In every movie and television show, the primary protagonist is going to need a little help overcoming that little hurdle we like to call the "plot." Whether he's fighting zombies or trying to score a date with the girl of his dreams, he's going to have obstacles in his way and he'll need all the backup he can, typically in the form of a best friend. Well, we know we're going to ruffle some feathers here, but sometimes those friends kind of suck.
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By Jeff Kelly
10. Dewey Finn (School of Rock)
As it turns out, sometimes it's the protagonist himself who sucks at being a friend, as is the case with Dewey Finn. Now by the end of the film School of Rock, Dewey has redeemed himself to an extent and is on his way to becoming a responsible adult, but for most of the movie he's a selfish freeloader who mooches off of his best friend and roommate, openly hates his roommate's girlfriend, and, oh yeah, assumes his friend's identity in order to make money all while, let's face it, completely ruining any chance a bunch of kids have to actually learn anything. Rock and roll is fun and all, but something tells us that taking an entire semester off from actual academic learning might not have been the best thing for those kids down the road.
9. Moe Syzslak (The Simpsons)
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Anytime one of your supposed "best friends" tries to cozy up to your wife, you have to seriously reconsider why the hell you're friends with that person in the first place. In Moe's case, he tried repeatedly to pry "Midge" away from Homer Simpson. Heck, even in the last Treehouse of Horrors special, Moe actually wrote a musical that was all about accidentally killing Homer and trying to steal Marge. On top of that, when Homer invented a great new drink, Moe stole the recipe, dubbed it the "Flaming Moe," made a fortune, and didn't give his buddy any of the credit. Yet after all these years Homer still calls Moe a friend. It probably helps his cause that he's the guy who gets Homer loaded so often.
8. Ralph Kramden (The Honeymooners)
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We're not quite sure who Ralph Kramden is worse to: his best friend or his wife, who really could've done better. Ralph Kramden is the original television lout, yet for some reason he never wound up divorced and his best friend Ed Norton stuck by his side through every insult and smack to the back of the head, probably because, well, Ed was a bit of a dope who probably took those things as a sign of affection. Ralph is another one of those protagonists who, when you get right down to it, is actually kind of a dick. We're all for supporting the antihero, but that typically doesn't mean rooting for a guy who threatens his wife and verbally abuses his best friend. But then, the '50s were a simpler time, weren't they?
7. Mark (Garden State)
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When Zach Braff's character returns home to New Jersey for his mother's funeral, he bumps into his old friend Mark pretty early in the trip. Mark, it seems, works at the cemetery. Oh, and he steals stuff right off the corpses (giving "graverobber" a whole new meaning). You can probably see where this is going, and why Mark is such a shady friend. If you haven't seen the movie but you guessed that among the coffins Mark has robbed, Braff's mom's is included, well you win a cookie. There is really only one reason that Mark is not higher up on this list, and that's because most of the shady crap he does throughout the movie is in order to retrieve one of the items he stole from Braff's mom's dead body to return to him. Still, we're not sure we could let the fact that he stole it in the first place slide quite so easily.
6. Todd Packer (The Office)
When it comes to the American version of The Office, there are several people you can point at as being bad friends, from Michael Scott to Dwight Schrute to Ryan Howard. However, none come close to comparing to Todd Packer, the guy Michael came up in the business world with and still idolizes despite the fact that he's one of the most obnoxious douchebags to ever grace the Scranton, Pennsylvania area. How bad of a friend is Todd Packer? Well, just ask yourself: if your friend broke into your office and took a giant steaming dump in the middle of the floor, would you consider that person a friend the next day? Yeah, neither would we.