Out of nearly 600 people surveyed by Looper, 32% of people chose Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) and Chief Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham) as the least likable characters on “Yellowstone.” Rip received 16.22% of the vote, while Chief Rainwater got 16.55%. The next closest was Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) with 12.50% of those surveyed saying they weren’t too crazy about her, either.
Over the past four seasons, Chief Rainwater has served as a main antagonist to Kevin Costner’s John Dutton. But Season 4 actually saw the two team up against a common enemy in airport developer Ellis Steele. Rip, meanwhile, serves as a ranch foreman on the show and a devoted Dutton ally who often butts heads with the youngest Dutton and fan-favorite Kayce (Luke Grimes), which could be why a lot of people don’t like him.
“Kayce > Rip,” wrote Twitter user @lesliejaffie during Season 4.
But even with the negativity surrounding their characters, most “Yellowstone” fans still appreciate and enjoy watching actors Cole Hauser and Gil Birmingham do their thing. “Gil Birmingham, plays a great Chief Rainwater (a man we love to hate),” tweeted @peggi_reed back in 2020. “Cole Hauser’s performance as Rip on Yellowstone is so f**king good,” tweeted @Hekvetica, also in 2020. “Not a good person, but a great f**king character.”