Hate Sink

Even though [Bonnie] was still loved by some, I wanted her to be generally hated so aside from the other things to make her a bitch (racism, sexism, homophobia) I wanted to make her appear as Sue-ish as possible. I wanted people to get sick of her, which thankfully did happen. I didn’t want the Russell Fan Factor with her where a major villain gets loved, because I had planned for her downfall to be the defining moment in the season, and for that to happen I needed it to be satisfying. And what better way to make people root against someone other than make them… evil and rotten and hated.
SWSU, in his author's notes for Season 9 of Survivor: Fan Characters

A character whose intended role in the story (the role the authors made for him/her) 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 individual doesn't have to be the main villain of the story. Let's say we have a cast of perfectly likable protagonists, reasonable and sympathetic villains, and Bob. Bob is not necessarily the main antagonist. He is not causing the struggle that the heroes must overcome, but he is making the heroes' lives more difficult. His list of character traits includes selfishness, stubbornness, greed, holier-than-thou contempt, cowardice, and an inexhaustible penchant for making bad decisions. He may also be rude and obnoxious, bigoted, sleazy and undeservedly smug. Basically, Bob exists to be hated. Everything he does and everything he says is designed to make the audience yearn for his death just a little bit more. If we see his eventual downfall— and we usually do— it is just as satisfying as the writers can possibly make it. A particularly pointed Karmic Death is always a nice touch, and can be quite satisfying to watch.

The Complete Monster, complete despicableness being their defining characteristic is a particularly controversial version of this, but there can be an overlap. Another especially common flavor of this character in recent decades is the Politically Incorrect Villain.

The Hate Sink is typically found in stories that do not have a natural target for the audience's scorn. Common environments for this weasel are:
  • Disaster and killer-animal stories, since you can't villainize a force of nature.
  • Stories set in a prison, the army, or some other institutional setting which is regarded as an unpleasant but necessary piece of social equipment.
  • Works where the protagonist's struggle is against something personal and nebulous — say, a feeling that he is in a dead-end job and hasn't achieved any of his dreams — and there is No Antagonist.
  • Works which operate under Grey and Gray Morality.
  • Works that have a Plot-Irrelevant Villain, or sometimes several.
  • Works where the main characters are the ones causing the problems in the story rather than the antagonist.
  • Works where though there are antagonists, they are no main antagonists or have Big Bad Ensemble.
  • Certain action movies where the villains are every bit as badass as the heroes and just too darn cool.

This trope is not the same as Designated Villain, which is a character who is put into the villain role for the sake of the plot, even though his or her actions are not particularly evil. A Hate Sink character may or may not be important to the story and does not need to advance the plot — if Bob is in a scene being loathsome, he is fulfilling his predestined role.

See also Villainy-Free Villain. The Heel is a variant specific to Professional Wrestling.

Not to be confused with a (literal) Heat Sink. A metaphorical one counts, if you're using the pro wrestling use of the word.

Contrast The Scrappy, who is not designed to be hated but who garners a Hatedom anyway. Often a Smug Snake. Compare and contrast X-Pac Heat, when the hate is directed at an actor or performer instead of the character.

This is not merely a place to complain about characters you hate. These can't just be a Base-Breaking Character or The Scrappy. Other characters have to truly hate them in-universe as well. Otherwise, it's not this trope.

Examples

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    Comics 
  • The Marvel Universe has many villains, some pretty darn bad, but Red Skull trumps all of them. He is without a doubt the most despicable, amoral, pure evil character in possibly all of comics. When The Joker hates your guts, you know you're on a whole other level of bad. Consequently, few things are as cathartic as seeing Captain America beat the ever-loving snot out of him.
  • As well, we have Henry Peter Gyrich, the Obstructive Bureaucrat, who committed many atrocities (directly and indirectly) because of Fantastic Racism (he was one of the people behind the Sentinel Program, at least on The '90s X-Men TV show), because of thinking he could do better (restructuring The Avengers by pretty much tossing most of the membership out on the street), and for the sake of saving face (cloning MVP when he was killed in a training accident— this last one, mixed with saying exactly the wrong thing to Iron Man, finally got him fired). Alas, it wasn't enough to keep him away forever, and Gyrich eventually returned, just as smug, self-righteous and annoying as ever.
  • In that vein, the X-Men have a lot of foes fans love to hate which were likely thought up with this in mind. The Friends of Humanity are often viewed by fans the same way most folks do The Klan, while the government of Genosha was even worse.
  • Among the mutant heroes and villains of X-Men, no character qualifies for this trope better than Fabian Cortez. The Deceptive Disciple who pretty much single-handedly put Magneto back on the villain track, Cortez is a smug, self-absorbed excuse for a man who shamelessly sucks up to Magneto and later Exodus only to try and stick the knife in their backs every chance he gets. He suckers dozens of mutants into believing an ideology he builds around the assumed-dead Magneto (who he assumed he had killed himself) and freely admits he sees all his followers as nothing more than sheep to make his own life easier. He spouts loyalty to his species while secretly murdering fellow mutants for points in an arbitrary competition, boasts of the "mutant harem" he plans to build when he has triumphed, and casually abandons his own sister to die in the very first story he appears in. It's hard to be more loathsome than the likes of Sabretooth or Mr. Sinister, but Cortez pulls it off with revolting aplomb.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Gladstone Gander, the unbelievably smug, obnoxious and infuriatingly lucky cousin of Donald Duck. In any story he appears as a rival to Donald, you're guaranteed to root against him, even if Donald himself is being a Jerkass.
    • Although in an episode of DuckTales Gladstone had his lucky streak stolen and he briefly experiences a serving of misery and humble pie, especially when he realizes he relied solely on his luck to get through life. Tellingly, in the comics, after suffering the same loss and regain... he appears to learn absolutely nothing and is as smug as ever. His DuckTales incarnation is noticeably more sympathetic than his comics counterpart by comparison.
    • He isn't a bad duck by any means as well. His most admirable trait is he is a strong Heroic Bystander. If someone needs to be saved, either through luck or skill, he will save them. Best seen when he dove to save Donald, swimming upstream and keeping him stable until help arrived.
  • Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is, oddly enough, one of these in-universe, having been more or less randomly selected by some unnamed power to be a receptacle for everyone else's negative emotions. This has made him somewhat... wacky.
  • Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog: Drago Wolf is despised by even the writers, who always ensure that every time he shows up, he will get at least a punch in the face.
  • Mongul II in Green Lantern. Son of the already unpleasant Superman foe, Mongul II exists as a foil to Sinestro; while both are repressive dictators, Sinestro is the type that at least establishes order at the cost of freedom, while Mongul cares only for himself and merrily runs the planets he conquers straight into the ground. In essence, the character exists so the audience feels comfortable rooting for Sinestro.
  • Apex from Avengers Arena. As with the Hunger Games example in "Literature" below (a very likely inspiration), when you're in a story about people being forced to fight and kill each other, who better to root against than the only one going along willingly? She's also a completely new character, and thus one without a fan base, to ensure nobody will like her.
  • In The Dark Knight Returns, Byron Brassballs only shows up in a couple of sequences, but he establishes himself as an arrogant, bigoted, near-sociopathic asshole almost immediately and never stops. His hypocrisy and self-justifying of his actions only make it worse. In a story featuring psychotic criminals like Two-Face and the Joker, his petty bastardry sticks out like a sore thumb.
    Spent a second listening to that beggar pray like an idiot [...] yes, I am religious, but I've got the decency to keep it in church.
    Oh right, the cop. Listen, I've never broken the law— not in any way that counts— and it wasn't me who told him to help that Jap bitch out of her Volkswagen. (said cop apparently dies when the car blows up in his face)
  • Superman has Superboy Prime, a whiny, overpowered counterpart of Superman responsible for the death of several heroes, as well as numerous civilians. It's always fun to watch him get beaten up.

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    Films — Animated 
  • Bolt is, at its heart, a Road Trip Plot with no real villains; even the slightly insane producer and the snarky network representative are doing what they believe is best for the Show Within a Show. So there's Penny's horribly obnoxious agent, who by contrast is doing what he thinks is best for himself, with no regard for the feelings or well being of the child he's supposed to be looking out for or her mother.
  • Dumbo: Dumbo generally does not have a central villain. The Ringmaster, though admittedly responsible for locking away Dumbo's mother, was not aware that she was trying to protect her son and believed that she was a public menace. Even the four elephant bullies who made fun of Dumbo for his large ears occasionally have a point in being angry at him (especially when he screwed up their climax and wounds them greatly). Key word is occasionally. But good luck finding fans of that one kid that bullied Dumbo and incited the wrath of Mrs. Jumbo, triggering a chain of events that resulted in Dumbo's misery. Most people use him as a prime example of the show's Kids Are Cruel and Humans Are the Real Monsters.
  • Chi-Fu from Mulan is a misogynistic, obnoxious, snooty, Obstructive Bureaucrat who constantly irritates the other characters with his arrogance. He is even told to his face by the emperor that he can easily be replaced by the heroine. The reason for his presence is that Mulan, as a war movie, has a villainous faction that is difficult to personalize, even once the Hun army is stripped down to a Five-Bad Band, and Shan Yu, the movie's resident Big Bad, is a Badass Lightning Bruiser who regards Mulan as a Worthy Opponent, as well as one of the few people in the movie who never cares about her gender.
  • Most of the conflict in "The Rugrats Movie'' involves Tommy and his younger brother Dil learning to get along with each other (as was the case with Stu and Drew Pickles in their youth), as well as them trying to survive out in the wilderness along with the rest of the Rugrats (and Angelica and Spike). Though the monkey circus and the wolf are a threat to the babies, they are of course animals and the former ultimately return to the circus where they belong so that they can continue entertaining a live audience. With that in mind, the character of Rex Pester is included, a nosy, selfish news reporter that doesn't even bother getting the babies' names right and blows situations out of proportion, as well as generally being uncaring of the situation the babies are in. At the end of the movie the circus monkeys steal his toupee and he ends up crashing his helicopter for his trouble.
  • Steele from Balto. The conflict revolves around trying to get medicine for a diphtheria outbreak. You can't hate a disease, so what do the filmmakers do? Introduce a bigoted, spiteful, egotistical, vicious bastard of a husky.
  • Mr. Huph from The Incredibles is a cold, heartless insurance executive who actively discourages his workers from ever granting any of their clients' insurance claims. The real villains of the movie, Syndrome and the Omnidroid, don't appear until halfway into the movie, and besides the Omnidroid is too cool to truly hate and Syndrome is highly amusing and a bit of a Woobie once you learn his backstory.
  • Kent Mansley from The Iron Giant is an arrogant, slimy government agent who constantly causes trouble for Hogarth and sleazily eyes his mom. His only concern is finding the giant and making himself look good to his military superiors. And if that isn't enough, he also ends up instigating a near nuclear disaster by the end of the film which leads to the giant's famous Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Mertle from Lilo & Stitch is a bullying Alpha Bitch who repeatedly kicks the dog by insulting and excluding Lilo, and also making harsh comments about her mother (who is deceased). She exists because the real antagonists (including Jumba, Pleakley and Captain Gantu) have sympathetic motivations (aside from Jumba, who created the problem in the first place) and are too entertaining to really hate.
  • Chick Hicks in Cars is a self-absorbed racecar who is obsessed with earning fame from racing and nothing else, eventually leading him to grievously injure one of his opponents just to win a race, which actually causes him to be loathed by even his former fanbase. He exists primarily to show what would happen if Lightning McQueen continued the path he was on.
  • Aunt Sarah in Lady and the Tramp is not actually evil, but she clearly prefers cats over dogs. And in a movie, where the protagonists are dogs, that is more than enough to make her an antagonist. Not only does she blame Lady for trashing the living room, when it really was her cats who did it. But she also puts her little grand-nephew in danger, when she tries to stop Tramp from saving the baby from being bitten by a rat. Thankfully, she does get better afterwards.
  • Oogie-Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas exists so that the audience doesn't end up hating Jack. Jack has the best of intentions, but really all of the problems in the movie stem from his own dissatisfaction with his job. Oogie-Boogie gives the audience someone to hate and gives Jack a way to redeem himself.
  • The reason why Judge Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame was so monstrously cruel was because Disney wanted to avert the Evil Is Cool trope, which was common among Disney villains at the time (and continues to be so). It backfired, however, as Frollo ended up becoming one of Disney's most popular villains.
  • The first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs film does not have a real villain, as Flint's machine is the thing that causes the conflict in the movie, so the corrupt Mayor Shelbourne is made to be as detestable as possible. When Flint discovers his machine is suffering from over-indulging the townspeople's orders, the mayor bullies him into carrying on; when Flint's machine becomes dangerous, he flees the island, leaving everyone to die and blaming Flint for what happened.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • In Genesis of the Daleks, Davros is truly terrifying, but at least he's kind of fun. Not so for Nyder, his repugnant, emotionless right-hand man.
    • Gibbis, that annoying rat-man from "The God Complex". After the initial humor of his planet of origin, he let go of Howard to be eaten by the Minotaur. And they were so close to finding out who he was. Many people could have been spared if not for Gibbis.
  • Cold Case loves this trope. Virtually any episode with a Sympathetic Murderer will also have a secondary villain who is genuinely scum, and as the investigation proceeds it's typically revealed that they've committed a (non-murder) crime, too, enabling the cops to throw the book at them. Examples include...
  • JAG: In "Mishap", Captain Ingles acts as this, by charging Lt. Skates for culpability in an air accident and impeding Harm’s subsequent request for documents in Skates’ defense. It turns out she was not doing anything wrong; but rather that the crew was overworked and underfunded (lack of manpower, lack of spare parts etc.), and Ingles didn’t act maliciously or with any hidden motives other than to maintain his prerogative of command and unit cohesion.
  • Carrusel: Maria Joaquina Villasenor and Jorge del Salto are given many more negative traits than the rest of the students combined. Yet neither one of them is a sociopath. Maria Joaquina's greatest crime seems to be not returning Cirilo's love. In fact, somebody even lampshades that while she may be conceited at times, she is not cruel. Jorge is a big more selfish and haughty, but he genuinely thought he was doing the right thing. He is even portrayed as being wrong simply because he wanted to read instead of playing with the other boys in the class.
  • In Game of Thrones, where every character has complicated morality and isn't entirely good or evil, King Joffrey is there to ensure that everyone hates his guts. Even in his final episode where he dies a horrific and painful death from poison, he spends much of the episode engaging in Kick the Dog moments and spends most of his last few minutes bullying his uncle, a fan favorite character, as if to specifically prime audiences for a cathartic release once Joffrey begins choking. George R. R. Martin would personally congratulate Jack Gleeson for his skill at achieving this status for Joffrey!
    • Ramsay Bolton is quite possibly the single most vile, depraved and despicable character in the entire story, even moreso than Joffrey. Every second he's onscreen is filled with a nightmarish tone about what horrible thing he's going to do next. He tortures, skins, hunts, rapes and breaks people with absolute glee simply because he enjoys doing it. In the end his death is well deserved: After being defeated by Jon Snow's wildling army, Jon gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and then Sansa locks him in a cell with his own dogs that have been starved in anticipation of Ramsay feeding Jon to them. They tear Ramsay to pieces, starting with his face.
    • Stannis Baratheon develops more and more into this as the story goes. First, he starts as a Jerkass who will do anything to be king and refuses to cooperate with anybody who doesn't consider him as a king even when they have a common enemy. Admittedly, he is a rightful heir so his motives, can be seen as somewhat understandable. But what really seals his fate as this, is that his greed combined with religious fanatism causes him to sacrifice his own daughter, probably the sweetest character in the entire series.
    • Umber Smalljon, though to a smaller extent. He betrayed Rickon Stark and Osha and sold them to the Boltons, while being well aware of how vile the Boltons were. Reason? He believed that they would help fight against the wildlings, meaning that he valued his racism more than his loyalties. And if that wasn't enough, before that, he committed a Kick the Dog moment by slaughtering yet another Direwolf, Shaggydog. It was very satisfying to see Tormund rip his throat and stab him to death.
  • Lost excels at introducing characters who seem completely unlikable at first, only to reveal that they're more complex than they seem at first glance. However, there are two big exceptions to this rule: Anthony Cooper and Martin Keamy. Each of these characters only appears in a handful of episodes, yet manage to come off as more evil than any of the show's main villains. The writers have stated that Keamy in particular was a deliberate attempt at creating a character with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • Freddie Lounds in Hannibal is an Intrepid Reporter who runs a tabloid news site that cashes in on the FBI's investigations and constantly leaks what should be confidential information. That's not including her abhorrent treatment towards Will Graham, whom she publishes articles on, saying she believes he is a psychopath and potential killer himself. In the second season, Freddie arguably becomes a more layered character, and the Hate Sink baton is passed to sociopathetic meat packing heir Mason Verger.
  • Several characters fulfill this trope in Sons of Anarchy, most notably Carusso the porn producer that kills Luann, the Ghanezi brothers that made torture and rape porn, the prison guard that kills Opie and the porn actress that sleeps with everybody’s husband. All of these characters seem to be added to the series to be hated and/or for the public to applaud when the heroes kill them. After all, if you have a series about criminals, you do need to make them look as good as possible.
  • Justified:
    • Season 4 lacked a genuine Big Bad in the vein of previous villains like Bo Crowder, Mags Bennett, and Robert Quarles, focusing instead on Raylan and Boyd competing to capture fugitive Drew Thompson. Unfortunately, this meant that Boyd and Wynn Duffy, two of the most popular and well-liked characters ended up in the antagonist role for the season. In order to save them from the audience's hate (and prevent them from looking incompetent) the writers created Nicky Augustine, a mobster from Detroit who arrives in town also searching for Drew. He's not really any more evil than Boyd or Wynn, but where they are Affably Evil Punch Clock Villains, Augustine is a smirking Smug Snake with the maturity level of a schoolyard bully. By the time he's had Boyd and Constable Bob beaten, come onto Ava after demanding to know how many people she's blown to get where she is, betrayed Johnny to Boyd, attacked Raylan's family, and tried to betray Sammy Tonin (while disregarding the advice of his right-hand man, the Affably Evil Mr. Picker) it's impossible to not want him dead.
    • Clover Hiller leader Lee Paxton takes the role in the early part of Season 5. Again, while he's no more evil than Boyd (and in fact has a far shorter rapsheet), he's characterized as a crass, misogynistic, classist jackass, whom the audience can direct all their loathing at.
  • Lou Avery, Don Draper's replacement at SC&P in the final season of Mad Men, is pretty much the anti-Don - a racist, sexist, incompetent asshole who's sucking all the fun out of the Creative department. This is almost certainly intentional, as he represents the problems besetting the company in the wake of their decision to put Don on leave and send Pete and Ted off to California, effectively leaving the New York office in the hands of a bunch of old white men.
  • All My Children: Michael Cambias is to this very day almost-universally despised by both the characters themselves and the fanbase for his rape of Bianca.
  • Emergency! had a few of these in various episodes, due to rarely having any real antagonists very often. The most obvious one was Craig Brice in season 6. He was written to be annoying, anal, perfectionist, self-righteous, and an overall jerk. In other words, to make the viewers yell "get Johnny well and back on the job please?"
  • Senator Kinsey in Stargate SG-1. He is arrogant and unpleasant and is very much a Corrupt Politician. Everything he does and say is against our heroes starting with shutting the Stargate program while Alien Invasion is coming and ignoring all warnings from SG-1. Then, he create a shadow group called N.I.D. and tries to take control of the Stargate program. They resort to blackmailing General Hammond and replacing with a Hate Sink and incompetent General Ripper. Other of his schemes involve stolen alien technologies for profit and military use, which all backfire due to misuses.
  • ER, as a medical show, rarely had outright villains, the closest it came being the occasional Asshole Victim patient and the largely nameless and faceless terrorists seen in the Doctors Without Borders arc. Instead, the show offered plenty of dislikable doctors to direct viewer ire, often of the Obstructive Bureaucrat type. Kerry Weaver in season 2 was the first, being the unexpected new Chief Resident from another hospital that all the staff hate. Upon her Promotion to Opening Titles, however, Kerry received many more sympathetic traits, and the baton was passed to Ellis West (played by many-time villain actor Clancy Brown), an extremely slimy pharmaceutical exec who is more or less Kerry without a single decent trait. When she stands up to him, you're rooting for her. After him, the Jerkass, cavalier Chief of Surgery Robert Romano took over until he too got Character Development, and the show never really settled on one Hate Sink after that.
  • Night and Day's Frankie Radcliffe is probably better placed here than as The Scrappy, since she was clearly written to be tough to like, having spent most of the show's run self-righteously berating father Will and anyone else who'd indulge her for having the temerity to be sexually active, culminating in the foundation of the Virgin Army - a militant hyperfeminist sect dedicated to misandry and book-burning. In truth though, even Frankie was a relatively complex character as far as soap opera goes, and it's easy to sympathise with her when you see her tearfully clutching her stuffed panda; she's simply a young girl who's absolutely terrified of losing her dad, and of growing up.
  • Charles Augustus Magnussen from Sherlock. While Moriarty may be far more murderous and involved in acts of terrorism, he is at least Laughably Evil and entertaining, and perhaps mildly sympathetic insofar as he is clearly mentally unstable. Magnussen, though, much like his literary counterpart Charles Augustus Milverton, is flat-out stated by Sherlock to be the worst person he has ever met, a "shark" who preys on peoples' vulnerabilities and blackmails them into letting him exploit and bully them (up to and including sexual assault). A media baron, he claims he is willing to run stories that he can't actually prove in order to ruin a person's life, and even if it puts them and their family in mortal danger. At one point he even had Watson trapped in a fire just to see if Sherlock cared enough about him to save him, though he claimed that he had people ready to save him if he didn't. He is a Dirty Coward who begs for his life when confronted with a killer he tried to blackmail, but smugly threatens to expose and destroy said killer and their family and friends the moment he regains the advantage. In the end, Sherlock decides shooting him is the only way to stop him- which he does after Magnussen was childishly flicking Watson in the face just, again, to show that he can.
  • How to Get Away with Murder has Emily Sinclair. Any of her positive qualities gets brought down by how self-righteous and smug she is. From resorting to blackmail (and not as a last resort), to planting illegal bugs in a suspect's home, to eagerly baiting people by pushing their berserk buttons (especially Asher's), and her consistent self-satisfied smirk, she's the easiest character to hate on the show.
  • Ellis from the Season 1 of Smash starts out innocently enough, as Tom's eager assistant, that is until he starts feeling entitled, thinking that Bombshell is his musical, for merely suggesting the idea to Julia and Tom that a Marylyn Monroe musical could be possible. Over time we find out how much of a Manipulative Bastard he really is as he connives his way into becoming Eileen's assistant, and begins pulling strings to get Ivy as the lead. His evil comes full circle, when he angrily confronts Eileen for choosing Karen to be Marylyn over Ivy, right after he smugly boasts that he was the one who poisoned Rebecca after slipping the peanuts, to which she is allergic to, into her drink. Worst of all, outside of getting fired by Eileen and most likely blackballed out of the Theater community, he doesn't really get what's coming to him, like going to jail for attempted murder of a well known celebrity. He becomes so hated, that his only appearance in Season 2, is in Tom's literal Nightmare Fuel, when he begins to feel like he's giving up his soul, and manipulating the business, to ensure that Bombshell is a hit, where he looks into a mirror only to see Ellis grinning evilly back at him in his reflection, only for Tom to wake up in a panic.
  • Metatron from Supernatural. He steals Castiel's grace (after manipulating him into killing an innocent nephilim and cutting off the hand of a cupid), forced all of the angels to fall from Heaven (which killed some of them), had Gadreel kill Kevin, manipulated angels into joining him (without telling them he was the one who closed Heaven), caused a civil war between angel factions, made it so human souls who were supposed to go go to Heaven were stuck on Earth, tricked us into thinking Gabriel was alive, turned Cas's followers against him using suicide bombers, tried to kill Dean which caused him to turn into a demon, lied about being able to remove the Mark of Cain, and has an annoying voice. Metadouche indeed.
  • Person of Interest gives us Wayne Kruger, the Victim of the Week in "Nothing to Hide". To start off, he's the head of a business that runs entirely on collecting and selling the personal information and private habits of other people, which most often ends badly for them, even as he calls out Finch on two separate occasions for reading his own personal information. The episode is one big, long Trauma Conga Line courtesy of Vigilance leader Peter Collier, putting him through several losses of privacy just like what his business inflicted on others, which also highlight the many other repulsive personality traits he possesses. Among them: everyone at his marriage anniversary party, including his wife, learns that he’s been having an affair, his assistant quits after a sexist comment from him is recorded and sent to her work answering machine, and an old criminal record and bankruptcy filing are posted to his own site, costing him a business deal and his job, all serving to further and further unhinge him as he demonstrates a predisposition to violent behavior. When he pieces together that the person behind the attack is going to be waiting for him at an upcoming business meeting, instead of heeding Finch's suggestion that he have Team Machine come with him, he smashes a vase over Finch's head and takes a gun to confront him. Once at the meeting, he gets called out on how he never takes responsibility for the damage his site has done, and that he actually caused a lot of said damage because he did nothing. Ultimately, Collier kills him after Reese seemingly diffuses the situation.
  • The version of Zoom that appears inThe Flash (2014) qualifies. While his comics version isn't really this, in the show he certainly comes off as one. While he does have a Freudian Excuse, he was a depraved serial killer long before getting Super Speed. In the present day he has little motive for the (many) atrocities he commits other than For the Evulz and his own continued survival. His hobbies include pretending to be a hero just so he can give people hope and then take it away, killing his own subordinates for trivial reasons, murdering cops, kidnapping people's relatives, killing people's relatives, crippling heroes that try to fight him, trying to destroy the multiverse, and taking performance-enhancing drugs.
  • Arrow: In Season One Malcolm Merlyn is a sympathetic Tragic Villain. Post-Season One Malcolm is an irredeemable Dirty Coward who is indirectly or directly responsible for nearly every terrible thing that happens to Oliver and co. that isn't the result of HIVE's actions. Yet despite Ollie hating him more than anyone else, he's still alive, even though he's probably the one person that both Team Arrow and people in general would happily support Oliver in waiving his Thou Shalt Not Kill policy for.
  • Stranger Things features Lonnie, Joyce's It's All About Me ex-husband. He shows very little interest in either Jonathon or Will, and only feigns concern when his son goes missing, not even bothering to return a panicked Joyce's calls. He does turn up in time for Will's funeral, playing the role of a grieving father and helping Joyce through her grief. It's discovered that he only is trying to get back in Joyce's good graces to inherit the money from the wrongful death lawsuit he is planning to file to pay off his debts.

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    Theatre 
  • Inspector Javert is the main antagonist 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 Valjean, whom he believes to be a dangerous criminal (and technically he's right, as Valjean is a bail-jumper); when Javert realizes that Valjean is really a good person through and through, it turns his world upside down (he's always thought of criminals as irredeemable monsters, so Valjean is a walking Logic Bomb like that). So who can the audience hate? The Thenardiers, the cowardly comic relief thieves who abuse Cosette, loot bodies during the rebellion, and try to attack Valjean's house, which prompts Valjean to make plans for him and Cosette to flee the city (he thought that the attack was led by Javert).
    • Ironically, despite being the only truly morally bankrupt characters in the show, the Thenardiers are probably among the best-liked in the cast; they have the only truly funny songs in the work ("Master of the House" and "Beggar at the Feast"), and as such are the only source of levity in the musical otherwise.
  • Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a Hanging Judge pedophile who sends an innocent man to prison on the other side of the world, rapes his wife and drives her to suicide, then adopts their daughter precisely so that he can groom her into becoming a Replacement Goldfish. His sidekick Beadle Bamford is also a constant and dedicated doggy-kicker. The audience needs to be comfortable rooting for a Serial Killer, and these two provide ample reason to do just that.
  • Mary from The Children's Hour is only a little girl but what a terrible little girl she is. She spreads Malicious Slander about her school teachers about how they're in a lesbian affair. Considering the time period this takes place in, this ends very badly. On top of that she blackmails one of her classmates, physically harms said classmate, acts like a Spoiled Brat, and is constantly lying. Mary never even gets her just desserts for ruining her teacher's lives.
  • Hamilton is, at its core, a White and Gray Morality tale about the Founding Fathers of the United States. Though they often squabble with one another, each one honestly believes he's doing what's right for the new nation, and as some of the most respected figures in human history they're almost impossible to hate. Thus, the truly despicable members of the cast are the bit characters. You can hate Charles Lee for being a cowardly General Failure whose ineptitude leads to four-digit casualties at the battle of Monmouth. You can hate James Reynolds for being a Domestic Abuser and blackmailer who plays a major role in ruining Hamilton's reputation out of sheer greed. And you can definitely hate George Eacker for killing Hamilton's son in a duel... by shooting him in the back on "seven."

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY has several antagonistic characters and groups (Grimm, White Fang, Roman Torchwick, Cinder Fall, etc.). However, for one reason or another, most of them are difficult to be a target of audience hatred. That role is filled by Team CRDL, a group of callous, obnoxious, bigoted, cowardly bullies who pick on many of the show's biggest Woobies. It's no coincidence that their leader, Cardin Winchester, is named after the Cardinal of Winchester, the man who oversaw the trial and execution of Joan of Arc.
  • While most of the villains in Red vs. Blue are either too entertaining or too badass to genuinely hate, the Chorus trilogy introduces Felix. Although he at first seems to be a Loveable Rogue Jerk with a Heart of Gold, he gleefully shows his true colours halfway through season 12 when it's revealed he's actually been manipulating the Reds and Blues into perpetuating a civil war with the goal of killing everyone on both sides. In a show which has its share of Jerkasses, Felix is the only character whose sociopathy is not Played for Laughs, and is hated by the fans possibly even more than the guy who's actually paying him to commit his atrocities.

    Web Comics 
  • Ace debuts in the Katamari comic's first arc when the King of All Cosmos brings him in as 'extra insurance' against the UFOs, and quickly establishes himself as The Rival. Once he proves himself more interested in ensuring the Prince fails than making sure anything gets saved — including Daisy, his own cousin — it's all downhill from there. Actively resisting any sort of character development, he's so self-absorbed and caught up in his own delusions that it's difficult to sympathize with him at all.
  • While Drowtales officially has no Big Bad, Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen is the closest fit with most of the strife in the story resulting from her machinations. Despite this she's largely a behind-the-scenes player who keeps up a friendly veneer in public and can seem downright reasonable until she finally starts letting her Mask of Sanity slip in a later story arc. Kalki her daughter, on the other hand, is openly antagonistic from the moment she's introduced, and one of the first things she does on panel is kill one of the more sympathetic characters with a dirty trick in front of his mother and entire family. And that's not even touching on her later actions, which include stabbing her sister's hand into the table to make her stay, chopping off her arm seconds later and going for a thrill kill against some unfortunate guests in the middle of her own home being attacked by actual invaders, which establish her as firmly Ax-Crazy compared to Snadhya'rune's refined manipulations. Ironically enough, the two of them switch roles in the end when Snadhya murdered Kalki in cold blood after growing weary of her behavior. Alas, Poor Villain indeed.
  • No other character officially introduced in Sakana stays truer to this role than Arata Tasaki, Yuudai's abusive ex. His first appearance alone has him show up to Yuudai's workplace unannounced after one misaimed drunken text and acting insulting and manipulative not only to Yuudai himself, but to Jiro as well. It gets even better when he runs into Yuudai again after work...
  • When Amber's father is introduced in Shortpacked!, we only know of what a complete asshole he was through Amber at his funeral. In Dumbing of Age, you'll want to punch the screen every time he appears and demonstrates his mastery of parental abuse (lampshaded by the author, who mentions that saying he also parks in handicapped spaces would make him cartoonishly evil).
  • Garry the dragonfly from Com'c is rude (including referring to everyone as "shitheads"), obnoxious, egocentrical and hypocritical, specifically designed to be hated.
  • Cuntons of Vegan Artbook—who's intended as a jab at someone whom the author hates—is a raging Jerk Ass, kills animals For the Evulz, is drawn much uglier than the rest of the cast and has no redeeming features or Freudian Excuse like Shawn does. As if her name didn't tip you off.
  • Daimyo Kubota from The Order of the Stick is a Smug Snake and Filler Villain who possesses none of the entertaining, impressive, sympathetic, or redeeming qualities of the comic's other Big Bads or Arc Villains. He's a scheming aristocrat who cares only about getting himself into power, thinks taking Azure City back from Xykon will be a trivial matter, repeatedly tries to assassinate Hinjo to take Azure City's throne, sees no value in commoners, tries to have a pregnant woman assassinated to give himself a political edge, and murders Therkla when she tries to convince him to simply defect from Hinjo and form his own kingdom somewhere else instead of usurping Azure City. Once captured by Elan, he spends a few moments gloating about how he'll manipulate the situation to be a Karma Houdini, then is effortlessly vaporized by Vaarsuvius, who doesn't even know his name and just assumes he's a villain interfering with the main plot because Elan has captured him.
  • Mookie, creator of Dominic Deegan, really, really likes this trope. Just a few examples include Brett Taggerty, Serk Brakkis, Amelia Sturtz and Warlord Damaske all who have virtually no redeeming qualities between them and are very much meant to be loathed.
  • Polandball has ISISBall, perhaps the only character with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • In Yumi's Cells, Yumi's younger coworker Ruby is a shallow, selfish girl, and quite willing to spite Yumi in her quest to steal Wook. After The Reveal that he's gay (which Ruby doesn't know about) this becomes somewhat more amusing but she still inspires quite a bit of reader vitriol.
  • Survivor: Fan Characters: The creator explained in his notes for Season 9 that he wrote the season's main villain to be this; he wanted her to be so reprehensible with zero redeeming qualities that readers, instead of finding her cool or entertaining to hate like they did with many of the series' previous villains, would just plain hate her and find her eventual epic downfall to be all the more cathartic.

    Web Original 
  • Duke Crabtree from Ambition was clearly supposed to be this, with being a Smug Snake cop with a whiny, nasally voice, along with the player being given the option to insult and even punch him along with the fact that it turns out that he was Evil All Along. It backfired, though, when he became one of the most popular characters in the series thanks to some bizarre memetic lines, being far more competent than the protagonist (to the point of being able to successfully stand in as a marriage counselor,) and his apparent ability to summon bright, colorful lights and a guitar wail when he kills you with a tire iron. Meanwhile, other characters like Ted, who the creator tried really hard to make sympathetic in spite of his actions, became The Scrappy instead.
  • Ricky Collins in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries frequently compliments Lizzie and Charlotte but does so in an arrogant and obnoxious way. He tries to give advice but underestimates their accomplishments and knowledge, bashes Lizzie's blog, boasts of himself, tries to make himself look important and only speaks/cares about business.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: Martin, Finn's human dad. Finn and Jake risked everything to reach this guy, with their quest to reach the Citadel he was imprisoned in resulting in Prismo's death and the Lich releasing a ton of super-criminals. And what does Finn find? A complete Jerkass loser who abandons him yet again, as well as causes him to lose his arm. Needless to say, many fans were pissed.
  • Bob's Burgers has Jimmy Pesto, the operator of the restaurant across from the Belchers. A smug, condescending bastard, he seems to live to make Bob's life miserable, mainly out of jealousy because Bob, while not as successful as Jimmy, is the superior chef. Most episodes featuring him end with Jimmy being outdone by the Belchers in some way, to their amusement.
  • Backstage interviewer Tally Wong from the uncanceled seasons of Celebrity Deathmatch. While she puts on a pleasant smile for the cameras, she is frequently dismissive and even downright spiteful towards the fighters she's interviewing, leading commentator Johnny Gomez (another frequent victim of her insults) to call her out on it on numerous occasions. Needless to say, fans frequently clamored for her to be killed off.
    • In the original seasons of the show, Debbie Matenopoulos was such, and not just because she replaced the previous interviewer, Stacy Cornbred. She was frequently disrespectful towards the celebrities she was interviewing, and she was especially an asshole towards Nick. Of course, compared to Tally, she gets it fairly easy.
  • Zordrak, despite being the Big Bad of The Dreamstone, doesn't actually have much involvement in the scheme of things, his far more sympathetic lackeys the Urpneys usually doing all the active work in whatever new plan is made. As such usually he has little role outside abusing his minions and acting as a driving force into them trying to take the stone, and being the one legitimately evil bad guy so we don't feel too bad about the Urpneys losing.
  • Family Guy:
    • Being a high order Sadist Show, the show tends to flip around with this for almost every character depending on Rule of Funny. This erratic development is likely what led to the show's frequent Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy.
    • Connie D'Mico serves the purpose of being a high school bully who picks on Meg, so that fans can hate her.
    • Carter Pewterschmidt, Lois's father, every now and then.
    • When Peter creates a TV Show called Peter's Funhouse, Lois starts demanding that Peter help more around the house instead of spending all his time on television. In response, he creates a puppet resembling Lois by the name of Saggy Naggy who doesn't want any of the children on the show to have fun. When Lois decides to visit a store, a bunch of kids notice her and give her a beating.
  • Pete on Goof Troop due to the show's setting is not a traditional villain. Instead, he's just a thoroughly unpleasant person who treats everyone like crap, especially his neighbor, Goofy and his own son, PJ, the two characters who deserve it the least. Most of his episodes play him as The Chew Toy and it's always satisfying to see his schemes fail. This is downplayed to a certain degree, as Pete does have some, albeit infrequent, intentionally sympathetic moments.
  • While Gravity Falls do have villains like Gideon, Bill Cipher or the government agents, you can't hate them because the former 2 have a lot of Evil Is Cool qualities that makes fans Love to Hate them while the latter are quite reasonable unlike most agents in other medias and have several good reasons to oppose Stan and the Mystery Shack. However there are some characters in the cartoons that we can truly hate:
    • Filbrick, Stan's father who disowned him after he accidentally ruined Ford's chances of going to a dream school (and the millions the family could've made as a result), particularly given that this action made BOTH of his sons' problems, including their own relationship with each other, even worse than it would have been otherwise.
    • The Northwest families are a family full of Rich Bastard Jerkass whose entire generations are full of cheaters, liars and scammers, something even Pacifica herself finds it despicable to the point of having a change of heart after learning of this fact.
      • Prior to Season 2, Pacifica serves as this role as an Alpha Bitch Foil to Mabel whose constant selfishness and Kick the Dog moments towards her made Pacifica unlikeable. However, after receiving Character Development and having a tragic Freudian Excuse, her role as a Hate Sink is eventually transferred to her Abusive Parents.
      • Nathaniel Northwest, he has the commoners order them to build a huge mansion which costs the live of many lumberjacks and innocent people in order to flaunt his fortune in front of other people and in return, he will promise them a big party. Except he didn't even do that, he did not keep his end of the bargain and kicks them out as soon as the mansion's construction is done, directly causing one lumberjack to invoke a Dying Curse, by manifesting himself as a ghost by annually terrorizing the Northwests, hoping that he could force them to uphold their end of the bargain. The sad part is that everyone who ever knew of his vile nature is long dead.
      • Preston Northwest may not be as a prominent villain as the two major Big Bad or even the Lumberjack Ghost in his featured episode but he is a massive Dirty Coward who is willing to endanger the lives of innocent people to preserve his own pride and abuses his daughter by manipulating her into an Alpha Bitch and if she ever try to speak up, he rings a bell to force her to obey. When he tries to sell himself out to Bill's apocalypse, he gets his faced completely rearranged that is obviously painful and horrifying but considering what a Jerkass he is, fans actually cheered for Bill when he did that.
  • When Kim Possible isn't saving the world, chances are she's dealing with Bonnie Rockwaller, a stereotypical cheerleader who loves making her life miserable. While she did help Kim on occasion, it's mostly out of pragmatism, and will go back to making Kim's life miserable when job is done. Ron Stoppable wonders why Kim doesn't resort to using kung fu on her since she's dedicated her life to stopping evil.
  • Virginia of Lola And Virginia, she's a super stuck up Alpha Bitch who acts like the worlds revolves around her, and is willing to use every dirty trick to get her way. She has very little to no redeeming qualities, and it is satisfying when she does get her comeuppance in the end.
  • Mickey Mouse has his rival Mortimer Mouse. Pretty much every one of his appearances has him be a complete jackass to Mickey and/or attempt to seduce Mickey's girlfriend Minnie, which makes his eventual comeuppance all the more satisfying.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Prince Blueblood. He's just a Royal Brat who acts like a jerkass to Rarity in the episode "The Best Night Ever" when Rarity tries to win his affection. How effective is he as such? An Equestria Daily poll asked its visitors who they thought the best royal pony was. Tony Stark got six times more votes than him. You can't just write this stuff.
    • The teenage dragons from "Dragon Quest". Their only purpose is to be complete and utter Jerkasses to Spike and anything that's not a dragon. Toward the end of their episode, the dragons attempt to kidnap baby phoenixes and try to force Spike to smash an unhatched phoenix just because it's fun.
    • For the longest time, Diamond Tiara, who's really just a ordinary filly with an Alpha Bitch streak was presented as the least sympathetic character in the show and only appeared to exist to make life miserable for the Cutie Mark Crusaders and other school-aged characters. It wasn't until Season 5 that they presented her in a sympathetic light and shouldn't be considered an example of this trope any longer. However, the same episode also introduced her mother, Spoiled Rich, who's an incredibly nasty snob who looks down on everyone for virtually no reason and holds Diamond Tiara to ridiculous standards, with no forgiveness should she fall short.
    • Svengallop in "The Mane Attraction." The manager of Applejack's Childhood Friend Coloratura, throughout the episode he was obnoxious towards everypony whether it be Applejack, children, or even Coloratura herself. The final nail in the coffin for him was his treatment of Pinkie Pie. Gilda may have gained ire for making Fluttershy cry, but it takes a special kind of evil to overwork and criticize a pony known for being Fun Personified to the point where she's battered and almost about to cry.
    • Fluttershy brother Zephyr Breeze in "Flutter Brutter". For most of the episode Zephyr is lazy, obnoxious, and narcissistic, and his constant, clearly unwanted hitting on Rainbow Dash doesn't much help. It's clear that viewers are not supposed to like him until the end.
  • South Park has a Show Within a Show Example inside Terrence and Phillip. The show in question is about two Canadian actors who enjoy farting in other's faces. Though it's considered a horrible show by Sheila Broflovski and other adults, there's nothing to hate about that... except for Scott the Dick, the nemesis of Terrence and Phillip who thinks fart jokes are the lowest form of humor and wishes that Terrence and Phillip have cancer despite them not really doing anything to antagonize him.
    • In the series proper, there's Stephen Stotch. Most of the time, he mistreats Butters really badly. Whether it be getting angry over a "bad" school photo or Gaslighting him for putting Hamburger Helper in coffee, you can't blame Butters for seeing him as a monster. Butters' mom Linda could also count, but she is the lesser of two evils since she has been shown to care about her son.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In the episode "Pickles", Bubble Bass. He's probably more of a Fat Bastard than the trope namer. He (intentionally) caused SpongeBob to have a Heroic B.S.O.D., and when his lies were revealed, he tries to run away like a coward. The operative word here being "tries". What he does is less "running" and more "attempting to move faster than walking speed while wheezing heavily due to his morbid obesity".
    • Squilliam Fancyson, Squidward's rival who is just as persnickety as he is but way more of a bully. His losses, however short, are always rewarding, especially considering how unusual wins are for Squidward.
    • In a similar manner "Pizza Delivery" features an Unsatisfiable Customer who, after ordering for a pizza to be delivered from a service, rewards Spongebob's arduous loyalty by screaming blue murder at him for forgetting a drink he never ordered and slamming the door in his teary eyed face. This all to set up for another rare Everyone Has Standards moment for Squidward, who promptly force feeds him the whole pizza box in one bite. Interestingly the character here is a recurring Living Prop, some of the other characters he takes on aren't nearly as odious.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Kevin is a chauvinistic jerk who constantly invades Stevonnie's personal space even after they voice their discomfort. Even Steven's reaction to this guy is to snarl his name through gritted teeth when he shows up at It's A Wash, and he flat out states that he hates the guy not a minute later.
    • While other unpleasant characters in the show usually show Hidden Depths at some point, Marty shows no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and seems to exist just to be hated. Both Greg and Vidalia, the people who primarily interacted with him, have expressed that they neither know nor care where Marty is today, with Greg adding that Marty was "dead to me".
  • Teen Titans: The episode Troq has the Politically Incorrect Hero Val Yor. You can't hate the Locrix since they don't speak and aren't given enough focus for the audience to care about them. You can hate Val Yor however for being a racist asshole who is prejudiced against Tamaranians. Even getting his life saved by Starfire isn't enough to get him to drop his prejudiced views, merely remarking that she's "one of the good ones". When the Titans defend Starfire, Val Yor claims that Earthlings are no better than Tamaranians.
  • Total Drama
    • Ezekiel. He was the FIRST character to be eliminated, ever. They made it clear through his misogyny and overall uselessness that he was just meant to be hated on. It didn't get much better after he went feral.
    • Sugar in Pakithew. A jerkish, dumb and disgusting girl. It's no surprise that no one likes her.
    • From Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race there's the LARPers. Painfully annoying and painfully useless, it was most likely intended for them to be hated as they are the first team to leave.
  • Sentinel Prime from Transformers Animated definitely counts due to being an insufferable dick to everyone and the main Autobots hating his guts.
  • Sky Marshall Wade from Voltron Force. He is a corrupt and self righteous military commander and war profiteer who causes more trouble than the real big bad King Zarkon. The main characters spend more time fighting against Wade's oppressive rule, and he does almost everything on the Evil Overlord List.

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