Year in Review
Worst Year TV Characters

2016 in Review: Which TV Character Had the Most Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year? Cast Your Vote!

It was a year to remember for many a TV character. Thought for some, the events of 2016 are better forgotten!

Because for every wedding that went off without a hitch, for every childbirth that was a bundle of joy, there were myriad miseries to be foisted up the characters of your favorite shows.

With 2016 drawing to close, TVLine’s Year in Review committee tallied those on the small screen who surely would like to hop aboard the Legends of Tomorrow’s Waverider and travel back in time for a big, fat do-over.

Review our picks (click here for direct access) and vote in the poll at the end for the THREE (3) characters who endured the very, very worst year.

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42 Comments
  1. Gregory House. says:

    Damn…
    A wallet for Christmas?
    That’s horrific.

  2. Hollie says:

    I’d like to write-in vote for Mon-El of Supergirl (who entered the game late but then found out his planet had died, got fired after a day, got kidnapped after finally deciding to be a better person and after that kind of just flitted from near-death experience to near-death experience) and also Melinda May from Agents of SHIELD, (who lost her husband, got infected by a ghost, died and came back to life, thought Coulson had died and then got kidnapped and replaced by a robot.) Honestly it seems like leaving those two out was a bit of an oversight.

  3. ndixit says:

    I love that you guys put Iris buying Barry a wallet for Christmas as part of his misfortunes for which otherwise included watching his parents be murdered, and changing the timeline causing his friends to be angry at him. Made me laugh.

    • Tai says:

      I definitely giggled at that part. But also maybe it was a really good wallet. LOL

      • KT says:

        That was a great item to include. Sees dad die, has to watch his mom die (AGAIN!) and can’t do anything about it, and his girlfriend gets him a wallet. Love it!

      • ndixit says:

        Maybe it was. But seriously, what gf buys her bf a wallet for Christmas. That was probably enough for Barry to make peace with what happens in the future;)

  4. Suso says:

    How could you guys forget Mon El from Supergirl? Between losing his planet and being almost killed in like every episode, life ain’t that great for him right now.

  5. Jared says:

    Poor Barry 😢

  6. Nathan Everett says:

    You should add Wes Gibbons to this

  7. pnr says:

    Felicity Smoak here’s what happened to her:

    – She got shot and paralyzed for a few episodes
    – Her estranged father came back into her and unceremoniously left again
    – Her ex, Cooper, died in front of her eyes
    – She had to make horrendous choice by redirecting a nuke therefore killing thousands
    – Her fiance lied to her about having a kid
    – Her boyfriend was killed by her ex fiance

    I don’t know how she isn’t catatonic. So it’s strange she isn’t in the list…

  8. KayCeeCee says:

    Wow, that was depressing!

  9. loopner says:

    You left out that Claire (Outlander) had to leave her husband and go back to her OTHER husband to save her own life and the life of her unborn child. That part was HUGE and such a heart breaking part of season 2.

    • KT says:

      You beat me to it, loopner! I was wondering why that rather huge part wasn’t included. Leaving Jamie behind to die a horrific death in battle seems to be pretty worthy of “winning” the worse year award (besides losing baby Faith and nearly dying herself, as well as having to have sex with the king of France–gross).

  10. Tim says:

    Rhonda, Barb—anyone who bit the bullet.

  11. gm says:

    Seconding Melinda May’s write-in, and adding one for Mick Rory. Broke up with his criminal husband by betraying the Legends (after a vicious jibe from Rip Hunter), left for dead in the past, “rescued” by Time Masters who put him through decades or centuries of indoctrination to make him Chronos, rescued and rehabilitated by gang only to see best friend die to save him and the universe, spent seventy years at the bottom of New York Harbor in suspended animation, constantly gets called stupid, and is having hallucinations of dead best friend, possibly including suicidal thoughts (all that in addition to his existing mental illness).

  12. Shar says:

    A write -in for Patterson on Blindspot.

  13. AnneK says:

    Can we put the whole cast, showrunners & writers of Castle on this list?

  14. Victoria says:

    Sorry, can’t feel bad for Alex when all of his problems come from him beating the crap out of someone.

  15. Candace says:

    No Poussey?

  16. William says:

    I don’t understand why Frank from HTGAWM was on the list as if he’s meant to be sympathetic… He fully deserved those hardships as Frank literally brought this misery upon himself. Wes, on the other hand, learned that he was a product of rape, witnessed both of his parents die, coerced into shooting his ally, underperformed academically, discovered the truth about his ex’s disappearance, and wound up murdered just as he found happiness. Now THAT’S a sad life.

  17. Kevin says:

    What happened to characters from daytime soaps who had an awful 2016?

  18. Sam says:

    Add to Alex (Grey’s Anatomy) – proposed twice to his girlfriend of several years and was rejected both times. Got dumped by said girlfriend and later found out she was already married the entire time they were together.

  19. Bwhit says:

    Hayley from the Originals… husband is murdered in front of her, only family she knows falls and now she has to find two cures for three sick sleeping vampires and an antidote for one poisoned witch. All while raising her daughter and hoping her baby daddy isn’t murdered by his former surrogate son.

  20. steven says:

    Jim Gordon would be good too. He was framed for murdering a fellow officer, broke up with Lee, while she lost their baby, he also had to deal with her being engaged to Mario. Plus, Tetch shot Valerie and she broke up with him while recovering, and he also failed to get Lee back and failed to convince her that Mario was infected with Alice’s blood.

  21. Angela says:

    I’d say Hotch from “Criminal Minds” has had a rather rough year. Got arrested by SWAT in his home (in front of his son, no less), was interrogated by the Department of Justice, found out Mr. Scratch was targeting him and his son, and he and his son ultimately had to go into Witness Protection as a result.

    And then there’s everything with Reid and his mom (bad enough she’s got schizophrenia, now she’s struggling with dementia), and Morgan was held captive and tortured by a group of hit men.

  22. Dani says:

    Barry was the one who broke my heart the most. I second the inclusion of Melinda May from Agents of SHIELD, Mon-El from Supergirl (seriously, that guy is one the unluckiest characters I have seen), Jake Riley and Katie Frank from Contaiment, they got stuck in a city during a virus outbreak, fell in love and then she died from said virus in his arms, leaving her son parentless, heck pretty much every character from Contaiment had an awful year. The entire Mikaelson family from The Originals had an awful year, Lydia Martin from Teen Wolf, was left catatonic by power hungry and pretty much sociopathic werewolf and her mom send her to a mental hospital without being crazy and finally, Rafael Solano from Jane the Virgin, that guy can never catch a break.

    • Hollie says:

      You’re so right! I wasn’t even going to mention Containment because you can’t choose just one person who had a bad year; everyone’s lives on that show were messed up.

  23. Emily says:

    Sara Lance

    Sister was murdered. Almost boyfriend died. Boss disappears forcing her to lead the ragtag team of misfits. Sister’s killer keeps showing up, but she can’t kill him due to the timeline. Now her sister’s killer (Darhk) has teamed up with her own killer (Merlyn).

  24. What about poor Petra (Jane the Virgin)? Gets paralysed by her twin to enable a body swap?

  25. Marco Piazzo says:

    Bojack Horseman, just for the fact that he’s the main culprit for his own misery but he’s tragically powerless to stop himself (not to mention the universe he lives in seems to be hellbent on keeping him that way).

  26. Huh says:

    I’m surprised Karev got so many votes considering he did most of it to himself. It’s kinda hard for me to feel sorry for people who are simply victims of karma.

  27. Definitely Taylor from American Crime. In the end he was suicidal.

  28. maregolden says:

    Matt Casey, because the writers forced him to marry the spoiled and annoying Gabby Dawson.

  29. Bob says:

    What about eric from secrets and lies? His wife dies and the whole time he thought his laywer sister was trying to help him, she was the one who went in a rage and killed his wife after accidently finding out her sister in law was pregnant (without trying) when she has been dealing with fertility issues. Then finding all the secrets his family had such as his father living a double life, his brother’s drinking problem and etc. This all occurring within a month. Lol

  30. Ashbash says:

    Rick Grimes should be on here
    -had to watch his girlfriend and her son get eaten alive by zombies
    -had to chop off said girlfriends arm to save his son
    -son gets shot and loses his eye
    -master plan to fight back against savior a blows up in his face and gets him and his crew held hostage
    -had to watch both Glen and Abraham get their heads bashed in by Negan
    -has to now report to Negan

    Rick literally had a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad 2016. Getting his head bashed in would have probably of been better