Refusing to let Ben play with Barbies
You can always count on Ross for that little twinge of toxic masculinity in a lot of the things he does, and his pure fury at Ben playing with Barbie and not a GI Joe.
As Susan and Carol drop Ben off, Ross freaks out that the couple are having an influence on Ben, and despite them explaining he picked it out himself and that Ben considers it a security blanket, Ross goes out of his way to enforce a GI Joe doll on him instead.
Way to embrace your kids wants and needs there, dude.
Thank God for Monica who pulled him down a peg or two by reminding him of his love of dressing up as a woman called ‘Bea’ as a kid – complete with her own theme song.
His insane jealously over Mark
Ross is not good when in the presence of an alpha male type – and even less so when Rachel was around one.
The eternally insecure character literally fumed at the idea of Rachel dating him but spending time with someone like Mark, despite Rachel’s constant reassurances that nothing was going on.
Sending over a ridiculous amount of presents in order to mark his territory around her, even Mark noticed it and called it out and told Rachel: ‘Someone really wants you to know you have a boyfriend.’
Toxic as hell and just plain mean at times, his jealousy causes a fight between him and Rachel that eventually ends their relationship.
The irony is guess who immediately goes out and sleeps with someone else in the fallout? (Hint: It wasn’t Rachel).
Orchestrating Rachel’s job to keep her in New York
When Rachel gets offered the job of a lifetime to progress her fashion career in Paris, she would’ve been a fool not to take it.
But then in swoops Ross, who, in order to stop her going, does everything in his power to get her a job in New York.
(She was also taking their child, Emma, with her, but that doesn’t seem to bother him as much. Weird.)
Never once considering what it was she wanted, Ross didn’t want her to go, and so Ross was going to make sure that he did all he could to sabotage a thriving career in a new city.
Getting freaked out by the idea of a male nanny
Ross is a smart guy but my God, he just could not get his head around the idea of a male nanny and ultimately it made him look the worst he’s ever looked – and that’s saying something.
Trying to find a new nanny for Emma, Ross asked Sandy (played by Freddie Prinze Jr) a host of inappropriate questions, including quizzing him on his sexuality.
Then, despite Sandy’s good connection with Rachel, his qualifications and his friendly nature, Ross initially refused to have him work for them ‘because he’s a guy’.
He later mocked the helper’s cookies for not being ‘manly enough’ or ‘butch’ and claimed he was ‘too sensitive’ for crying.
So, in one fell swoop you can tick off, misogyny, homophobia and toxic masculinity. Seriously Ross, you OK hun?
(Turned out no he wasn’t, because he had a good cry having a chat with Sandy.)
Hitting on his cousin
OK, your cousin Cassie (played by Denise Richards) is beautiful and stuff but SHE’S. YOUR. COUSIN.
Not only were Ross’s actions toward her a little predatory, having her move into his apartment after Chandler and Joey started getting weird, they were bordering on the incestuous.
He was also the only one to actually make a move on her, which again, all kinds of gross and just, ugh, let’s move on from this already because we’ve got the creeps.
Sleeping with the copy girl after going on a break
Out of everything Ross did – this is the thing that stayed with him throughout the rest of his time on the series.
Going on a break with Rachel after one too many arguments, Ross does the normal thing of trying to down his sorrows in a bar.
Less than an hour later, he was bringing a girl back to his apartment and having sex with her. AN HOUR.
Ross continued to maintain his actions as guilt-free, saying his now iconic ‘we were on a break’ tagline, and the world was split over whose side to take.
Either way, it was still a bit of a douche move to do it that quickly.
Saying the wrong name at the alter on his wedding day
As viewers we always knew where Ross’s heart truly lied, and so getting engaged and then jetting off to London, Baby! Seemed odd at the best of times.
However, after Rachel flies over to stop the wedding, only to back out after seeing how happy he appeared, Ross puts his foot firmly in it by saying her name at the alter come wedding day, and not Emily.
Emily continued to go through with the wedding despite the mishap, and then whacks him in the crotch and storms off the second the ceremony was over.
Despite one last attempt to make the marriage work, he refused to let go of Rachel in his life, and so she took him to the cleaners through the divorce court.
He would have saved everyone a lot of time/effort/heartache/money if he was just honest to begin with. Rachel should’ve also taken note to be honest, because she could’ve done with the tips with what happens a few years later…
When he lied to Rachel about getting an annulment
Waking up in Vegas married to your on/off girlfriend/friend is never the most ideal situation in the world – but Ross manages to take ‘inappropriate’ to a whole new level.
After discovering that they’re married, Rachel and Ross decide to annul their drunken mistake, and thanks to Ross’s expertise in ending these kind of things, the main crux of the paperwork was left up to him to fix.
Except, Ross doesn’t do the paperwork…he just tells Rachel he did, thus unwillingly locking her in a marriage that she didn’t want to be a part of. He even kind of brags about it to Phoebe as if it’s a massive prank on her.
Thankfully it didn’t take her long to find out the truth, though how she managed to speak to him again after that kind of betrayal is literally mind-boggling.
The manipulation levels though are staggering.
Sleeping with one his students
Seriously, the golden rules for being a professor at a university are: Never forget a pen, and don’t sleep with your students.
And yet, there Ross goes, sleeping with Elizabeth Stevens in season seven.
Yeah, it might be exciting doing something you shouldn’t be doing – but if you want that thrill, pull a sickie and go ride a rollercoaster. Don’t sleep with a barely-legal woman, fifteen years younger than you, who is under your care.
He then even gets annoyed that Rachel starts sleeping with Elizabeth’s dad, Paul (played by Bruce Willis), despite them being far more age appropriate for each other.
That ‘keep the noise down’ gesture
So, you’ve lost your apartment, and your two besties let you crash in with them – because you’re in need of help and that’s super nice of them.
Top tip as a house guest: do not mock them for how they live/their childish behaviour you already knew about, install household equipment they didn’t ask for and request them to cover the cost of it, or re-record their answering machine without anyone’s permission.
And for the love of God, never ever passive aggressively tell them to keep down with a hand gesture and matching squinty face that makes people want to punch you.
Could you seriously be any more obnoxious?
Friends is available on Netflix and airs on Comedy Central UK.
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