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"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 or more of the following explanations:

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  1. Seniority—The group has known this person for a long time. They might have even genuinely liked him or her at one point, but things happened over the years (such as personal development on either side) that resulted in this member no longer fitting in. However, the group keeps them around anyway due to either obligation, loyalty or familiarity.
  2. Proximity—They're neighbors, classmates, family members, coworkers or spouses/partners and the group simply can't be rid of them. So they might as well tolerate the nuisance to the best of their abilities in order to keep peace.
  3. Necessity—They're worth keeping around because they're useful, can provide something no one else can, or they are the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder or the Team Mom/Team Dad that holds the clique together in times of crisis.
  4. Control—Someone with power over the group (parents, teachers, bosses, or the (un)official leader.) is forcing them to include this person, who is likely a spouse/partner or relative to said higher power.
  5. Fear—The last thing you want to do is piss this person off by telling them they can't join in. Similar to this is Goodwill in which the others will allow the disliked "friend" to tag along not necessarily because they're afraid of his or her wrath, but because they are too nice to tell them to sod off.
  6. Pity—They're such a completely pathetic loser, the group just can't bring themselves to kick them to the curb. The group might even keep them around because they are pathetic since hanging out with the loser makes everyone else feel better about themselves.
  7. Audience Popularity—Sometimes a jerkish Ensemble Dark Horse will start hanging around the group just to feature them more prominently.
  8. Supervision—The disliked character is too dangerous or irresponsible to be left to their own devices.
  9. CaringDeep down, the group (or at least one member) really does care (or the disliked character cares about them), and the issues all boil down to difficult behaviour. Even the closest of friends fight with each other from time to time, but at the end of the day, they are still True Companions.
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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 often 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 or a Hidden Heart of Gold).

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This is Truth in Television. Chances are you have a "friend" like this (or multiple "friends"), or you may even be that "friend" yourself.

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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    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 (Namor being one of the few WW 2 allies of Cap who's survived into the modern era), 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. (The version of Wolverine in the Ultimate Universe was even less popular, because the Ultimate Universe's Darker and Edgier approach meant that Ultimate Wolvie was even more of an asshole.)
    • For the villains, nobody really likes Boomerang. Even with the usual pack of no-hopers who make up the lower echelons of Marvel's Rogues Gallery, Boomerang goes further than most by being a selfish, cowardly, backstabbing asshole with an ego visible from space but basically nothing in the way of achievements to back that up.
    • Red Skull's popularity among the other villains makes Boomerang look like Mister Rogers. Red Skull is a die-hard Nazi (being Hitler's right-hand man) and still maintains a fanatical belief in Nazism, which means virtually every villain despises him. Nobody except Crossbones (another Nazi) likes him; even The Joker turned on him in a crossover when he realised that the Nazi uniform was intended to be taken seriously. The Skull is particularly disliked by Magneto (a Jewish mutant whose backstory heavily features time in a concentration camp) and Doctor Doom (a man of Roma descent who takes nearly everything very personally), and because Magneto is particularly influential among villainous mutants and Doom is...well, Doom, this tends to drag his reputation down among everyone else. Not even Kingpin wants to do anything with him (American capitalism clashes against Nazism as both would tell you). He's rarely ever involved in villain team-ups because the partnerships almost always conclude with his newfound allies trying to kill him. One of the few times he did join a Legion of Doom, in one of Loki's all too common off days, 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. It doesn't help that even those whose attempts to reform were genuine often get stuck in the Heel–Face Revolving Door. 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.
    • In Rainbow Rowell's Runaways, Chase is obviously this to Gert despite saving her. Then in issue 6, even the narrator calls him the lamest Runaway (they keep him because he has a car.)
    • Ultimate FF: When they won, Reed wanted to hug everyone in celebration. Coulson stepped back in horror.
  • From DC Comics:
    • Batman for the Justice League. Pretty antisocial and a Jerkass, but he's one of the greatest heroes ever and the other 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.
    • When it's not Batman (and even Bruce often barely tolerates him), it's Green Arrow. While few can debate that Ollie generally tries and usually manages to do the right thing, no one can overlook his arrogance, obnoxious moral grandstanding and virtue signaling, habitual all take and no give interactional dynamics with most of the people in his life, and general disingenuousness, and that's without getting into his incessant philandering and truly pathetic record as a parent. It's no accident that most of his allies just kind of tolerate him even on his good days, and there's also a reason why he never really goes for any length of time without someone calling him out on his bullshit.
    • 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 more preferable to have him on your side rather than having him pissed off at you for not inviting him. Interestingly enough, despite both of them backstabbing one another, Lex and Joker team up often and seem to enjoy another's company.
    • 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.
    • Watchmen
      • None of the major characters particularly like Rorschach. Even Dan Dreiberg, the only one willing to describe him as a friend, has a lengthy list of grievances with the sexist, homophobic, hypocritical asshole who keeps breaking open the locks on his house in order to come in. He's mostly tolerated because part of Watchmen's point about costumed vigilantes is that you'd have to be pretty messed up to be one; they genuinely don't have anyone but each other.
      • In Before Watchmen: Minutemen, none of the Minutemen particularly like the Comedian, even before he tries to rape Sally Jupiter, but there aren't enough other costumed heroes around for them to be picky.
  • 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 of the group who fully likes him (without ever badmouthing him) and she has Stalker with a Crush tendencies.
      • The main reasons seems to be Seniority and because he holds them together. 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.
      • However, it's clear that they do care for Scott and he for them; one could say their snark and exasperation is a form of Tough Love.
  • Fucking Tara from The Wicked + The Divine isn't very popular amongst her fellow gods. Or her fans. Or anybody.
  • Archie Comics:
    • Reggie 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.
    • Ethel is normally mocked by most of the other characters but is usually present, especially if there's a large group at a party or other social gathering.
  • 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.
  • In The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, there are maybe three people on the Lost Light who like Whirl. At one point, Swerve threw a costume party with the theme "People You'd Like To Punch"; Rodimus describes himself as 'a lone Megatron in a sea of Whirls'. Megatron is also not exactly popular when he joins, for multiple obvious reasons.

    Fan Works 
  • Ron is this in Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. Harry keeps thinking mean things about him, such as "Ron's Ron shirt was just as bad as Ron himself".
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    • Sherman 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.
    • Ironically, the latter is this as well, being a very annoying prankster.
  • 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. They're all cases of Proximity, since they don't have any choice in the matter, though.
  • 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 Sensha-do!, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • In Ghosts of the Future, Metal Sonic joins up with the heroes and is immediately relegated to this role. Since he was previously being controlled by the Big Bad, crippled Silver's little sister during that time, and was a supervillain even before all that, their distrust and scorn isn't surprising. Even Metal himself never faults them for hating him. The only exceptions to this are Sicily (who becomes best friends with him) and Sonic (who used to hate him, but reconsiders after seeing him acting selflessly).
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines:
    • Ash's Pokédex of all things, is this to Ash and the rest of his group. With its Insufferable Genius and Deadpan Snarker tendencies, Ash and the others never miss the chance to voice their annoyance at it.
    • A more serious example is Red's Clefairy, whose Ax-Crazy personality makes it that none of Red's Pokémon are able to tolerate its presence, except his Pikachu and Charizard.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: 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.
  • Mr and Mrs Gold: Due to her ambiguous alliance and the incident involving Cinderella, Belle decided not to attend Snow White’s baby shower, sending her gift by mail and appearing after everybody else left.
  • Where Talent Goes To Die, being a Danganronpa fic, has a few examples. Like Danganronpa, they're cases of Proximity,
    • Shiro Kurogane, the Ultimate Shogi Player. He bears a grudge against the protagonist, Kaori Miura, for defeating him in a shogi match by virtue of her beginner's luck, and repeatedly antagonizes her, even when she tries to apologize. Virtually no one who spends much time interacting with him has a positive opinion of him, and when Sakuragi murders him in order to frame Miura and graduate, most of the cast is more focused on finding the killer to stay alive than mourning his death.
    • Sora Hoshino, the Ultimate Astronomer, is brutally honest, and doesn't hesitate to say what's on his mind, regardless of how offensive it may be, resulting in him frequently butting heads with Reiko Mitamura, and virtually anyone else who disagrees with him on any point.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Katsuki Bakugou is still this. Everyone is flabbergasted at Izuku's ability to treat him kindly despite the horrendous bullying and abuse he piled on him all the way up to the point that they both entered Beacon. Shouto and Ren tolerate and snark at Katsuki, while Yang, Pyrrha, and Nora are all tempted to beat the crap out of him for his treatment of Izuku and Ruby. In time, several heapings of Humble Pie and Laser-Guided Karma start to mellow him out, and Ruby can usually hold a half-decent conversation with him after taking Izuku's and Mitsuki's advice on how to handle him.
  • In Prodigal Son, despite being the new heir of the Hairy Hooligans - being the typical viking the tribe wanted to be Stoick's successor - Snotlout's Know-Nothing Know-It-All Narcissism has caused everyone to lose all confidence in him, usually trying to ignore him or keep him busy.
  • Olrox from Joys of the Parenthood - The Țepeș Edition is the one most prone to issue complaints to Dracula for one reason or another. When he brings up Adrien's "antics" in the castle and calls them a problem, no one else in the council backs him up, a few even requesting play-time with the young prince.

    Films — Animated 
  • Exploited in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks. Ex-Big Bad Sunset Shimmer considers herself to be this among the Rainbooms, who are the only people willing to interact with her after the previous movie, since the rest of Canterlot High School still hates her guts. When the Dazzlings infect the school with a Hate Plague through Mind-Control Music, they taunt Sunset about her past as the Alpha Bitch of Canterlot High, preventing Sunset from speaking up about what she knows of 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 is a fairly unpleasant individual who kisses up to the school staff and mocks people behind their backs. 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.
  • Hedda Hopper, as played by Helen Mirren, is a Type-5 one of these. She's an utter Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, and everyone hates her for her Affably Evil narcissism and holier-than-thou attitude, but because she's also one of the most famous gossip columnists in Hollywood who can ruin lives with a single article, no one wants to piss her off, not even the big-time studio execs like Louis B. Mayer.
  • 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.
  • Star Wars
    • Anakin Skywalker is shown to be widely disliked and/or distrusted within the Jedi Council (and wisely so in hindsight), especially by Mace Windu. He does have better interactions with lower-level Jedi, his clone troopers (and stormtroopers as Vader), Padme, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan (after Attack of the Clones at least). Until he turns to the dark side, with this trope being part of the reason why he would end up turning. Even after Anakin becomes Darth Vader, he remains this trope among Imperial forces who tolerate him solely out of fear, necessity or in Tarkin's case, begrudging respect. Palpatine holds a small quantity of affection for the fallen Skywalker, but being pure evil, he doesn't truly care about Anakin and is more than willing to cast him aside if he can find a stronger apprentice.
    • C-3PO in the original trilogy. Han, Leia and Chewy find him to be annoying and insufferable and R2-D2 belittles and bullies him most of the time (though to say they are True Companions is an understatement). Luke Skywalker is the only member of the group that 3PO has a friendly relationship with most of the time, and even Luke loses patience with him sometimes.
  • 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 that other people can't.
  • Richie Tozier seems to be this in It (2017). His friends always leave him as a lookout when they're doing something important, and they tell him to shut up all the time, due to his trashmouth. But deep down he's really a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and does have an Undying Loyalty towards all of his friends.
  • Deadpool 2: Wade lampshades that none of the big-name X-Men ever seem to be around. While the out of universe reason (which Wade points out) is that the studio didn't have the money, in-universe it seems they're all intentionally avoiding him for being an annoying, murderous Anti-Hero. The main cast can be briefly seen for a few seconds... and they quickly close the door before Wade notices them.
  • In Happy Birthday to Me, Alfred is one of the Cameron Top Ten, but nobody in the Ten actually seems to like him; Ginny and Ann show him pity and the others play pranks on him.

    Literature 
  • 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 respect him even less 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. This is part of why he can so easily rejoin the Death Eaters; his reputation for being unpopular with Dumbledore's allies is so well-known that nobody questions it.
      Lupin: It all comes down to trust. I trust Dumbledore, and Dumbledore trusts Snape, therefore I trust Snape.
    • Zacharias Smith is part of the Dumbledore's Army, but the only reason he was invited was because he overheard Hermione telling Hannah Abbott and Ernie Macmillan about the first meeting. During the meetings, all he ever does is whine and complain about Harry's lessons and Hermione's organizational skills. Understandably, everyone gets really sick of him.
  • 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.
  • In Vampiros do Rio Douro, the Seven get along with each other just fine... Except with Sétimo. They are scared shitless of him because he was the one they sacrificed to the Devil to become vampires, but he rose as one too being the strongest, most dangerous and capable of withstanding the sun. The one who fears him the least is Gentil, but that is because Sétimo was his biological brother when they were humans.
  • P. G. Wodehouse's Ukridge infuriates everyone on a regular basis, but somehow still manages to bounce back. People like Corky and George Tupper do seem to be genuinely fond of him, but that doesn't mean that their backlog of exasperation about him can't boil over from time to time.

    Podcasts 
  • S-Town: Discussed in regards with John B's social life. John B claims that all his friends are dead. He is also something of an outsider, being a fiercely intelligent and educated man with an interest in some very obscure topics who lives in rural Alabama. He mostly hangs out with local ne'er-do-wells, but is significantly older than them, has a very different world view and has a tendency to go off on long-winded rambles on whatever catches his ire that day. The ne'er-do-wells, on the other hand, admire his skills with practical chemistry and metalwork and humor him in his intellectual musings, but think he is weird and kind of creepy. They are very quick to squash any idea that they don't like John, but are equally quick to point out that when it comes to socialising with him "a little goes a long way".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • El Satánico Dr. No is one of the least popular luchadors of CMLL, among the other luchadors of CMLL. Los Sicarios del Ring Averno and Mephisto never fulling recovered from the brainwashing he subjected them to but nonetheless it did not take long for them to turn on him and follow their own agenda. Rey Bucanero and Ultimo Guerrero kicked Satánico out of Los Nuevos Infernales, which he was largely responsible for the existence of.
  • Michael Cole was this for the announcer team during his heel run in WWE.
  • Holidead was this in World Wonder Ring STARDOM. Her debut match saw her own Tag Team partner and the opposing team, who were members of her own Power Stable, joining forces to kick her ass before Alex Lee realized she would be losing too. And Act Yasukawa's Bad Boss tendencies aside, Oedo~tai are otherwise True Companions most of the time. However, during outside STARDOM excursions Holidead would establish a friendship, if a somewhat vitriolic one, with Thunder Rosa, and they seemed to bond with La Rosa Negra when they took her on as a manager.
  • Byron Saxton is this among announcers when Cole is not. Every broadcast partner he has, Cole included, makes jokes at his expense and not the light-hearted kind either.

    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.
  • Warhammer 40,000
    • In 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, with only Fulgrim and Horus himself really being well-liked. 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.
    • A chapter with no warm will among others are the Marines Malevolent. Notorious among Astartes chapters for their callous disregard for civilian life, and general asshole nature.
  • 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.
  • The Court of Mirrors in Princess: The Hopeful are this to the Radiant Courts. Unlike the other Twilight Courts the court of Mirrors are merely narcissistic and solipsistic. Thus they are the easiest Twilight Court from the Radiant Courts to work with, however it's clear that the Radiant find the Court of Mirrors to be very very annoying.
  • Among the Pentacle in Mage: The Awakening, the Guardians of the Veil and the Free Council are the most disliked. The Guardians of the Veil are the Secret Police of mages, working to contain knowledge that's too dangerous and willing to go to great lengths to do so, while the Free Council are radicals who reject the Diamond Orders' fixation on Atlantis, belief in hierarchy and subtle disdain for Sleepers. Naturally, their vastly different belief systems lead to the two least popular orders not really getting along with each other, either.

    Theatre 
  • 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.
  • Jersey Boys: Tommy DeVito falls under the "Necessity" category as nobody can stand his jerkass attitude and illicit habits, but he's good at getting things done.

    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.
  • Danganronpa now has its own page.

     Web Animation 
  • Teen Girl Squad:
    • What's Her Face in 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. 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.
      What's Her Face: Can I not get stuck playing bass?
      Other Girls: NO WAY!
    • 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 What's 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.
  • Red vs. Blue Considering the cast is a huge case of Dysfunction Junction, this show has quite a few examples:
    • Grif is this for Red Team. He's a lazy slacker, a coward, and a complete slob (and proud of it), who is despised by Sarge so much, the latter often tries to get Grif killed to get him off his hands, openly bemoans his survival, and abuses him whenever he gets a chance, note  and seems to be mostly just tolerated by the rest of the cast members, with only his (maybe) Heterosexual Life-Partners Simmons spending time with him on a regular basis, but even then, they spend most of their time together bickering.
    • Sarge himself could qualify, considering his Cloud Cuckoo Lander and Ax-Crazy tendincies make dealing with him a hassle for most of the cast. Plus, despite being the leader of one of the teams, the only one that seems to respect his authority is Simmons note , who is a well known kiss-ass who's made it clear that he's desperate for some sort of surrogate father-son relationship with Sarge, and even he gets exasperated with Sarge from time to time.
    • Caboose is this to Blue Team, though a lesser extent than the above. He's the biggest idiot and Cloud Cuckoo Lander on either team, (and that's saying something) who, while he has his moments, is often The Load to Blue Team and Red Team when they work together who, especially in the early seasons, will openly state their contempt for him. Though that said, it has been shown on rare occasions that they have a soft spot for him deep down.
    • Tex. No one on either team seems to have any amount of fondness for her, except her ex-boyfriend Church, but even then, saying their relationship is strained would be very generous. The only reason the others seem to put up with her, is because she's one of the most capable badasses in the series and because they're afraid of her.
    • Doc, the friendly but highly incompetent medic, who is openly belittled by the rest of the cast, who often ditch him without a care.
    • Inverted with Lopez, who after Sarge and the rest of Red Team became a Broken Pedestal for him, has expressed nothing but open contempt for both teams and has no hesitations about insulting them to their faces. (Not that they can understand him, as Lopez can only speak Spanish.) Ironically, he seems to be the only cast member that no one else has any particular distaste for.
  • Girl-chan and Swirly Glasses in Girlchan 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.
  • Dreamscape: Nik for Jenna and Aseir. Although its more that Jenna and Aseir are abrasive themselves, rather than anything Nik is doing wrong. That being said, he does love provoking them.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Dave is The Bully of the group, so naturally nobody is fond of him. The feeling is very much mutual, though.

    Webcomics 
  • Walkyverse:
    • Mike from the 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. This is actually an important plot point, as Belkar gradually builds a slightly more respectful relationship with Vaarsuvius and the rest of the team 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).
  • 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.
  • General Protection Fault has Trent. Virtually everyone in the eponymous company dislikes him for trying to kill Dwayne with a safe in order to frame his ex-girlfriend Trudy, and the few people who don't dislike him at that point (e.g. Sharon, who'd barely even met him when he got hired), soon realize that he's an arrogant Jerk Ass who's purely out for himself. His feud with Fred gets bad enough that the two threaten to sue each other, and Trent tries to kill Fred with cleaning fluid. He's a Necessity example, since the company needs a marketing person... at least until Dwayne gets fed up and fires him.
  • Never Satisfied has Lucy and Sylas, for different reasons:
    • Lucy puts up a superior act to hide their feelings of inadequacy, and most of the competitors don't read too deeply into it. Only Broom Girl and Philomena make (unsuccessful) attempts to reach out to and connect with them.
    • Sylas is autistic, and the other competitors shun him for being emotional (January calls him "Crylas"), awkward, and nebulously "weird". January goes as far to assume that Seiji feels the same way, saying outright she believes he only hangs out with him as a joke. He takes this very poorly.

    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.
  • 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.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Yamcha 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 Danganronpa 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).
  • 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.
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • Rainbow Dash, being an annoying, idiotic, crazy, Jerk Ass, with No Social Skills is on a good day tolerated by the rest of the cast, any other, they openly hate and abuse her.
    • Twilight Sparkle is barley treated better than Rainbow, if at all by the rest of Equestria. But unlike Rainbow, while Twilight does have plenty of flaws (she can be Jerk Ass to the others, she's a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, she mistreats her son/slave Spike, and she has an egonote ) she's also the only one that regularly tries help and does occasionally save the day, making her mistreatment by the rest of Equestria seem comparably undeserved.
  • The Onion once had an article implying this about a man who was considered the "funny" guy in their group of friends, even to the point where he not only was totally insensitive to his friends' feelings and was more than willing to kick them while they were down, but unwilling to allow for any details from his life to ever come off, save for one that the friend telling the story had only heard about: that he was getting divorced for the second time.

Alternative Title(s): The Friend No One Likes

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