Created By: Arha on March 24, 2013 Last Edited By: Arha on March 31, 2013
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Hate at First Sight

A character instantly rejects or despises a character from the moment they meet.

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Needs more examples, especially from media that aren't based on anime or visual novels.

Elphaba: I felt the moment I laid eyes on you
Galinda: My pulse is rushing
Elphaba: My head is reeling
Galimda: My face is flushing
Both: What is this feeling? / Fervid as a flame, / Does it have a name? / Yes! Loathing / Unadulterated loathing
-Wicked, "What is This Feeling?"

Everyone has heard of Love at First Sight. Two people meet and instantly one or both falls in love. Happiness ensues, except when it doesn't. On the other hand, sometimes people despise each other from the first moment they meet, often before they've even really had a chance to get to know each other. That, on the other hand, is Hate at First Sight. When it's mutual, there will be lots of blatant antagonism. When it's one sided, the target of hatred might be completely confused.

Maybe it's their instincts giving them a hint that they just can't get along with this person or maybe it's just something random and unfounded, but either way one or both characters will simply never get along or at least not without a great deal of trial and tribulation. While you might think that this trope would be particularly common between a hero and a villain, it's actually quite common between two good characters as well.

Compare Love at First Sight. See also Irrational Hatred.
Anime and Manga
  • Yotsuba to Yanda in Yotsuba&!. Yanda tried to enter her house while her dad was away. Yotsuba was taught not to let any strangers in when she's alone. Which leads to her slamming the door on his face. The fact that Yanda enjoys making her angry on purpose doesn't help improve her opinion of him.
  • Bossun and Tsubaki's (not) first meeting in Sket Dance wasn't exactly the best. Basically, Tsubaki barged into the Sket-dan's clubroom and began lecturing them about the school rules, and rather rudely touched upon their Dark and Troubled Past, quickly getting Bossun's hate. Fortunately, their relationship gets better over time, especially after The Reveal, turning their interactions into Sitcom Archnemesis instead. Tsubaki's Jerk Ass Knight Templar tendencies also gets reduced as the story progress, and used to show his adorkability instead.

Film
  • In Aliens, Ripley immediately detests "artificial person" Bishop upon meeting him in the Marines' mess hall because of her prior experience with a malicious android on board the Nostromo.
  • In the Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap, Hallie and Annie hate each other from the momment they first see each other and see they look exactly alike.

Literature
  • In Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai almost everyone is some kind of antisocial misfit, so there's a lot of early antagonism of this sort.
    • Yozora hates Sena from the moment they meet while Sena wants to be friends, which gradually evolves into an extremely Vitriolic Best Buds type relationship due to Yozora constantly being horrible.
    • Kobato also hates Sena from the instant they meet and for much better reasons than Yozora: Sena acts like a creepy stalker towards her.
    • Kobato and Maria subvert it though. They look like they hate each other, but are actually best friends. For Kobato, Maria seems to be the only person she does consider a friend: She avoids all her classmates who want to get along with her.
  • Izaya and Shizuo in Durarara!! hated each other instantly. Shizuo could tell exactly what kind of person Izaya was while Izaya was constantly unable to manipulate Shizuo due to his hostility.
  • In 'Salem's Lot Susan's mother hates Ben almost immediately and fabricates several reasons why. Ben satisfies himself by knowing he gets along with her father while Susan and her mother have a major fight over it.
  • Rhea in Wizard and Glass instantly loathed the young and beautiful Susan. Susan tried to clear the initial bad impression, but the antagonism remains through the rest of the story.
  • In The Silmarillion there are two cases among the elves.
    • Idril disliked and distrusted her cousin Maeglin, without really knowing why, almost as soon as she met him, though she didn't hate him. He fell in love with her and being unable to woo her, became so embittered he eventually betrayed their whole city and got it sacked.
    • FŽanor despised and hated his half-siblings before they were even born, and continued to hate them until he died[[labelnote:*]]and in the afterlife, one can guess[[/labelnote]]. And with the "friendly advice" of the Big Bad Morgoth he became paranoid, thought they were out to get him, threatened to kill Fingolfin in cold blood, and then betrayed his siblings and their families during the Noldorin rebellion. Fingolfin and Finarfin, having done nothing to actually harm FŽanor, were trying to make peace with him.
  • In Harry Potter, Harry dislikes Draco Malfoy from the start. Partly because of his spoiled attitude (which reminds him of his cousin Dudley) and partly because of his lack of sensitivity when Harry mentions he's an orphan. This ends up cemented later when Draco sucks up to Harry on the train after finding out who he is.
  • In the Discworld book Carpe Jugulum when Agnes meets Lacrimosa the description is simply 'There is such a thing as hate at first sight'.

Live Action TV
  • A 3rd Rock from the Sun episode involved Dick getting upset that a cafeteria lady hated him. This is pretty bizarre when you consider how Dick is usually apparently okay with several regular and recurring characters disliking him. In fact, when he got angry that she didn't even hate him for an actual reason, Nina replied "Does she need a reason? 'Cause I can give her reasons."

Theatre
  • In Wicked, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West pre-wickedness) and Galinda (that is, early Glinda) sing "What Is This Feeling?", sung almost as if it is a lover's ballad, except instead about love at first sight, it's this.

Video Games
  • In Duel Savior Destiny Taiga and his magic teacher Downy loathe each other from the moment they first meet. It's not until the final route that they actually have a conversation that isn't completely hostile.
  • Lightning towards Snow in the Back Story of Final Fantasy XIII, mainly because the epic clash of their personalities and because he plans to take her precious Serah (her little sister and his fiancee) away from her. It doesn't help any that Snow is generally quite oblivious to this and keeps trying to treat Lightning as a sister-in-law already.

Visual Novels
  • In Fate/stay night Shirou has this reaction at least twice and for similar reasons both times, though he doesn't really consciously recognize it.
    • He and Archer are instantly in opposition because Shirou recognizes that Archer embodies his ideals as a hero of justice, but absolutely despises his methods. Archer, in turn, views Shirou as a naive fool whose insistence on fair play, honor and trying to help everyone will just get even more people killed and will lead him to being crushed by his ideals like Archer himself, who is Shirou's future self.
    • He's also instantly hostile to Kotomine Kirei, though in this case Shirou doesn't really try to think about it too much and just calls him a fake priest. In truth, he doesn't really dislike Kotomine, but feels he must oppose him because like Archer he is someone that is just different enough to merit his instant hostilities. He actually likes Kotomine since they're so similar.
  • Kyousuke despises Usami from the moment they first meet in G-Senjou no Maou, though he does his best to hide it. Her passion for justice, her last name, her slovenly attitude and her nosiness grate against the antihero Kyousuke. That said, she is the main heroine of the story, but Usami has to put up with a lot before that.
  • Yaginuma and Reiji in are implied to have been instantly antagonistic towards each other in Kara no Shoujo, though they'd already met before the story began. It's not hard to see why: Yaginuma goes out of his way to be a jerk to everyone because of his own traumatic background.
  • Akiha has a tendency to hate people quickly in Tsukihime. She instantly takes a dislike to both Ciel and Arcueid. As far as Ciel goes she has pretty solid reasons: Ciel is a member or an organization that often opposes non human beings such as herself. Arcueid, on the other hand, pisses her off because of how whimsical she is as well as being too close to her brother.
  • In Amagami Miyu instantly has a great deal of loathing for Morishima Haruka, who finds her to be incredibly cute. At first it looks like this is a measure of jealousy due to Miyu being Miyu, but later arcs show that Miyu is quite supportive of her brother's relationships.

Webcomics
  • Haley and Crystal in The Order of the Stick met in the thieves guild and within moments had lethal grudges against each other. This cemented Crystal as Haley's rival, meaning she would always be at the same level as Haley or better.
  • In Homestuck one form of Troll Romance is called kismessitude, a romantic relationship based around hate instead of love. When Karkat sees John for the first time on his computer screen, Karkat instantly develops a "hate-crush" on John, and believes him to be his destined kismesis.

Web Original
  • In Two Best Friends Play, while playing The Walking Dead, Matt mentions how much he usually hates child NPCs in video games, and how impressed he is at the writers for making Clementine likable. Then Duck shows up, and Matt's reaction--before Duck even has a chance to speak--is "Oh hell no." For the rest of the playthrough, Matt interacts with Duck as little as possible and laughs at Duck's misfortunes.

Western Animation
  • During one of the more memorable episodes of The Simpsons, a new worker joined the power plant named Frank Grimes, who represented an average person dropped into the world of The Simpsons. He quickly became Homer's Enemy, as noted in the episode title, due to how appalled he was at how lax and incompetent Homer was while still having such an idyllic life, which just keeps getting worse as the episode continues. At the end, his hatred gets the better of him and in a fit of anger grabs raw electrical wires while ranting and is killed instantly. At his funeral, a sleeping Homer asks to change the channel and everyone laughs.


Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • March 24, 2013
    DunDun
    • Homestuck: There's an inversion of this when Karkat sees John for the first time on his computer screen. Karkat instantly falls into a kissmesis crush on him[[hottip:*:the crushing character is an alien, so he basically falls into a weird hate-love crush thing]].
  • March 24, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Maybe it's comparable to Somebody Doesnt Love Raymond, for those instances when it's not only not a mutual hate, but one of the characters didn't even knew that the other hated him.
  • March 24, 2013
    Arha
    I'm not familiar with Homestuck so I'm just going on what I've been told for the definition of kismesis there.
  • March 24, 2013
    DunDun
    Even long-time fans don't completely understand the hate-love thing, so don't worry about it.

    Though I do think that Somebody Doesnt Love Raymond could be added to the description for when one of the parties finds out about the hatred.
  • March 24, 2013
    DunDun
  • March 24, 2013
    Arha
    Light novels are something in between a novel and a manga. I put those two things under that category on accident when normally they're put under literature, so I'll fix that. A visual novel is kind of like a video game with no actual gameplay. Just a story. That generally falls into its own category since a video game without gameplay isn't much like a video game. You might be thinking of graphic novels.
  • March 24, 2013
    DunDun
    Double checked the namespaces. Sorry, I've never seen those two before. Thanks for explaining them.
  • March 24, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Would The Simpsons' "Homer's Enemy" fit here? The dislike Frank Grimes has for Homer Simpson takes some time to grow, but it's there from the get-go (especially since Homer decides to introduce himself to Grimes by pestering him). The thing escalates to slinging a The Reason You Suck Speech and trying to have Homer ridiculed/fired when Homer invites Grimes to dinner with steamed lobster (It Makes Sense In Context).

    I think there's also an example from Third Rock From The Sun (it's on the Somebody Doesnt Love Raymond page-it's even odder/hilarious in that it irks the hated character (Dick Solomon) that it's a 'just because' hatred with no reason-if it HAD a reason, he wouldn't even mind it).
  • March 24, 2013
    MetaFour
    Web Original:
    • Two Best Friends Play. While playing The Walking Dead, Matt mentions how much he usually hates child NPCs in video games, and how impressed he is at the writers for making Clementine likable. Then Duck shows up, and Matt's reaction--before Duck even has a chance to speak--is "Oh hell no." For the rest of the playthrough, Matt interacts with Duck as little as possible and laughs at Duck's misfortunes.
  • March 24, 2013
    Lawman592
    ^marcoasalazarm

    The Frank Grimes example really wouldn't apply here because it started when Homer cluelessly ate Frank's special dietetic lunch and rapidly escalated when Frank was punished by Mr. Burns after he knocked a vial of acid that Homer was about to drink out of his hand and into a wall which was then melted by it.

    A better Simpsons example would be the recent episode featuring Tina Fey as a substitute teacher who vindictively kept punishing Lisa for no apparent reason at all.
  • March 24, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    ^That's one. Another one could be the kindergarden teacher that made Bart's life miserable (well, she treats all of the other kids OK but doesn't likes Bart at all-either from first sight or from him incorrectly singing "B-I-N-G-O").

    I mentioned Frank Grimes because, well, it just sounded like it to me: Homer arrives to Grimes' office to introduce himself and disarranges Grimes' office (which, needs to be notes, Frank was somewhat OCD in arranging it).

    The scene with the acid starts with Grimes asking Lenny and Carl why there's such an idiot as a security inspector on the plant and pointing out that the plant has gone from bad to worse since Homer started working there.

    So the dislike is already there-it's the thing with the lunch and acid that puts a fire under it, and then Homer asks Frank to have dinner with him and his family, Frank notices that everything in Homer's life (from his POV) is 'perfect' even if he's an idiot, and that is where it goes to blast furnace levels.
  • March 25, 2013
    Arha
    I haven't watched the Simpsons in years, so if you could put any example into the proper format that would be appreciated.
  • March 26, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    Literature:

    Stupid YKTTW won't allow any special letters at all. Why does 2/3 of wiki markup break in YKTTW?
  • March 26, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ Because YKTTW is not part of the wiki. It was added later on, with only the basic markup support... If you want to use umlauts, the HTML entities still work on YMMV: e.g. & e uml ; (without spaces) for ë.

    • Lightning towards Snow in the Back Story of Final Fantasy XIII, mainly because the epic clash of their personalities and because he plans to take her precious Serah (her little sister and his fiancee) away from her. It doesn't help any that Snow is generally quite oblivious to this and keeps trying to treat Lightning as a sister-in-law already.
  • March 27, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    • Yotsuba to Yanda in Yotsubato. Yanda tried to enter her house while her dad was away. Yotsuba was taught not to let any strangers in when she's alone. Which leads to her slamming the door on his face. The fact that Yanda enjoys making her angry on purpose doesn't help improve her opinion of him.
  • March 27, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    ^^ Thanks.

    Here, have an invisible glitch hat. I'm a sockpuppet again today.
  • March 27, 2013
    Chernoskill
    • In Aliens, Ripley immediately detests "artificial human" Bishop upon meeting him in the Marines' mess hall because of her prior experience with a malicious android on board the Nostromo.
  • March 27, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Downplayed in Blaz Blue. Hazama apparently practically gives off an evil aura that causes others to dislike and not trust him.

  • March 27, 2013
    Chernoskill
    I took the liberty to change the Aliens example in the OP to "artificial _person_" :)
  • March 27, 2013
    JoeG
    The song "What is this Feeling?" from the musical Wicked, sung by Galinda and Elphaba. It provides the following possible page quote:

    What is this feeling?
    Fervid as a flame,
    Does it have a name?
    Yes!:Loathing
    Unadulterated loathing
  • March 27, 2013
    helterskelter
    • In Wicked, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West pre-wickedness) and Galinda (that is, early Glinda) sing "What Is This Feeling?", sung almost as if it is a lover's ballad, except instead about love at first sight, it's this.

    Also might make a good page quote. You can pick from the song.
  • March 27, 2013
    Arha
    I put it in but it's kinda long.
  • March 27, 2013
    helterskelter
    ^^ Wow. We had the same idea literally four seconds apart.
  • March 28, 2013
    DunDun
    The formatting was weird for a poem quote, so I fixed it (and added the song title). Still long, still kind of looks weird, but line separation in a quote is supposed to be with a slash not a carriage return.
  • March 28, 2013
    Earnest
  • March 28, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • March 29, 2013
    Bisected8
    • In Harry Potter, Harry dislikes Draco Malfoy from the start. Partly because of his spoilt attitude (which reminds him of his cousin Dudley) and partly because of his lack of sensitivity when Harry mentions he's an orphan. This ends up clarified later when Draco sucks up to Harry on the train after finding out who he is.
  • March 31, 2013
    Arha
    I'm going to wait on launching this until I get several days without new examples being added. It's ready to go now, but picking up more examples now when everyone in YKTTW is aware of the trope is a good way to make sure the trope stays healthy. Once I go two or three days without new examples showing up I'll launch it.
  • March 31, 2013
    Bisected8
    Several days is a bit excessive. Just remember to crosswick when you launch and it'll pick up examples on its own.
  • March 31, 2013
    JoeG
    • In the Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap, Hallie and Annie hate each other from the momment they first see each other and see they look exactly alike.
  • March 31, 2013
    1810072342
    Literature: In the Discworld book Carpe Jugulum when Agnes meets Lacrimosa the description is simply 'There is such a thing as hate at first sight'.
  • March 31, 2013
    Koveras
  • March 31, 2013
    Arha
    Yeah, okay. I guess I don't really feel like sitting on this one any longer anyway. I'll launch it tonight.
  • March 31, 2013
    Megaptera
    I'd argue against the Silmarillion example, actually -- there was an explained plot reason for why Feanor and his siblings didn't get along. Feanor's mother died and his father remarried, and remarriage is almost scandalous among elves. He resented his stepmother and subsequently his half-siblings, because they represented this weird marriage.

    Yeah, it's unjustified in the sense that he hated them for what they were rather than who they were, but covering all examples of that might be a little too far a reach for this one trope. Stepsibling resentment is probably another trope in itself, too.
  • March 31, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Haven't been able to find info regarding the Tina Fey Simpsons episode. But does "Homer's Enemy" counts as an example?
  • March 31, 2013
    Arha
    To both of you: I don't think there's a meaningful distinction between having a good reason for hating someone immediately and not. The core of the trope seems to be that instant antagonism. Sometimes, yes, there is absolutely no reason, but often there's at least a shallow one, even if it's something like 'This guy looks like a dick' or 'I hate Artificial Humans' or 'I don't like the family this person came from,' all three of which have examples above. And sometimes there's a good one like with the Harry Potter example and Malfoy kind of being an arrogant ass.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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