The Top Five On-screen Heartbreakers

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May 18th, 2014

In nearly every television series, there is one character who repeatedly breaks hearts and cheats on significant others. These heartbreaking characters often leave a path of destruction in their wake, but they are no less irresistible to the opposite sex, which ends up causing even more delightful drama. These five characters are best known for two-timing lovers and engaging in a variety of steamy affairs.


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Mark Sloan

Mark Sloan, played by Eric Dane, is by far the biggest on-screen heartbreaker on "Grey's Anatomy," the long-running medical drama. Before even arriving at Seattle Grace Hospital, Sloan manages to break up Derek's marriage by sleeping with his wife, Addison. Sloan then makes the rounds at the hospital having brief affairs with a number of nurses and doctors. The female staff soon unite, creating the pact known as Nurses United Against Mark Sloan. Although many of the women pledge to not sleep with Mark, he ends up engaging in short relationships with a number of pact participants. Sloan's various encounters with the staff at Seattle Grace includes a tumultuous relationship with Lexie that ends when he cheats on her by once again sleeping with Addison. Mark also sleeps with Addison's friend, Torres, Meredith's sister, Nancy, and Derek's sister, Amelia. 



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Don Draper

Don Draper is the arrogant and womanizing protagonist of "Mad Men." In the beginning of the series, Don falls in love with and marries Betty, and the couple have three children together. However, shortly after the wedding ceremony, Don engages in a number of affairs. First, he falls in love with a pot-smoking beatnik named Midge. After realizing Midge is in love with another man, Don breaks off the relationship and begins a new one with a woman named Rachel, who is the complete opposite of Midge. Don soon falls for Rachel and proposes that the two run away together. Rachel refuses, causing Don to develop brief relationships with a number of women, including several prostitutes. Although Don denies cheating on Betty, their marriage ends in divorce when she is presented with concrete evidence of his philandering ways. Don soon remarries but begins to cheat on his new wife, Megan.



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Barney Stinson

Barney Stinson is one of television's most notorious bachelors. Barney is often featured in "How I Met Your Mother" engaging in strictly sexual relationships with a variety of women. He even spends a significant amount of time creating new ways to get women to sleep with him. Barney rarely sticks around after a one night stand but does engage in several romantic relationships toward the end of the series. His longest relationship is with Robin, although their marriage ultimately ends in divorce. His other long-term relationship with Nora ends when he cheats on her with Robin. Barney ends his run on the series the same way he started, as a heartbreaking bachelor.



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Blair Waldorf

Over the course of the series "Gossip Girl," Blair Waldorf creates various love triangles and constantly puts her relationship with Chuck in jeopardy, often with the sole purpose of hurting him. In the first season, Blair begins a relationship with Nate, only to sleep with Chuck shortly after. Blair goes back and forth between dating the two men before breaking off both relationships. Throughout the series, Blair and Chuck have a tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship. She cheats on Chuck with his uncle, Jack, and her friend's brother, Dan. The last seasons of the series finds Blair in yet another love triangle with Chuck, Dan and Louis, a prince that Blair marries. However, the marriage is short lived, and Blair continues her relationships with Chuck and Dan simultaneously before deciding to marry Chuck.



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Sookie Stackhouse

Sookie Stackhouse, the protagonist of the television series "True Blood," creates a love triangle that lasts throughout several seasons. After breaking off a very short relationship with her boss, Sam, Sookie engages in an on-again, off-again relationship with a vampire named Bill. When they break up, Sookie moves on to Eric, the sheriff of Area 5. During the later seasons in the series, Sookie alternates between Bill and Eric. Sookie takes a break from the love triangle and nearly sleeps with Alcide, a charming werewolf. However, their romantic encounter is interrupted by Bill and Eric. A series of events in season six compromises Sookie's relationship with both Eric and Bill.

From love triangles to bachelors who avoid serious relationships, there are a variety of characters known for being heartbreakers. Whether these characters are making up or breaking up, someone else always suffers. However, there never seems to be a shortage of future love interests.