"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?
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- 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 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
- 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.
- 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!