1. Neelix (Star Trek: Voyager)
Neelix is the character with the dubious honor of being the most polarizing figure in the Delta Quadrant. Let's dive into the list of reasons why fans will never be lining up to join his fan club.
First off, Neelix is like that overly enthusiastic camp counselor who's had way too much coffee. He's always buzzing around the USS Voyager with a kind of misplaced pep, often rubbing the crew the wrong way. Imagine trying to navigate through uncharted space and facing life-and-death scenarios, and along comes Neelix with his upbeat chit-chat and questionable culinary experiments. It's like trying to defuse a bomb while someone plays a Kazoo next to you – not exactly what you need in a tense situation.
Then there's the whole Talaxian-trivia-expert-turned-self-appointed-morale-officer persona. Much like the mother in Turning Red, Neelix often assumes he knows what's best for everyone, dispensing advice and wisdom that nobody asked for. It's a bit like having an overbearing relative who insists on telling you how to live your life, but in space. His constant meddling in the affairs of the Voyager crew, paired with his sometimes over-the-top jealousy (especially regarding his partner Kes), makes him the uncle at the family reunion who just can't take a hint. To put it mildly, Neelix can be a bit much.
In the vast world of Star Trek, it can't all be good - and we've now seen some of the most disliked characters in the franchise. Here's to the upcoming episodes of the current shows Discovery, Strange New Worlds, and Lower Decks to give us more likable and overall better characters.