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  • All My Children: Michael Cambias is to this very day almost-universally despised by both the characters themselves and the fanbase for his rape of Bianca.
  • Arrow:
    • In Season 1, Malcolm Merlyn is a sympathetic Tragic Villain. Post-Season 1 Malcolm is an irredeemable Dirty Coward who is indirectly or directly responsible for nearly every terrible thing that happens to Oliver and co. that isn't the result of HIVE's actions. Yet despite Ollie hating him more than anyone else, he's still alive, even though he's probably the one person that both Team Arrow and people in general would happily support Oliver in waiving his Thou Shalt Not Kill policy for.
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    • Season 3 has a flashback character Matthew Shrieve, a nationalistic US Army General who attempted to wipe out all of China. He succeeded in infecting about 70% of Tokyo with a virus, and that included young Akio. Shrieve later laughed in the crying parents face. All this make the Cold-Blooded Torture Oliver put him through, well-deserved.
    • Agent Watson, the FBI agent investing claims Oliver is the Green Arrow in Season 6. Even though she's supposed to be on the side of good, she's an insufferable self-righteous jerk who's needlessly rude to everyone around her and is an Inspector Javert of the highest order, deliberately ignoring the good that Team Arrow has done for the city simply because she hates vigilantes. This cultivates in more-or-less blackmailing Oliver to go to prison in exchange for the FBI's help to end Diaz's control over Star City.
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  • Battlestar Galactica (1978): Sire Uri from the show's pilot "Saga of a Star World" is a member of the Quorum of Twelve, the ruling council governing the Twelve Colonies of Man. Once a man of integrity and good intentions, Uri became corrupted by fame and power. In the wake of the near-annihilation of the Colonies at the hands of the Cylons, Uri gorges on hoarded food while most refugees starve and shows no mourning for his wife, instead enjoying the company of women decades younger than him. Despite the fact that Commander Adama voted for his seat on the Council, Uri makes attempts to undermine him at every opportunity, including plans that impact the fleet's survival and despite knowing that the Cylons are still chasing them, Uri tries to push through a plan to disarm the Colonies' militia, a plan that falls through when Cylons attack an announcement of his plan and Uri is forced to relinquish control of the situation to Adama's son Apollo.
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  • Black Lightning: Martin Proctor is an idiotic, smug, cowardly, racist ASA agent who restarts the organization's vaccine program to turn black teenagers into his super-powered pawns, uncaring as the drug kills countless. Refusing to admit any guilt for his actions, when called out on the damage he's done, Proctor just responds that the teens he killed would have "wound up on welfare or in prison anyway".
  • Black Mirror: Catherine Ortiz, from Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too, is the aunt and manager of Ashley O and an abusive and manipulative sociopath. While claiming to love and support Ashley, Catherine actively resents her niece and belittles her attempts to truly express herself behind her back. Catherine will stoop to any low to control and exploit her niece, including putting her into a chemically-induced coma and attempting to have her killed once she no longer needs her. When her plans are foiled, Catherine dives for the stage and cowers in fear of the police while her niece gives her a well-deserved middle finger.
  • Bones: in season 11, the team investigates the murder of a meninist who led a group called "Man Now" that wanted changes in laws, believing that white men are an oppressed group. The entire group is a long hate sink, one of the first things Booth and Bones hear when they go to a meeting is a man saying that they want to abolish rape shield laws, stating that "if a woman dresses as a slut, she might as well walk with a sign written rape me". Booth even states wanting to punch the guy, something that Bones eventually does when he tells Booth to put a muzzle on Bones and calls her a loud bitch.
  • The Boys (2019): Stormfront, a Smug Snake who clearly doesn't think what others think of her, and while at first she seems affable for her social media-savvy persona and not being afraid to mock her bosses, eventually it becomes clear she's a sociopathic and very racist Super Supremacist who is eventually revealed to be an actual Nazi. And for added unlikability points, the show already had the ultimate despicable superhero in Homelander, and even he thinks Stormfront is an awful human being (though both hook up some time later). Even her actor Aya Cash has spoken against Stormfront, saying she was cheering in a scene where the character is beaten up by three other superpowered women.
  • Breaking Bad: Seeing as how most of villains in the series fall under either the Evil Is Cool, Ensemble Darkhorse, Love to Hate or Draco in Leather Pants categories, it can be difficult for writers to make the audiences root against a common target. However, there are a few exceptions:
    • Season 2 gives us Spooge and his girlfriend, a pair of Ax-Crazy meth-heads who rob Skinny Pete. Given their repulsive personalities, horrible neglect of their son, and their murder of the cashier during the ATM theft, it's not difficult to imagine that they were meant to be hated. Unlike most of the villains in the series, they are absolutely devoid of sympathetic or likable features.
    • The unnamed dealers who use an 11-year old as a dealer and hitman, before executing him in a playground. They lack any charm, entertaining trait or charisma.
    • It became very clear that Jack Welker was meant to be despised by the audience. Jack starts off using his prison connections to arrange the murders of ten prisoners Walter White is afraid will turn into state witnesses. Jack later kills DEA agents Hank Schrader and Steve Gomez with his gang and steals the money Walt had buried after personally executing Hank. Jack keeps Walt's old partner Jesse Pinkman enslaved and chained in the meth lab to cook for the Jack's gang under threat of murdering his loved ones. A threat that turns out not to be idle when Jessie attempts to escape. After Jessie is forced to witness the murder of his beloved Andrea, Jack informs him her son will be next if Jesse tries anything again. Even when Walt returns, Jack decides to kill him rather than bother with any other step and only stops to parade Jesse's poor treatment in front of him. Similarly, his Nazi buddies (The Aryan Brotherhood) also deserve the Hate Sink.
    • El Camino gives us Neil Kandy. His approach to his job gives an appearance of an honest blue-collar worker. However, beneath that "honest" look lies an opportunistic, sadistic scumbag that delighted in physically and psychologically humiliating Jesse when the Neo-Nazis had him kidnapped and enslaved. And as if that wasn't enough, he certainly lacks any redeemable or entertaining trait that most of the previous villains in the franchise were best known for.
  • Broadchurch:
    • The defense lawyers in Series 2, who bizarrely appear to be positively gleeful about the prospect of making a clearly guilty man a Karma Houdini. It also seriously doesn't help that the entire trial is absurdly slanted in their favor, with the judge allowing them to go off on all kinds of wild speculations without a shred of evidence at the same time the prosecution is constantly admonished to stick to the facts.
    • Leo Humphries is easily the most detestable character in the entire series. He is an arrogant bastard who raped three women in the past, forced his "best friend" to commit rape, and then tried to frame an innocent man for his crimes. He cruelly gloats about how empowered rape makes him feel without caring the slightest bit about all the lives he ruined to achieve this pleasure. Overall, he is horrible enough to make characters like Joe Miller tolerable in comparison.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The McClay family from "Family", consisting of Tara's father and brother, are an allegory for homophobic families and abuse against their gay children, using Tara's magic as a substitute. The Maclay's claim to have Tara's best interests in heart and want to take her back home, revealing to have emotionally manipulated her with the lies that she is a demon waiting to awake. It's revealed that this is a lie the men of the family spread to the women to control them and treat them as slaves. When Tara's brother threatens to beat her down, Buffy and her friends stand up for Tara to her family and expose their lie. While Tara's cousin, Beth, seems sympathetic, she sees Tara as a "selfish bitch" for wanting to live a free life, angrily asking if she's "happy now" when the lie is exposed.
    • In his numerous appearances, D'Hoffryn seems to be a tough but fair father figure to Anya. As the leader of the Vengeance Demons, he seems to extend this to his other girls, but season seven shows his true colors by releasing Anya from her demon powers, disowning her for leaving him and kills one of her friends to punish her, before sending demons to kill her out of spite. Becoming the Big Bad of the season ten comics, D'Hoffryn kills fellow council members in a plan to take control of magic and creates Anya's Ghost that is still loyal to him. He claims to be upset that Anya's friends took her away from them, but they shoot down his claims by stating he thought he owned her. D'Hoffryn orders Anya to kill Xander, before killing her when she turns against him as well. The other Vengeance demons abandon him when they see how selfish he is, and when about to be killed, cowardly tries to swindle his way out to Buffy and her friends.
  • Carrusel: Maria Joaquina Villasenor and Jorge del Salto are given many more negative traits than the rest of the students combined. Yet neither one of them is a sociopath. Maria Joaquina's greatest crime seems to be not returning Cirilo's love. In fact, somebody even lampshades that while she may be conceited at times, she is not cruel. Jorge is a big more selfish and haughty, but he genuinely thought he was doing the right thing. He is even portrayed as being wrong simply because he wanted to read instead of playing with the other boys in the class.
  • Charité at War: Professor de Crinis is a homophobic, racist, arrogant, system-loyal Nazi bully with a disgustingly self-satisfied attitude and no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He defames an injured soldier, gives homosexuals a choice between concentration camp and castration, and generally thinks "substandard" people should be sterilized or, better yet, euthanized.
  • Chernobyl: Anatoly Dyatlov, the Deputy Chief Engineer who was running the safety test that caused the reactor to explode, is one of these in universe. He verbally and physically bullies his subordinates into carrying out the safety test despite the fact that they weren't trained for it and don't understand the instructions left for them. After the accident he refuses to accept how bad the situation is and accuses anyone who tries to tell him otherwise of lying, despite having seen graphite from the core with his own eyes. Absolutely nobody has anything good to say about him and he quickly becomes The Scapegoat for the whole accident. This ends up being deconstructed in the final episode when he, and the other plant managers, are on trial. Valery Legasov points out that while Dyatlov is responsible for many of the things that happened, the hatred being focused on him is distracting people from the systemic lies and governmental cover ups that also contributed to the accident.
  • Cold Case loves this trope. Virtually any episode with a Sympathetic Murderer will also have a secondary villain who is genuinely scum, and as the investigation proceeds it's typically revealed that they've committed a (non-murder) crime, too, enabling the cops to throw the book at them. Examples include...
  • Coronation Street uses this trope egregiously and they usually wind up being a Karma Houdini. Examples include:
    • Faye's schoolyard bullies.
    • Bethany's schoolyard bullies.
    • The thugs who continously harassed Roy.
    • Callum Logan, Kylie's worthless, abusive scumbag ex and biological father of Max and Harry.
    • Local criminal, Serial Killer and all around bad guy Pat Phelan.
    • Grace Piper, Faye's "friend".
    • Kirstie Soames, Tyrone's ex and mother of Ruby.
  • CSI:
    • "Go to Hell": The Jerkass cop in the subplot, who - when "attacked" by a desperate homeless man trying to be arrested for food and shelter in jail, a ploy said cop was wise to - instead handcuffed him and left him to starve to death. A disgusted Sara even gives the cop a "The Reason You Suck" Speech for being too much of a Smug Snake to just "fall for" the poor guy's ploy and indirectly save his life.
    • CSI: Miami: The victim of the week from "Stoned Cold" was an absolutely vile Alpha Bitch who used her power to make other students' lives living hell when she felt they had "offended" her, or simply because she enjoyed it. Her offenses included: calling a girl "Piggy" and leaving bacon in her locker because that girl wouldn't give her test answers, spreading rumors about another girl having herpes because she and that girl liked the same boy, humiliating another boy in front of the entire school to the point that he attempted suicide, coercing a third girl into having sex with three boys and then calling her a "skank", and many more. Even when dozens of students complained about her, the principal still couldn't punish her because her wealthy parents threatened to sue if he did. Her death came at the hands of her victims' parents, who kidnapped her, tied her to a touchdown pole, forced her to listen to their children's confessions to the school psychiatrist about her, and then when she continued to mock their children to their faces, calling them "losers", they stoned her to death.
  • The Day of the Triffids: The token human bad guy Torrence is clearly intended as this. The Triffids are scary man-eating plants, but are unlikely to attract the audience's hatred. Throughout the entire crisis Torrence keeps showing himself as a Dirty Coward, power-hungry, deceitful, and egomaniacal, to the point where he's possibly a bigger threat to the heroes' survival than the actual monsters.
  • Deadly Class: Brandy Lynn, a cheerleader who is also the leader of the neo-Confederate and neo-Nazi clique. She combines all the usual traits of Alpha Bitch characters with blatant, explicit racism, and she openly fantasizes about the other ethnic gang cliques killing each other off so that only the white students will remain.
  • The Defenders (2017):
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Enemy of the World": Salamander is an outright villain, but it's hard not to admire his style and audacity. His deputy Benik, on the other hand, is a thoroughly sadistic, cowardly and contemptible little man.
    • In "Genesis of the Daleks", Davros is truly terrifying, but at least he's kind of fun. Not so for Nyder, his repugnant, emotionless right-hand man.
    • Madame Kovarian is one of the main figures of the Silence movement. Kidnapping a pregnant Amy Pond, Kovarian has her daughter Melody taken away from her to be trained into a weapon to kill the Doctor. When the first attempt on the Doctor's life fails, Kovarian tracks down a reformed Melody - now going by the name River Song - and traps her in an astronaut suit to force her to kill the Doctor. In an Alternate Timeline where River never shot the Doctor, Kovarian is betrayed by the Silence and begs Amy to save her. Amy instead recalls all the terrible things she put her and her family through before letting the Silence kill her. Despite her ultimately well-intentioned goal of preventing the Time War's return, Kovarian's cruelty, arrogance and cowardice make it unlikely for the audience to feel anything but contempt for her.
    • Gibbis, that annoying rat-man from "The God Complex". After the initial humour of his planet of origin, he let go of Howard to be eaten by the Minotaur. And they were so close to finding out who he was. Many people could have been spared if not for Gibbis.
    • "Arachnids in the UK": Corrupt Corporate Executive Jack Robertson is a Bad Boss and Dirty Coward who will happily throw even people loyal to him under the bus to save himself, and is ultimately responsible for all of the deaths related to the spiders because his shady business practices created them in the first place.
      • Robertson reappears in "Revolution of the Daleks", wherein he steals a dead Dalek's armor (possibly killing a delivery courier in the process) in order to manufacture an fleet of drones designed to crush political dissent and brutalise protestors. When the drones are revealed to be sentient and hostile, he tries to sell out the human race to save his own skin. To cap it all off, when the invasion is eventually defeated, Robertson manages to spin the media narrative to claim that he is responsible for saving the Earth, using the resultant reputation-boost to run for president.
  • Emergency! had a few of these in various episodes, due to rarely having any real antagonists very often. The most obvious one was Craig Brice in season 6. He was written to be annoying, anal, perfectionist, self-righteous, and an overall jerk. In other words, to make the viewers yell "get Johnny well and back on the job please?"
  • ER, as a medical show, rarely had outright villains, the closest it came being the occasional Asshole Victim patient and the largely nameless and faceless terrorists seen in the Doctors Without Borders arc. Instead, the show offered plenty of dislikable doctors to direct viewer ire, often of the Obstructive Bureaucrat type. Kerry Weaver in season 2 was the first, being the unexpected new Chief Resident from another hospital that all the staff hate. Upon her Promotion to Opening Titles, however, Kerry received many more sympathetic traits, and the baton was passed to Ellis West (played by many-time villain actor Clancy Brown), an extremely slimy pharmaceutical exec who is more or less Kerry without a single decent trait. When she stands up to him, you're rooting for her. After him, the Jerkass, cavalier Chief of Surgery Robert Romano took over until he too got Character Development, and the show never really settled on one Hate Sink after that.
  • Every Witch Way: Principal Torres, the first seasons Big Bad is a homicidal Wicked Witch and former Chosen One who desires her power back. Nary and episode went by where she isn't antagonizing or threatening the protagonists, while everyone who knows of her speaks of her in contempt or fear. Notable deeds include kidnapping numerous students (along with their families) by turning them into frogs; trying to corrupt Maddie, and traumatizing her when she think as she killed Emma; and season three reveals she murdered Mia's parents, and is implied to be behind the Kanay's genocide.
  • Joey Caruso in Everybody Hates Chris. His role in the show is that he's a ruthless bully who spews out racial slurs towards the titular Butt-Monkey and beats him up regularly, not to mention he does other things to get Chris in trouble, such as stealing his clothes on picture day, selling his father's Playboy magazine, and making him fail his project. It's clear that Caruso is not a character anyone should like.
  • Fawlty Towers:
  • The Flash (2014):
    Ralph: (to Iris while posing as Shinik): You need to hurry! This guy is such a dick, I have to keep thinking super douchey thoughts just to keep the face on.
  • FPJ's Ang Probinsyano: Corrupt, lazy, greedy, cheapskate, egotistical, narcissistic, and massive Hypocrite Barangay Kapitan/Captain (later Konsehala/Councilor) Gina Magtanggol, created as a Foil to Cardo's grandmother, retired Barangay Captain Flora "Lola Kap" de Leon. Aside from those aforementioned vices she's also guilty for harassment, breaking and entering, slander, attempted corruption of minors, all directed at Dalisay's family and friends (and now food poisoning as well to an innocent customer of the "Flora's Garden" eatery, again to publicly humiliate the protagonists). And she's a notorious Karma Houdini who eventually cheats her way into the Councilor position in spite of her glaring flaws. She also escapes retribution several times only because characters who planned to investigate her wrongdoings were written into other more important storylines, and forgotten, numerous times. Even after Cardo's group Vendetta is given a presidential pardon, Gina's group insist on Bullying the Dragon and do not cease on the harassments; the only reason Task Force Agila (basically Vendetta under a new name and on the side of the law, with presidential backing) don't bother with Gina's antics is because they have bigger crimes to solve. And Gina takes offense that she is not considered a mastermind worth Agila's time. And she has somehow lasted longer than any other, more competent, more interesting villains in the series because she's supposed to be a comic relief character, whose antics are more on the cringeworthy than actually hilarious. There were attempts to change her for the better and just when it seems that it does, she eventually goes back to her usual self as if any attempt to change her never happened. The most egregious example is when Lola Flora's family was ambushed by Lucas Cabrerra's private army, who was sent to kill Cardo's family in retaliation for his son's death. The shootout ended in the death of Makmak and Gina was saddened when she heard the news and admitted that even Flora doesn't deserve this. But after the end of the Vendetta arc, she returns to her usual self and kicks Flora's family out of their home. It's hard to tell whether or not Gina will actually change for the better when every attempt becomes all for naught.
    • There is also Kapitan/Captain Bartolome "Bart" C Bulaan. Take everything described with Gina above and apply it to Bart, possibly multiplying that tenfold. He was the one who forced Cardo's family to leave their home and move out and has been doing his fair share of harassing Cardo's family, sometimes in Gina's stead. However, he has shown to be even more corrupt than Gina, as he threatens to harm Alyana if he doesn't win the Barangay Kapitan elections. Sure enough, he loses and goes through with his threat, hiring mercenaries to shoot Alyana at her acceptance speech. He was willing to resort to murder instead of accepting his loss. Gina may be like Bart in many ways, but at least she's not willing to go too far and resort to murder. And to prove that Bart is worse than Gina, he remain adamant about his murder plan, shutting down every attempt of Gina to dissuade him.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has a number of very dislikable antagonists over its run, but one that really takes the cake is Judge Carl Robertson, the antagonist of the political campaign arc of Season 3. Robertson used to be the mentor to Uncle Phil who got Phil to where he is today, but once he was running against Phil for District Court Judge, Robertson has no qualms about pulling every dirty trick in the book to discredit and slander his former pupil and gleefully rubs it in the Banks' faces (indeed, his entire campaign seems to be entirely be based on slamming the opposition and little about what he stands for). Additionally, he is a Dirty Old Man with with an annoying and abrasive personality who constantly surrounds himself with women in skimpy clothes and has been stated to once issue a conviction in order to date the hot prosecutor rather than serve justice. Tellingly, when Robertson ends up having a fatal heart attack after Will finally tells him off, nobody misses him (one man says he's only at Robertson's funeral to make sure the judge is actually dead and the entire crowd even applauds for Will when Will admits to feeling responsible for Robertson's death (again, at Robertson's funeral)) and chances are the viewers won't either.
    • A close second has to be Will's father Lou. If him running out on his wife and son when Will was four years old doesn't make you hate him then his lone appearance in season 4 will. Lou shows up out of nowhere at Will's college, spends several days bonding with Will and even makes plans to take him on a trip across the USA. Then, right before they're about to leave, Lou arrives at the house with a (pretty flimsy) story about a new job that he just can't turn down which means he can't go on the trip with Will. To make matters worse he tries to duck out of telling Will this himself and attempts to pass the buck onto Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv. Phil and Viv won't have any part of it and furiously chew him out for abandoning his son again. Will is able to speak to Lou one last time before he leaves and coldly bids him farewell. If the audience had any lingering sympathy for Lou it's destroyed by Will's furious rant about how Lou was never there for him which ends with him breaking down in tears and asking Phil "How come he don't want me, man?"
  • One episode of Get Krack!n has the Kates press-ganged by the studios into taking on a male co-host by the name of Brendan O'Hara. As soon as he gets on-screen, Brendan does everything he can to upstage the Kates, acting in an incredibly sexist and unprofessional manner all the while claiming to be an expert on women's issues. At no point does the audience get any mirth out of this douche, with his repulsiveness only growing with every passing second.
  • The Gifted: Roderick Campbell of Trask Industries is the most irredeemably soulless character the series has seen yet, seeing absolutely no method too low, including blackmail, experimenting on mutants, labeling them animals, and brainwashing them into hunting other mutants. His methods even make then Sentinel Service Agent Jace Turner uneasy. His cruelty comes into full focus when he kills Dreamer just to get the Strucker siblings to cooperate for his experiment, and when he is nearly caught by Blink, Thunderbird, and Eclipse at an anti-mutant summit, he uses a child as a human shield in the middle of a crowd of children to escape. Suffice it to say that as much as Polaris' destruction of the charter plane he was on, which included innocents, marked the beginning of her Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, no tears were shed for his demise.
  • The Good Doctor:
    • Shaun Murphy's father. He is hated for his abusive behaviour towards Shaun and the scene where he is most despised for was when it was revealed that when Shaun was a child, his father killed his pet rabbit by grabbing it out of Shaun's hands and throwing it hard against the wall. This convinced Shaun and his brother Steve to run away from home.
      • In the season three episode, "Friends and Family," Shaun retruns to his hometown to see his father, who is dying of cancer. Even on his deathbed, the father is still a horrible person as when Shaun says that he forgives him for the way he treated him, the father replies by calling Shaun weak and blaming him for Steve's death.
    • The shooter who tried to rob the grocery store in the episode "Apple". He is shown to be a utterly despicable man as he caused Shaun to get stressed out by pointing a gun at him and demanding his wallet, which causes him to collapse under pressure. He also shot a 20 year old woman in the abdomen during the robbery, which endangered her life and caused her to lose her spleen. Not only is he shown to have a huge disregard for life but he was also shown to be a practicing Neo-Nazi and one heck of a racist Jerkass towards the nurses who were taking care of him. It was satisfying to see this guy get clubbed in the face with a baseball bat by the store cashier.
  • The Good Place:
    • Tahani's whole family. Her parents were stuck-up snobs who played favorites with their kids to the worst degree and her sister Kamilah was a similarly stuck-up jerkass who never once tried to help Tahani, leaving Tahani horribly insecure and desperate for their approval (which tainted the good deeds she committed in her life, landing her in the Bad Place).
    • Eleanor's parents Doug and Donna. They're trashy, stupid, selfish and were horribly Abusive Parents towards their daughter, which left her with a deeply cynical and self-serving outlook that only began to improve after she died and realized there was indeed an afterlife that kept track of every bad deed she had committed.
    • Trevor, a literal demon from The Bad Place. He spends every single moment he's onscreen being rude, crude, petty, and evil, and he's intensely misogynistic to boot. He has no redeeming qualities whatsoever; his sole purpose is to be loathed both in and out of universe.
  • Freddie Lounds in Hannibal is an Intrepid Reporter who runs a tabloid news site that cashes in on the FBI's investigations and constantly leaks what should be confidential information. That's not including her abhorrent treatment towards Will Graham, whom she publishes articles on, saying she believes he is a psychopath and potential killer himself. In the second season, Freddie arguably becomes a more layered character, and the Hate Sink baton is passed to sociopath meat packing heir Mason Verger.
  • The Haunting Hour: Jake Skinner, the Arc Villain of The Dead Bodies duology makes a deal with Will to help with his bullies by Mind Raping one, and doing something to the other that isn't elaborated on. In return Will had to save Jake from his fiery death in the past; in doing so, Jake lets Will burn to death and become a ghost in his place, wooing over his crush Anna, knowingly mocking Will as he looks on. Jake became such a hated villain, that it's sequel episode was written to give the arc a more satisfying conclusion; in it, The Grim Reaper plans to take Jake for cheating death, causing him to slowly decay. Jake plans on killing Anna so he can draw more life out of her, and Will resurrects to take the fight to Jake himself. This ends with Jake being Dragged Off to Hell and Will getting his life back.
  • Heroes: While previous seasonal Big Bads Daniel Linderman and Adam Monroe were both Well-Intentioned Extremist types, the same cannot be said for Season 3's Big Bad Arthur Petrelli. A smug, overpowered Archnemesis Dad whose introduction to the show was a massive Make Way for the New Villains train that killed off several more interesting characters, Arthur then proceeded to sit around and mostly just spot generic Nietzschean platitudes, getting up only to Kick the Dog to keep the plot moving. While the previously mentioned Big Bads were mourned by fans (and both eventually found their way back into the show via flashbacks and dream scenes) no one shed a tear for Arthur when Sylar killed him and he never again appeared in any form.
  • How I Met Your Mother typically has these in the form of domestic abusers. Let's just say that if the sexes were reversed, this would make for a MUCH darker comedy.
    • Barney Stinson's first girlfriend Shannon cheated on him with an obnoxious sugar-daddy purely because he bought her stuff. This ended up having a serious long-term effect on his psyche, causing Barney to develop an irrational fear of ever settling down with another woman. While projecting his issues on the entire female gender may be a bit extreme, it's nonetheless understandable when you see where Barney came from and how hard he fell.
    • Ted's on-and-off girlfriend Karen is a nightmare. She cheats on him repeatedly and has a holier-than-thou attitude towards both Ted and his friends.
    • Zoey Pierson, Ted's main love interest in Season 6. Their relationship starts out rocky to say the least, as Ted was tasked with replacing the building that Zoey was protesting for. After a while they manage to put aside their differences and become a real couple...or so it seems. Zoey spends most of the relationship treating Ted like he's inferior, even physically hurting him during sex while disregarding Ted's feelings on the matter. Ted only puts up with this due to his fear of loneliness. Zoey is also insufferably vain, refusing to admit that the building she's defending is in fact not up to code even when she spends an unpleasant night in it. While she gets a fair amount of dimension showcasing her as a tragic figure, none of that excuses her emotionally abusive treatment of Ted.
    • Karen and Zoey pale in comparison to Ted's penultimate girlfriend Jeanette. She's a violent stalker that forces Ted to let her live with him and destroys his belongings on a whim.
  • How to Get Away with Murder has Emily Sinclair. Any of her positive qualities gets brought down by how self-righteous and smug she is. From resorting to blackmail (and not as a last resort), to planting illegal bugs in a suspect's home, to eagerly baiting people by pushing their berserk buttons (especially Asher's), and her consistent self-satisfied smirk, she's the easiest character to hate on the show.
  • Holby City zig-zags this trope:
  • Horatio Hornblower: Midshipman Jack Simpson is a snivelling coward, a sadistic bully, an apathetic, lazy leader and an attempted murderer. Simpson is scum, pure and simple. However, true to the trope, viewers love to hate him. He's a compelling villain.
  • ICarly:
  • JAG: In "Mishap", Captain Ingles acts as this, by charging Lt. Skates for culpability in an air accident and impeding Harm’s subsequent request for documents in Skates’ defense. It turns out she was not doing anything wrong; but rather that the crew was overworked and underfunded (lack of manpower, lack of spare parts etc.), and Ingles didn’t act maliciously or with any hidden motives other than to maintain his prerogative of command and unit cohesion.
  • Justified:
    • Season 4 lacked a genuine Big Bad in the vein of previous villains like Bo Crowder, Mags Bennett, and Robert Quarles, focusing instead on Raylan and Boyd competing to capture fugitive Drew Thompson. Unfortunately, this meant that Boyd and Wynn Duffy, two of the most popular and well-liked characters ended up in the antagonist role for the season. In order to save them from the audience's hate (and prevent them from looking incompetent) the writers created Nicky Augustine, a mobster from Detroit who arrives in town also searching for Drew. He's not really any more evil than Boyd or Wynn, but where they are Affably Evil Punch Clock Villains, Augustine is a smirking Smug Snake with the maturity level of a schoolyard bully. By the time he's had Boyd and Constable Bob beaten, come onto Ava after demanding to know how many people she's blown to get where she is, betrayed Johnny to Boyd, attacked Raylan's family, and tried to betray Sammy Tonin (while disregarding the advice of his right-hand man, the Affably Evil Mr. Picker) it's impossible to not want him dead.
    • Clover Hiller leader Lee Paxton takes the role in the early part of Season 5. Again, while he's no more evil than Boyd (and in fact has a far shorter rapsheet), he's characterized as a crass, misogynistic, classist jackass, whom the audience can direct all their loathing at.
  • Kirby Buckets: The show’s two most recurring antagonists, Dawn and Principal Mitchell, hardly qualify for this trope, as the former is a Jerkass Woobie and the latter a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Then who can the audience hate instead? Enter Mandy McDaniels, an Alpha Bitch with no redeeming qualities. Mandy's only role on the show is to bully Dawn and Belinda, is considerably crueler to them than Dawn has ever been to Kirby or vice versa, and does not have any of the sympathetic characteristics Dawn has. In fact, even Kirby is disgusted at the way Mandy treats Dawn.
  • On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, most culprits are outright villains, guilty of rape, murder, child molestation, and many other especially heinous offenses. And then there's Ken Turner (played completely against type by John Stamos) from the episode "Bang," who manages to be one of the most despicable people ever seen on the show despite technically not doing a single thing prosecutable under the law. Profiled as a "reproductive abuser," he's a Handsome Lech Con Man who has a fetish for seducing women, getting them pregnant, and then abandoning them, and has fathered nearly thirty children this way. He gloats that he's a modern successor to the great kings of old such as Montezuma who had massive numbers of consorts and children, and doesn't relent even when all his victims gather at the police station to call him out, including the mother of one woman who killed her child and then herself after Ken abandoned her - Ken's reaction to meeting her is simply to remark that he doesn't recognize her because she's far too old and ugly to have been one of his conquests. The detectives are horrified to discover that his actions are technically completely legal - New York has no law to prosecute nonconsensual pregnancy as long as the sex was consensual. The episode ends with a rape counselor who had been assisting the investigation brutally stabbing Ken to death and calmly surrendering to the police. Nobody cares.
  • Lost excels at introducing characters who seem completely unlikable at first, only to reveal that they're more complex than they seem at first glance. However, there are two big exceptions to this rule: Anthony Cooper and Martin Keamy. Each of these characters only appears in a handful of episodes, yet manage to come off as more evil than any of the show's main villains. The writers have stated that Keamy in particular was a deliberate attempt at creating a character with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • Lou Avery, Don Draper's replacement at SC&P in the final season of Mad Men, is pretty much the anti-Don - a racist, sexist, incompetent asshole who's sucking all the fun out of the Creative department. This is almost certainly intentional, as he represents the problems besetting the company in the wake of their decision to put Don on leave and send Pete and Ted off to California, effectively leaving the New York office in the hands of a bunch of old white men.
  • The Mandalorian: Valin Hess makes the most of his meager screentime by establishing himself as one of the most vile Imperials in the franchise. When Mando and Mayfeld are forced to chat with him while infiltrating an Imperial base, Valin is shown to be a total slimeball who is smug and uncaring towards the lives of the people victimized by the Empire and the men who died under his command, and gleefully admits to wanting to repeat the atrocity that killed many of Mayfeld's military buddies on a grander scale. His callousness towards the deaths of his men and joyful declaration that people want to be crushed under the boot of the Empire's tyrannical rule eventually pisses Mayfeld off to the point that he snaps and guns him down in the middle of a toast.
  • The Middle: Don Ehlert is the owner of Ehlert Motors and a greedy and very unscrupulous businessman. He constantly exhibited sexist and racist behaviors, constantly made Francis "Frankie" Heck's life difficult when she worked for him and encouraged employees to sell to people who were drunk because they'd be easy to take advantage of. By the time Ehlert made his final appearance in the series, his business seemed to be failing and no one cared about or appreciated his attempts to try to force interest in advertising it anymore.
  • Gil Thorpe from Modern Family He's a Jerkass who constantly belittles Phil, and even his dad and son are jerks. When Claire got a job offer from him in one episode, she quit after one day because of how much a tool he was. In his last appearance, after coming out as gay, Mitchell attempts to help him with his newfound sexuality, but is disgusted after spending a few minutes with him, and even tells Phil he has no redeeming qualities.
  • Night and Day's Frankie Radcliffe is probably better placed here than as The Scrappy, since she was clearly written to be tough to like, having spent most of the show's run self-righteously berating father Will and anyone else who'd indulge her for having the temerity to be sexually active, culminating in the foundation of the Virgin Army - a militant hyperfeminist sect dedicated to misandry and book-burning. In truth though, even Frankie was a relatively complex character as far as soap opera goes, and it's easy to sympathise with her when you see her tearfully clutching her stuffed panda; she's simply a young girl who's absolutely terrified of losing her dad, and of growing up.
  • Xavier and Xena from Odd Squad. They are part of the Task Force department, whose job is to make sure the eponymous organization's precincts are following the rules, and are sent by the Big O to Precinct 13579 in particular, but they are far more villainous than they are heroic. Their debut episode, "Xs and Os", has them accusing the precinct's agents of going over their allotted budget by $100, leading Olympia and Otis to go to various departments and ask agents to cut down on various things in order to save money. While they do manage to bring down their spending, the cutbacks have disastrous effects on agents — Ocean's creatures escape due to him being in too much pain to care for them properly, Oona can't repair gadgets due to being busy with pedaling a stationary bike in order to generate enough electricity for the lab, Ms. O becomes a Technically Living Zombie suffering from severe juice withdrawal, and Headquarters begins to fall to shambles because Olo, working in the Glue department, was forced to cut back on glue. It's soon revealed that the X's themselves were the cause of the overspending, and once Xavier agrees to sell his pen cap worth $100, everything returns to normal. Subsequent appearances show that they care very little for other agents, and their final appearance in "Odds and Ends" shows them succeeding in kicking Otis (and Ms. O) off of Odd Squad, becoming Karma Houdinis and never getting their comeuppances. To make matters worse, other Task Force agents, such as Xuxa and Xeno, are seen being far more kind.
  • Person of Interest:
  • Persons Unknown: We don't know who's behind the kidnappings of our main cast, but Bill Blackham, played by Sean O'Bryan, seems to be a repository for all the negative reactions one could have to being kidnapped and placed in a ghost town. Everything he does is selfish or irrational, especially his forcing Janet's gas mask away from her (which backfires), trying to rape Tori, and blackmailing Charlie when he finds out about Charlie's possible Mercy Kill / serial killing of his wife.
  • The Plot Against America: Main villains Charles Lindbergh, Rabbi Bengelsdorf and Evelyn are all AntiVillains who seem more misguided than evil. Henry Ford, however, embodies the festering antisemitism in American society. When he meets Bengelsdorf and Evelyn at a government gala, he snaps an antisemitic slur and then and walks away. He later twists Bengelsdorf's ill-conceived Americanization plan for the Jewish community into an outright weapon against them, leaving the rabbi aghast.
  • The Punisher (2017):
    • William J. Rawlins III, also known as "Agent Orange", is the main antagonist of season 1. He mistreats and abuses his own men, ordered Frank's family massacred out of petty revenge for his own humiliation at the hands of the former, and gets off on torturing people with his bare hands. When even Billy Russo hates your guts, you know you're a bastard.
    • Arthur Walsh is a former worker at the Ray of Hope group home, he molested the boys until he was arrested and had a stint in Sing-Sing. When confronted by former victim Billy Russo, insists that he was a good caretaker, who "loved you kids" and that they were "happy to love me back". He blames the boy who reported Walsh's abuse for his current circumstances. He also mocks Russo for the time that he broke his arm for defending himself, and makes racist comments when asking about Russo's scars. Billy Russo is pushed over the edge and stabs Walsh with a plunger, and when Frank Castle finds out, he is glad he is dead.
  • Sam & Cat:
    • Alexa Biggly from "#BabysittingCommercial" is the original owner of Dice's dog Opee, but it becomes clear as the episode continues that she does not care for the dog and just wants him back to continue her win streak for a dog dancing competition. Her rude and smug behavior (including telling the cast to watch her win the competition if they can afford cable), along with the implication that she plans to abuse Opee upon getting him back for running away, does not endear her to the main cast at all. After Sam and Cat give Alexa an identical but dangerous dog to trick her into thinking they handed over Opee, they all tune in to the live screening of the dog dancing competition to see her get mauled.
    • Jepson from "#Lumpatious" is a bully that everyone in the neighborhood, even his own brother Lucas, hates. And with his smug attitude and general Jerkassery, it's not hard to see why. After Sam and Cat win a bet with him (with the loss condition Jepson set up for them being to drink his sweat), they have Jepson stand in public in a bikini, and Lucas gets a bunch of bikers to beat him up.
  • Scream: The TV Series:
    • Haley Myers mercilessly antagonizes the survivors of Piper's massacre on a regular basis. Haley is introduced having her current beau prank Audrey by dressing as Ghostface; she later blames Emma for a new spate of deaths in Lakewood. Taking her antagonism further after Emma slaps her, Haley arranges for a Ghostface party with the seeming help of Ghostface themselves, who kills her for his own purposes.
    • Kieran Wilcox poses as Emma's caring boyfriend while gaslighting her and her friends and turning them against each other while targeting them as Ghostface, having been the previous killer's accomplice. Ghostface also torments Noah by abducting him and Zoe after their sexual encounter, killing the latter. Ghostface is also revealed to have tormented his own cousin, Eli, who dies standing up to him. When Emma hears about his brutal murder in the courthouse holding cell, she flippantly says that "he got off easy."
  • Charles Augustus Magnussen from Sherlock. While Moriarty may be far more murderous and involved in acts of terrorism, he is at least Laughably Evil and entertaining, and perhaps mildly sympathetic insofar as he is clearly mentally unstable. Magnussen, though, much like his literary counterpart Charles Augustus Milverton, is flat-out stated by Sherlock to be the worst person he has ever met, a "shark" who preys on peoples' vulnerabilities and blackmails them into letting him exploit and bully them (up to and including sexual assault). A media baron, he claims he is willing to run stories that he can't actually prove in order to ruin a person's life, and even if it puts them and their family in mortal danger. At one point he even had Watson trapped in a fire just to see if Sherlock cared enough about him to save him, though he claimed that he had people ready to save him if he didn't. He is a Dirty Coward who begs for his life when confronted with a killer he tried to blackmail, but smugly threatens to expose and destroy said killer and their family and friends the moment he regains the advantage. In the end, Sherlock decides shooting him is the only way to stop him- which he does after Magnussen was childishly flicking Watson in the face just, again, to show that he can.
  • Most of Smallville's antagonists were either too tragic or too charismatic to really qualify them for Hate Sink status, but Linda Lake fits the bill admirably. An evil Intrepid Reporter who truly believes that It's All About Me, to the point where she ruins lives and commits murder with a shrug and a rancid smirk, Linda made both a literal and figurative splash when she hit the scene in Season 6. Despite drowning a man, spreading Malicious Slander about Clark and Lana, and attempting to murder Chloe with a nail gun, she pulls a Karma Houdini at the episode's end and disappears. Unfortunately for her the Karma Houdini Warranty kicks in when she returns two seasons later, just as evil and now afflicted with a terminal case of Too Dumb to Live. After being apprehended for her crimes this time, she attempts to blackmail Davis Bloome into releasing her, an amazingly bad move as Davis is the unstable alter ego of the season's Big Bad Doomsday. Though killing Linda is arguably his Moral Event Horizon, fans still cheered Davis on for it, just because she was THAT much of an Asshole Victim.
  • Brandon Brindle (and, to a lesser extent his wife & daughter) from Small Wonder. He's the boss of protagonist Ted Lawson, despite being incredibly incompetent and seems to have kept his job due to a combination of stealing Ted's ideas and sucking up like crazy. He always interjects himself into pretty much anything Ted is doing and is cowardly & greedy up the yin yang. Yes, he routinely has bad things happen to him or his plans to screw Ted over to get ahead always backfire but that doesn't make him any less annoying.
  • Ellis from the Season 1 of Smash starts out innocently enough, as Tom's eager assistant, that is until he starts feeling entitled, thinking that Bombshell is his musical, for merely suggesting the idea to Julia and Tom that a Marilyn Monroe musical could be possible. Over time we find out how much of a Manipulative Bastard he really is as he connives his way into becoming Eileen's assistant, and begins pulling strings to get Ivy as the lead. His evil comes full circle, when he angrily confronts Eileen for choosing Karen to be Marilyn over Ivy, right after he smugly boasts that he was the one who poisoned Rebecca after slipping the peanuts, to which she is allergic to, into her drink. Worst of all, outside of getting fired by Eileen and most likely blackballed out of the Theater community, he doesn't really get what's coming to him, like going to jail for attempted murder of a well known celebrity. He becomes so hated, that his only appearance in Season 2, is in Tom's literal Nightmare Fuel, when he begins to feel like he's giving up his soul, and manipulating the business, to ensure that Bombshell is a hit, where he looks into a mirror only to see Ellis grinning evilly back at him in his reflection, only for Tom to wake up in a panic.
  • Sons of Anarchy: Several characters fulfill this trope. All of these characters seem to be added to the series to be hated and/or for the public to applaud when the heroes kill them. After all, if you have a series about brutal vigilantes, you do need to make them look as good as possible:
    • James O'Phelan, a ruthless mobster and terrorist who is involved in gun running. He stands out as one of the few gangsters in the show who has no redeemable traits or sympathetic qualities.
    • The Ghanezi brothers, who made torture and rape porn.
    • Alice Noon is an utterly loathsome woman who made child pornography. She also made Venus' life a living hell. Due to her horrendous actions, she is completely hated in the show, even by a Dirty Cop.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Senator Kinsey. He is arrogant and unpleasant and is very much a Corrupt Politician. Everything he does and say is against our heroes starting with shutting the Stargate program while Alien Invasion is coming and ignoring all warnings from SG-1. Then, he create a shadow group called N.I.D. and tries to take control of the Stargate program. They resort to blackmailing General Hammond and replacing with a Hate Sink and incompetent General Ripper. Other of his schemes involve stolen alien technologies for profit and military use, which all backfire due to misuses.
    • Harry Maybourne fills almost exactly the same roll as Kinsey whenever he appears. Not only does he serve this roll for the audience, but also for the cast, garnering reactions such as: "General Hammond, request permission to beat the crap out of this man" and "You rat bastard!" Though he does manage to get a few slightly redemptive episodes that Kinsey never does.
    • If not for his redeeming qualities seen in the season 9 episode "The Scourge", then in the 5th season of Stargate Atlantis, Richard Woolsey would fall heavily into this territory.
  • Sweet/Vicious: Nate Griffin is the Alpha Dog of Darlington and Kennedy's boyfriend who raped Jules and one other girl before the series. Throughout the series, Nate continues to scare Jules and tries to turn Kennedy against her. Nate refuses to take responsibility and generally seems to believe he did nothing wrong, getting more exasperated the more he's confronted. In a drug-fuelled rant, Nate says that victims deserve to get raped and that he is untouchable.
  • Supernatural: While Zachariah always came across as a condescending prick, he at least seem to be on humanity's side, until he reveals that Heaven had no intention of stopping the Apocalypse. Tasked with convincing Dean Winchester to allow himself to be possessed by the Archangel Michael, Zachariah uses any methods he can to convince Dean to say yes, up to and including torture, even going as far to resurrect his younger half-brother Adam Milligan, making it appear that Heaven is using Adam as substitute vessel for Michael, to lure out Dean. Torturing Sam and Adam in front of Dean, Zachariah boasts of his superiority before he is finally killed.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Choujin Sentai Jetman: This series, particularly Episodes 40 and 41, gives us the awful boss that is Supreme Commander Akira Ichijou. While you can argue that Count Radiguet counts due to being a much bigger scumbag, Radiguet is on the opposing side of the Jetman, except in Enemy Mine situations which are temporary. And while he is indeed a Complete Monster, he still has a cool design and unique personality: enough that you can at least Love to Hate him. You can’t however, love a guy who is supposed to be on the same side as the Jetman, and yet fires and replaces the Jetman for a petty reason. He abuses said replacements to the point of letting them be killed by a monster sabotage, and deletes the test results of the Jetman just to keep his jobs. And all of this is done with no remorse whatsoever, even a willingness to let anyone who isn’t him die.
    • Denji Sentai Megaranger: Action Commander Guirail — other than his devoted service to Javious — is selfish, sadistic, ruthless, and all in all irredeemable. His main trait is to use the most underhanded and cowardly tactics possible to win, even beyond what Dr. Hinelar and his created generals would do. Hinelar and Shibolena tolerated him due to agreeing that in order to defeat the Megaranger, they must do whatever is in their power to do so. Yugande, however, was against him from the very beginning, not willing to trust him at all. His concerns on Guirail are looked over at first, as Hinelar and Shibolena go along with Guirail's schemes for a while (even being fine when he uses children as living shields, which Yugande was outright horrified by). But it all hits the fan when Guirail deceives Yugande into working together, uses him as an unwilling Fusion Dance partner, and to top it all off, uses the same living shield trick with Yugande in a desperate bid to save his own skin. Hinelar is so livid over Yugande's endangerment that he punishes Guirail by tricking him into taking an unstable Nezire Source Capsule that will boost his power exponentially. Guirail thinks he's got off scot-free... until the Capsule starts to take effect, transforming him into a feral, degenerate kaiju that loses all memory of who he once was, screaming and lashing out at anything that moves. And this lasts until the Megarangers finally put him down for good. Serves him right! As Guirail learns the hard way, Hinelar treasures his creations. And anyone outside of his family who endangers him, Shibolena or Yugande will pay the consequences for it.
    • Juken Sentai Gekiranger: Long is an immortal who is so evil that his only reason for manipulating others into being obsessed with destruction and end all life on Earth is to keep himself from being bored. He is responsible from the Face–Heel Turn of Maku & Rio, alongside the disappearance of Jan’s father who is now one of his henchmen.
    • Tensou Sentai Goseiger: The emperor of the Machine Onslaught Empire Matrintis, Robogog of the 10-sai treats his own robots like what he calls low-spec trash for even the slightest screw ups, let his own people drown just for not recognizing his genius, wants to establish a tyranny of fear on the world, and brainwashes the Satanic Archetype Buredoran/Brajira into his trump card. He is more detestable than the previous two arc villains: Mons Drake and Makuin, who show enough redeeming traits to not root completely against and the aformented Brajira, while a monster in a class by himself, is still cool due to his charisma, self-righteous personality, and the fact that him killing Robogog is the one betrayal that was well deserved.
    • Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger: Megabeast Hunter Bangray is an alien rival of Yamato/Zyuoh Eagle who loves to Kick the Dog just to prove Yamato’s philosophy on everything being connected wrong, and his atrocities are more personal and repulsive than the main villain group Deathgaliens, and these guys are all about destroying planets for their leader’s sadistic pleasure as part of a game. Bangray is such a despicable asshole with none of the qualities that make the Deathgaliens interesting to see. (Ginis’s calm, Faux Affably Evil manor, Quval’s somewhat sympathetic motives, Naria’s Undying Loyaly, etc.)
  • Teen Wolf
    • Gerard Argent is the series ultimate villain and the selfish patriarch of the Argent family and werewolf hunters. Gerard kicks things off using his daughters death as an excuse to start a genocide of werewolves in Beacon Hills, regardless of innocence. He has his son kill his wife, and tries to groom his grieving granddaughter into a ruthless huntress to control; as he does with other females in his family. He hypocritically reveals his actual motive to be bitten and become an alpha werewolf himself to cure his cancer, stating he'd kill his own son for his survival. Resurfacing in the final season, Gerard plans to lead a world wide genocidal campaign against all supernaturals, out of revenge against Scott for previously defeating him.
    • Adrian Harris is a Sadist Teacher at Beacon Hills High School, who in addition to signalling out and bullying attitude towards Stiles, is revealed to have told Kate Argent about how to set a house on fire and Make It Look Like an Accident. He knew of her killing the Hale family but didn't come forward to protect his own skin. When his involvement is revealed and he's interrogated by Sheriff Stilinski, Harris spitefully takes it out on Stiles. He was also working with the Darach in season three, so no tears are shed when the latter sacrificially murders him.
    • Tamora Monroe from the sixth season, becomes Gerard's willing and eager protégé, helps lead Gerard's plans to commit genocide against the supernatural. As a guidance counselor, she has students maimed in order to see if they're supernatural, torturing Jackson in front of a crowd, and threatens to shoot up a police station. Her motivations turn out to be petty and spiteful, with it being revealed that she resents the supernaturals because Scott failed to save her from an attack; this despite Scott having no idea or reason to believe she was alive. After Gerard's death, Monroe takes control of the hunters to continue their plans of worldwide genocide.
  • Twin Peaks:
    • Leo Johnson treats his wife Shelly like a slave, complete with physical abuse if he thinks she's giving him attitude. He also cheats on her with schoolgirls and deals drugs. As comeuppance, he spends the first half of the second season getting treated like dirt after going catatonic before suffering a decidedly anti-climactic death.
    • Jacques Renault, for being a Fat Bastard who knowingly solicts sex with schoolgirls while pumping them full of drugs.
    • Richard Horne is the sociopathic son of Audrey and a sleazy drug dealer. Richard establishes himself as a prick by threatening a girl with rape in public. Later after accidentally running over a child, Richard attempts to brutally murder a witness and bribes a cop into deleting evidence. He then brutalises and robs his own grandmother before calling her the c-word. Richard also displays indifference when his boss gets killed by Cooper's doppleganger.
    • Chad Broxford stands out among the rest of the Sherriff's department by being every negative police stereotype you can imagine. His comments about a war veteran committing suicide due to PTSD will make you want to deck him.
  • Twisted!:
    • Vikram Desai, Danny's thought dead father is both the ultimate villain of the series and the one who ruined his families lives and reputations. He was a womanizer not only murdered his sister and framed his son for it to cover up his affairs, he would have Regina killed to once again frame his son upon his release from prison.
    • Throughout the series, we get Teens Are Monsters in the form of school bullies who constantly demonize Danny and torment his friends following Regina's murder. One such instance has them making a disturbing mocumentary about Danny's alleged murder of his aunt, leaking footage of Danny and Lacey having sex to the school. The worse of the two is Sharita due to her constant cheap shots at Lacey; and Archie Yates who went as far as to poison another teammate to frame Danny.
    • Gloria Crane, Regina's mother, could at first be called a grieving mother out looking for justice over her daughter's murder. One could initially sympathize with her plight and understand her anger toward Danny and his mother, even when she admits she's determined that Danny will take the fall for it. Any such sympathy she could have mustered is shot out the window once it's revealed she knew that not only Vikram was still alive, but has been having an affair with him that she has been trying to cover up, and has knowingly had evidence planted to try to convict Danny and to protect her affair with Vikram.
  • Two and a Half Men has Alan's ex-wife Judith. While most of the other characters on the show are jerks, they either have redeeming traits or are at least entertaining. Judith has no redeeming qualities and is not interesting or entertaining in any way. She's a hateful, manipulative prude who withheld sex from Alan, threw him out, pretended to be a lesbian, took Alan for everything he had in the Divorce Assets Conflict, including alimony and child support that takes such a large bite out of Alan's finances that he has to live with Charlie. She also has custody of Jake on weekdays despite Alan being a far better parent (at least before flanderization kicked in) and continually does whatever petty thing she can to make Alan and Charlie's lives hell. Even when she remarries, she treats Herb badly too. So clearly, Judith is meant to be unlikable from the get-go. But unlike most examples of a Hate Sink, Judith is a Karma Houdini who never faces any punishment for her actions aside from the occasional bruised ego when Alan or Charlie hits her with a Take That!.
  • Tyrant plays with this trope in the third season. In the first half of the season, we're meant to root against Leila Al-Haddad, who's cynically trying to promote herself as a reformer after years of looking the other way on her husband's crimes against human rights. But as the season goes on, and Emma is brutally murdered, Molly becomes the hate sink, as she deals with her grief by engaging in increasingly selfish behavior that more often than not hurts other people.
  • Victorious
    • Ryder Daniels, Tori's boyfriend in Beggin On Your Knees, and serial womanizer who has a bad habit of dating talented girls to get good grades, and dump them when he's done with them. He's done this to several girls, earning a bad rep at the school, and is smugly proud at breaking their hearts; at one point he feigns anxiety and temporarily breaks up with Tori to play with her emotions and get her to win him back.
    • From the iCarly crossover, I Party With Victorious, gives us Steven Carson, a seemingly loving and perfect boyfriend, who is two timing both Tori and Carly. It turns out he was going back and forth between girls, giving them the same gifts and romantic gestures. When both girls find out, they team up to expose him as a cheater over the Internet, making for a cathartic humiliation.
  • The Walking Dead:
    • Gregory the sleazy Hilltop leader is deep in here being both a Dirty Old Man and incompetent leader who gave bad info on Negan when he sent the group to kill him and sycophants the Saviors while attempting to sell out guests who oppose them.
    • Spencer Monroe was this to most people (and cast members). He hated Rick, wanted to be the leader but didn't show any leadership qualities, and tried backstabbing his city's leader to Negan while he wasn't around. Negan wasn't having any of it and gutted him.
    • Jared is a member of Gavin's team, being an arrogant and violent jackass who shows no redeeming qualities, kills Benjamin despite being ordered to kill Richard, and only receives minor punishments for his behavior and actions. After two seasons of Jared being a sadistic Smug Snake, seeing Morgan kick him into a room full of walkers and lock the gate while he pleads for his life as he is devoured is incredibly cathartic.
  • The Wire: Given that the series previously operated under Grey-and-Gray Morality, it became abundantly clear that Marlo Standfield (the Big Bad in seasons 4 and 5), was intended to be hated. This makes sense, as Marlo is cold, ruthless, self-centered and unsophisticated.
  • You (2018) has a murderous stalker as the protagonist, yet he manages to be marginally less repulsive than some of the other characters:
    • Beck's previous boyfriend Benji is as Joe describes: "Everything that is wrong with America". He's over-privileged, vain, pretentious and the way he talks about Beck sounds outright misogynistic. That's all before we find out he got away with manslaughter.
    • Beck's grad school advisor Paul Leahy puts her on the college equivalent of the Casting Couch. When Beck yields, he slut-shames her and threatens to cut her job prospects short. Beck collects several anecdotes from his previous victims and he tries to spin the blame on her again.
    • Peach Salinger is a Rich Bitch who plays up her neuroses to the point where Beck is guilt-tripped into never leaving her side. She goes as far as to get Beck drunk and rope her into a threesome which is clearly an attempt to date-rape her.
    • Joe's neighbour has an abusive boyfriend named Ron. The guy is a violent drunk that doesn't hesitate to berate or even strike his girlfriend's son just to safeguard his sense of masculinity.
    • Dr Nicky is Beck and Joe's therapist. It's revealed that he took advantage of Beck's emotional vulnerability and had an affair with her, abusing his position.


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