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"We were fully prepared to say, 'Yes, [Jax killing him] really happened. He's dead. He's gone.' But Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is about bringing every character back to life, so Hsu Hao is back... much to my dismay."
John Vogel on Hsu Hao's BioKard, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

There are characters that a majority of the fanbase dislike. But it's also possible for a creator to hate a certain character in their own work.


Maybe that character is born out/modified because of an Executive Meddling, maybe the creator realized that they have written the character wrongly, maybe the creator has gotten tired of the character because fans keep asking for more, or maybe the creator is pressed because the character they intended to be unlikable ends up having a lot of fans. Or perhaps the character is simply hard to draw or portray; one can only strain their wrists and vocal chords so many times before they start to resent the cause.

Often, it's a case of the character just came with the work, such as where a creator joined the staff after the character was created. Or maybe the work is an adaptation and the character is too important to the story to be Adapted Out. And, for obvious reasons, The Scrappy probably ends up becoming this in most Fanfics.


This dislike often shows in how the creator handles the character. They might try to keep them as Out of Focus as possible, give them a lot of Character Derailment on purpose, or turn them into a total Butt-Monkey. However, being any of those tropes doesn't necessarily mean that the creator hates them.

The opposite of Creator's Favorite, where a character is well liked by the creator. Not to be confused with Creator's Pet, where a character is loved by a creator but hated by the fans.

See also Unpopular Popular Character, when a character is loathed by in-universe characters but is well liked by the audience.

If this goes for an entire work however, that is instead an Old Shame.

Please only put examples of the creator admitting that they dislike the character.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • After War Gundam X: Olba Frost was hated by his voice actor — apparently, the role even gave him logomanias toward the phrase "Nii-san."
  • Doraemon: An obscure character who only appeared in 5 chapters in the original manga and its on screen adaptation in the now inaccessible 1973 anime was Gatchako, a robotic duck. The character was quickly discontinued by the writers, Fujiko Fujio, as they found the character annoying and unlikable. Since then, Gatchako hasn't appeared in any incarnation of Doraemon since outside of a seconds-long cameo in the 2000s series, due to the current writers for Doraemon wanting to respect the original authors' wishes.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Akira Toriyama admitted that "I'm really not fond of Chi-Chi as a character" and he didn't enjoy drawing the character in a TV anime guide's interview with him and animator Nakatsuru.
    • To a lesser extent, Cell was this for both Toriyama and Toei's animators. Not because of his personality, but because his different forms' designs were all more intricate than any other character, with the spots on his exoskeleton being noted as a particular pain to keep drawing.
    • Vic Mignogna, Broly's former dub actor, has admitted that he doesn't like the strain on his vocal cords playing the character entails. He does seem to have warmed up to the character later down the line, given his frequent reprises of the role in the 2010 video games, and in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Broly's Japanese voice actor, Bin Shimada, has expressed similar concerns.
  • In the anime version of Elfen Lied, the character of Nozomi didn't appear at all because the director of the anime hated her, even going as far as to say that it wouldn't make any difference whether or not she was present.
  • Kouta Hirano considers Zorin Blitz his least favorite character in Hellsing. By his account, he found she had very little personality outside of being a brutal villain, and her design was a huge pain in the ass to draw due to her detailed tattoos (his assistants reportedly joked about being Driven to Suicide), but also didn't look appealing. Her Cruel and Unusual Death (having her tattooed face slammed against a wall and scraped into a bloody smear, after which she's dismissed as a miserable failure by her bosses) was reportedly revenge for all the trouble he'd had writing her.
  • In the commentary track for the Patlabor: Early Days OVAs, director Mamoru Oshii spends most of the second episodes' track talking about his hatred of Kanuka Clancy, saying she added nothing to the narrative or Team SV2's group dynamics. He even ends it with a statement to the effect "It pains me to even look at her". Despite this, he still gave Kanuka major roles in some of the episodes he wrote for the TV series.
  • In The Rising of the Shield Hero, Malty's English voice actress, Faye Mata, hated doing her voice since she shares the fanbase's reaction to the character.
  • While working on Sailor Moon, director Kunihiko Ikuhara had an infamously lukewarm stance towards Usagi's Love Interest, Mamoru, which coincidentally coincided with a downplayed role in the story, despite heavily tying the character's backstory into the series' first film. Ikuhara later clarified he was simply not a fan of the archetypal hyper-idealized prince-like boyfriend that was so common in shoujo, an opinion that would become directly explored later in Revolutionary Girl Utena.
    • Naoko Takeuchi is said to have HATED the Sailor Starlights in "Sailor Stars" as she felt like they were dramatically changed for the worse from the original Manga and it was rumored that her dislike of them was the main reason why "Stars" wasn't dubbed into English by Cloverway and wouldn't get a proper English dub until nearly two decades later when VIZ Media made their own dub.
  • In the afterword for solanin: an epilogue, Inio Asano says that he avoided thinking about Taneda's actions too much when writing solanin but now dislikes him for his careless, leave-everything-to-chance attitude.

    Comic Books 
  • The Avengers:
    • Roy Thomas didn't care for Quicksilver, which is why he wrote the character out of the book twice. Thomas apparently wasn't the only one who felt this way, as there was an internal company memo from 1972 that ranked the various Marvel heroes in order of importance, with Quicksilver coming in dead last among the Avengers.
    • Editor Mark Gruenwald rather infamously disliked that Roger Stern made Monica Rambeau, then known as Captain Marvel (a character Stern had created during his time writing The Amazing Spider-Man, whose arc in Avengers followed her growth from rookie to veteran), the team leader of The Avengers over the established Captain America, whose book Gruenwald was writing at the time. He pushed Stern to reverse the decision, and although Stern was prepared to do it, he pushed back against the Unfortunate Implications of Gruenwald's instructions that Monica had to be shown screwing up as leader and then acknowledging Cap as a better choice to lead the team, and Gruenwald responded by having Stern removed from the book. Much later on, under the same editor, she was also stripped of the title Captain Marvel, with Rambeau "willingly" giving the title to Mar-Vell's biological son Genis-Vell.
  • Black Canary often gets this with Green Arrow writers, with Judd Winnick and Andrew Kreisberg being the biggest offenders (the latter of whom helped continue it on Arrow listed below), and have both admitted to this. Part of it seems to be that Black Canary, in-universe, is a much bigger badass than Oliver himself, so she would naturally steal the spotlight and leave the title character Overshadowed by Awesome if not nerfed and mistreated. At one point, Oliver went through a huge training regimen just so they could claim he was a better fighter than her (which required ignoring just how extensive her training is), while her own skills were by contrast under-used and treated her as nothing more than a damsel at times, even when they were supposed to be co-headliners (at the time, the book being titled Green Arrow/Black Canary). As Black Canary is an independantly popular character in her own right, possibly moreso than Green Arrow himself, understandably fans of her character don't tend to appreciate this tenure.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The writers of the comic grew to dislike Kennedy as much as the audience did, splitting her and Willow up, then reducing her to a Butt-Monkey even the rest of the cast couldn't stand. This is despite Joss Whedon's apparent and notorious undying love for the character.
  • Dan DiDio: The former Editor and co-publisher of DC Comics is infamous for the characters he disliked, and the way he had them treated, and the antagonistic relationship he had with their fanbases. The biggest victims of this were Wally West, Dick Grayson, and the Legacy Batgirls, Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, all of whom are Legacy Character heroes, and legacies were a pet-peeve of his (which he later admitted to, as several months after he was ousted from DC, DiDio gave an interview where he explained that he disliked sidekicks specifically because he believed that their inability to grow past their mentors forced them to reboot the timeline, and that Wally West specifically being a legacy character was subservient to Barry Allen and made a more complicated story).
    • Under DiDio's watch, Cass Cain and Stephanie Brown were excluded for years from comic books, even non-canon titles. Brian Q. Miller planned to use Stephanie Brown in the Smallville digital-first comic and received approval. He even gave an interview talking about using Stephanie. Weeks later, DiDio announced the character had been removed from the comic and replaced with Barbara Gordon.
    • Oddly this dislike didn't extend to other legacy characters like Jason Todd, Tim Drake, and Damian Wayne. Along with Dick Grayson, they continued to appear in the New 52.
  • Jack Kirby didn't exactly give much of a damn about Etrigan, a character and book he was forced to create when his New Gods books were cancelled by DC. According to Mark Evanier, Kirby created pretty much the entire concept while waiting for his order at a Howard Johnson's.
  • Garth Ennis is famously not a fan of most American superheroes. In his work for Marvel and DC, his treatment of their characters runs the gamut from good-natured ribbing to scathing hatred, with Wolverine apparently being the lowest of the low (his run on The Punisher sees Wolverine get his face shot off, run over with a steamroller, and beaten by the Hulk, while his equivalent in The Boys is a complete joke with hammers instead of hands). Surprisingly enough, this doesn't extend to all superheroes; even he treats Superman with utmost respect, and has admitted to having a soft spot for Wonder Woman and Spider-Man.
  • Green Arrow: Connor Hawke, the original character's son and successor, suffered this from several writers, particularly seen by Judd Winnick's run. Due to the fact he's explicitly a better martial artist than his father (and in fact, ranks among the top fighters), once Oliver came back to life, it was hard to give Connor much of a role outside of being the 'younger, better Green Arrow' without, as with Canary, making Ollie himself look bad. Though Kevin Smith at least placed a great deal of importance on their shared status and, though Ollie took the lead, at least tried to make Connor a distinct and important figure, afterwards Ollie ditches him, then later he's unceremoniously shot in the head and left with brain-damage, that results in him losing his skills so that Ollie no longer has to worry about being usurped by him (and later, his other son, Roy Harper, gets his arm cut off and returns to drug use, in order to stop him surpassing his old man too).
  • Green Lantern:
  • Grendel: Matt Wagner has stated that he has come to hate Hunter Rose, the original Grendel, viewing his original Byronic Hero view of the character as driven by adolescent, unfocused "rebellion". While he has regularly returned to Hunter, every installment has made him more of an unambiguous and irredeemable Villain Protagonist.
  • Hellboy: Both Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo realized they'd made a huge mistake after they designed and debuted Nimue's three-raven helmet and learned how awful it was to draw it. This not only led to Nimue wearing said helmet making few appearances in ''The Storm and the Fury", but also to Mignola writing a scene in which the helmet gets ditched so Fegredo no longer had to illustrate it.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes:
    • Cary Bates and Mike Grell, who worked on the book in the 1970s, both despised the character of Tyroc, as his creation was the result of Executive Meddling by editor Murray Boltinoff. As Grell explained it, the team had been trying to introduce a black Legionnaire for over a decade by that point, and when Boltinoff finally did allow them to create one, it was with the stipulation that in the future of the Legion, racial separatism is the norm and the largest black nation on earth, Marzal, periodically vanishes into another dimension. Naturally, both Bates and Grell thought the whole idea was supremely racist, and so they designed Tyroc to be as lame as possible, giving him an incredibly stupid costume (described as "somewhere between Elvis' Las Vegas costume and something you would imagine a pimp on the street corner wearing") and an even stupider power (he can warp reality by screaming).
    • Keith Giffen vocally hates Karate Kid and spent much of his career openly saying that he would kill the character off if he ever wrote for Legion. Eventually he did and he kept his promise. Oddly enough, however, instead of going for a Take That, Scrappy! approach, Giffen gave Karate Kid a respectful and heroic send-off despite his hatred of the character; it seems Giffen had enough self-awareness to know that a creator's most hated character is not always the fandom's, and that readers who did not share his dislike would respond poorly to an Undignified Death.
  • Mortadelo y Filemón: Ibañez wasn't very fond of Irma, and she stopped appearing altogether the moment he regained control over the comic.
  • Runaways:
    • Joss Whedon has said in interviews that he hates The Punisher, as he views the character's concept to be fascistic and irresponsible. During his time writing Runaways, Whedon brought in the Punisher for a guest spot, and intentionally wrote him in an extremely unflattering manner (complete with being on the receiving end of a Groin Attack, courtesy of Molly).
    • When Terry Moore took over writing duties for Runaways, he quickly put Xavin on a bus because he disliked the idea of a heroic Skrull.
  • Bryan O' Malley said if he could remove or rewrite one character from Scott Pilgrim, it would be Scott's younger sister Stacey. It shows in the books themselves in how she becomes Out of Focus as the series goes on. He regrets naming her after his own sister.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
    • The reason Slueth "Doggy" Dawg left the Destructix in Sonic Universe #15 was because Ian Flynn found him uninteresting.
    • Flynn also wasn't very found of Drago Wolf, due to his Obviously Evil personality, and had him beat up as much as possible. He got tired of this however, and eventually made him one of the Grandmasters of the Soumerca Dark Egg Legion.
    • Ken Penders didn't like Mina Mongoose, only including her in the Mobius: 25 Years Later storyline because the head writer at the time, Karl Bollers, happened to be her creator. As a result, she's only briefly seen during a flashback partially obscured by her family.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW): Ian Flynn has expressed frustration over SEGA's mandates concerning the characterization of Shadow the Hedgehog, who has had the most mandates attached to him out of any other character. Aside from this being restricting, it has resulted in a characterization that can be best described as "asshole rival character ala Vegeta", resulting in an abrasive, prideful personality who most infamously decided he was somehow immune to the Metal Virus because he was the Ultimate Life Form, and when urged to run to stave off the infection, declared he would not run away and ended up getting fully converted in short order while accomplishing absolutely nothing positive in the process. Ian has clarified that he doesn't dislike the character (in fact he enjoys writing Shadow when on a significantly looser leash), but until he can convince SEGA to loosen the restrictions, he wants to keep him out of focus for now. Even fans have largely agreed this is probably for the best.
  • Spider-Man:
  • Stan Lee:
    • He famously killed off Bucky Barnes in an issue of The Avengers and Toro in an issue of Namor because he hated Kid Sidekicks, as he felt the idea was child endangerment.
    • In an interview with Nerdist Podcast, Lee admitted his biggest regret as a creator was the Fantastic Four villain Diablo, as he felt that there was nothing memorable about the character or his motives.
  • The Broken Base with the various versions of Supergirl is reflected in the creators:
    • Marv Wolfman and John Byrne resent Kara's existence because they feel she "de-uniques Superman" (Byrne's own words) by taking his "last son of Krypton" status away from him, and both writers have gone out of their way to erase her existence from canon. Wolfman famously killed her off in Crisis on Infinite Earths (though he did give her one hell of a Heroic Sacrifice), and Byrne created a genderless artificial lifeform who called itself "Supergirl" so that DC didn't feel tempted to bring Kara Zor-El back to not lose the trademark.
    • However, this is not a sentiment shared by everyone in their peer group, including Legion of Super-Heroes writer Keith Giffen, who did like Kara, created expy Andromeda after being denied the chance to bring her back, and himself views the non-Kara Supergirls as this instead (see his depiction of post-Crisis Linda Danvers as a Fallen Angel after he literally had her Put on a Bus to Hell in Reign in Hell and during Convergence, he had Lex Luthor frequently disparage Matrix as a "protoplasmic being that thinks it's Supergirl"). History ended up siding with Giffen, given not only was the Supergirl of the DC Animated Universe somewhat based on Kara, but in 2004, Kara came back and has stayed since.
  • Swamp Thing: Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of Swamp-Thing, had no fondness for drawing Dracula or any other vampires, due to their lack of sympathetic qualities.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Jay Faerber has been upfront on the rampant Executive Meddling he had to deal with during his time writing Titans, especially when Andrew Helfer took over from Eddie Berganza as editor. Faerber mentioned he was forced to include the DEOrphans into the series because editorial wanted to introduce a new team of young heroes. Their very presence derailed most of Faerber's plots, especially the Epsilon arc (which got forcibly mangled when one of the kids was revealed to be possessing Epsilon the whole time). That said, it appears Faerber used Lian Harper as a mouthpiece to voice his unhappiness with the situation. Lian, normally one of the sweetest kids around, couldn't stand the DEOrphans and even screamed at them that she'd been in Titans Tower long before them.
    • Though fans generally agreed with Faerber's dislike of the DEOrphans and sympathized with the situation, less can be said about his view and treatment of Jesse Quick, who he inherited from Devin Grayson's run. Despite having been a well-liked character on the book (and a well-liked Flash supporting character), he felt that Jesse didn't fit with the rest of the cast, and so that became the basis of her characterisation, being the outsider of the group. She was then given a storyline seemingly designed solely to turn fan reception against her (she was revealed to have been having an affair with her mother's fiancé), had her budding teased romance with Nightwing crushed, and instead spent the rest of her time with the team being The Friend Nobody Liked with Nightwing making it clear he could barely tolerate her. Ironically, Devin Grayson had given Faerber and out by having Jesse quit during her last few issues, but in the ones they co-wrote, Jesse was convinced to stay, leading directly to these hated storylines.
  • The character Venom gained his iconic More Teeth than the Osmond Family + Overly Long Tongue appearance when Erik Larsen had to draw him. Because Larsen disliked the character, the only way he could get through the experience of drawing him was by making him look as goofy as possible, which resulted in the teeth and the long tongue. Somehow, people liked it.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Beano editor Alan Digby wasn't keen on Calamity James, so the strip gradually appeared less frequently, became reprints and was eventually dropped. However, ex-Beano editor Euan Kerr, who had played a significant role in the creation of the character, was editing the monthly Beano Max, which he continued to appear in, although Digby has since become editor of that publication. He has appeared as reprints, both in the weekly Beano and Beano Max and returns in new strips in the Beano Annuals. Once Digby was gone, James returned, now written and drawn by Leslie Stannage instead of Tom Paterson.
  • Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson regretted creating the short-lived character of Uncle Max for the strip, feeling it was a failed attempt to bring something new out of Calvin, but it just went nowhere because he had no real chemistry with Calvin, and it was awkward with him not being able to call Calvin's parents by their names. After a brief story arc with him, Max was put on a plane and permanently vanished from the comic.
  • According to Luann creator Greg Evans, Delta was this due to the character being perfect and near flawless, making her difficult to write compared to flawed characters like Luann and Tiffany. This was a major factor in Delta being written out of the strip in 2014.
  • Peanuts:
    • Charles M. Schulz disliked Pig-Pen because he was basically just one joke, but Pig-Pen's popularity forced Schulz to include him in the occasional strip.
    • Schulz also disliked the short-lived character of Faron, Frieda's pet cat who never walked and was always being carried and only appeared as a regular across a few months in 1961. This was partially because Schulz couldn't draw cats very well, but also because Snoopy didn't speak in words, so the only way to have him interact with Faron would be to have them think at each other (as Snoopy would later do with his siblings). Schulz's only regret after retiring Faron was naming him after Faron Young, his favorite country singer. Later in the '60s, Schulz would introduce the unseen, (originally) unnamed "The Cat Next Door", and was much more pleased with the results.
  • Spy vs. Spy creator Antonio Prohías originally introduced Grey Spy, a sexy female spy, to act as a neutral third party between the Black and White Spies. However, he quickly retired her because he found that doing so made her extremely predictable. She did not reappear until Peter Kuper (the strip's fifth artist) reintroduced her in the 21st century.
  • According to Viz cartoonist Graham Dury, "half the readers thought Billy the Fish was shit, and the other half thought it was really shit." Undaunted, Viz cheerfully called one instalment "Billy the Shit".

    Fan Works 
  • Due to the increasing hostility between the lead author, Redskin, and co-authors of The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum in the later chapters of the story, the co-authors had grown to hate the lead human character, Marcus Renee, especially DoctorFluffy and JedR. It got even worse due to his abrasive personality, as well as how the narrative kept glossing over his flaws, but the moment that Marcus reached the point of no return for them was when the lead author intended to have Marcus kill a pregnant woman and face no consequences for it. It was because of this why when the team decided to cut ties with Redskin and reboot the story into Spectrum, that they decided to have Marcus Adapted Out and replaced him with the Suspiciously Similar Substitute Alexander Reiner, who had most of Marcus’ worst traits toned down.
  • While the creator of "Athens and Sparta Adventures" (a Fan Webcomic about the personifications of the two two titular city-states, which is inspired but not constrained by Axis Powers Hetalia) doesn't exactly hate Athens, she cannot understand why everyone seems to like him and prefer him more than Sparta, even though he is massive Jerkass (and Sparta is, in comparison, more chill). She does admit that he is an interesting character to write though…
  • The author of Infinity Train: Tesla Star (A crossover between The Loud House and Infinity Train with elements of Kingdom Hearts) reveal that he hates Lynn for her personality, superstitions and behavior but also for being responsible for clogging the Fanfic Community of Loud House with No Such Luck stories.
  • In Persona: The Sougawa Files, the author has stated she dislikes Satomi Kobayashi - though this isn't because of the character themselves, it's more the massive amounts of exposition required to convey their backstory and their lackluster fight scene that she didn't have much fun writing. Interestingly, she actually quite likes Grendel, despite him being introduced in the same fight scene.
  • The Pokémon Squad: RM’s Friend was kept around longer than RM’s Other Friend, RM’s Friend’s Twin, or RM’s Other Friend’s “Sister” because the real Rayquaza Master thought he’d develop into an important character later on. He ultimately didn’t, and RM got rid of him when it was becoming apparent that he was nothing more than a one-joke character.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim: Gaz. The author Zim'sMostLoyalServant admittedly hates her (and is famous for the number of Revenge Fics he's written aimed at her), so has had no problem giving her the Ron the Death Eater treatment here. Though that said, he's also admitted that since seeing her get proper Character Development in Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, he's started reconsidering her and regretting writing her this way in this story.

    Films — Animation 
  • The writers of Mulan grew to resent Cri-Kee the cricket, as they quickly found them a pointless character. Whenever they were developing a scene, someone bringing up what the cricket should be doing was met with frustrated dismissal.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • For Fellini's Casanova, Federico Fellini's original script was very brutal on the historical figure owing to the disdain he had for the man (producer Dino De Laurentiis hired him to make the film and he accepted, so go figure), and it's mostly felt in the finished film through the lack of pleasure Casanova (Donald Sutherland) experiences when having sex. It wasn't until Fellini shot the scene of Casanova and the nun that he began to sympathize with Casanova's inability to love, giving him the character of the mechanical doll and the dream ending.
  • Sam Raimi disliked the character of Venom, but was forced into including him in Spider-Man 3 by way of Executive Meddling so bad that Sony threatened to sue him for breach of contract. All the unpopular changes made to his character have been described as a result of this.
  • James Gunn admitted that he made Scrappy-Doo the villain of Scooby-Doo because he despised the character (Scrappy being the Trope Namer for The Scrappy, this is hardly an unusual opinion). That said, he did apologize after hearing that Scrappy actually did have some fans who were upset by the movie exaggerating his negative traits at the expense of ignoring his positive traits.
  • Michael Bay stated that he had Arcee, Chromia, and Elita-1 killed off in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen due to disliking the characters.
  • Former 20th Century Fox head Tom Rothman executively mandated Deadpool into an In Name Only version and got his mouth sewn in the highly reviled X-Men Origins: Wolverine because of Rothman's major dislike towards the character because he found the character annoying and originally refused to greenlight his successful first solo film due to his belief that the audience would not care about him. Ironically, the film made more money than the notorious Fantastic Four (2015), which was his last greenlit project until his departure in 2012 to work with Sony Pictures.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson admitted to disliking Supreme Leader Snoke, perhaps accounting for why the character gets abruptly killed halfway through the film. He also did not care for Poe Dameron and Finn very much, finding them interchangeable, and jokingly expresing a desire to keep Finn in a coma for the course of the movie.
  • Robin doesn't appear in either Batman (1989) or Batman Returns because both Tim Burton and screenwriter Daniel Waters hated him. To quote Waters:
    One of our big bonding issues is me and Tim Burton hate Robin. He's just the most worthless character in the world, especially with Tim's conception of Batman as the loner of loners, to have this gushing boy run around, it made us both kind of sick to our stomachs!
  • The Punisher (2004) was originally going to feature David Lieberman, alias Microchip, the Intel man. He was written out as director Jonathan Hensleigh had an intense dislike of the character.

  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe:
    • Writer Gary Russell hated Chris and Roz, the Seventh Doctor's final companions in the Doctor Who New Adventures, going so far as to call them the worst characters ever.
    • According to Stephen Cole, the editor of the Eighth Doctor Adventures, none of the writers liked the series' first companion Sam Jones. So much that they were always trying to kill her off. (Or, in Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum's case, make her a fully rounded character.)
  • In Dragonlance, Margaret Weis absolutely did not like Elistan and considered him a Purity Sue that she would have rather been without in the story and repeatedly asked to kill off his character, but since he was at that point the only Cleric of Palladine on the planet, he had to stay in. As a result, Elistan's involvement in Dragons of Winter Night is mostly limited to saying something once in a while to remind readers he's still there.
  • A significant number of Star Wars Legends writers disliked Mara Jade, leading to the character's death at the hands of Jacen Solo.
  • The Wayfarer Redemption: Sara Douglass hated Faraday and expressed desire to kill her off many times. Her editor managed to persuade her to keep her alive until the end of the first series and she was brought back for the second series due to positive fan reception to the character.
  • Harry Potter:
    • J. K. Rowling doesn't seem to hate Draco Malfoy, but she often expresses concern about his massive popularity, which she mostly attributes to him having a talented, good-looking actor in the films.
    • However, she does hate Pansy Parkinson, his Distaff Counterpart, who lacks his redeeming qualities. Rowling admits that Pansy is basically just a stand-in for all of the girls who used to make fun of her, which makes sense when one remembers that Hermione is largely based on Rowling as a child.
    • She has called Vernon Dursley, Harry's abusive uncle, her least favorite character, however. Notably, he does not get any Character Development — unlike his wife and son, who also started out pretty awful. After the series ended, Rowling revealed that one of the endings she thought up was Dudley fathering children who become wizards, but then she thought that would make Vernon their grandfather and ultimately decided against the idea, stating that "no magical genes could survive contact with Uncle Vernon's DNA".
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's opinion on arguably his most famous character, Sherlock Holmes, ranged from ambivalence to dislike, as he felt "[Holmes] takes [his] mind from better things". At first he tried to raise his price to a point that would discourage publishers, which resulted in him being one of the highest paid authors of the time. He then tried to Torch the Franchise and Run by having Holmes and Moriarty plunge off a cliff to their deaths. Massive public outcry made quick work of that, and so three years later, it was "revealed" that Holmes was still alive.
  • Derek Landy intended to kill Tanith Low off in the first Skulduggery Pleasant book, but was forced to let her live due to his publisher's Executive Meddling. Because of this, she tends to take a severe beating in any book she appears in.
  • Despite having given her several of her own traits, author Colleen McCullough disliked the heroine Meggie Cleary of The Thorn Birds, possibly explaining why Meggie has such a difficult life.
  • Agatha Christie faced this issue with Hercule Poirot, her most famous character. While she initially enjoyed writing the Poirot stories, she quickly became tired of his preening and smugness (she was calling him out for this as early as 1930...forty-five years before the last Poirot novel). She also admitted to regretting making him Belgian — it was largely done because British people had high sympathy for Belgium after the German occupation of the country, which occurred during World War I — because actual Belgian readers kept writing in and telling her she was getting things "wrong" about him. By 1960, she was outright calling him a "detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep" (check out the Other Wiki for proof!). Much like Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, though, fans clamored for more Poirot stories, and Christie never failed to provide them, as she knew the public's taste dictated her work (for extra caution about wishing for success, Christie even admitted that she invented Poirot as a kind of Spiritual Successor to Holmes: both are eccentric geniuses with an obsession for order and logic). However, Christie did find a way to mock both herself and her fans for their Poirot-centrism: namely, the character Ariadne Oliver, an Ur-Example of Author Avatar. Oliver, like Christie, was a female author of popular novels with an eccentric foreign hero—hers is Finnish and grates his vegetables before eating them—and often made jokes about how annoying writing him was, and how fans kept bothering her to be excessively accurate in her depictions (all while also making fun of mystery readers for only caring about gore and murders, rather than plot points).
  • Misery has a fictional example: Paul Sheldon hates Misery, the main character of his most popular book series, and kills her off in his latest book so that he can move on to other projects. Unfortunately, he happens to get injured in a car crash and wind up in the care of a Loony Fan of his Misery books who is NOT happy when she finds out that he killed Misery off and she forces him to write a new Misery book that brings her back to life.
  • The Railway Series:
    • Henry became a thorn in Rev. Wilbert awdry’s side due to his similarities to Gordon and the illustrators doing a poor job differentiating his build after he was painted blue at the end of the first book.note  Awdry at one point considered quietly scrapping Henry, with his illness being tacit nods to his lingering fate, but publishers and fans obviously spoke against this, leading him to writing Henry's repaint to green in the fifth book and his rebuild in "The Flying Kipper", forcing a divergent redesign for the illustrators to follow.
      Awdry: I was so annoyed about [the artist’s] treatment of Henry that I endeavored to kill Henry off. That’s why in Thomas the Tank Engine Henry only appears once or twice as a Very Sick Engine. After that, I got inquiries from children about Henry’s health, so I had to bring him back again. We had Henry painted green again, but in the end the only thing to do was to be ruthless, and Henry had to have an accident and be rebuilt differently.
    • Christopher Awdry expressed frustration having to write excessive Thomas-centric stories to coincide with the popularity of the TV series. He did sometimes manage to find loopholes around this however, the book Thomas Comes Home doesn't even feature Thomas outside the very end of the last story and instead revolves around the other engines ' misadventures in his absence beforehand.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow
    • Controversial former showrunner Marc Guggenheim was blatant for his apathy to Katie Cassidy and her characters. It got to the point that Cassidy's original character was made Out of Focus for most of the episodes before eventually being killed-off, and despite the ease for which she could have been resurrected she remains dead, and the second character (an alternate universe counterpart of her), was unable to make the Heel–Face Turn that fans wanted, though she did eventually do so by the time his tenure as showrunner was ending. Even after he was no longer the showrunner, he retained enough influence that the original Laurel Lance was never resurrected when Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) rebooted the universe. The reasoning for this was explicitly that Guggenheim preferred the character Felicity Smoak, so he gave her preferred treatment.
    • Before Guggenheim, the previous showrunner Andrew Kreisberg wasn't innocent of this, as under his tenure Laurel was constantly being given little to do besides serving as a Damsel Scrappy or chewing out other characters, and after a while being chewed out by other characters. As noted under comic books, Kreisberg was known for not being a fan of Black Canary, so the fact her adaptation was so shoddily treated isn't much of a surprise.
  • J. Michael Straczynski was forced by Executive Meddling to add a "hot-shot fighter pilot" to the cast of Babylon 5 in the second season, which Straczynski despised because he considered it such a trite and cliched character archetype. The character he ended up creating, Lt. Warren Keffer, hung around for a while not doing a whole lot (appearing in only six episodes), and then as soon as Straczynski realised the executives weren't paying attention any more, was brutally killed off by the Shadows. He wasn't actually all that bad a character, it's not like Straczynski had intentionally written him to be annoying, and the actor was a nice enough guy that Straczynski felt guilty about killing him off, but he still went through with it. At least he died in a significant way that advanced the plot, rather than just being casually killed off in an accident.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Joss Whedon named Adam as the most boring of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Big Bads, a sentiment shared by a lot of the fandom.
    • Cordelia Chase was gradually phased out of Angel during seasons four and five due to friction between Charisma Carpenter and Whedon (he told TV Guide that it this was due to the writers running out of things for her to do). This became Harsher in Hindsight when she revealed in 2021 that Whedon had essentially written her off the show to punish her for getting pregnant at a time he considered inconvenient.
    • Vincent Kartheiser said that he quickly lost interest in playing Connor after about four episodes. He disliked that every scene would have him and Angel arguing, and he would then go into a corner to sulk. He said he wasn't surprised when he learned that Connor was hated by the fans as well.
    • To say that a decent number of writers on staff were befuddled and annoyed by Spike's popularity would be an understatement. Whedon was known to be particularly frustrated by it, as he believed very firmly that soulless vampires shouldn't be redeemable, and James Marsters has told several stories over the years of seeing the brunt of that frustration on-set. Other writers like David Fury were known to openly condemn Spike's fans on online forums while the show was running, likening them to people writing love notes to serial killers in prison. It had also been stated in several interviews that the point of the deeply controversial episode "Seeing Red" was to remind viewers that Spike was evil. Curiously, later down the line many of these creators have walked back on much of this, with Whedon admitting to preferring Spike with Buffy and David Fury trying to push for Spike to be the one to fulfill the Shanshu prophesy.
  • Charmed (1998) notably had the lead character Prue become this — largely thanks to her actress. Shannen Doherty had repeated clashes with cast and crew members, most notably her co-star Alyssa Milano. By the third season, episodes often deconstructed Prue's status as The Ace — one episode featuring the Seven Deadly Sins has her get infected with the sin of Pride, and she's the only character to not overcome her sin. Another episode has a Take That! where she literally gets turned into a dog. Shannen Doherty had to be fired over her behavior, and Prue ended up killed off between Seasons 3 and 4. Milano would later go on to say that she regretted how things turned out as she realized that the showrunners had essentially pitted Doherty against the others and that the conflicts were largely their fault (due to misogyny and fear of the leads asking for more money).
  • Community notably had Pierce Hawthorne become this in Season 4 — largely thanks to his actor. Chevy Chase had repeated clashes with series creator Dan Harmon, culminating in their well-publicized fallout near the end of the third season. Because of this, Pierce was Out of Focus for much of Season 4—despite Harmon's temporary absence from the production—with Chase ultimately deciding to leave the show towards the end of the season's production, resulting to the Season Finale getting rewritten to have Pierce graduate along with The Hero Jeff Winger. While Chase agreed to make a cameo in the Season 5 premiere, Pierce was killed off two episodes later.
  • Dad's Army co-creator David Croft wrote that Private Cheeseman was "irritating without being funny", and as an exotic Celt, he was too similar to Private Frazer. John Laurie also disliked the character (in contrast to Croft, he was concerned that Cheeseman was getting too many laughs), and requested that he not return for the next season.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The reason the Cybermen were absent during the Third Doctor's tenure was that script editor Terrance Dicks hated them, as he found them boring. When he was tasked to write "The Five Doctors", the then-script editor Eric Saward, who loved the Cybermen, wanted them in it. Dicks responded by taking several opportunities to destroy them, most overtly the notorious Raston Robot scene, in which a platoon of Cybermen suffers a humiliating Curb-Stomp Battle at the hands of a lone bit-part monster created solely in order to do that.
    • In "Destiny of the Daleks", K-9 comes down with "robo-laryngitis" and is sidelined from the plot. According to many sources the reason was Terry Nation disliked the character and did not want his creation, the Daleks, sharing screen time with him. The K-9 prop is also pesky for crew members, as it has an infamous history of breaking down or ruining shots by veering too far left or right. 1980s producer John Nathan-Turner also hated K-9. Tellingly, every story of Season 18 (his first year as producer) saw K-9 damaged in some way, until he gets written out of the series.
    • The problems with K9 were miniscule compared with Kamelion, an actual robot that was hated by everyone in the crew because nobody could get the thing to work properly (partially due to his creator being killed in a boating accident). As a result, he only appears in three serials (one of which was a cameo in a deleted scene). Peter Davison once joked that the best acting he ever did in the show was the Doctor's sorrow at having to kill Kamelion, as he was genuinely glad to be rid of the troublesome prop.
    • Many books have been written about how the implosion of the series during Season 23 was caused in part by production infighting over the companion Mel, who became a locus for the internal rivalries between the script editor, producer and Promoted Fanboy elements of the team. She is disliked in the fandom too, but much of this is because she was intentionally written as an insufferable Damsel Scrappy to sabotage the actress and producer. The team's 'continuity advisor' Ian Levine hated the character so much that he quit over her inclusion; most fans today regard this event as one of the reasons for the show becoming more creatively interesting for its last couple of seasons.
    • Some companions were written out of the series due to the production team deciding that they just weren't working, like Dodo Chaplet, Ben Jackson, Adric or Mel Bush. Liz Shaw was written out after one season because Barry Letts felt that she was too over-qualified to be the Doctor's assistant and Harry Sullivan was written out after one season because Philip Hinchcliffe felt he was a redundant presence (though he did later admit that writing him out was a mistake). The reason Turlough spent a lot of time imprisoned is that the writers admitted to just not knowing what to do with him.
    • Colin Baker's tenure as the Doctor was abruptly cut short due to Michael Grade's dislike of him.
    • Russell T Davies claimed to hate the Master and that the character would never appear in the show while he was in charge. However, this turned out to be a case of Lying Creator. More genuinely, he's made it pretty clear that killing off all the other Time Lords was emotionally satisfying for him, writing that they did nothing for the show except "spout bollocks".
  • The Flash, before he was booted off the show, Andrew Kreisberg confirmed in an interview that they 'found it hard' to write two speedsters, which is why Wally West was written out. It was of course also likely why he spent so much time before that being Out of Focus, having his character development being put on hold or dragged at a snail's pace, and often injured so that Barry Allen could solve the crisis himself. The annoying thing about this? The primary source material for the show was comics from the time Wally West was the Flash, so Wally was getting sidelined in an adaptation based on his character's works.
  • Game of Thrones co-showrunner D.B. Weiss has admitted he dislikes Stannis Baratheon. This is often considered to be why the show's version of Stannis is generally less sympathetic than in the source material and ends up dying disgracefully after sacrificing his own daughter. It was to the point where even after-episode interviews by the showrunners depicted the character in an even more unflattering light than what was just shown onscreen.
  • On House, Executive Meddling reared its head and Fox execs demanded the creators cast a "villain" to go up against House. The creators reluctantly created the character of Vogler, a hospital admin who wants to get rid of House and his team, but they were not happy with the character. Luckily for them, Fox began airing House after American Idol giving the show ratings clout and producer David Shore the ability to make creative changes... like getting rid of Vogler.
  • Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation: Co-creator Peter Laird hates Venus de Milo, the female fifth turtle created for the series, with a passion. This is likely the reason she's never been seen since.note  While Laird no longer has final say on such decisions since selling the franchise to Nickelodeon, the overall poor reception to the character hasn't exactly encouraged new creators to give her another shot.
  • Star Trek:
    • Gene Roddenberry and the writer of Star Trek: The Original Series's second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" were not satisfied with the character of Doctor Mark Piper, finding that him being a "old country doctor" archetype didn't work for plots that called for a more active and emotive doctor. The character would be replaced by Doctor McCoy for the rest of the series run, who would prove to be much more popular with both the audience and the creative staff.
    • Counsellor Troi was almost written out of Star Trek: The Next Generation after the first season because the writers didn't know what to do with her. When the show lost its other female castmembers, she was kept on.
    • Wil Wheaton grew to hate Wesley Crusher, joking that he finally understood why he got so much hate mail upon rewatching the series.
    • On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Andrew Robinson didn't care much for Mirror Garak, finding him to be a boring one-note toady who lacked all of his Prime counterpart's nuance and menacing aura. The character's final appearance, where the Prime Universe Ferengis brag about how much more clever and competent their Garak is, followed by Mirror Garak being injected with his own virus and left for dead may have been a wink to the sentiment.
    • The writers of Star Trek: Voyager didn't want to deal with Harry Kim because they found him boring. His subplot in "The Killing Game" was only expanded because the episode ran short. Notably, when the writers were told they needed to write out one of the main cast members to make room for Seven of Nine, he was their original pick before Executive Meddling forced them to change it to Kes.
    • Nobody involved in the production of Voyager beside Michael Piller liked the Kazons, the sentiment being that they were dumb and ineffectual retreads of the Klingons who had far overstayed their welcome by the end of the second season. The show would phase them out after the third season opener outside of flashback and hologram sequences, with a later episode establishing that the Kazons are among the few species the Borg refuse to assimilate because they're just that useless.
  • Supernatural:
    • Season 2 set up a storyline with a number of "psychic kids" that were also fed demon blood and had similar powers to Sam. Two of the psychic kids, Andy and Ava were well-liked by fans but creator Eric Kripke explained on that Season's DVD commentary that the storyline wasn't working and so had all the psychic kids killed off in a battle royale storyline at the end of Season 2.
    • The angel Castiel was a fan-favorite upon his first appearance, thanks to his interesting dynamic with Dean and his mysterious motives. Originally intended as a short-term character, he was supposed to die and a female Fallen Angel character was to take his place as the boys' angelic guide and Dean's long-term Love Interest. But fans far preferred Castiel, so he was promoted to series regular in Season 5, and he became the brothers' angel guide, with the romantic element stripped out. The writers realized very quickly that they had made Castiel and all the angels massively overpowered. They constantly had to devise ways of neutralizing Castiel so the Winchesters could be the heroes during weekly monster hunts. In Season 6, new showrunner Sera Gamble made Castiel one of the Big Bads of the season, having him betray the Winchester brothers. However, the character remained a fan favorite. Some writers, especially Ben Edlund, also continued to like the character and so he was given highly sympathetic motivations that actor Misha Collins was able to play to the hilt. Even after the character committed multiple atrocities that seemed designed to make fans hate him and was killed off early in Season 7 fans still loved the character and ratings plummeted. By late Season 7, he was resurrected and given a several seasons long redemption arc. Gamble left the show and was replaced by Jeremy Carver, who was more sympathetic to the character but for the rest of the series, the writers had to find ways to de-power him and re-power him as the plot demanded. Complicating matters further was the fact that despite not being canon, Dean/Castiel became a Fan-Preferred Couple and one of the most popular fanfic pairings across all media while another significant subset of fans rejected/were oblivious to any subtext and saw the two as friends note . Despite repeated attempts by the writers to pair Dean and Castiel off with female characters and their repeated insistence that the two were just friends, there remained quite a bit of perceived Ship Tease for Dean and Castiel. Various writers and actors expressed conflicting accounts of how much of this was intentional, though everyone seemed to agree fans were welcome to interpret things the way they liked. Cue a debate on queer baiting that bled into the mainstream media. In the end, final showrunner Andrew Dabb made Dean/Castiel half canon with Castiel admitting to being in love with Dean before dying in the final season. On the show, God himself appears in the final season and laments that the character never behaved the way he was intended and was "broken" from the start, which many fans took as the writers expressing frustration at the popularity of the character and by extension, the Dean/Castiel ship.
    • Crowley was an incredibly popular villain thanks to his truth-telling and snark. However, as a villain, he had to be defeated regularly by the heroes and this led to Badass Decay. There was a flirtation with making him one of the good guys, a la Spike on later seasons of Buffy, but it never fully happened and it was clear that the writers just didn't know how to resolve the menacing, villainous side of the character with the snarky, innuendo-laden comic relief side of the character. Eventually, he was given a rather unsatisfying exit that Mark Sheppard was not happy with.
  • Kenny was written out of The Tomorrow People (1973) after the first season due to actor Stephen Salmon's poor dramatic ability and an inability to act in general. Salmon would frequently forget lines and spoke with a drawl, making him to difficult to understand by the other actors. For this reason, Kenny's character is seldom seen "in the action" after the pilot, with Kenny often guarding the lab or visiting his home during the bulk of the series.
  • The creators and producers of Wheel of Fortune hated the notorious "Megaword" category used for the nighttime show's 12th season in 1994-95. The puzzle was a long vocabulary word that, upon solving, the contestant could use in a sentence for a bonus. Little to no judgment was given on the grammatical correctness of the sentences; rounds often dragged on due to the shortness and obscurity of the puzzles; and one contestant was ruled wrong for mispronouncing the answer PRISTINELY despite having the entire puzzle filled in (which is at least consistent with the show's rules). Not only did Pat Sajak go out of his way to deride the category every single time it came up, even Lovely Assistant Vanna White and The Announcer Charlie O'Donnell berated it! Megaword was finally put out of its misery at the end of the season and seldom mentioned since.
  • According to the fansite, the producers of The Price Is Right have retired various pricing games due to various staff members disliking them. Victims of this include Add 'em Up, Buy or Sell, Give or Keep, Joker, and Telephone Game (actual quote from a staffer: "It was lame!").

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Ric Flair was the target of Jim Herd when he was still in charge of WCW. Herd (who had no prior involvement in the wrestling business and had been a manager at Pizza Hut) thought that Flair, at the age of 40, was too old to draw. He wanted Flair to shave his head and take up a Roman Gladiator gimmick. When Flair refused, Herd - thinking that nobody else would want Flair either - fired him without even making him stick around to lose the WCW Championship. Of course, Flair immediately showed up in WWF with the WCW Title Belt.
  • Kevin Nash derisively referred to the white cruiserweights such as Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerreronote , and Chris Jericho as the "vanilla midgets" because he thought they were too small and bland to get over. Even though they already were.
  • Nash also refered to Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Arn Anderson as too "old" though he apparently got over it concerning Flair. This came full circle when Nash returned to WWE to crash their version of the Summer Of Punk and CM Punk made jokes about Nash's age. While Nash has gradually learned to laugh at himself, at the time it angered him and made Nash refuse to allow anymore of his promos to be scripted, making Kevin Nash the pest to WWE's "writers". If you think this lead to Nash's burial think again. He was still one of Vince Jr's favorites.
  • Booker Kevin Sullivan especially hated Chris Benoit, stemming from an angle in which Sullivan's real wife, Nancy (aka "Woman") ditched him for Benoit. Sullivan asked them to spend time together on the road, Nancy actually fell for Benoit and divorced Sullivan to marry him, and Benoit wouldn't hold a title until Sullivan left the booking committee.
  • Eric Bischoff was particularly dismissive of Chris Jericho and also had it in for Ole Anderson but, contrary to popular belief, did see potential in "Stunning" Steve Austin, just not enough to get over their difficulties in working together.
  • Vince Russo didn't believe that any non-American could get over with American audiences, and so he fired or misused WCW's Luchadors (ex: Psicosis, La Parka) and Japanese wrestlers (ex: The Great Muta, Kaz Hiyashi). He also wasn't fond of women's wrestling, preferring a T&A based division, and gutted the fledgling Women's division WCW was starting to build around Madusa and Mona in favor of building it around Miss Hancock and Major Gunns. As for his time in the WWF, Russo hated John "Bradshaw" Layfield due to his backstage bullying and claims that he came up with the idea for the infamous "Brawl For All" tournament because he overheard Bradshaw bragging that he could beat up everyone in the locker room and Russo wanted to see Layfield get his ass kicked.
  • Mark Jindrak was this in WCW, Ohio Valley and about every other promotion he worked for until he went to CMLL. The man had incredible athleticism but "two left feet", as Jim Cornette put it.
  • Ring of Honor's most infamous case was first booker Gabe Sapolsky and first champion Low Ki, which eventually resulted in Low Ki being dismissed from the promotion. It happened again in EVOLVE, where Ki did himself few favors with Gabe by legitimately knocking out AHTU in under a minute, which caused his monster aura to dissipate. Sapolsky wasn't too fond of Steve Corino either. Mike Hogewood had the dubious honor of being a creator's pet and pest at the same time during Ring Of Honor's time on HD Net. While ROH's staff respected him as a person, they didn't want him behind the commentary table. He lasted their entire run on the station because keeping him there was a condition of being on HD Net in the first place.
  • John Morrison reportedly drew the ire of WWE producer Kevin Dunn, which might explain why all of his pushes were short-lived.
  • Vince McMahon has plenty:
    • The entire women's division was this for him, and he refused to push the performers as anything but Fanservice. If not for the facts that (a) Zenjo was one of the most successful promotions in the world and (b) getting the belts was something to rub in the face of rival organization NWA, the women's divisions would not have even been in WWF. He gave up on absorbing Zenjo pretty quickly too, Wendi Richter making him a lot of money is what kept women's wrestling from being phased out of WWF altogether. Even then, he got rid of Richter herself fairly quickly because she wanted a cut of that money she made him, then let the women's division dwindle to nothing. Renewed interest in Zenjo got the belt dug back up for Madusa, but she committed the sin of trademarking her own ring name and McMahon gradually lost interest again, sending her to get nose and boob jobs before deciding a women's division wasn't worth it. The women's division came back again to give Sable something to do after she got over by power bombing Marc Mero, but that something wasn't "wrestle", as the WWF's women's division became synonymous with bikini contests, stripper matches, water fights and mud pools. There was a brief spike in quality when most of the Sable-like models had left and the one WWE decided to push ahead of all the established wrestlers decided she was going to train to be like said wrestlers, but that was quickly corrected by releasing most of those wrestlers and hiring even more models. Only with the greater influence of his daughter and son-in-law in the company did things start changing, reportedly with much kicking and screaming from the boss.
      • Vince wasn't the only one. One of the worst offenders was WWE's VP of Talent Relations from 2004-12, John Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis was a big proponent of "looks over talent" and was one of the creators of the Diva Search, considered to be the point where the women's division began to crumble. In his first year, he fired Ivory, Jackie Moore, Jazz, Nidia and Gail Kim, reduced Molly Holly to a jobber before driving her out of the company by denying her request for a Heel–Face Turn on the grounds that it would never work, and was the one who pushed to make Stacy Keibler (a non-wrestling, eye-candy manager) Women's Champion (to Keibler's credit, she refused the overtures, noting there were far more deserving workers than herself). In 2006, he hired Kelly Kelly (considered by some to be the worst female wrestler in WWE history) after seeing her in a swimsuit catalog. Bra & panties matches and costume themed matches became the norm, along with women's matches mainly being meaningless 3-minute tag team matches.
    • After knocking out "Dr. Death" Steve Williams in the WWE Brawl for All and thus inadvertantly ruining plans for a feud with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Bart Gunn became this so much that after he was squashed by Butterbean at Wrestlemania 15, he was reportedly fired immidiately once he returned to the locker room.
    • McMahon had a grudge against Scott Levy. Levy had worked in WWF in the early 90s as Johnny Polo, and introduced his son Shane to the partying life, which is what led to the grudge. When Raven was signed, Vince didn't realize that it was Levy playing the character until he actually saw the man backstage and recognized him. This is why Raven never got pushed while working for WWE.
    • McMahon also didn't care for Christian, feeling that although he was a good midcard hand, he was too ugly to make a good World Champion. Seriously. Christian's popularity with the fans and a dearth of main eventers at the time led to his World Heavyweight Title win, but his feud with Randy Orton was booked to make it clear that Christian genuinely wasn't in Orton's league.
    • McMahon believed that cruiserweight wrestling couldn't draw until he was finally badgered into signing Rey Mysterio, Jr. Of course Rey quickly became immensely popular, too much so for even Vince to ignore, as he appealed to former WCW fans and Latino fans. Vince okayed a push for Rey to become World Champion, but also insisted that Rey should not ever look too strong, even while holding the title. This led to such nonsense as Mysterio losing clean to midcarders in non-title matches while Champion, and never being allowed to win his matches fair and square.
    • Speaking of cruiserweights, after Mysterio's debut, Vince decided he wanted another flippy masked wrestler, and hired Último Dragón without doing any research on him. Dragon worked a slower, martial arts based style with a few highly polished flying spots. Once Vince actually watched Dragon work, he became enraged, declared Dragon's style incompatible with the entire roster, and went so far as to edit out the cheers Dragon got on the C-shows like Jakked and Velocity. Then to get rid of Dragon, he tricked him into quitting by promising to rehire him, unmasked, under his real name Yoshihiro Asai, only to renege after Asai unmasked in Japan.
    • Joey Matthews was well liked across the independent circuit and treated well by Ohio Valley Wrestling even when OVW had a developmental deal with WWE. But make no mistake, he wasn't very well liked by WWE's executives and was seen mainly as a tool to build up John Morrison. Yes, that very same Morrison who was himself a pest. At least Morrison got pushes to cut short.
    • Once WWE had Dusty Rhodes, Goldust and Cody Rhodes on television all at once, they basically admitted on screen that they had been trying to make Dusty and his proxies look stupid for decades and the Rhodes had managed to succeed in spite of McMahon. Presumably that meant McMahon had finally gotten over it, but given he ran three Take That! gimmicks of Dusty and put him in that polkadot singlet, which Dusty took as a challenge, Dusty's pest status wasn't exactly a secret.
    • Becky Lynch was originally a target to Kevin Dunn and Vince McMahon. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported in September/October 2016 that Dunn hated her Dublin accent on her first reign as the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion, as a reason why she lost to Alexa Bliss at TLC 2016 and later ended up Demoted to Extra for two years, before her sudden rise of popularity in 2018 when she snapped on Charlotte Flair for taking away her momentum at SummerSlam 2018, under the new Anti-Hero gimmick as "The Man", and the Monday Night Raw go home show for Survivor Series 2018 where she got busted open by a stiff punch from Nia Jax, which Becky shrugged off. This event catapulted Lynch as the current most over superstar in the company not named John Cena by taking the Brass Ring of Vince McMahon.
    • Finn Balor was also another pest to McMahon after he vacated the WWE Universal Championship in 2016, being sidelined by an injury until he made his return in 2017. However, his push for the Universal Title got faded away and being Demoted to Extra in the upper-midcard most of 2017 and 2018 with meaningless repetitive feuds and being treated as an afterthought. Reports at the time were that Vince said that Balor wasn't over as a superstar, which Balor said to Vince that he didn't believe in him on the RAW build up of his match with Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble 2019 for the Universal Title.
    • Sheamus O'Shaunessy, Claudio Castagnoli and Rusev all have the same start-stop push issue stemming from "accents".
    • Vince may hate accents, but supposedly the reason he hated Luke Harper? Luke couldn't do a Deep South accent. While Harper had the look (and sizable beard) to come across as a hillbilly, he was from Rochester, New York and no experience in doing an accent. Vince was reportedly annoyed that Harper couldn't pull off the accent to be the hick persona Vince envisioned for him and eventually released him.
    • Tag Team Wrestling in general has been seen as this, as McMahon sees that it is much more profitable to put two singles wrestlers together as a tag team than to bring in a single tag team and that the best use of a tag team is to find the next Breakup Breakout. On Dark Side of the Ring, Bart Gun would even mention that for one reason or another, a tag team that debut in the WWF/WWE are eventually broken up.
    • Mickie James. Despite being a six-time champion in WWE, it's obvious that she was not a favorite among the higher-ups. The end of her first run in the company saw her being a walking fat joke, being referred to as "Piggy James" by LayCool, even though she was no where near overweight. She was eventually fired in 2010, allegedly for causing issues on a tour, but some have disputed this. Mickie returned six years later and it was clear almost from the get-go that they had no plans to push her, using her as a glorified jobber, never giving her a title run, and replacing the fat jokes with age jokes since she was in her late thirties/early forties. After being released for the second time in 2021, Mickie said that management often shot down her ideas and were conviced that she was "too old", trying to force her to retire and take up a commentary or agent role. Massive controversy erupted when Mickie announced that her WWE belongings were sent to her in a trash bag (though Mickie wasn't the only recipient of this treatment, as other Pests spoke up about similar treatment), perfectly symbolizing what those in McMahonLand have thought of her all along.
  • When Jim Cornette was asked about the most undeserving workers he ever booked, he named Ultimate Warrior and Sable, citing their lack of passion for the business, poor ring work, and strictly mercenary motivations. He even at one point called Warrior the Spear Counterpart to Sable.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show:
    • J.P. Grosse, Scooter's uncle who owns the theater. Head writer Jerry Juhl once claimed that the character worked well as The Ghost, but when he started to actually appear in the second season, he was too harsh to have around and was dropped from the show altogether.
    • Fleet Scribbler. Like J.P., once the cast and crew began to work with him, they found him way too aggressive and awful, so he only appeared a few times. They had to use him in the show because when Fleet was introduced in a press conference, the reporters loved him and gave him huge publicity.
  • Thunderbirds: Gerry Anderson hated John Tracy due to his "all-American" quality, among numerous other reasons he has cited over the years, which is why John is so rarely seen in the series. John Tracy went on exactly one mission, in the episode "Danger At Ocean Deep," and even there he didn't get to do much of importance. Anderson's dislike for the character becomes even more obvious in the episode "Operation Crash-Dive," in which Thunderbird 5 plays a much larger role than usual, which coincides with Alan being on duty relieving John.


    Tabletop Games 
  • The designers of Warhammer 40,000 reportedly didn't like the Squats very much, was due to a general belief among them that they had screwed up the faction's design and feel and turned it into a lame joke, even down to the name. They spent most of Second Edition delaying giving the faction a proper update because they just didn't want to, claiming they didn't feel inspired to do so and they couldn't figure out what was fun and what worked about the Squats for them to focus on. Upon the designers realizing that they couldn't just keep kicking the can down the road, the Squats were famously removed as a playable army in Third Edition and spent much of the next few decades Exiled from Continuity.

    • Former Story Team leader Bob Thompson hated the 2002 Exo-Toa toy, which was otherwise extremely popular with the fans. He asked the other writers to diminish its role in the comics and books. As a result, following a dramatic reveal which paints them as borderline Deus ex Machina, the Toa quickly discard them when they realize the exo-suits are blocking their special powers. They made a cameo in the following arc, only to get destroyed.
    • Comic and book author Greg Farshtey disliked the Vahki enforcer robots for lacking individuality and not being able to communicate with the main characters (which is somewhat strange, as he had no such issues with other personality-lacking beings, like the Bohrok, Rahkshi and Visorak). Most of them ended up going offline, destroyed, or damaged and then destroyed. When their city was repopulated much later, Greg decided not to have the characters reactivate the Vahki for the remainder of the story.
    • Greg also disliked writing for Air-element characters that spoke in "treespeak" or "chutespeak". He eventually heavily toned down this speech pattern, and explained that newly introduced Air-characters didn't speak it to begin with, only so that he'd be able to write their dialogue the way he liked it.

    Video Games 
  • Banjo-Kazooie:
    • Creator Steven Mayles has stated on his Twitter account that Tooty is his least favorite character in the series, presumably due to her utter lack of personality, hence why she didn't return in the sequels, save for joke cameos.
      "She's officially the least favourite BK character. Didn't even make the sequel. Go on, name me a more unpopular BK character."
    • Lead designer Gregg Mayles has said that Brentilda is his least favorite character as well, though this is due to him regretting how poorly the execution of the idea behind her (her randomly giving you answers to questions that would help you in the Grunty's Furnace Fun quiz) turned out, hence why she was dropped from the sequels as well.
      "Brentilda is my least favourite Banjo-Kazooie character and her role around providing 'facts' on her sister to enable you to win Furnace Fun is certainly one of the worst pieces of design I have ever created. The idea was OK, but I think I could have done a much better job of implementing it."
  • Gregg Mayles and Steve Mayles, the lead designer and artist of the first two Donkey Kong Country games, respectively, expressed a dislike for Winky the Frog and Rattly, stating both characters had awkward jumping mechanics and bad hitboxes that made them useless and frustrating to play as. This may be why neither has ever made a second proper appearance in the series note , and why the third DKC game lacked any animal buddy with a high-jump ability.note 
  • Silent Hill's creature designer Masahiro Ito seems to have grown to dislike Pyramid Head, or at least resent his overuse and disproportionate popularity. When asked if he was willing to participate in a Team Silent reunion, Ito replied, "If it's not [sic] sequel and I don't have to use Pyramid Head or can kill him in the opening, I'll have no qualms about joining it."
  • The Walking Dead: Sarah from Season 2 was hated by the developers, who took great pleasure in killing her off in Episode 4.
  • Mortal Kombat: Amongst many many kombatants featured in the series, Hsu Hao is the one hated the most by the developers, and the fans also agreed. Ed Boon has many times expressed his distaste and disinterest to the character, usually by giving him horrific, undignified fates every time he appeared.
  • According to former Capcom employee Katsuya Akitomo, Marvel absolutely hated Norimaro from Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, and to appease them, Capcom ended up pulling the character from the American release of the game. It's believed that this, in addition to the licensing issues (as he was co-created by comedian Noritake Kinashi), is why Norimaro never made another appearance in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
  • Resident Evil’s co-creator Shinji Mikami was quite clear in how little he liked Rebecca Chambers compared the other female characters in his games due to her demure nature. Mikami only put her in the first game due his staff (who liked Rebecca’s character) urging him to. He fully explained his dislike for Rebecca in a 2014 interview for The Evil Within.
    Shinji Mikami: If I had to name the woman character I most disliked in my games it would be Rebecca Chambers. She’s submissive, she’s not independent. I didn’t want to include her but the staff wanted that kind of character in the game, for whatever reason. I’m sure it made sense to them. And in Japan, that character is pretty popular.note 
  • Soulcalibur V: Bandai Namco and Project Soul threw Patroklos Alexander under the bus during the popularity poll, saying that they were "impressed" that the hero of SCV placed so low, even below characters like Dampierre. For the record, he placed #37 out of 45 characters, with only 32 votes received out of over 10,000 that were cast. Sure enough, Soulcalibur VI turned out to be a reboot that returned to the original setting of the series, and Patroklos was among the first characters (alongside the other V newcomers) that were confirmed to be cut from the game. And even moreso, the DLC announcement of Cassandra revealed some things: First, Cassandra was tasked with naming Sophitia's children and if a boy, she's picking the name 'Deucalion', so if Patroklos would ever be 'born' into the 'verse, it would be under hopefully different context that he won't turn out as atrocious. Second, Cassandra ended up stumbling into the Astral Chaos, met the original timeline's Cassandra who had been turned into a Malfested and she managed to tell the new Cassandra that the old timeline leading to Soul Calibur V was a Bad Future that needs to be prevented, so new Cassandra is working on to create a new timeline where Patroklos won't manifest again.
  • The developers of Terraria have said they weren't fond of Ocram, the console/mobile-exclusive Final Boss, for not fitting in very well in terms of both gameplay and lore/theme. Not only was Ocram never added to the desktop version, but he and all other content exclusive to the console and mobile versions was removed when they were updated to 1.3.
  • This is the reason why Warbucks from Don't Starve was removed. The dev team realized that his character design could cause some Unfortunate Implications and were not happy with his gimmicksnote , and realized he wasn't that interesting after all. He was replaced by Wormwood, a living plant who as a concept is more unique.
  • In Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Mike Stout confirmed that the reason Angela Cross largely disappeared from the series was because they didn't know how to write her, hence why she's never shown up again in the games. The team also aren't fond of the Y.E.T.I. enemies, due to being a result of running out of time, which meant they were poorly balanced and difficult to fight, resulting in the team coming up with a "Snowbeast Award" for anybody in Insomniac who was responsible for the worst element in the game that had most recently released.
  • Dynasty Warriors: In an interview, producer Akihiro Suzuki admitted that his regrets character-wise were Wei Yan and the two Qiaos (Daqiao and Xiaoqiao). The former as, despite having a good design, his Hulk Speak made his presentation difficult despite being a major general (especially in regards to conversations). The latter two as their purpose was to fulfill the need of a Token Mini-Moe, only to realize something was wrong when they were shown together with their husbands Sun Ce and Zhou Yu respectively as next to them they look like small children. Ironically, 9 introduces another Mini Moe, Xiahou Ji, who not only looks much younger than her husband Zhang Fei, but her children Xingcai and Zhang Bao.
  • A Hat in Time: The scrapped character Timmy was this to the creators. He was initially intended to act as a second player, but the developers disliked his presence in the game and cut him out. In the present day, his hat can be found in the Laundry Room as a nod to him. When asked about what happened to Timmy, the official Twitter account just responded "electrical fire".
  • Crash Bandicoot: Tawna Bandicoot was on the receiving end of this trope twice. First, she was sidelined as a major character after the first game for several reasons, including Sony of Japan wanting a more family friendly female character, a Universal Studios executive disliking her, and Naughty Dog being dissatisfied with the character's design. However, she still got the occasional reference or cameo after the first game.
    • The second time was during the development of Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, when new developers Toys For Bob went on record as stating that they disliked Tawna for being nothing more than Crash's sexy girlfriend, and wrote her out of the series, with the explanation that Crash and Coco had lost contact with her. To ensure Tawna couldn't return, she was replaced by her Action Girl alternate universe counterpart who is so radically different she's effectively an entirely new character.
  • The King of Fighters: For the longest time, a lot of fans and even SNK go along with the sentiments that SNK hates the character K9999 for being a blatant ripoff of Tetsuo Shima (which may attract a massive copyright battle) and he was created right after SNK declared bankruptcy and was bought by Eolith, and his personality was a nasty one. Eventually SNK had to completely replace him with Nameless, with a more somber but serious personality, yet limited his appearance in non-canon materials. Fast forward to 2022, as they unveiled KOF XV, suddenly they announced a surprise reveal of a 'new' character named Krohnen, who is actually K9999, but his design is extremely less of a Tetsuo ripoff, and actually gave him some sort of Character Development, and many fans rejoiced at that. SNK eventually revealed via a Twitter message that they were averting this trope, they don't really hate K9999 per se, but they needed time to re-design him to make sure he's less of a ripoff and that took time. Luckily, the rumors about 'SNK hates K9999' became popular with time so they went along with the lie to better cover their redesign effort until it was done.
  • Shigeru Miyamoto admitted in 1999 that he shared much of the fandom's dislike for Navi from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, calling her hint system "the biggest weak point" of the game. He describes her as being left at a "stupid" level because they could not come up with a hint system that was tailored to players of all skill levels. The only reason she was left in was because his team found that no hints at all was even more player-unfriendly.
  • AI War: Fleet Command: Chris McElligott Park has stated he came to dislike the Exodian Blade and the CORE, and Badger (one of his main collaborators) outright hated them, and thus scrapped them both for the sequel. Gameplay wise, the Exodian Blade threw the whole game out of whack by turning it into an Escort Mission, and lorewise they devalued humanity as their own entity (and their own destroyers) by having alien intervention, and they just weren't creative or interesting, being an alien Artifact of Doom and its Good Counterpart fighting to the death and dragging humanity into it.

    Visual Novels 
  • For Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Sayaka Maizono and Leon Kuwata were used as the female and male base models, respectively. Since the developers had to constantly come back to them whenever they designed a new character, they had gotten sick of them by the time they designed everybody, which is why they both die in Chapter 1.

    Web Animation 
  • As the "TMNT Battle Royale" episode of DEATH BATTLE! shows, neither Ben nor Chad have a high opinion of Michelangelo, and display it through their personas of Wiz and Boomstick; both of them take several potshots at his expense in the breakdown, actively root for him to lose, and in the actual battle Mikey is quickly the first to be eliminated.
  • Happy Tree Friends:
    • The show's staff have confessed their dislike towards Cro-Marmot due to him being such an extreme Flat Character, which is probably why he appears so little compared to the other characters.
    • During the production of the Internet series, most of the writers, with the exception of Rhode Montijo, did not like Disco Bear because they found him annoying. It was not until the TV series that they began to like him.
  • RWBY: Adam Taurus is a villain that is considered so despicable that co-showrunner Miles Luna has made no secret of his hatred for him - he even included a footnote in the Volume 5 script that said "fuck you Adam Taurus" when Blake smacks Adam down. The feeling is shared by many within the animation team; Adam's own voice actor, Garrett Hunter, admitted that saying Adam's lines creeps him out. When Adam's character short debuted at RTX, CRWBY nicknamed him "The Worst".
  • Krinkels of Madness Combat fame has admitted that he never really liked the Sheriff, which explains why he died in Avenger and never came back. That said, he does make a surprise reappearance in MADNESS: Project Nexus 2.

  • In Ansem Retort, author Duke said that his least favorite character in the strip to write for was Xemnas. Xemnas was a straight laced villain who didn't seem to realize he was in a comedy webcomic, and that made his dialogue very difficult.
  • In Sonichu, it's rather clear Chris hates Bananasauros, a Patreon backer's pre-existing character. Chris wrote him out of the comic in the same episode he was introduced, and called the paid advertisement for the Bananasauros video game "out-of-context, outdated and juvenile" on the same page as the ad itself. Chris later outright had the original iteration of the character die offscreen in lore that she later described — a rarity for Chris's story — although the species is still technically alive.
  • David Willis of Walkyverse and Dumbing of Age fame states that his only character that he absolutely cannot stand is Mary Bradford.
  • Homestuck:
    • Played for Laughs in Act 6 Intermission 3, where Hussie refers to Cronus as "the worst character in Homestuck" (which isn't true) and his avatar only talks to Cronus just so he can steal Seahorse Dad, but Cronus gets as much screentime as the other pre-scratch Trolls who aren't Aranea or Meenah.
    • Played a bit straighter with Feferi, who gets unceremoniously killed off three times in the story and Hussie has implied more than once that he made Meenah The Leader of the pre-scratch Trolls because he felt like he'd shafted his Pisces fans.
  • Mookie of Dominic Deegan did not like the fact that Lord Sigfried — the only morally grey character in a story full of overly pure heroes and cartoonishly evil villains — was so popular among the fandom. He tried to fix it by retconning every good thing Sigfried ever did as just part of a (successful) plan to get into Jaylen's — the wife of his supposed best friend — pants.

    Web Videos 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Team Four Star have been anything but subtle about their hatred of Broly and deemed him to be one of, if not the blandest villains of the Z-era Dragon Ball films. In their abridging of Broly's debut film, TFS give no quarter in mocking Broly by using Vegeta as a mouthpiece to criticise the character (particularly his motives for hating Goku and non-existent personality) while the Z Fighters even go so far as to say that they'd rather fight any of the previous movie antagonists instead of Broly.
    • They also have a hatred towards Icarus, Gohan’s pet dragon in movies 3-5, due to him eating up screen time. So much so that he was killed twice when they covered Lord Slug and Cooler’s Revenge.
    • KaiserNeko hates Mr. Satan's students Caroni and Piroshkii, and his manager Piiza; they don't appear in the manga, their jokes take over screen time, and they're generally just really annoying. He made it a point to have Cell kill them almost as soon as they show up and to edit them out of any subsequent scenes.
      KaiserNeko: I would rather put in the effort to edit them out of every single shot they appear in than actually take the time to write jokes for them.
  • Logan Thirtyacre, creator of SuperMarioLogan has stated at times about how he regrets adding Jeffy to the cast, even stating in a chat with dabhdude that he would like to go back in time in order to make sure he never creates Jeffy. Logan has also stated that he can't retire or kill him off due to the fact a large portion of his subscribers only watch his channel for Jeffy, and would unsubscribe, harass, and/or even send death threats if Jeffy was removed (not helping is the fact that Logan's address is public knowledge, as he often has fans visiting his house who appear in Chilly's vlogs).
  • Outside Xbox's Dungeons & Dragons outings:
    • "Heir Superiority" ends up featuring a rather heavier role for an NPC named Lynton who ends up being a whiny, selfish little shit, moreso than the GM, Johnny Chiodini, had intended. At the end of one of Lynton's lines, Johnny breaks character to say, "God, I hate him."
    • In the "Blades in the Dark'' spinoff, GM Luke mentioned at the end strongly disliking Pickett, the Number Two of the Lampblacks Guild. This was due to the fact that the voice he selected for Pickett was taxing on his vocal chords. Naturally, Pickett becomes the group's mole which promises her a larger role in the narrative. During the story, a ghost claws its way down Pickett's throat, and Luke reasons that she'll probably have a different voice after such an event.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: At a fan convention for the show, creator Chris Rowley said "Oh, Buzzwang. We wanted to kill him so badly..." To which the gathered viewers responded "So did we!"
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Despite being well-received by the fanbase, Tobias' sister Rachel never had a second speaking role, and eventually disappeared from the show almost entirely, because the show's creator and other staff members disliked her character and design.
  • Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of many of Ben 10: Alien Force's aliens, admits he doesn't like doing Humongosaur's voice due to how much it strains his throat. This might be why he didn't reprise the role in Ben 10: Omniverse and the reboot, where Humongosaur is instead played by John DiMaggio and David Kaye, respectively.
  • DC Animated Universe:
  • The most prolific writer of the Donkey Kong Country cartoon, Erika Strobel, wrote in a post she made on Retrojunk that she hated Candy Kong, saying "her weird face made me cringe" and "she looks like a burn victim".
  • The creators of DuckTales (2017) say that Doofus was the only character from the original series that they didn't like, because he functioned solely as a living fat joke. After confirming that no one else seemed to have any fondness for him either, they reworked the character entirely, turning him into a rich and spoiled Creepy Child.
  • The Fairly OddParents has an interesting example in Sparky, a character added in the ninth season. While Butch Hartman personally liked the character, he was ultimately disliked not only by fans, but also the show's writers and network executives; the latter group would demand Sparky's removal from the show entirely. And so he was removed from the series entirely with zero in-show acknowledgement the very next season, replaced by the still divisive but less-hated Chloe.
  • Family Guy:
    • Joe Swanson's son Kevin simply disappeared from the series. This was due to the show's staff finding him boring. In "Stew-Roids", Joe offhandedly mentions that he died in Iraq, though "Thanksgiving" retconned this, saying that he instead faked his death.
    • In "Saving Private Brian", Stewie guns down the vaudeville guys and tells the audience that they're dead and that we won't be seeing them again. The staff confirmed in the DVD Commentary that "People just got sick of them." Ironically, they made one last appearance in "Back to the Woods" where one of them is a ghost while the other is in hell because he "liked little boys."
    • The writers admitted that they don't know how to write for a teenage girl like Meg. Her Butt-Monkey status in later seasons is often attributed to this.
    • Loretta was disliked by the show staff, finding her to be bland and nasty. With the addition of Alex Borstein hating the strain of voicing her and her unpopularity with the fanbase, she was eventually divorced from Cleveland and later killed in an episode of The Cleveland Show, which ends with a eulogy montage for her that only really showed off more of her unlikable traits (namely her constant nagging and her cheating on Cleveland).
    • The one character that nearly all of the show's writing staff despised was Paddy Tanniger due to how annoying he is and has since then been killed in a season 5 episode.
  • On the topic of Seth MacFarlane shows, MacFarlane stopped voicing Tim the Bear halfway into Season 3 of The Cleveland Show because he found the character annoying and unfunny.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • Lauren Faust admits that she hated Bendy just as much as the audience did, which is why he never appeared again.
    • Tara Strong has said that Terrence, Mac’s Big Brother Bully, was her least favorite character to play, as his raspy voice made her go hoarse with each appearance. This is probably partly the reason why he was downplayed in later episodes.
  • Futurama:
    • Matt Groening has apparently ranked the Hyper-Chicken (the Simple Country Lawyer who helps Planet Express in court cases from time to time) as his least favorite character.
    • Series director Peter Avanzino has described H.G. Blob as "a pain in the ass to draw."
  • The writers for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) and She-Ra: Princess of Power, when asked by Mattel to utilize Stinkor in the latter series, had a laugh after he was described to them and made an effort to never utilize the character, due to them seeing him as "a walking fart joke".
  • Hey Arnold!: Craig Bartlett admits that in the latter seasons, Arnold did indeed become too "perfect", and had less stories focused on him than before. He also didn't like Miss Slovak, feeling she was a boring character, which is why Mr. Simmons replaced her as Arnold's teacher in the second season.
  • According to Lilo & Stitch: The Series executive producer and screenwriter Jess Winfield, skateboarding boy (and Lilo's crush) Keoni Jameson was only made because Disney Channel execs wanted an Audience Surrogate character, and the show's writing staff hated him for it.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Several Warner Bros. staff grew to hate Porky Pig, particularly director Frank Tashlin, citing him to be "a terrible character" who was less charismatic and flexible to the franchise's trademark slapstick as later additions such as Bugs and Daffy, and felt forced to make cartoons of him in starring roles due to his title billing. Porky's last solo cartoon in The Golden Age of Animation was 1951's "The Wearing of the Grin", and after that, he got demoted to sidekick for the rest of his appearances. Even his own creator, Friz Freleng made fun of how much more boring he was to utilize:
      Freleng: Nobody liked working with Porky Pig much because he was sort of a square.
      • Ironically among the few of the staff that loved Porky was producer and later head of marketing, Leon Schlesinger, which may explain why Porky's career flourished far less upon his death.
      • The dislike of the character extends to the present day; animator Mike Fontanelli (who works for Warner Bros.) claims that Porky's current downplaying is a result of an unexplained dislike of the character by many Warner Bros. executives.
    • Friz Freleng wasn't fond of Elmer Fudd, stating the character was too dumb and pitiful, thus Bugs Bunny's usual Karmic Trickery on him made him look too sympathetic and caused a delicate dance to avoid Bugs looking like a Designated Hero. Because of that, he created Yosemite Sam as a more formidable and less sympathetic foe for Bugs.
    • The main reason why Chuck Jones retooled Bugs and Daffy into a cool winner and a jealous loser (respectively) was that he disliked their original Troll personas. Conversely, Robert McKimson was slow to adapt to their new personalities because he preferred their older ones. He even thought that Bugs had become an outright Flat Character during the mid-to-late '50s due to how reserved he got.
    • Producer Eddie Selzer hated the Tasmanian Devil for being too "grotesque", and ordered Robert McKimson to stop making cartoons about him. He would later relent because he was popular among the fandom (and because Jack Warner himself liked Taz). Selzer wasn't fond of Pepé Le Pew either, claiming there was nothing funny about a skunk who spoke French after watching For Scent-imental Reasons (which is ironic, considering that particular cartoon ended up winning an Oscar).
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Thomas Astruc, the creator of the show, has made clear a disdain for Félix, the proto-Cat Noir from the promotional video. Among the reasons for this is because the plan was for Félix to be indifferent and rude towards Marinette in civilian life and manipulative towards her when she's Ladybugnote , and even said that if the 2D version does get made, Cat Noir would still be Adrien from the series proper, not Félix. When Félix was eventually incorporated into the show as Adrien's cousin in season 3, he was written to be a thoroughly unpleasant Hate Sink.
    • Chloé also seems to have become this for Astruc, though this is mostly due to him being frustrated with fans who dislike the direction he took with her character, especially after season 2 and 3 show that she could change if guided only to relapse at the end of season 3 by willingly joining forces with the main antagonist.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Despite them being some of the show's most popular villains among fans, series creator Craig McCracken has a stated dislike of the Rowdyruff Boys. While he considers their debut episode to be one of the show's best, he also felt that the characters themselves were rather one-note and there was nothing further to be done with them by the end of the episode, and finds the Shipping between them and the girls to be incredibly creepy. Despite pressure from fans and executives, he resisted demand to bring them back, something which ultimately happened anyway once McCracken's involvement in the series lessened in later seasons. McCracken himself still tends to generally ignore them when he can, and infamously left them out of the show's anniversary special despite it featuring a Villain Team-Up with every other recurring villain in the series.
  • In The Real Ghostbusters, the Junior Ghostbusters were despised by the writers, as their addition was one of many things mandated by an outside consulting firm called Q5. When J. Michael Straczynski came back to the show after Q5 left, he said that he'd only use them in an episode if he were allowed to have them run over by a truck.
  • An example that lead to a retool and eventual aversion is Angelica in Rugrats. She was initially written as a mean kid who would never be punished for her actions, to teach children that sometimes life isn't fair. But Arlene Klasky has admitted that they came to loathe Angelica's brattiness so much that they started having her be punished for her actions. Starting in Season 2, Angelica was also given Hidden Depths to become a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • The reason we never saw Fred and Daphne look for clues together in the early days of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! was due to the writers finding them boring. According to writer Charles M. Howell, while Daphne was brought back for The New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show and The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries, the writers simply didn't know what to do with Fred, despite having Frank Welker onboard.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Matt Groening and Harry Shearer hated Dr. Marvin Monroe because the former found his voice annoying (which is ironic, considering the fact that Groening based him on David Viscott, a radio therapist he was a fan of, despite some people finding his voice annoying), while the latter strained his throat voicing him. As a result, the character disappeared from the show in its seventh season. He came back in three episodes; "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife" (mostly just to joke about his long absence), "Treehouse of Horror XXV" (to joke about him being an artifact of the show's early days; the segment he appeared in was about the Simpsons' Tracey Ullman-era selves), and "Flanders' Ladder" (as a ghost).
    • Groening has said he doesn't like Database, as he finds him very annoying.
    • While not hated outright, writer Bill Oakley once noted Marge was the most difficult character of the Simpson family to write episodes for, to the point they were often relegated to new writers as a test of their story-writing skills.
  • The second season of Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) had Rotor Demoted to Extra due to creator and producer Len Janson's unexplained dislike of the character.
  • According to Star vs. the Forces of Evil creator Daron Nefcy, Alfonzo and Ferguson were added because Disney wanted Marco to have male friends. She resented this, using them as little as possible in the show's first season, completely ignoring them for Season 2, and only giving them sproadic appearances in the final two seasons.
  • South Park:
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series:
    • The show's editor, John Semper, was deeply frustrated by the show's handling of the Hobgoblin, as he thought including him before the Green Goblin appeared made no sense and defeated the point of the character. This call was made by the person he had replaced and could not be undone because merchandise had already been produced for the character.
    • He also hated the Spider-Slayer robots featured in two season 1 episodes and only included them at Avi Arad's insistence.
  • Tex Avery MGM Cartoons: For some reason, Tex Avery hated Screwy Squirrel. There are accounts of him throwing out fan letters about the character on sight. It explains why Screwy ended up meeting such a gruesome end in his final cartoon, "Lonesome Lenny".
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Board artist Chris Tabares named Sandy as his least favorite in a Discord interview from January 2021. He said that he found Sandy better in the first few seasons, being portrayed as more sporty, and that her scientist personality she later developed isn't as interesting.
  • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: Tom Ruegger admitted he hated Flim-Flam, to the point that the character gave him a better appreciation for Scrappy-Doo.
  • Thomas & Friends:
    • Daisy was this to the staff members who operated the scale train models during the show's first few seasons. Her model was troublesome to work with, and as a result, she didn't appear very much during the model era. Since her return to the series after its shift to CGI animation, she has been featured more prominently.
    • Henry was also notably hard to handle from the writing team's point of view, due to his huge change in personality after Season 8. In Season 22, he was Demoted to Extra and his position on the Steam Team was taken by Rebecca, with his appearances since his departure being limited mostly to brief cameos. In fact, Henry's status as a Creator's Pest is even extended to The Railway Series books that the TV series is based on: being the Rev. W. Awdry's least-favorite character. Awdry even considered writing Henry out due to issues with illustrator C. Reginald Dalby drawing him inconsistently, and would have had Henry be scrapped after his accident in "The Flying Kipper". He ultimately rewrote the story to have Henry undergo a major rebuild instead, at least partially to ensure that Dalby kept Henry's design consistent from then on.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
  • Transformers:
    • The Transformers: Despite ironically writing over half of the episodes featuring him, David Wise disliked Omega Supreme, dismissing him as a "stupid character" based on a "completely illogical" toy.
    • Initially, the writers for Beast Wars hated Waspinator because they found his voice was annoying and he also ate up valuable screen time. Because they were contractually obligated to include Waspinator in every episode, they made sure to have him viciously maimed and dismembered at every opportunity. Over time, this went away as the writers grew to love Waspinator because of this, and they later convinced Hasbro to spare him when they were looking for characters to kill off at the beginning of Season 2.
    • Of all the characters in the franchise's decades-long history, the only one the creators of Transformers: Animated universally and utterly despise is Beachcomber. Not only did they only ever include him as a background crowd-filler, but the one big appearance they intended to give him in season three would’ve consisted of him being murdered by Shockwave. When that had to be cut for time, they planned to have the sadly-cancelled fourth season open with him being brutally killed in battle by Blackout. If they hadn’t gotten to do that, they’d have tried to kill him again in season five. It takes a special kind of Creator’s Pest to inspire such murderous hatred.
    • Brad Swaile, who provided the English dub voice for Kicker in Transformers Energon, has gone on record saying that he felt terrible about playing him after he gained mainstream success with Death Note.
    • The reason that Primus, the Transformer God and often a major character in the cosmology of the franchise, doesn't exist in Transformers: Animated largely boiled down to the fact that Derrick Wyatt, the art director and lead character designer, didn't really like him that much.
  • Kevin and Tim-Tom in The Venture Bros. were difficult for Jackson Hammer and Doc Publick to fit into the plot after their introduction, which made it increasingly difficult to find a place for them in stories. Them being largely loathed by the fandom actually helped Hammer and Publick figure out what to do with them going forward.