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"And do you want to know something else? I've never liked your spinach puffs! Never!"

So you have two characters who are friends, partners, siblings, or lovers. It appears that they're in some sort of falling out or one of them has betrayed them. You can expect one of the characters will say they now hated them, but they revealed that they already had contempt for them from the beginning. Usually, they will declare that they never liked the character or they always knew how flawed the character is. The other is often flabbergasted to hear this.


The character's hatred or disdain for their friend/partner can implicate that they may have had problems with the other character, especially if he has quirks, and the reason they were friends/partners with them for a long time was out of necessity, not because they like each other.

The character declaring this may have been The Lancer, The Rival, or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who happens to have a begrudging respect for The Hero. To see him fall on dark times may be shocking, but this is just an excuse to express his dislike for the Rival Turned Evil.

In other ways, the character who expresses their ill will for the hero may not hate them at all. They only declare that they hated the hero as a lame retort against the other character severing all ties. It's no surprise that this trope can show you one (or two) characters never really see eye to eye to begin with anyway.


Can be a part of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. This can also be a part of a Motive Rant if the character reveals his disdain for the hero. This can well likely appear in a Feud Episode or an Achilles in His Tent plot. Expect one of the Vitriolic Best Buds to execute this trope if their friendship is destroyed. Compare False Friend if the character turning on the friend was his enemy all along. Often related to Dying Declaration of Hate. See also Was It All a Lie?.



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  • In a mid-2000s commercial for Coca Cola, two girls, who have been BFFs forever, decide to celebrate by breaking out some Coke, but when one of the girls says she didn't bring any, her friend suddenly turns on her, saying she never liked her, causing both of them to break into a verbal fight.

     Anime & Manga 
  • Ace Attorney: In the third episode of the "Recipe for Turnabout" arc in the second season, it seems as though Furio Tigre and Viola Cadaverini are in love with each other, but after getting off the phone with his boss, Tigre says "This is all that gloomy bitch's fault!" loudly enough for Viola to overhear him. It turns out that Tigre had accidentally hit Viola with his scooter, and her grandfather Bruto forced him to pay for Viola's operation, resulting in Tigre becoming desperate enough for money that he ended up killing Glen Elg to steal the MC Bomber virus and sell it on the black market.
  • Attack on Titan: In the final arc, Eren tells Mikasa — who has blatantly been in love with him since the beginning of the series — that he's always hated her in order to motivate her to oppose him when he launches his coup d'etat.
  • In Bleach, in the flashback when Aizen reveals that he is a traitor, his Captain, Shinji, tells him that he always knew Aizen was no good and never liked him. The entire reason he chose Aizen as his lieutenant was to keep an eye on him. Aizen smugly tells Shinji that his distrust is exactly why Shinji never noticed that Aizen had secretly replaced himself with a doppelganger months ago; by never allowing himself to like or get to know Aizen, Shinji was unable to see any strange behavior after the switch.
  • In the third Cyber City Oedo 808 OVA, Benton (one of the three Boxed Crook protagonists) ignores his orders. Sengoku is ordered to kill him if he doesn't stand down (which he won't) and bluntly invokes this trope luckily Gogol (who hadn't been given any orders) shows up and knocks Sengoku out.
    Sengoku: All right, I never liked you anyway. [raises gun]
  • In Code Geass, after Rolo attempts to console Lelouch after the apparent demise of the latter's full-blooded little sister Nunnally, Lelouch flips out and admits he never liked him for being a fake replacement sibling.
  • In Cross Ange, after joining Embryo's side, Chris admits her hidden resentment towards her friends Hilda and Rosalie, who she felt always treated her like a third wheel.
  • Played with in Death Note where Aizawa screams angrily at L, "I ALWAYS HATED YOU RYUZAKI!" But L rebuts nicely with, "That's such a shame. Because I always liked you, Mr. Aizawa."
  • Frieza and Cooler from Dragon Ball, despite being brothers, only have one thing in common: Neither of them can stand their own family.
    • In Cooler's case, while he makes it clear that he has a lot of disdain for his brother, Frieza, it isn't until after Frieza is dead that his hatred for him and their father truly comes out when he pridefully tells Goku that had Goku (actually Trunks) not killed him, Cooler would have instead. All because King Cold never loved him or had as many expectations in him as he did in Frieza.
    • In Frieza's case, shortly after being resurrected by the Dragon Balls and regenerated by the Frieza Force in Resurrection ‘F’, some members opt to return to earth and revive King Cold (after he was murdered by Trunks years ago). Frieza, however, rebukes their concerns by claiming that his father means nothing to him and that he would be more than happy to rule the universe without him.
  • In FLCL Alternative, Pets does this to Kana in the penultimate episode, before giving a "The Reason You Suck" Speech that deconstructs Kana's actions throughout the rest of the series. Notably, this conflict does not get resolved, as the angry character chooses to leave the planet without trying to patch up the relationship first.
  • In Fruits Basket, Isuzu "Rin" Sohma's parents seemed like the ideal Good Parents for much of her childhood. That all fell apart one day when Rin innocently asked her parents if they were really as happy as they seemed to be. With just that question, her parents snapped and became horribly abusive towards her afterwards, revealing that they had always resented having a daughter with the Sohma family's Hereditary Curse and had never truly loved her.
  • Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Vento Aureo: In the Sleeping Slaves prologue-of-an-epilogue, Narancia states upon receiving news of Luca's death that he always hated him. While Bucciarati tells him not to say such things out loud in the gangsters' world, it can be easily assumed that he shared the same feelings, as Luca sold drugs to children.
  • In Kitchen Princess, Najika is shunned by most of her "elite" classmates for her lack of prestige. Her only apparent friend is Akane, a model who pretends to like Najika but in reality only gets close to her to try and humiliate her. During the school's Christmas party, Akane declares that she has always hated Najika, causing her to have a Heroic BSoD that almost drives her to quit the school.
  • In the climax of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, the Big Bad Evil Matriarch Precia declares to her Love Martyr of a daughter Fate that she has actually always hated her and manipulated her emotions all along for her own goals, before abandoning her altogether. Needless to say, Fate breaks.
  • In Mob Psycho 100, Ritsu seems like the perfect, supportive older brother (despite being younger), but it's revealed to the audience fairly quickly that he's secretly consumed with jealousy over Mob's Psychic Powers. Later, after Ritsu gains powers himself, he tells Mob that he only acted so nice to him because he was afraid of him. Mob can accept Ritsu's anger but insists that his affection must have been half real—which, given their speedy reconciliation, is probably correct.
  • In My-Otome, Tomoe had secretly been sabotaging Arika to make her life at Garderobe miserable in order to stop her from (in her mind) interfering with her crush on Shizuru. When they meet again after the former defects to the bad guys who took over their academy, Tomoe declares that she never liked Arika or any of her friends, and dedicates her remaining screentime to trying to kill Arika.
  • Naruto:
    • Sasuke's big brother Itachi slaughters their whole clan (including their parents), traumatizing the young Sasuke. When Sasuke (who had adored his big brother) asks why he would do this, Itachi says that he was Evil All Along and only pretended to be the loving big brother and he actually despised Sasuke the whole time. This is later revealed to be completely untrue. Itachi was just acting like a jerkass to be a Stealth Mentor for his little brother, as this was the only way he could be spared by the massacre Itachi committed on the orders of his village government.
    • When Gaara was a child ostracized by everyone, his maternal uncle Yashamaru was the only one who treated him like a human being. At least until he tried to assassinate Gaara, with his dying words being that he secretly hated him for killing his sister. Later on, his father, revived by the Impure World Resurrection jutsu, reveals that he ordered Yashamaru to assassinate and lie to Gaara as a Secret Test of Character and that his uncle did in-fact care about him.
  • In One Piece, Captain Kuro reveals to Kaya when confronted by the latter that he hated every moment of serving as her butler and taking care of her and only "endured" it in order to gain access to her fortune.
  • Pokémon: In "Island Of The Giant Pokemon", after several episodes of Meowth posing as a Leader Wannabe, Ekans and Koffing make it clear they only put up with him so long as Jessie and James were around and gladly leave Ash's Pokemon (and later the giant Pokemon) to decide his fate.
  • In Vinland Saga, Askeladd's men turn against him to save their own hides against an army they could never defeat. Askeladd returns them this message:
    Askeladd: "You all and I have been together for a long time, up until this day. We laughed together, drank together, found our way out of many hellholes together. And I never told any of you about this, but for the last ten years we've been together I hated every single last one of you."

     Comic Books 
  • Anderson: Psi-Division: In "Satan", Dredd says to Anderson that they were never friends and that he only "tolerated" her after she resigns as a judge. He later recants when she's injured.
  • In Civil War and various other crossovers, it seems half of The Avengers always secretly hated the other half.
  • In Justice League: Cry for Justice, when they arrive in Gotham, Green Lantern Hal Jordan admits to Green Arrow that he never liked Batman.
  • In Original Sin Nick Fury's LMD says this to Bucky as the latter kills the former.
    • Wolverine says this about Bucky after coming across the murder scene.
    • And the Punisher says this about Bucky after seeing him holding Nick's head in his hand.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): Though their interaction is fairly sparse when tensions run high and Geoffrey St. John begins throwing accusations of treachery at the Freedom Fighters Antoine punches him. Antoine admits that he never liked Geoffrey, viewing his position as too convenient and his appointment as disrespectful to the previous owner of the role, Antoine's father.
  • The Punisher: An early story features a Mafia don named Fortunato and a mook walking up to a booby-trapped door. As they open the door and see the bomb about to detonate, the mook turns to his boss and says "I just want you to know: for the last two years, I've been with your wife".
  • Invincible: After Omni-Man's true colors are revealed, the Immortal bitterly admits that he never really liked him. Omni-Man says that the feeling was mutual, then kills Immortal (who gets better).

     Fan Works 
  • In Recovery None, while being held at gunpoint by a paranoid Wash, York and South admit that they both hated each other, with the latter admitting that she's actually trying to get Wash to shoot them both since she feels that getting York killed too would make her death Worth It.

     Films — Animation 
  • When Tiger gets fired by Warren for letting Fievel go in An American Tail, he says to him "I never liked you! And besides, your music stinks!"
  • The Emperor's New Groove: After Kronk disappoints her once too often, Yzma starts berating him, saying that he's like a big stupid monkey and, worse of all, she never liked his spinach puffs.
  • In Frozen (2013), Hans not only reveals he never loved Anna and was just using her, he mocks her for being so naïve and desperate for love that she agreed to marry him the same day they met (and he was the one who proposed to her), before leaving her to die.
  • Lilo & Stitch: When Nani loses her job she wonders who'd want to work at a "stupid fake luau" anyway.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • At the end of the Movie within a Movie in The Artist, the protagonist declares to the love interest that he never loved her.
  • A variation of this can be found in The Boat That Rocked, The Count challenges Gavin to a game of chicken by jumping off the main mast of the boat, after it is learned Simon's new bride only married him as a means to get close to Gavin, whom she is really in love with. While inching out over the mast, The Count shouts down below, "I never even liked Simon!"
  • In Caddyshack, detestably smarmy Judge Smails (Ted Knight) and the obnoxious nouveau riche Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) agree to a partners golf match against each other with $20,000 on the line. Czervik wants golf ace Ty (Chevy Chase) to be his partner for the match. Smails tries to get Ty on his side, pointing out his friendship with his late partner, who was Ty's father, and making an arrogant speech about how people like Czervik just don't belong with their kind. As soon as he's done, Ty declares his side by raising the bet to $40,000:
    Ty: You know, Judge... my father never liked you.
  • Goldeneye. Alec Trevelyan and James Bond have supposedly been good friends and colleagues before Trevelyan's presumed death during a failed mission. But when it turns out that Alec is, in fact, alive and the villain of the film, his longstanding contempt for Bond is revealed in practically everything he says — his loyalty to England and MI6, his womanizing (in particular, that it's partly a defense mechanism to avoid his grief over Tracy's death), and even his skills as an agent:
    Alec Trevelyan: [as he holds Bond at gunpoint, having gotten the upper hand in their fight] You know something, James? I was always better.
  • In Lethal Weapon, Riggs is being lead at gunpoint to the Big Bad's hideout by former Shadow Company commander McAlister:
    Riggs: I ran into some of those Shadow Company pussies in Saigon in '69.
  • From the The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
    Magenta: "You killed them! But I thought you liked them. They liked you.
    Riffraff: They didn't like me! They NEVER liked me!!
  • In the film Steve Jobs, Andy Hertzfeld does this to Steve Jobs in act three:
    Andy Hertzfeld: Why do you want people to dislike you?
    Steve Jobs: I don't want people to dislike me; I'm indifferent to whether they dislike me.
    Andy Hertzfeld: Well, since it doesn't matter, I always have.
    Steve Jobs: (surprised and saddened) ...Really? I've always liked you a lot. That's too bad.
    Andy Hertzfeld: ...Knock 'em dead. (leaves)
    • Steve Wozniak did this twice in the film: Once, when Jobs first left Apple and called him an "insulting and hurtful guy"; and again in act three when one of the last things he says before leaving the auditorium is:
    Woz: Y'know, when people used to ask me what the difference between me and you is, I'd say, "Steve's the big picture guy, I like a solid workbench." Whenever people ask me now, I just say, "Steve's an asshole." The things you make are better than you are, brother.
  • In This Is the End, Jonah Hill is at first nothing but nice to Jay in that overnice way of someone who knows they aren't liked and is trying really hard to change that opinion. Then he reveals in a monologued prayer to God that he really hates Jay, thinks he's a bad influence on Seth Rogen, and wishes he died. Well, his prayer is heard... by a demon. Who comes at night and forces himself on Hill, leading to him being traumatized and soon after getting Demonically Possessed.
  • Towards the end of Wedding Crashers, there's a scene where the Jerkass Disposable Fiancé gets into an argument with the main character and the love interest. He asks the love interest's dad to back him up, clearly expecting it since the two have seemed to be rather close throughout the whole movie. Instead, the dad turns around and tells the fiancé that he never really cared for him much and he only put up with him because he seemed to make his daughter happy.

  • In The Caine Mutiny, later adapted into a play (as The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial) and then a Humphrey Bogart film, defense attorney Lt. Greenwald gets the mutineers an acquittal, then delivers an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech in which he wishes he could have prosecuted them, calling them out as mutineers who derided and ultimately betrayed their captain, the behavior of which that prompted the mutiny being caused by their refusal to support him and writing him off as an incompetent and a Dirty Coward, when in reality he was a severely distressed man whose early service in the Atlantic Theatre left him suffering from some very heavy mental baggage from his long deployment.
  • Discworld: In The Science of Discworld, faced with possible imminent death (and then the destruction of the entire universe), the Dean of the Unseen University tells Archchancellor Ridicully he thinks he'd have made a better archchancellor. Makes things a little awkward when they don't die after all.
  • At the end of Dragon Blood, there is an epic one by Garranon, who shared king Jakoven's bed for almost twenty years. He declares that he never loved Jakoven (which should come as no surprise, as their "affair" started when Garranon was fifteen and his parents had been killed, and he and his little brother raped by Jakoven's soldiers. Jakoven apparently counted on Stockholm Syndrome to ensue), and kills him.
  • Hotel by Arthur Hailey:
    • Warren Trent is hesitant about selling his classic St. Gregory hotel to Curtis O'Keefe, owner of a major hotel chain. Trent tells O'Keefe that it's not just him, it's the slews of loyal employees who depend on him and he treats as family. He even cites one, the hotel bartender who's been with him for decades and he trusts totally. O'Keefe responds by noting the bartender has been robbing Trent blind for almost all that time, complete with evidence. Trent confronts the bartender and fires him. At which point, his "trusted friend" snarls that he never liked Trent being so high and mighty and that many on the staff consider him a tyrant, not "like family."
    • It's added on when Trent gets a report from O'Keefe, noting that slews of people on the staff he considered friends have also been stealing from him and he was blinded by his supposed admiration of their "loyalty" to figure it out.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Jason doesn't like Theo at all, he considers him useless. The only reason he pretended to befriend him was so that he could keep an eye on Theo's father.
  • Brother Cadfael: The major twist in "The Pilgrim of Hate" is that the two inseparable friends, one accompanying his crippled companion to various shrines for healing was actually guarding him against anyone else killing him due to The Only One Allowed to Defeat You, the cripple having murdered one of his guardian's friends and sent on a pilgrimage to atone for it. The murderer is carrying a relic that marks him as protected by law, should he lose it the guardian is free to kill him with no consequences.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The King's Woman: Ying Zheng thinks he and Yan Dan are friends. Yan Dan actually fears and hates him. He tells Ying Zheng what he really thinks in his "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • This is the major twist of Better Call Saul season 1. The tough but loving Chuck revealed that he was the one who kept sabotaging Jimmy's career as a lawyer because of his disdain for Jimmy's past as a con man.
  • Cheers
    • In the episode "Second Time Around", Frasier has a new girlfriend (played by Jennifer Tilly). She seems very not his type (less intellectual), but he tells his friends she and him are happy together, but an argument ensues and Frasier tells his girlfriend "If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you!", ending the relationship.
    • When stuck on a boat with a bomb on it, Carla suggests she and Sam throw Norm to the sharks surrounding them and use that to swim to safety. Norm tells Carla he never liked her.
    • Before he leaves the bar for the last time, Robin Colcord tells the entire gang he never really liked them anyway... though it's not as if he was exactly overflowing with affection to begin with.
  • At the end of the season 13 premiere of CSI, Brass gives a subtle one to his daughter Ellie (who's murdered his ex-wife, was behind the entire plot of the previous season's Cliffhanger all along and attempted to murder Morgan). By telling them that they've killed the only person he cared for and the only one who cared for her.
  • On Eastwick, Joanna gets back together with her ex-boyfriend then uses her magic power to make him tell her why he broke up with her in the first place. She's stunned when he immediately launches into a long list of her behaviors and faults that he found so damn aggravating.
  • On ER, after being blamed for a patient's death, Susan turns to pal Mark for comfort and support. Only to have him tell her that her issues—confidence, trouble asserting herself, letting senior physicians intimidate her have impeded patient care before and that because of this, she may very well be responsible for this patient's death.
    • Similarly, Mark always seemed to laugh off best friend Doug's womanizing behavior. But two major incidents—Doug bedding a medical student, Doug sleeping with a random woman who died of a drug overdose without him ever knowing her name—revealed that Mark was actually quite disgusted with the way Doug conducted his personal life.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: In the episode "To Thine Own Self Be Blue...and Gold", Philip discovers that his old college friend, Ernest, decided to bribe a city councilman with a Briefcase Full of Money and uses Will to deliver it. Because of this, Philip returns Ernest the briefcase and bluntly tells him to Get Out!, leaving Ernest to smugly tell Philip that he was always so damned naïve.
  • In the Heat of the Night. When an old friend of Virgil Tibbs comes to visit, the two have a great time catching up. But when Virgil confronts his friend about him having murdered several men, his friend reveals that he's actually hated him for years for having stolen his girlfriend Althea from him.
  • How I Met Your Mother plays with this: Ted lists all the reasons he allegedly hates Zoe for to pretend he's not in love with her.
  • Several times on Castle, the killer will turn out to be the trusted friend or loved one of the victims who turned out to have actually hated them.
    • In "Linchpin/Pandora," Castle is rocked to discover that former lover and CIA agent Sophia Turner is part of a plot to start a war with the Chinese. When Castle says "you could never turn on your country," Sophia smiles and in Russian responds "this was never my country." She's actually a KGB agent who had just infiltrated the CIA when the Soviet Union fell and has been waiting years for a chance to strike at the country she always considered the enemy.
  • A recurring sketch on The Late Show with David Letterman is for a staffer to come on stage and announce that he's just won the lottery. "So [to announcer Alan Kalter] fuck you! And [to Paul Shaffer] fuck you! And [to Dave] FUUUUUUKKK YOUUUUUU!"
  • M*A*S*H: In one early episode, Hawkeye tries to kill the boredom by telling Trapper really bad knock-knock jokes; after receiving two such lame jokes, Trapper mumbles, "Hawkeye, I've never liked you."
  • In the second season of The Mysteries of Laura, Laura is curious why new captain Nancy Santiani would have transferred to a precinct literally across the city from her old spot. Meeting a cop from Santiani's former district, Laura learns that Santiani had been up for a promotion and, at her "farewell party," got drunk to tell her cops what she really thought about them. No sooner had she sobered up than Nancy learned the promotion had fallen through. Knowing there was no way she could return after that, she took a new spot as far away as she could get.
  • In an episode of Newsradio, Bill says to Dave that there comes a time in every friendship where when one has to say "I never liked you; get lost!"
  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Betrayal", Kramer discovers that his good friend FDR - Franklin Delano Romanowski - hates him and uses his birthday wish to wish for Kramer to drop dead because years earlier Kramer hit him with a snowball.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In the episode "The Collaborator", when Odo sardonically notes that Gul Dukat called Kubus "his favorite Bajoran," Kubas snaps "I never could stand that arrogant tyrant."
    Odo: You hid your feelings well.
    Kubus: It kept me alive.

  • This was well said in the Break Up Song "I Never Liked You" by the Rogue Traders:
    Hey! Surprise!
    I never liked you, even when I tried to
    Don't speak now it's my turn baby uh uh
    I never liked you, and I won't pretend to
  • Much of the point of the song "You've Got Everything Now" by The Smiths:
    And did I ever tell you, by the way
    I never did like your face

    A friendship sadly lost
    Well, this is true,
    And yet it's false
  • Once again the fairly obvious point of "I Never Really Loved You Anyway" by The Corrs:
    You bored me with your stories
    I can't believe that I endured you for as long as I did
    I'm happy it's over, I'm only sorry
    That I didn't make the move before you

    And when you go I will remember
    To send a thank you note to that girl, oh that girl
    I see she's holding you so tender
    Well, I just want to say
    Just want to say

    I never really loved you anyway

     Professional Wrestling 
  • During Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel on the 3/26/03 edition of WWE Raw, Jericho, who had up to that point remained neutral in regards to Bill Goldberg despite their history back in WCW, was recently revealed to be the one who attacked him in a hit-and-run. Jericho explains himself by saying, "Nobody wants you here in the WWE Goldberg, especially me!"

     Video Games 
  • During the early parts of Aviary Attorney it's hard to say what Inspector Volerti thinks of Jayjay Falcon, but at the start of case three, it seems like he respects him. He might, but he strongly suspects Falcon is the Viridian Killer, and he can get an innocent man killed trying to bring that out.
  • Final Fantasy
    • Final Fantasy X: While it's made clear through the narration that Tidus disliked and distrusted Seymour Guado from the minute he first met him, he's given the option to openly say as such during the first boss battle with him, where it's revealed that Seymour murdered his own father.
    Tidus: I knew you were bad news from the first time we met!
    Seymour: Oh, my sincerest apologies.
    Tidus: Seymour!
    • Final Fantasy XIV:
      • Upon confronting him in the Praetorium, Nero tol Scaeva reveals his frustration towards Cid nan Garlond always outshining him. Even after he defected from Garlemald, rather than being scorned as a traitor, Cid was revered as a legend while Nero, who stayed loyal, was overlooked in spite of his own achievements. In his words, Cid's existence has rendered his own worthless.
      • During the Heavensward story Hraesvelgr, who has stayed out of the Dragonsong War himself, was believed to be a potential ally in ending the war. However, it is revealed that he actually hates humanity due to Ishgard's King Thordan I and his Knight's Twelve betraying and killing his sister Ratatoskr just to obtain her eyes, and the only reason why he didn't join Nidhogg in the war for revenge is due to his love for Shiva.
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Should Corrin side against the family who raised them, their foster brother Leo will express his hatred for them before facing them in battle, telling a shocked Corrin that he resents them and has always resented them. Corrin asks if what they'd thought was a close relationship was just a lie, clearly devastated. Leo doesn't bother answering. After the battle, however, the trope is subverted. A defeated Leo admits their relationship wasn't a lie; claiming resentment way just Leo's way of coping with a beloved sibling betraying him. He was jealous sometimes of the attention Corrin received, but never resentful. He still loves Corrin and always has.
  • In Perfect Dark, when a character stumbles across a dead enemy, they will give out a remark "I never liked him anyway."
  • Persona 4: This is done posthumously after the death of Saki Konishi, the girl Yosuke had a crush on and worked at the store his father managed. When they visit her death site, her last thoughts are broadcast loudly. He finds out that she found him to be a real pain in the ass and hated how much he flirted with her and was only nice to him because he was the boss's son. He takes the news hard at first, but later still tries to respect her opinion and bring her killer to justice.
  • Persona 5 Royal: Rank 8 of Goro Akechi's Confidant has him make one to the protagonist out of envy. Somewhat subverted in that Akechi considers him a friend, yet still harbors complicated feelings towards the protagonist.
    Akechi: I'm going to be entirely honest with you: I hate you.
  • Sly Cooper
    • Neyla in Sly 2: Band of Thieves casually admits to hating the Cooper Gang in the final episode, after it's revealed she's working for the Klaww Gang. She outright tells Sly that she hated having to put a Reasonable Authority Figure façade in France and India, and when Arpeggio allowed her to betray them, she was quite pleased. And then she reveals her hidden disdain to Arpeggio himself, and murders him to become Clock-La.
    • As revealed in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Penelope always hated Sly and Murray for their family loot and laid-back nature, respectively, along with their shared friendship with Bentley. She never loved Bentley, either, seeing him as only a Meal Ticket towards world domination and constantly insults him behind his back.
  • In Soul Nomad & the World Eaters in the first time that you meet Thuris he and Gig have a discussion, during it, Gig off-handedly mentions that, of his three vassal World Eaters, Thuris was always the one he disliked the most.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, should Presea end up with Regal in Welgaia, they are tormented by an illusion of Alicia and Presea reveals that she hasn't forgiven Regal for killing her sister and is by far the most susceptible to the attempt to break the party, as she agrees with the illusion that Regal hasn't been punished enough for his actions. It takes Lloyd appearing to talk some sense into both of them that Presea is able to let go of her anger and Regal can let go of his guilt.
  • A variant in Team Fortress 2:
    The Spy: I was never really on your side.
  • In Xenoblade Chronicles, Mumkhar promptly tells Dunban he always despised him as soon as they meet face to face for the first time since the former's supposed death. Dunban somehow never managed to notice this and considered Mumkhar a good friend despite the entire time we see them together as friends, Mumkhar is either trying to run away like a coward or having a barely disguised soliloquy about how he wants to steal Dunban's sword and leave him for dead.

     Web Videos 
  • Inverted in Monster Island Buddies, where King Ghidorah, having pulled a Face–Heel Turn, declared to Godzilla that they will settle their rivalry once and for all. A somewhat bewildered Godzilla replies "Rivalry? Actually, I always liked you."


     Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: Jeff is a Nice Guy for the most part, but despite that, Stan finds him annoying and doesn't even bother trying to hide the fact that he hates him. In "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls," Jeff reveals that he in fact hates Stan right back, considers him an ass, and only tolerates him for Hayley's sake.
  • In Invader Zim, Zim manages to lock GIR into duty mode. This causes him to rebel against Zim's incompetence and give a line ripe for fan interpretation, especially since he seemingly goes back to blissful stupidity once he's returned to normal:
    Zim: GIR—you were my servant once! Remember?
    GIR: Yes. I didn’t like it.
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures: In the Season 1 Finale, as Gene reveals himself to be the true Mandarin, he blasts away Rhodey, stating that he never liked him. Rhodey would later strike back at Gene, stating that he was just starting to like him.
  • King of the Hill: After being called out for his cruel and unusual coaching, Coach Sauers revealed his hatred for Hank, who he blamed for costing him the state championship football game due to breaking his ankle. Hank responded that Sauers wouldn't have made it to the championships without him in the first place.
  • In Megas XLR, the alien ship's destruction features one of the Bridge Bunnies, faced with certain destruction, turning to his neighbor and saying "I've always hated you."
  • The Simpsons: Carl will occasionally show that he doesn't like Lenny or the other barflies, the biggest example is in "The Saga of Carl" where he says the reason he had no problem stealing the winning lottery ticket from the gang is that he never saw them as friends, just guys discussing guy stuff.
    • In "Hurricane Neddy," a series of stressful events causes Ned to suddenly snap and give a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to just about everyone in town. Afterward he has himself committed, during which we learn the Freudian Excuse for his ridiculous niceness.
    • In "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" Marge reveals that she hates Sarah Wiggum for no explained reason.
  • South Park: In "Quintuplets 2000," the titular quintuplets call out everyone for how stupid everyone is acting, outright stating that they don't care about them and are only worried about their own self-interest with Stan, Kyle, and Cartman agreeing with them. But the quintuplets then turn against the boys, calling them "the worst of all," as they bring up their constant badmouthing of their home country of Romania and stating that all they cared about is getting the quintuplets to be a part of their circus. They then leave in Oprah's limo to be a part of her book tour.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: In the "Fry Cook Games" episode, Spongebob and Patrick, who had a falling out, wrestle, exchanging lines like "I don't like you!" "I don't like you more!" "I never liked you!" "I a thousand times never liked you!"
  • Speed Racer: The Next Generation: When Ranford is arrested, his butler offers testimony against him, which comes as a surprise because Ranford isn't used to hearing the butler speak at all. The butler explains that he never liked Ranford.
  • Steven Universe: In the episode "Stuck Together", Topaz, a hired bodyguard from Aquamarine reveals that despite her mute and stoic personality, she hates working for her boss because of how horrible she is to her. After hearing Steven and Lars commiserating with one another over their fate, she becomes so emotionally moved by them that she opts to help them escape back to Earth. She even tries to stand up to Aquamarine when she catches her in the act of helping them. Unfortunately though, she is forced to resume obeying her master when Aquamarine threatens to report her insubordination to the Diamonds.
  • Teen Titans: In the episode "Aftershock (Part 1)", Terra (who was previously revealed to be working for Slade all along) and Raven both claimed to have always hated each other. The sincerity of these claims, Raven's especially, is questionable.
    Terra: You know, Raven, I never liked you.
    Raven: I never even wanted to know you!
  • The Transformers: In Megatron's Master Plan, Part 1, a public relations campaign by Megatron results in most of humanity turning against the Autobots. Sunstreaker expresses how he truly feels about them.
    "I knew the humans would turn on us someday. They're such undependable creatures. Inferior lifeforms."

Wait! You're leaving me?! Fine! Go do that. I never enjoyed your presence anyway, you jerk!

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SpongeBob and Patrick have a falling-out when wrestling.

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