The Bachelor and The Bachelorette shows are pretty formulaic in general, so we tend to see some recurring characters emerge from season to season. One staple character? That would definitely be the crazy person. Let's be honest, there might not be enough drama on the shows if everyone was a happy-go-lucky type love interest, so the producers do what they can to invite in just enough madness. Out of almost 500 Bachelor contestants, here are some of the craziest of all time.
13 Kelsey Poe
Fans referred to Kelsey Poe on Chris Soules' season as the "black widow." She was the one who claimed to like her story, which was more than a little weird. She once said, "Isn't my story amazing?! It's tragic but it's amazing. I love my story." Um, okay. She was actually accused of faking a panic attack to get out of a rose ceremony and told a paramedic, "I'm gonna get a rose tonight, for sure."
Season 12's Michelle was sent home pretty early by Matt Grant. This might have been fine with Michelle because it seemed like she was more concerned with her cat: "I'm going to make sure she's OK. It's going to be great to have her purr again. And lay in my legs again. And to be with her again because she's the love of my life at the moment." Yup, this is why we watch reality TV, right?
11 Vienna Girardi
Vienna Girardi was relatively mellow during her time on the show compared to some of the other women. But after the show ended, well, that's when things got more than a little weird. She had an on-air breakup with Jake Pavelka that got a little intense. It ended with her storming away and saying, "You are the meanest person I've ever met in my life! I'm over it!"
10 Michelle Money
Michelle Money was quite the manipulative type, to say the least. At one point, she emerged with a black eye and had zero explanation about where it came from which left some heads scratching. She had a habit of pissing the women off by dragging Brad Womack off when she felt like it. Michelle has also admitted to having an affair with a married NBA player.
9 Jenny Schillari
Jenny Schillari was an interesting case because she was actually on the show as an undercover agent. She wasn't really available to date Jesse Palmer because she was married to his best friend. That seems reasonable enough until you consider that she kissed him. She said, "I've always been very affectionate with my friends. My husband was fine with it, even though our friends were saying, ‘But he kissed her on the lip!'"
8 Ashley Iaconetti
Ashley Iaconetti wasn't exactly an evil contestant or anything, but she was definitely a little wacky. As a virgin it was a little weird when she said about Chris Soules "I don't want him to respect me that much." It was also extremely dramatic when she cried over not getting picked for his princess themed date, then dressed up as a princess anyway and said "That's supposed to be my date" while eating corn on the cob.
7 Trish Schneider
Trish Schneider was on Jesse Palmer's season of The Bachelor and once wore a t-shirt that read "Gold Digger— Like a "worker" … just smarter." It's a bit of a red flag on a dating show, right? When she ended up being eliminated from the show she actually returned anyway, and offered Jesse the key to her room should he decide not to spend the overnight date with one of the finalists that he actually chose. Trish was not shy about discussing her active bedroom life, either.
6 Rozlyn Papa
Rozlyn Papa was maybe a little confused about what she was there for on Jake Pavelka's season. She reportedly had an "inappropriate relationship" with one of the producers and then later accused Chris Harrison of flirting with that guy's wife. The producer was fired and Rozlyn later said, "There was no making out! Unfortunately, I did not get any out of this big scandal that supposedly happened. If I had known that I was going to get accused of it, maybe I would have gone for it! We're bogged down with confidentiality agreements, but I will say that it's a TV show and there's a lot more to that story and it has nothing to do with 'it.'"
5 Stacey Elza
Stacey Elza was on Matt Grant's season, and on the first night, she put some of her panties into his pocket and then passed out before the rose ceremony. She said she gave him her underwear because she's "spontaneous and outgoing." Well, that's one way to look at it.
4 Madison McKinley
Madison McKinley made herself known as a weirdo on Brad Womack's season since she wore a pair of professionally-made vampire fangs. Why? Because she just loved vampires. So much. However, Madison is actually a pretty successful actress if you take a gander at her IMDb page which means she, ahem, might have been doing it for the publicity. Madison was in The Wolf of Wall Street, The Other Woman, The Smurfs Movie, and Orange is the New Black.
3 Tiera LiCausi
Tiera LiCausi cried more than most people on The Bachelor combined. It was pretty much non-stop. Despite that, she did manage to get Sean Lowe to fall for her, at least for a while. She also managed to make a fall of her own, when she tripped down the stairs and had to be taken to the hospital.
2 Courtney Robertson
Courtney Robertson was all kinds of crazy and actually managed to hook the unsuspecting Ben Flajnik. She favored moves like being mean to the women while being sugary sweet to him, as well as getting as naked as possible so often as she could and coming up with elaborate plans to sneak Ben away from the rest of group for swimming or drinking.
1 Ashley Salter
Ashley Salter was harmless, but she was so weird that it was completely laughable on Chris Soules' season. This quote pretty much says it all: "Every person you meet is like an onion. You cut them, but when you cut them, you peel them back and what you do is you peel them back layer by layer. That to me is an onion...it's blooming. Take a look at the freakin' onion. Look at this onion. Seriously, I'm not even kidding. That's a freakin' onion. I swear it's an onion. Can I just please just pick it? If it's a pomegranate, then god bless it. It is a pomegranate. It is. (She then picks said pomegranate.) Wow! I feel powerful!"