Played By: Pauly D

If Pauly D was a character played by an actor, the performer would have a shelf full of Emmys. Watching Jersey Shore has been an addictive reality experience that only the most strong-willed can resist. The motivations of the characters are at once so precise and so stupid that you can't help but rubberneck. As the world has embraced the men and women on the show and made their delusions of grandeur a reality, we watched the cast become what every high school hero imagines they will be before real life humbles them. Viewing the show has been surreal, and admittedly, enjoyable, despite the better angels of our nature. It's disheartening to remember that Pauly and his cohorts are real people, but luckily, MTV has helped us forget that as often as possible over the last few years.