Well, folks…the holiday season is once again upon us, which means it's time to start consuming vast quantities of food and alcohol, spending an obscene amount of time with family members (thus the reason for all the alcohol), and opening what we can only hope to be a large amount of presents.
However, not everyone deserves to find something special underneath their Christmas tree this year. So in the spirit of this festive holiday season, we here at TVRage thought it'd be fun to lend Santa a helping hand by determining which TV characters were naughty and which ones were nice.
Now granted, this is just a sample of all the well known TV characters out there, but it should be enough to get the ole guy started. Check out our selection below and find out who measured up under our holiday scrutiny.
(WARNING: This feature may contain a few spoilers regarding plot, so if you are not caught up with all of these shows, proceed with caution.)
Character: Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Show: 'American Horror Story: Coven'
Played By: Kathy Bates
Reasoning: Now, I don't want to shove my beliefs down anyone's throat or anything, but personally…I think torturing slaves and using their blood for a variety of beauty rituals is just plain mean (not to mention highly unsanitary). Has she not heard of Misty Day's magical swamp mud, because it is seriously the best thing ever and we all need to start buying that stuff in bulk. But hey, that's just one girl's opinion. Bottom line — this woman has done some downright heinous things and more than deserves to be taking up residence on Santa's naughty list.
Character: Jesse Pinkman
Show: 'Breaking Bad'
Played By: Aaron Paul
Reasoning: Okay, sure — on paper this guy isn't going to come across all that great. And oddly enough, "Meth Cook" is not a recognized major on any college campus…well, none that I've heard of, at least. (Though if you've heard differently, please feel free to point us in the proper direction.) And yes, he's killed a few people and gotten himself into a TON of trouble. But deep down, he was a genuinely decent human being, who became an unfortunate pawn in Walt's rise to power. He also just happened to have pretty much the worst luck in the world. The least we can do is put him on the nice list. Now someone please give this poor guy a hug (bitch)!
Character: Oliver Queen
Played By: Stephen Amell
Reasoning: Heroism: check. Respectable moral code: check. Impressive six pack: check, check. What can I say? I'm a softy when it comes to hot vigilantes, especially when they tend to constantly be shirtless. Seriously though, it's more than just good looks with this one. Being holed up on an island can be super stressful — and I say this having watched six whole seasons of 'Lost,' so I clearly know what I'm talking about. Anyway, he's made the best out of that terrible ordeal by fighting crime in his own unique way. How can we fault him for that? I say we can't and Santa agrees (we FaceTimed about it just the other day). Plus, let's not forget this hooded man is continuously rocking one of the two most important Christmas colors. (For those of you confused, I'm referring to the color green.)
Character: Headless Horseman
Show: 'Sleepy Hollow'
Played By: Richard Cetrone (headless form)
Reasoning: Now I have to admit, I do feel a little guilty pointing a finger at this character simply because he's unable to defend himself (having no head will do that to you). But then I recall all of the innocent heads HE has been responsible for lopping off and the guilt suddenly fades away. I don't care if your best friend stole away the woman you were betrothed to, there is no acceptable excuse for chopping off people's heads. No matter which way you slice it (get it?), this horseman, frankly, does not have a very good head on his shoulders. I mean…uh…well, this is awkward. My bad?
Character: Don Draper
Show: 'Mad Men'
Played By: Jon Hamm
Reasoning: For me, this guy's always been a hard one to peg down. On the one hand, I desperately want to root for him. For one thing, he's, suave, extremely charismatic, and boy does he know how to wear a suit. But on the other hand, he's a total jerk who cheats on his wife, drinks all day, and pretty much abandons his children for his own personal endeavors. Believe it or not, some people could see all those things as faults…and they'd be right. Plus, his work tardiness has reached an all-time high. Sorry Don, but I'm going to have to side against you on this one.
Character: Captain Hook
Show: 'Once Upon a Time'
Played By: Colin O'Donoghue
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'd say my job here is pretty much done here, wouldn't you? Normally, you wouldn't think a guy wearing such a distinctive amount of eye-liner could be so ridiculously appealing, but boy does this pirate know how to make it work. And the way he says "love?" It gets me every time. Not to mention that epic kiss
he and Emma shared back in Neverland. (Fess up, how many times did you watch it?) Regardless, this guy was seriously misrepresented in the fairytales. But his appeal extends far beyond the reaches of mere fan-girling purposes. This season he's proven to be quite chivalrous in the magical quest to save Henry. And don't forget, he did opt to tell Emma the truth about Neal being alive, which earns him some major bonus points. Yo ho, yo ho, a Santa's nice list for him!
Character: Leslie Knope
Show: 'Parks and Recreation'
Played By: Amy Poehler
Reasoning: Well, this one is pretty much a given, wouldn't ya say? I mean, the woman is practically a walking billboard of generosity. She supports good causes that help benefit Pawnee, she appreciates the deliciousness of waffles, and (most importantly) she created the best unrecognized holiday ever: Galentine's Day. Who doesn't love a day centered around ladies celebrating ladies while kicking it, breakfast-style? She is simply the best and deserves to be recognized as such by Santa and all others. (Ovaries before brovaries! Uteruses before duderuses!)
Character: Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Played By: Mads Mikkelsen
Reasoning: Okay, I'm just going to come out and say it — eating people is not nice. I mean, MAYBE if you had some kind of Donner Party-style situation going on and it was a matter of life and death, then it would POSSIBLY be somewhat understandable. But even then it's on really shaky ground. Personally, I probably couldn't do it even then, so fingers crossed I never find myself in that type of situation. (I totally just jinxed myself on that, didn't I?) But anyway, to sum up: eating people is bad. Sorry Dr. Lecter, but it's off to the naughty list with you!
Character: Howard Wolowitz
Show: 'The Big Bang Theory'
Played By: Simon Helberg
He may wear really tight, colorful pants, read massive amounts of comic books, and be an absolute mama's boy to his very core, but Howie has proven this year that he can also be super adorable when he puts his mind (and his singing chops) to it. I'm, of course, referring to the amazingly sweet song he wrote and then proceeded to sing to Bernadette
on the anniversary of their first date a few months back. Just try not to get goosebumps while watching it. I dare you.
Character: Joffrey Baratheon
Show: 'Game of Thrones'
Played By: Jack Gleeson
Reasoning: Of course it wouldn't be a true naughty list without including the cruelest king in all the realms. Seriously, this guy is just THE WORST! He's a ruthless killer (RIP Ned Stark) who thinks of nothing and no one but himself. He's even cruel to his own mother (though, if we're being completely honest, it's not to say Cersei doesn't somewhat deserve it). But still, family is family and his countless evil actions are forever unforgivable. I won't even go into specific detail about his misdeeds — that's how bad they are. He's as unfit to rule the Iron Throne as he is to earn himself a spot on Santa's nice list.
Who else do you think deserves to end up on Santa's Naughty and Nice list? Sound off in the comments and let us know!