It's always a shame when you're reading a book and you're enjoying the story but you can't help but daydream about strangling the protagonist. For all the story's otherwise good facets, the protagonist's lack of any redeeming qualities puts you in a stabby mood. (Is that just us? Moving on.)
At times, the story is strong enough to eclipse the protagonist's frustrating monologues or their senseless decision-making. We stick it out for other characters, for the plot, for an engaging world or an original magic system we want to see play out. After all, it isn't easy writing a universally beloved protagonist.
Other times, however, the protagonist ends up taking over and frustrating us into a puddle of nope. These are those protagonists.
(And disclaimer: some of the mentions on the lists below include spoilers. Tread carefully.)