Least Likable Friend
Caroline Bingley, Pride and Prejudice
Caroline is as haughty as a character can get, and rather stupid if she thinks she can attract a man by denigrating her competition.Her criticism of Elizabeth is relentless as she tried to sabotage Darcy's attraction to her. In contrasting Caroline's narrow-minded attitude with Mr. Darcy's growing awareness, Jane lets us see that he is a superior character. He is able to recognize Elizabeth's finer qualities despite her "inferior" upbringing, while Caroline cannot. Tied to convention Caroline cannot see merit in anyone who does not share her social background and conventional graces, although she does seem to be genuinely interested in Miss Jane Bennet.To give her her due, she did try to warn Elizabeth about Mr. Wickham, but by this time she had lost all credibility with Lizzy. Sweet Jane took longer to recognize Caroline's lack of genuine friendship and false warmth.
Lucy Steele, Sense and Sensibility
Sly, cunning, and opportunistic, Lucy makes the most of her lack of resources by taking advantage of her pretty face and figure, and superficially charming manners. She snags Edward Ferrars during a weak moment, and like a badger will not let him go. Much to her chagrin, Edward demonstrates true character and sticks by her when his mother disinherits him for their secret engagement. Lucy only wanted him for his money and title, and she ditches him for his brother at the first opportunity. She purposely pursued Elinor as a friend, letting her in on her secret engagement to Edward, knowing full well how much the news must have hurt Elinor. Lucy's sly cat and mouse game added to Elinor's suffering, telling the reader that Lucy was bad through and through. She never received her comeuppance, and we were sad to see her rewarded for her bad behavior by marrying Robert.