The Tech Industry's 10 Most Annoying Fictional Characters

In this slideshow, we'll examine the very worst fictional characters that marketing departments have unleashed on the general public over the years, ranging from smarmy wireless salesmen to dotcom-promoting sock puppets to annoying graphics of paperclips that SIMPLY REFUSE TO GO AWAY not matter what you do.

Max Headroom: Max Headroom began as a somewhat subversive cyberpunk show that satirized our advertisement-saturated capitalist civilization. That was back in 1985, of course; a mere two years later, Max began shilling soft drinks for Coca-Cola. But even so, at his peak this stuttering computer-generated android was quite a cultural phenomenon, even making the cover of Newsweek in 1987. While Max hasn't been on the air for years, he still retains a cult following and has an active fan club on the Internet.

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