I may go off on a few of these.
1. Tamlin / Rhys from the Court Of series.
HEAR ME OUT
Tamlin, obviously is a controlling and brutish mess who deserves to die in a gruesome way.
Rhys is charming, charismatic and lovely – until he gets fucking jealous and posessive as well in the third book and the novella which (augh) came out.
The signs are there for both of these men, and while Tamlin is no doubt the worst of them, Rhys isn’t that much better if you look deeper in later novels.
2. Mal (whatever his last name is, i dunno and to be frank – do not care) from the Grisha series
But also his behaviour in book 2 was the shittiest, stompiest crap I’ve seen. He said he loved Alina, and yet he went off flirting and kissing other women as soon as he felt left out because she was going through a tough time, and then had the gall to be offended when Alina flirted with the ever-handsome, Beautiful Book Husband Nikolai.
He was just a mess. I didn’t like him at all, and I didn’t like that ending with him.
I don’t know what even ZOYA saw in him for a one time thing, beacuse she can do miles better.
3. Jessica Bertram and Richard Mayhew in Neverwhere
These two are as bad as each other – she’s up herself, neurotic and controlling, and to be honest Richard doesn’t have a spine, he just flops about without any cause until Door shows up who gives him a purpose in his life.
4. Serena in Vicious
Eli and Serena… well. Serena obviously would have been difficult to break up with, being that she could control people with a word and stop them doing things, but that is precisely why I would have said no thanks.
5. Eizabeth Keene in Blacklist
Elizabeth is…. maybe one of the most inconsistent, unlikable, stroppy, backflippingly emotional range of a gnat’s penis of a character I’ve seen on TV.
Every episode it’s like she switches from one endgame to the next, I love him, hate him, suspicious of him, respect him, “I want to know the truth!” *then suddenly doesnt*
This has happened every single series with her spy husband Tom Keene, and has continued after his death.
I hate her. With a passion. Elizabeth is meant to be a doting new mum, who faked her OWN death to get away from her criminal mastermind father, yet after her hubbo died she left her baby with the mother in law, whom neither of them knew very well – because she’s also a sodding semi-criminal – and then flounced off to get revenge on the father who might not be her father but she loves him but maybe she doesn’t and oh christ on a bike
Even Liz’s husband got this treatment from her, back in the early seasons, and I have no idea why anyone, anywhere, respects her or likes her at all.
WRITE BETTER WOMEN, TV PEOPLE.
WRITE. BETTER. WOMEN.
(Honorable mentions: Ross Geller, Nick from Gone Girl, Rishi out of Dimple Met Rishi)