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Top 10 TV Suck Ups

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Nick Spake. Nobody likes a professional butt-kisser, except maybe for the person getting their butt kissed. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 TV suck ups. For this list, we’re taking a look at television characters that are constantly brown nosing their superiors at work, school, and life in general. You can’t just get anything past these goody two-shoes, as they will jump any opportunity to rat people out. Special thanks to our users NickSpake and Matthew Hawkings for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Nick Spake.

Top 10 TV Suck Ups


Nobody likes a professional butt-kisser, except maybe for the person getting their butt kissed. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 TV suck ups.

For this list, we’re taking a look at television characters that are constantly brownnosing their superiors at work, school, and life in general.

#10: Starscream
“The Transformers” (1984-87)

You wouldn’t think that a giant robot like Starscream would have to suck up to anyone. In a world of Transformers, though, even though Starscream is wily, he’s just a clinking, clanking, clattering collection of caliginous junk compared to his boss. When this pathetic hunk of hardware isn’t kissing Megatron’s shiny metal ass, he’s plotting to takeover as leader of the Decepticons. On more than one occasion, Starscream has usurped control from Megatron. However, it never takes long for Megatron to strike back, making the treacherous Starscream beg for forgiveness in his piercing voice.

#9: Randall J. Weems
“Recess” (1997-2001)

Randall is the teacher’s pet every kid in elementary school wanted to beat up. Everything about this fourth grader cries out “snitch,” from his hunched back, to his reptilian face, to his diabolical smirk, to his raised eyebrows, to his Gollum-like body. Although a part of Randall would like to be accepted by his peers, his loyalties will always lie with the crotchety old Ms. Finster. Randall is her eyes and ears in the warzone that is recess, always taking notes and deviously rubbing his hands together.

#8: Earl Sneed Sinclair
“Dinosaurs” (1991-94)

Earl Sinclair doesn’t really wear the pants at home. But he definitely doesn’t wear the pants at work. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t wear pants at all, but that’s beside the point. This low man on the totem pole tree pusher is constantly taking crap from his judgmental wife, his crabby mother-in-law, and especially his hard-boiled boss. All Earl wants is a little recognition from his employer at the WESAYSO Corporation. However, if he can’t even get his own mischievous baby to respect him, it’s unlikely B.P. Richfield that ever cut Earl a break either.

#7: Capt. Kevin Darling
“Blackadder Goes Forth” (1989)

Every army needs order and boundaries, but that doesn’t mean the soldiers have to like the smug bureaucrats who enforce such strict rules. Captain Darling is the polar opposite of Captain Blackadder: Where Blackadder is constantly dodging responsibility; Darling does everything by the book. His prim persona and embarrassing surname make him a natural target for Blackadder’s sarcastic remarks. This pen-pushing, desk-sucking plotter jotter can handle any quips his comrades throw at him, however, as long as he gets to assist General Melchett away from all the military action.

#6: Arnold Rimmer
“Red Dwarf” (1988-99; 2012-)

In life, Arnold Rimmer sucked up to all the higher-ups aboard Red Dwarf. Actually, since Rimmer only outranked Third Technician Dave Lister, he sucked up to virtually every other crewmember. When Rimmer dies alongside his superiors, he’s brought back as a hologram to assist Lister. Being dead and technically the highest-ranking member of the ship now, you’d think Rimmer’s brownnosing days would be over. Even from beyond the grave, though, Rimmer sucks up to his superiors in spirit, always obeying the rules and being an obnoxious snob in the process.

#5: Annie Edison
“Community” (2009-)

Determined to succeed academically, Annie becomes addicted to Adderall, jumps through a plate glass window, and loses her college scholarship. At Greendale Community College, she exerts all of her energy into maintaining a 4.0 grade point average and gaining acceptance from her teachers. Through her study group, though, Annie discovers the value of friendship, finds confidence in herself, and learns that there’s more to life than getting straight As. Of course that still doesn’t stop her from freaking out over a failed grade.

#4: Dr. Jeffrey Steadman
“Scrubs” (2001-10)

Dr. Steadman is an unbelievably annoying tool and he knows it. The fact that he’s always kissing up to the stingy Dr. Bob Kelso demonstrates that he’s willing to sell his soul to the devil. Always at Kelso’s beck and call, this no-nonsense weasel is constantly complimenting his boss, laughing at his jokes, and backing up his insults like a schoolyard bully’s lackey. Apparently he’s also snuck a peak at Kelso’s baguette-sized penis. Oh, and whatever you do, never call him, “Jeff.”

#3: Dwight Schrute
“The Office” (2005-13)

Michael Scott’s self-appointed right-hand man, Dwight Schrute is one person you don’t want sucking up to you. Granted, this assistant to the regional manager will go to extreme lengths to please his boss. At the same time, Dwight can be aggressive, annoying, and overly dedicated. In some cases, he can even be kind of backstabby. At the end of the workday, though, Dwight truly adores Michael and will do anything for his approval. And that’s more than can be said about fellow office suck up Andy Bernard.

#2: Det. Amy Santiago
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2013-)

This efficient detective is competitive in every aspect of her life, especially when it comes to winning admiration from Captain Holt. Amy wants nothing more than for Holt to mentor her so she can become Captain one day. Reading Holt’s emotions often proves challenging for Amy, however, causing her to constantly make a fool of herself. Although she’s the most punctual cop in the precinct, occasionally Amy can be brought down to a more immature level with her fellow officers, making her a voice of reason and a loving friend.

Before our top pick sucks up to us, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Brainy Smurf
“The Smurfs” (1981-89)

- Oscar Bluth
“Arrested Development” (2003-06; 2013)

- Sue Heck
“The Middle” (2009-)

#1: Waylon Smithers
“The Simpsons” (1989-)

Everybody in Springfield despises C. Montgomery Burns, with exception to his longtime personal assistant, Waylon Smithers. It’s never made entirely clear what Smithers sees in Mr. Burns or why he puts up with such horrible treatment. But for whatever reason, Smithers will perform any task and endure any humiliation to satisfy the wicked man he sincerely loves. Just don’t expect Mr. Burns to ever show Smithers the same level affection or commitment. Well, at least it’s better than getting beat up everyday like schoolboy suck up Martin Prince.

Do you agree with our list? Who’s your favorite TV suck up? For more entertaining Top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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