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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.

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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 the fans hated that character.

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

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


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • After War Gundam X: Olba Frost was hated by his voice actor - apparently, the role even gave him logomisia toward the phrase "Nii-san.".
  • Doraemon: An obscure character who only appeared in 5 chapters in the original manga and their on screen adaptation in the now inaccessible 1973 anime was Gatchako, a robotic duck. The character was quickly discontinued by the writer, Fujiko Fujio, as he 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 author's 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.
  • Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto has occasionally expressed that he's not good at writing female characters, and in the manga's later years seem to particularly dislike Sakura. In one interview (at about 25:00), Kishimoto was asked who his favorite female character was, and went out of his way to insist it wasn't Sakura.
  • 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.
  • Sailor Moon directors Junichi Sato and Kunihiko Ikuhara infamously hated Usagi's Love Interest, Mamoru, and deliberately did their best to downplay his role in the story and remove his combat prowess.
  • 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 writers of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic grew to dislike Kennedy as much as the audience did, despite Joss Whedon's apparent and notorious undying love for the character.
  • Alex Ross famously does not like Kyle Rayner, and has said in interviews he goes out of ways to avoid drawing him.
  • 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 gambit 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).
  • Matt Wagner has stated that he has come to hate Hunter Rose, the original Grendel, viewing his original Byronic Hero version 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.
  • Mortadelo y Filemón: Ibañez wasn't very fond of Irma, and she stopped appearing altogether the moment he regained control over the comic.
  • 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.
  • Spider-Man:
  • Stan Lee famously killed off Bucky Barnes in an issue of The Avengers and Toro in an issue of Namor because he hates Kid Sidekicks.
  • Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • It is incredibly well-known in the industry that DC Comics editor Dan DiDio hates Dick Grayson (Robin I/Nightwing I/Batman III), and has tried to have him killed off. To a lesser degree, he's known for his dislike of the first generation of DC sidekicks, especially those that have become Legacy Characters, with Wally West (Kid Flash I/The Flash III) also being a known disliked character of his in particular.
    • his hatred of Wally West might be even greater, since he's gone into downright petty avenues over it. When the real Wally was finally brought back after being Exiled from Continuity (thanks to Geoff Johns getting higher pull to make DC Rebirth), plans to focus on Wally kept getting vetoed. He'd also insisted Wally couldn't wear his classic costume for fear it would be too similar to Barry's, and vetoed any pitch to give him a solo book, reportedly arguing that their wouldn't be an audience for two Flash books (despite the apparent demand for his character indicating their would be). Then comes Heroes in Crisis.
    • Another point of his hatred seemed to be Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, the second and third Batgirls. In general, it seems that when fans react negatively to the mistreatment of a character DiDio takes it personally, as after initially causing controversy for killing off Steph and giving Cass a poorly thought out Face–Heel Turn, he had both characters erased in the New 52 reboot. When several creators made pitches for their characters, DiDio personally vetoed them, and reportedly the two were labelled 'toxic' among the creators and barred from usage. Eventually this was lifted, but the stories where they were reintroduced, and how they were reintroduced, were somewhat spotty and neither gained anywhere near their previous exposure.
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    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • 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 and they all tried to kill her off.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Mallory from The Baby-Sitters Club somehow earned the ire of Ann M. Martin, as detailed here.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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".
  • 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 

    Multiple Media 
  • BIONICLE:
    • 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.
    • Second Story Team leader 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.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Ric Flair was the target of Jim Herd when he was still in charge of WCW. Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Jericho were such later, especially the first three when Kevin Nash was booker, infamously dubbing them "vanilla midgets", a term which honestly didn't even apply to Guerrero. Another booker, Kevin Sullivan, especially disliked Benoit but begrudgingly tried to get him over so he wouldn't leave the company, which Benoit ended up doing anyway, with Sullivan's wife, no less. Eric Bischoff was particularly dismissive of Jericho and also had it in for Ole Anderson but, contrary to popular belief, did see potential in "Stunning" Steve Austin, just not enough get over their difficulties in working together.
  • Vince Russo wasn't particularly fond of women wrestlers (ex: Madusa, Daffney Unger), Luchadors (ex: Psicosis, La Parka) or Japanese men (ex: The Great Muta, Jushin Thunder Liger). 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 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.
  • The entire women's division was a Creator's Pest for Vince McMahon, who refused to push the performers as anything but Fanservice. Only with the greater influence of his daughter and son-in-law in the company did things start changing, with reportedly much kicking and screaming from the boss.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Gerry Anderson, for one reason or another, loathed John Tracy from his hit series Thunderbirds, which is part of the reason he was almost never seen outside of his post in space station Thunderbird 5 or the Tracys' mansion on the island. 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.
    • The Continuity Reboot Thunderbirds Are Go fixes this issue, with John now as active an International Rescue member as any of his brothers, due in part to the series having been made after Anderson's death.

    Video Games 
  • Gregg Mayles and Steve Mayles, the lead designer and artist of the first two Donkey Kong Country, 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.
  • 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • A somewhat downplayed version, for Dangan Ronpa, 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 Comics 
  • David Willis of Walkyverse and Dumbing of Age fame states that his only character that he absolutely cannot stand is Mary Bradford.
  • In Sonichu, it's rather clear Chris hates Bananasauros, who was designed by a Patreon backer. 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.

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Tobias's sister Rachael 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. The fans' reaction toward her, in other hands, is more or less opposite.
  • Initially, the writers for Beast Wars hated Waspinator because they found his voice was annoying and 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 the earliest opportunity. Over time, this trope was subverted 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.
  • DC Animated Universe:
    • Bruce Timm is on record as saying the crew of Superman: The Animated Series hated Professor Hamilton from day one. When DC rejected having Darkseid kill the Kents at the end of "Apokolips Now, Part 2", they'd briefly considered killing Hamilton until they realized it wouldn't have the impact they wanted. This also likely why Hamilton only reappears in Justice League Unlimited to pull a Face–Heel Turn and work for Cadmus.
    • More of a Base-Breaking Character within the crew in addition to the fandom, but some of the writers didn't like Max Gibson for Batman Beyond and used Bruce as an Author Avatar in "Where's Terry?" to vent their own feelings. Others, like Alan Burnett, liked her and actually attempted to have her replace Dana as Terry's girlfriend. This might explain why Max doesn't appear in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker or the Fully Absorbed Finale "Epilogue" in Justice League Unlimited.
  • 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".
  • A variant: the creators of DuckTales (2017) say that Doofus was the only character from the original series that they didn't like, because he's basically just a living fat joke. Hence, the new show's version of Doofus doesn't really have anything in common with the original but name and appearance, being a spoiled Creepy Child.
  • 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 a later episode 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 episode of The Cleveland Show, with it ending 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 Bunny, and felt forced to make cartoons of him in starring roles due to his title billing. What's more, his original pre-Mel Blanc voice actor, Joe Dougherty, actually had Porky's now-iconic stutter in real life, which resulted in more than a few audio tracks being thrown out as unusable for running on too long.
    • Friz Freleng wasn't fond of Elmer Fudd, saying that Bugs Bunny's mean tricks on him made him look too sympathetic. Because of that, he created Yosemite Sam as a more formidable foe for Bugs.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: A number of the writers have admitted to not liking Spike very much. Their reasons range from not knowing what to do with him to preferring to focus on other characters. Given his Designated Monkey status, it's no surprise that someone working on the show felt this way about him. Most fans agree that the writers started handling him better in Season 6, though.
  • An example that turned into a subversion 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 Simpsons:
    • Matt Groening and Harry Shearer hated Dr. Marvin Monroe because the former found 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 for one episode, mostly just to joke about his long absence.
    • Groening has said he doesn't like Database, as he finds him very annoying.
  • Word of God has it that the reason the second season of Sonic Sat AM had Rotor Demoted to Extra was 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 before completely ignoring them for Season 2. They would make a brief appearance in Season 3.
  • 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.
  • Many of the crew of Tiny Toon Adventures really did not like Fifi La Fume, due in part to the fact that she was ridiculously popular with the fandom in the first place and they were constantly getting requests for Fifi-centric episodes at the expense of everyone else.
  • 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 they left, he said that he'd only use them in an episode if he were allowed to have them run over by a truck.

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