Does anyone ever watch a television program and think to themselves, “Someone really needs to slap that character!”? Wanting to slap someone doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t still love them, but that they need a reality check. Also, wanting to slap someone doesn’t necessarily mean we should slap them – this is all figurative of course, not literal.
Many characters on TV today find themselves worthy of a slap, at least in our opinion here at The Ooo Factor. Some of these characters portray leading roles on some of our very favorite television programs, but we still find ourselves wishing we could jolt them back to reality at times.
Maybe they’re a bit overzealous; maybe they’re a bit narcissistic; maybe they’re a bit dense; or maybe they’re just a bit clueless — regardless, playing a fun game of Slap This TV Character might just be what they need… or better yet, what we need as a viewer to continue on.
Last week we named our first five television characters worthy of a figurative slap. So who else does Tele-Tuesday believe is worthy of a figurative slap?
6. Dr. Gregory House – House
Dr. House is about as narcissistic as they come… He’s always right; always. Even when he’s wrong, does he admit it? Never. He’ll stop at nothing to prove his point and humiliate those around him, those who for whatever reason devote themselves to him. He’s outright mean, callous, vindictive, and ultimately misanthropic; but he’s the best at what he does — head diagnostician at a fictional and prestigious hospital. He has already chased one Dean of Medicine away, and she literally loved him, and now he’s working on number two. His best friend and his team of rotating doctors understand him like no other and constantly try to break through the barriers known as House, but due to the impossibility, it’s more like a game now – House versus everyone else.
7. Serena van der Woodson – Gossip Girl
Talk about Little Miss Entitled. Many may not like the scheming and evil games played by Serena’s best friend, but we personally don’t mind Blair’s tricks here at Tele-Tuesday. We do, however, mind the constant whining of Serena. We actually find ourselves rooting against her when it comes to love. We love that her supposed one true love is now with Blair; Serena deserves that. After all, she slept with Blair’s boyfriend before she skipped town to go to boarding school. While at boarding school, she fell in love with a teacher (which ultimately sent him away to jail for statutory rape or something like that). Since she’s returned to the Upper East Side, Serena is constantly sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong and blowing up carefully laid plans by those who actually know how to play the New York socialite game. And now she’s literally the infamous “Gossip Girl” — what will she blow up next?
8. Dickie Bennett – Justified
And if we’re talking about Little Miss Entitled, we should probably talk about her counterpart — Little Mr. Entitled. But where Serena rules New York’s Upper East Side, Dickie believes he rules Harlan County, Kentucky. Seriously, we all know Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder run Harlan County — Raylan on the right side of the law, Boyd on the not-so-right-side of the law. And we love them both, right? But Dickie? Dickie’s got nothing, yet thinks because his Mamma knew how to run an evil drug empire that he’s entitled and completely trained and worthy of the same power. He’s not. He’s just a weasel that needs the living daylights beat out of him, not just a slap. Maybe Raylan can take a bat to his other knee to even out his limp? Or maybe Boyd can shoot him in the chest with a shotgun to even the playing field for Dickie’s shot on Ava? Either way, someone take this Bennett down…
9. Shawn Spencer – Psych
Shawn may be the most overzealous character on our list, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still love him (unlike Serena and Dickie). However, it does mean we’d like to slap him around from time to time. In his role of playing a psychic detective for the Santa Barbara police, Shawn must put on somewhat of a show, a dramatization, when working a case — like putting his fingers to his head, pretending he’s encountering a psychic vision; or his pretending to see psychic visions instead of admitting he is only using his keen sense of observation to point out something the “real” detectives haven’t yet noticed; or his acting out over-the-top actions, pretending his psychic visions have taken a hold of his physical being. But there are also times when Shawn’s antics take it a bit too far. Shawn has toned it down a bit over the past few years; but when we catch episodes of the earlier seasons, we find ourselves wishing Gus would reach out and slap the silly right out of Shawn.
10. Nancy Botwin – Weeds
Nancy does what she needs to do in order to provide for her sons since her husband’s sudden death – she sells weed. Despite her shenanigans, Nancy truly tries to be the best mother possible to her boys. However, Nancy has the tendency to screw things up and fall for the wrong men: Conrad, her weed-growing partner; Peter, her second husband/FBI agent; and Esteban Reyes, her third husband/Mexican drug cartel crime lord. Because of Nancy’s choices, her family is constantly running, constantly trying to escape her bad decisions. But somewhere along the line, Nancy believes that she is the only one in her family capable of making decisions; she always reminds everyone that she’s the “boss” — boss of the family; boss of the weed-selling business; boss of everything. It’s time to see someone in her family slap some sense into her; the sooner one of the boys stands up to her, the sooner the Botwin family may be able to stop running.
That’s our top ten, again in no particular order other than alphabetized by television show. Adding to our list, we had some great slap-worthy character suggestions by our Ooo Factor readers last week:
Lori Grimes from The Walking Dead
Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami
Cassie Blake from The Secret Circle
Stefen Salvatore from The Vampire Dairies
Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood
Who should we add to this list?
And remember, we’re not condemning these characters — obviously we watch each and every one of these shows, and these characters hold a special place in our hearts for one reason or another. But don’t we all want to slap even those that we love the most every once in a while, figuratively of course?
That’s what we thought…
Do you agree with our choices? Which character/s on television do you wish you could slap, figuratively of course? Does an annoying character stop you from watching a TV series? I’d love to hear from you!