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Hidden Disdain Reveal
"I never liked you anyways!"

So you have two characters who are friends, partners, siblings, or lovers. It appears that they're in some sort of falling out or one of them has betrayed them. You can expect one of the characters will say they now hated them, but they revealed that they already had contempt for them from the beginning. Usually, they will declare that they never liked the character or they always knew how flawed the character is.

The character's hatred or disdain for their friend/partner can implicate that they may have had problems with the other character, especially if he has a bit of quirks, and the reason they were friends/partners with them for a long time was out of necessity, not because they like each other.

The character may have been The Lancer, The Rival, or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who happens to have a begrudging respect for The Hero. To see him fall into dark times may be shocking, but this is more of an opportunity for him to fight the Rival Turned Evil.

In other ways, the character who expresses their ill will for the hero may not hate them at all. They only declare that they hated the hero as a lame retort against the other character severing all ties. It's no surprise that this trope can show you one (or two) characters never really see eye to eye to begin with anyways.

Can be a part of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. This can also be a part of a Motive Rant if the character reveals his disdain for the hero. This can well-likely appear in a Feud Episode or an Achilles in His Tent plot. Expect one of the Vitriolic Best Buds to execute this trope if their friendship is destroyed. Compare False Friend if the character turning on the friend was his enemy all along. Often related to Dying Declaration Of Hate. See also Was It All a Lie?.

Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • In a mid-2000s commercial for Coca Cola, two girls, who have been BFFs forever, decide to celebrate by breaking out some Coke, but when one of the girls says she didn't bring any, her friend suddenly turns on her, saying she never liked her, causing both of them to break into a verbal fight.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Bleach, in the flashback when Aizen reveals that he is a traitor, his Captain Shinji tells him that he always knew Aizen was no good and never liked him. The entire reason he chose Aizen as his lieutenant was to keep an eye on him. Aizen smugly tells Shinji that his distrust is exactly why Shinji never noticed that Aizen had secretly replaced himself with a doppelganger months ago; by never allowing himself to like or get to know Aizen, Shinji was unable to see any strange behavior after the switch.
  • In the third Cyber City Oedo 808 OVA, Benton (one of the three Boxed Crook protagonists) ignores his orders. Sengoku is ordered to kill him if he doesn't stand down (which he won't) and bluntly invokes this trope luckily Gogol (who hadn't been given any orders) shows up and knocks Sengoku out.
    Sengoku: All right, I never liked you anyway. [raises gun]
  • In the climax of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, the Big Bad Evil Matriarch Precia declares to her Love Martyr of a daughter Fate that she has actually always hated her and manipulated her emotions all along for her own goals, before abandoning her altogether. Needless to say, Fate breaks.
  • In Naruto, Sasuke's big brother Itachi slaughters their whole village (including their parents), traumatizing the young Sasuke. When Sasuke (who had adored his big brother) asks why he would do this, Itachi says that he was Evil All Along and only pretended to be the loving big brother and he actually despised Sasuke the whole time. This is later revealed to be completely untrue. Itachi was putting on a Jerkass Fašade as a Stealth Mentor for his little brother, as this was the only way he could be spared by the massacre Itachi committed on the orders of his village government.
  • In Vinland Saga, Askeladd's men turn against him to save their own hides against an army they could never defeat. Askeladd returns them this message:
    Askeladd: "You all and I have been together for a long time, up until this day. We laughed together, drank together, found our way out of many hellholes together. And I never told any of you about this, but for the last ten years we've been together I hated every single last one of you."

    Comic Books 
  • In Judge Dredd, Dredd says to Judge Anderson (of the Psi Division) that they were never friends and that he only "tolerated" her after she resigns as a judge. He later recants when she's injured.
  • In Original Sin Nick Fury's LMD says this to Bucky as the latter kills the former.
    • Wolverine says this about Bucky after coming across the murder scene.
    • And the Punisher says this about Bucky after seeing him holding Nick's head in his hand.

    Film - Animation 

    Film - Live Action 
  • At the end of the Movie within a Movie in The Artist, the protagonist declares to the love interest that he never loved her.
  • A variation of this can be found in The Boat That Rocked, The Count challenges Gavin to a game of chicken by jumping off the main mast of the boat, after it is learned Simon's new bride only married him as means to get close to Gavin, whom she is really in love with. While inching out over the mast, The Count shouts down below, "I never even liked Simon!"
  • From the The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
    Magenta: "You killed them! But I thought you liked them. They liked you."
    Riffraff: "They didn't like me! They NEVER liked me!!
  • In This Is the End, Jonah Hill's character is at first nothing but nice to Jay in that overnice way of someone who knows they aren't liked and is trying really hard to change that opinion. Then he reveals in a monologued prayer to God that he really hates Jay, thinks he's a bad influence on Seth Rogen, and wishes he died. Well, his prayer was heard... by a demon. Who comes at night and forces himself on Jonah Hill's character, leading to him being traumatized and soon after getting Demonically Possessed.
  • Towards the end of Wedding Crashers, there's a scene where the Jerkass Disposable FiancÚ gets into an argument with the main character and the love interest. He asks the love interest's dad to back him up, clearly expecting it since the two have seemed to be rather close throughout the whole movie. Instead dad turns around and tells the fiancee that he never really cared for him much, and only put up with him because he seemed to make his daughter happy.

    Literature 
  • In The Caine Mutiny, later adapted into a play (as The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial) and then a Humphrey Bogart film, defense attorney Lt. Greenwald gets the mutineers an acquittal, then delivers an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech in which he wishes he could have prosecuted them, calling them out as mutineers who betrayed their captain.

    Live Action TV 
  • In Cheers episode "Second Time Around", Frasier has a new girlfriend (played by Jennifer Tilly). She seems very not his type (less intellectual), but he tells his friends she and him are happy together, but an argument ensues and Frasier tells his girlfriend "If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you!", ending the relationship.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: In the episode "To Thine Own Self be Blue...and Gold", Philip discovers that his old college friend, Ernest, decided to bribe a city councilman with a briefcase full of money and uses Will to deliver it. Because of this, Philip returns Ernest the briefcase and bluntly tells him to Get Out, leaving Ernest to smugly tell Philip that he was always so damned naive.
  • How I Met Your Mother plays with this: Ted lists all the reasons he allegedly hates Zoe for to pretend he's not in love with her.
  • A recurring sketch on The Late Show with David Letterman is for a staffer to come onstage and announce that he's just won the lottery. "So [to announcer Alan Kalter] fuck you! And [to Paul Shaffer]] fuck you! And [to Dave]] FUUUUUUKKK YOUUUUUU!"
  • M*A*S*H: In one early episode, Hawkeye tries to kill the boredom by telling Trapper really bad knock-knock jokes; after receiving two such lame jokes, Trapper mumbles, "Hawkeye, I've never liked you."
  • In an episode of Newsradio, Bill says to Dave that there comes a time in every friendship where when one has to say "I never liked you; get lost!"
  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Betrayal" Kramer discovers that his good friend FDR - Franklin Delano Romanowski - hates him and uses his birthday wish to wish for Kramer to drop dead, because years earlier Kramer hit him with a snowball.
  • At the end of the season 13 premier of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Brass gives a subtle one to his daughter Ellie (who's murdered his ex-wife, was behind the entire plot of the previous season's Cliffhanger all along and attempted to murder Morgan). By telling them that they've killed the only person he cared for and the only one who cared for her.

    Music 
  • This was well said in the Break Up Song "I Never Liked You" by the Rogue Traders:
    Hey! Surprise!
    I never liked you, even when I tried to
    Don't speak now it's my turn baby uh uh
    I never liked you, and I won't pretend to

    Video Games 
  • In Perfect Dark, when a character stumbles across a dead enemy, they will give out a remark "I never liked him anyway."
  • Persona 4: This is done posthumously after the death of Saki Konishi, the girl Yosuke had a crush on and worked at the store his father managed. When they visit her death site, her last thoughts are broadcast loudly. He finds out that she found him to be a real pain in the ass and hated how much he flirted with her, and was only nice to him because he was the boss's son. He takes the news hard at first, but later still tries to respect her opinion and bring her killer to justice.
  • In Soul Nomad & the World Eaters in the first time that you meet Thuris he and Gig have a discussion, during it Gig off-handendly mentions that, of his three vassal World Eaters, Thuris was always the one he disliked the most.
  • A variant in Team Fortress 2:
    The Spy: I was never really on your side.

    Western Animation 
  • In Megas XLR, the alien ship's destruction features one of the Bridge Bunnies, faced with certain destruction, turning to his neighbor and saying "I've always hated you."
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In the "Fry Cook Games" episode, Spongebob and Patrick, who had a falling out, wrestle, exchanging lines like "I don't like you!" "I don't like you more!" "I never liked you!" "I a thousand times never liked you!"

Wait! You're leaving me?! Fine! Go do that. I never enjoyed your presence anyways, you jerk!
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