An Unlikeable Protagonist is the protagonist of a story that's purposely made to be unlikeable. The author piles on negative personality traits to do this, perhaps because the author is trying to make a protagonist
that the antagonists
are supposed to defeat. Sometimes the intention is for the Unlikeable Protagonist to develop
into a likeable character. If there are multiple protagonists then the Unlikeable Protagonist could be used as a Hate Sink
. Sometimes the author intends to make the protagonist such a great villain that the viewers Love to Hate
the protagonist. Some writers will have the protagonist be likeable but then [[Protagonist Journey To Villainy
have them become unlikeable.
Obviously very difficult to pull off.
If there aren't any heroic secondary characters to balance things out then Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy
will result. Drag on Character Development
for too long and people will get sick of the protagonists antics.
May overlap with Complete Monster
, and Villain Protagonist
. Compare Designated Hero
when this is done unintentionally. Compare and Contrast Unintentionally Unsympathetic
and Unintentionally Sympathetic
. When Played for Laughs
they're an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
. When it's the Fan Dumb
views a protagonist as unlikeable even though that wasn't the intention of the author it's Ron the Death Eater
, (or possibly Designated Hero