7 Young and the Restless Characters We Love To Hate

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The Young and the Restless never fails to deliver interesting and colorful characters. Some are lovable while others cause viewers to hate them. In the soap opera world however, hating a character is not black and white. Unlikable characters add an interesting element and some controversy, thus many of the “hated” characters are loved by their fans. Without them, the show would go stale. The loved characters offer balance to the show and a great contrast for the less than honest, loving characters with whom they interact. Listed below are some of the current characters. Love? or Love to Hate?

7. Sage (Warner) Newman

Sage Warner, played by Kelly Sullivan is a new addition to Y&R. First appearing in October 2014, she was the woman responsible for saving Adam’s life by nursing him back to health and altering his appearance to look like Gabriel Bingham. Over several months, she helped “Gabe” hide his true identity from his family and married him so they could get the Bingham inheritance. An attraction developed between Sage and Nick. She divorced Gabe, ended up working at the Underground for Nick and eventually got pregnant. Because she was intimate with Nick and Gabe, she got a paternity test and said it was Nick’s baby. She then married Nick and came clean with all her deceit about Gabe’s true identity. Angry, Nick left. Adam ended up delivering her baby and the premature infant may not survive. Now it looks like she and Nick may reconcile because of the baby’s precarious health.

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Source: www.soapoperaspy.com

6. Sharon Newman

First appearing on Y&R in 1994, Sharon Newman was introduced as a love interest for Nick Newman who she later married. She then gave birth to a son and eventually got custody of Cassie who she had as a teenager and gave for adoption. They had a fairytale marriage for a while but it was only temporary. Their daughter Cassie was killed in a car accident and Nick started having an affair, which eventually broke up their marriage. After a marriage to Jack Abbott and the birth of another child with Nick, Sharon’s emotional instability started to surface. She became a kleptomaniac, married her ex-father-in-law Victor and burnt down his ranch house. Eventually she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is currently in a mental institution. The audience is not really sure if she is pregnant or not with Dillon after she lost his child and lied about it.

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Source: www.lesfeuxdelamour.org

5. Michael Baldwin

Michael Baldwin, played by Christian Leblanc, was first introduced to Y&R in 1991. From 1991 to 1993, Michael Baldwin was an emotionally unstable lawyer with an obsession for Christine Blair, eventually ending up in jail and was off the program until 1997. Released from jail, he came to work as a paralegal. With Christine’s help, he got his law licence back and the two of them remain friends. In 2003, viewers were introduced to Michael’s dysfunctional family consisting of his mother Gloria, step-brother Kevin and his father River. After helping Kevin with some legal problems, he asked Kevin to move in with him. Soon after, he started dating Lauren, fell in love and married her. They had a son Fenmore who later had a drug problem that Michael helped him deal with. After Lauren had an affair that almost ended their marriage, Michael was diagnosed with prostate cancer and left Lauren for her sake. They just recently began to repair their marriage with Michael moving back in with Lauren.

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Source: www.soaphub.com

4. Phyllis (Summers) Abbott

Currently being played by Gina Tagnoni, Phyllis has been on Y&R since 1994. The hotheaded redhead was originally introduced as a scheming woman pregnant with Danny Romalotti’s child in order to marry him. However, the ruse was discovered and a long, dirty divorce followed. She left the show until her return in 2000 when she started dating Jack. They had a very rocky marriage and eventually divorced in 2004, reunited in 2005 and she then started having an affair with Nick. She became pregnant and after finding out it was Nick’s, she married Nick in 2007. After Nick had an affair with his ex-wife, which resulted in his daughter Faith, Nick divorced Phyllis in 2010. They briefly reunited in 2012 and she later started dating Jack again. Phyllis fell into a coma for a year after a confrontation with Sharon and later remarried Jack.

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3. John (Jack) Abbott, Jr.

Portrayed by Peter Bergman, Jack Abbott was introduced to the show in 1980. He is the Abbott family patriarch since his father’s death in 2006 and is well-known for his hate of Victor Newman. Though he loves his family, he doesn’t hesitate to scheme and lie if it suits his purpose. His three main love interests have been Nikki, Sharon and Phyllis. His relationship with Nikki started out as a plot to use her to win Jabot back from the Newman family, but he ended up falling in love with her. His long-lasting relationship with Phyllis ends up in a tumultuous marriage and divorce after Phyllis has an affair. He had a relationship with Sharon that lasted three and a half years. After a couple of other relationships, he ended up with Phyllis again in a rocky but loving relationship. Scheming is still his angle, but now Phyllis helps him in his efforts.

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Source: www.examiner.com

2. Victor Adam Newman, Jr.

Victor Adam Newman, being played by Justin Hartley, was introduced to the show when he was born to Victor and Hope in 1995. He returned to the show in 2008 as an adult and began to scheme no matter who it affected. He went blind but got his sight back and continued to torment everyone around him. He caused Ashley to lose a child and stole Sharon’s baby to give to her out of guilt but ended up falling in love and marrying her. After their divorce, he became involved with Chelsea and had a child with her. In 2013, after he accidentally killed Billy’s daughter, he was supposedly killed in a car accident after being shot by Billy. He made a comeback as Gabriel at the end of 2014 and hid his true identity until Chelsea outed him because of his lying and scheming to take down Newman Enterprises.

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Source: YouTube / www.examiner.com

1. Victor Christian Newman

Played by Eric Braeden since 1980, Victor has been a mainstay on the Young & the Restless. His rags to riches story is one that endears the audience to him. He grew up in an orphanage and built his multibillion dollar business from the ground up through lots of sacrifice and hard work. He has three children – two  with the love of his life, Nicole, whose relationship with him has been on again off again for three decades. Over the years, he has become more and more obsessed with beating Jack Abbott in business — sometimes even at the expense of his family and friends. There are times when he is a loving, doting parent and wonderful friend, but there are other times when he is a ruthless, selfish, megalomaniac and maybe even a bit psychotic, especially when it comes to business.

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