25 Most Toxic Couples From Popular Culture

Did you ship any of these couples?

Romance is a key element of thousands of movies and television shows. However, not all relationships shown on screen are healthy. In fact, some of them are straight up toxic. Although these stories are fictional, they teach young people all the wrong things and send a bad message about partnership. From cheating to betrayal to manipulation, these couples didn’t have the fairy tale romances society frequently associates them with. Take a look at 25 of the most toxic couples from television and film in the gallery below, then let us know your favorite couple to hate watch in the comments section on social media.

Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass—”Gossip Girl”

Although neither of these characters are saints, both of them deserved better.

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Bella Swan and Edward Cullen—”Twilight”

One, Edward is literally on of the most controlling and manipulative characters of all time. Two, he’s almost a hundred years older than Bella. Yikes.

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Buffy Summers and Spike—”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Consent is key, no matter if you’re an antagonist.

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Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey—”Fifty Shades of Grey”

Ask anyone who’s actually in the BDSM community, this is NOT how these relationships should work.

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Aria Montgomery and Ezra Fitz—”Pretty Little Liars”


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Jackson and Ally Maine—”A Star is Born”

You’ve gotta support your partner and their successes.

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Carrie Bradshaw and Big—”Sex and the City”

Mr. Big, more like Mr. Big Red Flag.

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Tessa Young and Holden Scott—”After”

These movies will make you want to rip your hair out.

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Tony Stonem and Michelle Richardson—”Skins”

Tony is the worst boyfriend of all time, no question.

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Belle and the Beast—”Beauty and the Beast”

Sure it’s Disney, but this is a classic case of Stockholm Syndrome.

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Maddy Perez and Nate Jacobs—”Euphoria”

Domestic violence is never sexy.

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Harley Quinn and the Joker—”Suicide Squad”

We’re glad Harley got her redemption following her disastrous relationship with the Joker.

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Ross Geller and Rachel Green—”Friends”

They were not on a break.

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Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala—”Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”

Padmé had so much potential to be a powerful female character, but this relationship flushed that down the drain.

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Joe Goldberg and Every Woman He Meets—”You”

This man needs therapy… and an orange jumpsuit.

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Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko—”Grease”

You shouldn’t have to change who you are to be with someone.

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Olivia Pope and Fitzgerald Grant—”Scandal”

Scandal is an appropriate name for this couple.

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Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun—”The Notebook”

Sure, they’re one of the most famous movie couples ever, but Noah threatened suicide after being rejected by Allie.

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Rory Gilmore and Jess Mariano—”Gilmore Girls”

Say what you want about Rory, but Jess was the worst.

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Ariel and Prince Eric—”The Little Mermaid”

Again, you shouldn’t have to change everything about yourself to get the guy.

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Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor—”The Office”

If you looked up toxic relationship in the dictionary, you’d find a photo of these two.

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J.D. and Veronica Sawyer—”Heathers”

Just because you don’t like your girlfriend’s friends, that doesn’t mean you should kill them.

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Tate Langdon and Violet Harmon—”American Horror Story”

No matter how much Tumblr loved them together, these two were straight up toxic for each other.

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Hal Larson and Rosemary Shanahan—”Shallow Hal”

Rosemary deserved better, in every possible way.

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Veronica Lodge and Archie Andrews—”Riverdale”

That #Barchie kiss though.

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