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"Oooo, I hate that guy!"
Elan about Daimyo Kubota


The guy everyone just loves to hate, seeing as that's pretty much the whole point.

A character whose intended role in the story (the role the authors made for them) is to be so despicable that the audience wants him or her to fail just as much as they want the heroes to succeed.

However, this person doesn't have to be the main villain of the story, or even a villain at all. Let's say we have a cast of perfectly likable, if flawed, protagonists, reasonable and sympathetic villains/antagonists, and Jim. Jim is not necessarily the Big Bad. He is not causing the struggle that the heroes must overcome, thank goodness, but he is making the heroes' lives more difficult. His list of character traits includes pettiness, selfishness, stubbornness, greed, Holier-Than-Thou contempt, cowardice, an inexcusable penchant for making all the wrong decisions in dangerous situations and flat-out sociopathy. He may also be nasty and rude, bigoted, sleazy and needlessly smug. Basically, Jim exists, if anything, to be hated. Every action he commits and piece of dialogue he says is to get under our skin. If we see his eventual downfall — and we usually do — it is just as satisfying as the writers can possibly make it. It's is always a nice touch, and can be quite satisfying to watch. On the other hand, if Jim manages to get away from what theoretically should be coming to him, he may end up being hated much more than what was intended.

Not that the Hate Sink can't be the Big Bad, but common habitats for this weasel vary a lot, but here a few to name:

  • Disaster and killer animal stories, because you can't truly hate a force of nature.
  • Works where The Protagonist's struggle is caused by a faceless group, say a corporation. The Hate Sink here might not necessarily be The Leader, but will be a representative of the corporation.
  • Works that operate under Grey and Gray Morality.
  • Works where these characters are present and either they form a Big Bad Ensemble or NONE of them are the main antagonists.
  • Certain action movies where the villains are just as badass as the heroes themselves.
  • Works where the Big Bad is too sympathetic and/or not all that threatening to hate.
  • Horror movies for when the Hate Sink is an Asshole Victim.
  • Works where the Big Bad is a mindless Eldritch Abomination that is either too unfathomable and/or animalistic to despise.

The difference between this and Designated Villain is that the Designated Villain is just thrown into the role for the sake of storytelling, but they never do anything really evil. The Hate Sink, however, if Jim is being loathsome in the scene, he's very much fulfilling his intended role.

See Villainy Free Villain for when they act like like a Jerkass. In more recent years, this character has been a Politically-Incorrect Villain. The Complete Monster, complete and total despicableness being their main trait, is a controversial version of this, though there can be an overlap (e.g. Lotso Huggin' Bear, Pennywise the Dancing Clown). Some avert this by way of Evil Is Cool. Contrast with Evil Is Sexy, where fans derive Fanservice from a villain, regardless of how unlikable they are. Contrast with Rooting for the Empire, where fans support the villains more than the heroes. With that said, a Hate Sink will never get support for their actions. Remember, Tropes Are Tools, so a poorly written Hate Sink will end up becoming The Scrappy instead, while one that characters enjoy booing will end up a Love to Hate example.

Also, this isn't a place to complain about characters you hate (those characters would most likely be The Scrappy), other characters must hate them in-story.

Examples of Hate Sink include:

Anime and Manga

  • The Diamond and Pearl part of the Pokémon anime shows the heroes' first significant losing streak, which is much of the real conflict. Enter Paul, the most ruthless rival Ash has ever met, who's a borderline Social Darwinist with his training methods,, but Paul's importance in the overall story is nonexistent, not even as a driving force like the others have been.
    • Also present is Meowzie, who coldly rejected Meowth simply because he was poor. Although she claimed to like humans, she dismissed him as a freak when he tried to become more like one. Karma condemns her when she's abandoned by her trainer and becomes just as poor as he was.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Most Fullmetal Alchemist villains tend to be sympathetic or at least have some sort of redeeming quality. This is not the case with Shou Tucker. While appearing at first to be a decent man who loves his daughter (though admittedly his wife did decide to leave him), it turns out that he had turned his wife into a chimera, which caused her to commit suicide. Not showing remorse to what he did, Shou Tucker decided to repeat his actions and combine Nina with her own dog, turning her into a talking chimera as well. While he's not considered to be The Scrappy (since he doesn't actually detract from the work), Anime Planet has him take the spot of the #1 most hated anime character. Unsurprisingly, the author has him burn in Hell for his horrible actions.
  • Malty from Rising Of A Shield Hero may be physically beautiful, but boy is she ugly on the inside. The first evil action she does is rob Naofumi and get him prosecuted for rape (which he was innocent of). She does worse things later on, like trying to kill her own sister.
  • Frieza from Dragon Ball Z is one of the most evil characters in the entire Dragon Ball franchise and is hated, if not outright feared, by pretty much everyone who knows of him. Unlike other villains in the Dragon Ball series, who were created to be evil or have gone off the deep end, Frieza actually does every evil action he does voluntarily. One of his worst actions is when he slaughters numerous Namekians to get his hands on the Dragon Balls... and for personal pleasure. He rightfully earned the rare distinction of being one of the very few villains that Goku genuinely wanted to kill after he blew Krillin to pieces and then cracked a sick joke about his death. Akira Toriyama specifically created him as his commentary on the Japanese house bubble crisis, and in particular for speculators, though ironically enough, among audiences he was actually more well liked.
  • Kirby: Right Back At Ya! has King Dedede. Whereas game King Dedede had redeeming qualities in most of the video games he appears in, this version of the character isn't sympathetic at all. Not only is he responsible for sending the monsters (purchased from Nightmare Incorporated) that attack Kirby, he also mistreats his lackey Escargoon. It's a small wonder he's not popular around Cappy Town despite being its self-proclaimed ruler. Granted, he's not as evil as the actual villain of the show (Nightmare, who's just as horrifying as his name implies), but he appears much more often than he does. He does act nicely when he believes a meteor is going to crash into Popstar, but that's the exception rather than the norm.
  • Naruto usually has sympathetic characters (whether they're heroes OR villains), but there are exceptions. For example, there's Gato, the businessman who executed Inari's surrogate father in front of his entire hometown and generally does everything in his power to oppress the Land Of Waves.
  • Loly from Bleach is a horrible Arrancar who always torments Orihime during her extended stay in Hueco Mundo (simply because she believes Sosuke Aizen prefers Orihime over her, even though Orihime is being held captive by him) and has few redeeming qualities. Her partner Melody isn’t as sadistic, thank goodness, though she is an accessory to what Orihime goes through.
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka has Chisato’s unnamed father, who treats his own daughter very horribly. Not only does he savagely beat her, he also attempted to sell her into prostitution. Why does he do it? Because he’s a hypocrite who blames her for his debts even though he’s a gambling addict. His death is... less than tragic.
  • Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy: Most villains in the franchise have tragic backstories, Evil Is Cool, Evil Is Sexy or, at the very least, Laughably Evil tendencies. This is not the case with Kazuo Tengan, who's simply a cold-hearted, crotchety old fogey whose plan to brainwash everyone on Earth into committing suicide doesn't make any sense whatsoever. He's considered one of the worst parts about the entire thing, even moreso than Ruruka Andou or Daisaku Bandai.

Fan Fiction

Film - Animated

  • Toy Story 3: Say what you will about the previous and subsequent antagonists, but they were all redeemable in their own ways; Sid was a mean-spirited kid, but he had no way to know they toys were alive, nor did Al (not to mention the latter, even if purely motivated by profits, nevertheless made sure Woody's arm was fixed up), Stinky Pete was an Anti-Villain who wanted to get Woody and the gang over to Japan, largely to gain some degree of fame after being stuck on a dime store shelf for far too long, Zurg was a Plot Irrelevant Villain operating on his mental programming, Gabby Gabby is another Tragic Villain, and Scud was a dog, and thus, not accountable for his actions. Then there's Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, who has broke and tortured toys at Sunnyside Daycare for years and puts on a friendly facàde when Andy's toys come to Sunnyside. In the climax, he gets a chance to redeem himself, but he tosses it away, even though Woody and Buzz just risked their lives to save him. When that is all said and done, being tied to a garbage truck for the rest of his life was a fitting punishment for this nasty character.
  • Barbie: Princess and the Pauper: Since the actual villain is somewhat archetypal (though he DOES have to alter his plans due to things such as Julian interfering) this Barbie film has Madame Carp, who is not the type of person you would want to work for. She constantly orders Erika around and makes her life worse than it should have been, because her parents owe her money. And she also locks her employees inside her shop, which can potentially be dangerous. Eventually, she's forced to go out of business due to her mistreatment of Annelise (who was disguised as Erika at the time).
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire‘s direct to video sequel has Ashton Carnaby, who appears in the second half of the movie. While Chakashi is the antagonist of this part of the movie (who attacks trespassers with an army of sand coyotes), he has understandable motivations, wishing to protect the hidden city so that thieves never come to pillage it. However, Carnaby is motivated solely by his own greed, and not only did he steal from another treasure hunter, he decides to betray and kill the crew accompanying him so that he can have all the city’s treasures for himself. He suffers the ironic fate of becoming a sand coyote himself.
  • Norm of the North: Mr. Greene crosses the line from a bog-standard attempt at Laughably Evil you can see in any low-rate kids movie into this trope (that's right, you can't even go for his point of view) when he orders Vera to edit the recording of Norm's speech to make it look like he supports Greene's homes being built in the Arctic, even having four of his condominiums built and having them shipped to the Arctic without the Arctic Council's approval or even knowledge and despite knowing that a storm is predicted to hit the Arctic Ocean. Worse, it would've destroyed the Arctic's natural habitat as a consequence of his careless and irresponsible nature. Even his former investors and the public turn on him for his corruption, and ultimately Janet traps him in the sewers, with his ponytail sticking out from the lid. (Not like the other characters are any more likable...)
  • Chi-Fu in Mulan While Shan Yu did some pretty despicable stuff in the film he at least gets a pass for being a badass and smart warrior villain, not treating his soldiers like crap[1] and was the only guy that didn't give a crap about Mulan being a woman. Chi-Fu on the other hand is a smug, pompous, stuck up, cowardly, sexist and ungrateful prick who tells Mulan to shut up when she tries to explain that her father is not fit to fight, says to Shang that he's not good enough to be a captain, orders Mulan to be killed when she's discovered to be a woman despite her just saving them from the Huns in the mountain pass all while saying he knew there was something wrong with her all along and cleary taking delight in shooting her down about how she's shamed and dishonored everyone clearly showing he loves abusing his authority to bully those below him, after Mulan blows Shan Yu up he still continues to be ungrateful and says that she's a woman that won't accomplish anything, flat out dehumanizing her by calling her a creature and lastly lies about there being no open positions for Mulan when the emperor offers to make her a member of his council (which massively backfires on him when the Emperor decides to offer Mulan Chi-Fu's position instead).
  • Bob's boss Mr. Huph from The Incredibles isn't a murderous supervillain like Syndrome or even a criminal, but he makes up for his lack of crimes with his startling Lack of Empathy. He belittles Bob for trying to help Insuricare's customers get paid, refuses to let him stop a mugger, and takes a sickening amount of glee in humiliating him. You'd be hard-pressed to shed a tear once Bob has enough and breaks every bone in his body by throwing him through several walls, even though he gets fired for it in the process.
  • Burgermeister Meisterburger from Santa Claus is Comin' to Town is a lot goofier than most examples of this trope, but since he's a humorless adult obsessed with not letting the children of Sombertown have fun in a Christmas special, he still runs afoul of it. It's best exemplified when he gets so fed up with Kris sneaking toys to the children, and has them all tossed into a roaring bonfire while the children are forced to watch. Being petty is one thing, but the Burgermeister definitely took it to new heights.

Film- Live Action

  • Titanic: Billy Zane's character, Cal. The audience can hate this guy. He is designed to be hated. He is the anti-Jack. He disparages the Picasso paintings; he verbally and physically abuses Rose; he tries to have Jack killed; is exposed to care more about money than Rose; and finally cowardly escapes on a lifeboat using a small child. Although he survives, he is deprived of Rose in the end, loses his money through bad investments and ultimately puts a pistol in his mouth and that is the audiences' consolation.
  • Independence Day: The Secretary of Defense, Mr. Nimzicki (a.k.a. Foily McAntagonist). The aliens are inscrutable, have cool ships and bring the Monumental Damage and massive carnage that is the reason you bought the ticket. This guy knows about the aliens ahead of time but stays silent to give the President "plausible deniability." He continually pushes the use of nukes that are ineffective. He cockily celebrates victory too soon only to immediately be proven wrong. Finally, he is the only person to disagree with the final plan that ends up working. His comeuppance is being fired by President Whitmore in person.
  • The Mummy: Though the title character is the main antagonist of the movie, he’s not necessarily a hateable character, since his motivation is mainly to resurrect his dead lover. His lackey Beni in contrast IS a horrible person, because he sold out his comrades to the Big Bad in an effort to save his own skin, and is shown to at some level enjoy watching Imhotep kill Mr. Burns. As such, he ends up dying a horrible death, especially compared to Imhotep who is simply stabbed.
    • The sequel has Baltus Hafez, the cultist who is responsible for resurrecting Imhotep so that he can slay the Scorpion King, who like Beni Gabor is a Dirty Coward, and like Beni suffers a horrible death... ironically at the hands of the Scorpion King which is what he sought to kill.
    • The third film continues the trend with Roger Wilson. Unlike Yang and Choi, who wish to restore China to its former glory, Roger Wilson only cares about himself, and like Baltus Hafez and Beni before him has a cowardly side. And he too betrays Alex much like Beni had betrayed his father before him. He makes the mistake of asking the Emperor to take him with him and is decapitated for his troubles, though strangely enough his death is tame compared to the other two.
  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space has Officer Mooney. Not only is he a jerk, he does nothing to help Crescent Cove when the reports start flying in of killer klowns that among other things, are turning people into cotton candy. He suffers an ironic fate when after declaring that nobody will make a dummy out of him he ends up being turned into a puppet by one of the klowns.
  • Back to The Future has Biff Tannen, a Jerk Jock who bullies Marty's father George. Not only did he bully George in the past, he continues to do so in the present day. Thankfully, when Marty goes to the past, he ends up giving George an opportunity to stand up to him, which he takes. This results in Biff working for George in the present day instead.
  • Aliens: Paul Reiser's company guy, Carter Burke, who can be considered Ash's successor. The aliens are already scary, but they’re motivated by sustenance and their desire to reproduce, so they include Burke as the weaselly company guy that only cares about money and fame. He knows about the aliens ahead of time and sends the colonists to investigate. He disagrees with nuking the site from orbit. He tries to impregnate Newt and Ripley with alien embryos with a plan to sabotage and kill the other heroes. Finally he cowardly retreats behind a door locking the other heroes out, where he is deliciously killed by an alien. He's not as bad as Maron Wren, but he sure is hateable.
    • In the novel, he was to be found attached to a wall when Ripley went on her rescue mission to save Newt. Begging for death, she hands him a grenade instead.
  • Die Hard: Richard Thornburg. The German terrorists/bank robbers have awesome accents and their leader is the perfect villain to love: intelligent, Wicked Cultured, and friendly to the hostages to a degree, but swift and deadly toward the authorities and driven by greed. So who do you hate? Thornburg, that ends up exposing who Holly McClane really is by threatening the McClane housekeeper with deportation and terrorizes their kids all for the sake of a story. Possibly the greatest comeuppance example: he is punched by Holly McClane at the end.
    • Coke snorting yuppie Harry Ellis, who constantly badly flirts with Holly exposes John's identity to the terrorists, probably hoping to finally get her in the sack. He ends up getting shot in the head by the terrorists.
    • To a somewhat lesser degree, the two Agent Johnsons (no relation). The are rather disrespectful to Powell and the other police, unknowingly play into the robbers hands by cutting the power, and are perfectly fine with allowing some of the hostages to die if it means getting the villains.
    • Thornburg gets zapped with a stun gun by the same Holly McClane in Die Hard 2 after revealing on international TV that the airport has been hijacked, thereby causing a panic that the authorities were desperately trying to avoid. William Atherton seems to have made a career playing jerks we love to hate. Speaking of which...
  • Ghostbusters: Walter Peck, probably the quintessential Obstructive Bureaucrat. You can't hate ghosts or Gozer. But this pencil pusher is pissed that someone has the audacity to be as cool as the ghost busters. So he shuts their containment system down causing the climax of the movie.
    • Peck must be a complete Jerkass to avoid stirring up Fridge Logic. Peck's insistence the Ghostbusters follow environmental laws is hardly unreasonable, even if he is a jerk. Egon already Lampshaded the questionable legal status of their business with his line about "unlicensed nuclear accelerators."
      • He doesn't believe in all this "ghost mumbo jumbo", and there's implications that he's one of the reason for the Ghostbusters losing all credibility between films. But still, when you've got the guy who invented this machine telling you the horrid consequences for turning it off, and an unbiased electrician telling you he's never seen the likes of it before, you have to be borderline Too Dumb to Live to go ahead and turn it off anyway. At the very least he should have simply gotten a court-ordered injunction to have them stop 'busting until third-party groups could look over the equipment.
  • Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers: John Strode, an abusive father who disowns his daughter and a general Jerkass. When Michael electrocutes him, audiences were cheering.
  • The Banana Splits Movie has no less than three Asshole Victims. For example, there's Andy, who wishes to cancel the show simply because he thought it was boring, uncaring that doing so would put several people out of a job. He ends up causing the animatronics to snap and go on a murderous rampage. Unfortunately for him, the animatronics figure out his intentions and sentence him to a horrible death.
    • There's also Stevie, the Banana Splits's token human. Not only is he unpopular with the audience, he doesn't behave himself when he's off the set. He's the one person whose onboard with Andy's plan to cancel the show and dismantle the animatronics. Unfortunately for him, he makes the mistake of revealing Andy's intentions and he's subsequently killed.
    • Finally, there's Harley's very own father, Mitch, who shamelessly cheats on his wife Beth. He ends up being run over by Snorky, though since Snorky isn't as violent as the other three, he survives. It happens to him again, this time fatally, when Poppy decides to run him over too.
  • The Rezort: With the movie taking place after a zombie apocalypse, there are people who inevitably want to kill the zombies for revenge. There's a resort created specifically so people could do that. However, it becomes a plot point that perhaps people SHOULDN'T kill the zombies for sport, since it theoretically encourages people to kill the living as well. The zombies were once human, after all. But if we shouldn't hate the zombies, who should we hate on? Valerie Wilton, the person owning the eponymous resort for zombie hunters. As it turns out, she has been abducting people and transforming them into zombies to ensure that the resort stays in business, meaning that she's responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people. And when the Rezort's security systems shuts down, she decides that it's every woman for herself. Unsurprisingly, the zombies decide that they'll kill her instead of the protagonist Melanie when they manage to locate the two of them.
  • Twister: Cary Elwes plays the corporate-backed scientist Jonas. You can't rage at the tornadoes, right? They're a force of nature, and they inspire awe in the heroes and give them purpose. But this guy "sold-out" and got corporate funding, making him a puppet of The Man (and why would a scientist ever want funding?). His team travel in four sinisterly identical black SUVs compared to our Ragtag Bunch of Misfits' ragtag assortment of vehicles, he's a hack that doesn't know the true science and just copies the heroes or relies too much on the instruments rather than the clairvoyant way that Helen Hunt just stares at the storm and knows which way it will go. Ultimately, his whole team is sucked into the storm when he arrogantly ignores the heroes' warnings.
  • Sean Parker from The Social Network. In a story full of Gray and Gray Morality, he's the closest character portrayed as an outright villain due to what a Jerkass he is.
  • Dirty Harry: Sudden Impact: Mick's wife Ray is described as a witch by the people that she meets. And there's a reason with that. She assisted Mick with her gang rape of Jennifer and her sister by luring the two of them in a trap, resulting in the latter ending up in a catatonic state. She dies a karmic death when she refers to Jennifer's sister as a slut, resulting in Jennifer shooting her in retaliation.
  • The Purge: The killer who murdered Senator Roan’s Family during the Purge. He doesn’t have a lot of screen time, but during said screentime, he makes it all too clear that he’s a pretty nasty individual. He’s actually the reason why Roan wants to remove the Purge.
  • Harvey Baylor in the laughably awful Planet of the Dinosaurs. The protagonists have all crash-landed on a far flung planet inhabited by prehistoric creatures, with no way to contact Earth and little hope of being rescued. Harvey proceeds to whine indiscriminately about how he's the Vice President of Spaceways Incorporated (and therefore their boss) and he can get them all fired, complains about having to do so much walking with no clear endpoint, and repeatedly sexually harasses his secretary. You can't hate the dinosaurs because they're dinosaurs (and barely put in any appearances in the movie anyway), and you can't hate the planet because it's a planet. But BOY can you hate Harvey Baylor! Thankfully he dies about halfway through the movie by being fatally gored by a Centrosaur and tossed off a cliff.
  • You can't hate the titular eldritch abominations from The Langoliers (especially since they're just a creepy noise closing in from over the horizon for most of the story), and there's no one to really blame for stranding the characters in the past. But there's Toomy. Hateful, spiteful, assholish, with Freudian excuses and issues stacked high, who annoys, irritates and backstabs. Yeah, you can hate Toomy. You can't not hate Toomy. He gets eaten by the title Clock Roaches near the end of the movie.
    • In a similar Stephen King example, in the live action production of The Mist, the monsters are terrifying but you can't hate them because they don't appear to be acting with true malice. They're just trying to fulfill their instincts. But boy, oh boy, can you ever hate Mrs. Carmody, the shrill, hateful Jesus freak who looks down her nose at anyone who isn't as "righteous" as she is and whipped the mob into a religious frenzy that almost resulted in the murder of the protagonist's young son.
    • Let's go for King story number 3: Percy Wetmore in The Green Mile. You can't hate the racism in the '30s that put John Coffey on Death Row; you can't hate the system for making sure he'll die in the electric chair; and you sure as hell can't hate Old Sparky itself. But you can definitely hate Percy, who uses the fact that he's the nephew of the governor's wife to duck authority at every turn...even after deliberately sabotaging the execution of a convict he particularly hates and having him literally fried alive. His comeuppance comes in the form of Mr. Coffey, who "uses him as a gun" to kill a more proper villain, William Wharton, then leaves him catatonic.
    • And now King story number 4: Captain Hadley, Bogs Diamond, and Warden Norton are all the main sources of Andy's suffering during his stay in prison during The Shawshank Redemption, and each is more vile and hateable than the last. Hadley is a violent psycho who brutalizes inmates for the smallest offenses and swears like a sailor, Bogs is a sadistic serial rapist who rapes Andy again and again, and despite his jovial Jesus-loving good-ole boy schtick, Norton is a slimy hypocrite who uses his prisoners as glorified slave labor and is more than happy to force Andy to stay in prison despite knowing that he's innocent and tortures him by sticking him in solitary confinement for weeks when he objects. Thankfully, each bastard gets their comeuppance while Andy escapes and flees the country.
    • IT (2017) & IT: Chapter Two (2019) have IT/Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Murdering Bill Denbrough's younger brother Georgie in 1988, the following summer, it taunts the possibility of Georgie being still alive, sending the Losers' Club on a fruitless hunt, getting them almost killed in in the process, manipulates The Henry Bowers into doing its bidding, abducts Beverly Marsh with obviously lewd intentions, and even threatens to take Bill away with a false promise of going on to live long, happy lives. 27 years later, it pretends to save a gay man named Adrian Mellon from drowning, only to eat him, as his boyfriend Don Haggerty watches, taunts Richie Toizer about being gay, murders a young girl with a false promise of removing her birthmark, further taunts Bill about his inability to save Georgie by making him relive it by murdering another boy in front of him, taunts the Losers' Club about Stan Uris' scuicide, and even murders Eddie Kasprak in the form of a Giant Spider before its ultimate downfall.
    • And while we're on IT, there's also Al Marsh, Beverly's abusive and sexually disturbed father who sees his daughter as nothing but an extension of his deceased wife.
  • Carl Anhauser from 2012... is a subversion of this, surprisingly. While he acts like a dick for much of the movie and occasionally lashes out at people, he's still trying to keep as many people alive as possible, and the movie never really paints him as a completely bad person.
  • Jurassic Park: Donald Gennaro, the lawyer. Specifically because of how different his character is in the book from the movie. In the book he is actually fairly competent and brave, not the useless, spineless, one-dimensional character in the movie, illustrating the screenplay writers needed someone the audience to focus some hate on, because you can't hate the heroes or the dinosaurs right? He's the only person to not see any problem with the dinosaurs, shows his stupidity on the tour by asking if the people on tour are "auto-erotic" (perhaps confused with animatronic). and then abandons the children during the scene with the T-Rex. His comeuppance of getting eaten sitting on the toilet (which Ian Malcolm accidentally causes) is masterful.
    • Ironically, the novel version of John Hammond fills the role very nicely; he's an arrogant, rich bastard used to getting his own way, whose refusal to listen to criticism ends up getting numerous people killed. His comeuppance is falling prey to the dinosaurs himself at the very end, after it seems as though they're safe. In the movie he's upgraded to a kindly old man who loves his grandkids and whose only fault is naive overconfidence...and sexism in survival situations.
    • In the films, there’s Dennis Nedry. Whereas Nedry has a [[Freudian Excuse]] in the novel, in the movie he has none. He endangers everyone by deactivating most of the park’s security systems (apart from the raptors, since even he knew how dangerous they were), simply so he can get paid. He later leaves behind a taunting message to Ray Arnold when he tries to fix things. He dies an ironic death when one of the dinos he releases decides to eat him.
  • The first Resident Evil Movie has Spence. While the main villain the Red Queen is a well-intentioned extremist who wishes to prevent the T-Virus from leaking (though there are apparently several flaws with her AI, since she didn’t tell anyone about the T-Virus leak in the first place), this is not the case with Spence. He’s the one who started the T-Virus outbreak in the first place, simply so that he could get some ill-gotten cash by selling it on the black market. While it seems like he loves Alice at first, it ultimately becomes apparent that all he cares about is money. Small wonder Alice smashes her fake wedding ring after encountering the zombified Spence once the Licker catches him.
    • Resident Evil Afterlife: Kim Koates plays the annoying Bennett, a movie producer trapped in an L.A. prison with a few other survivors. His character is the classic hate sink-he is rude, selfish, and disagrees with every other main character on decisions. When things start to go wrong he shoots a fellow survivor and then escapes in a small plane leaving the rest behind. Then in the climax he does the bidding of the main evil character so that he is saved. But he gets his just desserts when the heroes defeat the main villain and leave him to be eaten by some unseen horror, heavily implied to be said main villain as a side effect of having to regenerate himself.
  • Unstoppable: You can't hate a runaway train, but you can hate Obstructive Bureaucrat Galvin. His comeuppance is that he loses his job afterwards.
  • None of the groups at play in Ant-Man and the Wasp come out looking perfect, but Sonny Burch — despite his genteel surroundings— is a greedy bastard after the Pym technology and whatever money he can pick up on the side. Scott even calls him a "weasel" as he tries to catch him at the end.
  • Gremlins has Mrs. Deagle. While the gremlins are the reason people watch the movie (especially Gizmo), Mrs. Deagle is a cruel woman who threatens to murder a dog and is willing to evict people on Christmas Eve. Small wonder she ends up becoming a victim of the titular Gremlins. She’s actually worse in the deleted scenes.
  • Deadpool features Ajax, a sadistic and sociopathic Mad Scientist who puts his victims through Cold-Blooded Torture to stress them into turning into mutants so he can sell them. His stress experiment is the reason why Wade Wilson (AKA: Deadpool) is so deformed. He also kidnaps and threatens Wade's girlfriend, Vanessa, out of spite. Wade eventually kills Ajax once the latter admits that he lied about there being a cure for the former's deformity deformity.
  • Asa Watts from The Cowboys. Let's see... he threatens to slit a schoolboy's throat if he ever tells Mr. William Anderson about him, murders Mr. Anderson at a campfire by shooting him several times before leaving him and the schoolboys to die in the wilderness, and attempts to hang his friend, an innocent African-American cook named Mr. Nightlinger, to his death. He clearly wasn't meant for any sympathy, especially since everyone from the cattle drive were either smiling, were emotionless, or had hate in their eyes, when they saw Watts being dragged to his doom by his horse.
  • Star Wars:


  • In the Malazan Book of the Fallen novel Deadhouse Gates the Chain of Dogs (a massive host of refugees marching across the continent) is constantly being attacked by enemy armies, but our viewpoint character for these sections of the story never gets more than a few glimpses of the enemy leaders. Without a face or personality to put to them, it's hard to dislike the armies of the Apocalypse on a personal level. Instead we're invited to vent our loathing upon a group of whiny nobles within the Chain of Dogs, who protest the Canon Sue's actions at every turn, are openly cruel to their servants, and get a lot of their fellow refugees killed through incompetence.
  • Harry Potter gives us Dolores Umbridge. In the fifth book in which the Big Bad Voldemort is laying low, she takes the stage as the main face of opposition, and is one of the most hated characters in the franchise. Umbridge, on the other hand, is a good demonstration of what you get when you take a bigoted, hypocritical shrew and give her authority, and is so plausibly cruel in the course of her travesties of justice that readers find their blood seething with her every word and deed.
    • Bellatrix Lestrange is described as being as mad as Lord Voldemort himself and being without a conscience. She also loves torturing others with the Cruciatus Curse...which incidentally can only be used if you take pleasure in people's suffering, as Harry Potter finds out when he tries to use it on her. Also, four words encapsulate why the fandom in particular has such volcanic hatred for her: "I KILLED SIRIUS BLACK" What's particularly noteworthy is that she freely chose to do all of these things presumably without any known deficiencies affecting her, while Voldemort at least had the excuse of being partly from an inbred family as well as literally being left incapable of understanding emotions such as love due to being conceived by what was essentially a date rape drug.
    • The series also has Peter Pettigrew, who sells out his friends to the Big Bad, Lord Voldemort. Lord Voldemort himself only puts up with Peter because he is useful towards him, such as resurrecting him following his downfall for instance. Though having said that, Peter does SHOW some regret for his actions, though it's not immediately obvious.
  • Since there's no real villain in Flight 116 Is Down by Caroline B. Cooney, the audience gets to focus their hatred on Darienne, a selfish passenger who ends up being completely unharmed in the crash. Heidi and Patrick work hard to save the passengers of the crashed plane while Darienne stands around doing nothing but complaining and being useless, yet she tries to take credit for saving people at the end. Even Patrick loses his cool when Darienne gets too much to handle.
  • Rose Madder has Norman Daniels, who puts OTHER unlikable characters in Stephen King's works (such as Carrie Underwood) to shame. He's the type of husband who a woman would dread having, and beats his wife so much, she ends up suffering a miscarriage. And he didn't limit to himself to his wife either.  He abused his position of authority (specifically a cop) so that he could rape and beat an African-American woman. When his wife unsurprisingly decides to leave him, Norman Daniels decides that he'll stop at nothing to get it back, even if it means torture and murder. His favorite killing method is biting his victims to death.
  • Chris Hargensen from Carrie is characterized by her refusal to own up to her own actions. In fact, she's the only person who bullied Carrie to never show remorse for what she does. In fact, she decides to pull a nasty prank on Carrie over a punishment she wholly deserved-a week's detention (and suspension and being barred from the prom for NOT going to detention). She ends up being the catalyst to Carrie going insane and going on a murderous rampage.
  • Matilda has the title character's father, Mr. Wormwood, whose perfectly willing to hurt people if it means obtaining wealth. While he DOES legally buy cars that have been used previously, he comes up with ways to trick people into thinking that they're buying fresh cars when they're not, using drills to reset the car's odometers and using sawdust on cars with faulty engines so that people won't know they'll break down until it's too late to return them. He's also a hypocrite who accuses his daughter of being a cheat and a liar instead of referring to himself as such. Miss Honey revealed that he had graduated to STEALING new cars and replacing their license plates so that he could pass them off as his own. Unsurprisingly, the police eventually become suspicious of him and he is forced to go off the grid as a result. While it's ambiguous as to whether he's arrested, he is forced to move away from town, so he at the very least receives SOME comeuppance for his crimes. His wife isn't as bad of a person by comparison but she's a total slacker.
  • Most of the villains in Airframe. Marder is a bellowing, greedy Jerkass, Malone is a Straw Character for sensationalism in the news, and Richman is a Smug Snake.
  • Captain Underpants has Kipper and his friends, which appear in the ninth book of the series. In a time where George and Harold were kindergarteners and never fought any supervillains, Kipper and his pals prove themselves to be nothing but jerks. Unfortunately, they were untouchable due to the principal being Kipper’s uncle (Mr. Krupp). Fortunately, George and Harold scare them straight with a prank, and they actually start being nice to the kindergarteners.
  • Deltora Quest has Prandine, an Obviously Evil advisor who ultimately turns out to be a servant of the Shadow Lord. He manipulates the kingdom into wearing the Belt of Deltora less and less often, knowing this would weaken the kingdom and make it easier for the Shadow Lord to conquer it. Even before it is eventually revealed that he is a shape shifting Ol, Jarred doesn't like him.
    • There’s also Ferdinand, a man who scams people out of his money with his rigged roulette game, and pretends to be disabled in order to earn sympathy from potential players. He was also apathetic towards his pet bird in the novel, uncaring that it had perished and was solely focused on getting a replacement. He’s pretty small potatoes compared to Laughing Jack, however.
  • Carmelita Spats in A Series Of Unfortunate Events. According to Lemony Snicket, if you wanted to give the gold medal to the least delightful person on Earth, Carmelita Spats would be an excellent candidate. And no, she does not care about anyone but herself. Unsurprisingly, she has a habit of antagonizing the protagonists, who are orphans, no less. There's also Mr. Poe...who while not necessarily hateable is a very frustrating character due to how unhelpful he is to the orphans.
  • When she's at home in Kansas instead of the Land Of Oz, Dorothy doesn't face any evil witches. What she does face is Miss Almira Gulch, who wishes to euthanize Toto for biting her...even though she provoked him by hitting him with a rake. In most professional play productions, she ends up becoming an Asshole Victim when the tornado causes a telephone pole to fall on top of her.

Live Action Television

  • Persons Unknown: We don't know who's behind the kidnappings of our main cast, but Bill Blackham, played by Sean O'Bryan, seems to be a repository for all the negative reactions one could have to being kidnapped and placed in a ghost town. Everything he does is selfish or irrational, especially his forcing Janet's gas mask away from her (which backfires), trying to rape Tori, and blackmailing Charlie when he finds out about Charlie's possible Mercy Kill / serial killing of his wife.
  • Game of Thrones: Joffrey Baratheon is this trope personified. He's a viciously stupid dog-kicking machine with no redeeming features, and is hated by everyone In-Universe and out. When he kicks the bucket in Season 4, only Cersei mourns his death, and even she admits her son is a monster. He got so despised George R.R. Martin himself congratulated Jack Gleeson (Joffrey's actor) for his skills at achieving this status!
    • Ramsay Bolton isn't any better. All his screentime being performing unspeakable atrocities for the fun of it. His Humiliation Conga and subsequent Karmic Death prove to be even more satisfying that Joffrey's, since his house goes down along with him.
  • Netflix's hit series Orange Is The New Black is set in a women's prison (which isn't necessarily about lesbian prisoners, contrary to what you might be thinking), so it's filled with pretty horrible people, inmates and staff alike. However, they tend to have sympathetic (even pitiful) moments and being funny and entertaining in their hijinks. Even the despicable Vee has pragmatic reasons for her vile actions. There's an exception to this rule in Season 3 with new prison ward Charlie "Donuts" Coates. Initially charming, he proves to be a repulsive excuse of a human being by raping inmate Pennsatucky (who has just turned around that season) in a van For the Evulz. Unlike anything else seen in the show, this is played completely seriously, made all the worse with Pennsatucky's Dark And Troubled Past regarding rape. Any of his appearances darken an already dark show, and seals his status as the most loathsome and irredeemably evil character in the series.
  • Lizzie McGuire: The show in question takes place in a realistic setting, so it doesn’t have any villains. It does however have mean girls that antagonize Lizzie McGuire, the protagonist. While Kate has a tendency to act selfish, that is not to say she doesn’t have redeeming qualities. However, her best friend Claire is even worse than she is, and she doesn’t have the redeeming qualities she does, meaning that she isn’t designed to be sympathetic at all.
  • V: The 1983 series has Daniel Bernstein, who while not one of the aliens who are invading Earth in this series, is a Quisling and traitor to his own race, which is appropriate considering the invading aliens in this series are compared to Nazis. Even before the visitors came, he did not have many friends. He even goes as far as killing his own neighbor when he discovers she has been spying on the Visitors. Karma condemns him when the Resistance decides to frame him for the murder of Brian, which results i n Steven giving the other Visitors permission to eat him.
  • Super Sentai:
  • Din Djarin fights his way through all kinds of shady and unsavory types during his adventures in The Mandalorian, some more vile than others.
    • Migs Mayfeld and his crew of bounty hunters are this, being a band of smug assholes who are nothing but rude and disrespectful to Din and his people's customs, are willing to hurt The Child for fun, and murder a scared prison guard in cold blood when Din tries to peacefully disarm him. However, when Mayfeld appears in Season 2, he loses this status due to showing off a plethora of redeeming qualities, culminating in him killing his ridiculously loathsome former commanding officer in the Imperial Army for his callous attitude towards letting his soldiers die on purpose, most of which were Mayfeld's friends.
    • Said commanding officer is Valin Hess, a ridiculously creepy high-ranking Imperial who is just as ruthless as Grand Moff Tarkin but with none of his wit and likability. When talking with Din and Mayfeld, he shows no remorse in sending thousands of his troops to their deaths and is downright smug about outliving them, then goes on to boast about willing to commit the atrocity that killed all those men on a grander scale. Viewers have been known to cheer when Mayfeld shuts his smug ass up by plugging him in the head with a blaster bolt.
    • Morgan Elsbeth is the tyrannical magistrate of Corvus, who rules over the planet with an iron fist and gleefully tortures and orders the deaths of innocent civilians as easily as breathing, all the while overseeing an operation to strip mine the planet of everything it's worth. It's hard not to sympathize with Ahsoka's deep, seething hatred of the bitch due to her being as unlikable as humanly possible with every bit of screentime that's afforded to her.


  • Inspector Javert is the main villain of Les Misérables, but while he does make life miserable for Valjean, Javert honestly believes that he's the good guy and he's just trying to do his job and arrest what he believes to be a dangerous criminal; when Javert realizes that Valjean is really a good person through and through, it turns his world upside down. So who can the audience hate? The Thenardiers, the cowardly comic relief thieves who abuse Cosette, loot bodies during the Revolution, and try to attack Valjean's house, which leads to Cosette being sent away to protect her.

Video Games

  • In Pokémon Gold and Silver, the evil Team Rocket organization only turns up three times and hardly drive the plot, and end up hardly detestable as a result. The Legendary Pokemon bare no direct threat to the player, either. However, the story features many encounters with your rude, thieving, Pokemon-abusing, borderline-sociopathic rival, who is much easier to hate.
    • Until he finally undergoes Character Development, that is.
    • Your rival in Red/Blue, though not to the extent of Silver. He's not evil in any sense, but hes a rude, annoying braggart, always one upping you and WILL make you want to beat his face in sooner or later.
    • Faba in the Alola games, even more so in Ultra, where he sells Lusamine and the rest out to the past villains. Lusamine herself accidentally became this in the original games thanks to the developers doing a bit too good of a job at making her scary. In theory she's supposed to be a good woman whose mind has been warped by the Ultra Beasts, but in practice she comes off as a gleeful child-abusing, Pokemon-torturing sociopath on par with Ghetsis, to the point to where a lot of fans had serious issues with her getting redeemed at the end.
      • Charon from Platinum and even moreso Ghetsis Harmonia Gropius in Black and White are other good examples of Hate Sinks designed to lack the likable factors of other villains in the franchise.
  • Final Fantasy X. As it's rather hard to develop much hatred for a giant, emotionless crustacean regardless of how many people it kills (and even harder to keep coming up with excuses to wind up in the ocean having boss fights with it), Seymour keeps popping up in the plot to provide a speaking villain for the party to fight on land instead of Sin. While he does have his own motivations and does get somewhat tied into the plot with Sin, his personal impact on the story itself is quite minimal overall aside from providing ever more complex boss fights after you kill him and he just keeps creating ever more elaborate boss forms for himself.
  • Volgin of Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater. His first action is blowing up his allies with a nuclear bomb, for the hell of it. However, despite being (relatively speaking) the Big Bad of the game, he's not the main antagonist - the game is much more interested in the relationship between Naked Snake and The Boss. Volgin simply serves as 1) A Homage and Affectionate Parody of James Bond villains; 2) a Foil to The Boss; and 3) a form of catharsis before The Reveal.
    • Hot Coldman in Peace Walker is shown to be a sadistic madman who was arguably even worse than Volgin, including instigating Operation Snake Eater just to kill off The Boss, and it is also heavily implied that despite his talk about wanting to end nuclear proliferation, his actual motivation was more to get his job back at Langley after they largely demoted and exiled him to Central America for his role in Operation Snake Eater due to being too prideful over the event to shut up about it, and even decided to just have the world undergo all out nuclear war and deliberately opt to not divulge the cancellation code when dying, and it is also heavily implied that he essentially acted as the basis for the AIs. By contrast, Strangelove had the more sympathetic motive of trying to gain closure on why The Boss died and why Naked Snake kill her, Zadornov had an Even Evil Has Standards moment after Coldman activated Peace Walker and tried to launch a nuke at Cuba (despite largely being responsible for Cuba being targeted instead of Mother Base), Paz mostly was doing her actions because she was mandated to do so as a Tyke Bomb by Zero, Zero was implied to have disapproved of Coldman's final actions, and even Miller was mostly motivated with trying to increase MSF's prosperity.
      • Huey Emmerich in The Phantom Pain fits into this trope as well, where he's pretty much a backstabber who is in it for himself, while the rest of the cast, even Skull Face, at least had some slightly sympathetic motivations for their actions.
  • Manhunt has Lionel Starkweather, a man with a horrific disregard for human life. He directs a variety of snuff films, partly because he wishes to make money and partly because he absolutely loves violence. He once was a normal movie detector whose career eventually came to an end, but by the present, any humanity he's had is long gone. And as if it weren't bad enough he's making snuff films, he decides to murder Cash's (the protagonist) family, who had been made to star in his latest snuff film. Even his page on Wikihunt notes just how despicable he is. His death at Cash's hands is arguably the most satisfying execution in the game.
  • Super Paper Mario has Dimentio, the psychotic jester that is a minion of Count Bleck. While the latter is ultimately a sympathetic character who is motivated by the loss of his loved one (though he's clearly the villain, considering he is trying to end all worlds), Dimentio has no such tragic backstory and commits every action that Count Bleck does and more, wishing to destroy all worlds simply so that he could create new worlds that he can rule over. As such, he turns out to be the true villain of the game, not Count Bleck who ultimately redeems himself.
    • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has Beldam. While her boss remains behind the shadows, Beldam appears fairly consistently throughout the game. She is shown abusing Vivian regularly, and later does the same to Doopliss. This behavior eventually causes Vivian to abandon her in favor of the more kind-hearted Mario. However, it's shown that in the end of the game she has changed her ways and is now amicable towards Vivian, implying that the Shadow Queen was the reason for her behavior.
  • Grandia: Pakon is a selfish and arrogant teenage boy who places restrictions on adventures adventurers can go on, turning it more of a tour guide than an actual adventure agency despite what his father would have wanted. He also tries to force Feena to marry him, showing him to be lecherous as well. And unlike his father, he's too cowardly to fight his own battles, relying on karate master Chang to do his work. Having said that, it's shown that he has apparently turned over a new leaf, as he is now in a consensual engagement with the clerk at the Adventure agency.
  • Persona 3: Natsuki Moriyami is a subversion. While initially she’s a mean girl who bullies Protagonist Fuuka (who later proves to be a valuable asset to the SEES) she eventually has a change of heart and eventually becomes friends with her. (Fuuka did save her life, but that actually doesn’t have anything to do with her changing her ways, as she doesn’t remember it.)
  • Octopath Traveler: Primrose’s personal villains tend to fall into this. For example, there’s Helgenish, the man who she works for as a dancer. Not only does he treat his female employees horribly, he tortures her friend Yusufa to hunt her down after she walks out on him to find her father’s killers, and he then proceeds to murder her as well. While he's not a member of the Crow Men himself, it is revealed that he in fact associated with them, selling some of his dancers to Rufus the Left Hand of the Crows as part of his human trafficking ring. It’s a small wonder he also ends up on her revenge list.
    • There's also Simeon, the Puppet Master, the person responsible for murdering Primrose's father. who is described as being the most evil member of the Obsidians. He pretends to be a loving boyfriend towards her, only to eventually reveal while stabbing her that HE was the one who murdered her father along with her associates, and that he was the leader of the Crow Men the entire time. He then sets up a play mocking her life.
  • Tales Of Symphonia has Kvar. While the Big Bad himself turns out to be a sympathetic character (though still a villain), this particular Grand Cardinal was never intended to be sympathetic and is known to be the cruelest amongst them. Like the other Grand Cardinals, he treats humans horribly, using them to farm Exspheres and subjecting them to hard labor. However, he also happens to be responsible for the death of Lloyd's mother, transforming her into a monster...giving her husband (later revealed to be Kratos) no good choice to kill her and put her out of her misery to protect himself and his son.
  • Runescape: Out of the four God Wars Generals hoping to obtain the power of the Anima Mundi for their employer, Gregorovic is easily the most repulsive one. Since he wanted immortality, he abducted and then cruelly experimented on several elves in order to find out the secrets of their lifespan. After being turned into a jester monster by his master Sliske, he voluntarily drained the life from others in order to extend his lifespan. Unsurprisingly, both the Twin Furies and Helwyr despise him.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles has Mumhkar, a Dirty Coward who decides to abandon his comrades who are risking their lives to protect the citizens of Bionis. He later ditches the cowardice but comes back as a sadistic Mechon after his supposed demise and proceeds to sell out the Homs to the Mechon. He’s also responsible for killing Fiora and the High Emperor and rubs it into the faces of their loved ones, even if the former DOES return to life. By contrast, his boss Egil is sympathetic and has rather understandable motives, especially since Zanza possessed his best friend Arglas and turned him into his puppet.
  • Stubbs The Zombie: Stubbs may be a zombie whose ending all life in a city, but he’s at least driven by his desire to be with Maggie Monday. Her father, Otis Monday however (who is a hillbilly, incidentally), is definitely hate-able, for he brutally murdered Stubbs back when he was still alive, and he was already down on his luck to begin with. Even Chief Masters has a comedic side, but Otis’s murder of Stubbs is not played for laughs.
  • Dino Crisis has Dr. Edward Kirk. You can't exactly hate the dinosaurs, but you can certainly hate the evil brit whose responsible for making the dinosaurs travel across space and time in the first place, and doesn't care that people are being EATEN by the dinosaurs. He's actually comparable to Albert Wesker (his characterization in the original Resident Evil, to be precise). He's shown to think very highly of himself and is willing to speak ill of the dead. It doesn't matter if human lives are lost, as long as his research is successful, then everything is fine.
  • Resident Evil 2: Out of all the characters in the game, there's only one that you can really hate. The zombies? No, they're clearly the victims here...dangerous or not. William Birkin? Well, admittedly he was guilty on experimenting on innocent people, but he WAS planning to leave Umbrella and start a new life with his family before being mutated by his own virus (and in the Remake was very obviously trying to fight himself for control and trying to avoid harming Sherry until the G-portion literally subsumed his personality altogether). Annette Birkin? Not the best mother in the world, but by the time the game begins, she ACTUALLY does regret not being there for Sherry, so it's entirely possible to sympathize with her (not to mention in the Remake was clearly trying to undo her husband's research in whatever way was necessary). So whose left to hate? Brian Irons, the corrupt police chief who accepted bribes from Umbrella and allowed them to experiment on Umbrella's citizens. In addition to being clearly corrupt, Brian Irons is also a serial killer who was also accused of raping two students back when he was in a college, collecting their bones and organs as trophies. His worst actions come when the T-Virus ends up infecting Raccoon City. He betrays his fellow police officers and plans to kill them all, personally shooting one in the back and remarking how enjoyable killing him was. He then decides that he's going to stuff the mayor's daughter's body after killing her so that he can admire her beauty forever. And in the remake, he also ran an orphanage that secretly acted as a testing center for BOWs, and even ordered for all the children to be slaughtered after one nearly escaped.
  • Resident Evil 3: In the remake, Nikolai plays this role nicely. While he was greedy and evil in the original, the remake takes this up to Eleven. He goes as far as to destroy the vaccine to the T-Virus, which could potentially kill hundreds of people. And he's more hostile than he was in the original, where he was more cold and indifferent. Thankfully, it's hinted that he perished in the nuke of Raccoon City this time around. In both games he plays the role of a human antagonist, since Nemesis is part of the reason why people play the game and is too inhuman to really hate.
  • Resident Evil 4: You can't hate the Ganados (since they're brainwashed to be evil by the Las Plagas), and even the higher ups have some more sympathetic traits to them (Mendes is shown to actually care for his followers even after they became Ganados; Krauser, while mostly operating to revive Umbrella, nevertheless was implied to be intending to avoid Ashley being infected by Las Plaga and infect America DESPITE essentially being responsible for her predicament, and even Salazar only became evil due to being outright manipulated thanks to a lonely upbringing as the eighth Castellan and forced into the role due to his parents dying early into his childhood), but you can hate Osmond Saddler for turning them to evil in the first place. The end credits show that the villagers weren't always evil for example, and that it was a peaceful village community before Osmund Saddler corrupted it. While he does admit that the loss of his men was disheartening, he was also responsible for corrupting Ramon Salazar and was implied to have corrupted Bitores Mendez (the village chief of the aforementioned village) as well. It also doesn't help that his comment to Leon about Salazar being "small time" implies that his "disheartenment" was more self-serving rhetoric for his remaining followers rather than genuine.
  • Resident Evil 7: Though each of the villains in Resident Evil 7 are scary, that is not to say that they're unsympathetic. Yes, Jack and Marguerite Baker are both murderous, but it's not their fault that they became evil, since it was Eveline who corrupted them. Eveline herself is Obliviously Evil and wishes to have a family. Then we get Lucas Baker, the only character in the game who is truly evil. It turns out he actually ISN'T under Eveline's control and is simply taking advantage of his newfound abilities to do whatever he wants to those that are in the Baker's clutches. He particularly enjoys designing death traps to ensure that his victims die horrible deaths, as opposed to his parents who simply kill their victims quickly.
  • King Desmond is this in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. While the Big Bad and his Dragon Sonia are detestable, Desmond is a hateful, bitter, jealous asshole who hates his own son and tries to have him killed several times.
  • Street Fighter V: F.A.N.G. is pretty much the exact opposite of Vega and Balrog, the latter two have likable and sympathetic qualities, while he has none. With his slavish devotion to Bison and violent enforcement of his will, to his gleeful and graphic murder of Rashid's friend and later boasting about it, to his treatment of the Dolls, to him constantly threatening Li-Fen with death and threatening to do the same to Sean, it's pretty easy to loathe the guy, even with his goofy moments.
  • Bug Fables: While a vile piece of work himself, the Wasp King doesn't go out of his way to antagonize the good guys and is a pretty impersonal foe at the end of the day. The same does not go for Mothiva, Team Snakemouth's explorer rival. Despite acting the part of a friendly bubbly popstar, it's all an act for her fans. When she's out of the public eye, she's a rude and antagonistic pain in the ass who attacks Team Snakemouth twice in order to steal their glory. The second time is especially bad, since she's threatening to ruin important negotiations with another kingdom to help save the world and doesn't give a damn when Kabbu tells her this. The one guy she's decent to is her partner Zasp, but that's because he's useful to have around. If he falls in battle first during Team Mothiva's boss fights, she's every bit as rude and bitchy to him as she is with everyone else.
  • The Danganronpa franchise, while having plenty of unintentionally detested characters, gives most villains entertaining qualities and reserves true Hate Sinkery for off-screen threats; the Steering Committee in the first two games (who allowed Junko to rise to power and created Izuru Kamakura) and Team Danganronpa in New Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (who forcibly turned the contestants, Tsumugi included, into what they are in the game).
  • Mega Man:
    • Mega Man X, as the morality in the series became grayer starting with X3, started featuring a couple of tried and true affiliates to Sigma amongst its eight Maverick roster each game, but this largely ceased with X6 (though major villain Isoc still qualifies), as Sigma himself began to fall to the wayside. Examples include Crush Crawfish, Split Mushroom, Dark Necrobat, and Spike Rosered. Sigma himself, however, is an aversion, as he was originally a noble Maverick Hunter, it's made clear his becoming evil was largely due to external measures (in particular a computer virus), and his actions were initially for the betterment of Reploids.
    • Mega Man Star Force: Even though she temporarily goes insane and begins attacking people as Harp Note, Sonia Strumm is too much of a nice, tragic character to hate. So instead, the player's hatred is transferred to her greedy scumbag of a manager Chrys Golds, who spends all his screentime verbally abusing Sonia, making it clear that he views her as a meal ticket and nothing more, and actually punching Geo when he stands up for her. Thankfully, Sonia gets a bit of payback by attacking him after wave changing. The other EM Beings are a bit more malicious, even if they overtake your friends for understandable reasons. While Taurus Fire reforms, he still lives for the fight, and Ophiucha is outright killed.
    • Mega Man Zero has Dr. Weil, a truly massive hate sink responsible for every problem in the series, having built a good chunk of the later bosses. He's selfish, slimy, started the gruesome Elf Wars, and wants nothing more than for all of humankind and Reploids alike to feel that their existences are living deaths.
  • While every character in Undertale has a sympathetic side and can be redeemed (Except possibly for Chara. Maybe), sequel game Deltarune gives us a proper example of this trope in the form of the King of the Dark World. He's a thoroughly selfish, sadistic bastard through-and-through as well as a horribly abusive father to boot. When the heroes decide to show him mercy, he even takes advantage of their kindness by brutalizing and almost killing them.
  • While he was more stupid and later in life, insane, than truly malicious, you'll absolutely want to punch Ted Faro's teeth in after hearing how he sent the world of Horizon Zero Dawn down the toilet. Thanks to his negligence, the robots his company created turned into genocidal human-eating machines that destroyed all life on Earth, save for survivors hidden deep in bunkers. While Elizabet Sobeck and her AI Gaia were able to restore the world, Faro would go on to delete the archives that would teach the re-cloned humans Earth's history and kill all the Zero Dawn personnel so they couldn't somehow reverse it, which forced humanity back to the stone-age and reset its evolution all out of a mix of guilt-induced insanity and wanting to cover his ass so he wouldn't be remembered as humanity's greatest monster. And just in case you don't hate him enough, he got to live out his last days in the luxury of his swanky private bunker while the rest of mankind suffered.
  • There aren't any true villains in Stardew Valley due to it being a farming simulator, but Morris is so unlikeable that he may as well be one. He's a representative of the corrupt Joja Corporation who seeks to establish a Jojamart in the valley, and goes out of his way to antagonize the town's local shopkeeper Pierre by poaching his customers by offering to slash his prices so they're way cheaper than his. He's also written letters expressing mock-pity for his shop floundering and offers to take him on as hired help and pay him 5G (Roughly around 5 cents or so) an hour. He's so smug and cold-blooded that when you restore the community center, it doesn't matter if he's chased out of town in a panic or PUNCHED THROUGH THE CEILING by Pierre, it's satisfying to dump him on his ass either way.
    • There's also Leah's Ex Kel, who was an emotionally abusive and manipulative partner until she had enough and left the city. If you romance Leah, it turns out that he/she has been stalking her and demands for her to get back together with him/her. Much like Morris, you or Leah can punch Kel's lights out for being a pushy creep.
  • As befitting of one of the darkest takes on the Batman universe, the Batman: Arkham series has quite a few nasty, despicable punks that will make you want to bash their skulls in with a Batarang.
    • Unlike most incarnations who are classy, dignified, and possess something resembling a redeeming quality, the Arkhamverse's Penguin is a crude, classless thug of a man who milks every bit of screentime he has to make the player hate his guts. He's as cruel as the Joker but with none of his charm, and when he isn't horribly killing or torturing someone, he's usually screaming death threats at his men or smugly taunting a helpless victim he's about to do horrible, horrible things to. Thankfully he's also a huge coward, which makes his freakouts when you turn the tables on him so deliciousy satisfying.
    • Fellow classic villain Riddler doesn't fare much better. Here, he's an insufferable douchebag who won't shut the fuck up about how much smarter he is than everyone else, and constantly taunts and belittles Batman while he's collecting his trophies and solving his puzzles. And while it's satisfying as hell to make him freak out when you keep proving that he's not as smart as he thinks he is, his immature Sore Loser mentality makes him that much more obnoxious. Tellingly, most characters hate the guy as much as the player.
    • Branden is the living embodiment of everything wrong with Gotham's police force before Commissioner Gordon cleans house. He and the cops loyal to him are corrupt bastards who are making underhanded deals with criminals and brutalize and arrest Gotham's homeless for no good reason. Meanwhile, Branden himself cheats on his wife and tries to have then-Captain Gordon killed in a prison riot he instigates. He's also an arrogant idiot who thinks he can go toe-to-toe with Batman, and luckily, the player gets quite a few moments to prove him wrong. VERY wrong.
    • Like he did in Batman: The Animated Series, Ferris Boyle picks up the always sympathetic Mr. Freeze's slack in being a villain you can root against in the Cold Cold Heart DLC of Batman: Arkham Origins. Like in Heart of Ice, he screws over the meek, kindly Victor Fries when he tries to save his wife and causes the accident that turns him into Mr. Freeze. Unlike in Heart of Ice, he was helping Victor find a cure for Nora's condition provided that Victor help him make dangerous cryogenic weapons to sell on the black market, only to stab him in the back and kidnap Nora, calling her his property in the process. When he isn't putting up a friendly facade, he's a classist blowhard who looks down on everyone around him, and cruelly tells Freeze that he'll force him to watch his wife die before killing him. He even has the gall to try to kill Batman after he saves his life, so try not to cheer too loud when the Caped Crusader punches his lights out.
  • Spider-Man PS4's incarnation of the Sinister Six is mostly full of people with sympathetic, or at least understandable reasons for their horrible attack on Manhattan at the end of the game: Mr. Negative and Doc Ock want revenge on Norman Osborn for screwing them over in the past, Rhino wants to be freed from his restrictive suit, and Vulture wants a cure for his cancer. And even though he selfishly wants to become a being of pure energy, you can't hate Electro since he's a funny guy willing to pal around with Vulture and quip back with Spidey. But Scorpion? He's a sadistic, scummy little asshole who kills and tortures for the hell of it, and is incredibly rude and obnoxious towards Rhino during their boss fight. He's such a douche that Spider-Man is more than happy to trap him in a shipping container with Rhino, and let him be mercilessly beaten until the cops show up.

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  • AOK's version of Caillou has him be a Psychopathic Manchild. While it's implied that Rosie is Wise Beyond Their Years in their portrayal of her, Caillou resorts to threatening others to get what he wants, and in one episode gouges out a man's eye when he chooses to threaten him. Even his own family despises him. Their portrayal of Dora in contrast isn't unlike her depiction in the actual show, though she definitely gets in more adult situations than her canon counterpart.
  • Gordos from Neopets is one of the 12 Heroes of Altador. How did he become a hero? He was once a different city’s tax collector, but found himself gathering large amounts of Neopoints. The governor assured him that the high taxes were keeping the city running, but Gordos eventually realized something was wrong. He then discovered that the governor had been embezzling the money the entire time. When confronted, the governor attempted to bribe Gordos to keep his mouth shut. Sure enough, he took action and removed the governor from office.
  • The title character of Racist Mario. He’s a far cry from the Mario from Nintendo series. Simply because people were inviting non-Nintendo characters on the race track, he decides to go on a killing spree. And he decides he’s going to kill his own brother. Fortunately, Kratos eventually kills him.

Western Animation

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic loves this character type. They include Prince Blueblood, Spoiled Rich (and her daughter Diamond Tiara) and Svengallop.
  • Tales of Arcadia
    • Trollhunters: Queen Usurna becomes this when she murders Vendel, the Elder of Trollmarket, just so she can get away with her plans. It turns out that not only does she manipulate the Troll Tribunal into believing her lies, she is also revealed to be a servant of Gunmar, an ancient troll despot who's existed well over a millennia, even leading him to Trollmarket so everyone there can be brainwashed and enslaved. She even destroys Morgana's phonograph because she wanted Gunmar to know nothing about it, even though Dictatious has studied it for quite some time now. Eventually, it's revealed that she selected Aarghaumont to become a Gumm-Gumm soldier from a young age hundreds of years ago, causing even her own bodyguards to turn against her.
    • 3 Below: General Val Morando definitely qualifies as this as well, as he's introduced leading a coup on Akiridion-5 against King Fialkov and Queen Coranda, and it's eventually revealed that he manipulated Commander Varvatos Vex into lowering the shields by ordering the Zeron Brotherhood to bomb Satellite Nine, thus causing the deaths of Vex's family and hundreds of innocents with them, and telling him nothing about the truth. He also sends bounty hunters after Aja and Krel, murders an innocent playful creature named Buster, and attempts to remake the universe as he sees fit upon integrating with Gaylen's Core, which would've killed trillions had he not been stopped.
    • Wizards: King Arthur, AKA the Green Knight. The first thing he does as the Green Knight is that he combines his magic with Bellroc and Skrael's at the flying Camelot, causing it to tilt and Couxie, Jim, Claire, and Steve to fall into the time rift to Camelot during the 12th century. There, it's revealed that King Arthur was a cruel tyrant who wanted genocide on all magical beings, even trying to have Jim tortured to death by having his knight slowly move him into sunlight to turn him into stone. Though his prejudice was caused because his late wife, Guinevere, was killed by a Stalkling, it doesn't change that he raided the lands of innocent magical creatures who had nothing to do with it. Additionally, he became the Green Knight and joined the Arcane Order by his own accord as he adopted their ambitions to destroy and remake the world, believing that the only path to redemption is the Order's. He even remorselessly murders Merlin with Douxie watching in grief, which makes Arthur even more detestable as Merlin was Douxie's adoptive father.
  • The Wild Thornberrys Movie: Since the actual villains aren't revealed until moderately late in the movie, the movie includes a character by the name of Sarah Wellington, Eliza's obnoxious roommate who makes it clear that she is not fond of Eliza. She thinks she'll bring animals into her room and becomes jealous when Eliza befriends her friends, wanting to have them all to herself. Though she DOES eventually assist in allowing Eliza and Darwin to escape, this is partly due to pragmatism, since she would once again have the room all for herself.
  • Family Guy: The episode "Be Careful What You Fish For" has Miss Emily, a horrifying child abuser who just so happens to be looking after them in a daycare center. Out of all the women that Brian has loved (or should we say lusted), she's easily the most repulsive one out of them all. One of her victims is Stewie, who ends up having his arm dislocated. Another victim ended up being abducted by a presumed child molester. Admittedly, Brian was perfectly capable of fixing Stewie's arm socket, but he really should have alerted the cops about her sooner.
    • One of the most famous examples (if not the most famous) is Jeffrey Fecalman. And yes, his last name describes his personality to a 'T'. Specifically, he's a horrifying domestic abuser who has beaten his wife (who just so happens to be Quagmire's sister) into submission, and is willing to do so simply so that he can watch the channel that he wants. When Peter, Quagmire and Joe have enough of his cruelty and decide to put an end to him, he is shown to enjoy strangling Quagmire when the murder attempt doesn't go according to plan.
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut: Though Satan seems to be the Big Bad at first, since he wishes to open up a portal that would link Earth and Hell together, it turns out that, instead of wishing to conquer the world, he just wishes to see Earth for himself instead of remaining in Hell. Then we get to his abusive boyfriend Saddam Hussein, who DOES wish to conquer Earth and is manipulating Satan to allow him to do so. And yes, when Satan decides that he's going to Earth alone, he manipulates Satan into thinking he'll change his ways so that he can take over the world. Small wonder Satan eventually gets fed up with Saddam's mistreatment and kills him.
  • Disney's Hercules (not the movie, but the series) has Adonis. The title character considers him to be obnoxious, for one. He's not a monster like the ones Hercules typically faces, but he's certainly comparable to Narcissus. Overall, he's a bully. He's in fact obnoxious enough that even the Gods of Olympus wish to punish him for his bad behavior. Hades, in comparison, is part of the reason why people watch this series.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: In the episode "Gettin' Twiggy With It", there's Mitch. While he’s normally not this bad, he spends most of this episode torturing Ms. Keane's class hamster, who foolishly chose him to look after him during the weekend. He even goes as far as flushing poor Twiggy down the toilet. Small wonder she wants revenge on him following an unexpected mutation.
    • From the episode that came with "Getting Twiggy with It" ("Cop Out"), there’s Mike Brikowski. Instead of helping his partner with a robbery, he instead decides to take a snooze. Inevitably, he's fired for not doing his job. Unfortunately, he decides to blame everything on the Powerpuff Girls instead of himself and decides to kill them, under the assumption that he was fired because, with the Powerpuff Girls around, the police didn't need him anymore.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Bubble Bass is probably the least funny character on the show. Unlike Squidward, who also has redeeming qualities, Bubble Bass antagonizes Spongebob just for sick kicks, and tricks Spongebob into thinking he gave him a burger without pickles in order to get free food (much like a fake health inspector from another episode), destroying his self-confidence. He also at one point crushes Plankton, and when SpongeBob points it out, he deliberately starts moving his butt around to crush him further. He eventually re-appears in another episode, where it's shown he doesn't fulfill his promises, and even burps in SpongeBob's face!
    • Squilliam Fancyson would also qualify, being a conceited sleazebag who mainly exists to make Squidward look good.
    • There are also a fair few one-shot characters who would fit this trope, such as Kevin the Sea Cucumber (who tries to hurt and humiliate SpongeBob with initiation rituals, chases him down with a jellyfish mecha, and admits he's only in the Jellyspotters for the fashion), Flatts the Flounder (constantly chases down SpongeBob and threatens to kick his butt, and when SpongeBob brings him flowers, he keeps trying to beat him up), Stinky (a hypocritical Fat Bastard who makes food that's not only crappy, but also downright toxic, and discriminates against outcasts), and Dylan (who leaves Pearl to die when she beaches herself).
  • Buckley from King of the Hill is one of the show's earliest examples, being Luanne's selfish and dimwitted boyfriend. He gives Hank a job at the Megalo Mart despite promising that he would get Luanne the job instead, and talks down to Hank even though, unlike him, he has prior work experience. Incidentally, he ends up causing his own death. Luanne is actually more concerned that her hair got burned off in the explosion than she is that Buckley died in the blast.
    • Also present is Cotton Hill, Hank Hill's father as well as a World War II veteran, who isn't the kind of father you would want to have a child. Specifically, he's chauvinistic, violent, abusive and intolerant, and regularly boasts about what a great war hero he is, showing himself to have a massive ego. He also attempts to spread his misogyny to his grandson Bobby. Like Buckley, he's eventually killed off for real, but manages to spite Peggy one last time before he croaks.
  • Teen Titans: Out of all the villains on this show, Malchior is quite a repulsive one. He acts much like an abusive boyfriend would, manipulating Raven into doing everything he wanted so he could release himself from his book. The end of the episode has Raven crying on Beast Boy’s shoulder after realizes that she had been used the whole time.
    • There's also Val-Yor, who spends most of his screen-time being a racist Jerkass to Starfire.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The circus trainer that abused Appa after he was sold to him by sandbenders. He treats him horribly, to the point where Appa develops a fear of fire, and refuses to give him food unless he does the tricks that he is ordered to do. And Appa is not the only animal that he abused; he in facts enjoys making animals suffer.
    • There's also Hahn, who Yue is engaged to... or was. He's not the person that you would want to marry, as he is self-centered. And there's no indication that he loves Yue outside of her looks. In addition, he treats Sokka like dirt. And of course, he's also egotistical. It's rather amusing to watch Admiral Zhao send him to a watery grave.
  • Avatar's sequel series The Legend of Korra has Yakone in Season 1's flashbacks, who's already bad enough due to being a Bloodbending mobster who terrorized Republic City with his powers. But his awful treatment of his young sons Tarrlok and Noatak is what catapults him from "Standard douchebag villain" to "reprehensible shitbag": when he's forced to flee and hide in the Arctic wilderness, he tries to mold his sons into his tools of revenge against Aang for taking away his bending by forcing them bloodbend innocent wild animals, and later on each other. He's especially cruel to poor Tarrlok, who he constantly belittles for his kindness and tries to hurt when he refuses to bloodbend his brother. While his role is small, his cruelty traumatizes the brothers and shapes them into the men they are today, with Tarrlok becoming an iron-fisted tyrant willing to oppress non-benders while Noatak founded a terrorist movement dedicated to effectively driving benders to extinction by forcibly removing their powers.
  • Fairly Oddparents: Vicky the Babysitter plays this straight, being the babysitter that every person dreads having as a child. Her most frequent victim is none other than the main character, who is repeatedly shown to be frightened by her. Earlier episodes of the series tend to have her more focused doing her job than simply tormenting Timmy Turner, though even then she made his life miserable enough to have fairy godparents in the first place.
  • The Simpsons: Patty and Selma Bouvier start off as this, being Marge's aunts who Bart, Lisa and Maggie all dread being babysat by. Homer in particular refers to them as the "Gruesome Twosome". However, episodes focusing on them actually make them sympathetic to a degree, meaning that they aren't always this trope in the episodes they appear in.
    • There's also Captain Mordecai Barrows (the villain of Marge's novel), who behaves like Homer Simpson... but, as the end of the novel proves, he doesn't have any of Homer's redeeming qualities at all, and murders Cyrus, who was his wife's love interest (since she found him to be preferable to Mordecai). Fortunately, Homer wants to be a better husband instead of committing murder, proving that he and Mordecai are different people at the end of the day.
    • Ironically, though he is regarded as a hero by Springfield, Jebediah Springfield is revealed in "Lisa the Iconoclast" to be actually a murderous pirate named Hans Sprungfeld who murdered a tame buffalo (instead of taming the buffalo as Springfield had thought) and tried to assassinate George Washington so that he could steal his money. He wrote on a piece of paper (later revealed to have been accidentally ripped off following his fight with George Washington) boasting about his misdeeds. This is subverted in The Simpsons: Tapped Out, where it's indicated that he actually has remorse for his actions... which contrasts what he wrote on the piece of paper.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: Out of all the characters in this cartoon series, Evil Buzz Lightyear is basically the only one without any redeeming qualities. He's responsible for destroying Star Command in this series and is also responsible for making the lives of Mira and Booster's alternative counterparts utterly miserable, not least because he murdered the former's father. While he's not as evil in his followup appearance, he heartlessly leaves Gravitina to die to save his own skin in the same episode.
  • Code Lyoko: The first season of the show has Elizabeth Delmas, better known as Sissi, the spoiled rich girl who is always giving the Lyoko Warriors a hard time and is willing to resort to blackmail to get what she wants. However, the later seasons of the show portray her as being more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Doug has Lamar Bone, a vice principal who is hated by every student who attends his school. He has so many rules for student behavior that it's basically impossible not to break one. Small wonder he's portrayed as one of the villains in Doug's fantasies. There are, however, episodes that humanize him and make him not such a sadistic teacher, though these are hard to come by.
    • Also present from Doug is Percy Femur, who incidentally is Mr. Bone's nephew. Unlike Roger, who is simply mischievous, Percy actually enjoys hurting other students and actually makes Roger fear for his safety. When Doug stands up for Roger, Percy decides he's going to beat him up after school. Fortunately, Mr. Bone, of all people, takes action after he realizes what a bully he is (though it helps that Roger told him what was about to happen. No one gets to mess with Doug except him, got it?).
  1. At least, not in the main movie. Deleted scenes did have him at one point executing one of his soldiers during the raid on that village for saving a little bird in a cage, as well as subtly ordering his falcon Hayabusa, who acted as his familiar in that sequence, to eat the bird as it flew away.
  2. As revealed in 2015's Star Wars: Darth Vader comic book.
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