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->''"Who are you creating a perfect world for? There is no one around you anymore!"''
-->-- '''Makoto Fukami''', ''Series/KamenRiderGhost''

It's a rare and lucky EvilOverlord who manages to get TheEmpire nice and entrenched, perhaps even managing to TakeOverTheWorld. And when they do, life probably seems pretty good, what with being master of all they {{s|tealthPun}}urvey. There's just one little problem they sometimes face. (Well, two, if you count those pesky heroes, but they'll be dealt with soon enough.) Everyone hates them.


The reason varies. Sometimes, it's their little hobby of periodically going out and raining terror, destruction, and death upon the quivering populace [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority to remind everyone who's boss]]. Sometimes, it's the high taxes (or tribute, if you're particularly old-fashioned) they demand to keep themselves living a life of luxury as the peasants starve. Sometimes, it's just because they have a different fashion sense than everyone else, and insist on making everything look drab, gray, and depressing. And sometimes... who knows?

One almost has to pity the EvilOverlord who faces this. Sure, it's expected that a few foolhardy souls would form some sort of [[LaResistance heroic rebellion]], but it must ''hurt'' that, with the exception of the EvilMinions working directly for them (or, in extreme cases, {{especially|Zoidberg}} [[TheStarscream the evil minions working directly for them]]), '''every single human being or other sentient creature''' in their dominion hates their guts and yearns for the day they're overthrown. The only consolation they've got is that most of the populace are willing to keep their heads down and hope to stay out of trouble. But it's a sure bet that even those people still grumble, and those damn rebels can be pretty confident of getting quiet assistance from just about anyone they meet.

An EvilOverlord running TheEmpire doesn't always have this problem, it should be noted. Sometimes, they favour a certain segment of the population while keeping another segment down, so they have support in some quarters. Other times, they manage to keep their true nature hidden, becoming a VillainWithGoodPublicity who just about everyone loves, except for the few who find out about the true evil hiding behind the GovernmentConspiracy. Still ''other'' times, it turns out that a lot of people just don't care that the people in charge are [[AxCrazy openly homicidal]], [[ReligionOfEvil demon-worshiping]] [[HalfHumanHybrid alien hybrids]] [[YourSoulIsMine who eat souls]] [[EatsBabies and babies]], as long as they get their BreadAndCircuses.

This serves a pragmatic reason for writers in terms of keeping things morally justified for our heroes. Because if they were taking out an emperor who was popular with the people or who had done good work for the country under their control for a (usually) personal vendetta, they wouldn't seem that much like heroes at all! Then again, it happens sometimes, and then you have people RootingForTheEmpire.

For some reason, a Zero Percent Approval Rating rarely stops an overlord from recruiting hordes of utterly loyal {{Mooks}}. Trustworthy lieutenants and advisers are much harder to come by for the hated tyrant, though.

Of course, if a 0% Approval Rating ''really'' bothers you, there's always the option of {{Brainwash|ed}}ing, or singling out a couple of people and turn them into LesCollaborateurs. The EvilOverlord who wants to work at it can try BreadAndCircuses.

Sometimes, the EvilOverlord [[EmotionEater feeds on people's hatred/fear]], so there's no reason for them to try to be popular. In other cases the EvilOverlord is some sort of incarnation of ultimate evil who just doesn't ''care'' that he or she has a Zero Percent Approval Rating. Then again, maybe he or she should consider some photo ops.

If the person has a plan that requires this, then it's a ZeroApprovalGambit. TheCaligula often possesses this sort of approval rating. Compare and contrast HundredPercentAdorationRating. Compare HateSink, where a character is solely designed to be hated by the audience.

'''Nota Bene''': This trope ''does not work'' in RealLife because real politicians [[RealityEnsues start running into major problems]] before they can achieve a ZAR. "Very low" is different from "zero". In stable governments, politicians with very low approval ratings are unable to accomplish any legislating, because they're working with other politicians who don't want ''their'' approval ratings to plummet. In less stable situations, politicians with very low approval ratings are overthrown, impeached, or otherwise removed from office before they can hit the zero mark[[note]]though this can take a while, and they can get into the low single-digits[[/note]]. Even in a complete and absolute dictatorship, the GloriousLeader needs to maintain at least the grudging approval of his bodyguards, most of the army, and the top bureaucrats, to avoid being deposed/shot at the first possible opportunity. They also commonly have support among certain segments of the population, like their family or some minority group they can provide advantages to in exchange for support (this has most often been the aristocracy/elite, whether this is defined by ancestry or by some other method, like landholdings or other wealth, but it can also mean an ethnic group, a religious hierarchy, or something else). This trope also doesn't work on polls and movie reviews as well, because polls and movie reviews are sampled through a small group of people and are often biased towards one opinion. Further more, ZAR does not mean foreign approvals. A leader can be quite competent and loved at its home country, but greatly hated by rival nations. There have also been many occasions in which a leader or rank-and-file politician may have universal approval within the ranks of their political party, but ZAR among those in the opposing party or even in the general public. [[noreallife]]



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': ''Everyone'' utterly despises [[EvilOverlord Frieza]], including his own henchmen, to the extent that in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'', it's established that the ''only'' reason two of his men, Sorbet and Tagoma, used the [[MacGuffin Dragon Balls]] to bring him BackFromTheDead is because, with [[TheEmpire his empire]] going down the tubes since his demise, they see Frieza's status as TheDreaded as [[GodzillaThreshold the only way to restore it]]. Even while searching for the Dragon Balls, Tagoma flat-out tells Sorbet that it's a bad idea to bring Frieza back given what a psychopath he was, and Sorbet agrees that they may be better off without him.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Nearly every member of the [[BigScrewedUpFamily Sohma clan]] hates Akito Sohma, and considering the fact that she's heaped all manner of physical and emotional abuse on most of them, it's hard to blame them. By the end of the manga, however, almost all of them forgiven her for her actions, in part thanks to Tohru's healing personality and in part for Akito pulling a genuine HeelFaceTurn (again, thanks to Tohru).
** Akito does have the support of the older maids, who believe that the head of the family deserves their devotion. [[spoiler:Akito's mother, Ren, on the other hand, has even fewer supporters. She's despised by Akito for being an EvilMatriarch and a good portion of the Sohma family hated her when she managed to win the heart of the then-head of the family, despite being a maid.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Almost everyone who has ever met and spoken with Madara Uchiha completely despises him, including his protege Tobi [[spoiler:aka Obito Uchiha.]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even the Nine-Tailed Fox]], a [[CardCarryingVillain self-proclaimed]] "living mass of malevolence," finds Madara to be nothing but an insufferable dick. The only people who can actually tolerate him are Senju Hashirama, who was once his best friend, and Izuna, his brother, though Madara did everything he could to hate Hashirama and, in rejecting his assistance, essentially let Izuna die.
* In Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''Manga/{{Phoenix}}'', the king in ''Yamato'' is distinctly aware of how much the kingdom hates him, and therefore orders a hundred people to be sacrificed when he dies just to ensure that the country will mourn his death.
* ''Manga/{{InuYasha}}'': Nearly every named character in the series completely despises [[BigBad Naraku]] and wants him dead, including his detachments, which are explicitly stated to be spawned from his own flesh. Yes, that's right; Naraku is such a [[{{Jerkass}} dick]] that even ''his own body parts'' hate him. It's to the extent that when he creates [[EnfantTerrible the Baby]], a construct of his own heart, he actually ''anticipates'' that it will eventually betray him.
* Lelouch does this in ''[[Anime/CodeGeass Code Geass R2]]'': since taking over as Emperor, he's alienated the nobility of Britannia by dismantling the aristocracy, and alienated everyone else by barging his way into the UFN and kidnapping everyone, making it seem for all intents and purposes that he's out to TakeOverTheWorld. Which he then does. Strangely, due to his actions, the common Britannia people love him. His master plan is [[spoiler:to make himself into the enemy of the world. When Suzaku, disguised as Zero, kills him, the entire world will be united in their hatred of the now-dead Emperor]].
* Celestial Being of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' drop deeper and deeper into this as they follow their WellIntentionedExtremist nature and continue making attacks on anyone who they perceive as pursuing conflict. With the appearance of Team Trinity, who are even more aggressive in pursuing their goal than the Gundam Meisters and have no concerns about civilian casualties (to the point that when one of them blows up a wedding just on a whim, neither of her partners are at all concerned about this), the last lingering threads of approval vanish and they become reviled as the worst terrorist organization in history, enemies of all humanity. It turns out that this was [[ZeroApprovalGambit all part of the plan]]. Fortunately, [[EarnYourHappyEnding everything they've struggled through afterwards]] ultimately gives them a good enough reputation to have [[ShowWithinAShow an in-universe movie]] depicting them as the heroes [[AdaptationDecay in an over the top fashion]].
* Dakki of ''Manga/SoulHunter'' is a good example. She has got the emperor Chuuou under her leash (per seduction spell) and thinks of a new atrocity each month. She lives in luxury, while the peasants starve and are picked off for her entertainment. Entertainment, in this case, always involves dying, in a snake pit, in a forest by wild tigers, and somesuch, while the emperor and she drink on a boat on a frikking lake of sake... And the list goes on. Everyone that isn't under her temptation spell (aka, everyone powerful enough or far enough away) hates her with passion. The best/worst part? [[KarmaHoudini She gets away with it]]
* In the entirety of ''Manga/KagerouNostalgia'', there does not seem to be a single person (excepting his wife) who actually likes [[EvilOverlord General Kiyotaka Kuroda]], who controls eighty percent of the series' version of medieval Japan. His tendency towards organising random slaughters of people and using demons as a part of his army may have something to do with that. It's worth noting that even Ranmaru and Rikimaru, CoDragons to [[TheManBehindTheMan Gessho Kuki]], the series' BigBad, do not like Kuroda, and that [[HumanoidAbomination Gessho]] himself seems to view Kuroda as TheStarscream and, therefore, expendable. The man is truly loathed, albeit with good reason.
* This happens in one backstory of the "Great Distance in the Wind; the Sky at Dawn" arc of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''. [[LawfulStupid King Chuutatsu of Hou]], on the advice of [[EvilChancellor his wife]], orders that ''anyone'' accused of a crime—regardless of severity—will be put to death. This results in the brutal, systematic slaughter of hundreds of thousands of his subjects (including several [[LadyInWaiting Women of Court]] falsely accused by the queen) and eventually a revolt by some of his governors and generals, who promptly behead the [[PhysicalGod King and Queen]] and their kirin [[StupidGood Hourin]] and force their [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld 13-year-old]] daughter [[FallenPrincess Shoukei]] into hiding. Only once the ex-Princess gets out into the real world does she find out just how much everyone ''absolutely despised'' her father for his cruelty (Hou was the only one of the 12 Kingdoms that still practised [[CruelAndUnusualDeath crucifixion]], for one); at first she's in stubborn denial, then deeply ''ashamed''.
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish'' -- while Kuranosuke's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} uncle Saburouta is competent as a politician, his approval rating is quite low (9% in episode 4, which drops to 5% by the finale).
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Just about everyone at Yokai Academy, including the teachers, despises [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Kuyo]], head of the [[DirtyCop corrupt]] [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil Student Police]], to the extent that, upon his defeat, the entire student body declares Tsukune their hero for doing so.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** In the kingdom of Dressrosa, the former king Riku Dold III is absolutely despised by his people. This grudge is so strong, [[SinsOfOurFathers it extends to the entire royal family]], particularly his granddaughter Rebecca. [[spoiler:This completely changed when Riku's name was cleared during the Bird Cage fiasco, and the hatred quickly transferred to the man who deposed him -- Donquixote Doflamingo]].
** Despite he has helped the them several times during the course of the story, the Straw Hats still hate Caesar Clown for all of his experimentations he did on Punk Hazard and they constantly mistreat him like he's the most dispicable person on the planet. Of course, he was always forced by the Straw Hats to help them in the first place, but they never thank him for that and they still insult him whenever they can.
* In ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Nakia]] initially held some support from the upper-class, but was hated by most of the peasants and working-class people, who she ignored and abused. Her stepson, Kail, knows full well he wants to kill him and his brothers. Over the course of the manga, as Yuri more openly directly opposes Nakia's deeds and stands up for the people of the Hitte Empire, it becomes increasingly obvious that everyone would ''much'' rather have her as their queen instead of Nakia. By the end of the series, Yuri is openly spoken of as if ''she'' were the queen while [[spoiler:Nakia loses the little political support she had when it's found out that she was selling military secrets to Egypt, becomes utterly alienated by everyone including her own son (who seemed to be one of the few people she cared at all for), and loses [[UndyingLoyalty Urhi]] after he's executed.]]
* While Black Skull of ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' has supporters in the manga, the graphic novel retelling plays him up as more of this trope. Dr. Wiskey (the only scientist who is left alive after [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Black Skull kills the rest]]) clearly has misgivings about the whole "destroy the world" agenda, only joining in the first place to cure his ill son and apparently only hanging around out of fear. [[spoiler:When given a chance to betray Black Skull and save the cyborgs, he chooses to do so]]. The graphic novel also ends with [[spoiler:the reveal that the Black Skull's own backers eventually turn on him and execute him, no longer willing to support his "selfish desire to take over the planet".]]
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'':
** Julio Asuka Misurugi is almost hated by ''every'' [[AntiMagic Norma]], including [[CainAndAbel his own sister, Ange]], whom he exposed to the entire Misurugi Empire of being a Norma. Needless to say, he's highly unrepentant for his actions, even until [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Embryo offs him]].
** Everyone outside the Mana society -- Norma, [=DRAGONs=], and Ancient Humans who has interacted with [[BigBad Embryo]] completely loathes him. Even Salia, whose loyalty still lies to Embryo, found this out the hard way when she is called out by Jill in the penultimate episode as she is the last person to realize that Embryo doesn't love anyone and has no qualms of abandoning her.
--->'''Jill''' (to [[BrokenPedestal Salia]])''':''' Love? He doesn't love anyone. [[BitchInSheepsClothing He feeds and cares for people]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness so he can use them later]].
* The Maoh King in ''Anime/GenmaWars'' is a cruel and decadent demon king whose pastime is taking human girls as concubines to provide him with half-human heirs and engineer war and destruction for his entertainment. None of his subjects - either human or demonic - have anything good to say about him and even some demon noblemen were plotting to overthrow him. In the end, [[spoiler: his many hybrid children team up to defeat him, but the Maoh King's own demise came from his own hated wife Parome]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Acnologia, [[TheDreaded the Black Dragon of the Apocalypse]]. ''Nobody'' likes him, which is just fine fo him, because he HatesEveryoneEqually to the point that he rampages around destroying homes and buildings and killing people for fun. [[spoiler:In fact, one of the main reason why Zeref wants Fairy Heart is to take Acnologia down. If that had been his ''only'' goal, there is a very good chance that Fairy Tail would've aided him as they want him gone too. Unfortunately, Zeref also wants to destroy humanity, nixing any hope of an EnemyMine]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]

* EVERYONE both in and out of the Marvel universe hates the ComicBook/RedSkull. EVERYONE! Even supervillains such as Magneto, Joker, and Doctor Doom have tried to kill or harm him on different occasions. Not because he got in their way, but just because they wanted him dead due to how horrible of a human being he was. (Of course, Magneto being Jewish and Doom being Romani was likely also a factor) Considering the guy is one of the most feared Nazi supervillains, it's hard to find even one person willing to work with him, and even mentioning his name is a good way to end any supervillain deals. His cruelty was also said to be so despicable that even Hitler, who wanted to make him into a Nazi in the first place, became afraid of him.
* Ultron of Marvel Comics infamy is feared and hated by everyone. The reason? He is an omnicidal maniac and deranged robot who cruelly kills or roboticizes organic life. It takes being brainwashed by Ultron to avoid hating him, and even then, his own creations outright hate or fear him.
* ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jason Wynn]] is utterly despised by anyone who knows him personally; in fact, the only reason he hasn't been assassinated is because he's spent his career gathering incriminating evidence on various governments and organizations throughout his career, preventing him from being terminated and providing him with a bargaining chip to regain his authority if lost.
* Marvel's Doctor Doom has been on both sides of this trope. Sometimes, the Latverians hate him, but other times, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity they're okay with him]] -- especially since alternative rulers like [[EvilPrince Prince Zorba]] are usually even worse. It doesn't hurt that he turned a backwater {{Ruritania}} into an industrial and military force to be reckoned with, strong enough to (before the SlidingTimeScale [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp messed it up]]) stand neutral ''directly between'' Western Europe and the Soviet bloc. If he didn't have a [[BerserkButton terrifying and capricious temper]], he'd stay out of this trope entirely.
** Most people who live under Dr. Doom's rule seem to be doing okay. Except for [[RedShirt the poor guys]] [[BadBoss who work for him directly]].
* In [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk comics']] ''Planet Hulk'' story arc, the Red King of Sakaar indulges in delusions of godhood and mass genocide and, judging by a flashback to Caiera the Oldstrong's origins, has been irredeemable since childhood, all the way to his death (where he tries to ''destroy the planet'' rather than not rule it). Really, the Mini-Marvels parody of this story arc summed it up:
-->'''Caiera:''' Wouldn't that be bad karma?\\
'''Red King:''' ''Everything I'' do is bad karma.
* ''ComicBook/KidPaddle'': Kid, when he plays ''VideoGame/SimCity''. He put barbed wire around the city so no one can leave it and raised taxes to 100% to pay for the police he needs to oppress the population. Not surprisingly, when asked what the biggest problem is, 100% of the people say "The mayor!"
* ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'' comments on this in the last chapter, showing a newspaper headline when Scrooge decides to retire: ''Cantankerous tycoon will be missed by few.'' Followed by a smaller headline later on the same page: ... ''if any...''.
* The ''entire world'' hates Superman's Regime in ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' due to its severe authoritarian nature and global scope, though most are too afraid to stand up to it. Even some of the Regime's own high-ranking members start to question its level of power, and some start hating Superman himself since he treats them so disrespectfully.
* Dracula in ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'' has every major faction in [[{{Hell}} Résurrection]] gunning for him: The [[OurGhostsAreDifferent lamias]] despise him for good reason since they are oppressed by his authoritarian rule; the [[GhostPirate Ghouls]] and the [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Dystopians]] are his greatest political rivals who would like to replace him as dominant power; a secret vampire group headed by one of his [[TheStarscream top lieutenants]] [[TheChessmaster Black Sabbat]] is secretly plotting to overthrow Dracula and rule the world through a figurehead leader. It doesn't help that Dracula doesn't try to endear himself to possible allies since the [[MadScientist Archaeologists]] decided to side with Sabbat after Dracula had their high priest mutilated out of spite in his EstablishingCharacterMoment. Ironically, the main protagonist himself would like to keep his distance from him, but he is dragged into the feud after his girlfriend is forced to become Dracula's bride.
* ThePunisher: With Frank, this trope depends on your perspective. He's portrayed as a friendless Determinator who doesn't care what anyone thinks or doesn't think of him. Everyone in organized crime hates him with a passion. The heroes think he's no better than the criminals he kills, but can't figure out what to do with him. Throwing him in jail just means he'll start taking out everyone locked up in there with him, and killing him off for good is something most of them [[ThouShaltNotKill aren't willing to do.]] On the other hand the heroes (or anti-heroes) who ''are'' willing to kill, such as Wolverine or Deadpool won't do it either; as they don't quite lose any sleep over Frank [[PayEvilUntoEvil killing rapists and drug dealers.]] Super villains don't pay a whole lot of attention to him because he focuses on killing street-level criminals, whom none of them give a damn about. While senior NYPD police officials are always under a lot of pressure from politicians to shut him down, it's been made clear multiple times that most of the rank-and-file police officers approve of his actions and put absolutely no effort into apprehending him.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'':
** In "Chop and Change", Iznogoud actually manages to become the Caliph by changing bodies with him. However, due to his tyranny, he's overthrown by the people of Baghdad, who think that "everything's been worse since he threw the Grand Vizier in jail". After overthrowing him, the "Grand Vizier" (really the imprisoned Caliph in Iznogoud's body) becomes the new Caliph, thus restoring everything to normal (except the two now have swapped bodies and Iznogoud is in jail, together with Wa'at Alahf, who now has the body of the Caliph's food taster).
** In ''Iznogoud Finally Caliph'', a conspiracy is formed by the inhabitants of Baghdad to get rid of him. When asked who is in this conspiracy, Wa'at replies to Iznogoud that everyone in Baghdad is, since except for the Caliph, they all hate him.
** In "Mirror Image", the vizier travels to a MirrorUniverse (literally on the other side of a mirror where everything is reversed) and is delighted that every single citizen wants the Caliph's head... except that in the Mirror Universe ''he'' is the Caliph.
* When [[TeamRocketWins Dick Dastardly wins the race]] in "Trek To Tanzania" (''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' #1, Archie Comics series), he is loudly booed. Dick thanks the crowd.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', no one likes Scar or Hago when they take over the Pride Lands in ''Friends to the End''. [[spoiler: They change this via hypnosis, though.]]
** [[spoiler: In the same story, Hago even thinks Scar's actions are too much. This is why he kills him later.]]
* This trope is played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' oneshot fanfiction, ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/35530/Adored/ Adored]]'' with Queen Chrysalis. A Changeling monarch's best popularity indicator here is their ability to sense the love and adoration of their subjects. When she can sense ''zip'', this starts to worry her. The causes of this fall from grace are put down to her increasing ineptitude, incompetence and over-reliance on a Rasputin stand-in, as well as the ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 obvious...]]''
* In ''FanFic/EarthAndSky'', it's established that ''no one'' -- from her employees to her husband -- likes [[RichBitch Diamond Tiara]]. [[spoiler: When Chrysalis replaces her, she's shocked to find that the best she can feel is tolerance, which to her is like trying to eat styrofoam.]]
* In ''FanFic/MortalKombatDesperation'', no one -- including his former allies, the Elder Gods, and ''his own henchmen'' -- really likes [[JerkassGod Raiden]] after he CameBackWrong, given how he committed atrocities such as slaughtering the Lin Kuei, sadistically torturing Cassie Cage to near death, and destroying towns in both Earthrealm ''and'' Outworld, all ForTheEvulz and to force his former allies turned enemies in line. Plus, the ways he uses dirty and underhanded tricks to cheat in the Mortal Kombat tournament has attracted the ire of many. Shang Tsung and Hotaru also get the same treatment, but on a lesser scale than Raiden. Plus, [[BadBoss his abusive treatment of his henchmen]] makes it easy to see [[EvenEvilHasStandards why many of his henchmen secretly plan to defect from him]], and given his [[AmbitionIsEvil twisted ambition]] of becoming the EvilOverlord of all realms and the wanton violence he commits to achieve that goal, it shows how he's virtually despised by ''everyone'', making him the resident HateSink. Heck, even the comments made by readers indicate they despise him. His original goal was to protect Earthrealm at all costs by invading Outworld, [[MotiveDecay but that has been since decayed and changed]] into a a sickening desire to subjugate all realms with the Mortal Kombat universe.
* In FanFic/AGrowingAffection everyone hates Madara. The only people who don't want him dead are the ones who need to use him in some way. And they will kill him as soon as he outlives his usefulness. Some people like his [[{{Jossed}} Tobi persona]], but once the mask comes off, they want his blood. Pein even trained a special corps of ninjas to take out Madara if he betrayed Pein, or just if Pein gave the order. Good thing for Madara he is pretty useful, and very tough to kill.
* In FanFic/TheNorthRemembers, the Lannisters' already shaky rule over the Seven Kingdoms completely falls apart after [[spoiler: Cersei orders the executions of the Westerling family and Roslin Frey for allowing Jeyne to escape from Riverrun. This act causes nearly every noble house in Westeros, including those sworn to House Lannister, to rebel and declare for Aegon Targaryen.]]
* In the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fic ''[[FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy Wisdom and Courage]]'', [[BigBad Veran]] is noted to be universally despised even by her fellow Twili; given her [[AmbitionIsEvil twisted ambitions]] and love of carnage, destruction, and death, it's hard to blame her.
* ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'': All [=MLEs=] and infamous malicious non-loopers such as [[Literature/HarryPotter Umbridge]] have this. [[spoiler:[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]] was one such non-looper until, against all rhyme and reason (which, in the Loops, means [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy]]), he started ''looping''. Since ''Evangelion'' is one of the seven oldest looping universes, almost every looper has had the... ''pleasure'' of meeting his baseline self, and '''none''' of them are happy to see him looping. Thus, Gendo Ikari finds himself at the mercy of an entire ''multiverse'' that more or less hates his guts, and the recipient of yet even more abuse, only except this time he ''remembers it'']].
* ''FanFic/SometimesIHateTheLifeIMade'': HYDRA is this for all the earth-bound characters, including the obvious ones like the Avengers, SHIELD and for SHIELD agents, but also Ultron and the Maximoff Twins. The only person or organisation to recieve more hate is [[spoiler: Ward]].
* Implied in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9658968/12/Enslaved Enslaved]]'' when [[LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero Kirche]] states that if someone were to force feed the Emperor of Germania his own balls and kill him, she'd melt down all her family's gold to make a statue in honor of said person and her mother would swear undying loyalty.
* ''Fanfic/SuddenContact'': The UED sums it up pretty nicely about the [[VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} Dominion]]:
-->"When the most likely reaction of your neighbors upon hearing of the UED assault is either applause or indifference, you know you have failed at diplomacy."
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': [[GodOfEvil Nyarlathotrot]]. As the God of Tragedy and Horror, as well as the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Shadows Who Are's dark side, he's tolerated by the rest of the Pantheon due to having an actual purpose at best. Both Nature's Law and Nature's Fury hate and oppose him, and the mortals who know him hate him. Even Discord ultimately ends up hating him and [[spoiler:his own family, the Outer Concepts, now hate him due to his actions [[PersonaNonGrata getting them banished from the POV Multiverse for several billion years.]]]]
* ''FanFic/UchibiSasuke'': The Uchiha. ''Everyone'' hated the Uchiha, due to their BlueAndOrangeMorality and clan policy of showing off and making their lives better by making everyone else's ''suck''. To the point that they deliberately tried to destroy three of the five original arts just because they sucked at them. It seems like the only two Uchiha that are even remotely liked are Itachi (''for killing off the entire clan'') and Sasuke, who, having to raise seventeen kids almost entirely on his own on top of training to be a somewhat strong ninja, rejects most of the clan's ideals and philosophies and grows up to be a somewhat sane and fully-functioning individual as a result.
-->'''Shikaku''': Uchiha ruin everything.
* No one seems to sympathize with Holly Blue Agate's predicament in ''FanFic/GiftOfADiamond''. This is especially the case since she tried to have Steven/Rhodonite shattered by reporting him [[MilitaryMaverick going against orders and rescuing the zoomans before they could suffocate]]. [[PromotionNotPunishment For his act of bravery, he wound up promoted]] while Holly Blue was demoted into a janitor for nearly letting the zoomans die.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12042218/1/The-Dragon-King The Dragon King]]'', Marva's obnoxious personality and admiration for Drago Bludvist does not exactly garner much sympathy. The only other character that seems to care for her in the slightest is her father, who was outraged when he heard about how [[spoiler:Hiccup snapped and nearly strangled her]]. Even then Hiccup got off pretty light for it and is unwilling to ignore her behavior. Even her own tribe celebrated after hearing about it.
* In ''FanFic/AManOfIron'', [[RoyalBrat Joffrey]] manages to have it ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]'' than canon. [[spoiler: Kinda inevitable when you kill a sweet little girl in front of her daddy.]]

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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Scar is such an unpopular ruler that even ''[[FisherKing the land itself]]'' seems to hate him; it begins to wither and die as a result of his reign (and once he's overthrown, everything gets pretty again.) The lionesses and Zazu openly criticize his policies, all the animals seem to hate him, and the Hyenas who helped him come to power have grown so irritated with his rule that, at the end of the movie, they eat him alive, even admitting beforehand that his brother, Mufasa, was a way better ruler. Yet no one even tries to overthrow the guy until Simba returns from exile to take him down. In [[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride the sequel]], however, it's revealed that Scar ''did'' have some supporters, namely Zira and her clan, and they remain loyal to him years after his death.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'': Lord Farquaad appears to be this. When Dragon [[BigDamnHeroes smashes through the window]] and swallows him whole at his wedding, everyone in attendance actually starts laughing and cheering.
* ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'': Abis Mal's men get so sick of Abis Mal that they actually try to kill him, and would have succeeded had Abis not found Jafar's lamp at that precise moment.
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'': While all of the Olympian gods give [[TopGod Zeus]] HundredPercentAdorationRating, [[EveryoneHatesHades Hades]], the ruler of the Underworld, is widely despised by all of them. This is done to show how he's out-of-touch and estranged with them. They aren't happy at his appearance at Hercules's birthday, and even his lame pun [[LamePunReaction is met with scowls]]. But when Zeus makes a joke about his workaholism, the entire pantheon bursts into laughter. This, along with being stuck in a dead-end job, causes Hades to come up with a plan to overthrow Zeus so he can become king of the gods.
* ''Disney/RobinHood'': Prince John's TheVillainSucksSong, "The Phony King of England," was so successful that everyone, even Prince John's allies (Sir Hiss and the Sheriff) start singing it.
* ''Disney/MelodyTime'': Little Toot from his self-titled segment gets this treatment when he inadvertently causes an ocean liner to crash into a city and is banished beyond the 12-mile limit. Even light from a lighthouse bends to avoid touching him!
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Judge Claude Frollo is so reviled by the people of Paris, but no one is able to stand up to him until Phoebus convinces the people that he has attacked the church.
* ''TheKingAndTheMockingbird'': According to the titular Mockingbird, the titular King "detested everyone, and everyone in the kingdom detested him". Given his [[TheCaligula personality]], it's not hard to see why.

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* In the Tim Burton film of ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'', the Red Queen is hated by everyone, and the only reason people obey her is because she's in control of the Jabberwock (it's not even clear why the beast obeys her). This goes to the point that once Alice kills the Jabberwock, the Red Queen's minions promptly surrender, openly telling her they don't have to listen to her anymore. To drive the point home, when the Knave of Hearts is [[CruelMercy banished to Outland alongside the Red Queen]], the Knave immediately tries to kill her; when he's thwarted, he literally ''begs'' the White Queen to [[MercyKill kill him]] instead.
* In the ''Film/BladeTrilogy'', Deacon Frost is not well-liked by the vampire community, with the House of Erebus hating him. In fact, in the second film, when Damaskinos first meets Blade, he actually ''thanks'' Blade for killing Frost, saying he "did [him] a favor."
* [[TheFilmOfTheBook The film version]] of ''Film/{{Eragon}}''. The villain is so despised, it seems that nobody, from the peasants to the minions to TheDragon (that is, his most powerful ally, not his literal dragon steed), has anything but fear and loathing for him, no matter how much his reign benefits them personally.
* By the end of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Emperor Commodus has this in regards to the senate. At the end of the [[spoiler:battle between him and Maximus, his body is left on the ground to rot while the populace carry Maximus to his funeral. During the battle, he lost his weapon and commanded his Praetorians to give him one. Quintus, the head of the Praetorians, intervened and told them to sheathe their weapons.]]
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ComicBook/{{Thanos}} in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is hated by pretty much everyone who works for him. His two "daughters", Gamora and Nebula, both take the first chance they get to betray him, and [[BigBad Ronan the Accuser]] turns on him and promises to kill him the instant he (Ronan) doesn't need Thanos's help. It's like the guy suffers from [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Chronic]] ''Getting-Backstabbed'' disorder. Of course, Ronan himself isn't well liked either.
** ComicBook/{{Hela}} in ''Film/ThoRagnarok'' is despised by all Asgardians, having being locked up by her own father because of her BloodKnight tendencies. When she is released and comes to claim the throne for herself (which is technically her right, given she is the eldest child), the entire Asgardian army rebels against her. Her only followers are her undead berserkers brought back to life, her loyal wolf companion Fenrir and Skurge, who is scared shitless of her [[spoiler:and ultimately pulls a HeelFaceTurn and betrays Hela]].
* In the live adaptation of ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'' (a story from ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''), nobody like King Louis and with good reason. Dartagnan is loyal to him just because [[spoiler: he is his son]].
* In ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', the US President starts the film with pretty much nobody fond of him and his ratings plummeting every day. It seems that the only people with any fondness for Cooper are his wife, his friend Sam and the UK Prime Minister.
* Arguably, the Empire in ''Franchise/StarWars''. While the movies don't show how bad TheEmpire is when not hunting down LaResistance on screen, even people in Coruscant, the capital, is shown cheering in the extended edition once the Emperor dies, and the novels expand on just how bad things were (or weren't, DependingOnTheWriter).
** Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin demonstrates the Death Star's ability to be a roving KillSat on the planet Alderaan in the hopes that other systems who want to join the Rebel Alliance would think twice. Not only did it hasten the defection of those who were already considering it but a [[NiceJobFixingItVillain whole swath of otherwise neutral systems joined up because of it]].
* One of the complaints directed against the [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] [[Film/VForVendetta adaptation]] of Alan Moore's ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' is that everyone already hated and distrusted the government ''before'' V came around, and had no fear of saying so. This is definitely not the case in the original comic; one of the most nefarious things about the Norsefire Coalition, as Moore depicted them, was that they were [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Villains With Good Publicity]] who actually had valid accomplishments to brag about (e.g., resurrecting the UK economy in the aftermath of a ''nuclear winter'').
** And the fact that if a person in the comic was caught badmouthing Norsefire, they'd be put into concentration camps. And anywhere you looked, there was a two-way CCTV with audio.
** They're Villains With Good Publicity in the movie too, to an extent; plenty of people aren't happy about the loss of freedom, but after 80,000 people were killed in a bioterrorist attack, they got enough popular support to become firmly entrenched. What the people don't know is that Norsefire coordinated the attack themselves for this exact reason. All of this happens in the movie only, and is widely viewed as an allegory for a certain U.S. presidential administration, much to Moore's chagrin.
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': The Wicked Witch of the West. The second she died, her minions started cheering Dorothy for killing her because she was controlling them with magic.
** One might also consider The Wicked Witch of the East. When the munchkins realized she was dead, they broke into song for a good long while (DingDongTheWitchIsDead).
* In ''Film/NineToFive'', Franklin M. Hart II is revealed to be so hated around the offices of Consolidated Companies (by male and female employees alike) that while the three female leads are holding him hostage in his own home (which the other employees don't realize), the only person to actually question Hart's absence is his administrative assistant, Roz, whom Violet (one of the three female leads) sends away on a multi-week training.

* Played with in a few of the Literature/{{Discworld}} novels.
** In ''Wyrd Sisters'', the Felmets seem annoyed at how long it takes for their tyrannical rule to get to the people of Lancre; at one point, Duke Felmet laments "You couldn't oppress a people like that any more than you could oppress a mattress."
** Lord Vetinari is something of a subversion; very few people seem to actually ''like'' him or even the patrician system of government in general - there seem to be plenty of casual royalists in Ankh-Morpork. However, no one wants to get rid of him as he has carefully manipulated the situation to ensure his would-be usurpers hate each other more than they do him. If they do get rid of him, [[VetinariJobSecurity what then]]?
** Lord Hong of ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' is another good example. When Cohen the Barbarian places his sword to the neck of one of the palace servants and ask them who scares the servant more right now, Cohen or Hong, the servant actually answers Hong.
*** Cohen is pretty impressed by this statement, realising how terrifying, brutal and powerful Hong really is. He lets the servant live.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', high king Jakoven comes pretty close to this. Ward mentions that, as Jakoven is a jerk, and Ward's father was a similar jerk, they should have liked each other, but Ward's father didn't like to have to pay taxes, so he, too, hated Jakoven. [[spoiler: Garranon, the king's "lover" was raped by the king's soldiers when he was about fifteen, approached by the borderline pedophile king not long afterwards and only sleeps with Jakoven in order to protect his family from revenge.]] Hilariously enough, the villain the heroes face is actually [[spoiler: someone who wants to overthrow Jakoven and become emperor himself. He's evil, power-hungry and cruel, but would arguably make a better king than Jakoven, as he at least knows the importance of being popular.]]
* Gajusz, vampire king in ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' is disliked by ''everybody'' in his coven, although his popularity boosts (a bit) when Albin threatens to take over. Albin, on the other hand, finds out he has no approval in Conclave (vampire government, which he presides over) the hard way.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': [[EvilOverlord Evil Overlords]] spanned the entire popularity spectrum:
** Jadis the White Witch: absolute zero approval rating from the "good" races (only the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil "evil" races]] were her allies).
*** She also had zero approval rating on her own homeworld of Charn and killed off every living thing except herself using an [[ApocalypseHow apocalyptic incantation]] called [[DepopulationBomb the deplorable word]] because her own people were on the cusp of victory in deposing her.
** Miraz: zero approval rating from the Old Narnians in hiding, but was approved of by most of the Telmarines.
** The Tisroc of Calomen, during ''The Horse and his Boy'': from what we're shown of the [[{{Qurac}} Middle East-esque]] Calormen, it's impossible to say what his approval rating is. Everyone except the rich provincial Calormene lords has ''reason'' to hate him, but it appears that at least some of the peasants revere him - the protagonist, Shasta, briefly fantasizes about being this guy's son without actually knowing anything about him, for example - while the rich lords envy him and plot to rise to his position.
** The Tisroc is just a generic Middle Eastern monarch and not even given a name. The peasants have no real reason to hate him(other then taxes) or love him(other then for not being worse)and their reverence would be simply the instinctive reverence taught in a hierarchical society. As for Shasta wanting to be the Tisroc's son, well it's not as if that position is without advantages.
** The Lady of the Green Kirtle: {{Brainwashed}} all of the gnomes into serving her.
* OlderThanFeudalism (at the very least), as it is simpler to make, say, the Pharaoh Ramses II of Egypt, King Saul of Israel, or Prince John of England universally unpopular so as to make Moses, David, and Robin Hood heroic in an uncomplicated way. In the novels of Sir Creator/WalterScott (''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}''), Creator/AlexandreDumas (''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''), and Creator/RafaelSabatini (''Literature/CaptainBloodHisOdyssey'', ''Literature/TheSeaHawk''), the characters are universally liked, or at least accepted, by the populace, who favor them over their legal rulers. The hundreds of Hollywood movies made from or imitating these novels follow that lead and usually exaggerate it.
** The book version of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' hardly counts as it's much more of a realistic setting with no clear villain and opinions among the populace (and in the course of the story even the main characters!) vary a lot. The film versions do, though, since they love to [[{{Flanderization}} simplify the story]].
* The Winkies feel this way about the Wicked Witch of the West in ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. Likewise the Munchkins about the Wicked Witch of the East. The Wizard is just a VillainWithGoodPublicity.
** The Witch of the East did things like fly around on her broom with the body parts of [[TinMan one of her victims]] dangling from it just to make a point, put the Munchkin peasants in an extremely harsh form of serfdom, and (in Maguire's ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'') was an [[KnightTemplar around the bend religious nut who thought of herself as avatar of the Unnamed God]].
* [[MachiavelliWasWrong Machiavelli's]] ''Literature/ThePrince'' advises against this. It suggests ruling by being both loved and feared. However, it acknowledges that instilling both in the populace is difficult. Love is a good choice, but fear is the safer bet because love is given at will, while fear is involuntary. Above all, a ruler must avoid being hated.
* In Creator/AstridLindgren's novel ''Mio, my son'' (or ''Mio, my Mio'', in some translations), the antagonist, sir Kato the knight. Everyone and everything the protagonist runs into during his quest hates him, including his own servants and nature itself. Just [[TheScottishTrope saying Kato's name]] causes the sky to darken, moonlight to fade, flowers to wither, and birdsong to fall silent. Oh, and his heart is made of stone. [[spoiler: Everything the protagonist meets during his journey enthusiastically tries to help him defeat Kato, not only people, but even rocks and trees actively helps him to hide from Kato's men since they despise the knight just as much as everyone else. In the end, when the hero finally manages to defeat him in a duel, even Kato starts begging the protagonist to kill him, which makes the hero realize that probably no one hates Kato as much as Kato himself. ]]
** Also, Tengil from ''Literature/TheBrothersLionheart''. There doesn't seem to be ''anyone'' in Briar Rose Valley who hasn't geared up with hidden weapons to fight him with.
* In Literature/TheBlackCompany novels, the Dominator is so thoroughly hated by everyone, even his own inner circle, that many of his former lieutenants conspire with the Black Company to keep him bound in his grave. His successor, the Lady, goes out of her way to avoid this trope, but still ends up fighting disaffected rebels. For example, her big black fortress of Evil is named 'Charm'.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', it is made clear that [[BigBad Sauron]] is not well-loved even by his own minions. His Nazgûl are directly enslaved to his will and don't have much choice in the matter, but beyond that, he controls endless swarms of Orcs and Trolls. From what little we hear from them, they aren't at all content with their lot, and if they weren't completely terrified of their master and hoping for a better life once he successfully takes over the world, they would probably be much happier looting and pillaging for themselves. {{Mordor}} is apparently designed to keep all of Sauron's slaves ''in'' just as much as it is to keep everyone else ''out''.
** Tolkien once said ''Sauron had many slaves, but no servants'', implying no one would have served Sauron willingly.
** The so-called "Mouth of Sauron" is an exception, as he seemed to be in it willingly, being rumored in-universe to have been one of the "Black Númenóreans" who sought Sauron's power. Still, that makes only one inhabitant throughout all of Mordor explicitly stated to like what he was doing.
** Even Sauron's two big-name allies are openly against him. Saruman has a (loose) alliance with him to crush the Fellowship, but is also independently seeking the ring so he can use its powers for him. Shelob seems to work on Sauron on the surface, but it's soon revealed to be just a convenient arrangement between the two and she couldn't give two shits if he wins as long as she keeps getting fed.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'':
** The Calvarians are universally despised by every country they interact with, which is not surprising seeing as their normal method of dealing with other countries involves invading them and then wiping out the native populations in order to replace them with "pure" Calvarian citizens. They are constantly forced to put down rebellions wherever they've gained a foothold.
** Glycon is also generally reviled, being a country of fanatical, dragon worshipping, slavers whose main export seems to be [[MurderInc professional assassins]] and [[PsychoForHire psychos for hire]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Stannis Baratheon more or less admits that he would be a king of this type if he manages to win the throne in the current civil war. The populace would hate his guts because he's a stern, taciturn KnightTemplar, the nobility would hate him because of his complete unwillingness to budge on so much as what appetizers to serve at dinner, and his own supporters and bannermen would hate him because he would treat them just as harshly as he would his own enemies. The only reason he even ''wants'' the throne stems from the reason he would be so bad at it: as his elder brother's heir following the former king's [[BrotherSisterIncest illegitimate children]], he sees the throne as legally his, despite the fact that almost no one, including himself, actually wants him to hold it.\\
His most fervent supporter, Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight, was previously a smuggler/pirate who sneaked onions and other foodstuffs onto Stannis' besieged fortress during the previous rebellion. In recognition for his gallantry and heroism, Stannis knighted him. And as punishment for his smuggling activities, he ordered the last joint of the fingers from one hand removed. He let Ser Davos choose which hand. Needless to say, loyalty like the Onion Knight's is very much the exception in Lord Stannis' court.
** The Lannisters seem to be moving closer and closer to this as the series goes on. In the fifth book, even random nobles on another continent spit at the sound of their family name.
*** Joffrey Baratheon is completely loathed by everyone even before he was king for his pointless cruelty to everyone, just to show he's the king. [[spoiler:Of course, when he gets poisoned later on, nobody knows who killed him and nobody, not even his own family, really care about finding out.]]
*** Even more so Cersei Lannister in particular, who managed to surprise even MagnificentBastard Petyr Baelish with how fast she managed to alienate everyone and turn her control of the kingdoms into a disaster.
** After House Frey breaks the rules of SacredHospitality by [[spoiler: brutally murdering King Robb, his mother and his bannermen at a wedding]], the entire North and Riverlands want them dead and the rest of the continent are appalled by them. However they also have a rather impenetrable fortress and as of Dances With Dragon the undisputed rulers of the North with House Bolton who too are universally hated for their excessive cruelty. Should a Frey be out in the open however its open season for everyone in Westeros... and [[spoiler:thanks to Tywin Lannister's death]] they can't count on the promised protection that induced House Frey to [[spoiler:commit the wedding massacre]] in the first place!
* Visser Three from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is a textbook example. He's an AxCrazy EvilOverlord who executes his subordinates at the drop of a hat and makes a hobby out of collecting torture devices and morphing giant alien monsters. Consequently, he's almost universally hated and feared among his fellow Yeerks, with only a few die-hard fanatics expressing loyalty towards him. This actually becomes a plot point in later books, as the Animorphs are threatened with the prospect of seeing [[GreaterScopeVillain Visser One]] take over the invasion and decide it works more to their advantage that Visser Three remain in charge, as his leadership makes the Yeerks less effective.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Dolores Umbridge is an aversion. She manages to appeal to the [[FantasticRacism magic!Nazi]]/sadomasochist niche that the school just happens to have. Plus, many at the ministry seem to find her pleasant enough, though that may be because many of them don't know of her true nature.
** Played straight with Tom Marvolo Riddle, aka Lord Voldemort. While there are devoted followers such as Bellatrix Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jr., the rest of the Wizarding World fears and/or despises him. None of his "followers" looked for him after his supposed "death" after the first Wizarding War. Most stay with him out of fear or their cause and not loyalty. At the end of the final battle, most of them abandon him. When he dies, everyone rejoices and they throw his body in an unmarked vault in the school.
** Cornelius Fudge, post-''Order of the Phoenix''. The first chapter in ''Half-Blood Prince'' reveals that all of magical Britain near-unanimously demanded his resignation from his post, and Fudge himself admits that he has never seen such unified and widespread support for such a thing before. According to Pottermore, he's considered the second worst minister of all time (the top spot jointly owned by the ministers who created Azkaban and tried to ban Muggle/Wizard marriages, respectively), and the worst minister in modern history.
** According to his descendant Sirius Black, Phineas Nigellus Black was the least popular headmaster Hogwarts ever had. Considering the fact that he hated young people and his job by extension (not to mention sharing his family's prejudice against muggleborns), that's hardly surprising. (Though on the other hand, Sirius is ''extremely'' biased against his family members.)
* Galbatorix from the Literature/InheritanceCycle. While his (corrupt and evil) nobles like him, anyone who is good hates his guts. He's just too powerful to be overthrown. [[SubvertedTrope Or, at least, so it first appears]]; later books show that most people support Galbatorix. While he is evil, the forces of good don't make the citizens' lives better, as it is them that are destroying the country. As such, they met with heavy opposition in most villages. Also, in the first book, the village of Carvahall didn't care that Galbatorix was ruling them because they were remote and unimportant enough to evade his attentions and thus still lead a peaceful life. The Varden are the only ones that really oppose him.
* Fulbert from ''{{Literature/Malevil}}'' pays this price for subverting the VillainWithGoodPublicity that an evil priest with a flock should have. He would be overthrown in a heartbeat if he didn't gain total control over the food and weapons while people trusted him. To make matters worse, his CorruptChurch is composed of merely four men who are only half-loyal to him anyway.
* Saint Dane in the [[Literature/ThePendragonAdventure Pendragon series]]: ''The Soldiers Of Halla'', in particular. While it looks like the Ravinians are on Saint Dane's side, it's revealed late in the book that they hate what's going on too, and they deactivate the dados and help save everyone. So no one likes Saint Dane, not even the people he gave immense wealth and privilege to.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', this is the crux of Garion's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Torak: the Angaraks worship him out of fear and/or lust for power, but none of them actually ''love'' him.
* In Literature/TheMalloreon, we learn that only fear of Torak kept the Angarak nations from fighting each other.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Brokenstar, leader of [=ShadowClan=] was hated so much by the [=ShadowClan=] cats that at the end of the first book they all teamed up to drive him out.
* As depicted in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', the [[ChurchMilitant Lord's Resistance Army]] seems to have one of these. However, they're still successful in war because [[ChildSoldiers they use an army of children]] [[TruthInTelevision to fight all their battles]], and their blindsided enemies have a hard time [[WouldntHurtAChild bringing themselves to murder children]].
* Played with in ''Literature/DirgeForPresterJohn''. The people of Pentexore like John well enough, but nobody likes the Christian teachings he brings with him.
* Venandekatra the Vile in ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' is hated by everyone, even his own kin. He not only has every vice that can possibly be crowded into a single man, he is utterly incompetent.
* In ''Literature/NatalieMooshabrsMice'', people are dissatisfied with premier Albin Rappelschlund, his dictatorship and terror. They want to see their rightful ruler, widowed Duchess Augusta. The official propaganda says she still rules together with Rappelschlund but she hasn't been seen in public for decades and the rumour has it she's either hiding or dead.
* A rare protagonist example, August [[spoiler:at first]] in ''{{Literature/Wonder 2012}}''.
* Black Peter Carey, the AssholeVictim of the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story "The Adventure of Black Peter," was such a pariah that, when he's [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice run through with]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard one of his own harpoons]], not one of them has anything nice to say about him. His ''own daughter'' openly admits to Holmes and Watson that she's happy her old man is dead and grateful to the person that killed him.
* The Bosses in ''Literature/ClocksThatDontTick'' are despised by everyone but themselves, and for good reason. Of course, they're far too [[NeverMyFault delusional and arrogant]] to realize this. Not that they'd care if they did.
* Avin Wargunsson in ''Literature/TheTamuli'' isn't so much a tyrant as he is useless, attention-obsessed and weaselly, but he's still remarkably unpopular. When he's murdered in a particularly embarrassing way--shoved into a wine barrel and the lid nailed down--the entire congregation at his funeral have trouble holding in their laughter, and one of the theoretically holiest men in the country is more upset about the waste of good wine than anything else.
* In ''Literature/TheGolgothaSeries'', Malachai Bick, a wealthy businessman who owns much of the property in Golgotha and controls the town from the shadows, has reached this point by ''The Shotgun Arcana''. When Ray Zeal announces his attention to come into town and kill Malachai, no one speaks against him and most people start cheering.
* In ''Literature/GunsOfTheDawn'', Mr Northway, Mayor-Governor of Chalcaster, is widely unpopular — everyone knows him to be corrupt, and the aristocrats who are just as bad nevertheless view him as a shabby commoner who they'd rather not have at parties. The protagonist has particular reason to dislike him, but finds that he's used to being disliked and doesn't take it amiss — he even gives her his blessing. She eventually decides that he's not so bad... but his approval rating with everyone else is likely still low, since [[spoiler:he's now working for the victorious foreign occupiers, mitigating their rule while enduring the inevitable unpopularity]].
* During [[spoiler: Tiago's brief stint as the duke of Nesme]] in ''Literature/CompanionsCodex'', he made a sport out of hunting those people who wanted to flee the city to escape his reign. It is implied that there wasn't a dearth of those.
* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' Kallor's people had a few misgivings with his rule during his stint as TheEmperor. When they rebelled and [[spoiler: called down an alien god]] to rid themselves of his rule, he responded by nuking his own empire, so that no one but himself would be able to rule it --ignoring the hint that a large number of his subjects already had killed themselves to be rid of him.
* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', Shuos Jedao is distrusted and despised by just about everyone, owning to the minor fact of him having murdered over one million people in his first life - half of those his own subordinates. In time, Cheris and others come to respect him, though they still don't trust him.
* In ''Literature/TwilightoftheRedTsar'' the Soviet Union becomes an international pariah thanks to Stalin [[spoiler:using nuclear devices and man-made smallpox on the People's Republic of China, purging even more people, '''COMMITING ANOTHER HOLOCAUST''', and]] generally being a dick.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': [[PhysicalGod Othinus]] becomes infamous across the world due to the destruction and chaos caused by her terrorist organisation GREMLIN. Even the other members of GREMLIN don't like her, only following her out of fear of her power and to have their own desires fulfilled. [[spoiler:When she achieves her full power and remakes the world to her liking, she also decides to inflict this on Touma (the one person immune to her power) to break his mind. She creates a world in which literally everyone wants him to die, including his own parents.]]
* In near-future dystopian thriller ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', the [[OppressiveStatesOfAmerica villainous]] United States Government gradually becomes this during the second Civil War, due to a combination of badly failed economic policies and ideological insanity. Mobs and militias fight the police openly in the streets, domestic terrorism is rampant, judges are lynched, state governments begin to secede, and toward the end even the military is experiencing massive defections and passive-aggressive sabotage.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** House Bolton aren't particularly loved by the Northern Houses, especially when they become the new Wardens of the North. Even Littlefinger calls them the most despised family in the North, in particular Ramsay. Must have something to do with all the flaying and torturing....
** [[TheCaligula Joffrey Baratheon]]. '''Nobody''' likes him. Even his own family members are no exception, except maybe Cersei, and even ''she'' wouldn't mind him being subjected to some of his grandfather's "discipline" by this point. Same goes for the audience. That may have something to do with the fact that he's a bullying little shit who just uses his powers as king to torment people for his amusement: the most prevalent example is at his wedding with his ultra-humiliating "reenactment" of the War of the Five Kings. [[spoiler:When he's poisoned at that wedding, the list of suspects is "anyone other than Cersei who had the opportunity" and nobody is in a hurry to try to find out.]]
-->'''Tywin''' (to Tommen): Your brother was not a wise king, your brother was not a good king. [[spoiler:If he had been, perhaps he would still be alive]]."
** While not as hated as her son Joffrey, the common folk of King's Landing don't like Cersei much at all. Her haughty, crappy treatment of the subjects and the rumors of incest certainly don't do a lot to change that. Later, [[spoiler: her destruction of the Sept of Baelor which killed hundreds if not thousands of people, including Margery, Loras, Mace, and Kevan, and her grab for the Iron Throne after Tommen's subsequent suicide]] cemented her position as the most hated person in Westeros.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/TheThickOfIt''. Director of Communications Malcolm Tucker, [[TheDreaded the terrifying political enforcer of HM Government]], receives in one episode a birthday cake with the words [[CountryMatters "Happy Birthday C*nt"]] written on the icing. His reaction?
--> '''Malcolm Tucker:''' This could be from anyone.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Ms. Briggs and Mr. Howard in ''iHave My Principals''.
* TheMaster of ''Series/DoctorWho'' achieves this when he takes over the world in ''The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords''. [[UpToEleven Even]] [[DomesticAbuse his wife]] [[TheDogBitesBack despises him]].
** In his defense, he has an HundredPercentAdorationRating among the six billion aliens who work as his personal enforcers.
* ''Series/AllMyChildren'' has quite a few examples:
** Michael Cambias earned this when he [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raped Bianca]]. At his funeral, literally ''everyone'' in Pine Valley attended said funeral simply to give eulogies on how much they hate him for what he did, with Bianca's then-lover Lena literally ''[[SpitefulSpit spitting]]'' [[SpitefulSpit on his grave]].
*** Hell, he was so hated that some of Bianca's friends broke into the funeral home and stole his body ''just so they could throw it in the dump.'' His casket was empty.
** When Will Cortlandt was beaten to death with a crowbar, his approval rating was so abysmal that there were no less than fifteen suspects, including his own ''sister''.
** After David Hayward's apparent death, only Greenlee, Marissa, and Krystal attended his funeral; he had become such a pariah by that time that everyone else in town celebrated his demise at [=ConFusion=].
** Greenlee Smythe earned this for a while after she [[FakeYourPregnancy exposed Kendall's pregnancy with Michael's child as a fake]] in the middle of her trial for Michael's murder, and cemented it even further when it is believed that she caused Kendall's son Spike to go deaf.
* It seems that lower demons on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' weren't too upset about Azazel's death. One particular demon described him as a tyrant who kept the demons in line before his death.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Everyone, absolutely ''everyone'' at Sacred Heart hates Dr. Kelso, to the extent that when Dr. Cox tricks everyone into thinking Kelso is dead in the episode "My Kingdom," their reactions range from indifference to joy.
* In ''Series/AlloAllo'', Herr Flick's attempt to find out who stole One Million Francs from his personal account runs into problems because he defines a suspect as "someone who hates him". Helga points out that ''everyone'' hates him though.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'': As quoted above by Makoto Fukami (Kamen Rider Specter), almost ''everybody'' hates Adel, including his own siblings. Given to what an insufferable SmugSuper {{Narcissist}} he is, he won't shut up about recreating a perfect world of his own image, even if he has to kill everyone who stands in his way.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' had Judge Robertson. Although the family told him not to go to the funeral after all the [[AttackOfThePoliticalAd mudslinging Robertson did to win an election,]] Phil drags the rest of the family, since he considered Robertson an old friend. At the wake, Philip forgot his eulogy, and asked anyone with a happy memory of Robertson to share it. When no one said anything Philip asked if anyone remembered him. The first speaker stated that [[HangingJudge the judge sent him to jail for a crime he didn't commit.]] The second speaker, the former gardener, recalled when [[BadBoss Robertson not only refused to pay him for his services, but tried to have him deported.]] Even the judge's [[TheMistress mistress]] had nothing good to say about him. When Will tried to guilt the audience by partially quoting [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Sheilob's monologue,]] the first speaker called out Will on who he was to tell them that. When Will responded that he "killed" Judge Robertson, [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing the attendees clapped and cheered him.]]
* Rodolfo in ''Series/DeusSalveORei'' becomes widely disliked because of his inept and egotistical rule as king of Montemor leading the country to ruin. Being a lecherous, wimpy, cowardly {{jerkass}} didn't help either. He becomes so unpopular that [[spoiler:he gets deposed in a literally bloodless coup as both the peasants and the army have enough of him and rally behind his heroic brother Afonso, who demands Rodolfo to step down. Nobody is willing to stand up for him, not even his own personal guard as they also knell before Afonso and accept him as the rightful king]].

* DiscussedTrope (and {{Lampshaded}}) in ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'', where the more savvy characters think to themselves that no government could truly be that incompetent, and that they must have been painted in a bad light by the dynasties that usurped them as to give the new guys in power the illusion of legitimacy.

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* In ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', Ming the Merciless seems to be hated by everybody -- but their hatred of him is exceeded by their fear of him, as his name would suggest. That, and most of Mongo's races are too busy [[WeAreStrugglingTogether hating each other]] to focus on Ming himself.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', when Opus is involved in yet another presidential campaign and learns that according to the polls, he's only slightly ahead of [[spoiler:a cucumber]].
** The National Radical Meadow Party (which ran Opus as its nominee for Vice President several times) isn't actually evil, but its staff are so hilariously incompetent that it might as well be. When a Meadow Party campaign is in progress, it's a rare day when its ticket isn't polling at or near zero percent; the polls are as likely as not to have the Meadowcrats ''below'' zero. After all, this is the party that more than once nominated a dead cat for President (he was only dead the first time; the second time, when he was alive, he polled ''lower'').

* In Literature/TheBible, King Jehoram of Judah was recorded as having died "without being desired" in 2nd Chronicles 21:20, meaning that he was so unlikable as king that nobody was sad to see him go.

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* Two particular Primarchs of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' were pretty well loathed by everyone they knew.
** Firstly, there was [[AxCrazy Konrad Curze]]. A psychotic loony who spent his years before rediscovery violently butchering anyone on his adoptive world who so much as jaywalked. When he became Primarch of the Night Lords, he gained no fans either. His Legions tactics earning him alienation and scorn from his brothers.
** And then there's [[TheBerserker Angron]]. Even his own Astartes didn't like the guy, noting he was a frothing madman, who had no interest in anything but wanton slaughter.

* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'':
** After successfully being crowned king, [[FisherKing everything goes wrong as a result of his murders]] and all his subordinates begin to depart from him. Even LadyMacbeth, who encouraged him in the first place, loses her mind, and Macbeth goes into a soliloquy about how life is pointless as a result of [[BeingEvilSucks him having no friends]].
** In the play, Macbeth's and Malcolm's roles are actually switched around, and he was, in history, a good king who actually brought peace to the land for a long time. In fact, Shakespeare [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this with Malcolm's speech to Macduff]]. The other King was also dumbed down in the play too.[[note]] His patron and king claiming descent from Macduff probably had something to do with that.[[/note]]
* While not an overlord, the Mayoress in ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle'' is so disliked that she mentions this in the opening lines to the opening song, "Me and My Town":
-->"Everyone hates me, yes, yes\\
Being the mayoress, yes.\\
All of the peasants\\
Throw rocks in my presence\\
Which causes me nervous distress, yes."
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': Count De Guiche is not an Overlord, but he is the colonel of the cadets. [[NoTrueScotsman All the cadets hate his guts because he is a ''rational'' gascon]]. He has [[GirlPosse a Cool Crowd of hangers-on nobles who bow to his every whim]]. [[FalseFriend The marquises lampshade that they distrust De Guiche because he’s a Gascon and only want to leech him out]]. De Guiche tries to bully Roxane to be his mistress. [[AbhorrentAdmirer She will have none of it]]. Even Ligniere, a poet, [[BullyingADragon dares to write a satiric song about it]]. Until the [[HeelFaceTurn last part of Act IV]], ''nobody'' likes De Guiche.

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'': After the Joker's death at the end of ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'', Harley Quinn [[DragonAscendant takes over his gang]], and ''none'' of Joker's {{mooks}} are happy about it. In the DLC campaign ''Harley Quinn's Revenge'', some believe her to be [[UpToEleven even crazier and worse to work for than the Joker]], and Joker himself was a ''[[BadBoss horrible]]'' [[BadBoss boss]].
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft|I}}'' expansion pack, Brood War, Kerrigan almost lampshades this when she says she is 'the Queen bitch of the Universe'. The Protoss also describe her as the 'enemy of all who live'.
** So long as she controls the swarm, it doesn't really matter how popular Kerrigan is with other species, she presumably intends on wiping them out anyway.
** Even within the Zerg swarm, her approval rating isn't 100%. She introduces the Zerg campaign of Brood War by threatening to kill the [[NonEntityGeneral player cerebrate]] if they don't obey her, and between the first game and VideoGame/StarcraftII she apparently disposed of the cerebrates and replaced them with Brood Mothers who only defer to her because [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority they respect her strength]].
* Subverted by ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', where the ruler everyone hates (except the people in his capital city, who adore him) is actually being puppeteered by a lesser noble that everyone ''loves''.
* {{Orochi}} in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''. Granted, being a monstrous, armored, multi-headed dragon probably killed any thoughts of resistance against him.
* Although Tony Montana from ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'' is usually a VillainWithGoodPublicity (or, more accurately, an AntiHero), raising his Cop Heat and Gang Heat too high can cause him to suffer detriments that include gangsters attacking unprovoked and police responding with amazing speed to minor transgressions.
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', everyone you meet (even those who aren't members of LaResistance) seem to be fed up with the Combine's reign. The constant relocations, disappearances, warrantless investigations, and the impotence field don't help matters. Gordon's first major blow against them (Nova Prospekt's ''accidental'' destruction) is an instant signal to start a massive rebellion.
** During development, the game developers had Combine propaganda posters hanging on walls throughout the game, but thought that the alien overlords wouldn't care about public opinion, so they left it out. In the final game, [[TheQuisling Breen]] seems to be the only one who thinks of the invasion and enslavement as a positive.
* After the [[DividedStatesOfAmerica second American Civil War]] in ''VideoGame/ShatteredUnion'', the one faction not composed of former Americans trying to rebuild the country is the armed forces of the European Union. Every other faction sees them for what they really are - Europe's thinly veiled attempt to prop the United States back up (the world economy ''did'' collapse as a result of the war, after all), essentially turning it into a puppet state to all of Europe.
** The conflict's outbreak actually traces all the way back to the election of U.S. President David Jefferson Adams, whose first term as president saw the rapid rise of civil unrest and domestic terrorism within the United States as a result of his unpopular policies, some of which bore signs of an increasingly totalitarian regime. The final straw was when he managed to get the Supreme Court to rule that any opponents to him in reelection was unconstitutional. His ultimate assassination at the hands of who initially appeared to be domestic terrorists results in the war's outbreak. [[spoiler:In reality, Russia propped him up and then ulimately nuked Washington DC so they could be the only world power.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series, Dr. Weil takes over Neo Arcadia in ''Zero 3''. Sure, Copy X was a total jerk, but at least he was good at taking care of the people he governed. Then in 4, we see humans leaving Neo Arcadia in droves for the greener pastures of Area Zero. Gee, I wonder why? Weil tries to rectify the problem... by ''forcefully taking them back''. This doesn't work, so he tries to destroy Area Zero's environment instead. Not only is he making things worse for himself, but [[spoiler:Neo Arcadia is blown up by Weil's own KillSat, and his approval rating also seemed to be an indication of his chances of survival...]] In this particular case, however, [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans that's exactly his intention]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Kefka as well. When Shadow and Sabin Figaro arrive at Imperial Camp at Doma, they overhear several soldiers talking: One of the soldiers, when learning from another soldier a rumor that Kefka intends to usurp Leo Christophe's position in the military, exclaims that he'd quit the Empire if that ever happened. The soldiers have a very good reason for complaining against Kefka (although they did it behind his back, for obvious reasons), as this is also the same guy who had a brainwashed Terra burn fifty Imperial soldiers alive during her ''training exercise'', and later deliberately [[spoiler:poisons Doma]] knowing full well that there are still Imperials being held prisoner there.
* Surprisingly {{averted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''. When Vayne takes over as regent of the newly defeated Dalmasca, everyone expects to hate him, but he gives an impassioned speech and many members of Dalmasca begin to grudgingly respect him. At least, for a while.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Gangrel, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mad King]] of Plegia, was steadily losing the support of his countrymen over his costly war with Ylisse. After [[spoiler:Emmeryn makes herself a martyr by killing herself after being captured to be executed]], all but the most ardent loyalists begin to desert his army en masse. Also the Grimleal, despite technically being the official religion of Plegia are even more hated than Gangrel. As early as Chapter 8, Plegian villagers tell the player that all the common folk hate and fear Grima's worshippers. who they'd love to see dead. The religion seems to be solely composed of thugs who RapePillageAndBurn and [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerer types]] who define their god as [[CardCarryingVillain evil]]. The only recruitable character from the Grimleal even reveals [[spoiler: the religion was only able get her to join with brainwashing from one of the aforementioned evil Sorcerors.]]
* Rare [[JustifiedTrope Justified example]] from ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}'': when the {{Big Bad}}s initially invade Orenia and Medeva, there are actually [[TooDumbToLive significant portions of the population]] that think their rule might be an improvement. They're quickly proven VERY wrong, as the villains are revealed to be Nuvasarim, followers of a ReligionOfEvil which revolves around deriving magical power directly from raw human suffering, and consequently have an excellent motivation to [[ForTheEvulz become the most hated despots they can be]].
* In the ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, YHVH tends to have this by the end of most games he personally shows up in. While it goes without saying why the fallen angels would dislike him, the angels tend to also due to him prioritizing his own glory over the creation of a world of peace. So they generally play along with him until a chance to off him appears or until it becomes too apparent that he's only holding back the goals of the side.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Stronghold}}'', some of the scenarios require you to have a certain approval rating -- and in some cases, that approval rating has to be ''below'' a certain threshold. This makes the game more challenging, because maintaining a high enough population to achieve the scenario goals while ''everybody hates you'' is quite tricky. The trick is to make them ''too afraid to leave'', by showing yourself to be a malicious and frivolously evil ruler. In other words, you have to be in it ForTheEvulz in order to prevent your zero percent approval rating from hurting you ''too'' much.
* Subverted fairly well in ''VideoGame/{{Crystalis}}''. Though the villagers in most of the backwater places you visit complain about the rule of the Evil Empire, the urbanites in the later cities of the game (Goa and Swan (sort of)) are really living up the prestige and wealth of being in the right place at the right time.
** Though some residents make a quick about face when the empire falls... or so you think, but can't tell due to the GoodBadTranslation.
* You can play one of these in ''VideoGame/FableIII'', depending on your policies.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'', following his coup, Richard Hawk sets out to be this, militarizing cities, bringing back slave labor, building a WaveMotionGun on Alcatraz, gassing Chicago, and terrorizing New York with a [[SpiderTank giant mechanical spider]] for seemingly no other reason than just being cartoonishly evil. He at least subconsciously acknowledges that everyone hates him and runs a {{Bathos}} laced propaganda campaign to boost his approval ratings out of the .000%-range.
* It is heavily implied in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' that Colonel Volgin fell into this category, with Jonathan's claims that by Naked Snake killing Volgin at Groznyj Grad (although technically, it was lightning that killed Volgin rather than Snake himself), Snake was also considered a hero by the Soviet Union. It also explains why he wanted to place Breszhnev and Kosygin in power as {{Puppet King}}s in the first place: The Soviets would never have served Volgin had he tried to do rule it directly.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'': [[NoodleIncident It's never explained what exactly it is the President of the United States did]], but their approval rating is nearly rock-bottom.
-->'''Pierce''': Here's the latest approval poll.\\
'''President''': We lost twenty points, we can get them back.\\
'''Pierce''': They're ''at'' twenty points.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** This is the case for Molag Bal, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]]. While many of the Daedric Princes are JerkassGods, all have at least some redeeming qualities which earn them some respect from mortals, even if they aren't particularly liked. Not Molag Bal, who is universally despised by every culture in Tamriel. He is the closest thing in the series to a ''true'' GodOfEvil and is a being pure malevolence with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Among his servants, the only ones who genuinely like him are are those who don't know him very well and those who have become enthralled by the power he's granted them. And it's only a matter of time before he betrays the former group, or converts them into one of the latter...
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** ''Nobody'' likes [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Thalmor]] prancing around Skyrim like they own the place, arresting random Nords for execution, and those in the know about their endgame utterly HATE them with every ounce of their being for [[spoiler:plotting to [[OmnicidalManiac undo creation]] because a few purity-obsessed self-righteous elitists are FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence]]. This becomes very evident if you kill a bunch of Thalmor in a city; the Empire guards only charge you for assault, and the Stormcloak guards will watch the whole thing and bet on how girly the officer screams at the end. If you initiate a conversation with them and provoke them into attacking first, the bounty is automatically zero. Hell, killing Ondolemar, the Thalmor leader in Markarth will net you a letter from the Jarl and 100 Septims - it's almost as if he's thanking you for getting rid of the asshole.
*** The Wolf Queen Potema. Unlike King Olaf, there's no argument as to just how evil she was. How evil? She started a civil war to get her son crowned as Emperor, she murdered the legitimate heir, and [[VillainousBreakdown when her son was caught and killed, she resorted to]] raising the fallen on both sides as undead to fight for her. By the end, she was a terrifying psychopath waited on by skeletal chambermaids and consorting with vampires. [[spoiler:She's one of the few historical Nords whose spirit cannot be found in Sovngarde when you visit. Tellingly, King Olaf One-Eye, who is largely remembered as a tyrant who conquered Skyrim in a bloody and long-fought war and has a yearly festival dedicated to burning him in effigy, is still considered noble enough to be allowed in]].
* The Borgias in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' are universally loathed by everyone in Roma, even the soldiers are more interested in the florins paid to them than the cause they fight for as Ezio removes the pillars of support that funds the armies. Even the Templars themselves hate Rodrigo Borgia and regard his time as their Grand Master as their order's Dark Age.
* Meghren of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' was a cruel tyrant who despised the Fereldens to the core. Mass Executions and needless brutality was how he managed to hold on the the nation for a quite a long time. His most favorite pasttime was to throw parties and invite the Fereldan lords, at least one of which would be taken away and executed either for displeasing Meghren or just because he felt like it. Unfortunately, this also resulted in many lords willing to betray their rightful Queen in order to please him. Meghren was, in fact, exiled from the Orlesian court, as his own cousin, TheEmperor, didn't even like him.
** There isn't a single man in the country who like Arl Rendorn Howe. The fact that after his death, practically nobody mourns him and his own family doesn't make any move to attempt Howe's funeral is a prove to much hated he is.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the leader of the Templars in Kirkwall, [[KnightTemplar Knight-Comander Meredith]] is completely bonkers, with everyone from beggar to lieutenant seeming to know this and her treatment of the Mages also gets worse as the game progresses, to the point where she's mass ordering the Rite of Tranquility on Mages who have passed the Harrowing, something illegal under Chantry law. Unfortunately, everyone's too afraid of her to stop her... [[spoiler: that is, until Justice/Anders sparks a Mage rebellion by blowing up the Chantry and pushing Meredith off the deep-end]].
* Largo [=LaGrande=] in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' is the ruler of Scabb Island despite claims of the island being an "anarchist cooperative," but only because he bullies everyone else, and is hated by everyone in turn.
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'': Everyone, absolutely everyone hates General Scales. [[BadBoss Including his own soldiers]], who must have become rather sick of being used as [[HumanShield meat-shields]] and [[FastballSpecial projectiles]]. After his defeat, the Sharpclaws are shown celebrating and thanking Fox.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'': Kratos gets this, in part due to the various atrocities he committed under Ares; in the first game, one character is actually more terrified of Kratos than of the monsters attacking him and openly states he would rather die than let Kratos save him. After becoming the new God of War, it's stated that all of the other Olympians despised Kratos and refused to accept him.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'': After the Panther King's death, everyone, including his own guards, celebrates his demise and happily declare Conker the king in his place.
* ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'': In China, most of the missions there show just how much of a despised and [[{{Jerkass}} complete asshole]] General Tsao is. When he's arrested by Carmelita at the end of the level, even his own minions are happy to see him go.
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'': The Camarillan Prince Sebastian [=LaCroix=] is already on sandy ground with most of the city's Kindred (the Anarch majority hate him for being Camarilla) but can't even keep house in his own faction. Camarilla loyalists like Tung explicitly mention they're loyal to the Camarilla and not to its 'official' local leader, and one of his Primogen all but openly says [=LaCroix=] is in charge because he's a useful lightning rod. [=LaCroix=] is fully aware that nobody respects him either and it's a perpetual source of annoyance to him. [[spoiler:His attempts at the Ankharan Sarcophagus burns what few bridges he had left.]]
* The {{backstory}} of ''VideoGame/{{Ravenmark}}'' has this with the Carsis nobles who used to rule the lands that now comprise the Empire of Estellion. Their decadent rule, complete disregard for any laws or morals, and brutal suppression of any resistance means that, when the people rally behind a charismatic and righteous figure, the Carsis find themselves beaten before they can even figure out what's going on. House Corvius, the ruling dynasty of the Empire, remembers that lesson and teaches their children to keep in mind that they rule because the common people support them. One of the major mechanisms for ensuring the loyalty of the populace is the path to Ravenhood (nobility). Essentially, any commoner can attain temporary nobility by faithfully serving the Empire as a soldier for 22 years (or as an administrator for 36). If the individual has served with distinction, he or she is given the status of a Raven, which also makes him or her an officer in the Imperial Mark. The Ravenhood is retained for no more than 2 generations, which means that the person's grandchildren once again become commoners, unless the status is reaffirmed by continued service to the Empire. This keeps the Empire from descending into the same decadence that proved the undoing of the Carsis. By retaining Ravenhood for 10 unbroken generations (extremely rare), a family can attain permanent Raven status and become a noble House, with each firstborn holding the title of Rook.
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'':
** Franchise/{{Superman}} has become a universally-hated tyrant in an AlternateUniverse of the DCU, brutally putting down any opposition and killing anybody who dares question him. While most of the other heroes initially support [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans his methods]], even they eventually see that [[HeWhoFightsMonsters he has become no better than his enemies]].
** Also, in this game and [[VideoGame/Injustice2 its sequel]], the Joker attracts the ire of both heroes ''and'' villains for causing Superman's StartOfDarkness and the rise of the Regime by tricking him into killing his wife Lois Lane and nuking Metropolis, all ForTheEvulz, to prove that even a paragon of justice like Superman [[HeWhoFightsMonsters can be]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil brought down]] [[NotSoDifferent to his]] [[StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred level]]. Given what he did to Supes, the Joker becomes the resident HateSink of both games, Harley Quinn wants nothing to do with him, and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even tyrants such as Darkseid, Grodd, and Brainiac openly voice their contempt and hatred for him]]. Most villains agree that the Joker went ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards way too far]]'' in doing this, on top of their existing reasons for despising him.
* The version of King Louis Philippe in ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' is right around here. Very few characters seem to ''hate'' him but his selfishness and incompetence are staggering and when an attorney tries to collect favorable anecdotes about him, every single story makes him look worse.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'': Anyone who has met and talked with [[BigBad M. Bison]] considers him as public enemy number one. Heck, Shadaloo's leader has lots of {{Arch Enem|y}}ies to count starting from Chun-Li to Juri.
* In the ''Yuri's Revenge'' expansion of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', the titular BigBad is hated by both the Allies and Soviets, to the point Albert Einstein refers Yuri as "hostis humani generis".[[note]]Latin for "the enemy of mankind".[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': You start the game with pretty much everyone wanting nothing to do with you due to your "record": fellow students, teachers, police officers, your legal guardian in Tokyo, even your ''parents''. In fact, you only make your first friend after you're both nearly killed in the [[MentalWorld collective unconscious]].
** The Phantom Thieves, as a group, have a dynamic, in-universe approval rating on their fansite that updates each day. [[spoiler:By the time you catch up to the present, it gets ''dangerously'' close to literally being at 0%.]]
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Yuuki Terumi is absolutely despised by virtually every character in-universe, many of whom want him dead. As it turns out, Terumi goes out of his way to ''cultivate'' this approval rating, partially because his very existence is tied to ThePowerOfHate, and partially just because [[ForTheEvulz he likes being a dick]].
* It's quite possible to literally have this in ''VideoGame/ShadowPresident'', with the easiest route being [[NukeEm nuclear weapons]] (especially nuking allies or countries that can't strike back). Once you hit this level, assassination is the most likely end result.
* In the VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}} games, [[MadScientist Deathshead]] is utterly despised and feared by everybody in the game series, even by other nazis and in The New Order, he is shown to cruelly mutilate those who cross him often turning them into robotic monstrosities against their will. After his demise, very few characters mourned his death in The New Colossus and he was seldom mentioned. [[EvenEvilHasStandards It's almost as if the villains were thanking B.J. for killing him.]]
** Also, in ''The New Order'', the entire world hates the Nazi Regime because of how oppressive, genocidal, and cruel they are. However, most people are too afraid to stand up to them and even some individuals have either gone rogue or defected from them. Predictably, once B.J. kills [[BigBadWannabe Frau Engel]] on live TV, millions of angry American citizens, having suffered under Nazi tyranny for most of the game, proceed to give the remaining [[AssholeVictim Nazis]] [[KarmicDeath a well deserved beatdown]].
* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' Info-chan's reputation is as low as it can possibly get, -999. Everyone knows she's an information broker who deals in blackmail, invasion of privacy, espionage, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking panty shots]] and hates her for it. It's why she keeps her real identity a secret. It's possible for Yandere-chan to drive a rival's reputation down enough that everyone hates her, ensuring that she'll never win Senpai's affections...and even further than that, driving the rival to suicide. Of course, if ''Yandere-chan's'' reputation gets to this point, it's game over for her, as Senpai will want nothing to do with her.
* [[{{Satan}} The Devil]] fits this to a tee in ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}''. All of the residents of the Inkwell Isles hate the Devil due to many of them being in debt to him to the point where many of the residents refuse to hand their Soul Contracts over to him. [[spoiler:Once [[KidHero Cuphead and Mugman]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeat him]], the residents celebrate being free of their servitude to the Devil.]]

* King Steve of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''.
-->'''Left Hand Man:''' Recent polls show a 40% approval rating.\\
'''King Steve:''' Excellent!\\
'''Left Hand Man:''' Sir, you only got that because the poll only had two options: Be ruled by King Steve forever, or get a sword in the head. We lost 60% of the voters.
* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' BrokeTheRatingScale, as shown in the image above. [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/everybody-wants-to-rule-the-world/ Here's the link to the comic.]]

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* The Dark Overlords from the web fiction serial ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' are almost universally hated by the populace of their dimension... that is, unless they manage to brainwash them to see things from their point of view.
* The King of Town from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', while not a villain per se, manages to be hated by all of his "subjects" except the ones he employs. With the possible exception of [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Homsar]], no one respects him, and he is routinely beaten up and stolen from.
* It is possible to achieve this and HundredPercentAdorationRating through selective methods such as polling site like Glassdoor, although it happens very rarely. The improbability of it happening in real life makes such findings humorous.
* In ''[[http://medusa.keenspot.com/ Medusa's Daughter]]'', nobody likes Rictus. ''Nobody''. Not even his business partner and co-owner of the circus. The only way he seems to keep control is through being the most on-the-ball person in the group. Skully is a hopeless alcoholic [[spoiler:and is deeply ashamed of his role in helping to kidnap Maia]], Maia is kept under Rictus's thumb through emotional and physical abuse, and everyone else at the circus just seems to be too busy hating one another to do anything against him. Skully lampshades this at one point, when he tells Maia how it's like the people from his native Ireland spend all their time killing one another, instead of working together to deal with external threats.
* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire Part 2", Craig the Devil uses a lifeline to ask the audience to help him answer a question. All four answers result in 0%, and the Brooklyn Guy asks the audience if their keypads are broken. He soon finds out that the audience deliberately chose not to help Craig.


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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' :
** As established in "You Made Me!", just about ''everyone'' in the Candy Kingdom completely despises [[AmbiguousDisorder the Earl of Lemongrab]] and vehemently protest against Princess Bubblegum's request that some of them go to his castle to keep him company. One Candy Person, Mr. Cupcake, actually goes so far as to ''break his own arm'' to have an excuse not to hang out with him.
** Later when King Of Ooo managed to dethrone Bubblegum in becoming the new princess of the Candy Kingdom his malicious acts harms the whole community of the kingdom to the point every single Candy Citizens hates him, preferring their old Candy Princess over him. The final straw of this is when a Dark Cloud approaches and rather than march his candy citizens to defend, he orders them to close the gates just to save his own skin. No surprise that he ended up being overthrown by them and have Bonnibel reclaim her rule over the kingdom.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Roger's Ricky Spanish persona of the episode of the same name is universally despised by ''everyone'' in Langley Falls, and for good reason: he's committed such horrible crimes as defecating in the chest of a man undergoing open heart surgery and stabbing Avery Bullock's wife to death on a whim.
* Princess Luna of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' earned this after enacting her plan to bring [[TheNightThatNeverEnds eternal night]], since ponies really don't like you after you initiate a scheme that will eventually [[OmnicidalManiac kill off all life on the planet]]. Ironically, her mistaken/exaggerated belief that she was already unloved was what drove her to force ponies to love her and the night, giving her the rating she thought she had.
** Things haven't improved a whole lot by [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "Luna Eclipsed"]], where her subjects are downright ''terrified'' of her, not helped by [[FishOutOfTemporalWater her out-of-date sense of royal protocol]]. Twilight Sparkle helps her cope and improve her public image, however.
*** She's [[CharacterDevelopment since made a lot a progress]] in getting away from this trope thanks to the revelation in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E6SleeplessInPonyville "Sleepless In Ponyville"]] that, as [[TheSacredDarkness Princess of the Night]], [[DreamWalker she watches over her subjects' dreams]]. In the episode, she [[spoiler: helps Scootaloo end her nightmares]] after Rainbow Dash [[spoiler: tells her scary stories that Scootaloo ashamedly admits to being afraid of]].
*** For further irony, the BadFuture in [[spoiler:the Season 5 finale]] showing Nightmare Moon victorious actually looks like the ''nicest'' of the half-dozen Bad Futures seen; out of all the {{Big Bad}}s, Nightmare Moon is the only one who actually ''cares'' about approval rating.
** In "The Return of Harmony," Celestia reveals that Discord was a rare example of an EvilOverlord who came to power without the aid of an army of EvilMinions; because [[TheOmnipotent his powers have no clearly established limit]], he was able to step in by himself and effortlessly convert Equestria into his personal WorldGoneMad where he would use the terrified and miserable ponies as playthings for his own amusement.
** A flashback scene in "The Crystal Empire" shows that [[SorcerousOverlord King Sombra]] was a similar case to Discord. He used his incredibly powerful BlackMagic to [[SlaveRace oppress and enslave]] [[SugarApocalypse the population]] directly, [[TheDreaded earning the hate and fear of literally everyone]] (as demonstrated by their continued misery and reluctance to remember what life under his rule was like, one thousand years after being reawakened).
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Lois Lane visits an alternate reality where Superman and Lex Luthor joined forces to take over Metropolis and seem to have a Zero Percent Approval Rating.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the series finale, where Superman ''expects'' this to be the case when he throws a beaten {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} to his oppressed masses, but is shocked to find that the people of Apokolips ''love'' the tyrant and tenderly help him to safety.
-->''"I am many things, Kal-El, but here, I am '''God'''."''
* Appears in an alternate timeline in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. In that timeline, Luthor kills the Flash, which causes the Justice League to go rogue and take over the world (even going and changing their group name to the Justice Lords), and because of it, the public hates them.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], or perhaps parodied, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "Easter Stories", where David (Bart) fights and kills Goliath Jr. (Nelson), who took over his kingdom. David gets arrested for "megacide" because Goliath Jr. was publicly beloved and used his huge size to build roads, libraries, and hospitals.
** "We called him 'Goliath the Consensus-Builder'."
** Mayor Quimby usually holds a pretty good reputation, despite his... [[MayorPain lackluster... abilities]], but Sideshow Bob briefly managed to push him into this during one episode. After a brutal campaign and multiple failures on Quimby's part, the election results in Quimby taking home one percent of the vote, "and, we remind you, there is a one percent margin of error." [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat Bob cheats anyway.]]
** In the two-part cliffhanger "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" ending Season 6 and starting Season 7, EVERYONE in town has good reason to shoot the evil Mr. Burns, including his only known friend, Waylon Smithers. Eventually, [[spoiler:DNA tests suggest that Homer Simpson may have been the shooter, though it eventually turns out to be the baby Maggie who did it. By accident.]]
* Lucius on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' definitely has this, but that's to be expected from someone who generally [[ForTheEvulz likes to make people miserable]]. While he mostly revels in this, a few episodes show him trying to be loved.
* The Stunticons from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' have a vicious tyrant as a leader called Motormaster who is loathed by his fellow members, but they are too scared of him to disobey his orders. Drag Strip also counts due his narcissism and obnoxiousness. Their combined form Menasor is completely uncontrollable because none of the component minds will cooperate with each other.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' has its version of [[BigBad Megatron]]. Obviously, the heroes hated him, but pretty much all his subordinates were at best extremely willing to turn traitor (Blackarachnia, Quickstrike, Waspinator) and at worst [[TheStarscream already in the process of doing so]] (Dinobot, Terrorsaur, Tarantulas). Even Dinobot II, whom he created to be loyal to him, ended up turning on him eventually. This is unsurprising, given his naked egotism, [[BadBoss open disregard for their survival and willingness to keep them in line through torture or harsh punishment]] (particularly Rampage, who [[RestrainingBolt had a rig attached to his spark]] that let Megatron [[AgonyBeam torture him at will]]). The [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Tripredacus Council]] that governs his faction thinks he's an unstable upstart maverick and sends an assassin to take him down before he can break time in half. Said assassin, Ravage, ended up working with Megatron, but considered him [[LegacyCharacter a pale shadow of the original Megatron]], only worth a brief VillainTeamUp. All told, only two characters ''didn't'' want to kill Megatron by the end of the series: Inferno, who is insane and thinks he's an ant and Megatron is his queen, and Scorponok, who is [[DumbMuscle just kinda stupid.]] Three, if you count the rubber duck. It's a true testament to his skills as a manipulator that he kept the Predacons together as long as he did, and no mystery as to why he decided to switch to mindless drones in [[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines the following series]].
* Said word for word in the ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' TV series for King Salmonues in the episode "King of Thessaly".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'':
** Miss Simian, the local SadistTeacher of Elmore Junior High. Even Rocky Robinson, a NiceGuy who claims to like ''everybody'', openly admits he doesn't like her. Only Principal Brown, her LoveInterest, appears to have any tolerance for her.
** The Watterson family themselves have also earned this, according to the episode "The Finale," considering all of the chaos their antics cause Elmore on a regular basis. By the end of the episode, the ''entire town'' is so sick of them that they form an angry mob and break into their house to kill them.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': A RunningGag in several cartoons is that WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, no matter what he does or how talented he is, is always looked down upon by everyone whereas his {{rival}} WesternAnimation/BugsBunny has a HundredPercentAdorationRating and gets big rounds of applause for the smallest things he does.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'', Rataxes is lucky to have a "popularity ranking" greater than a rattlesnake bite or a volcanic eruption.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has DepravedKidsShowHost Chris [=McLean=]. Everyone (except Chef) hates him. ''Everyone''. Though the original cast by far hate him the most -- even with the temptation of the million, all of them (including super-competitive Heather) do ''not'' want to be on the show anymore after suffering three seasons of his sadism. The only reason any of them show up is due to contractual obligations, with many of them profusely shouting about how much they ''hate'' Chris.
** Heather could also be seen as this (albeit not the same extent as Chris). As she learns in the first hour-long special and as Izzy (rather bluntly) tells Heather in an episode of ''Action'', virtually none of the other contestants actually like or trust her (Harold being the only contestant willing to actually give Heather a chance). Also, as shown in the video from home that Heather's family sent her, it's shown that not even Heather's own parents seem to like her, as they're shown celebrating their daughter being gone and are even having all of her stuff moved out of her room while she's gone.
* '''WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil'': In the 1988 episode "The Brotherhood Of B.L.E.C.H.," Dishonest John actually enjoys getting hate mail.
* Everyone on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' hates the AlphaBitch Pretty (who hates them back).
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. By the final episode of Season 21, Mr. Garrison’s approval rating has fallen to a mere 3%, making him far and away the most despised president in U.S. history, even when taking the Civil War and the Watergate scandal into account, and despite being so unpopular that he’s reduced to wandering South Park enquiring about his approval ratings and almost everybody in town wanting to kick him out, there is still one resident who defends the President’s every decision and deflects all criticism by PlayingTheVictimCard (even though 97% of the country hating the president logically includes almost all white people as well) and saying that Hilary Clinton would have been even worse had she won the election.