After the poorly-received finale of ‘How I Met Your Mother’, I feel like I’m one of the few remaining loyal fans. (Thanks, Victoria!) But even I have to admit that Ted Mosby is the worst, using “fate” as an excuse for terrible behavior and stupid relationship choices and generally being the worst main character.  Otterdisaster calls HIMYM ‘Friends, only Ross is the main character’, and he’s not entirely wrong, leading to today’s protagonistic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) got pretty tired of self-loathing ‘Flash Season 3’ Barry Allen, too, asking: What otherwise enjoyable show/movie/story has the worst main character?


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  1. I don’t have a definite answer but as far as I have seen, at least half of the sitcoms going on at any given time have terrible main characters. They are usually selfish, unlikable and/or obnoxious in general. Its always the supporting cast that makes any of them watchable.

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