Ikr, does anyone like Riley? Lol in all my time in Buffy fandom I've met maybe two people who actually liked him.

I think what made him so bad (partly, other than just being boring) was that it seemed like he was just brought in for the purpose of being a love interest to Buffy, without ever forming any meaningful relationship with anyone outside of her and having a stupid connection to S4's already meandering main plot. People love to bitch about fangirls hating on other shows bringing in female love interest being sexist -- and tbf yes, treatment of female characters is abhorrent in many fandoms, but I think Riley proves that shitty characters who are brought in as love interests aren't going to be popular either way.