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This Was The Worst Member Of SAMCRO In Sons Of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy is filled with bad apples, and, although the show's appeal is this band of outlaws and its members inherently roguish nature, there are a few members of the motorcycle club that are just the worst. It would be easy to pin the label on Juan Carlos 'Juice' Ortiz (Theo Rossi), simply because he turned into a rat, but his overall storyline and where he ends up is a little more tragic. It doesn't necessarily make him the worst member of the club, because he was loyal for so many years and it's horrific watching him go through hell in prison. Well, Gemma Teller-Morrow (Katey Sagal) certainly made a pitch for worst character on the show with her constant manipulations of her son, Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), and, y'know, the fact that she murdered his wife. But she's not a member of the MC, so she's disqualified in that regards. 

No, the title surely has to go to Ron Perlman's Clay Morrow, whose role as an overarching villain makes him one of the best elements in the series, largely because it's so easy to hate him. His complex relationship with Jax Teller as a substitute father figure gives their ongoing strife so much depth. We'll give him some credit, he had the occasional moment of moral goodness, even if it was often paired with sadism. Early on in the first season he gets revenge on a pedophile for brutally assaulting a young girl. Clay's chosen method of vengeance? Chopping off his manhood. So clearly, the biker has some sense of morality — but that didn't stop him from being a cold-blooded killer who happily double-crosses his closest friends.

Clay constantly worked against SAMCRO

Let's not forget, back in the Sons of Anarchy canon, before the series even started, Clay had tinkered with John Teller's bike to make sure he'd have a fatal accident. Why? Because Morrow wanted to push the gang into becoming a criminal enterprise, whereas John was all about forging a bond of brotherhood. Oh, and it didn't help that Clay was in love with Gemma. John's death was just the first of many key murders that the SAMCRO president carried out, a roster that also includes Opie's father, Piney Winston (William Lucking), because he was hell bent on keeping the secret of John's death hidden from Jax so as not to disrupt the club.

And although the members of SAMCRO started to suspect that Clay had his own schemes bubbling underneath the main drug running business, it wasn't until seasons 5 and 6 that he started working directly against them. He even worked with the Galindo Cartel in an attempt to usurp Jax and put Clay back at the head of the table. Then there's the spree of home invasions that he planned to cause a war in Charming. And this is all without mentioning his disgusting treatment of his wife, Gemma.

There are numerous occasions in the series in which Clay grabs or shoves his wife, even hurling a cinder block through her car window after she taunts him. Their divide only grows wider when Gemma threatens to reveal Clay tried to have Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) killed, and the biker king responds by beating her. It's a chilling moment that shows just how warped Clay's become. He's swayed between villain and anti-hero at times, but Clay is definitely the worst member of the club and Jax executing him in season 6 was undeniably satisfying.