Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: The Worst Lead Character Edition


As a long-term fan of the sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’, I have to admit that one of the major complaints about the show is 100% true: Our protagonist, Ted Mosby, is a card-carrying Jerky Jerkface with a side order of schmuck.  Not withstanding his repeated inability to accept when his paramours turn out to be real people who have their own thoughts and expectations about relationships, he continually shoots himself in the foot by insisting that relationships be “easy” for him while placing undue stress on his partner.  The old married man in me is offended by his inability to compromise, the nerd in me is offended by his pride in alienating other with his weird fixations and my very soul keens that he gave up the lovely Victoria not once, but THREE SEPARATE TIMES, proof in my book of some sort of brain injury.  Ted’s the kind of character who makes you reassess the other central heroes of your fictions, which leads us to today’s encyclo-PAE-dic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has similar issues with Zack Morris, the sociopathic manipulator at the center of ‘Saved By The Bell’, asking: Who is the WORST lead character in all of pop-culture?