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A character who was meant to be hated, is actually adored by the audience.

This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
Lemmy_Koopa9999 on Oct 12th 2017 at 12:53:36 PM
Last Edited By:
Lemmy_Koopa9999 on Oct 13th 2017 at 7:51:30 PM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

You wanted the audience to induce a Hatedom against your Hate Sink character that you've created, as they needed something to root against. You introduce the character in a horrific way, intended to make the fandom loath it, then you kill him off at the right moment, as a sense of comeupperance. The audience lauds at the death of that character...

Only they don't. The Hate Sink that was created has actually been adored, woobied or thought as cool by the audience. Authors need a hate sink in order to create something to hate, and if adored unintentionally, it may have differing consequences. It may vary from the character becoming popular and cool, to the character becoming a Base Breaker. It may also divert the hate towards other characters, like the protagonist, antagonist (if there is one) and other supporting characters, to become base breakers or scrappies.

Contrast Evil Is Cool, in which the love is intended. The polar opposite of the Scrappy.



Feedback: 3 replies

Oct 12th 2017 at 2:32:19 PM

Isn't this just Draco In Leather Pants under a different name?

Oct 12th 2017 at 3:04:56 PM

I think Unintentionally Sympathetic is a better match. This trope and US are about the character as written in canon being more sympathetic than the author intended. While Draco In Leather Pants is about fans changing a character from canon to make them more sympathetic.

Oct 13th 2017 at 1:39:00 AM

The title Sink Overturn requires that the reader be familiar with the trope Hate Sink, which makes it a Bad Snowclone.