Ryan had definitely been shown in a bad light (comments on locations, on other teams, on his own 'brilliance'), and other teams have made negative comments about them. I normally find arrogance quite annoying on the show so Ryan does bring them down a bit. So in the context of the show I think they have been baddies, alongside the twins after their taking of the money recently. Ryan was still very arrogant at the time zone task. I don't mind them though, they have helped spice up this season, though not as well as Art and JJ did last season.