The Worst Character On The O.C
Laura Lee - July 17, 2018

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

When Ryan Atwood arrives to Newport this start to get a little rowdy for the Cooper and Cohen families.  But Ryan isn’t the only newcomer on the O.C that year, and he definitely is not the worst character.
 
When Anna Stern shows up in the fourth episode, she challenges basically everyone in the toughest way possible.   She’s actually kinda cool for that reason though, teaching innocent Seth Cohen to stand up for himself.  Anna also manages to hit it off with Ryan, when no one else really does.  But then sometimes, she can just be flat out rude and disrespectful.
 
Of course the O.C wouldn’t have been the same without her, but she can be pretty darn frustrating.  For one, she she’s super condescending, like when she says ‘Confidence, Cohen’  after just meeting up, it’s like treating him like a little boy.  It’s also really out of place when she asks Seth if he ‘Could be any more pathetic?’
 
She’s also not respectful of her boundaries.  For example when she meets the Cohen’s for Thanksgiving dinner and takes it upon herself to make a recipe that she wants in their kitchen.  Anna’s also got some bad timing, like when she starts to argue with Caleb over the way he is company is functioning, while he’s very clear in the middle of some issues with his daughter.
 

Anna also messed with Seth’s emotions, telling him she’s going to help him to get Summer, but she really just uses it as it way to get closer to him.  She kisses him at the carnival in front of everyone, and Seth still thinks that she’s doing it to make Summer jealous.