Your friend might be a speed bump in the road to true love.
Single and wish you weren't? Taken with trouble brewing on the home front? Have you tried everything: blaming your parents, your job, and the ex-boyfriend who destroyed every last shred of romantic functionality you had in you?
When all other relationship diagnoses fail, blame your friends. That's right. The besties, frenemies, family members, and other so-called "friends" in your life might be toxic for both you and your relationship. Think your friend's a speed bump in the road to true love? Check out these nine telltale signs and their fictional counterparts.
1. Blair from Gossip Girl: She's happy for you if she's happy first.
If you've seen the show, you know it took blond bombshell Serena awhile to stand up for herself to bestie and b*tch-in-resident Blair, who constantly undermined the bond Serena had with ex-boyfriend Dan.
Plus, Blair always made sure Serena never shone brighter than she did. Try pulling the plug on this energy-suck of a friend.
2. The How I Met Your Mother cast: Your crew doesn't like outsiders.
Significant others didn't last long in the lives of the HIMYM friends. Ted's engagement to Stella ended for reasons other than the fact that she lived in New Jersey and the NYC-based crew had reservations about her.
Remember the episode where Ted brought his date to meet everyone only to realize — through the "group" lens — how annoying she was? Even the married Lily and Marshall spent most waking moments with their friends.
If we learned anything from Friends and Sex and the City, friend clusters eventually splinter when one member moves to Brooklyn. Better start running your game before you're left group-less in a defunct sitcom.
3. Dr. House from House: Third wheel? More like third appendage.
Whether your friend just got dumped or simply enjoys being the third wheel, inviting her to every couple's activity is starting to wear your relationship thin. You don't want to push her away, but you need to stand up for your man and your precious alone time.
Learn a lesson from Wilson on House, who sacrificed three marriages for his friendship with the crotchety Dr. House.
4. Drama from Entourage: Has a mouth as big as Kim K's ass.
This type of friend is a veritable Perez Hilton. Anything you tell her will undoubtedly make its way back to your latest love interest. On Entourage, Drama told anyone who'd listen about Turtle's "supposed" hookup with former Soprano's star Jamie Lynn-Sigler on an airplane.
Turns out, the hookup wasn't supposed at all, and Turtle ended up feeling the very real brunt of Drama's big mouth in the form of a drink in his face. Remember the whole lock your mouth and throw away the key routine? Get your loose-lipped friend to try that on for size.
5. Serena from Gossip Girl: Sleeps with your boyfriend.
While Blair may be one of the needier, more selfish friends out there, Serena isn't exactly a Gossip Girl angel. After all, she did sleep with Nate Archibald while he was Blair's boyfriend, and B was still a virgin herself.
Yes they were drunk and, yes, Serena was devastatingly sorry, but let's just say your friend getting anywhere close to cozy with your guy isn't a great sign.
6. Will & Grace: He's everything you want ... except he's gay.
He's smart, funny, and handsome, and loves to shop. You could feasibly spend the rest of your life with him ... if only he weren't gay.
Takes notes from Will and Grace, who eventually had to break up their friendship to move on with their love lives. Unless celibacy is your thing, scaling back on quality time with your gay BFF might help you start your love train.
7. Sheree from RHOA: You're the lone single girl among them.
Recent divorcee, Sheree Whitfield from Real Housewives of Atlanta, is no wall flower. The former wife of an NFL player knows what she wants in a man and isn't afraid to express that on camera. Regardless, the rest of the Real Housewives cast is taken or married, which puts a different spin on girls' night out.
Being a single among marrieds can have pros (they constantly want to set you up) and cons (they constantly want to set you up). Finding other single cohorts, so long as they don't exhibit the other eight signs, can be good for your game.
8. Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married: Steals your thunder.
Anne Hathaway's character Kym — fresh out of rehab with chip firmly affixed to her shoulder — is the epitome of the thunder-stealing friend. OK, she's technically Rachel, the bride-to-be's sister, but close enough.
You announce you're pregnant hoping to dissolve a fight. Without uttering so much as a "congrats," she announces it's unfair to change topics like that. Whether it's with family or out flirting at a bar, some people always need to be the center of attention. Lucky for you, they don't always have to warrant yours.
9. Debbie Downer from Saturday Night Live: She's Nancy Negativity.
The Debbie Downer type doesn't steal your thunder — she flattens it into a weepy, violin-playing pancake of gloom. You leave a lunch with her not only doubting yourself and your relationship, but you want to step into oncoming traffic.
Unless some Prozac is in sight for the double D in your life, she might be dead weight that you and your game don't need.