Even in a show as controversial and dark as Family Guy, Brian Griffin might just be the worst character of the bunch. While Peter can be selfish and brain dead or Quagmire perverted and gross, neither are as smug or self aggrandising as Brian. Even Stewie’s repeated attempt to kill Lois and/or take over the world pale in comparison to just how irredeemably douchey Brian can be.
Of course, this is a huge part of why the audience loves Brian. Family Guy is built off horrible characters, and we’re laughing at them as much as we’re laughing with them. However, it’s undeniable that over the years, Brian has done some pretty deplorable things.
Some entries here are single examples of Brian going above and beyond with his unbridled insufferable-ness, while others are recurring instances of him just being the worst. One of the most annoying things about Brian is that he never ever learns from his mistakes, so it makes sense that there’s some repeated offences in here.
If Brian was a nicer person, Family Guy would be nowhere near as funny. He’s definitely not the kind of person you’d want to hang out with in real life though.
10. Using Jillian
Starting off with one of Brian’s recurring faults, and also one which is fairly tame by his usual standards.
Jillian, Brian’s dim witted but beautiful girlfriend, is often too stupid to realise Brian is using her, but that doesn’t make it any better. Brian dates Jillian, hates the way he’s mocked for her lack of intelligence, so dumps her and returns to her only for casual sex, again and again.
Once it turns out Jillian is engaged though, Brian becomes hellbent on winning her back, even though he has no real interest in her and merely sees her as his property. It’s gross in the extreme and exactly the type of behaviour Brian frequently displays around his romantic partners.
The worst thing is that he clearly enjoys the intellectual superiority he has over Jillian, and so refuses to ever let her go even when she moves on to someone else. However, when he dates Lauren Conrad from The Hills, he completely loathes being the less intelligent one in the relationship.
Brian’s poor treatment of the people he’s dating will be common theme here, but no one is on the receiving end of it more than Jillian.