Making decisions isn’t an easy task. You have to take into account your own abilities and limitations, the enemy’s strengths, the resources available to you, and the casualties that can occur if you slip up or fail.
It’s a game of checks and balances and sometimes, despite their best intentions, our favorite TV characters muck it all up and end up making the worst decisions ever!
It’s especially true, with twice as many consequences, if you’re the hero of the story.
Without further adieu, here are 11 TV characters who make the absolute worst decisions!
1. Oliver Queen, Arrow
Oliver Queen is the King of bad decisions, from the whole, “I can’t be the Arrow and Oliver Queen,” to “I’ll just stay here with the League of Assassins,” and “I’ll lie to my fiancée about my secret love child,” he’s never been one to make the right choice.
It’s just that now he’s gotten hypocritical about it. And there’s nothing worse than a “hero” who makes the wrong choices and doesn’t even realize it.
2. Clarke Griffin, The 100
Having good intentions doesn’t stop you from making bad decisions. At the end of the day, Clarke will decide to do whatever it takes to protect her people, even if that means killing innocents or forcing someone to do something against their will.
The fact that she’s the lead, and heroine of this show, makes it easy for fans to wave off her horrible decisions as things that need to be done for the greater good, but it still remains that she’s horrible at making decisions.
3. Piper Chapman, Orange is the New Black
And the least liked character on her own show is Piper Chapman! She constantly makes self-serving decisions on Orange is the New Black because she doesn’t understand that she’s not the center of the universe. Bad decisions and the rush of power even led this leading lady to start her own white-power group.
By the time she gets out of Lichfield, there’s no telling what kind of woman we’ll be left with or if we’ll even care.
4. Rumplestiltskin, Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time’s Rumplestiltskin always looks out for number one: himself! Power is the most important thing in his life, and though he’s had chance after chance to turn over a new leaf and to be happy with Belle, he’s never, ever chosen anything but his own selfish desires.
He can say he does it to protect Belle, and now their kid, but after a point, you just have to call BS on every single decision of his. Rumple only loves himself, and that’s never going to change.
5. Rebecca Bunch, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
If Oliver Queen is the King of bad decisions, then Rebecca Bunch on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the Queen. She lets her heart lead her where ever it wants to hide the fact that she needs healing and copious amounts of therapy. It’s a coping mechanism.
Now that Josh Chan *spoiler* left her to become a priest, there’s no telling what bad/rash decisions she’ll make next in her need to get revenge.
6. Mr. Poe, A Series of Unfortunate Events
This banker continuously put the lives of the Beudelaire children in trouble. He lent an understanding hand a couple of times, but his decisions ultimately made it easier for Count Olaf to get to them and harder for the Beudelaire’s to have any semblance of control.
Mr. Poe’s ignorance made him the real villain of this story.