There have always been pretty intense debates when we come across love triangles like Peeta-Katniss-Gale in The Hunger Games, Edward-Bella-Jacob in Twilight, and Harry-Hermione-Ron in Harry Potter. Sometimes, the leading lady (or leading man) chooses very poorly.
Of course, people should have the right to decide who they want to love, but that doesn't mean audiences like us have to agree with them all the time! These leads kinda hurt some of the best possible boyfriends/girlfriends out there. Of course, the characters we're rooting for have their faults too, but you get the point. Here's a list of movie and TV characters who, sadly, weren't the first choice and who deserve all the love in the world:
1. Marco Peña in The Kissing Booth 2 (2020)
"Be happy," is what Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez) said when Elle (Joey King) asked him about his hopes and dreams. This super sweet dude seriously cared about Elle, and he gave her some really good advice about her less-than-perfect long-distance relationship with Noah (Jacob Elordi). But who got chosen in the end? NOT MARCO. Elle chose *toxic* Noah, who brought the girl she was jealous of home for Thanksgiving.
2. John Ambrose McClaren in To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)
Yet another frustration from 2020: There are so many reasons why Lara Jean (Lana Condor) should have picked John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher) in the movie—He plays the piano! He volunteers at the retirement home! He was her first real love!!! But the most glaring thing that should be pointed out is this: Peter K (Noah Centineo) just didn't care that much about LJ. Even their most romantic moment in that hot tub was a big lie. Plus, Peter was SO MUCH WORSE in the books.
3. Michael Cordero in Jane The Virgin (2014 to 2019)
Okay, so Jane (Gina Rodriguez) did choose him the first time around and they had the most beautiful wedding anyone could ever ask for. But then he died—or so we thought. Michael (Brett Dier) came back during the later seasons but he had amnesia and could not for the life of him remember Jane and everything they went through! It's not like it was his fault he lost his memory, right?
4. Lon Hammond, Jr. in The Notebook (2004)
While most of us did love that ending, there was one character who got treated pretty badly in the movie: James Marsden's character Lon Hammod Jr. Setting aside the fact that Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) were obviously MFEO, Allie was already engaged to handsome, charming, and extremely rich Lon. She lied to him about going to her hometown for Noah. Even James himself thinks his character is a pretty good guy!
5. Duckie in Pretty In Pink (1986)
Okay, the ORIGINAL ending for this classic '80s movie hinted that BFFs Duckie (Jon Cryer) and Andie (Molly Ringwald) ended up together, but it didn't work for test audiences at that time so the production team changed it. Andie chooses rich kid and ~former~ douche Blane (Andrew McCarthy) instead, even after Duckie's whole heartbreaking confession scene: "Here's the point, Andie. I'm not particularly concerned with whether or not you like me, because I live to like you and...and I can't like you anymore."
6. Andrew Hennings in Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
"What I really need to know is if there's a place for me in your future." Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey) plans the perfect proposal for Melanie (Reese Witherspoon), he visits her when she goes back to her hometown, and he still wants to marry her even though she lied to him. She literally leaves him at the altar for her childhood sweetheart and estranged ex-husband. NOT COOL, MELANIE.
7. Julian Mercer in Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Keanu Reeves' character is a doctor and he's a fan of Broadway playwright Erica (Diane Keaton). He has this huge crush on her but decides to "step back" and give way when he realizes that she's falling for Harry (Jack Nicholson). Yes, he also got a kinda nice ending, but this doesn't change the fact that Erica chose Harry over him!
8. Jake from One Tree Hill (2003 to 2012)
Jake (Bryan Greenberg) and Peyton (Hilarie Burton) should have been endgame: Peyton was so sure about him, she was willing to marry him at 17! More proof: Hilarie even confirmed that Peyton and Jake were originally supposed to end up together.
9. Jake Rosati in Awkward (2011 to 2016)
Jake, played by Brett Davern, had one of the *saddest* storylines in the show. He finally got the girl of his dreams, only to find out that she's still in love with his best friend! They literally ask her to choose between them...and Jake is sadly not the first choice. HUGS, BB.
10. Eponine in Les Miserables (2012)
Because guys aren't the only ones who ~don't get chosen~. In the movie adaptation, even though it broke her heart, Eponine (Samantha Barks) helps Marius (Eddie Redmayne) locate Cossette (Amanda Seyfried), a girl he doesn't really know, and watches as the two of them fall in love. She ends up sacrificing her life to save him during the revolution and dies in his arms. Seriously, on a scale of one to Eponine, how friend-zoned are you?
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