We're happy to present this excerpt from one of our favorite sites, HowAboutWe. Do any of these characters sound all too familiar to your current boyfriend? Here are some fictional boyfriends you should delete from your life right now.
Falling in love with characters on television is natural. They visit our homes once a week (or set up camp for one very intense week of binge watching) and worm their way into our hearts. We're hopeless to stop them. Narrative cues and sweeping music tells us they’re the ones. They’re the good guys. They’re examples by which to measure men in our actual lives. Unfortunately, not every TV boyfriend is as good as The Office's Jim Halpert, and some are actually a little toxic.
Trust me, it's time you parted ways with these particular TV boyfriends. They’re just going to break your heart.
President Fitzgerald "I'm Leaving My Wife, I Swear" Grant on Scandal
Shonda Rhimes’ intoxicating series drew us in with the promise of a forbidden romance between our heroine, the seemingly infallible Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), and the President, whom she has the privilege of calling “Fitz” (Tony Goldwyn). Like any affair, at first it was sexy and Fitz’s wife was easily villainized and dismissed as a cold woman who drove her husband away.
But just like in real life, Fitz’s wife isn’t some witch and Fitz isn’t a knight in shining armor. He’s still a man cheating on his wife with a woman he continually promises a future he cannot deliver. He may believe that he could leave his wife and move his mistress into the White House someday, but his relentless idealism is almost as bad as a lie.
Bottom Line: Even if a cheater’s excuse is “it’s complicated because I’m the President of the United States,” it’s not good enough.
Nick “The Loveable Man-Boy” Miller on New Girl
Nick is mostly great. He’s hilarious, goofy, and cranky in a sort of adorable way . . . when he’s on your television. Mr. Miller is a law-school dropout and bartender with no ambitions to change either of those. He has no passions or dreams and when he does, he dream of writing a Y.A. zombie novel evaporates after two weeks. He’s the sort of person who believes everything he reads on the Internet. And when it comes to expressing his emotions, it’s like pulling splinters out of Walter Mathau’s paw. Nick is a grump who’s made his inability to succeed his “quirky, cute” identity.
It works on a sitcom; he’s sweet to his true love Jess. That’s enough for a sitcom, whose only purpose is to make us laugh. But folks, don’t go looking for your own Nick Miller. He’s that sort of lovable oaf that will never get his act together who will drive you absolutely bonkers.
Bottom Line: Don’t set your sights on a man-child. They’re cute and they’re funny, but eventually they’re more work than they’re worth.
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