The 11 Worst Grey's Anatomy Characters

The 11 Worst Grey's Anatomy Characters


The summer before my junior year of high school, I spent it in my pajamas, on the couch watching every episode of Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning. Since then, I’ve pretty much been a loyal fan, which has only been made worse by all the seasons being on Netflix. Fans have seen a lot of characters come and go, many of my personal favorites being the ones to go. (Thanks Shonda!) So I’ve decided to look back at all the main characters and compose a list of the 11 I’ve hated the most.

11. Izzie Stevens

From using her cancer as an excuse to get what she wanted, to encouraging George to destroy his marriage, to being too emotionally involved with her patients and pushy, to not be willing to be a teacher in a teaching hospital. The only good thing to come from her character was the smooth talking, handsome, tugs on your heart strings Denny, who’s death was easily one of the saddest. Needless to say, Dr. Model has not been missed since her departure.

10. April Kepner

She instantly got on my nerves when Seattle Grace merged with Mercy West and she showed up. Her annoyingly perky personality and inability to shut the hell up rubbed some the wrong way, so it was a relief when she was fired for the incident in the ER. As time has gone on, her personality has tamed down and she’s become easier to like. But the persistent blaming of Jackson for breaking her promise to God, to her standing Matthew up at the alter, to ultimately filing a restraining order against Jackson and all their relationship woes. Here’s hoping the additional seasons helps to realign her personality and priorities.

9. Shane Ross

Shane has got to be one of the whiniest characters on the show. I don’t know what’s going on with him, but his depressive personality and fawning over inappropriate people (Stephanie, Cristina) is pathetic. His desperate attempt to be Derek Shepherd 2.0 was just plain embarrassing to watch, only to throw Derek and neuro to the curb when he decides he’s in love with Cristina and cardio. As sad as it was to see Cristina leave for Switzerland, I’m thankful that she took Shane with!

8. Charles Percy

The batch of Mercy Wester’s that the show focused on where overall pretty sucky. What kind of guy shows up to his new job site thinking he’s king of the world by manipulating others and referring to them as his surgical bitch, a la Izzie. He wasn’t on the show for very long, thank god, but his ogre like personality and demeanor hasn’t been missed. I hope Reed’s rejecting him in heaven.

7. Teddy Altman

Like Izzie, the only positive thing that came from Teddy’s time on the show was the good looking, hilarious and tragic untimely death of Henry Burton. Her pathetic fawning over Owen, despite the fact that he was with Cristina was embarrassing. Not to mention the fact that she took out her frustrations on Cristina by not being the teacher she deserved and acting like the Owen whisperer. Her constant personality shifts from annoyingly perky and happy, to depressing and mean was exhausting. Just when I thought I couldn’t love Owen anymore, he fired her, effectively handing her a one way ticket departing from Shondaland.

6. Penny Blake

She. Killed. Derek. Then had the balls to show up at Meredith’s house, stay at the party, and even come work at the hospital Meredith owned. God bless Meredith, because I don’t know how she reacted so nicely to Penny showing up, I know I couldn’t have done it! Here’s hoping that with Callie not returning for Season 13, Penny won’t be either.

5. Reed Adamson

Yet another example of the piss poor Mercy West doctors. Granted she wasn’t on the show for very long, and maybe if she’d stuck around, she could’ve become more likable the way April did. “I’m not a tour guide, I’m a surgeon.” Bitchier, abrasive last words have never been spoken, summing up her unlikable personality in her final moments. Plus she rudely took George’s cubby which served as a monument after he passed. What a bitch.

4. Leah Murphy

Oh. My. God. Clingy much? Her pathetic clinging and obsessing over what was supposed to be one night stands with Alex and Arizona was pathetic. Then getting all depressed after when they didn’t want relationships was embarrassing. Also, making a big deal about her hookup with Arizona, despite the fact that no one gave a damn or even asked about her “secret hookup that’s turning into love.” Or how about filing the sexual harassment claim because she got her pathetic little heart broken? If she keeps this up, she’s going to spend the rest of her life single. It was very exciting to see her fired for not being a good doctor, and easily one of the most upsetting/angry moments when she came back, just as annoying as ever.

3. Heather Brooks

It was hard for me to decide who’s worse, Leah or Heather. Frankly, this class of interns sucked. The gossiping, the childish personality, the inappropriate sounds and comments, Derek called her weird on multiple occasions, and frankly, he was just being nice. Needless to say, if my surgeon was making Pac-Man noises while working on me, that’s not a person who’ll ever touch me again and I would be filing complaints to all her superiors. Clearly that marble in her nose traveled to her head and gave her brain damage. She was so damn annoying, and she hasn’t been missed for even a millisecond.

2. Erica Hahn

Poor Cristina, she just had a hell of a time finding a cardio teacher that was useful, likable and actually stuck around. Erica just didn’t fit the vibe of the hospital, her personality, her mannerisms, all of it was just very fake and scripted. She was aggressive in her personality and her teaching style, she just didn’t fit. Plus her bringing up the Denny issue all over again and overreacting, despite the fact that it had already been handled and everyone moved past it. She was so bitter and horrible that she was willing to ruin the hospitals reputation over it. So long Erica, here’s hoping you don’t pop up again anytime soon.

And number 1…Preston Burke

I mean, it’s pretty much the general consensus that he’s the most hated character on the show. I could go on and on and on about reasons why he’s horrible and why his reappearance in season 10 was not warmly welcomed. Like how about when he won a Harper Avery, for work that Cristina secretly helped him with when his hand was tremoring, and not even bothering to mention her? Ass. Or proposing to her, planning a wedding with the hopes that he could change her to fit the mold he had for his perfect wife, only to stand her up right before she walked down the aisle. While it’s probably a good thing for Cristina’s sake that he left before marrying her and trying to change a strong woman, his actions and vibe where just overall douchey.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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To Percy Jackson, I Hope You're Well...

Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus are both series which helped shape my life. I want to share my love for them here, with you.


Two days before I moved from New Jersey to California, I had a late night at a friend's house. Just a few miles outside of my small town of Morris Plains, his house was out of the way and a safe haven for myself and my mother during a harrowing and strenuous move. My father had been across the country already for almost two months trying to hold down his new job and prove himself. His absence was trying on me (at the tender young age of nine years old) and my mother, and we often spent time at my friend's home, as our mothers got along well.

That night came the time to say goodbye for the very last time, and as our mothers were tearfully embracing at the door, he ran up to me and shoved a book in my hands. Bewildered and confused, I tried to give him my thanks but he was already gone - running away in a childish fit that expressed his hurt at my leaving more than any words he could've said. I looked down at the book in my hands. It was a battered copy of Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief," with its binding bulging slightly out in a strange fashion, the cover slightly torn and bent, and quite a few pages dog-eared. The book wasn't in good condition, but I took the time to read it. I was ensnared and enchanted by the lurid descriptions of mythology, of the lovable characters of Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, and the upside-down world they lived in. Over the course of the move and our eventual settling into our new California home, I devoured the series adamantly, reading "The Battle of the Labyrinth" almost five times in the fifth grade and eventually finishing out with "The Last Olympian." The series accompanied me through a difficult move and a whirlwhind of early puberty; by that time, Percy and friends I knew intimately as my own companions. When the series ended, I happily parted with it, and began other literary conquests (namely in the realm of classics).

After an almost year-long break, I re-discovered the series in sixth grade. I hadn't realized that there was a companion series to the first, in fact, a continuation - The Heroes of Olympus. I lapped up "The Lost Hero" and "The Son of Neptune" with greed, and eagerly awaited the arrival of "The Mark of Athena" the following year.

One of my most vivid memories of middle school was sneaking downstairs the morning of the Kindle release of "The Mark of Athena", sneaking past my parents' bedroom as stealthily as I could in the wee hours of the morning to get my kindle and immerse myself in the world. I believe I finished it in about two days. For the next two books in the series, I followed the same pattern: get up early, read it as fast as I could get my hands on it. "The Blood of Olympus", the last book in the series, came out in my freshman year of high school. After finishing the second series, I shelved my much-loved paperbacks for good, and turned myself to other literary pursuits. I eventually relocated to Virginia, and went to college. Percy and friends were almost forgotten until my first year at the University of Virginia.

I was devastatingly alone my first semester at university. I didn't know what to do with myself, entombed by my loneliness. However, at the bottom of my suitcase, I found my old Kindle Paperwhite, with both of Percy's series neatly installed for me. I made a resolution with myself: I would reread both series, reading only at mealtimes where I sat alone. By the time I was finished, I wanted to see where I was compared to when I started.

Re-reading the series was like coming home. It was nostalgia, sadness, and ecstasy wrapped into one. I delighted in revisiting Percy's old haunts, his friends, his challenges. However, it was sad, knowing I had grown up and left them behind while they had stayed the same. It was a riveting memory train which made me look forward to meals, and eased my loneliness at school. Gradually, as the semester progressed, I was reading on Percy's tales less and less, as I found my friends, clubs, and organizations that gradually took up more and more time.

I still haven't finished my re-read, and am about halfway through "The Blood of Olympus". I've come a long way in the almost decade since I first received that tattered copy of "The Lightning Thief", and I still have some ways to go. So thanks, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Jason, Piper, Reyna, Nico, Frank, Hazel, Leo. Thank you for growing up with me. I'll never forget you.


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