Every season of The Bachelor has so many things for fans to look forward to: Extravagant dates, roses, and the so-called Bachelor villain. They're the contestant you love to hate, but can't help but watch them as they take the whole house on an emotional rollercoaster of heartache, tears — and threats to leave the show. But there are also many Bachelor villains who didn't deserve the hate they got from the other contestants in the house — as well as from fans on social media. After all, alleged Bachelor villainy is in the eye of the beholder.
Sometimes so-called Bachelor villains leave on their own (Lace Morris from Ben Higgins' season). Some stick around and have on-screen arguments in the mansion about controlling their eyebrows and losing their sparkle (Tierra LiCausi from Sean Lowe's season). And then there are the supposed Bachelor villains that go on to get engaged (Courtney Robertson from Ben Flajnik's season). But no matter who the "villain" of the season is, fans should remember this: the so-called Bachelor villain is a human being, too, with real feelings — and who probably looks through their Twitter mentions often.
Here are some of The Bachelor "villains" who didn't deserve the hate they got, in no particular order.
Olivia received some wrath during Ben Higgins' season of The Bachelor due to that mouth and her comments about fellow contestant Amanda Stanton, comparing her to the TV show Teen Mom. But hey, the pressure was on for Olivia: She had quit her job as a news anchor in order to be on the show.
Michelle didn't win many fans for her forthright demeanor during Brad Womack's second season, but she redeemed herself during Season 2 of Bachelor Pad, during which she finished as a finalist.
Lace was the very first so-called villain of Ben Higgins' season, due to her wine-fueled demands for eye contact and her tendency to tell Ben that she wasn't crazy several times. She left by the third episode — and the new and improved Lace got briefly engaged on Bachelor in Paradise to firefighter Grant Kemp.
Vienna earned a reputation for being "spoiled" throughout Jake Pevelka's season. But Vienna and Jake's engagement imploded with an on-screen argument, showing the thorns to the roses.
Host Chris Harrison sent Rozlyn home once it was discovered that she was allegedly having an "inappropriate physical relationship" with one of the show's producers. According to People, Rozlyn denied that they had an affair and instead claimed that they were "good friends." However, Harrison claimed to the magazine, "She had a physical relationship with a producer on our show. You cannot do that. There is no gray area ... Other girls on the show saw it. The producer confessed more than once and to more than one person. I cannot make it any clearer."
She became a villain of sorts, because let's remember that the alleged affair has not been confirmed.
Kelsey became a Bachelor villain when it became clear that she was using her deceased husband as a "story" to gain advantage during Chris Soules' season. But look at it this way: Kelsey was in mourning. It's hard to move on, although it looks like she has — she hasn't posted to social media since 2015.
After her stint on The Bachelor — which included an infamous skinny dipping session with Ben Flajnik — Courtney released a tell-all book called I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain, embracing the label. The couple also broke off their engagement not too long after the show. It's hard to hate too much now, right?
During Sean Lowe's season, Tierra got into the infamous "I Can't Control My Eyebrow" argument, in which she also talks about not letting people take away her "sparkle." Eyebrow dysfunction probably deserves a doctor's visit more so than hate.
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It takes a special Bachelor to end up as the villain of his own season, but since his breakup with fiance Nikki Ferrell, Juan Pablo has vanished from the public spotlight.
Ashley I. didn't last long before getting eliminated on Chris Soules' season, but she did resurface on Bachelor in Paradise, where she received a lot of flack for her relentless pursuit of Jared Haibon. Come on, she just wants to be loved.
Again, it takes a special Bachelor to become the villain of his own season — and such was the case with Jason, who changed his mind post-finale. That's right. He broke off his engagement with Melissa Rycroft and then asks out Molly Malaney within minutes on After the Final Rose. Mollly and Jason wound up getting married and having a baby, so it was all in the name of true love.