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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.

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.

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 logomisia 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. Notably, Cell has never had any major canonical comeback, unlike other arc villains who remain as large presences in the franchise.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • Alex Ross famously does not like Green Lantern 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 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Spider-Man:
  • Stan Lee:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 well-known in the industry that former DC Comics editor Dan DiDio hates Dick Grayson (Robin I/Nightwing I/Batman III), and has tried to have him killed off (although he never succeeded). To a lesser degree, he's known for his dislike of sidekicks and Legacy Characters, with Wally West (Kid Flash / The Flash III) also being a known disliked character of his in particular, and former Batgirls Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown being retconned out or demoted to secondary roles. 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 being a legacy character was subservient to Barry Allen and made a more complicated story.
  • While he didn't hate the character per se, Marv Wolfman put Kid Flash On A Bus out of New Teen Titans because he found a hero with Super Speed annoying to write.
  • 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.
  • The character Venom gained his iconic More Teeth than the Osmond Family + Overly Long Tongue appearance when the new artist for the Spider-Man book decided Venom bored him so throughly, the only way he could get through the experience of drawing him was by doing bizarre things to his face. Somehow, people liked it.
  • Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of Swamp Thing, had no fondness for drawing Dracula or any other vampires, due to their lack of sympathetic qualities.
  • 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.
    • For similar reasons, Connor Hawke, Oliver's son and successor, also suffered this. 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).
  • 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.
  • Cary Bates and Mike Grell, who worked on Legion Of Superheroes 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).
  • Marv Wolfman and John Byrne resent Supergirl'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.
  • Editor Mark Gruenwald rather infamously disliked that Roger Stern made Monica Rambeau, then known as Captain Marvel, the team leader of The Avengers over the established Captain America. He pushed Stern to reverse the decision, and on the basis that Rambeau would've screwed up so badly that Steve Rogers would look better by comparison after retaking the reins. Stern tried to push back due to the Unfortunate Implications such a storyline would entail, 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 "willing" giving the title to Mar-Vell's biological son Genis-Vell.

    Comic Strips 
  • 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.
  • Peanuts:
    • Charles 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.
  • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • The author of Danganronpa: In Harmony's Wake admits that she dislikes Timber Spruce. Unlike Flash Sentry, who she initially disliked for similar reasons but grew to enjoy, Timber Spruce just came off as skeevy for his interest in Sci-Twi, an under-aged client of his, believing he used his position of authority to bully her into being interested in him, and sees their relationship to be bad writing. So, that's why Timber became the first blackened of the story, and was shown to have made many stupid mistakes while carrying out his murder of Wallflower Blush, which eventually got him caught and brutally executed.
  • The author of The Flash Sentry Chronicles has made it clear that when he adapts My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree (his least-favorite Equestria Girls movie) for the series, he plans to fix the "mistake" the film caused with the Ship Tease between Sci-Twi and Timber Spruce, admitting that he absolutely cannot stand Timber Spruce for getting in the way of Twilight and Flash (his favorite ship) and stealing screen-time from Flash.
  • The author of Highschool Dragon named Svengallop, Spoiled Rich and Prince Blueblood as his top 3 least-favorite characters which explains Prince Blueblood's Adaptational Jerkass and The Mole in the fic.
  • 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.
  • Both writers of Total Drama All-Stars Rewrite rank Cody as their least favorite character, which likely explains his Adaptational Jerkass qualities and Butt-Monkey moments during the Aftermath. Courtney and Lightning are also strongly disliked by the authors, which has a bit to do with why the other characters give Courtney No Sympathy for being cheated on back in World Tour (although she does later get a redemption) while Lightning is more or less hated by the entire cast (Lindsay even outright tells him he was annoying).
    • Neither authors are fans of the Duncan/Courtney ship, due to both of them being in the camp that views their relationship as too toxic and abusive. Duncan more or less expresses the authors' views, saying that he has permanently lost interest in Courtney and will never return to her due to having become fed up with her behavior.
  • 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 The Savior King The Master Tactician And The Queen Of Liberation has made it no secret that she despises Edelgard, due to her inability to see other people's perspectives, her prejudices against the Nebateans, and of her refusal to take responsibility for her and her "allies" actions both in story, and in the Crimson Flower route. She did admit to feeling sorry about her when Odesse beat the shit out of Edelgard, and admitted that the scene was hard to write though.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton
    • Two authors of the other The Many Dates of Danny Fenton stories have a negative view of Sam Manson and Tucker Foley.
      • NeoMark has stated many times that he dislike Sam as a character and, to a lesser extent Tucker. And feel their role in the story should be downplayed in favor of other characters. At the beginning of After Many Dates: Danny and Kim numbered characters commented on how Kim Possible was more pretty than Sam and how they like Kim better than Sam. Downplayed as NeoMark realizes that he went too far and tried to show their positive traits, but also reduced their role in the story in favor of the other heroes. In NeoMark other stories, he has been shown trying to balance Sam and Tucker's positive and negative traits and when they suffer bad luck for their actions to when they get a lucky break as a reward for doing the right thing.
      • Played Straight with Luiz4200. You can tell by his writing that he really hates Sam and Tucker. He put the two of them through a lot, having Sam and Tucker caught sneaking into Alex's house. Both were grounded, with Sam's parents cutting her off and forcing her to get a job. Danny rejected Sam when she confessed her feelings for him, Danny rejected her. Luiz4200 went to go so far as to have Tucker not pursue a relationship with Velma Dinkley in TMDDF: Danny Chooses Alex After the Many Dates so that Tucker can still be humiliation in flirting with other girls. Later downplayed in Luiz4200 other stories were Sam and Tucker don't suffer as much as bad luck as in TMDDF: Danny Chooses Alex After the Many Dates, with Sam and Tucker even getting a few lucky breaks in that story like Danny forgiving Sam and Tucker meeting Velma Dinkley in college and getting together with her.
    • Most of the authors do not have the fondest opinions of Family Guy and American Dad!, given how its characters are mocked, harmed, arrested, and even killed and brought back to life before getting a life sentence in them. Notably, unlike the other characters the other authors dislike, these characters were never shown with either redeeming traits or getting good fortune.
  • Codex Equus
    • Chrysalis from canon. BrutalityInc had admitted on multiple occasions to utterly loath her as a character, to the point he himself believes his hatred reaches irrational levels. These reasons stems seeing her as having completely failed to live up to her supposed cred as a master manipulator and The Chessmaster in canon by constantly making VERY idiotic mistakes, her lack of depth as a character beyond being a ruthless, sociopathic, power-hungry tyrant, yet despite all her failings she nevertheless always being able to somehow come close to winning on too many occasions even when she has no rights, which BrutalityInc believes is mostly due to sheer dumb luck, Plot Armour or the heroes opposing her, in his eyes, being EVEN MORE inept and idiotic than she is. He has gone on record saying that the utterly inept Chrysalis portrayed in "The Mean Six" episode more or less summarizes exactly what he think of her. Nevertheless, out of respect for other writers and readers who liked her, he has tone down his bashing of her and given her credit where it's really due (e.g. legitimately defeating Cadence, an Alicorn, off-screen), as well as leaving the question of her competence ambiguous and open for the readers to decide both in-universe and out.
      • BrutalityInc has also hinted he wrote the Changeling Court entries, which massively expands the Changelings from canon into a civilization that is much, MUCH larger and deeper than Chrysalis and her hive partly because he doesn't want a legitimately interesting race/culture with much story potential to be tainted by association with her. That's right, the creation of a significant part of the Codexverse is most likely motivated, in part, out of BrutalityInc's dislike for Chrysalis. And given Codex Equus BEGAN with the Changeling Courts entries, it's not inconceivable to think the entire thing wouldn't had got off the ground if he didn't despise her, his enmity serving as the foundation that the monument of creativity which is the Codexverse would be built upon. THAT is how much he hated Chrysalis.
    • BrutalityInc also apparently have a thing against Card Carrying Villains who does things For the Evulz in general, disliking their lack of depth and/or disturbed by their characterization. Whenever he creates one - and he RARELY does - they always come off as stupid, insane, or otherwise pitiful, and those that either came from canon or are inspired by Evil-reveling Card-Carrying Villains from other sources, such as Cosmos, Temnobog and Surtr are written or rewritten to flesh out their personalities and motivations, either to make them deeply sympathetic or just to make them better villains. Otherwise, the absolute best a Card-Carrying Villain For the Evulz character can expect in entries written by BrutalityInc himself is probably a snide in-universe comment on their antics. He has admitted in the comments section of their entries that his entries on Temnobog and Surtr are done partly to experiment in making Card-Carrying Villains that are actually interesting. Temnobog in particular is designed specifically to subvert conventional character archetypes by making him a 'good' guy despite still being completely, unapologetically evil.

    Films — Animated 
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • The 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 a fairly unceremonious death halfway through the film.

  • 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 One—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.

    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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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
    • 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 Klingon 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 justthat useless.
    • 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 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 conscerning 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. 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 hates Luke Harper? Luke couldn't do a Deep South accent. Sure, Harper's so clearly one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster that Forbes wrote an article criticizing Vince for misusing him, and regularly stated by his fellow wrestlers to be one of the best on the roster and horribly utilized... but he can't do a hick accent, and so Vince has no use for 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.
  • 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.


    • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 recent 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 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 then her husband Zhang Fei, but her children Xingcai and Zhang Bao.

    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 Comics 
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • TFS has also been vocal about their distaste for Dragon Ball Super's Jiren, calling him a completely boring non-character who only exists to be an obstacle for Goku, with Lanipator in particular nicknaming him "Superman Uchiha". In the Season 3 epilogue, Future Cell says that he considered naming himself Jiren, but decided against it because of how boring it sounds.
    • 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".
  • 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).
  • RWBY writer Miles Luna has made no secret of his hatred for Adam Taurus, calling him "the worst" at an RTX convention panel and including a footnote in a script saying "fuck you Adam Taurus."
  • One of Outside Xbox's Dungeons & Dragons outings ends up featuring a rather heavier role for an NPC named Lynton who happens to be a whiny, selfish little shit 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."

    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's basically just a living fat joke. Hence, the reboot's version of Doofus is very In Name Only, being a rich and spoiled Creepy Child.
  • The Fairly OddParents: Sparky was hated by staff members due to his obnoxious personality (it doesn't help that as Butch Hartman revealed, Sparky was added in as the result of Executive Meddling). When Season 10 came around, Sparky would be removed from the series entirely, replaced with 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).
  • 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 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."
  • 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, 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 for Chuck Jones retooling the personalities of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck was that he disliked their original Troll archetypes.
      • Conversely, Robert McKimson was the slowest director to adapt to their new personalities because he didn't care much for the new versions of them (which meant Daffy had shades of his old screwball persona as late as 1958's "Don't Axe Me")
  • 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.
    • Chloe also seems to have become this for Astruc, as he repeatedly stressed to fans she was supposed to be a Hate Sink and the fact that her arc made her Beyond Redemption, with Astruc getting annoyed by fans anger over this.
  • 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 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.
    • 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 before completely ignoring them for Season 2. They would make a brief appearance in Season 3, and despite that got a rather good sendoff.
  • 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.
  • 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 the Tank Engine:
    • 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 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:
    • More than a few times the writers have stated that Fifi is one of their least-liked characters of the main cast; simply because of how overly popular she was with the fanbase. The constant fans demanding more Fifi episodes and screentime is the main reason she has the fewest episodes out of the main cast, with a Straw Fan character even being written as a criticism of those fans.
    • Elmyra was infamously an executive's Creator's Pet, which naturally led the writers to hate her. After having two different Poorly Disguised Pilots in Tiny Toon Adventures, she was shoehorned into Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, which has more Biting-the-Hand Humor aimed at the higher ups than both Tiny Toons and Pinky and the Brain combined.
  • 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 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.
    • 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 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.


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