat, with every attempt to berate her and get her to mellow out falling flat because she Can't Take Criticism and will physically attack anyone who tries. Throughout Act VI, only Dark, Complica, and Sun can actually stand to be around her; everyone else in the group barely tolerates her at best and has no qualms against calling her crazy, stupid, or otherwise badmouthing her to her face.
  • Eugenesis has Mirage and Prowl, neither of whom are liked by most (if any) of their fellow Autobots. Prowl is worse off because of his total lack of people skills or leadership abilities.
  • Syaoran in Shatterheart. Because of his clone's betrayal of the group, he is tolerated at best hated at worst by the rest of the group due to misplaced blame.
  • While Genesis, Angeal and Zack like Sephiroth in The Fifth Act, they don't trust him at all. Angeal and Genesis kept their terminal illness a secret out of shame and resentment. Genesis and Zack initially keep Sephiroth out of their investigation of Cloud's disappearance in fear Sephiroth would turn on them as he is loyal to ShinRa and Cloud's disappearance is a company cover-up. Sephiroth himself notes how no one trusts him.
  • In An Apostate? Me? Varric claims that Emma Hawke's bickering group is united mainly in their dislike of Sebastian, who became a party member by accident and refuses to go away.
  • In The Stalking Zuko Series, Mai is a Dating example, as while she's Zuko's girlfriend, her abrasive attitude gets on everyone else's nerves. Interestingly enough, she starts getting along better with the rest of the cast after (albeit not as a result of) her final breakup with Zuko.
    • Aang, possibly unintentionally, is a downplayed example, being a mix of necessity (since he's the Avatar) and Pity (since, for all his flaws, he's a Nice Guy). The Gaang keep him around, but they, particularly Katara, feel bad for him more than they enjoy his company or respect him and can be fairly harsh with him when he makes a decision with which they don't agree, even if they don't say it to his face.
  • In Prison Island Break, the group initially treats Shadow this way. His only friend is Sonic, and it takes Silver a long, long time to warm up to him.
    • Absolutely no one likes Scourge. The only reason he sticks around is because there's very little the group can do to get rid of him.
  • In Sonic X: Dark Chaos, neither Sonic nor any of his friends like Eric very much due to how crazy and annoying he is, and how he apparently nearly got all of them killed several times in the past. Even Sonic himself, who is a bit more sympathetic to Eric, simply tolerates him at best.
  • The RWBY Loops has (in order of activation) Roman and Neopolitan Torchwick, Cinder Fall, and Raven Branwen. While they all start off as examples of supervision, they each seem to develop into care and proximity examples. Yang, Raven's biological daughter, sums it up best: "I might not be willing to call you my mom, [but] I still think of you as part of my family."
  • Devin, from the Torchwood fanfic A Thousand Years, could apply. Upon being anonymously contacted by Jack (long story), his friends dismiss his concerns of it being a trap. They are also shown to be unsympathetic (even smug) when Jack tells them what his idol, Gwen Cooper, was "really like".

    Films — Animated 
  • Exploited in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks. Former Alpha Bitch Sunset Shimmer considers herself to be this among the Rainbooms. So, when new Alpha Bitch Adagio Dazzle and the Dazzlings infect the school with a Hate Plague, they taunt Sunset about this, preventing Sunset from speaking up about what she knows, and ruining the Dazzlings' plans.
  • In Ice Age, Sid the Sloth is this. Out of a combination of pity and the acknowledgement that he holds the herd together, nobody kicks him out. If there's one thing they can agree on, it's that Sid is a loser. However, they do care about him.
  • Shrek: Donkey annoys everyone (especially Shrek and Puss) with his constant singing and talking and they can't stand him sometimes and consider him a bit of a nuisance. However, he remains an important member of the team and they do in fact care about him and the three are quite close.
  • Bobby from A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie is a goofball, always happy, and not self-conscious in the least. His friends, Max and PJ, who can both be described as serious, angsty, and awkward but to different degrees, are far more likely to be disgusted, confused, and/or mortified by Bobby's behavior than they are to actually appreciate having him around. When they meet another friend in college, Beret Girl, who is also serious and angsty but not awkward, she goes even further, thinking Max and PJ are "cool" and that Bobby is a "fool." Max and PJ are closer to each other than they are to him in both movies. So why is it that they keep him around and treat him like a True Companion in the sequel? Because he's a Bunny-Ears Lawyer who is good at both rigging stage equipment and playing extreme sports, which helps the other two achieve Max's goalsnote . However, Bobby is closer to the two of them in the sequel, and while they may be weirded out by his behavior, they do regard him as a good friend.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • While Stifler is more of an outright antagonist in the first American Pie, he becomes this in American Pie 2 since they're staying at his place in the summer, and works to redeem himself in the third movie American Wedding. By the reunion movie American Reunion, Stifler plays dumb when the other friends offer lame excuses as to why they didn't call him to hang out with them. Later, after they yell at him for mocking Finch's arrest, he calls them out on this, forcing them to realize that even though he's a jerk, he's also a true friend to them by virtue of being a dick and making things much less boring.
  • Cameron in Dead Poets Society - the others only hang out with him because he's part of the study group and Charlie's roommate. In the end he's the one to betray them and Keating.
  • Leo Getz from the Lethal Weapon movies. Introduced in the second film, Leo was originally a federal witness that Riggs and Murtaugh are assigned to protect. The two cops not only hated the fact that they had to play babysitter but also that Leo was very obnoxious. Leo later returned in the following two sequels, now a friend of Riggs and Murtaugh but the two are still annoyed by him and sometimes even abuse him. In spite of this, Leo remains very loyal to them, and the two cops have shown to genuinely care for him at times.
  • Begbie in Trainspotting clearly terrifies his "friends" with his Hair-Trigger Temper. When Renton flees his former lifestyle, Begbie tracks him down and becomes The Thing That Would Not Leave.
  • Alan in The Hangover. He's immature and screws things up. His group membership is based on being the bride-to-be's brother.
  • In The World's End, Gary is an alcoholic selfish Jerkass who never outgrew his teenage mentality, and his friends find him irritating and wearisome. It's also played for tragedy, because they all hoped he'd eventually grow out of his immaturity, and he never did. Although in the Distant Finale he seems to be making progress.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Jack Sparrow realizes he's this trope. It doesn't help that he has Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
    "Did no one come to save me just because they missed me?"
    (None of the main characters reply. Calypso and Gibbs exchange long-suffering looks. Marty the dwarf, Pintel and Ragetti, Cotton the mute and the Monkey Jack raise their hands)
    "I'm standin' over there with them!"
  • Barry from Four Lions is kept around by the group because he's by far the most idealistic and enthusiastic about jihad. He's also a very charismatic preacher, and adds a fifth member to the team by radicalizing him at an outreach event. Unfortunately, he's also a stupid, cruel, violent psychopath whom Omar cannot control.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Tony Stark can be this guy to the other members of the eponymous The Avengers (2012). He's deemed selfish and arrogant by most of his peers (and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s dossier on him as well) and particularly Steve Rogers finds him to be abrasive and an un-heroic glory hound. However he's a good member of the team and did ultimately come around and win the respect of his fellow members. Funnily enough, Tony's abrasive, casual attitude does get him the friendship of Bruce Banner, since Tony is the only person who treats him like a human being instead of a ticking time bomb. This comes back to help him at the end of the film, where Tony nearly dies falling to Earth and the Hulk, recognizing their friendship from his time as Bruce, saves his life.
    • It becomes especially pronounced in Avengers: Age of Ultron where Tony gets the lion's share of the blame for creating Ultron, despite the fact that Bruce had quite a bit to do with it too. Of course, this is mostly because Bruce admits he was in the wrong and apologizes (and was a lot more cautious about the whole thing to begin with) while Tony thinks he was still in the right and keeps trying to justify his actions.
  • Charlie is this in School Ties. Everyone knows he's a Jerk Ass, but all of his friends - including his girlfriend - are with him because of his family name and to get in good with his father. The protagonist, David, is well-liked and has friends who actually like him, and he steals Charlie's girlfriend without even trying. So Charlie exposes David as a Jew to turn everyone against him, which works until Charlie gets exposed as a cheater and gets expelled from college.
  • Unfriended has Val, an Alpha Bitch the rest of the cast doesn't like but tolerates. It's suggested she can do a lot for them other people can't.
  • The eponymous character from The Truman Show is the star of the show in his own little town-in-a-box. The people who play his friends and family go out of their way to avoid him and mostly only care about their paycheck. In this case, however, it might be less a sign of Truman's personality and more that the "cast" of the show are associated with him because they're actors and not really his friends or family. It's possible that they try to avoid him so they don't drop character.

  • Harry Potter:
    • In the backstory of Harry Potter, Peter Pettigrew is at least perceived as this by outsiders. He was the least able and respected of his group of friends. He eventually turned on them to serve Voldemort, and even worse is that it's clear that the Marauders themselves really loved him, to the point where the Potters trusted him with their lives, which just makes his betrayal all the more heartbreaking. Incidentally, Pettigrew apparently continues to be this trope amongst the Death Eaters, who don't respect him any more than the Marauders did — after all, they know he's a traitor.
    • Slytherin House is also this in Hogwarts. While the other houses are on good terms with one another, nobody likes the Slytherins. It doesn't help Slytherin's case that most of its students, i.e. the majority of those we see, are arrogant, racist, elitist snobs that come from pureblood families that think that they're better than anyone else. Pretty much every well-known Slytherin character's parents were also Death Eaters that only got out of going to Azkaban by claiming they were "bewitched."
    • Snape, among the Hogwarts Faculty and the Order of the Phoenix. Everyone finds him to be a very unpleasant person, and Snape doesn't particularly try to deny that image. Still, he has Dumbledore's trust, and therefore everyone else tolerates his presence and gives him their trust as well. It also helps that he is a legitimately brilliant potions brewer, combatant, and a Double Agent among the Death Eaters.
    Lupin: It all comes down to trust. I trust Dumbledore, and Dumbledore trusts Snape, therefore I trust Snape.
  • In Unseen Academicals Andy Shank is described as having friends solely because it's marginally safer than being his enemy. It's specifically stated, also, that people follow him because it's safer than being in front of him.
    • There's also Carter "The Farter", who is described as not easy to like. Even Trev doesn't like him much, but he at least feels sorry for him and tries to give him some advice.
  • Ciaphas Cain has an unusual example in Major Toren Divas. An odd example since he also manages to be Cain's best friend (or as close as he gets to one). Cain hates him for constantly putting him in danger, being an idiot (and thus putting him in danger) and being the only one who calls him "Cai". On the other hand he's reliable, not bad company, terrible at playing poker and usually knows the best gossip and drinking spots.
  • Francis Begbie in Trainspotting. Renton and the rest of the gang basically pretend to be Begbie's friend because they're scared of him. Renton details a list of lies that one must pretend to believe in order to hang out with Begbie and not get beaten up.
  • Jeeves and Wooster: In Right Ho, Jeeves, Cloudcuckoolander Bertie admits he is one when his Aunt Dahlia wants him to come at once:
    Bertie: But why, Jeeves? Dash it all, she's just had nearly two months of me.
    Jeeves: Yes, sir.
    Bertie: And many people consider the medium dose for an adult two days.
    Jeeves: Yes, sir. I appreciate the point you raise.
    • Being the embodiment of Unwanted Assistance, there are some reasons to put up with Bertie: Seniority (going with someone to school together is Serious Business in Wodehouse's universe), Pity, Supervision (Jeeves) and most of all, he is The Team Benefactor, providing the solution to all problems:
      Bertie: Ah, well, we must see what can be done. Things may brighten. At any rate, you will be glad to learn that I am behind you in this enterprise. You have Bertram Wooster in your corner, Gussie.
      Gussie: Thanks, old man. And Jeeves, of course, which is the thing that really matters.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • The Freys are this to their Northern allies and the Rivermen. Robb Stark only grudgingly agrees to marry a girl of their house to cement their allegiance since the Freys control the only reliable river crossing for hundreds of miles, but he breaks this off and marries another girl soon after. It's telling that they're less popular than another allied House, the Boltons, who regularly flay people alive. Even after betraying the Starks in the Red Wedding, a sickening breach of Sacred Hospitality by Westerosi standards, the Lannisters, their newfound allies regularly make their distaste for them clear. If anything it made things significantly worse, as the Freys' actions have made them a by-word for treachery across much of the continent, rather than just being seen as greedy, jumped-up latecomers.
    • Stannis Baratheon was this among the leaders of the Rebellion, partially because he spent most of the Rebellion under siege, which held the loyalist Tyrell army at Storm's End but meant he didn't take an active part in Robert's "glorious" battles, and partially because he generally acted like a cold and antisocial loner.
  • Lauren and Jessica fulfill this role to some extent in Twilight.note  Both are generally looked on with distaste by most of the other human friends Bella has (and by Bella herself, for that matter), yet the two continue to participate in group outings and the like. In fact, Jessica is one of the human friends who hangs out with Bella the most. What makes this all rather strange is that according to Stephenie Meyer, Lauren was the most popular girl in the school, before Bella showed up.
  • Arrogant chauvinist Charles Tansley from To the Lighthouse, whom most of the characters tolerate out of Edwardian politeness alone.
  • In A Clockwork Orange, the protagonist Alex is this to his three droogs, though it's not played sympathetically because Alex is a Villain Protagonist; he's the youngest of the four and the meanest, with a stuck-up Wicked Cultured demeanor and a tyrannical idea of authority over his "friends". Of course, The Dog Bites Back when the droogs temporarily blind him and betray him to the brutal police force.
  • Semi and Miranda in Dr. Franklin's Island don't really have a choice, since they and argumentative, petulant Arnie are the Sole Survivors of a plane crash and must survive together on a desert island. Arnie resists any plans Miranda comes up with, even though he has to go along with them because they're usually good, refuses responsibilities put on him, eats their stored food and lies about it, comes up with insulting nicknames for both girls, and spends hard-won resources trying to build a poor excuse for a raft. Semi notes that in their time together she considered him a friend, but didn't often like him.
  • In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Harvey hangs out with Tommy and co but does nothing but whine and argue with them. It's pretty obvious that none of them like him because of his behavior, yet they keep him around anyway. This goes further in the sequel, where Harvey goes from obstructive friend to antagonist, and even gets one of them suspended from school.
  • In A New Dawn, none of the other characters are particularly fond of Skelly, but they keep him around anyway, mostly because he actually knows what he's talking about when it comes to explosives.
  • In Malazan Book of the Fallen it's not surprising that Clip's jerkass attitude doesn't endear him to the other Andii of Nimander's group, but they do care for him while he is in a coma and even risk their lives to get his soul back. Mostly because they are decent people and feel they have to help him, after journeying with him for months.
  • In The Hearts We Sold, most demons seem to be on at least civil terms with each other, working together and treating each other respectfully. However, in the case of the Daemon, he's treated dismissively at best, and outright insulted at worst. Apparently, other demons don't like how closely he's willing to work with humans.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Adventures of Pete & Pete: Wayne Pardue is an annoying, delusional, clumsy, loud acquaintance, of whom Little Pete's posse can't seem to rid themselves. At least once the other kids suggest killing Wayne when his clumsiness threatens their plans yet again. He also creeps on Monica at the school dance.
  • Arrow: Season 3 has Malcolm Merlyn, a former Big Bad who's still pretty obnoxious. The only reason anyone puts up with him is that he's Thea's father and he knows the most about the League of Assassins.
  • Becker:
    • Bob.
    • Becker himself can fall into this category.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon Cooper.
    Penny: How did Sheldon get new friends in the first place?
    Howard: [shrug] We like Leonard.
    • Sheldon and Leonard are roommates... therefore, wherever Leonard goes, Sheldon usually goes. And wherever Sheldon wants to go, Leonard has to take him because Sheldon doesn't drive. Since it is nigh impossible to reason with Sheldon, nine times out of ten the other three end up caving to his whims about whatever's happening. This trope is lampshaded several times, like in a season 5 episode where, after Sheldon stops being friends with Leonard, the group—minus Amy—stops hanging out with him. Even Amy sometimes lacks the patience to chauffeur him around the way he expects of Leonard.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Spike is an example in Season 7—most of the Scoobies neither like nor trust him (lampshaded by Anya), but Buffy insists he stick around because he's valuable. Though that's not the only reason.
    • Cordelia qualifies as this in the second and third seasons, hanging around only because she's "in the know" and because she's dating Xander at certain points.
    • Later, Anya (a former Monster of the Week-turned-human) for the same reasons as Cordelia.
  • Cheers:
    • Depending on the Writer, Cliff. In many episodes, it's just Carla who hates him, but in others it seems like no one can stand his presence, and even Norm just puts up with him.
    • Diane had very strained relations with the gang sometimes. Again, Carla more than most, and that might have been partly due to envy over Diane's relationship with Sam, but Diane didn't have a lot of true allies at the bar. The only exception was Coach, with whom Diane had a surrogate father-daughter relationship. (This one has a Reality Subtext: nobody in the cast liked Shelley Long except for Nicholas Colasanto; he died midway through season three, leaving her without allies and probably contributing to her decision to leave the show at the end of the fifth season.)
  • Community: Pierce. His necessity is revealed when, in his absence, the study group begins to fight amongst itself for incredibly petty reasons just because they no longer have Pierce to kick around. It's not helped that Pierce is seen as The Scrappy in Real Life too.
    • After Pierce died, the role fell to Ben Chang.
  • Cougar Town:
    • Tom, who lives on the other side of Jules from Ellie. He's incredibly creepy—him walking up to a table at a crowded restaurant and asking for sugar will make everyone flee. The group tolerates him because he's a neighbor and also because he'll do anything they ask.
    • Holly is almost this. Holly is only around because she's Grayson's baby mama. Laurie likes her because they were already good friends, and Travis likes her because she's hot and they made out once, but no one else likes her and Jules outright despises her. But she's Tampa Jill's mother, so...
  • Coupling: Jane. The other five characters were connected fairly well. Jeff was good buddies with Steve, who became good friends with Patrick, who was Amicable Exes with Susan (who was dating Steve and co-workers with Jeff), whose best friend was Sally. Jane was Steve's ex, but they were far from amicable; in fact, Steve would be happy if he never saw her again. Patrick and Jeff were mostly indifferent to her (although Jeff did develop feelings for her later, and Patrick slept with her once, as he did every other bipedal female in London), and the girls weren't especially fond of her (Susan kept comparing herself and her relationship with Steve to her, and Sally just found her annoying). The only real reason she was still around was because she was so self-obsessed she honestly didn't know how much everyone else disliked her.
  • Doctor Who: Fifth Doctor companion Vislor Turlough. Even after he rejected the Black Guardian's mission to kill the Doctor, he was still a bit of a self serving jerkass. Tegan was still more than a bit wary around him and The Doctor was aware that a leopard doesn't change spots overnight.
  • Farscape: There must always be one. Rygel is the original, followed by Jool (when he stops being such a chronic traitor), and finally Sikozou, who serves as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Jool.
  • Firefly: Jayne Cobb, to the point where the others don't even bother with the "wait until they're out of the room" part. When the crew is discussing what to do with River, a mentally-unstable girl who may or may not be a living weapon, Zoe says she's never hurt anyone. When Jayne points out she sliced him in the chest with a butcher knife without provocation, Zoe amends it to "anyone we can't spare". He remains on the ship because he gets money, and they keep him because he's good with weapons and usually doesn't sell them out.
    • It should be noted that the crew, Mal in particular, is well aware of Jayne's less-savory personality traits, and the one time he does screw them over, Mal straightens him out but good in an epic Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • Fresh Meat: JP is this. Though the others warm to him a little over the course of the series, he remains a source of constant annoyance.
  • Glee: Rachel and Santana were kept around for their musical talent, not their personalities, though they did eventually warm up to everyone else by graduation.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Barney. This is actually the topic of an entire first season episode, where Ted tries to recall exactly why they were friends with him. He concluded that it was because the zany antics that Barney invariably got them into tended to make life entertaining. This trope is played straight especially in earlier seasons as most of the characters admit to having a "Barney Limit." When Barney slept with Robin, Ted explained his anger at Barney isn't simply that he slept with his ex, but that he assumed that if Barney had any sort of "limits," it would have been anything regarding him. It isn't until after they reconcile that Barney starts being treated more as a real friend and less of a nuisance.
    "If you moved away, I'd have to follow you. Then Marshall would follow me, and Ted would follow Marshall. The only up side is that we might lose Barney."
    • Ted's old friend Adam "Punchy" Punciarello and ex-girlfriend Karen aren't well-liked by the gang, either, as Punchy is a jackass who makes fun of Ted and punches him in the arm repeatedly, and Karen was a stuck-up snob who frequently disparaged Marshall and Lily, and would constantly cheat on Ted.
  • iCarly: For Freddie and Gibby and anyone else who might be friends with Carly, Sam is this through Seniority, Fear, and Audience Popularity.
  • Impractical Jokers Murr is usually treated as this.
  • The Inbetweeners:
    • Almost every episode or situation has one of the four lads being this: Will for being too geeky and an annoying newcomer to the group; Simon for obsessing with Carli at inappropriate times, often being a "hos before bros" kind of guy; Jay for just being a Jerkass who is bullshitting the others with made-up sex stories; Neil for being too stupid to understand basically everything. In general, Will and Jay are the worst offenders. The reason they are hanging out is, exactly, that they are all "in-betweeners": They seem to be the only students at the school who are neither complete losers nor popular or socially adept, so they only have each other.
    • Jay tends to be the biggest Jerkass and liar of the group, but is still childhood friends with Simon, making it an example of seniority.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
  • Lab Rats has Chase. Mostly because of his Type A personality.
  • Phil Tandy Miller of The Last Man on Earth is tolerated as best by the group. And no one is hesitant to tell him just how completely insufferable he is, and that none of them would spend a second with him if the world hadn't ended.
  • Last of the Summer Wine:
    • Foggy is definitely this most of the time. He's bossy, delusional, pompous and hypocritical, and unlike the likes of Blamire, Seymour and Truly, seems to have no sense of humor most of the time
    Compo: [about Foggy] Nice fella. Nobody likes him.
    • Howard, who is constantly badgering Clegg to be the go-between for him and Marina—the woman he's cheating on his domineering wife with. Not to mention he's misogynist, whiny, cowardly and always ready to leave Clegg holding the bag if they're ever caught. Even Foggy finds him annoying, and the trio is always willing to drop Howard in his own mess in return.
  • The League of Gentlemen: Geoff Tipps. He has a Hair-Trigger Temper, Cannot Tell a Joke, and gives a magnificently horrid Bitter Wedding Speech at his supposed best friend's wedding.
  • Misfits: Although you could argue that most of the main characters are this to some extent (they're a bunch of kids on community service, so they have literally no choice but to spend time together), Nathan is the one who causes the most flinching and eye-rolling among the others, due to his loud personality and anti-social behavior.
  • In Mulaney, no one likes Andre.
    John: Bad news, guys. It's Andre!
  • The Nanny: C.C. Babcock. Nobody in the Sheffield household particularly likes her, especially Niles, whose frequent verbal sparring with her is one of the funniest aspects of the show. This gets turned on its head in the last season—C.C. and Niles find themselves falling for one another and actually marry in the finale.
  • The Office (US): There are several characters who aren't that well-liked by their coworkers at the titular office for varying reasons:
    • Michael, the regional manager and highest authority in the workplace, isn't liked by the others for his antics, offensive behavior, emotional neediness that leads him to try and befriend his employees, and generally unprofessional conduct. However, he doesn't get shunned for his antics as much as others, because the workers know he isn't trying to offend them and is just horribly socially incompetent rather than malicious. Notably, they'll actually join in on some of Michael's stunts of their own free will and typically treat him better if he isn't trying too hard to win them over.
    • Dwight's the biggest case because he's power hungry, prone to paranoia, has a disproportionate opinion of himself in relation to his actual capabilities, lets what power he does get go right to his head, and is a Yes-Man to whomever he thinks will get him more authority over others. Even Michael tries to avoid him if he can, and the only thing to a close friend he has at the office is Jim, who pranks Dwight nonstop and succeeds because no one wants to tip him off because of his behavior.
    • Andy falls even lower than Dwight at times because of his ego and bizarre behavior, while lacking the salesman acumen that Michael and Dwight have.
    • Ryan's a Jerkass with an ego who actively disdains everyone around him. The only people that actually want to be anywhere near him are Kelly (who dated him for some time and still holds romantic interest in him) and Michael (who has a mancrush on him), but even they eventually get fed up with his behavior. He only still has a job at the office because Michael was able to negotiate a deal with Dunder-Mifflin to get him hired back after being fired.
  • Jerry from Parks and Recreation is the office Butt-Monkey, usually for no apparent reason. The only three people who treat him with genuine kindness and even friendship are Leslie, Ben, and Donna. The former was the only one who attended his funeral during the Grand Finale. Donna also ensured that he would be known by his actual name, Garry, by labeling his place at her wedding with it.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Bulk & Skull from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers only hung out with the Rangers due to proximity and Skull's crush on Kimberly. However, for as often as they were disgusted with each other, they still occasionally showed genuine friendship.
    • Power Rangers Dino Thunder: Cassidy and Devin were basically Bulk & Skull's arc condensed into 38 episodes, and by the end they each earned a genuine friendship from both Ethan and Kira.
    • Power Rangers Mystic Force: Leelee initially only hung around to try and get into Nick's pants. However, after The Reveal that she's the daughter of one of their enemies, they all outright hated her, but were stuck with each other when Leelee was hired at the record store.
  • Pretty Little Liars:
    • Alison is this before she's murdered, since she tended to make all of the girls feel as miserable as they did special. After Ali's return to Rosewood, the girls don't see her as one of them, and often reject her attempts to reclaim her Alpha Bitch status. On two occasions, they have accused her of murder with significant ramifications, and they don't trust her, often discussing her and analyzing her actions like a stranger or enemy.
    • Mona is also this to the Liars. Even before she was revealed as A, only Hanna liked hanging out with her. After she is revealed to be A, she's generally kept around because she's useful and Hanna still likes her a little.
  • Red Dwarf: Rimmer is essentially a combination of answers 1-3. He and Lister are roommates, Lister would probably go mad from loneliness if they tried to live apart (he says at one point that messing with Rimmer is what keeps him going), Lister's only other alternatives for conversation are a Human Alien whose personality can be summed up as "dumb, self-centered and vain" and a fawning robot whose idea of fun is hanging out laundry, and Rimmer is the last lingering connection Lister has to his life before everything went to smeg. Besides which, depending on the episode, either Rimmer has hidden most/all of the other hologram recordings, or else Lister is such a laid back slob that most other crew members would rather be dead than be his hologramatic partner. In essence, Rimmer gets left online because it'd be even worse to have him switched off. And then there's that episode where Rimmer finally contrives a way to have two holograms running at once, and then duplicates his own hologram disc (have we mentioned he's a chronic narcissist?) and then discovers he can't stand himself either.
  • Rules of Engagement:
    • Russell, due to his Jerkass tendencies.
    • In a rather sad example, Adam Rhodes ends up as this later on, when the poor guy doesn't deserve it. Jeff excludes him as much as possible, when not outright mocking him. Russell does outright mock him, as does Timmy at times. Audrey seems apathetic to him, and it seems the only reason he's dealt with is that he's engaged to Audrey's best friend Jennifer. The worst part is he's one of the only (along with Timmy) Nice Guys in the cast.
  • Saved by the Bell: Screech is good friends with Zack but merely tolerated by the rest of the group (and outright despised by Lisa). They all like Zack and Screech is part of the baggage. He seems to have grown on the rest of the group by the end of the series though.
  • The Secret Circle has Jake, who is only there because he's part of the circle. Cassie is the only one who likes him, and Diana seems to be the only other person who tolerates him. Later, John Blackwell, despite being told is several times that he's evil (which he is), is only around because he's Cassie and Diana's father.
  • Seinfeld:
    • Newman. He and Jerry have a mutual animosity and the only one who seems to hang out with him in any friendly sort of way is Kramer.
    • George Costanza comes off as this, Depending on the Writer. In certain episodes, Elaine can't stand him while Jerry considers him an acquaintance at best and most likely hangs with him out of pity. He and Jerry have also been friends since high school, so he's also got seniority going for him. Humorously, he thinks Elaine is the one nobody likes in their group.
  • Skins has several, though each of them gets better at the end.
    • Tony from the first generation, to a degree. He isn't seen as such at first, when his Jerk Ass and Screwy Squirrel tendencies are known mainly by his girlfriend Michelle and best friend Sid who are devoted to him (although the more sensitive members of the group, like Cassie and Jal, express their distaste with Tony's behavior early on). Over time though, when he manages to alienate these two, it becomes apparent that no one in the pack is willing to side with Tony.
    • Generation Two has Cook, with whom Effy is sleeping and to whom JJ is loyal to in a similar way Sid was to Tony. Also there's Katie, who's Emily's sister and dates Freddie at some point, and is a wannabe queen bee with not that much regard for what other people think of her.
    • For the third generation is Mini, at first seemingly a queen bee for whom the gang quickly loses patience. Liv even points it out twice, declaring in the fifth series that 'she loves [Mini] despite or of her flaws but she [Liv] is the only one left' and stating in the sixth that she's friends with Mini "because somebody has to, but it's a tough duty".
  • Pre-Character Development, Rodney McKay of Stargate Atlantis. He had no real friends when he first appeared in SG-1. He was extremely arrogant, condescending, full of himself, and outright sexist, and the rest of the cast tolerated him at best. He didn't really deserve any better. But as time went on, even though it took him a rather long time, he's becoming less annoying and more accepted by others.
  • Still Standing: Fitz's wife, Marion, though she rarely hangs out with the group.
    • Bill and Judy themselves qualify as this in some episodes.
  • That '70s Show: Jackie, at first, was only in the group because she was the girlfriend of one member, Kelso. Later though she became a regular friend.
  • The Party Planners sketches from That Mitchell and Webb Look were based around this. The characters would be planning a party and discuss inviting someone only to raise a concern that the person might bring someone that they can't stand. For example Moneypenny bringing James Bond or Velma, Daphne and Fred bringing Shaggy and Scooby.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Damon, initially. The main reason they keep him around is that he's Stefan's brother. However this is played straight mostly in the first few seasons (and in season 5, because he Took a Level in Jerkass). As of season 6, he's on relatively friendly terms with everyone, including Bonnie and Caroline, who used to hate him.
  • Victorious:
    • Trina Vega tends to be the butt of all the jokes. Jade—in two different episodes—even tells her, "No one likes you!"
    • To some extent Robbie, since his friends constantly act like jerks to him.
  • In season three of The Walking Dead, Merle was this for the short time he was with the group. Nobody liked him, and he was best remembered as a racist and unpleasant Jerkass. Most people tolerated him because he was Daryl's brother, but even Daryl started to get fed up.
  • In Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell and Lady Jane Rochford aren't popular at court. For Cromwell, it's because of his low birth and enigmatic past and motivations; they see him as an untrustworthy interloper in the circle of titled gentlemen around Henry. Lady Rochford constantly picks fights with Anne Boleyn and insults people beneath her to deal with the unhappiness of her marriage. It's not surprising that they end up working together.
  • On Would I Lie to You?, a bit of a minor Running Gag is that host Rob Brydon is this trope behind-the-scenes, and team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack expend as much energy as possible trying to escape from him in social settings.
  • The Young Ones: Rick. No one likes him and they have even told him that. When introducing the gang to his mother, Vyvyan called Mike and Neil his friends, but called Rick "a total bastard I know".
  • Zoey 101:
    • Logan, due to Proximity. Being Chase and Michael's roommate, he regularly hangs out with the main group, yet Zoey and the others openly dislike him and think he's a jerk. He actually serves as the main antagonist in a high number of episodes (recurring plot: Logan does something jerkish and all his "friends" punish him).
    Chase: I know she'd never date a jerk like Logan.
    Lola: He's one of your best friends!
    Chase: Which is how I know he's a jerk.
    • Quinn in the early seasons. Not because she was a Jerkass like Logan, but she was treated like a freaky nerd by most of her friends. She becomes more normal in later seasons.
  • Mirabelle of The Kicks. She's outright called "mean", "scary", and "annoying", but her teammates still consider her a friend (it helps that she's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold).

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Michael Cole was this for the announcer team during his heel run.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Named for one of Dane Cook's stand up routines. He finishes it by stating that if you don't know which one of your friends is this, then that's because you yourself are this trope.
  • Gabriel Iglesias often tells stories of one of his oldest friends, Felipe, whose inability to know when to stop messing around is frequently the cause of whatever mess Gabriel ends up describing.
  • Louis C.K. sets up a bit about Time Travel by mentioning a friend of his whom he hates talking to, but can't really avoid "because you can't break up with your friends."

    Tabletop Games 
  • A very common occurrence in Fiasco because you are encouraged to play Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist characters, and the way the Relationship mechanic ties characters together in a circle. Even if two characters have a friendly relationship, one will usually have an unfriendly or power-unbalanced relationship with someone else, who will therefore end up getting pulled into the social group as soon as the chaos kicks off, and proceed to ruin everything. Of course, this is the aim of the game.
  • The fluff of Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution gives us Mama Bear: A scary, jerkass, drug dealing, stoner with a bad temper, who is also letting the main characters stay at her safe house. Proximity, necessity, and fear keep them around.
  • In Warhammer 40,000 backstory, most of the Traitor Primarchs got on poorly with their brethren. Magnus's cocky use of warp power meant he wasn't trusted; Lorgar's desperation for something to believe in meant he didn't have many friends among the militantly atheistic Imperials even before he embraced Chaos; Angron was a brutal berserker whose Legion slaughtered everything in its path; Konrad Curze was a sadistic maniac who led a similarly vicious Legion; Mortarion got along badly with any of his brothers who endorsed the use of psychic powers; Perturabo was always cold and distant from the rest of the family; and nobody ever really got to know the militantly secretive Alpharius. Among the loyalists, Jaghatai Khan's insularity and remoteness, Russ's studied brutality, and Lion El'Jonson's politicking meant that they were not well-liked; in the early stages of the Heresy, the Khan and the Lion were the ones everyone considered to have a high risk of siding with Horus.
  • The heroes in Sentinels of the Multiverse mostly don't like Setback or Guise much, although Setback has at least one fan (his girlfriend, Expatriette). Both are kept around and allowed to team with other heroes because they're useful and Setback at least means well; they're unpopular because Setback has a bad luck curse that keeps screwing with him and everyone around him, and Guise keeps nicking their stuff, claiming to be them, and Breaking the Fourth Wall.

  • Michele in The Saint of Bleecker Street is a bitter, resentful man, nearly a Hollywood Atheist in his cynical attitude towards religion. Nobody really trusts him, even before he murders his girlfriend Desideria, yet he still gets invited to sing at Carmela's wedding while Desideria does not. This may be because his beloved sister, Annina, is Carmela's best friend and was invited to the wedding.
  • In Jekyll & Hyde, Sir Danvers Carew is the only person who can stand Simon Stride, a sexist jerk who works to bring Jekyll down at every opportunity. Simon gets invited to Jekyll and Emma's wedding, where Hyde kills him.

    Video Games 
  • One of the many Recurring Elements in the Tales Series is a party member that everyone else treats like a massive annoyance. The more snarky characters frequently get in shots at their expense, often to the point of making the Friend Nobody Likes into a Butt-Monkey.
    • Tales of the Abyss has a villain example in Dist; the only reason he's working with the 5 Bad Band is for his own goals and they tolerate and work with him only because he actually is a Gadgeteer Genius and a really good one too.
      • Abyss also deconstructs it in the lead up to Akzeriuth; Luke is only on the team because he's the Ambassador (because the Score says so) and no one really likes him (except Ion and Mieu) for various reasons. This bites them in the ass hard as if they didn't spent so much time talking down to him and berating him without giving a good reason for it, he wouldn't have rushed into listening to the Big Bad and thus not only destroy Akzeriuth but kick off said Big Bad's plans. He's also something of this post Akzeriuth until they realize that his change of heart is 100% genuine and finally lighten up on him...mostly.
    • Tales of Legendia has Norma fill this role. A Genki Girl who loves coming up with nicknames for people, the rest of the party treat her as an annoyance for a good majority of the game. It's only towards the very end of the game's second arc that this lightens up.
    • Tales of Xillia has Alvin come the last part; after spending so much time as an Affably Evil, Heel–Face Revolving Door Jerkass, he finally crosses too many lines. He's only on the team because Jude insists on giving him one more chance (again) and doesn't want to leave him alone. It's deconstructed as well; Alvin knows that, not only is he this, he fully deserves the treatment. The sequel reveals he's fully dropped this aspect and is readily welcomed by the group. Also in the sequel there is Muzet who fears she's this due to her past actions; her whole Character Episode arc is about her trying to make friends with the group.
    • Magilou from Tales of Berseria is a Troll who tags along with the party because, according to her, she has nothing better to do (though it's revealed to be more complicated than that). Early on, the party even considers Magilou to be The Load, mostly because she stays out of combat, until she finds Bienfu and starts fighting. Towards the end of the game, the party has at least learned to put up with Magilou, even if they won't outright admit they like her.
  • In the Borderlands series, everybody hates Claptrap. EVERYBODY. The only person that doesn't show hostile attitude towards him or other CL4P-TP bots is Angel...and that's probably because, spending most of her life imprisoned by Jack, she hasn't ever been able to MEET a CL4P-TP in person. In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, where he is a playable character, the other playable characters treat him as The Load due to the fact that his special ability has the potential to be just as devastating to them as it is to their enemies.
    • The Claptastic Voyage DLC practically revolves around how much everyone hates Claptrap and the fact that he's painfully aware of this, but still regards his fellow Vault Hunters as friends. They repay the favor by killing him once he's of no more use and dumping his body in a junk pile with all the other destroyed CL4P-TP units.
  • Edward Kenway from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. His selfishness leads him to acquire this reputation throughout the game. He drives everyone away, including his wife, his first mate Adewale, James Kidd, his own crew, the Templars and the Assassins, as well as fellow pirates Charles Vane and Benjamin Hornigold. The latter even warns him that the course he's walking will leave him alone. It is only when he realizes how much his actions have hurt other people and how much he depends on them that he starts to change. Unfortunately, by that point almost everyone he cares for is either dead or no longer trusts him enough to work with him again.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Morrigan from Dragon Age: Origins plays with this this. Hardly anyone in the party actually admits to liking her (and vice versa) except the dog, but he likes everyone. The male Warden can choose have a romance with her, while a female Warden can befriend her to such an extent that Morrigan admits to thinking of her as a sister, though both cases take a lot of work and Morrigan is initially not receptive. Oghren, Sten and Shale seem mostly okay with her as well, but no one else particularly likes them, either (and Oghren obviously just thinks she's hot). Thinking she's hot—and dangerous—is also one of Zevran's motivations for being more friendly too, especially considering they both count as a Token Evil Teammate. She is only actively disliked by Alistair and Wynne. Leliana starts out with antagonistic feelings toward Morrigan, but will eventually start flirting (not that it goes anywhere).
      • Loghain, if he joins the party, is also this trope - however, this example is understandable given his prior actions.
      • Sten also starts out the object of much dislike within the party, although most of this is predicated on being afraid of the huge guy who murdered an entire family. He gets much better liked as the game proceeds, especially when Leliana finds him playing with a kitten (to which he refuses to admit).
    • In Dragon Age II, Anders/Justice fulfills this role later in the game due to his obsession with the Templar/Mage conflict alienating him from everyone who's somehow involved, and annoying those who aren't. Even Merrill, who theoretically could have been on his side, isn't because the two can't stand each other, due to each thinking the other is reckless. Most of the companions have at least a little of this going on, however; Fenris grates on everyone that isn't Varric or Isabela, Carver tends to annoy Fenris and Anders, Aveline and Isabela can be outright vicious with each other, and Sebastian irritates almost everyone to an extent.
      • Hilariously, Hawke him/herself could be this if they have everyone at rivalry instead of friendship. However, this requires the player to go out of their way to antagonize party members and be an utter jerk, and also to remember that some rivalry choices will get you friendship with others (for example, if you anger Fenris by helping out the mages, Merrill and Anders will approve if they're in the party). Fortunately, when you get the meter to one end, it locks there, but for some of the companions, full anything is tricky to get.
      • Inverted with Varric and Bethany, who are the only companion characters to be on amicable terms with everyone. It helps that Varric has no stake in the conflict and is the Team Mom, while Bethany is friendly and personable, but cautious enough of her magic to earn even Fenris's respect; she also qualifies for Everyone's Baby Sister. They're also the companions for whom it's easiest for Hawke to reach full friendship. Fittingly, the two are extremely fond of one another.
    • Vivienne and Solas from Dragon Age: Inquisition compete for this title, the former being a snobbish pro-Circle mage openly disdainful of the others and the latter being an Insufferable Genius who abandons your party after defeating Corypheus. Notably, during a cutscene where every party member and advisor take part in a friendly game of cards, they are the only two party members absent. (Leliana also doesn't appear, but she is good friends with Josephine.)note 
      • Blackwall's popularity also takes a sharp drop after he is revealed to be Thom Rainier, a former captain in the Orlesian army who ordered his men to attack an innocent nobleman. That action resulted in the deaths of the nobleman and his family.
  • Francis and Nick appear to fulfill this role in Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 respectively.
  • Fallout
    • In Fallout 2, Myron will become this if he is added to the party. Periodic insults, Death Glares, and threats from the other companions will ensue.
    • In Fallout 3, possible companion Jericho is this to the town of Megaton. A former raider, Jericho is not a pleasant character; he spends his days lounging around the town or getting drunk at the local bar, and apparently tried to rape someone (Jenny Stahl) in the past. The town puts up with him however, because he's damn handy to have around when they need to defend themselves from raiders or slavers.
    • Fallout 4 plays with this a bit with your Companions: X6-88, Paladin Danse and Strong.
      • X6-88 plays this straight as he is a Synth Courser and, being Institute-aligned, means that everyone just barely tolerates him (and he them) to the point where it's kind of a stretch to call him anyone's friend.
      • Danse inverts this as he outright hates the non-humans in your party and doesn't interact with the others much better. They either take it in stride or snark right back, but they're mostly okay with him and just think that he has a stick up his ass. This is further highlighted in their remarks to the revelation that he's a synth and their general approval when you convince Maxson to exile him instead of killing him.
      • Strong's nothing like Marcus, Fawkes or even Lily, being much more savage and brutish. You'd expect your companions to dislike or fear him but you'll find that he's probably liked more than the first two on this list.
      • For lack of a better trope, the Brotherhood of Steel are a faction variant. All of your Good-aligned companions have a mild-to-severe hatred of them, even if you're a member. Heck, Preston can barely tolerate them. Cait, your Fighting Irish Blood Knight chem fiend who is definitely not good-aligned, likes them. That should be a considerable warning sign.
      • In the backstory, Vault-Tec had a scientist developing prototypes for them, by a guy named Ted Huntly. Literally no one at Vault-Tec liked him. Probably because his inventions actually did good things for people, like make an automated eye exam, or an extremely tasty and cheap soda. Vault-Tec wanted him to drug people or use subliminal messaging instead.
  • In World of Warcraft, Gallywix, leader of the Goblin cartel loyal to the Horde, is seen as this by the rest of the Horde. In the Tides of War novel, Garrosh only keeps him around because he, being motivated by profit, is easy to keep in line.
    • Sylvannas also, though she's part of the Horde, most of the Horde view her with suspicion and her more questionable actions really don't attract trust. Her primary goal is to create a future for the Forsaken, and only for the Forsaken, and is only using the Horde as a stepping stone in her schemes.
      • The Forsaken in general don't get along well with the rest of the Horde and are members out of mutual necessity rather than any genuine friendship or respect. The Trolls, Tauren, and more honorable Orc Clans distrust the Forsaken due to their increasingly Scourge-like behavior, while the villainous Orcs look down on them as being weak and cowardly. But the Horde needs a presence on the Eastern Kingdoms that the Blood Elves aren't strong enough to provide, and the Forsaken need support against the Alliance, so they put up with each other. The Blood Elves get along reasonably well with them, mostly because both factions were the biggest victims of The Lich King, though even then Sylvanas and Lor'themar (the Blood Elves' leader) have an antagonistic relationship as she's threatened the lives of him and his people on at least two separate occasions.
  • The Pyro from Team Fortress 2. The rest of its team (which consists of 8 different kinds of badass mercenaries) are scared witless of him(?). They're even hesitant to speak about her. They do have a sort of Odd Friendship with the Engineer, though.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Miranda from Mass Effect 2 can stray into this for players leaning towards the paragon side of things. From the moment you encounter her she's an arrogant Alpha Bitch who firmly believes that Cerberus can do no wrong - and if they do, it wasn't really Cerberus proper, just idiots working for them. There doesn't seem to be anyone who actively likes her, but most of your more renegade-leaning teammates (with the exception of Jack, of course) seem to be indifferent to her, respecting her abilities but not much past that. By Mass Effect 3, after much Character Development, this noticeably changes.
    • Javik from Mass Effect 3 is a sociopathic jackass who enjoys saying the most outrageous things and laughing at everyone else over it. However, he's also the last living Prothean and has been fighting the Reapers longer than the rest of the crew. Though a few former squad members—Zaeed and Wrex—actually do like him well enough, precisely for the reasons everyone else doesn't. That said, he isn't completely without his redeeming features, as he genuinely feels glad to see that some of the species he knew during his era have evolved into space-faring races in their own right.
  • The Baldur's Gate series has a cast of characters. Some like each other, and some don't, some will come to blows over it. However, all of the NPCs dislike Edwin for his arrogance. Viconia is similarly disliked by just about everyone that isn't Minsc, although he's too stupid to know the difference. However, unlike Edwin, most of the other party members will at least demonstrate grudging respect for Viconia (except for Kivan, who's openly hostile toward her). Korgan is also despised.
  • Final Fantasy VI has a few examples. But as they become part of the True Companions (and especially after The End of the World as We Know It when The Power of Friendship becomes so precious), and through additional sympathetic Character Development, their irritating quirks become more or less irrelevant.
    • Edgar is a resourceful young king who comes across as abrasive to both the ladies and his male friends alike. The only ones who have no friction with him at all are his brother Sabin (out of fraternal love) and the young girl Relm (who is infatuated with Edgar, to his dismay).
    • Setzer owns the Global Airship, but he's also a self-absorbed Dandy with (allegedly) hideous fashion sense.
  • Final Fantasy VII has Yuffie, who mostly just annoys everyone, and Cait Sith, who's generally unreliable. Vincent Valentine may also qualify, as Cloud mentions he didn't really expect Vincent to return for the final battle, since Vincent always seemed so cold and unapproachable. Later media like Dirge of Cerberus shows that they've all grown and are much closer than before. Yuffie, for example, is hinted as often dropping by to see Vincent simply to make sure he doesn't go back to being completely gloomy and friendless.
  • In Starbound, the Hylotl as a species are this to everybody except the Ax-Crazy Florans. They're genuinely peaceful and reliably refrain from causing trouble, but are also too advanced to be worth the effort of actually attacking, so they don't make real enemies among the civilized species. Their constant Cultural Posturing, belief that True Art Is Incomprehensible, and allegedly wonderful Foreign Queasine, however, grinds on others species' nerves to no end, so they're often the targets of snark and contempt as a result.
  • Persona:
    • Teddie from Persona 4 constantly annoys his teammates with his terrible puns and perverted antics to the point where pretty much everybody barring the main protagonist is always mad at him. It's clear that they do care about him, though, particularly when he goes missing, and they need him to get into the TV and find some of the people who have been thrown in, making this a case of Caring and Necessity.
    • Goro Akechi of Persona 5, plays with this, since he's a Great Detective who doesn't care for the Phantom Thieves of Hearts' methods, and blackmailed his way onto the team. It's subverted when he turns out to be part of the conspiracy the Thieves are fighting, and infiltrated them to lure them into a trap, while the Thieves themselves realized Goro was a traitor from the start.
    • Persona 5 also has Yuuki Mishima, the Moon Confidant. A lot of the protagonist's dialogue is mocking or condescending towards him, he actually pushes the protagonist dangerously close to his last nerve when his darker side comes out during his Confidant, and the protagonist only spends time with him with him due to a combination of pity and necessity (he runs the official Phantom Thieves website and is effectively your PR manager). The player character can be nice to him, but it's very clear that the other party members who meet him don't much care for him, either because they irritate him, they think he's strange, or they find him boring or charmless. Falls into the Caring category by the end of the story; the party see him excitedly talking about how much he believes in The Phantom Thieves as they go to steal Shido's treasure, and they gratefully acknowledge what a steadfast ally he's been to them this whole time.
  • Johnny Cage of Mortal Kombat is one of the good guys, but his snarky, sarcastic, pompous attitude riles on his allies. This is especially clear in Mortal Kombat X, where just about every one of Earthrealm's veteran kombatants finds him annoying and makes it clear in pre-match dialogues. The list includes his ex-wife Sonya, the retired 'consultant' Jax Briggs, and the serious-minded Scorpion and Sub-Zero. This also includes Raiden himself, who ostensibly chose Johnny as Earthrealm's Champion after the events of 9. Even fellow Deadpan Snarker Kenshi can't stand Johnny's acting. Contrarily, he gets along quite well with the younger generation of Earthrealm heroes, who prefer his firm but compassionate leadership to Sonya's greater strictness and demands for discipline.
  • Audrey from HuniePop has a few friends among the other girls of the game, but they seem to agree that she's a massive bitch.
  • Undertale has an early monster named Jerry that always shows up as part of a group of monsters and is always introduced separately from the others, usually with something like "Jerry came too". On top of an obnoxious personality, he has a stupidly high amount of defense but no attack, making its "allies" do all the work while only slightly increasing their attack phase. His one ACT is to "ditch" him by conspiring with the other monsters to run away and fight elsewhere while he isn't looking. No one likes Jerry.
    • To a lesser extent, there's Aaron, a narcissistic horse-like monster in Waterfall. He comes off as a creep to Shyren, and Woshua, the closest thing he has to a friend, barely tolerates him.
  • Dead or Alive 5: Despite Zack now being part of the heroes and Helena's right-hand man, nobody except Helena seems to respect or like him. In fact, Hayabusa and Bayman refuse to take a flight with him simply because of their dislike. Hayate and Ayane do fly with him, but they soon get annoyed with Zack and tell him that they will never fly with him again.
  • In Pillars of Eternity, Durance is curmudgeonly, racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic, but he tags along with the Watcher because he's convinced their destiny and his are intertwined, and generally allowed to do so because he's an entirely competent priest with some good lines. Nobody has a high opinion of his constant prattle, though. Mostly it's snark, as is usual for the game, but even Grieving Mother will quip that "A voice falls silent, at last" if he's knocked unconscious.
  • All of the Evil Elder Powers in Nexus Clash are despised by every member of the pantheon including each other...but they remain frequently successful contenders in the Cosmic Chess Game that drives the series because they're too well-armed and persistent and the other Powers That Be can never properly unite to wipe them out.
  • Metal Gear Solid V: HUEY. He genuinely screwed over EVERYONE related to Diamond Dogs and acts like he's done nothing wrong. They're not amused, but he is their head of R&D and the main source of all their advanced technology. Then they finally figure out how to reverse-engineer all his prototypes and lynch the poor bastard.
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn has Oliver, a Fat Bastard villain from the previous game who is bizarrely recruitable in this one; he only joins the army due to his extreme Blue and Orange Morality over "beauty". Ike outright demands he rejoin the enemy, and most if not all of his generic Support lines have the other character tell him to stay away from them. Even the endgame bosses express extreme confusion at him being in the party, with The Heavy even saying that him being there is a sign that the world is doomed.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening:
    • Virion counts by virtue of his status as a vain, flamboyant womanizer and something of a Guile Hero. Most of his supports revolve around the other person initially distrusting him or finding something about him detestable.
    • Excellus from the same game also counts on the villainous side. All of the other villains realize he's nothing but a weak, cowardly slimeball who's only in it for himself, can't do much besides manipulate others into doing his dirty work for him, and thinks his manipulations make him a brilliant chessmaster, when in reality he's just another pawn who is even more easily manipulated. None of them hesitate to mock him to his face and tell him their side wouldn't really be missing anything without him, and Walhart even reveals, almost casually, that he's known all along that Excellus has his own agenda and would stab him in the back the minute it was convenient, but kept him around anyway because he knows he's too weak and pathetic to actually pull it off, and because he finds him so sad that it's amusing.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Ace Attorney series has Larry Butz, a loser who blunders through life without a clue and develops a crush on every attractive woman he sees. Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth tolerate him because he's their childhood friend (seniority), plus he's not actually a bad person, just oblivious, unfortunate, and irresponsible (pity), and he really shouldn't be left to his own devices (supervision). Additionally, nearly every time he appears, he manages to provide a clue that helps crack the case...eventually.
  • Dangan Ronpa now has its own page.

  • Mike from the Walkyverse is a bizarre example—his relationship with other characters is so strong because he's a major Jerkass. Hell, he married a character who loves him for (or possibly in spite of) who he is.
    • When Mike and Amber were Put on a Bus to Denver, this spot was filled by Malaya, a foul-mouthed misanthrope who lacked Mike's Chaotic Good/Jerkass Has a Point attributes. She was only tolerated for her roommate (and would-be love interest) Ken's sake. And later via her "relationship" with Ultra-Car. Her Dumbing of Age incarnation, while toned down in personality, still fills this role within Sal's circle of friends.
  • Candy from Girls with Slingshots is in the same boat as Sheldon above; no one really likes her all that much, but she's attached to Jameson, whom they do like, so they have to live with her. At least until her repeated efforts to sabotage his relationship with Maureen come to a head at the wedding and he wakes his ass up that Candy is possibly the worst friend in existence.
  • Seth from Sorcery 101 is more or less tolerated by the characters because one of them is bonded to him and he's pretty good at manipulating people in a way that's beneficial (though usually very messy, and in poor taste as he is almost always the last resort).
  • In The Order of the Stick:
    • Miko Miyazaki is this for her entire Paladin order. She's a loyal and skilled Paladin, but her Knight Templar nature and Jerkass tendencies prompt her fellow Paladins to send her on long missions far from home whenever possible.
    • The Order's Token Evil Teammate Belkar invites this, but it's his unrepentantly boorish, Ax-Crazy, uncooperative tendencies that really cement it. Roy keeps him around only to sic him on even worse people until Belkar's prophesied death, although Belkar builds a slightly more respectful relationship with Vaarsuvius while actively trying to be more of a team player.
    • Differences of opinion lead the Order of the Scribble to disband, but the group seemed to unilaterally despise both Soon Kim (whom Dorukan and Girard nearly came to blows with) and Girard Draketooth (whom only Serini seemed to get along with).
  • Homestuck: Eridan, pre-flipout. It says something about him that even Kanaya and Equius can't stand him and Feferi actively resigns from being his Morality Pet. Among their ancestors, Eridan's counterpart Cronus is the sleaziest scumbag anyone has ever seen, and nobody willingly hangs around Kankri if they can avoid it, due to his interminable lectures.
    • Even after being talked down from his psychotic killing spree, the only thing anyone has to say about Gamzee is "fuck that guy". He even ruined the one semi-positive relationship he still had by ending his moirallegiance with Karkat. In the timeline where John prevented Terezi from killing Vriska, everyone ended up just locking Gamzee in a chained up fridge and trying to pretend that he doesn't exist.
    • Vriska by the time the trolls get to the meteor. It's especially clear during the Alterniabound segment, where the only person who seems to get along with her is Equius. Everyone else either hates her, distrusts her, or is just scared of her.
      • To seal the deal, John Egbert has confessed that after meeting her in person, he really kinda hates her for being so incredibly unpleasant. Opinions vary as to whether she really deserves the treatment she gets from the other characters.
  • Gai Gin's Kitsunefoxy is a compulsive liar who makes a hobby out of attempting to break up the relationships of the rest of the gang for no apparent reason. Pyon hangs out with her out of pity.
  • Gnoma from Pewfell—an extremely self-centered, rude, obnoxious gnomenote  who is only tolerated in the Pewfell housefold because she helped Tina—Pewfell's wife—through a rough patch when they were schoolmates (what that "rough patch" was has yet to be revealed).
  • In Better Days, Rachael serves as this for her housemates. Lucy initially doesn't think highly of her cheating on her boyfriend, then Rachael exasperates the others with her hatred of Lucy after Lucy steals her boyfriend away. The reason she's kept around mostly seems to be necessity, namely for financial reasons. ("Are we sure she's worth one fifth of the rent?")
    • The sequel, Original Life, has Angela serve as this. She gets on the nerves of her friends and even Elizabeth by expressing a support of her parents' new-age spiritualism, global warming, Justin Bieber, and many other things the author dislikes. She herself doesn't seem too attached to Janie, but justifies keeping their friendship as knowing the value of having connections. It's unclear exactly why Janie remains friends with her, though.
  • Weenie Licked: Implied with Mugen, given how Jeffory and Chuckles are fascinated with the idea of Paul beating the shit out of him yet still let him hang around, much like the site hosting the comic.
  • Drowtales has this in the Five Girl Band of Chrys'tel's group of friends, with her "protector twin" Shinae clearly only being there because of her duty to Chrys requiring her to, and her rather abrasive personality makes it extremely unlikely any of them would hang out with her on their own.
  • White Dark Life:
    • Collin is stupid, greedy, and incapable of seeing anything but his selfish views, he genuinely thinks he is friends with the cast and there is literally nothing they can do to get rid of him. He does however get better after the timeskip. Not that anyone notices.
    • An odd version is Caroline. She has a reasonable(if gloomy) personality and wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for the fact that of her "friends", one is The Maid, who Hates Everyone Equally, Rebecca, her childhood friend even, sees her as a tool to be used, and Leon is a Straw Misogynist.
  • Slade Chasme, from Heartcore, is the second-ranked Overfiend (only one rank below the Lord of the Overfiend's Dragon), and is feared and/or despised among his fellow demons for being a sadist who would like to cannibalize his fellow Overfiends and would betray his comrades at the drop of a hat.
  • Black Mage from 8-Bit Theater fits for almost all of the reasons listed above, except that nobody would ever think about dating him, and, if it wasn't for Fighter, nobody would care about him either. He's a dangerous, genocidal sociopath who would sell out his team for gain/fun, and he smells too. But he's just so ineffectual and pathetic about it that his friends would feel bad about leaving him behind. And every once in a while, when he's pointing his powerful magic at the enemy instead of his teammates, and he's actually aiming properly, and he hasn't wasted all of his spells for the day on petty annoyances, he can almost come close to being as big of a help as he is a hindrance.
  • AwkwardZombie has this characterisation for Roy. His oldest friend - Marth - finds him actively unbearable, and, after being absent from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the other residents of the Smash Bros do too. House quickly forgets he exists, culminating in the 400th comic, featuring Mewtwo and Lucas' triumphant return to the roster (after being announced as DLC), with Peach happily declaring during the ensuing party that the gang's all back together... while Roy gazes inside in tears from outside in the rain. Even when he gets back, his return party is almost completely overshadowed by the arrival of Ryu. Robin mistakes him for a different annoying goofball sidekick from Fire Emblem; he suffers an existential crisis when he meets Marth's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-greDESCENDANT Lucina, wondering how long he was away; he's relegated to hanging out with irrelevant side characters like Roy Koopa, Grey Fox, and Waluigi, and the only person who recognises him and seems happy to see him... is his replacement, Pit.

    Web Original 
  • Bladezz in The Guild, at least in the first season:
    Clara: He's like the retarded cousin of the Guild! The right thing to do is to let him play tag, even though he runs around hitting people.
  • Amir in Jake and Amir. Although Jake often denies that they're friends, at other times he doesn't and there are multiple episodes that feature them doing something together (be it with more people or just the two of them), so they at least have something resembling friendship going on. All reasons except for dating and necessity apply to Amir in some way.
  • What's-Her-Face in Teen Girl Squad is explicitly called the "pity friend" and is the one the other three are most likely to ditch or relegate to the least-desired roles. Generally, this just makes the other girls look mean, especially Cheerleader.
    What's-Her-Face: Can I not get stuck playing bass?
    Other Girls: NO WAY!
    • She's a deviation from the trope because there's nothing particularly wrong with her personality. She's actually the nicest (and arguably sanest) of the four. This is why the other three look mean when they interact with her; it's because they are.
    • For that matter, none of the other girls really seem to like The Ugly One either. Not to mention, the others are delighted whenever Cheerleader dies. In fact, none of them seem to like each other at all. Although Whats-Her-Face gets it the worst.
    • In the main Homestar Runner universe, Coach Z applies most of the time. Bubs and Homestar are the only ones who can tolerate him with in any consistency, and even they think he's a creepy, depressing, weird, disgusting loser to be avoided when possible - which he is, to be fair.
  • The crew in Binder of Shame is a group made entirely out of these people. Since they're the protagonist's only social contact, though, he actually goes into denial for a time and convinces himself that this is what friendship is (he gets better).
  • Puddy in Tales of MU is this to Mack for as long as she's Mack's roommate.
  • In Todd in the Shadows' review of From Justin to Kelly (crossed over with The Nostalgia Chick), he wonders why girls always have a "Token Evil Friend."
    Kaya: Why are we friends with her, again?
    Todd: That's a good question. That's an excellent question.
  • Yamcha from Dragon Ball Abridged isn't any more a jackass than most of the other characters and less a jackass than some, but everyone likes to belittle him because they see him as weak.
    • Raditz and Guldo are treated pretty much the same on their respective teams, leading to the line "I don't know what this Yamcha is, but it sounds a lot like Raditz".
    • Vegeta's status as this is lampshaded in episode 38, after Future Trunks realizes just how much of a jerkass his father is:
      Trunks: How are these people friends with you!?
      Tien: Makin' a lot of assumptions there.
  • The Tumblr and Tickld name for this type of person is "Moon Moon", due to a post where someone got "Moon Moon" on a wolf-name generator and commented that she would be the wolf no one likes ("OH SHIT WHO BROUGHT FUCKING MOON MOON ALONG?").
  • In the Key of Awesome's parody of "Somebody That I Used to Know", Tony gets this through Necessity, since, while he's sold all their other instruments and at least one person's set of shoes to pay his drug debts, he's the only one able to drive the van. There's also a measure of Supervision:
    "Hey, guys, where did Tony go? You all know that Tony can't be left alone."
  • In Monster Island Buddies, Gorosaurus was one of the original Monster Island Buddies, but Godzilla and company didn't care much for him and didn't even give a crap when he was kidnapped by Kong and taken to Skull Island. Even after he's back, the other characters still seem to dislike him, Rodan even says he scares the shit out of him. On the villain side, there's Gigan, who constantly tries his best to make friends, but is perceived by everyone else as annoying and stupid. Titanosaurus counts as well, due to his insane, psycho behavior.
  • Maizono is this in Dangan Ronpa Abridged Thing, most likely because she's a total weeaboo, with only Naegi and to a lesser extent Fujisaki tolerating her (enough that Alter Ego is hard-coded to use her weeaboo speak style).
  • Girl-chan and Swirly Glasses in Girl Chan In Paradise. The two almost never appear alongside the other party members, but when they do they're almost never acknowledged except in disgust and annoyance. At least until Swirly Glasses turns out to be "Captain Taisho Bushido Blaster Buster #1".
  • The Most Popular Girls in School has Jonathan (Than) who is homophobic and in the closet. Nobody likes him until the later seasons, but he sticks around anyway.
  • Discussed in "20 Reasons Why NOT to be 'In Da Club'" by Matthew Santoro. Matthew talks about that one friend who's a total downer and nobody likes, but who the group feels like they have to invite because they're part of the group. Matthew then says that people should just not invite that person anymore.
  • Resident Evil Abridged: None of Wesker's subordinates respect him, because he's a smug douchebag. Chris describes him as, "a jackal who's married to his sunglasses", Jill thinks he's condescending, and Barry's only working for him because he has to. In the end, even the Tyrant turns on him!
  • Fictosophy: "Jedi Coworker." Everyone's had it up to here with Tom's shenanigans. The only one who's okay with it is Shannon, who also happens to be the manager.
  • Jonathan in Board With Life. Not only does he openly deny his geeky tendencies and his friends and is constantly late to the group's game nights, when he finally shows up, he's constantly on his phone, zoned out, or distracted in other ways. And when it's his turn to host the game night, he only wants to play one game, the only one he's good at: Risk. I mean, Risk: Lord Of The Rings.
  • Friendship is Witchcraft:
    • Spike is near-universally loathed, especially by his friends. Twilight outright treats him like a slave, though he seems content enough.
    • Twilight is a less obvious example but she isn't well-liked by her friends. She's a narcissist, has creepy fangirl tendencies, and as the series goes on it becomes more obvious that she is a Villain Protagonist. Celestia in particular finds Twilight both annoying and unnerving.
  • Whateley Universe: Dr. Venus says this to Dr. Macabre as she gave him both barrels in her "The Reason You Suck" Speech. As a Mad Scientist, you know you've screwed the pooch when Professor Guinea Pig says you've gone too far.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius:
    • Jimmy is this through Necessity. His brains and brilliance make him unpopular with the other kids and he gets little to no empathy from his friends when he's made fun of or bullied.
    • Cindy, through Audience Popularity and Proximity. She's a bitch who always makes up excuses for her actions. Libby and Brittany are the only kids who genuinely like her.
    • Sheen constantly annoys everyone with his ramblings about Ultra Lord, low intelligence, annoying shouting and the fact that he can be insensitive. Sure makes you wonder why they don't go looking for him in Planet Sheen.
    Sheen: Hey Bro-bot! If the Junkman turns your parents into gravadiscs, can I have one?
    Jimmy: Sheen!
    Sheen: But they look so cool.
    Bro-bot: [to Carl] I don't like Sheen.
    Carl: Tell me about it.
  • American Dad!: Klaus is often ignored and openly disliked by the Smith family, but they are stuck with him (Proximity and Supervision) due to the CIA turning him into their pet goldfish. Roger has bouts of this due to being a Token Evil Teammate.
  • Archie's Weird Mysteries: Reggie fills this role, being a jerk who mostly looks out for himself. This is even lampshaded in one episode where the gang wonders why they should bother saving him when he's possessed by a ghost. But most episodes show that when the chips are down, Reggie does look out for his friends and family and will save the day when it counts.
  • Arthur has Ladonna Compson. She has a tendency to stretch the truth in a way that makes her the least tolerated kid in Arthur's group. There's an episode about this. Ladonna's case is one of proximity, but it never seems to harm anybody in a situation where people are truly stuck with her, such as in class.
  • The eponymous character of Beetlejuice is a double example. Whether in the Neitherworld or the world of the living, Lydia Deetz is his best friend. At best, the rest of his acquaintances tolerate him; he's even voted the "Most Hated Guy in the Neitherworld" in one episode. Among the living, his Gender Flip human disguise of Betty Juice is disliked by every single one of Lydia's other friends, who put up with "her" for Lydia's sake.
  • Beverly Hills Teens: Alpha Bitch Bianca. How she's friends with anyone is a total mystery. To a lesser extent, Pierce.
  • The Boondocks:
    • Uncle Ruckus, whom everybody (especially Robert) inexplicably tolerates despite being a massive Boomerang Bigot.
    • Tom Dubois to a lesser extent, as his needy and straitlaced tendencies make the Freemans reluctant to deal with him. Even his wife frequently gets annoyed with him.
  • Family Guy:
    • Meg is usually treated as this by the family, depending on the episode.
    • Peter, as his friendships with Joe and Quagmire have been surely diminishing since Cleveland's departure.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • Bloo. Mac (his creator) genuinely likes him; at best the others tolerate him due to Proximity and Supervision. Admittedly, he was more likable and the others enjoyed being with him during the early days before Flanderization occurred.
    • A more extreme example would be Duchess, who is a friend through Proximity (she lives in Foster's).
  • Futurama:
    • Zoidberg, Trope Namer for My Friends... and Zoidberg. He's a friend through Proximity (he works for Planet Express) and all his co-workers are quite verbal in their dislike of him. "A Tip of the Zoidberg" reveals that the Professor genuinely cares for him, which is why he keeps his job despite being a totally incompetent doctor (on humans).
    • Bender is a subversion. Despite being a notorious Jerkass and the Token Evil Teammate, most of his friends seem to like him, all while knowing how evil and rude he is.
  • Hey Arnold!: Helga, because she's a bully. Only Phoebe and Arnold (Depending on the Writer) truly like her. Everyone else tolerates her out of fear (because she'll beat their ass if they piss her off) and/or proximity (she's a classmate and lives in the neighborhood). Audience Popularity also helps, as she's the show's Breakout Character.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: In the series version, none of the teen teachers of the Dragon Academy particularly like Snotlout Jorgenson, thanks to him being a dim-witted, bullying, arrogant, brash, hotheaded, smug pest.
  • Jem: Jetta, to the Misfits. She's constantly lying, is almost always on Roxy's bad side, picks on Stormer, and generally is the Token Evil Teammate in a band predominantly made of jerkass Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Josie and the Pussycats: Alexandra does nothing to help out the gang and deliberately tries to sabotage anything they do when she gets the chance. She's a Proximity example, and a Necessity example to a lesser extent; Alexander is the wealthy manager of the title band, and Alexandra is tolerated basically because she's Alexander's sister and the band members' classmate.
  • Justice League: In the episode "Flash and Substance", it's evident that the other Flash villains reluctantly tolerate Trickster's presence and have absolutely no respect for him. They seem to associate with him out of Pity; while all the other villains chose their particular jobs, the Trickster is only evil because he's insane and no longer taking his medication.
  • Kaeloo: The main four's annoying neighbor, Pretty. Everyone hates her, barring her sister and Kaeloo to some extent.note .
  • King of the Hill:
    • It's been noted on more than one occasion that Hank's friends generally only associate with Peggy because she's Hank's wife: Dale's made it clear several times that he can't stand her.
    • Bill is considered (at best) a nuisance by everyone he knows. Between his disgusting habits, pathetic neediness, frequent Acquired Situational Narcissism, tendency to butt into people's lives, and Stalker With a Crush tendencies to the whole Hill family (especially Peggy), the whole cast openly hates him. The main reason everyone still associates with him is obligation and admiration for the fact that when he was younger Bill was The Ace, and genuinely liked by everyone. That and pity.
    • Bill feels this way towards Dale, who is always insulting him. It comes to a head in one episode where Bill and Dale get into an argument over an empty beer can Dale left on Bill's lawn and refused to pick up. The fight ends with Bill admitting that he hadn't like Dale for years and the only reason he hung out with him was because of Hank and Boomhauer.
    Dale: Then how come last week, you said you were my best friend?
    Bill: I pretended you were Hank when I said it!
    • Dale is often like this as well; he's an unstable paranoid maniac with a very loose grasp of reality. In spite of this, the group tend to hang out with him due to a mixture of Proximity (he lives in their neighborhood), Supervision (Dale is a nutjob with guns but is really only a threat to himself) and Necessity (Dale's lifestyle has given him a very weird collection of skills which the rest of the cast find useful).
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • The fourth season Clip Show "Remembrances" includes a bizarre retelling of the series by Varrick, where all the previous Big Bads form their own Legion of Doom. They repeatedly try to exclude Unalaq, who is described as "boring and unpopular," but he keeps butting in on their meetings. This may count as a Fandom Nod, because while Varrick hated Unalaq, his season was also a Dork Age for the show and he wasn't as complex as most of the others.
    • Varrick was originally a villain and is generally (but not entirely) amoral; he destroyed Asami's company and got Mako thrown in jail for it, after all. On the other hand, even at his worse he was always Affably Evil and generally functions as a cross between a Bunny-Ears Lawyer and Reluctant Mad Scientist, so he's usually tolerated out of Necessity.
    • Season 4 has Prince Wu. Despite being the great-nephew of the much reviled Earth Queen, Wu himself is a very Spoiled Sweet person and genuinely cares about Mako and the gang, calling them the best friends he's ever had. But he's also a huge ditz and a shameless flirt. As a result, the cast can't do more than tolerate him out of Necessity and Supervision. The fact that he seems completely oblivious to how the gang feels about him only makes it worse. However, as he undergoes Character Development and more of his Hidden Depths are shown, the gang quickly realizes that when you put enough pressure on the guy, he will come through.
  • The Looney Tunes Show: Daffy Duck is portrayed as a penniless leech with no stable source of income and mooching off his more sensible roommate Bugs Bunny.
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries: Pigeon. Mike is the only member of the team who likes him.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Post Heel–Face Turn, Discord becomes this in season 4. He and Fluttershy are real friends and she's the only one who can rein him in, but the rest of the Mane cast tolerate him at best (par maybe Pinkie Pie, sometimes) having redeemed him solely for Necessity. He doesn't deserve any better, since he still acts like a Troll around them. As of the season 4 finale, even though it took him a rather harsh way, he became more accepted by the ponies, and as of season 6, he is genuinely liked by the Mane cast and his friendship problems shift to happening between him and other secondary characters.
    • Angel Bunny is treated like this by the other main pets in the series. This is due to Proximity.
  • Scary Godmother: Harry the Werewolf is obnoxious, annoying, selfish, lazy, rarely stops talking, rarely stops eating, and is basically a general nuisance to everyone else.
  • The Smurfs: Brainy Smurf is hugely unpopular amongst the other Smurfs, due to being an arrogant Know-Nothing Know-It-All, and as a running gag he gets tossed out of the village at least Once an Episode. The only Smurf who actually admires Brainy and enjoys his company is Clumsy, but all the others can't stand him most of the time.
  • Sonic SatAM: Antoine, sometimes. While the other Freedom Fighters don't exactly hate him (Sonic might, but that's debatable), he does tend to annoy them at times due to his cowardly and arrogant nature. The fact that he rarely contributes to the team and often screw up doesn't help.
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman, due to Proximity, Seniority, and occasionally Supervision (at least on Kyle's part...). Not only do his three closest "friends" hate him, insult him behind his back, and actively question why they still hang out with him, but the entire fourth grade class hates him almost as much. Even Butters occasionally lets it slip that he doesn't truly like Cartman very much, being friendly to him presumably out of goodwill and fear. The boys are often divided on whatever keeps Cartman a part of their group; Kenny personally explains that he pities Cartman as an unfeeling, horrible person and so allows him to stay because he knows he'll have no other friends otherwise, while Stan and Kyle seem to have no idea. Lampshaded in "Scott Tenorman Must Die":
      Kyle: We just wanna warn you: Eric Cartman, the fourth grader, is goin' to try and trick you somehow into getting your wiener bitten off by a pony who lives at Denkins' ranch.
      Scott: How do you know?
      Kyle: 'Cause we're his friends.
      Scott: Then why are you telling me?
      Kyle: 'Cause we hate him.
    • Stan's diagnosis of cynicism causes him to become this in "You're Getting Old".
    • Craig points out that the whole group are seen like that by the rest of the 4th graders. Technically, they're still friends, but their Weirdness Magnet antics are getting old in the eyes of the rest.
    • Butters, to an extent (or just Depending on the Writer), though in this case it's because he's an overly-cheerful loser. This is especially evident while he was "the new Kenny" and the others constantly abused him. Tweek suffered from this for a while after replacing him. In both cases however, the other boys end up admitting some preference to them over Cartman.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Jar-Jar Binks. Even the people who like him are aware he's a clumsy idiot who is probably going to mess things up. And then there's the Clone Captain assigned as Jar-Jar's bodyguard who finds him completely obnoxious but also useful in a fight, mistakenly believing that Jar-Jar is doing it on purpose. Some fans consider this portrayal as a step up for him compared to the films, as the characters now actually acknowledge that he's a pain to deal with.
  • Star Wars Rebels: Chopper. Despite being oddly lazy for a droid, his skills are very useful. But since he's an asshole (also very unusual for a droid) who's actually sometimes put their lives in danger with his pranks, nobody actually likes him and Hera has to prevent the rest of the crew from dismantling him.
  • Young Justice: Nabu, the real Doctor Fate, who needs a host for him to inhabit. Nobody really likes him because he's no longer willing to release his hosts; even if they're dead, their souls are trapped in the helmet until he gets a new host. Captain Marvel flat out argues for Fate's expulsion from the Justice League at one point, since despite his tactical usefulness, Fate is essentially performing a Demonic Possession on one of their old teammates. Interestingly, Nabu admits that he's mostly hanging out with the League for his own Supervision—his host doesn't trust him, and Nabu apparently feels compelled to prove his trustworthiness.
  • Metalocalypse: William Murderface. Despite being the unlikable sociopath and butt of the joke in the band, Murderface's presence in the group is necessary, as Nathan said that their music sounds too good and too positive, and that's it's missing "something fat and stupid and negativity". Additionally, Nathan mentions later on that he would risk his life to save Murderface in Doomstar Requiem.
  • DuckTales (2017) has two cases of a variation in which the despised individual is hated by their families, rather than their friends:
    • In The Beagle Birthday Massacre, the Beagle Boy clique known as the Tumblebums are Monster Clown-themed and so creepy that the rest of their family wants nothing to do with them; their own mother is heard audibly shuddering in disgust when she welcomes them to her birthday, and their brothers keep speculating that they're adopted, because they don't want to believe they're really related.
    • Word of God asserts that one of the few things that unite the estranged Donald and Scrooge is their mutual disgust for Gladstone Gander, on account of how he shamelessly revels in his ability to coast through life on luck alone. After the events of ''The House of the Lucky Gander', this stems to Huey, Dewey and Louie as well, having learned just how selfish, shallow and self-absorbed their "cool" uncle really is.

Alternative Title(s): The Friend No One Likes