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Simply put, Hate Fic is Revenge Fic on a series-wide scale. The author sets out to deliberately attack an entire show, either through simply mocking it and its characters or by the techniques of Deconstruction.

Done well, this could lead to a Deconstructor Fleet as the author breaks down what exactly didn't work in the original show. When done poorly, this often takes the form of a badly-done Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, which attempts to discredit a show based on unfavorable comparison with another rather than by any serious examination of the target series's actual flaws; instead, they tend to abound with heinous characters (including the protagonists), Straw Losers, massive powerups, plot holes, long lectures of what sucks from the canon and why, torturing/mutating the characters into copies of how they "should be" (if not plain torturing/mutating the characters, period) and loads and loads of cynicism.

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Invariably, this leads to cries of "If you hate the show so much, why bother writing about it?"

When this is done in commercially-published work, it's an extreme example of an External Retcon.

Note: It is a Hate Fic only if it covers an entire series. Examples that focus on a single character belong under Revenge Fic.


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    Anime and Manga 

  • One of the most famous examples is the Eyrie Productions Unlimited fanfic Neon Exodus Evangelion, written in response to Gryphon's disgust for what he felt was the pointless nihilism of Neon Genesis Evangelion. The man receives so much hatemail from enraged fanboys that if it were all paper, the rain forests would be screaming. He considers the fanfic a success.
    • There are even a few fanfics written that are hate fics against hate fics. An example includes Kyrie Eleison, which from the first paragraph states it was written to deconstruct fics like Neon Exodus Evangelion.
  • One day, an angry Voltes V fanboy decided to take Voltron and its characters, replace their canon heroic personalities with countless straw attributes, mostly the demonization kind; get Voltes V and countless other Super Robots plus Space Sheriff Shaider to always hand the Voltron Team's asses to them; repeat the same formula for the next 84 chapters; and the internet got Voltes V Versus Voltron: The Godaikin Wars.
  • Although most of Dragon Ball Z Abridged is an Affectionate Parody, some of the abridged versions of the various movies fall into this, though the results tend to be well-received regardless:
    • Dragon Ball – Episode of Bardock Abridged completely skewers the original by having the narrator outright state it only exists for merchandising, having Bardock shown to completely loathe the Saiyan ancestors to the point of going in a violent rage against them, and has Bardock turn Super Saiyan not because he's upset at Chilled attacking the alien rage but because he's angry at how stupid the plot is. It also ends with the reveal that it was all a story made up by Goku to tell Gohan, which in turn was just something Gohan was just dreaming.
    • Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan Abridged isn't quite as scathing as Episode of Bardock, but it still doesn't hide Team Four Star's contempt for Broly, with Vegeta spending the back-half of the film having a breakdown over how stupid Broly's motivation is, and all the main characters being completely sick of Broly by the end of it, bringing up all of the past movie villains and wishing they could fight them instead.
    • Subverted by Dead Zone Abridged: Although most of the humor comes from lampshading the heavy amount of Plot Holes in the original, and ends with a reveal similar to the one in Episode of Bardock (where it was all just a movie being pitched by Krillin to Nappa) but TFS have praised the movie and gave it a very high ranking on their list of the best DBZ films (Number 5, ahead of Fusion Reborn and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’)

    Comic Books 
  • Three started as an open Hate Fic of Frank Miller's 300. Being aware of the existence of the Helots and the abuse they got from their Spartan masters (even by Ancient standards), writer Kieron Gillen was incensed by the glorified portrayal of the Spartan warriors in 300 while the Helots weren't even mentioned, and decided to do a comic series where the image of Sparta would be as over-the-top negative as the one Persia got in 300. However, while doing more research, Gillen realized that he actually found real history more interesting than this approach, and decided to go for a more neutral view, picturing the Spartan characters as flawed, three-dimensional human beings, who were almost as much victims of their nation's militaristic culture and expectations as the Helots were of their slave condition.
  • This trope happens frequently when Pat Mills (Marshal Law) and Garth Ennis (The Boys) are working on comics about superheroes. Ennis' The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe is pretty much thirty-nine pages of Frank Castle curb-stomping all superheroes and committing suicide when he discovers one of them was a childhood friend of his. Aren't What If? works wonderful?
  • Joe Quesada's One More Day and One Moment in Time are essentially responses to "The Wedding!" (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21). His dislike for the marriage between Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson (if not necessarily either or both characters) extends to repeated diatribes about the marriage being a mistake, and also snide putdowns on famous moments in that annual. For instance a panel image in "The Wedding" Annual where Peter, Harry, and Flash raise a toast in celebration to Peter's nuptials (three hands raising glasses above) becomes reused for the end of OMD where Peter and others raise a toast to a Brand New Day celebrating the single life, snidely inverting the original emotional context on its head.
  • Transformers: Deviations is basically an officially licensed one to the movie and season three of The Transformers. Every Bot and Con who would've been in season 3 dies unceremoniously while the Junkions are pretty much ignored. Hot Rod gets verbally abused and keeps screwing up until the very end, where he at least gets to open the Matrix and is remembered as Rodimus Prime posthumously. It's telling that TFWiki.net calls it an "embarrassing 1994-era alt.toys.transformers fanfic in official comic form".
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    Fan Fiction 
  • A strange case with Brewdening Love and its Expanded Universe. The fanfic in question is a Troll Fic by a Twilight fan who hates Bella. Twilight anti-fans took this fic and wrote fanfic of it, mostly featuring Brugo slash. So we have Hate Fics of a fanfic that hates on Bella and Jacob. Then, Author Erin Locklea added Revenge Fic chapters that put internet critics into the story and had them killed, so the circle is now complete.
  • Keyseeker's Divergent Points: ML Salt is a massive unabashed Take That! towards the Fandom-Specific Plot of "Salt Fics", demonstrating just how much twisting of character is needed for them to work. A special emphasis is put on their tendency to overpunish characters for their flaws.
  • The Doorstop is a Deconstruction from another fanfic, The Open Door, which, if you've heard of it, likely know it's a bit... divisive for readers. Iolaus, the author, read it, and decided he could tell the story better — so he did so, flipping the perspective away from New Chaos and to the more heroic factions, as well as numerous other changes. The result is a bit more even-handed than other examples on this page, although some reviews would claim otherwise (ironically, the arguments that fans of The Open door use against this fic are also applicable to The Open Door itself).
  • League of Angels: The Devil's Gambit is a fanfic that was written by the author to get revenge on a group of people who MST'd his previous work, which was also a Revenge Fic against the same people for mocking some other person's fic. The whole fic becomes a barely-comprehensible mess that combines reckless hate against his critics, a fanfic author that rejected his offer at revenge on the group, and the Trump Administration with the hero of the fic getting sexed up by multiple girls across multiple games and anime, including Fire Emblem and Akame ga Kill!.

    Literature 
  • Inheritance Cycle has attracted a lot of fanfiction dedicated to bashing the hell out of it, with The Storm Dragons among the most well-known examples.
  • Twilight, having a breathtakingly massive (and vocal) Periphery Hatedom, unsurprisingly gets this treatment a lot, to the point where around half of the fics listed in the recs page are these, like one about Light Yagami killing the Cullens and Bella.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Dead Fic Invader Zim's Revenge, written in response to the cancellation of Invader Zim, focuses on Zim attacking The Fairly OddParents, believed by the author to be the show responsible for the cancellation.
  • A truly bizarre case with My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic, a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic-that-isn't-a-fanfic written by an author who makes no secret of his loathing for the show and its themes.
  • From the same author is Friendship is Failure, a series of fanfics entailing Twilight Sparkle and co. setting out to solve friendship problems but failing every single time because most of the characters refuse the concept for one reason or another. The author makes it more clear than ever that he despises the themes of friendship, believing the show to be saying that it's the only way to happiness and "brainwashing" people into believing in such. Some stories entail the Teen Titans and have one of his many Revenge Fics involving the show play out, and he's gotten Equestria destroyed quite a few times doing this.
  • Vathara's Embers absolutely brutalizes everyone in Avatar: The Last Airbender except the Fire Nation in general and Zuko in particular (though the Dai Li also get a few inches of whitewashing). Strangely for a Zuko-centric fic, Katara not only doesn't end up falling for the brooding Fire Prince, but gets tortured even worse than every character save Aang (whose Nation is Retconned to be Evil All Along and his canon relationship with Katara is severely damaged), stated In-Universe to be punishment for hating Zuko.
  • Steven Universe:
    • The Darkness Between Stars is an odd version of this. The authors state that they actually loved the show... right up until the episode "A Single Pale Rose" turned all the story's themes on its head and proceeded to let the villains be Easily Forgiven for their genocidal and authoritarian actions. The story is a Deconstruction Fic diverging from that episode that addresses criticisms the authors had with the canon and provides what they believe to be a more thematically consistent resolution. Several scenes from canon are directly referenced with very pointed criticisms.
    • Flawed Crystals is by the same authors as the above, and is a similar Deconstruction Fic, this time even more directly: The canon ending is revealed to be All Just a Dream, and is subjected to scathing criticism by the characters in the story, portraying it as a nonsensical mess of Plot Holes and Character Derailment that can only be explained as a sick wish-fulfillment fantasy of Steven's. Steven in particular is portrayed as a self-centered narcissist with a god complex who only helps people to fuel his fantasy of being a beloved savior. The author commentary outright calls him "a terrifying, awful person" and that "no one but the diamonds deserve to suffer his twisted, possessive, controlling idea of 'love'." (They do, however, go on to say that they liked Steven before his character took this turn in the final episodes, and his Character Development in the fangame is something of a Fix Fic in this regard.)
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