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Creator's Pest

There are characters that a majority of the fanbase dislike. But it's possible for a creator to hate the character. Maybe that character is born out/modified because of an Executive Meddling, maybe he realized that he has written the character wrongly, maybe the creator is pressed because the character he intended to be unlikable ends up having a lot of fans.

The opposite of Creator's Favorite, where a character is well liked by the creator. Not to be confused with Creator's Pet, where a character that is loved by a creator but the fans hated that character.

Only put examples when the creator admitted they dislike the character, no personal opinion.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the commentary track for the Patlabor: Early Days OVAs, director Mamoru Oshii spends most of the second episodes' track talking about his hatred of Kanuka Clancy's character, saying she added nothing to the narrative or Team SV2's group dynamics. He even ends it with a statement to the effect "It pains me to even look at her". Despite this, he still gave Kanuka major roles in some of the episodes he wrote for the TV series.
  • Sailor Moon: The anime's director Junichi Sato infamously hated Usagi's Love Interest, Mamoru, and deliberately did his best to downplay his role in the story and remove his combat prowess, leading to the "Tuxedo Mask does nothing" meme.

    Comic Books 
  • In Spider-Man Mary Jane Watson's presence as the title character's wife is often blamed for problems in the book's narrative by editors, despite her immense popularity with fans. The most vocal being Joe Quesada who was the mastermind behind the infamous One More Day storyline, and has called MJ "unrealistic" due to being a actress/model married to an Every Man. Previous attempts to get MJ out of the book included editors demanding MJ die and then when that didn't stick that she and Peter be separated at the beginning of J. Michael Straczynski 's run. In large part due to fan demand, the Reset Button was hit on these storylines, and even a version of One More Day was undone by Stan Lee in the newspaper comic continuity, where the two are still married and MJ still gets a lot of screen time.
  • Creator Matt Wagner has stated that he has come to hate Hunter Rose, the original Grendel, viewing his original Byronic Hero version of the character as driven by adolescent, unfocused "rebellion". While he has regularly returned to Hunter, every installment has made him more of an unambiguous and irredeemable villain.
  • Stan Lee famously killed off Bucky Barnes in an issue of The Avengers and Toro in an issue of Namor because he hates Kid Sidekicks.
  • Mortadelo y Filemón: Ibañez wasn't very fond of Irma, and she stopped appearing altogether the moment he regained control over the comic.
  • Joss Whedon has said in interviews that he hates The Punisher, as he views the character's concept to be fascistic and irresponsible. During his time writing Runaways, Whedon brought in the Punisher for a guest spot, and intentionally wrote him in an extremely unflattering manner.
  • Alex Ross famously does not like Kyle Rayner, and has said in interviews he goes out of ways to avoid drawing him.

    Literature 
  • In Dragonlance, Margaret Weis absolutely did not like Elistan and considered him a Purity Sue that she would have rather been without in the story and repeatedly asked to kill off his character, but since he was at that point the only Cleric of Palladine on the planet he had to stay in. As a result, Elistan's involvement in Dragons of Winter Night is mostly limited to saying something once in a while to remind readers he's still there.
  • The Wayfarer Redemption: Sara Douglass hated Faraday and expressed desire to kill her off many times. Her editor managed to persuade her to keep her alive until the end of the first series and she was brought back for the second series due to positive fan reception to the character.

    Live Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • The reason the Cybermen were absent during the Third Doctor's tenure was that script editor Terrance Dicks hated them, as he found them boring. When he was tasked to write "The Five Doctors", new script editor Eric Saward, who loved the Cybermen, wanted them in it. Dicks responded by taking several opportunities to destroy them.
    • In Destiny of the Daleks, K-9 comes down with "robo-laryngitis" and is sidelined from the plot. According to many sources the reason was Terry Nation disliked the character and did not want his creation, The Daleks, sharing screen time with him. The K-9 prop is also pesky for crew members, as it has an infamous history of breaking down or ruining shots by veering too far left or right.
    • Many books have been written about how the implosion of the series during Season 23 was caused in part by production infighting over the companion Mel, who became a locus for the internal rivalries between the script editor, producer and Promoted Fanboy elements of the team. She is disliked in the fandom too, but much of this is because she was intentionally written as an insufferable Damsel Scrappy to sabotage the actress and producer. The team's 'continuity advisor' Ian Levine hated the character so much that he quit over her inclusion - most fans today regard this event as one of the reasons for the show becoming more creatively interesting for its last couple of seasons.
  • On House, Executive Meddling reared its head and Fox execs demanded the creators cast a "villain" to go up against House. The creators reluctantly created the character of Vogler, a hospital admin who wants to get rid of House and his team, but they were not happy with the character. Luckily for them, Fox began airing House after American Idol giving the show ratings clout and producer David Shore the ability to make creative changes... like getting rid of Vogler.
  • Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation: Turtles co-creator Peter Laird hates Venus de Milo, the female fifth turtle created for the series, with a passion. This is likely the reason she's never been seen since. (Interestingly, the other co-creator, Kevin Eastman, likes Venus de Milo and has expressed interest in using her in the future.)

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Ric Flair was the target of Jim Herd when he was still in charge of WCW. Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Jericho were such later, especially the first three when Kevin Nash was booker, infamously dubbing them "vanilla midgets", a term which honestly didn't even apply to Guerrero. Another booker, Kevin Sullivan, especially disliked Benoit but begrudgingly tried to get him over so he wouldn't leave the company, which Benoit ended up doing anyway, with Sullivan's wife, no less. Eric Bischoff was particularly dismissive of Jericho and also had it in for Ole Anderson but contrary to popular belief did see potential in "Stunning" Steve Austin, just not enough get over their difficulties in working together. Vince Russo wasn't particularly fond of women wrestlers (ex: Madusa, Daffney Unger), Luchadors (ex: Psicosis, La Parka) or Japanese men (ex: The Great Muta, Jushin Thunder Liger). Mark Jindrak was this in WCW, Ohio Valley and about every other promotion he worked for until he went to CMLL. The man had incredible athleticism but "two left feet", as Jim Cornette put it.
  • Ring of Honor's most infamous case was first booker Gabe Sapolsky and first champion Low Ki, which eventually resulted in Low Ki being dismissed from the promotion. It happened again in EVOLVE, where Ki did himself few favors with Gabe by knocking out AHTU in under a minute, which caused his monster aura to dissipate. Sapolsky wasn't too fond of Steve Corino either. Mike Hogewood had the dubious honor of being a creator's pet and pest at the same time during Ring Of Honor's time on HD Net. While ROH's staff respected him as a person, they didn't want him behind the commentary table. He lasted their entire run on the station because keeping him there was a condition of being on HD Net in the first place.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Gerry Anderson, for one reason or another, loathed John Tracy from his hit series Thunderbirds, which is part of the reason he was almost never seen outside of his post in space station Thunderbird 5. John Tracy went on exactly one mission during the original series, filling in for the youngest Tracy brother, Alan, as pilot of the space rocket Thunderbird 3. The Continuity Reboot Thunderbirds Are Go fixes this issue, with John now as active of an International Rescue member as any of his brothers, due in part to the series having been made after Anderson's death.

    Video Games 
  • The Walking Dead: Sarah from Season 2 was hated by the developers, who took great pleasure in killing her off in Episode 4.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons: Matt Groening and Harry Shearer hated Dr. Marvin Monroe, because the former found his voice annoying and Shearer strained his throat playing him. As result, the character disappeared from the show in its seventh season.
  • Family Guy:
    • Joe Swanson's son Kevin just disappeared from the series, because the staff found him boring. In "Stew-Roids", Joe offhandedly mentions that he died in Iraq, though this was later retconned.
    • In "No Chris Left Behind", Stewie guns down the vaudeville guys and tells the audience that they're dead and that we won't be seeing them again. The creators confirmed in the DVD Commentary that "People just got sick of them".
    • It should come as a surprise to no-one that the reason for Meg's Butt Monkey status is that the writers admitted that they don't know how to write for a teenage girl.
  • During Season Five of South Park, Kenny was Killed Off for Real, because Trey Parker and Matt Stone were getting sick of him and finding new ways to kill him off. After a season of Butters, and later Tweek, filling his place, Kenny was brought back, though with a reduced role.
  • Several Warner Bros. staff grew to hate Porky Pig, particularly director Frank Tashlin, citing him to be "a terrible character" who was less charismatic and flexible to the franchise's trademark slapstick as later additions such as Bugs Bunny, and felt forced to make cartoons of him in starring roles due to his title billing.
  • Friz Freleng wasn't fond of Elmer Fudd, saying that Bugs Bunny's mean tricks on him made him look too sympathetic. Because of that, he created Yosemite Sam as a more formidable foe for Bugs.
  • Word of God has it that the reason the second season of Sonic SatAM had Rotor Demoted to Extra was due to creator and producer Len Janson's unexplained dislike of the character.
  • The most prolific writer of the Donkey Kong Country cartoon, Erika Strobel, wrote in a post she made on Retrojunk that she hated Candy Kong, saying "her weird face made me cringe" and "she looks like a burn victim".
  • According to Lilo & Stitch: The Series executive producer and screenwriter Jess Winfield, skateboarding boy (and Lilo's crush) Keoni Jameson was only made because Disney Channel execs wanted an Audience Surrogate character, and the show's writing staff hated him for it.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Tobias's sister Rachael never had a second speaking role, and eventually disappeared from the show almost entirely, because the show's creator and other staff members disliked her character and design.

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