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"Who are you creating a perfect world for? There is no one around you anymore!"
Makoto Fukami, Kamen Rider Ghost

It's hard for authority figures to be unanimously adored by those who work under them. Whether it's just because of political differences, personal friction, or even just random dislike, nobody will be completely liked by every subordinate all the time. To make an enemy out of every person below you, though, is a feat in and of itself, and that's what this trope is about.

When an authority figure is hated by every person they have authority over, whether it's just the staff at their Burger Fool or the entirety of The Empire, it usually cements that figure as a villain, or at least a massive Jerkass. No truly benevolent leader can be so despised so completely, unless they're a Hero with Bad Publicity. These leaders are often the kind to be a Mean Boss or a Bad Boss, who treat their underlings harshly and can't tolerate dissent or insubordination. They might be competent enough to keep themselves in power, but it's usually through shutting down any "rebellion" before it can grow and getting rid of their rivals for the role. They can have an army of Mooks at their beck-and-call, if they're that powerful, but that doesn't mean the individual mooks will actually enjoy working for them. Their authority will be based on bullying, fearmongering, and abuse of the rules, which keeps them in power, but also explains why they're hated by everyone else.


This serves a pragmatic reason for writers in terms of keeping things morally justified for our heroes because if they were taking out an emperor who was popular with the people or who had done good work for the country under their control for a (usually) personal vendetta, they wouldn't seem that much like heroes at all! Then again, it happens sometimes, and then you have people Rooting for the Empire.

If a 0% Approval Rating really bothers a sufficiently powerful ruler but they don't care to better themselves, there's always the option of Brainwashing, playing god and creating lifeforms loyal from birth, or singling out a couple of people and turn them into Les Collaborateurs. The Evil Overlord who wants to work at it can try Bread and Circuses. If the person has a plan that requires all of their underlings to hate them, then it's a Zero-Approval Gambit.


Compare Hated by All, where a character is liked by no one else in the story, and Hate Sink, where a character is solely designed to be hated by the audience. Contrast 100% Adoration Rating, for the opposite side of this coin.

No Real Life Examples, Please!. Not only is it near impossible for any political figures to have a zero percent popularity rating (no, not even the most contentious ones), we aren't here to discuss how hated real-life people are.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Lelouch does this in Code Geass R2: since taking over as Emperor, he's alienated the nobility of Britannia by dismantling the aristocracy and alienated everyone else by barging his way into the UFN and kidnapping everyone, making it seem for all intents and purposes that he's out to Take Over the World. Which he then does. Strangely, due to his actions, the common Britannia people love him. His master plan is to make himself into the enemy of the world. When Suzaku, disguised as Zero, kills him, the entire world will be united in their hatred of the now-dead Emperor.
  • Cross Ange:
    • Julio Asuka Misurugi is almost hated by every Norma, including his own sister, Ange, whom he exposed to the entire Misurugi Empire of being a Norma. Needless to say, he's highly unrepentant for his actions, even until Embryo offs him. However, at the very least, the more racist Mana users conform to and approve him (though once he's dead, they started mooching off to Embryo and forgot about him).
    • Everyone outside the Mana society — Norma, DRAGONs, and Ancient Humans who have interacted with Embryo completely loathes him. Even Salia, whose loyalty still lies to Embryo, found this out the hard way when she is called out by Jill in the penultimate episode as she is the last person to realize that Embryo doesn't love anyone and has no qualms about abandoning her.
      Jill (to Salia): Love? He doesn't love anyone. He feeds and cares for people so he can use them later.
    • Ironically, the PS Vita Licensed Game of the series allows the original player character to defy the trope for Embryo, siding with him. This results in Embryo managing to be more gentlemanly and altruistic (and made his Restart the World plan no longer look more horrific than in paper, since he makes it more like the Lighter and Softer angst/prejudice-free High School A.U. manga) because his approval rating is no longer zero but above it.
  • While Black Skull of Cyborg 009 has supporters in the manga, the graphic novel retelling plays him up as more of this trope. Dr. Wiskey (the only scientist who is left alive after Black Skull kills the rest) clearly has misgivings about the whole "destroy the world" agenda, only joining in the first place to cure his ill son and apparently only hanging around out of fear. When given a chance to betray Black Skull and save the cyborgs, he chooses to do so. The graphic novel also ends with the reveal that the Black Skull's own backers eventually turn on him and execute him, no longer willing to support his "selfish desire to take over the planet".
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Downplayed with Frieza. While he is despised and loathed by all the main heroes and the universe at large, he is highly respected by his soldiers and followers. However, in Resurrection ‘F’, it's established that the only reason his men used the Dragon Balls to resurrect him is because, with the empire going down since his demise, they see his fear factor as the only way to restore it. Even while searching for the Dragon Balls, Tagoma flat-out tells Sorbet that it's a bad idea to resurrect Frieza given what a psychopath he was, and Sorbet agrees that they may be better off without him.
    • Goku Black is this even more, as everyone hates him, and because Black despises mortals, the feeling is very much mutual for him. It says a lot that the only person that he has any kinship with is his Alternate Self, Future Zamasu.
  • Fairy Tail: Acnologia, the Black Dragon of the Apocalypse. Nobody likes him, which is just fine for him because he Hates Everyone Equally to the point that he rampages around destroying homes and buildings, and killing people, for fun. In fact, one of the main reasons why Zeref wants Fairy Heart is to take Acnologia down. If that had been his only goal, there is a very good chance that Fairy Tail would've aided him as they want him gone too. Unfortunately, Zeref also wants to destroy humanity, nixing any hope of an Enemy Mine.
  • Fruits Basket: Nearly every member of the Sohma clan hates Akito Sohma and considering the fact that Akito heaped all manner of physical and emotional abuse on most of them, it's hard to blame them. By the end of the manga, however, almost all of them forgiven her for her actions, in part thanks to Tohru's healing personality and in part for Akito pulling a genuine Heel–Face Turn (again, thanks to Tohru).
    • Akito does have the support of the older maids, who believe that the head of the family deserves their devotion. Akito's mother, Ren, on the other hand, has even fewer supporters. She's despised by Akito for being an Evil Matriarch and a good portion of the Sohma family hated her when she managed to win the heart of the then-head of the family, despite being a maid.
  • The Maoh King in Genma Wars is a cruel and decadent demon king whose pastime is taking human girls as concubines to provide him with half-human heirs and engineer war and destruction for his entertainment. None of his subjects - either human or demonic - have anything good to say about him and even some demon noblemen were plotting to overthrow him. In the end, his many hybrid children team up to defeat him, but the Maoh King's own demise came from his own hated wife Parome.
  • High School D×D: Diodora Astaroth is a sadistic Hope Crusher who's favorite pastime is getting nuns as heretics and driving them to despair before raping and/or murdering them. Just about everyone hates him (even before knowing about the aforementioned pastime), and Issei eventually realizes, and states outright, that the only reason any of the other Devils even put up with Diodora, let alone haven't just killed him, is because offing him could cause a civil war. Once he throws in his lot with the Chaos Brigade and participates in a plot that would have killed a lot of high-ranking people, what little protection he had disappears and nobody misses him when his boss Shalba offs him for his failure when the plot is foiled.
  • InuYasha: Nearly every named character in the series completely despises Naraku and wants him dead, including his detachments, which are explicitly stated to be spawned from his own flesh. Yes, that's right; Naraku is such a dick that even his own body parts hate him. It's to the extent that when he creates the Baby, a construct of his own heart, he actually anticipates that it will eventually betray him.
  • In the entirety of Kagerou-Nostalgia, there does not seem to be a single person (excepting his wife) who actually likes General Kiyotaka Kuroda, who controls eighty percent of the series' version of medieval Japan. His tendency towards organising random slaughters of people and using demons as a part of his army may have something to do with that. It's worth noting that even Ranmaru and Rikimaru, Co-Dragons to Gessho Kuki, the series' Big Bad, do not like Kuroda, and that Gessho himself seems to view Kuroda as The Starscream and, therefore, expendable. The man is truly loathed, albeit with good reason.
  • Celestial Being of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 drop deeper and deeper into this as they follow their Well-Intentioned Extremist nature and continue making attacks on anyone who they perceive as pursuing conflict. With the appearance of Team Trinity, who are even more aggressive in pursuing their goal than the Gundam Meisters and have no concerns about civilian casualties (to the point that when one of them blows up a wedding just on a whim, neither of her partners is at all concerned about this), the last lingering threads of approval vanish and they become reviled as the worst terrorist organization in history, enemies of all humanity. It turns out that this was all part of the plan. Fortunately, everything they've struggled through afterwards ultimately gives them a good enough reputation to have an in-universe movie depicting them as the heroes in an over the top fashion.
  • Up to Eleven for Katsuki Bakugo from My Hero Academia. While Bakugo has many friends, people who encounter his repulsive attitude, massive arrogance, and tripwire temper instantly despise him. This also has the unfortunate side effect of turning everyone else against Class 1-A, as they tend to assume that they're all just as arrogant and obnoxious as he is.
    • He fails his license exam simply because he's such a giant asshole to the people that he's rescuing that they all gave him failing marks despite how many targets he saved.
  • Naruto: Almost everyone who has ever met and spoken with Madara Uchiha completely despises him, including his protege Tobi aka Obito Uchiha. Even the Nine-Tailed Fox, a self-proclaimed "living mass of malevolence," finds Madara to be nothing but an insufferable dick. The only people who can actually tolerate him are Senju Hashirama, who was once his best friend, and Izuna, his brother, though Madara did everything he could to hate Hashirama and, in rejecting his assistance, essentially let Izuna die.
  • Now and Then, Here and There: King Hamdo rules over the Hellywood battleship, where he's amassed a cult like worship of himself as the savior of humanity. In reality, almost all of his soldiers(particularly the Child Soldiers) realize what a fanatical monster he is and only carry out his depraved whims so they can end the war and go home. Tabool even admits this and states he plans to overthrow Hamdo for control of Hellywood. It's even moreso outside Hellywood, where many factions are willing to risk their people's safety just to kill Hamdo, as he's a tyrant who pillages lands and conscripts children into his army. When he finally bites it, left to drown by his own right hand, everyone, fucking everyone, is happy the bastard's dead.
  • One Piece:
    • In the kingdom of Dressrosa, the former king Riku Dold III is absolutely despised by his people. This grudge is so strong, it extends to the entire royal family, particularly his granddaughter Rebecca. This completely changed when Riku's name was cleared during the Bird Cage fiasco, and the hatred quickly transferred to the man who deposed him — Donquixote Doflamingo.
    • The World Nobles, also known as the Celestial Dragons, and rightfully so. As the descendants of the twenty kings who created the World Government, they are considered "gods" and have a carte blanche to do as they please, being completely above the law in its entirety. They stretch this privilege to its fullest extent, enslaving people from all races for their personal amusement and executing others for the smallest of slights. Worse yet, the common people cannot retaliate — attacking a World Noble is a capital offense, punishable by death, possibly even requiring the intervention of an admiral if the World Noble in question desires it. Notably, the number of likable World Nobles that have appeared thus far in the series can be counted on one hand with fingers left over, and they're the ones that have essentially rejected everything that makes the Celestial Dragons so detestable in the first place.
    • Deconstructed with Kurozumi Orochi, the current shogun of Wano. He's hated by almost every living person in Wano (even his own allies and inner circle) for running the country into the ground and making everybody other than his minions miserable, only being kept in power by the fact that he has the backing of one of the Four Emperors. The deconstruction is that Orochi knows full well how hated he is and not only does he not care, he's actively cultivating that hatred; the reason he's such a horrible leader isn't that he is incompetent, its because he's deliberately destroying the country and tormenting its people out of vengeance for the persecution his family faced.
  • Ooku: Shogun Tsunayoshi becomes deeply unpopular with both her people and her court. A stagnant economy, some natural disasters, the 47 Ronin Incident, and her deeply unpopular "Edicts on Compassion for Living Things" makes her unpopular with the people and sparks several revolts, while her mercurial nature, profligate spending, being ruled by her (increasingly senile) father and her inability to produce or name an heir (which sparks a Succession Crisis) makes her deeply unpopular with the court. Worse is perhaps that Tsunayoshi eventually comes to realize how deeply unpopular she is, but simply isn't up to the task to right the ship. She spends most of her twilight years in a depression as a result.
  • In Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix, the king in Yamato is distinctly aware of how much the kingdom hates him, and therefore orders a hundred people to be sacrificed when he dies just to ensure that the country will mourn his death.
  • In Red River (1995), Queen Nakia initially held some support from the upper-class but was hated by most of the peasants and working-class people, who she ignored and abused. Her stepson, Kail, knows full well he wants to kill him and his brothers. Over the course of the manga, as Yuri more openly directly opposes Nakia's deeds and stands up for the people of the Hitte Empire, it becomes increasingly obvious that everyone would much rather have her as their queen instead of Nakia. By the end of the series, Yuri is openly spoken of as if she were the queen while Nakia loses the little political support she had when it's found out that she was selling military secrets to Egypt, becomes utterly alienated by everyone including her own son (who seemed to be one of the few people she cared at all for), and loses Urhi after he's executed.
  • In The Rising of the Shield Hero, this becomes a plot point with Malty Melromarc, aka Myne. The woman is a Hate Sink owing to her being a Compulsive Liar, betraying anyone she works with, and acting like a pompous Royal Brat of the first order. She constantly makes life harder for Naofumi and Raphtalia, and loves to ruin peoples' lives simply because she can. Malty gets away with all of it due to being a princess. However, Malty's title is eventually stripped from her, she's branded with a Slave Seal that shocks her whenever she lies, and Naofumi has her name legally changed to "Bitch." Then to top all that off, she's sold as a Sex Slave to her uncle, repeatedly raped and tortured, and finally burned at the stake as a witch in a Cruel and Unusual Death. All of the misery in Malty's life happens to her because her Zero Percent Approval Rating means that no one is going to come to her assistance, believing what she's going through to be karma.
  • Empress Dakki of Soul Hunter. She has got the emperor Chuuou under her leash (per seduction spell) and thinks of a new atrocity each month. She lives in luxury, while the peasants starve and are picked off for her entertainment. Entertainment, in this case, always involves dying, in a snake pit, in a forest by wild tigers, and somesuch, while the emperor and she drink on a boat on a frikking lake of sake... And the list goes on. Everyone that isn't under her temptation spell (aka, everyone powerful enough or far enough away) hates her with passion. The best/worst part? She gets away with it (in the manga, at least).
  • This happens in one backstory of the "Great Distance in the Wind; the Sky at Dawn" arc of The Twelve Kingdoms. King Chuutatsu of Hou, on the advice of his wife, orders that anyone accused of a crime—regardless of severity—will be put to death. This results in the brutal, systematic slaughter of hundreds of thousands of his subjects (including several Women of Court falsely accused by the queen) and eventually a revolt by some of his governors and generals, who promptly behead the King and Queen and their kirin Hourin and force their 13-year-old daughter Shoukei into hiding. Only once the ex-Princess gets out into the real world does she find out just how much everyone absolutely despised her father for his cruelty (Hou was the only one of the 12 Kingdoms that still practised crucifixion, for one); at first she's in stubborn denial, then deeply ashamed.
  • Rosario + Vampire: Just about everyone at Yokai Academy, including the teachers, despises Kuyo, head of the corrupt Student Police, to the extent that, upon his defeat, the entire student body declares Tsukune their hero for doing so.
  • A Certain Magical Index: Othinus becomes infamous across the world due to the destruction and chaos caused by her terrorist organisation GREMLIN. Even the other members of GREMLIN don't like her, only following her out of fear of her power and to have their own desires fulfilled. When she achieves her full power and remakes the world to her liking, she also decides to inflict this on Touma (the one person immune to her power) to break his mind. She creates a world in which literally everyone wants him to die, including his own parents.
  • In Jojos Bizarre Adventure, practically no one likes Diavolo, the boss of the Passione mafia. Giorno despises him for dealing drugs, and eventually, Bucciarati and his other subordinates except for Fugo join him in trying to overthrow the boss after the boss is revealed to have wanted to kill his own daughter, Trish, to keep his identity secret. The boss's team of hitmen betray him due to feeling slighted, especially after he has two of their members killed in retaliation for trying to look into his identity. The boss's own subordinates don't seem to have much personal loyalty to him, either. The only exceptions are Pericolo, a capo who commits suicide to keep a clue to Trish's final destination secret, and Doppio, the boss's right-hand man and split personality.
  • In Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online, no one seems to like the Novelist, who's sponsored every Squad Jam tournament besides the second one. The third one is especially unpopular, since midway through the event, one member of each team is forced to leave their team and fight alongside the other "betrayers".

    Comic Books 
  • EVERYONE both in and out of the Marvel universe hates the Red Skull. EVERYONE! Even supervillains such as Magneto, Joker, and Doctor Doom have tried to kill or harm him on different occasions. Not because he got in their way, but just because they wanted him dead due to how horrible of a human being he was. (Of course, Magneto being Jewish and Doom being Romani was likely also a factor) Considering the guy is one of the most feared Nazi supervillains, it's hard to find even one person willing to work with him, and even mentioning his name is a good way to end any supervillain deals. His cruelty was also said to be so despicable that even Hitler, who wanted to make him into a Nazi in the first place, became afraid of him. However, the people who serve under him tend to have Undying Loyalty to large part because they are nearly as evil as him.
  • Speaking of which, The Joker tends to be this as well. It's been clear most villains want nothing to do with him, mostly because of his utter insanity and also because they're flat fucking terrified of him. The rare times he's let into a "Legion of Doom" style gathering is mostly because the other villains are worried that if they snub him, the Joker will just mess things up out of his bruised ego. Nonetheless, like the Red Skull above, he manages to find loyal underlings since he either enables their own madness and/or sometimes rewards them generously (or kills them — being a henchman of the Joker is very much Russian Roulette).
    • In the "Underworld Unleashed" crossover, the Trickster sums it up.
    Trickster: Great going, Neron, bring in the one guy no one wants to be in the same room with. When super-villains want to scare each other, they tell Joker stories.
  • Ultron of Marvel Comics infamy is feared and hated by everyone. The reason? He is an omnicidal maniac and deranged robot who cruelly kills or roboticizes organic life. It takes being brainwashed by Ultron to avoid hating him, and even then, his own creations outright hate or fear him.
  • Spawn: Jason Wynn is utterly despised by anyone who knows him personally; in fact, the only reason he hasn't been assassinated is that he's spent his career gathering incriminating evidence on various governments and organizations throughout his career, preventing him from being terminated and providing him with a bargaining chip to regain his authority if lost.
  • Marvel's Doctor Doom has been on both sides of this trope. Sometimes, the Latverians hate him, but other times, they're okay with him — especially since alternative rulers like Prince Zorba are usually even worse. It doesn't hurt that he turned a backwater Ruritania into an industrial and military force to be reckoned with, strong enough to (before the Sliding Time Scale messed it up) stand neutral directly between Western Europe and the Soviet bloc. If he didn't have a terrifying and capricious temper, he'd stay out of this trope entirely.
  • In the Hulk comics' Planet Hulk story arc, the Red King of Sakaar indulges in delusions of godhood and mass genocide and, judging by a flashback to Caiera the Oldstrong's origins, has been irredeemable since childhood, all the way to his death (where he tries to destroy the planet rather than not rule it). Really, the Mini-Marvels parody of this story arc summed it up:
    Caiera: Wouldn't that be bad karma?
    Red King: Everything I do is bad karma.
  • Kid Paddle: Kid, when he plays SimCity. He put barbed wire around the city so no one can leave it and raised taxes to 100% to pay for the police he needs to oppress the population. Not surprisingly, when asked what the biggest problem is, 100% of the people say "The mayor!"
  • The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck comments on this in the last chapter, showing a newspaper headline when Scrooge decides to retire: Cantankerous tycoon will be missed by few. Followed by a smaller headline later on the same page: ... if any....
  • As much as the various members of the Suicide Squad may dislike each other, they all agree that they absolutely loathe Amanda Waller. Even the Squad members who aren't so bad (Rick Flagg, Bronze Tiger, Vixen) despise Waller's tendency to use the Squad and play around with people's lives. Also, the Justice League aren't fans given Waller is using super-villains to do the government's dirty work.
    • When Nemesis quits the Squad, he warns Waller not to stop him or "I'll put you in the hospital. And not a person here will lift a finger to stop me." Looking at the Squad, Waller sees them either just looking off or downright eager to watch Nemesis do it.
    • In the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad event, Waller tells the Squad she needs them to protect her from a pack of enemies. After a pause, every member of the Squad just bursts out into hysterical laughter.
  • The entire world hates Superman's Regime in Injustice: Gods Among Us due to its severe authoritarian nature and global scope, though most are too afraid to stand up to it. Even some of the Regime's own high-ranking members start to question its level of power, and some start hating Superman himself since he treats them so disrespectfully.
  • Dracula in Requiem Vampire Knight has every major faction in Résurrection gunning for him: The lamias despise him for good reason since they are oppressed by his authoritarian rule; the Ghouls and the Dystopians are his greatest political rivals who would like to replace him as dominant power; a secret vampire group headed by one of his top lieutenants Black Sabbat is secretly plotting to overthrow Dracula and rule the world through a figurehead leader. It doesn't help that Dracula doesn't try to endear himself to possible allies since the Archaeologists decided to side with Sabbat after Dracula had their high priest mutilated out of spite in his Establishing Character Moment. Ironically, the main protagonist himself would like to keep his distance from him, but he is dragged into the feud after his girlfriend is forced to become Dracula's bride.
  • Iznogoud:
    • In "Chop and Change", Iznogoud actually manages to become the Caliph by changing bodies with him. However, due to his tyranny, he's overthrown by the people of Baghdad, who think that "everything's been worse since he threw the Grand Vizier in jail". After overthrowing him, the "Grand Vizier" (really the imprisoned Caliph in Iznogoud's body) becomes the new Caliph, thus restoring everything to normal (except the two now have swapped bodies and Iznogoud is in jail, together with Wa'at Alahf, who now has the body of the Caliph's food taster).
    • In Iznogoud Finally Caliph, a conspiracy is formed by the inhabitants of Baghdad to get rid of him. When asked who is in this conspiracy, Wa'at replies to Iznogoud that everyone in Baghdad is, since except for the Caliph, they all hate him.
    • In "Mirror Image", the vizier travels to a Mirror Universe (literally on the other side of a mirror where everything is reversed) and is delighted that every single citizen wants the Caliph's head... except that in the Mirror Universe he is the Caliph.
  • When Dick Dastardly wins the race in "Trek To Tanzania" (Wacky Races #1, Archie Comics series), he is loudly booed. Dick thanks the crowd.
  • Achille Talon: In "Le Roi des Zôtres", Achille is found to be the closest living relative of Zôtrland's king Abzurd (there is another vaguely-related cousin, but he's currently a hippie somewhere in India), who wishes to abdicate. Achille goes under protest but learns there's a plot to turn the next king into a figurehead and rule the (already severely factionalized) country through him. Achille (with Abzurd's help) immediately becomes a mishmash of every tinpot dictator the 20th century has to offer in order to unite the country against him and put the cousin (who's been found) on the throne, declaring war on every surrounding country at once, putting the youth to work for the nation seven days a week for no pay, and making medals smaller and replacing beer with wine to get the army to revolt. The plotters are taken aback by how quickly he does it, as they can tell the revolution is about to happen without them.
  • Transmetropolitan:
    • Incumbent president The Beast is so unpopular that the secret Service is charging him for protection. Not to mention that just about everybody calls him by the nickname that Spider Jerusalem gave him, even the man's own children.
    • The Beast's successor Gary Callahan AKA the Smiler. After Spider's continuous attacks, his approval ratings dropped lower than that of an earlier president who was caught fisting kittens in public.
  • Superman: Because Superboy-Prime killed so many of his fellow heroes and his whiny attitude about how much he suffers, he is pretty much despised by all of the DC superheroes.

    Fan Works 
  • In The Lion King Adventures, no one likes Scar or Hago when they take over the Pride Lands in Friends to the End. They change this via hypnosis, though.
    • In the same story, Hago even thinks Scar's actions are too much. This is why he kills him later.
  • This trope is played straight in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic one-shot fanfiction, Adored with Queen Chrysalis. A Changeling monarch's best popularity indicator here is their ability to sense the love and adoration of their subjects. When she can sense zip, this starts to worry her. The causes of this fall from grace are put down to her increasing ineptitude, incompetence, and over-reliance on a Rasputin stand-in, as well as the obvious...
  • In Earth and Sky, it's established that no one — from her employees to her husband — likes Diamond Tiara. When Chrysalis replaces her, she's shocked to find that the best she can feel is tolerance, which to her is like trying to eat styrofoam.
  • In Mortal Kombat: Desperation, no one — including his former allies, the Elder Gods, and his own henchmen — really likes Raiden after he Came Back Wrong, given how he committed atrocities such as slaughtering the Lin Kuei, sadistically torturing Cassie Cage to near death, and destroying towns in both Earthrealm and Outworld, all For the Evulz and to force his former allies turned enemies in line. Plus, the ways he uses dirty and underhanded tricks to cheat in the Mortal Kombat tournament has attracted the ire of many. Shang Tsung and Hotaru also get the same treatment, but on a lesser scale than Raiden. Plus, his abusive treatment of his henchmen makes it easy to see why many of his henchmen secretly plan to defect from him, and given his twisted ambition of becoming the Evil Overlord of all realms and the wanton violence he commits to achieve that goal, it shows how he's virtually despised by everyone, making him the resident Hate Sink. Heck, even the comments made by readers indicate they despise him. His original goal was to protect Earthrealm at all costs by invading Outworld, but that has been since decayed and changed into a sickening desire to subjugate all realms with the Mortal Kombat universe.
  • In A Growing Affection everyone hates Madara. The only people who don't want him dead are the ones who need to use him in some way. And they will kill him as soon as he outlives his usefulness. Some people like his Tobi persona, but once the mask comes off, they want his blood. Pain even trained a special corps of ninjas to take out Madara if he betrayed Pain, or just if Pain gave the order. Good thing for Madara he is pretty useful and very tough to kill.
  • A villager named Harold in Ruby and Nora attempts to invoke this so he can overthrow the current village leader. It gets turned back on him in the end.
  • In The North Remembers, the Lannisters' already shaky rule over the Seven Kingdoms completely falls apart after Cersei orders the executions of the Westerling family and Roslin Frey for allowing Jeyne to escape from Riverrun. This act causes nearly every noble house in Westeros, including those sworn to House Lannister, to rebel and declare for Aegon Targaryen.
  • In the The Legend of Zelda fic Wisdom and Courage, Veran is noted to be universally despised even by her fellow Twili; given her twisted ambitions and love of carnage, destruction, and death, it's hard to blame her.
  • The Infinite Loops: All MLEs and infamous malicious non-loopers such as Umbridge have this. Gendo Ikari was one such non-looper until, against all rhyme and reason (which, in the Loops, means Billy), he started looping. Since Evangelion is one of the seven oldest looping universes, almost every looper has had the... pleasure of meeting his baseline self, and none of them are happy to see him looping. Thus, Gendo Ikari finds himself at the mercy of an entire multiverse that more or less hates his guts, and the recipient of yet even more abuse, only except this time he remembers it.
  • Sometimes I Hate the Life I Made: HYDRA is this for all the earth-bound characters, including the obvious ones like the Avengers, SHIELD, and for SHIELD agents, but also Ultron and the Maximoff Twins. The only person or organisation to receive more hate is Ward.
  • Implied in Enslaved when Kirche states that if someone were to force-feed the Emperor of Germania his own balls and kill him, she'd melt down all her family's gold to make a statue in honor of said person and her mother would swear undying loyalty.
  • Sudden Contact: The UED sums it up pretty nicely about the Dominion:
    "When the most likely reaction of your neighbors upon hearing of the UED assault is either applause or indifference, you know you have failed at diplomacy."
  • Pony POV Series: Nyarlathotrot. As the God of Tragedy and Horror, as well as the Anthropomorphic Personification of the Shadows Who Are's dark side, he's tolerated by the rest of the Pantheon due to having an actual purpose at best. Both Nature's Law and Nature's Fury hate and oppose him, and the mortals who know him hate him. Even Discord ultimately ends up hating him and his own family, the Outer Concepts, now hate him due to his actions getting them banished from the POV Multiverse for several billion years.
  • Uchibi Sasuke: The Uchiha. Everyone hated the Uchiha, due to their Blue-and-Orange Morality and clan policy of showing off and making their lives better by making everyone else's suck. To the point that they deliberately tried to destroy three of the five original arts just because they sucked at them. It seems like the only two Uchiha that are even remotely liked are Itachi (for killing off the entire clan) and Sasuke, who, having to raise seventeen kids almost entirely on his own on top of training to be a somewhat strong ninja, rejects most of the clan's ideals and philosophies and grows up to be a somewhat sane and fully-functioning individual as a result.
    Shikaku: Uchiha ruin everything.
  • Total Drama:
    • Predator and Prey: All of the Peanut Gallery and many of the behind-the-scenes people hate Blaineley, to the point where they throw a huge party in celebration of her being shipped off to the competition.
    • Total Drama All-Stars Rewrite: It's apparent that Alejandro has become more hated than even Heather for his actions in World Tour. When Gwen is worried she'll die underground and gives messages to other contestants in the confessional, she tells Heather that she'd be willing to bury the hatchet with her, but tells Alejandro to get bent. And in the four-parter, everybody sans Heather glare at him when he appears.
    • Total Drama Superstars: Scott, which begs the question of how he hasn’t been eliminated yet.
  • No one seems to sympathize with Holly Blue Agate's predicament in Gift of A Diamond. This is especially the case since she tried to have Steven/Rhodonite shattered by reporting him going against orders and rescuing the zoomans before they could suffocate. For his act of bravery, he wound up promoted while Holly Blue was demoted into a janitor for nearly letting the zoomans die.
  • In The Dragon King, Marva's obnoxious personality and admiration for Drago Bludvist does not exactly garner much sympathy. The only other character that seems to care for her in the slightest is her father, who was outraged when he heard about how Hiccup snapped and nearly strangled her. Even then Hiccup got off pretty light for it and is unwilling to ignore her behavior. Even her own tribe celebrated after hearing about it.
  • In A Man of Iron, Joffrey manages to have it even worse than canon. Kinda inevitable when you kill a sweet little girl in front of her daddy and all of King's Landing.
  • The Raven's Plan:
    • Tywin’s ruthlessness and desire for power made him one of the most feared men in the entire Seven Kingdoms. Come the Remembering, when everyone actually has the capacity to fight back, and now he’s one of the most hated and fought against. Even his own siblings turn against him, and the only reason why the Lannisters have any respect at all is that he’s no longer in charge.
    • After what he did to his daughter Shireen, Stannis is firmly in this group. Absolutely no one has any care for him at all, not even his daughter or his brothers. Shireen and Davos both immediately pull a Screw This, I'm Out of Here! as soon as they Remember, while Robert has him thrown in a Black Cell.
    • No one misses the Freys after they broke Sacred Hospitality at the Red Wedding. While some are concerned with how brutal Edmure was in his purge of the Freys (as it was disturbingly similar to what a young Tywin Lannister did to Castamere), they’re still hated by all (with the exception of Fat Walda), both versions of their deaths are put into a song, and they’re only ever spoken about in anger.
    Greatjon: The bread’s not poisoned. We’re not the fucking Freys.
    • Cersei Lannister. By far and away the most hated woman in Westeros, if not the world. Cersei went so insane during the Long Night that not only was she talked about in the same breath as Aerys, she was considered worse. Notably, the man who ended up killing her in the previous timeline was her brother Jaime. Even though kinslaying is considered one of the worst sins a man could commit in Westeros, there's not a single person who holds it against him for killing her, not even their own family. If anything, everyone pities Jaime for being forced into that situation in the first place.
  • A Rabbit Among Wolves: Adam Taurus had few genuine allies among the White Fang due to his horrible personality. The only reason why he was tolerated was for his skill as a warrior. When Jaune accidentally kills him and takes over his branch of the White Fang, no one is remotely upset.
  • The Victors Project: There are few Victors that even their district dislikes.
    • Luster. Lancaster. After he won his Games he wrested control of the DAEYD away from Gleam and turned District 1 into his personal dictatorship. Not only did he forcibly take the best-looking children away to be trained as future tributes and high-priced escorts, it was him that suggested to Snow the idea of making Victors prostitutes for the Capitol in the first place. Ultimately, he was so hated that he turned the previously loyalist District 1 into another hotbed of rebel activity because they were that desperate to get rid of him.
    • Roan Tully. He's descended from the ranchers of District 10, the closest the district has to aristocracy, and a cruel and violent racist even by normal Settler standards. The Anasazi outright use his name as a curse word, while even other Settlers refuse to talk about him.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Lion King (1994): Scar is such an unpopular ruler that even the land itself seems to hate him; it begins to wither and die as a result of his reign (and once he's overthrown, everything gets pretty again). The lionesses and Zazu openly criticize his policies, all the animals seem to hate him, and the Hyenas who helped him come to power have grown so irritated with his rule that, at the end of the movie, they eat him alive, even admitting beforehand that his brother, Mufasa, was a way better ruler. Yet no one even tries to overthrow the guy until Simba returns from exile to take him down. In the sequel, however, it's revealed that Scar did have some supporters, namely Zira and her clan, and they remain loyal to him years after his death.
    • The Lion King (2019) double subverts this. The lionesses still hate Scar for being a tyrant, but Scar treats the hyenas better in the remake than in the original, and they become loyal to him. But it's only when Scar throws them under the bus when confronted by Simba do the hyenas turn on him and kill him.
  • Shrek: Lord Farquaad appears to be this. When Dragon smashes through the window and swallows him whole at his wedding, everyone in attendance actually starts laughing and cheering.
  • Aladdin: The Return of Jafar: Abis Mal's men get so sick of Abis Mal that they actually try to kill him, and would have succeeded had Abis not found Jafar's lamp at that precise moment.
  • Hercules: While all of the Olympian gods give Zeus 100% Adoration Rating, Hades, the ruler of the Underworld, is widely despised by all of them. This is done to show how he's out-of-touch and estranged with them. They aren't happy at his appearance at Hercules's birthday, and even his lame pun is met with scowls. But when Zeus makes a joke about his workaholism, the entire pantheon bursts into laughter. This, along with being stuck in a dead-end job, causes Hades to come up with a plan to overthrow Zeus so he can become king of the gods.
  • Robin Hood: Prince John's "The Villain Sucks" Song, "The Phony King of England," was so successful that everyone, even Prince John's allies (Sir Hiss and the Sheriff) start singing it.
  • Melody Time: Little Toot from his self-titled segment gets this treatment when he inadvertently causes an ocean liner to crash into a city and is banished beyond the 12-mile limit. Even light from a lighthouse bends to avoid touching him!
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Judge Claude Frollo is reviled by just about everyone in Paris for his Holier Than Thou Knight Templar attitude, but everyone is too afraid to stand up or speak out against him. Of course, after he goes on a rampage through the city, burning most of it down in search of Esmeralda, they all get sick of it; they all protest his attempt to burn Esmeralda at the stake, and when he attacks Notre Dame itself in pursuit of Quasimodo, Phoebus is able to rally the citizens against him.
  • The King and the Mockingbird: According to the titular Mockingbird, the titular King "detested everyone, and everyone in the kingdom detested him". Given his personality, it's not hard to see why.
  • Frozen has one with Elsa after her powers are exposed. She starts off well-liked by the people, who are excited to see her officially crowned, but during the coronation ball, Elsa loses her temper and shoots ice spikes at her sister, then flees the castle. When she enters the crowded courtyard, she starts to lose control of her powers, which turns one fountain's water into spiky ice and accidentally shoots a blast into the crowd. She then flees the kingdom, as unknown to her, her Power Incontinence sends the country into an Endless Winter. Pretty much everyone begins to fear her and believe that the newly crowned queen intentionally abandoned her kingdom and doomed them to freeze and starve, with the exception of her sister, and once she creates them, her snowlems Olaf and Marshmallow. After it looks as if she murdered said sister, a foreign prince is able to convince people to accept him as their new ruler and even complied with his orders to sentence the former queen to death with minimal fuss, despite the fact that such an act would trigger a war with foreign kingdoms. Once she is able to end the Endless Winter and the prince's deceptions exposed, though, her popularity returns and she is now well-loved by pretty much everyone in Arendelle.
  • The Emperor's New Groove: While Kuzco believes he actually has a 100% Adoration Rating, the truth is everyone in his empire hates him for being a selfish, narcissistic Spoiled Brat. When Yzma holds a funeral for Kuzco's presumed death, none of the attendees even pretend to be mournful, with Yzma and Kronk later remarking that nobody seems to care that Kuzco is gone and Yzma has taken his place. Discovering this is a key factor in kicking off his Character Development.
  • Toy Story 3: Everyone in-universe either fears or hates Lotso. His followers abandon him after his treatment of Big Baby gets revealed, and the protagonists deem him Beyond Redemption after he leaves them for dead in the incinerator despite them risking their own lives to save him about a minute beforehand. Even before his subordinates pulled a Heel–Face Turn, Bonnie's toys and the Chatter Telephone were visibly wary of Sunnyside, and the Bookworm knew Andy's toys were escaping the daycare centre but just didn't care.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 6 Underground: None of the Turgistanis appear to like Rochav Alimov. All it takes for them to rise up is a video from Murat calling on them. His own military even turns on him pretty quickly when Murat speaks to the brass. As he massacres defenseless people and kills even his own soldiers merely on suspicion this isn't really surprising.
  • In the Tim Burton film of Alice in Wonderland (2010), the Red Queen is hated by everyone, and the only reason people obey her is that she's in control of the Jabberwock (it's not even clear why the beast obeys her). This goes to the point that once Alice kills the Jabberwock, the Red Queen's minions promptly surrender, openly telling her they don't have to listen to her anymore. To drive the point home, when the Knave of Hearts is banished to Outland alongside the Red Queen, the Knave immediately tries to kill her; when he's thwarted, he literally begs the White Queen to kill him instead.
  • In the Blade Trilogy, Deacon Frost is not well-liked by the vampire community, with the House of Erebus hating him. In fact, in the second film, when Damaskinos first meets Blade, he actually thanks Blade for killing Frost, saying he "did [him] a favor."
  • The film version of Eragon. The villain is so despised, it seems that nobody, from the peasants to the minions to The Dragon (that is, his most powerful ally, not his literal dragon steed), has anything but fear and loathing for him, no matter how much his reign benefits them personally.
  • By the end of Gladiator, Emperor Commodus has this in regards to the senate. At the end of the battle between him and Maximus, his body is left on the ground to rot while the populace carries Maximus to his funeral. During the battle, he lost his weapon and commanded his Praetorians to give him one. Quintus, the head of the Praetorians, intervened and told them to sheathe their weapons.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy is hated by pretty much everyone who works for him (with the exception of his fanatically devoted Elite Mooks). His two "daughters" Gamora and Nebula both take the first chance they get to betray him and Ronan the Accuser turns on him and promises to kill him the instant he (Ronan) doesn't need Thanos's help. It's like the guy suffers from Chronic Getting-Backstabbed disorder. Of course, Ronan himself isn't well-liked either.
    • Loki in Thor The Darkworld, after his invasion of Earth and all the war crimes that ensued. There's a Running Gag regarding people who want to kill him (including Thor himself, who is forced to team up with Loki after Asgard is attacked), and seemingly only his "mother" Frigga seems to still care about him, albeit expressing disapproval of Loki's actions.
    • Hela in Thor: Ragnarok is despised by all Asgardians, having being locked up by her own father because of her Blood Knight tendencies. When she is released and comes to claim the throne for herself (which is technically her right, given she is the eldest child), the entire Asgardian army (who, granted, have never even heard of her before) ignore her claim and immediately attack her. Her only followers are her undead berserkers brought back to life, her loyal wolf companion Fenrir and Skurge, who is scared shitless of her and ultimately pulls a Heel–Face Turn and betrays Hela.
  • In the live adaptation of The Man in the Iron Mask (a story from The Three Musketeers), nobody like King Louis and with good reason. Dartagnan is loyal to him just because he is his son.
  • In The Phantom of the Opera (1962), it's made incredibly clear that no one involved in the production of Lord Ambrose D'Arcy's opera likes him. They all can see him for the Jerkass he is but are afraid to stand up to him because of his power and influence.
  • In Pixels, the US President starts the film with pretty much nobody fond of him and his ratings plummeting every day. It seems that the only people with any fondness for Cooper are his wife, his friend Sam and the UK Prime Minister.
  • Arguably, the Empire in Star Wars. While the movies don't show how bad The Empire is when not hunting down La Résistance on screen, even people in Coruscant, the capital, are shown cheering in the extended edition once the Emperor dies, and the novels expand on just how bad things were (or weren't, Depending on the Writer).
    • Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin demonstrates the power of the Death Star by destroying the planet Alderaan, with the intent of terrifying any other systems who want to join the Rebel Alliance into submission and obedience. It might have worked if the weapon hadn't been destroyed. But as it turned out, without the actual threat of annihilation to back it up, his display of the Empire's outright cruelty and extremism not only hastened the defection of those who were already considering it but lead to a whole swath of otherwise neutral systems joined up with the cause of the Rebellion. Imagine if the US government nuked San Francisco for supposed foreign sympathies, and then all their other nukes were somehow disabled - it wouldn't take long for riots in the streets to break out.
  • One of the complaints directed against the film adaptation of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta is that everyone already hated and distrusted the government before V came around, and had no fear of saying so. This is definitely not the case in the original comic; one of the most nefarious things about the Norsefire Coalition, as Moore depicted them, was that they were Villains With Good Publicity who actually had valid accomplishments to brag about (e.g., resurrecting the UK economy in the aftermath of a nuclear winter).
    • And the fact that if a person in the comic was caught badmouthing Norsefire, they'd be put into concentration camps. And anywhere you looked, there was a two-way CCTV with audio.
    • They're Villains With Good Publicity in the movie too, to an extent; plenty of people aren't happy about the loss of freedom, but after 80,000 people were killed in a bioterrorist attack, they got enough popular support to become firmly entrenched. What the people don't know is that Norsefire coordinated the attack themselves for this exact reason. All of this happens in the movie only and is widely viewed as an allegory for a certain U.S. presidential administration, much to Moore's chagrin.
  • The Wizard of Oz: The Wicked Witch of the West. The second she died, her minions started cheering Dorothy for killing her because she was controlling them with magic.
    • One might also consider The Wicked Witch of the East. When the munchkins realized she was dead, they broke into song for a good long while (Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead).
  • In 9 to 5, Franklin M. Hart II is revealed to be so hated around the offices of Consolidated Companies (by male and female employees alike) that while the three female leads are holding him hostage in his own home (which the other employees don't realize), the only person to actually question Hart's absence is his administrative assistant, Roz, whom Violet (one of the three female leads) sends away on a multi-week training.

  • In The Arts of Dark and Light, the Kingdom of Savondir is not very popular, at least in its newly annexed territories. They rule only through might and fear, and have to spend a lot of effort suppressing uprisings and purging dissidents. The King isn't extremely popular in Savondir proper, either.
  • Played with in a few of the Discworld novels.
    • In Wyrd Sisters, the Felmets seem annoyed at how long it takes for their tyrannical rule to get to the people of Lancre; at one point, Duke Felmet laments "You couldn't oppress a people like that any more than you could oppress a mattress."
    • Lord Vetinari is something of a subversion; very few people seem to actually like him or even the patrician system of government in general - there seem to be plenty of casual royalists in Ankh-Morpork. However, no one wants to get rid of him as he has carefully manipulated the situation to ensure his would-be usurpers hate each other more than they do him. If they do get rid of him, what then?
    • Lord Hong of Interesting Times is another good example. When Cohen the Barbarian places his sword to the neck of one of the palace servants and ask them who scares the servant more right now, Cohen or Hong, the servant actually answers Hong. Cohen is pretty impressed by this statement, realising how terrifying, brutal, and powerful Hong really is. He lets the servant live.
  • In Dragon Bones, high king Jakoven comes pretty close to this. Ward mentions that, as Jakoven is a jerk, and Ward's father was a similar jerk, they should have liked each other, but Ward's father didn't like to have to pay taxes, so he, too, hated Jakoven. Garranon, the king's "lover" was raped by the king's soldiers when he was about fifteen, approached by the borderline pedophile king not long afterwards, and only sleeps with Jakoven in order to protect his family from revenge. Hilariously enough, the villain the heroes face is actually someone who wants to overthrow Jakoven and become emperor himself. He's evil, power-hungry, and cruel, but would arguably make a better king than Jakoven, as he at least knows the importance of being popular.
  • Gajusz, vampire king in Dora Wilk Series is disliked by everybody in his coven, although his popularity boosts (a bit) when Albin threatens to take over. Albin, on the other hand, finds out he has no approval in Conclave (vampire government, which he presides over) the hard way.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Evil Overlords spanned the entire popularity spectrum:
    • Jadis the White Witch: absolute zero approval rating from the "good" races (only the "evil" races were her allies). She also had zero approval rating on her own homeworld of Charn and killed off every living thing except herself using an apocalyptic incantation called the Deplorable Word because her own people were on the cusp of victory in deposing her. (Her opponents were led by her own sister, who is implied to have been almost as bad as Jadis; it's not made clear who was the rightful heir to the throne. Jadis describes her enemies as "rebels", but Unreliable Narrator definitely applies here.)
    • Miraz: zero approval rating from the Old Narnians in hiding, but was approved of by most of the Telmarines.
    • The Tisroc of Calomen, during The Horse and his Boy: from what we're shown of the Middle East-esque Calormen, it's impossible to say what his approval rating is. Everyone except the rich provincial Calormene lords has reason to hate him, but it appears that at least some of the peasants revere him - the protagonist, Shasta, briefly fantasizes about being this guy's son without actually knowing anything about him, for example - while the rich lords envy him and plot to rise to his position.
    • The Tisroc is just a generic Middle Eastern monarch and not even given a name. The peasants have no real reason to hate him (other than taxes) or love him (other than for not being worse) and their reverence would be simply the instinctive reverence taught in a hierarchical society. As for Shasta wanting to be the Tisroc's son, well it's not as if that position is without advantages. Also, his adoptive father was very harsh.
    • The Lady of the Green Kirtle: Brainwashed all of the gnomes into serving her.
  • Older Than Feudalism (at the very least), as it is simpler to make, say, some unspecified phaorah, King Saul of Israel, or Prince John of England universally unpopular so as to make Moses, David, and Robin Hood heroic in an uncomplicated way. In the novels of Sir Walter Scott (Ivanhoe), Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers), and Rafael Sabatini (Captain Blood: His Odyssey, The Sea Hawk), the characters are universally liked, or at least accepted, by the populace, who favor them over their legal rulers. The hundreds of Hollywood movies made from or imitating these novels follow that lead and usually exaggerate it.
    • The book version of The Three Musketeers hardly counts as it's much more of a realistic setting with no clear villain and opinions among the populace (and in the course of the story even the main characters!) vary a lot. The film versions do, though, since they love to simplify the story.
  • The Winkies feel this way about the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Likewise the Munchkins about the Wicked Witch of the East. The Wizard is just a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Machiavelli's The Prince says to avoid this at all costs. In the first place, it suggests ruling by being both loved and feared. However, it acknowledges that instilling both in the populace at the same time is difficult. Love has its uses, but fear is the safer bet if you can only have one because love is given at will, while fear is involuntary. Thus somebody who likes you but doesn’t fear you might still betray you if they’re offered a big enough bribe, while they wouldn’t dare if they didn’t necessarily love you but at least feared your punishment. No matter what a ruler chooses, though, they must avoid being hated. That’s because if a person hates you enough they’ll stop caring about what you can do to them, and become willing to risk their own lives just to harm you. Presumably the worst thing of all would be to be hated but not feared, since then people would have no reason not to get rid of you in a heartbeat.
  • In Astrid Lindgren's novel Mio, my son (or Mio, my Mio, in some translations), the antagonist, sir Kato the knight. Everyone and everything the protagonist runs into during his quest hates him, including his own servants and nature itself. Just saying Kato's name causes the sky to darken, moonlight to fade, flowers to wither, and birdsong to fall silent. Oh, and his heart is made of stone. Everything the protagonist meets during his journey enthusiastically tries to help him defeat Kato, not only people, but even rocks and trees actively help him to hide from Kato's men since they despise the knight just as much as everyone else. At the end, when the hero finally manages to defeat him in a duel, even Kato starts begging the protagonist to kill him, which makes the hero realize that probably no one hates Kato as much as Kato himself.
    • Also, Tengil from The Brothers Lionheart. There doesn't seem to be anyone in Briar Rose Valley who hasn't geared up with hidden weapons to fight him with.
  • In The Black Company novels, the Dominator is so thoroughly hated by everyone, even his own inner circle, that many of his former lieutenants conspire with the Black Company to keep him bound in his grave. His successor, the Lady, goes out of her way to avoid this trope, but still ends up fighting disaffected rebels. For example, her big black fortress of Evil is named 'Charm'.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, it is made clear that Sauron is not well-loved even by his own minions. His Nazgûl are directly enslaved to his will and don't have much choice in the matter, but beyond that, he controls endless swarms of Orcs and Trolls. From what little we hear from them, they aren't at all content with their lot, and if they weren't completely terrified of their master and hoping for a better life once he successfully takes over the world, they would probably be much happier looting and pillaging for themselves. Mordor is apparently designed to keep all of Sauron's slaves in just as much as it is to keep everyone else out.
    • Tolkien once said Sauron had many slaves, but no servants, implying no one would have served Sauron willingly.
    • The so-called "Mouth of Sauron" is an exception, as he seemed to be in it willingly, being rumored in-universe to have been one of the "Black Númenóreans" who sought Sauron's power. Still, that makes only one inhabitant throughout all of Mordor explicitly stated to like what he was doing.
    • Even Sauron's two big-name allies are openly against him. Saruman has a (loose) alliance with him to crush the Fellowship but is also independently seeking the ring so he can use its powers for him. Shelob seems to work on Sauron on the surface, but it's soon revealed to be just a convenient arrangement between the two and she couldn't give two shits if he wins as long as she keeps getting fed.
    • Sauron largely gets around the issue of loyalty through the use of psychic domination. The ability to command entire armies psychically is a huge part of his power, and it's why his forces immediately fall apart when the One Ring's destruction brings an end to him too. The Nazgul are even more enslaved to his will since their Rings of Power were specifically created to reduce their willpower.
  • The Reynard Cycle:
    • The Calvarians are universally despised by every country they interact with, which is not surprising seeing as their normal method of dealing with other countries involves invading them and then wiping out the native populations in order to replace them with "pure" Calvarian citizens. They are constantly forced to put down rebellions wherever they've gained a foothold.
    • Glycon is also generally reviled, being a country of fanatical, dragon worshipping, slavers whose main export seems to be professional assassins and psychos for hire.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Stannis Baratheon more or less admits that he would be a king of this type if he manages to win the throne in the current civil war. The populace would hate his guts because he's a stern, taciturn Knight Templar, the nobility would hate him because of his complete unwillingness to budge on so much as what appetizers to serve at dinner, and his own supporters and bannermen would hate him because he would treat them just as harshly as he would his own enemies. The only reason he even wants the throne stems from the reason he would be so bad at it: as his elder brother's heir following the former king's illegitimate children, he sees the throne as legally his, despite the fact that almost no one, including himself, actually wants him to hold it.

      His most fervent supporter, Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight, was previously a smuggler/pirate who sneaked onions and other foodstuffs onto Stannis' besieged fortress during the previous rebellion. In recognition of his gallantry and heroism, Stannis knighted him. And as punishment for his smuggling activities, he ordered the last joint of the fingers from one hand removed. He let Ser Davos choose which hand. Needless to say, loyalty like the Onion Knight's is very much the exception in Lord Stannis' court.
    • The Lannisters seem to be moving closer and closer to this as the series goes on. In the fifth book, even random nobles on another continent spit at the sound of their family name.
      • Joffrey Baratheon is completely loathed by everyone even before he was king for his pointless cruelty to everyone, just to show he's the king. Of course, when he gets poisoned later on, nobody knows who killed him and nobody, not even his own family, really care about finding out.
      • Even more so Cersei Lannister in particular, who managed to surprise even Magnificent Bastard Petyr Baelish with how fast she managed to alienate everyone and turn her control of the kingdoms into a disaster.
    • After House Frey breaks the rules of Sacred Hospitality by brutally murdering King Robb, his mother and his bannermen at a wedding, the entire North and Riverlands want them dead and the rest of the continent are appalled by them. However, they also have a rather impenetrable fortress and as of Dances With Dragon the undisputed rulers of the North with House Bolton who too are universally hated for their excessive cruelty. Should a Frey be out in the open however its open season for everyone in Westeros... and thanks to Tywin Lannister's death they can't count on the promised protection that induced House Frey to commit the wedding massacre in the first place!
  • Visser Three from Animorphs is a textbook example. He's an Ax-Crazy Evil Overlord who executes his subordinates at the drop of a hat and makes a hobby out of collecting torture devices and morphing giant alien monsters. Consequently, he's almost universally hated and feared among his fellow Yeerks, with only a few die-hard fanatics expressing loyalty towards him. This actually becomes a plot point in later books, as the Animorphs are threatened with the prospect of seeing Visser One take over the invasion and decide it works more to their advantage that Visser Three remain in charge, as his leadership makes the Yeerks less effective.
  • Harry Potter
    • Dolores Umbridge is an aversion. She manages to appeal to the magic Nazi/sadomasochist niche that the school just happens to have in the form of Slytherin House. Plus, many at the ministry seem to find her pleasant enough, though that may be because many of them don't know of her true nature.
    • Played straight with Tom Marvolo Riddle, aka Lord Voldemort. While there are devoted followers such as Bellatrix Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jr., the rest of the Wizarding World fears and/or despises him. None of his "followers" looked for him after his supposed "death" after the first Wizarding War. Most stay with him out of fear or their cause and not loyalty. At the end of the final battle, most of them abandon him. When he dies, everyone rejoices and they throw his body in an unmarked vault in the school.
    • Cornelius Fudge, post-Order of the Phoenix. The first chapter in Half-Blood Prince reveals that all of magical Britain near-unanimously demanded his resignation from his post, and Fudge himself admits that he has never seen such unified and widespread support for such a thing before. According to Pottermore, he's considered the second-worst minister of all time (the top spot jointly owned by the ministers who created Azkaban and tried to ban Muggle/Wizard marriages, respectively), and the worst minister in modern history.
    • According to his descendant Sirius Black, Phineas Nigellus Black was the least popular headmaster Hogwarts ever had. Considering the fact that he hated young people and his job by extension (not to mention sharing his family's prejudice against muggleborns), that's hardly surprising. (Though on the other hand, Sirius is extremely biased against his family members.)
    • Barty Crouch Sr. used to be very respected when he ran the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. He was an absolutely uncompromising enemy to Voldemort, and the Ministry would have probably fallen without him, but he was also very overzealous, threw Sirius Black and many other potentially innocent people in Azkaban without a trial, being a Hanging Judge in the trials that he did authorize, and giving the Aurors authorization to use Unforgivable Curses. Then his son, Barty Crouch Jr., was arrested with the Lestranges. Despite questions as to whether Crouch Jr. was in fact truly an accomplice to the Lestranges' torture of the Longbottoms, Crouch subjected his son to a Kangaroo Court before sending him to Azkaban. The trial was a sham, and the Wizengamot had to endure the sight of a nineteen year-old boy being viciously disowned by his father, while his mother cried and fainted beside him. Many in the public felt sympathetic to Crouch Jr., believing that the reason he went astray and fell in with the Death Eaters was because his father was neglectful. Crouch Sr., who many considered to be the next Minister of Magic, saw his chances irreparably disappear overnight along with his reputation. By the time Harry meets him, he's been shunted into a rather useless posting as head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation, and no one particularly likes him, save Percy.
  • Galbatorix from the Inheritance Cycle. While his (corrupt and evil) nobles like him, anyone who is good hates his guts. He's just too powerful to be overthrown. Or, at least, so it first appears; later books show that most people support Galbatorix. While he is evil, the forces of good don't make the citizens' lives better, as it is them that are destroying the country. As such, they met with heavy opposition in most villages. Also, in the first book, the village of Carvahall didn't care that Galbatorix was ruling them because they were remote and unimportant enough to evade his attentions and thus still lead a peaceful life. The Varden are the only ones that really oppose him.
  • Fulbert from Malevil pays this price for subverting the Villain with Good Publicity that an evil priest with a flock should have. He would be overthrown in a heartbeat if he didn't gain total control over the food and weapons while people trusted him. To make matters worse, his Corrupt Church is composed of merely four men who are only half-loyal to him anyway.
  • Saint Dane in the Pendragon series: The Soldiers Of Halla, in particular. While it looks like the Ravinians are on Saint Dane's side, it's revealed late in the book that they hate what's going on too, and they deactivate the dados and help save everyone. So no one likes Saint Dane, not even the people he gave immense wealth and privilege to.
  • In The Belgariad, this is the crux of Garion's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Torak: the Angaraks worship him out of fear and/or lust for power, but none of them actually love him.
  • In The Malloreon, we learn that only fear of Torak kept the Angarak nations from fighting each other.
  • In Warrior Cats, Brokenstar, leader of ShadowClan was hated so much by the ShadowClan cats that at the end of the first book they all teamed up to drive him out.
  • As depicted in Someone Else's War, the Lord's Resistance Army seems to have one of these. However, they're still successful in war because they use an army of children to fight all their battles, and their blindsided enemies have a hard time bringing themselves to murder children.
  • Played with in Dirge for Prester John. The people of Pentexore like John well enough, but nobody likes the Christian teachings he brings with him.
  • Venandekatra the Vile in Belisarius Series is hated by everyone, even his own kin. He not only has every vice that can possibly be crowded into a single man, but he is also utterly incompetent.
  • In Of Mice and Mooshaber, people are dissatisfied with Albin Rappelschlund, his dictatorship, and terror. They want to see their rightful ruler, widowed Duchess Augusta. The official propaganda says she still rules together with Rappelschlund but she hasn't been seen in public for decades and the rumour has it she's either hiding or dead.
  • A rare protagonist example, August at first in Wonder (2012).
  • Black Peter Carey, the Asshole Victim of the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of Black Peter," was such a pariah that, when he's run through with one of his own harpoons, not one of his neighbors has anything nice to say about him. His own daughter openly admits to Holmes and Watson that she's happy her old man is dead and grateful to the person that killed him.
  • The Bosses in Clocks that Don't Tick are despised by everyone but themselves, and for good reason. Of course, they're far too delusional and arrogant to realize this. Not that they'd care if they did.
  • Avin Wargunsson in The Tamuli isn't so much a tyrant as he is useless, attention-obsessed, and weaselly, but he's still remarkably unpopular. When he's murdered in a particularly embarrassing way—shoved into a wine barrel and the lid nailed down—the entire congregation at his funeral have trouble holding in their laughter, and one of the theoretically holiest men in the country is more upset about the waste of good wine than anything else.
  • In The Golgotha Series, Malachai Bick, a wealthy businessman who owns much of the property in Golgotha and controls the town from the shadows, has reached this point by The Shotgun Arcana. When Ray Zeal announces his attention to come into town and kill Malachai, no one speaks against him and most people start cheering.
  • In Guns of the Dawn, Mr. Northway, Mayor-Governor of Chalcaster, is widely unpopular — everyone knows him to be corrupt, and the aristocrats who are just as bad nevertheless view him as a shabby commoner who they'd rather not have at parties. The protagonist has particular reason to dislike him, but finds that he's used to being disliked and doesn't take it amiss — he even gives her his blessing. She eventually decides that he's not so bad... but his approval rating with everyone else is likely still low, since he's now working for the victorious foreign occupiers, mitigating their rule while enduring the inevitable unpopularity.
  • During Tiago's brief stint as the duke of Nesme in Companions Codex, he made a sport out of hunting those people who wanted to flee the city to escape his reign. It is implied that there wasn't a dearth of those.
  • In Malazan Book of the Fallen Kallor's people had a few misgivings with his rule during his stint as The Emperor. When they rebelled and called down an alien god to rid themselves of his rule, he responded by nuking his own empire, so that no one but himself would be able to rule it —ignoring the hint that a large number of his subjects already had killed themselves to be rid of him.
  • In The Machineries of Empire, Shuos Jedao is distrusted and despised by just about everyone, owning to the minor fact of him having murdered over one million people in his first life - half of those his own subordinates. In time, Cheris and others come to respect him, though they still don't trust him.
  • In Twilight of the Red Tsar the Soviet Union becomes an international pariah thanks to Stalin using nuclear devices and man-made smallpox on the People's Republic of China, purging even more people, COMMITTING ANOTHER HOLOCAUST, and generally being a dick.
  • In near-future dystopian thriller Victoria, the villainous United States Government gradually becomes this during the second Civil War, due to a combination of badly failed economic policies and ideological insanity. Mobs and militias fight the police openly in the streets, domestic terrorism is rampant, judges are lynched, state governments begin to secede, and toward the end even the military is experiencing massive defections and passive-aggressive sabotage.
  • In A Frozen Heart, a Tie-In Novel to Frozen, this is justified with Prince Hans' father, the king of the Southern Isles, as he is hated by his subjects for being an Evil Overlord who abuses his power, killing and/or torturing citizens even for tiny reasons. His own wife despises him, given how he abused her and their 13 sons over the years, and even Hans secretly hated him despite being his gofer, causing him to find a way out of his abusive household for good. Hans frequently wonders how someone like him in charge of such a large kingdom "could be so stupid."
  • The Emperor's Gift: A high ranking member of Warhammer 40,000's Inquisition, Ghesmei Kysnaros is liked by nobody. It's implied that Joros only helps him to gain political clout and the rest of the Inquisition support him as an excuse to act on their long-standing feud with the Space Wolves. Other Grey Knights openly disapprove of Kysnaros' orders, to the point that some Grey Knights and Inquisitors conspire to assassinate him before the conflict with the Space Wolves worsens.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones:
    • House Bolton aren't particularly loved by the Northern Houses, especially when they become the new Wardens of the North. Even Littlefinger calls them the most despised family in the North, in particular Ramsay. Must have something to do with all the flaying and torturing...
    • Joffrey Baratheon. Nobody likes him. Even his own family members are no exception, except maybe Cersei, and even she wouldn't mind him being subjected to some of his grandfather's "discipline" by this point. Same goes for the audience. That may have something to do with the fact that he's a bullying little shit who just uses his powers as king to torment people for his amusement: the most prevalent example is at his wedding with his ultra-humiliating "reenactment" of the War of the Five Kings. When he's poisoned at that wedding, the list of suspects is "anyone other than Cersei who had the opportunity" and nobody is in a hurry to try to find out.
    Tywin (to Tommen): Your brother was not a wise king, your brother was not a good king. If he had been, perhaps he would still be alive.
    • While not as hated as her son Joffrey, the commonfolk of King's Landing don't like Cersei much at all. Her haughty, crappy treatment of the subjects and the rumors of incest certainly don't do a lot to change that. Later, her destruction of the Sept of Baelor — which killed hundreds if not thousands of people, including Margery, Loras, Mace, and Kevan — and her grab for the Iron Throne after Tommen's subsequent suicide cemented her position as the most hated person in Westeros.
    • Stannis lacks the charm both his brothers possess and thus hasn't been able to attract many noble houses to his cause through diplomacy. Several characters insist that his rigid and unpopular personality would make him a terrible ruler, though most of these people are rivals for the throne and corrupt schemers like Littlefinger. Somewhat subverted, however: Many people (e.g. Davos, Ned) who know him personally admire him for his honesty, military abilities, and a strong sense of duty. While he may not be loved, he is certainly respected.
    • Balon Greyjoy. Unlike in the books, Euron openly admits to murdering him at the kingsmoot. Nobody is especially bothered by this.
  • In The Handmaid's Tale, the United States is overthrown by a force called the Sons of Jacob who transform it into the oppressive theocracy Gilead. Women are stripped of all rights with the fertile ones used as "breeding stock" and others for slave labor. It's also shown that most other religions and lifestyles have been banned. It's soon showcased that this has turned America into an international pariah as only Mexico and Canada are willing to deal with them. Even Russia thinks Gilead goes too far and refuses to negotiate.
    • In season 2, main commander Waterford heads to Canada for a meeting to discuss things like handing over "illegal immigrants" (people who escaped to Canada). The Canadians make it clear they utterly despise Gilead with one man coldly stating he and his husband once enjoyed America but "are no longer welcome."
    • A representative of a "Free America" meets Waterford's wife, Serena, and offers her a chance to escape. When Serena snaps "I'd never betray my country," the man snidely responds, "I thought you already did."
    • When a series of letters from women inside Gilead is published, the Canadian officials immediately kick the Gilead group out of the country and make it clear they will not negotiate with a nation that treats women like cattle and claims to be a "superior nation."
  • Played for Laughs in The Thick of It. Director of Communications Malcolm Tucker, the terrifying political enforcer of HM Government, receives in one episode a birthday cake with the words "Happy Birthday C*nt" written on the icing. His reaction?
    Malcolm Tucker: This could be from anyone.note 
  • iCarly: Ms. Briggs and Mr. Howard in iHave My Principals.
  • Doctor Who:
  • All My Children has quite a few examples:
    • Michael Cambias earned this when he raped Bianca. At his funeral, literally everyone in Pine Valley attended said funeral simply to give eulogies on how much they hate him for what he did, with Bianca's then-lover Lena literally spitting on his grave. Hell, he was so hated that some of Bianca's friends broke into the funeral home and stole his body just so they could throw it in the dump. His casket was empty.
    • When Will Cortlandt was beaten to death with a crowbar, his approval rating was so abysmal that there were no less than fifteen suspects, including his own sister.
    • After David Hayward's apparent death, only Greenlee, Marissa, and Krystal attended his funeral; he had become such a pariah by that time that everyone else in town celebrated his demise at ConFusion.
    • Greenlee Smythe earned this for a while after she exposed Kendall's pregnancy with Michael's child as a fake in the middle of her trial for Michael's murder, and cemented it even further when it is believed that she caused Kendall's son Spike to go deaf.
  • It seems that lower demons on Supernatural weren't too upset about Azazel's death. One particular demon described him as a tyrant who kept the demons in line before his death.
  • Scrubs: Everyone, absolutely everyone at Sacred Heart hates Dr. Kelso, to the extent that when Dr. Cox tricks everyone into thinking Kelso is dead in the episode "My Kingdom," their reactions range from indifference to joy. Deconstructed in his A Day in the Limelight episode, where it's revealed he sets himself up as a Hate Sink so the rest of the staff keeps busy hating him instead of getting into fights with each other.
  • In 'Allo 'Allo!, Herr Flick's attempt to find out who stole One Million Francs from his personal account runs into problems because he defines a suspect as "someone who hates him". Helga points out that everyone hates him though.
  • Kamen Rider Ghost: As quoted above by Makoto Fukami (Kamen Rider Specter), almost everybody hates Adel, including his own siblings. Given what an insufferable Smug Super Narcissist he is, he won't shut up about recreating a perfect world of his own image, even if he has to kill everyone who stands in his way.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had Judge Robertson. Although the family told him not to go to the funeral after all the mudslinging Robertson did to win an election, Phil drags the rest of the family since he considered Robertson an old friend. At the wake, Philip forgot his eulogy and asked anyone with a happy memory of Robertson to share it. When no one said anything Philip asked if anyone remembered him. The first speaker stated that the judge sent him to jail for a crime he didn't commit. The second speaker, the former gardener, recalled when Robertson not only refused to pay him for his services but tried to have him deported. Even the judge's mistress had nothing good to say about him. When Will tried to guilt the audience by partially quoting Sheilob's monologue, the first speaker called out Will on who he was to tell them that. When Will responded that he "killed" Judge Robertson, the attendees clapped and cheered him.
  • Rodolfo in Deus Salve O Rei becomes widely disliked because of his inept and egotistical rule as king of Montemor leading the country to ruin. Being a lecherous, wimpy, cowardly jerkass didn't help either. He becomes so unpopular that he gets deposed in a literally bloodless coup as both the peasants and the army have enough of him and rally behind his heroic brother Afonso, who demands Rodolfo to step down. Nobody is willing to stand up for him, not even his own personal guard as they also knell before Afonso and accept him as the rightful king.
  • Drex, the villain from the Henry Danger episode "Hour of Power" is hated by everyone. Even the news anchors at the end do not hold back at their hatred of him.
  • ER. After yet another screw up by Dave Malucci, Elizabeth Corday bluntly tells him, "None of us (the hospital staff) thinks you're much of a doctor."
  • Daredevil (2015): Wilson Fisk works hard to maintain an image of a well meaning philanthropist falsely accused of horrible crimes. Problem is, his style of running things means he invariably alienates those who actually work for or with him through his behavior (with the notable exception of James Wesley, who dies early on anyway) to the point that some of his closest underlings are only there because he's bullied, blackmailed or manipulated them. This is especially notable in season 3 where he gets his entire FBI detail in his pocket by digging up dirt on them and / or threatening their families, leading to them testifying against him once he is actually arrested anyway, and especially with Dex who turns on him the moment he learns that Fisk had Julie killed just to undermine his sanity further. The public at large alternates between loving him and loathing him depending on what they think about him is true, and at the end of the day he's just plain unable and unwilling to invest in genuine loyalty rather than mere obedience, basically giving his own men every reason to want him to somehow fail.

  • Discussed Trope (and Lampshaded) in Ravages of Time, where the more savvy characters think to themselves that no government could truly be that incompetent and that they must have been painted in a bad light by the dynasties that usurped them as to give the new guys in power the illusion of legitimacy.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In Flash Gordon, Ming the Merciless seems to be hated by everybody — but their hatred of him is exceeded by their fear of him, as his name would suggest. That, and most of Mongo's races are too busy hating each other to focus on Ming himself.
  • Played for Laughs in Bloom County, when Opus is involved in yet another presidential campaign and learns that according to the polls, he's only slightly ahead of a cucumber.
    • The National Radical Meadow Party (which ran Opus as its nominee for Vice President several times) isn't actually evil, but its staff is so hilariously incompetent that it might as well be. When a Meadow Party campaign is in progress, it's a rare day when its ticket isn't polling at or near zero percent; the polls are as likely as not to have the Meadowcrats below zero. After all, this is the party that more than once nominated a dead cat for President (he was only dead the first time; the second time, when he was alive, he polled lower).
  • The King from The Wizard of Id, who regularly abuses his authority and empties the kingdom's coffers on frivolous expenses is always shocked to learn that his subjects not only despise him but have coined the phrase "the king is a fink."


  • In The Bible, King Jehoram of Judah was recorded as having died "without being desired" in 2nd Chronicles 21:20, meaning that he was so unlikable as king that nobody was sad to see him go.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Two particular Primarchs of Warhammer 40,000 were pretty well loathed by everyone they knew.
    • Firstly, there was Konrad Curze. A psychotic loony who spent his years before rediscovery violently butchering anyone on his adoptive world who so much as jaywalked. When he became Primarch of the Night Lords, he gained no fans either. His Legions tactics earning him alienation and scorn from his brothers. Even his own father wasn't wild about him and was seriously considering disbanding his legion before the Horus Heresy.
    • And then there's Angron. Even his own Astartes didn't like the guy, noting he was a frothing madman, who had no interest in anything but wanton slaughter. In Betrayer, a mortally wounded World Eater asks to be finished off as he'd rather die than continue fighting for Angron; his final words are a bitter chuckle and "Piss on Angron's grave when he dies."
    • On the Chaos side of things is Fabius Bile. While the forces of Chaos are happy to use his macabre experiments and technology in their endless war with The Imperium, a good 99% of those same Chaos forces want his head on a spike. The Black Legion want him dead for cloning their fallen Primarch, Abaddon wants him dead because his creations are possible competition for his place as top dog of Chaos Undivided, and several other Chaos Space Marine chapters have tried having him assassinated. Even Fulgrim, Primarch of Bile's own legion, is rumored to have put a price on his head.
  • The Baali in Vampire: The Masquerade. The Baali are generally famous for being demon-worshippers and actively trying to bring about Hell on Earth. The appearance of a Baali can make every other vampire, regardless of clan, sect, affiliation, or personality, put their differences aside and hunt them down. To hammer home just how hated the Baali are, fluff describes a Baali Defector from Decadence who tried to join up with the Tal'Mahe'Ra. The defector was willing to go through interrogation, torture, mutilation, starvation, Mind Rape, and two separate magical bonds of loyalty to prove his bona fides, and there was still a large group within the Tal'Mahe'Ra who wanted them killed out of had for being Baali.


    Video Games 
  • Batman: Arkham Series: After the Joker's death at the end of Arkham City, Harley Quinn takes over his gang, and none of Joker's mooks are happy about it. In the DLC campaign Harley Quinn's Revenge, some believe her to be even crazier and worse to work for than the Joker, and Joker himself was a horrible boss.
  • In the Starcraft expansion pack, Brood War, Kerrigan almost lampshades this when she says she is 'the Queen bitch of the Universe'. The Protoss also describe her as the 'enemy of all who live'.
    • So long as she controls the swarm, it doesn't really matter how popular Kerrigan is with other species, she presumably intends on wiping them out anyway.
    • Even within the Zerg swarm, her approval rating isn't 100%. She introduces the Zerg campaign of Brood War by threatening to kill the player cerebrate if they don't obey her, and between the first game and Starcraft II she apparently disposed of the cerebrates and replaced them with Brood Mothers who only defer to her because they respect her strength.
  • In Baten Kaitos, Emperor Geldoblame is a ruler everyone hates (except the people in his capital city, who adore him), in contrast to Lady Melodia, a lesser noble that everyone loves. He’s being puppeteered by her.
  • Orochi in Ōkami. Granted, being a monstrous, armored, multi-headed dragon probably killed any thoughts of resistance against him.
  • Although Tony Montana from Scarface: The World Is Yours is usually a Villain with Good Publicity (or, more accurately, an Anti-Hero), raising his Cop Heat and Gang Heat too high can cause him to suffer detriments that include gangsters attacking unprovoked and police responding with amazing speed to minor transgressions.
  • In Half-Life 2, everyone you meet (even those who aren't members of La Résistance) seem to be fed up with the Combine's reign. The constant relocations, disappearances, warrantless investigations, and the impotence field don't help matters. Gordon's first major blow against them (Nova Prospekt's accidental destruction) is an instant signal to start a massive rebellion.
    • During development, the game developers had Combine propaganda posters hanging on walls throughout the game but thought that the alien overlords wouldn't care about public opinion, so they left it out. In the final game, Breen seems to be the only one who thinks of the invasion and enslavement as a positive.
  • After the second American Civil War in Shattered Union, the one faction not composed of former Americans trying to rebuild the country is the armed forces of the European Union. Every other faction sees them for what they really are - Europe's thinly veiled attempt to prop the United States back up (the world economy did collapse as a result of the war, after all), essentially turning it into a puppet state to all of Europe.
    • The conflict's outbreak actually traces all the way back to the election of U.S. President David Jefferson Adams, whose first term as president saw the rapid rise of civil unrest and domestic terrorism within the United States as a result of his unpopular policies, some of which bore signs of an increasingly totalitarian regime. The final straw was when he managed to get the Supreme Court to rule that any opponents to him in reelection was unconstitutional. His ultimate assassination at the hands of who initially appeared to be domestic terrorists results in the war's outbreak. In reality, Russia propped him up and then ultimately nuked Washington DC so they could be the only world power.
  • In the Mega Man Zero series, Dr. Weil takes over Neo Arcadia in Zero 3. Sure, Copy X was a total jerk, but at least he was good at taking care of the people he governed. Then in 4, we see humans leaving Neo Arcadia in droves for the greener pastures of Area Zero. Weil tries to rectify the problem... by forcefully taking them back. This doesn't work, so he tries to destroy Area Zero's environment instead. Not only is he making things worse for himself, but Neo Arcadia is blown up by Weil's own Kill Sat, and his approval rating also seemed to be an indication of his chances of survival... In this particular case, however, that's exactly his intention.
  • Final Fantasy VI: Kefka as well. When Shadow and Sabin Figaro arrive at Imperial Camp at Doma, they overhear several soldiers talking: One of the soldiers, when learning from another soldier a rumor that Kefka intends to usurp Leo Christophe's position in the military, exclaims that he'd quit the Empire if that ever happened. The soldiers have a very good reason for complaining against Kefka (although they did it behind his back, for obvious reasons), as this is also the same guy who had a brainwashed Terra burn fifty Imperial soldiers alive during her training exercise, and later deliberately poisons Doma knowing full well that there are still Imperials being held prisoner there.
  • Surprisingly averted in Final Fantasy XII. When Vayne takes over as regent of the newly defeated Dalmasca, everyone expects to hate him, but he gives an impassioned speech and many members of Dalmasca begin to grudgingly respect him. At least, for a while.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, Gangrel, the Mad King of Plegia, was steadily losing the support of his countrymen over his costly war with Ylisse. After Emmeryn makes herself a martyr by killing herself after being captured to be executed, all but the most ardent loyalists begin to desert his army en masse. Also the Grimleal, despite technically being the official religion of Plegia are even more hated than Gangrel. As early as Chapter 8, Plegian villagers tell the player that all the commonfolk hate and fear Grima's worshippers. who they'd love to see dead. The religion seems to be solely composed of thugs who Rape, Pillage, and Burn and Evil Sorcerer types who define their god as evil. The only recruitable character from the Grimleal even reveals the religion was only able to get her to join with brainwashing from one of the aforementioned evil Sorcerors.
  • Rare Justified example from Summoner: when the Big Bads initially invade Orenia and Medeva, there are actually significant portions of the population that think their rule might be an improvement. They're quickly proven VERY wrong, as the villains are revealed to be Nuvasarim, followers of a Religion of Evil which revolves around deriving magical power directly from raw human suffering, and consequently have an excellent motivation to become the most hated despots they can be.
  • In the Shin Megami Tensei series, YHVH tends to have this by the end of most games he personally shows up in. While it goes without saying why the fallen angels would dislike him, the angels tend to also due to him prioritizing his own glory over the creation of a world of peace. So they generally play along with him until a chance to off him appears or until it becomes too apparent that he's only holding back the goals of the side.
  • In Stronghold, some of the scenarios require you to have a certain approval rating — and in some cases, that approval rating has to be below a certain threshold. This makes the game more challenging because maintaining a high enough population to achieve the scenario goals while everybody hates you is quite tricky. The trick is to make them too afraid to leave, by showing yourself to be a malicious and frivolously evil ruler. In other words, you have to be in it For the Evulz in order to prevent your zero-percent approval rating from hurting you too much.
  • Subverted in Crystalis. Though the villagers in most of the backwater places you visit complain about the rule of the Evil Empire, the urbanites in the later cities of the game (Goa and Swan (sort of)) are really living up the prestige and wealth of being in the right place at the right time.
  • You can play one of these in Fable III, depending on your policies.
  • In Metal Wolf Chaos, following his coup, Richard Hawk sets out to be this, militarizing cities, bringing back slave labor, building a Wave-Motion Gun on Alcatraz, gassing Chicago, and terrorizing New York with a giant mechanical spider for seemingly no other reason than just being cartoonishly evil. He at least subconsciously acknowledges that everyone hates him and runs a Bathos laced propaganda campaign to boost his approval ratings out of the .000%-range.
  • It is heavily implied in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops that Colonel Volgin fell into this category, with Jonathan's claims that by Naked Snake killing Volgin at Groznyj Grad (although technically, it was lightning that killed Volgin rather than Snake himself), Snake was also considered a hero by the Soviet Union. It also explains why he wanted to place Breszhnev and Kosygin in power as Puppet Kings in the first place: The Soviets would never have served Volgin had he tried to do rule it directly.
  • Saints Row IV: It's never explained what exactly it is the President of the United States did, but their approval rating is nearly rock-bottom.
    Pierce: Here's the latest approval poll.
    President: We lost twenty points, we can get them back.
    Pierce: They're at twenty points.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • This is the case for Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince of Domination and Corruption. While many of the Daedric Princes are Jerkass Gods, all have at least some redeeming qualities which earn them some respect from mortals, even if they aren't particularly liked. Not Molag Bal, who is universally despised by every culture in Tamriel. He is the closest thing in the series to a true God of Evil and is a being of pure malevolence with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Among his servants, the only ones who genuinely like him are those who don't know him very well and those who have become enthralled by the power he's granted them. And it's only a matter of time before he betrays the former group, or converts them into one of the latter...
    • Skyrim:
      • Nobody likes the Thalmor prancing around Skyrim like they own the place, arresting random Nords for execution, and those in the know about their endgame utterly HATE them with every ounce of their being for plotting to undo creation because a few purity-obsessed self-righteous elitists are Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence. This becomes very evident if you kill a bunch of Thalmor in a city; the Empire guards only charge you for assault, and the Stormcloak guards will watch the whole thing and bet on how girly the officer screams at the end. If you initiate a conversation with them and provoke them into attacking first, the bounty is automatically zero. Hell, killing Ondolemar, the Thalmor leader in Markarth will net you a letter from the Jarl and 100 Septims - it's almost as if he's thanking you for getting rid of the asshole.
      • The Wolf Queen Potema. Unlike King Olaf, there's no argument as to just how evil she was. How evil? She started a civil war to get her son crowned as Emperor, she murdered the legitimate heir, and when her son was caught and killed, she resorted to raising the fallen on both sides as undead to fight for her. By the end, she was a terrifying psychopath waited on by skeletal chambermaids and consorting with vampires. She's one of the few historical Nords whose spirit cannot be found in Sovngarde when you visit. Tellingly, King Olaf One-Eye, who is largely remembered as a tyrant who conquered Skyrim in a bloody and long-fought war and has a yearly festival dedicated to burning him in effigy, is still considered noble enough to be allowed in.
  • The Borgias in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood are universally loathed by everyone in Roma, even the soldiers are more interested in the florins paid to them than the cause they fight for as Ezio removes the pillars of support that funds the armies. Even the Templars themselves hate Rodrigo Borgia and regard his time as their Grand Master as their order's Dark Age.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Meghren of Dragon Age: Origins was a cruel tyrant who despised the Fereldens to the core. Mass Executions and needless brutality were how he managed to hold on to the nation for quite a long time. His most favorite pastime was to throw parties and invite the Fereldan lords, at least one of which would be taken away and executed either for displeasing Meghren or just because he felt like it. Unfortunately, this also resulted in many lords willing to betray their rightful Queen in order to please him. Meghren was, in fact, exiled from the Orlesian court, as his own cousin, The Emperor, didn't even like him.
    • There isn't a single man in the country who like Arl Rendorn Howe. The fact that after his death, practically nobody mourns him and his own family doesn't make any move to attempt Howe's funeral is proof as to how hated he was.
    • If Arlessa Isolde wasn't this before, she's pretty much this after Origins. Considering she's directly responsible for the crisis that happened in Redcliffe (nearly all of Redcliffe's population was wiped out by the undeads created by her demon-controlled son), nobody, from her husband to her subjects, no longer trust her, leaving her even worse off than before.
    • In Dragon Age II, the leader of the Templars in Kirkwall, Knight-Commander Meredith is completely bonkers, with everyone from beggar to lieutenant seeming to know this and her treatment of the Mages also gets worse as the game progresses, to the point where she's mass ordering the Rite of Tranquility on Mages who have passed the Harrowing, something illegal under Chantry law. Unfortunately, everyone's too afraid of her to stop her... that is until Justice/Anders sparks a Mage rebellion by blowing up the Chantry and pushing Meredith off the deep-end.
  • Largo LaGrande in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge is the ruler of Scabb Island despite claims of the island being an "anarchist cooperative," but only because he bullies everyone else, and is hated by everyone in turn.
  • Star Fox Adventures: Everyone, absolutely everyone hates General Scales. Including his own soldiers, who must have become rather sick of being used as meat-shields and projectiles. After his defeat, the Sharpclaws are shown celebrating and thanking Fox.
  • God of War: Kratos gets this, in part due to the various atrocities he committed under Ares; in the first game, one character is actually more terrified of Kratos than of the monsters attacking him and openly states he would rather die than let Kratos save him. After becoming the new God of War, it's stated that all of the other Olympians despised Kratos and refused to accept him.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day: After the Panther King's death, everyone, including his own guards, celebrates his demise and happily declare Conker the king in his place.
  • Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves: In China, most of the missions there show just how much of a despised and complete asshole General Tsao is. When he's arrested by Carmelita at the end of the level, even his own minions are happy to see him go.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines: The Camarillan Prince Sebastian LaCroix is already on sandy ground with most of the city's Kindred (the Anarch majority hate him for being Camarilla) but can't even keep house in his own faction. Camarilla loyalists like Tung explicitly mention they're loyal to the Camarilla and not to its 'official' local leader, and one of his Primogen all but openly says LaCroix is in charge because he's a useful lightning rod. LaCroix is fully aware that nobody respects him either and it's a perpetual source of annoyance to him. His attempts at the Ankharan Sarcophagus burns what few bridges he had left.
  • The Backstory of Ravenmark has this with the Carsis nobles who used to rule the lands that now comprise the Empire of Estellion. Their decadent rule, complete disregard for any laws or morals, and brutal suppression of any resistance means that, when the people rally behind a charismatic and righteous figure, the Carsis find themselves beaten before they can even figure out what's going on. House Corvius, the ruling dynasty of the Empire, remembers that lesson and teaches their children to keep in mind that they rule because the common people support them. One of the major mechanisms for ensuring the loyalty of the populace is the path to Ravenhood (nobility). Essentially, any commoner can attain temporary nobility by faithfully serving the Empire as a soldier for 22 years (or as an administrator for 36). If the individual has served with distinction, he or she is given the status of a Raven, which also makes him or her an officer in the Imperial Mark. The Ravenhood is retained for no more than 2 generations, which means that the person's grandchildren once again become commoners unless the status is reaffirmed by continued service to the Empire. This keeps the Empire from descending into the same decadence that proved the undoing of the Carsis. By retaining Ravenhood for 10 unbroken generations (extremely rare), a family can attain permanent Raven status and become a noble House, with each firstborn holding the title of Rook.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us:
  • If there is one thing literally everyone in Mortal Kombat 11 agrees on, it's that the Joker needs to die. Frost refuses to be his lackey, Kano refuses to hire him, Geras wants to crush him into powder, the Kollector wants to flay his hide, Shang Tsung threatens to steal more than his looks, and not even Shao Kahn can bear his existence. Keep in mind that this is just the villains; the actual heroes don't want him either, and even secondhand reports of his exploits is evidence enough for Jac and Cass to put him in the ground. Lampshaded by Sheeva, who outright tells Joker that his evil alone is enough to unite all the realms against him, which should be impossible.
  • The version of King Louis Philippe in Aviary Attorney is right around here. Very few characters seem to hate him but his selfishness and incompetence are staggering and when an attorney tries to collect favorable anecdotes about him, every single story makes him look worse.
  • Street Fighter: Anyone who has met and talked with M. Bison considers him as public enemy number one. Heck, Shadaloo's leader has lots of Arch Enemies to count starting from Chun-Li to Juri.
  • In the Yuri's Revenge expansion of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, the titular Big Bad is hated by both the Allies and Soviets, to the point Albert Einstein refers Yuri as "hostis humani generis".note 
  • Persona 5: You start the game with pretty much everyone wanting nothing to do with you due to your "record": fellow students, teachers, police officers, your legal guardian in Tokyo, even your parents. In fact, you only make your first friend after you're both nearly killed in the collective unconscious.
    • The Phantom Thieves, as a group, have a dynamic, in-universe approval rating on their fansite that updates each day. By the time you catch up to the present, it gets dangerously close to literally being at 0%.
  • BlazBlue: Yuuki Terumi is absolutely despised by virtually every character in-universe, many of whom want him dead. As it turns out, Terumi goes out of his way to cultivate this approval rating, partially because his very existence is tied to The Power of Hate, and partially just because he likes being a dick.
  • It's quite possible to literally have this in Shadow President, with the easiest route being nuclear weapons (especially nuking allies or countries that can't strike back). Once you hit this level, assassination is the most likely end result.
  • In the Wolfenstein games, Deathshead is utterly despised and feared by everybody in the game series, even by other nazis and in The New Order, he is shown to cruelly mutilate those who cross him often turning them into robotic monstrosities against their will. After his demise, very few characters mourned his death in The New Colossus and he was seldom mentioned. It's almost as if the villains were thanking B.J. for killing him.
    • Also, in The New Order, the entire world hates the Nazi Regime because of how oppressive, genocidal, and cruel they are. However, most people are too afraid to stand up to them and even some individuals have either gone rogue or defected from them. Predictably, once B.J. kills Frau Engel on live TV, millions of angry American citizens, having suffered under Nazi tyranny for most of the game, proceed to give the remaining Nazis a well-deserved beatdown.
  • The Devil fits this to a tee in Cuphead. All of the residents of the Inkwell Isles hate the Devil due to many of them being in debt to him to the point where many of the residents refuse to hand their Soul Contracts over to him. Once Cuphead and Mugman defeat him, the residents celebrate being free of their servitude to the Devil.
  • It's possible to have one of these displayed in Civilization, though it's more flavor than the degree of dysfunction you'd expect from that - your approval rating is based on the Happiness stat, and once your Happiness gets low enough it can indeed hit 0%. In the game proper, it's fairly easy to avoid this (just build lots of Happiness-boosting buildings, don't conquer or settle willy-nilly, and keep your hands on some luxuries), but not doing so results in, for instance, being unable to settle new cities, all your troops taking heavy combat penalties, your population no longer growing, your social beliefs forcibly changing, rebel units spawning in your territory to wreak havoc, or even entire cities switching sides. It's not uncommon to see once-prosperous empires take over a bunch of territory, then immediately disintegrate because their new conquered populace hates their guts.
  • Pharaoh has the Kingdom rating, which goes up or down depending on your response to requests from other cities. If it gets too low, they feel justified in invading your city. Actual approval from citizens isn't that important, people only turn to crime and simply leave if the city is too badly run (not enough food, too few jobs, taxes too high...).
  • While some of the more hated faction leaders in World of Warcraft have at least some loyal followers, Prince Farondis' subjects unanimously loathe him, blaming him for their current plight. He'd planned to stop Queen Azshara by using the Tidestone of Golganneth to destroy the Well of Eternity, but Azshara caught wind of the plot and destroyed the Tidestone, resulting in Farondis and all of his people being cursed to live as ghosts. Because of their curse, his subjects can't overthrow or assassinate him, so their only recourse is to treat him coldly. However, when Farondis defies Azshara once again to save the Player Character from the naga, his subjects arrive to help against Athissa, and once again pledge their loyalty to Farondis.
  • In Tekken Tag 2, characters can enter Rage Mode faster or slower depending on how much they like their teammate. NO ONE likes Ogre, so many characters will enter Rage Mode only when Ogre is very close to death.

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  • RWBY: Adam Taurus was originally regarded as a hero and rising star within the White Fang. However, as the series progressed, his descent into extremist ideology and selfish obsession led to him burning his bridges with everyone. His abusive behavior drove away his love; he became a terrorist wanted for the attacks on both Beacon and Haven Academy; he alienated himself from Salem's faction by putting his own desires ahead of hers; his obsession with revenge turned all of Menagerie against him for trying to assassinate their chief just to spite his daughter, Blake; and the White Fang turned against him for abandoning his men to the Mistral authorities to save his own skin. In the end, all he has left is his life — and he wastes that by going after Blake in one final attempt at revenge.

  • King Steve of 8-Bit Theater.
    Left Hand Man: Recent polls show a 40% approval rating.
    King Steve: Excellent!
    Left Hand Man: Sir, you only got that because the poll only had two options: Be ruled by King Steve forever, or get a sword in the head. We lost 60% of the voters.
  • Bug Broke the Rating Scale, as shown in the image above. Here's the link to the comic.

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  • The Dark Overlords from the web fiction serial Dimension Heroes are almost universally hated by the populace of their dimension... that is, unless they manage to brainwash them to see things from their point of view.
  • The King of Town from Homestar Runner, while not a villain per se, manages to be hated by all of his "subjects" except the ones he employs. With the possible exception of Homsar, no one respects him, and he is routinely beaten up and stolen from.
  • It is possible to achieve this and 100% Adoration Rating through selective methods such as polling site like Glassdoor, although it happens very rarely. The improbability of it happening in real life makes such findings humorous.
  • In Medusa's Daughter, nobody likes Rictus. Nobody. Not even his business partner and co-owner of the circus. The only way he seems to keep control is through being the most on-the-ball person in the group. Skully is a hopeless alcoholic and is deeply ashamed of his role in helping to kidnap Maia, Maia is kept under Rictus's thumb through emotional and physical abuse, and everyone else at the circus just seems to be too busy hating one another to do anything against him. Skully lampshades this at one point when he tells Maia how it's like the people from his native Ireland spend all their time killing one another, instead of working together to deal with external threats.
  • In the SuperMarioLogan episode, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Part 2", Craig the Devil uses a lifeline to ask the audience to help him answer a question. All four answers result in 0%, and the Brooklyn Guy asks the audience if their keypads are broken. He soon finds out that the audience deliberately chose not to help Craig.
  • Drefan Justes, a character from Lore of Terra (a set of musical albums and stories created by Yoomah) is the prince of the wretched Justes Kingdom and wants to make things better and break the status quo. Unfortunately due to having a human appearance (90% of the population is composed of lizardmen and they're prejudiced towards humans) and his increasing insanity, he's despised by almost everyone. To the point that despite his good intentions, the townsfolk prefer his relative Lunalarich over him, just because he’s a full lizardman.
  • Welcome to Night Vale has the Apache Tracker, whom everyone in Night Vale agrees is a racist asshole and an embarrassment to the town. Even after he sacrifices himself defending the town against an invasion from underground dwarves, the City Council made a statue honouring him, then decided to bury it somewhere in the middle of the desert and forbid anyone from looking at it because they still don't want the town associated with him.
  • Mahu: In "Second Chance", hating the Biluan Mind is the one thing all of the realms, republics, kingdoms and empires in the galaxy seem to have in common. It helps that the Mind is a horde of always-hungry drones who will feast on themselves once the rest of the galaxy's species are gone.
  • In Farce of the Three Kingdoms, Sun Chen is offed "by popular demand." He's definitely a Jerkass but probably doesn't crack the top ten most evil characters (although that may be mostly due to lack of screentime).
  • Vester And Friends has Link, Vester, Waluigi, King Dedede and Woody have the title of the most hated people in Vesterland. Link due to his grating voice, Vester due to his laziness, Waluigi because they think his dancing stinks and King Dedede and Woody are both hated by the other characters due to their Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies.
  • The Dream SMP has Jschlatt, President of Manburg. He wasn't popular to begin with (he won with 16% of the popular vote), but over the course of his tenure as president, he manages to make some very powerful enemies and loses every ally he had. Wilbur and Tommy were exiled by him, Niki despises him for exiling her friends and destroying many historic symbols, Eret sees him as a tyrant, Tubbo and Fundy are both working as spies in his administration, Dream views him as completely incompetent yet is afraid he'll follow through on his promise to expand the borders (which would soon lead to the invasion of land that Dream owns), doing whatever he can to help overthrow him, and even Quackity leaves him to join Wilbur and Tommy after Schlatt tears down the White House and insults him one time too many.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • As established in "You Made Me!", just about everyone in the Candy Kingdom completely despises the Earl of Lemongrab and vehemently protest against Princess Bubblegum's request that some of them go to his castle to keep him company. One Candy Person, Mr. Cupcake, actually goes so far as to break his own arm to have an excuse not to hang out with him.
    • Later, when King Of Ooo managed to dethrone Bubblegum in becoming the new princess of the Candy Kingdom, his malicious acts harm the whole community of the kingdom to the point every single Candy Citizens hates him, preferring their old Candy Princess over him. The final straw of this is when a Dark Cloud approaches and rather than march his candy citizens to defend, he orders them to close the gates just to save his own skin. No surprise that he ended up being overthrown by them and have Bonnibel reclaim her rule over the kingdom.
  • American Dad!: Roger's Ricky Spanish persona of the episode of the same name is universally despised by everyone in Langley Falls, and for good reason: he's committed such horrible crimes as defecating in the chest of a man undergoing open-heart surgery and stabbing Avery Bullock's wife to death on a whim.
  • In Bandolero, everyone despises the tyrannical general Don Rodrigo, to the point that even his men in the militancy don't like him that much. The only ones who were quite tolerant of him were the governor Campomayor and some of his men until he betrayed and usurped Campomayor as the new governor.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • Superman: The Animated Series:
    • Lois Lane visits an alternate reality where Superman and Lex Luthor joined forces to take over Metropolis and seem to have a Zero Percent Approval Rating.
    • Subverted in the series finale, where Superman expects this to be the case when he throws a beaten Darkseid to his oppressed masses, but is shocked to find that the people of Apokolips love the tyrant and tenderly help him to safety.
      "I am many things, Kal-El, but here, I am God."
  • Appears in an alternate timeline in Justice League. In that timeline, Luthor kills the Flash, which causes the Justice League to go rogue and take over the world (even going and changing their group name to the Justice Lords), and because of it, the public hates them.
  • Subverted, or perhaps parodied, in The Simpsons "Easter Stories", where David (Bart) fights and kills Goliath Jr. (Nelson), who took over his kingdom. David gets arrested for "megacide" because Goliath Jr. was publicly beloved and used his huge size to build roads, libraries, and hospitals.
    • "We called him 'Goliath the Consensus-Builder'."
    • Mayor Quimby usually holds a pretty good reputation, despite his... lackluster... abilities, but Sideshow Bob briefly managed to push him into this during one episode. After a brutal campaign and multiple failures on Quimby's part, the election results in Quimby taking home one percent of the vote, "and, we remind you, there is a one percent margin of error." Bob cheats anyway.
    • In the two-part cliffhanger "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" ending Season 6 and starting Season 7, EVERYONE in town has good reason to shoot the evil Mr. Burns, including his only known friend, Waylon Smithers. Eventually, DNA tests suggest that Homer Simpson may have been the shooter, though it eventually turns out to be the baby Maggie who did it. By accident.
  • Lucius on Jimmy Two-Shoes definitely has this, but that's to be expected from someone who generally likes to make people miserable. While he mostly revels in this, a few episodes show him trying to be loved. Regardless, this exchange from "Jimmy Matchmaker" sums it up quite well.
    Jimmy: Beezy, this is serious! Saffi wants to crush Lucius!
    Beezy: Nooo, who would want to hurt my dad?
    (everyone raises their hands)
  • The Stunticons from Transformers Generation One have a vicious tyrant as a leader called Motormaster who is loathed by his fellow members, but they are too scared of him to disobey his orders. Drag Strip also counts due to his narcissism and obnoxiousness. Their combined form Menasor is completely uncontrollable because none of the component minds will cooperate with each other.
  • Said word for word in Hercules: The Animated Series for King Salmonues in the episode "King of Thessaly".
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • Miss Simian, the local Sadist Teacher of Elmore Junior High. Even Rocky Robinson, a Nice Guy who claims to like everybody, openly admits he doesn't like her. Only Principal Brown, her Love Interest, appears to have any tolerance for her.
    • The Watterson family themselves have also earned this, according to the episode "The Finale," considering all of the chaos their antics cause Elmore on a regular basis. By the end of the episode, the entire town is so sick of them that they form an angry mob and break into their house to kill them.
  • Looney Tunes: A Running Gag in several cartoons is that Daffy Duck, no matter what he does or how talented he is, is always looked down upon by everyone whereas his rival Bugs Bunny has a 100% Adoration Rating and gets big rounds of applause for the smallest things he does. This ends up Deconstructed in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, where the higher ups use this as an excuse to fire Daffy when they get sick of his prima donna antics, only to find the cartoons bombing without him, since Daffy being such an unpopular Butt-Monkey is a large part of what makes them funny in the first place.
  • In Babar, Rataxes is lucky to have a "popularity ranking" greater than a rattlesnake bite or a volcanic eruption.
  • Total Drama has the Depraved Kids' Show Host Chris McLean. Everyone (except Chef, and even he gets frustrated by Chris sometimes) hates him. Everyone. Though the original cast by far hates him the most — even with the temptation of the million-dollar prize, all of them (including super-competitive Heather) do not want to be on the show anymore after suffering three seasons of his sadismnote . The only reason any of them show up in the later seasons is due to contractual obligations, with many of them vocally complaining about how much they hate Chris and being on his show.
    • Heather's definitely this (albeit not to the same extent as Chris), especially in the first three seasons of the show—due to her actions throughout the first season, virtually none of the other contestants actually like or trust Heather (which Izzy tells her point-blank in an episode of Action), and initially, Harold's the only contestant willing to actually give her a chance (which she rejects). And as shown in the video from home sent to Heather by her family, it turns out that not even Heather's own family seems to like her that much, as her parents are initially shown celebrating her being gone and are even having all of her stuff moved out of her room while she's gone.
    • Courtney's also this, albeit to a much lesser extent than Chris and Heather—while Courtney may not be as hated either Chris or Heather, most of the other contestants greatly dislike Courtney, largely because of perfectionist tendencies and her bossy, "win-at-all-costs" attitude. And as pointed out by Lindsay in the fourth-to-last episode of the first season, even if Harold hadn't rigged the votes to get Courtney eliminated from the show (his way of getting back at Duncan for bullying him so much in Basic Straining), she probably would've just been voted off in a later episode. Even when she does grow close with other contestants (such as her relationship with Duncan in Season 1, her camaraderie with Heather after her breakup with Duncan in Season 3, and her reconciled friendship with Gwen in Season 5) her behavior quickly ends up alienating them with the sole exception of Bridgette, who's Courtney's Only Friend by the time of her latest appearance.
    • Alejandro is so despised by his fellow contestants for his actions during World Tour (feigning friendships, seducing girls, wrecking relationships, backstabbing allies, etc.) that everyone was cheering for Heather when she defeated him in the final episode of the season. When he returned in All-Stars, none of the cast was willing to put an ounce of trust or sympathy with him despite his attempts to warn them of Mal and had him voted off the moment the opportunity arose.
    • Scott's Team Killer tendencies and general jerkassery earned him absolutely no sympathy—to the point, where everyone laughed at him when he showed up brutally mauled by a mutant shark to the point being placed in a trauma chair. However, he Took a Level in Kindness during All-Stars, which significantly improved his reputation with his castmates (although a few trust issues did remain).
    • In-Universe, Mal just might be the most universally despised character other than Chris. Absolutely no one has felt a single shred of sympathy for him upon finding out his true nature. Even Heather and Alejandro have managed to score an occasional friends along the way.
    • Blaineley too. Her Attention Whore nature and bullying of Bridgette and Geoff on the Aftermath disgusted everyone (especially after she had Bridgette shipped off to Siberia just so she could host the show in her place). Geoff was even willing to sacrifice his own paycheck by running the show into overtime just to make sure she wouldn't get paid either. The contestants even all laughed at her when she showed up on the last Aftermath in a body cast and a hand truck after falling out of a plane from over 30 000 feet and didn't bother to help her when a bear started using her as a chew toy.
  • Beany and Cecil: In the 1988 episode "The Brotherhood Of B.L.E.C.H.," Dishonest John actually enjoys getting hate mail.
  • Everyone on Kaeloo hates the Alpha Bitch Pretty (who hates them back).
  • Solar Opposites: The Shlorpians family to the neighborhood and they make things worse by trying to figure out why.
  • Subverted in South Park. By the final episode of Season 21, Mr. Garrison’s approval rating has fallen to a mere 3%, making him far and away the most despised president in U.S. history, even when taking the Civil War and the Watergate scandal into account, and despite being so unpopular that he’s reduced to wandering South Park enquiring about his approval ratings and almost everybody in town wanting to kick him out, there is still one resident who defends the President’s every decision and deflects all criticism by Playing the Victim Card (even though 97% of the country hating the president logically includes almost all white people as well) and saying that Hilary Clinton would have been even worse had she won the election.
    • Cartman qualifies as well. Barring Butters (and even he's admitted he doesn't like Cartman), NOBODY likes Cartman. No surprise given his revolting habits, rude personality and the fact that he's got to be the biggest example of a jerkass in all of western animation.
  • Princess Natasha: As king, Lubek was despised by the entire kingdom of Zoravia.
  • At the start of The Legend of Korra, President Raiko is a decently well-liked leader. But as the story progresses and the threats facing Republic City get worse, he’s exposed as an incompetent fool who dithers over or bungles disasters and relies upon the Krew to pull his ass out of the fire, whilst showing little to no gratitude for it. By the time of Turf Wars, he’s burned through virtually all of the goodwill he had with the citizens by surrendering Republic City to Kuvira and ignoring a refugee crisis in the Earth Kingdom to focus on his re-election campaign, causing his approval ratings to be in the negatives. Said re-election campaign is indicated to be doomed to failure, despite the fact that Raiko is running unopposed.
  • Emperor Dark of Star Com The US Space Force is very unpopular with his underlings, and most of Shadow Force’s generals are constantly scheming to overthrow him. Only the robotic General Torvek is loyal to Dark, and that loyalty is literally programmed into him.
  • Gravity Falls: Outside of the Henchmaniacs and early on, Gideon, 'NOBODY' likes Bill Cipher. Nobody. This is because he is not only a sadistic psychopath, but also because everyone is scared of him. It gets turned Up to Eleven in Weirdmageddon, where the entire town teams up against him. Bill's reign even causes Gideon to reform and join the heroes.
  • Zim could give Red Skull a run for his money when it comes to this trope. Outside of GIR (and even then, GIR only likes Zim because of his stupidity), nobody likes the alien. Fucking nobody. This is mostly because of his utter insanity and incompetence, but also because he's a massive Doom Magnet and causes nothing but pain for everyone. Even GIR is shown to hate Zim in "Duty Mode" and the computer is quite snarky towards him. In addition, Zim is hated by his entire race, who often mock him behind his back, and the Tallest only made him an invader so that he would get out of their hair. Zim's also not well-liked on Earth (though he's a little bit better than Dib). Not that Zim is aware of this, of course.
  • The Venture Bros.: Baron Ünderbheit. He is the Evil Overlord of Ünderland, a dark and squalid Ruritania where his miserable subjects are cowed into submission. When he is finally deposed, no one seems to miss him.
    • Even the Baron's most trusted lieutenants are scheming to betray him, and it seems Ünderbheit only stays in power as long as he does because they are laughably incompetent. Team Venture agrees to help La Résistance and discovers that their idea of cloak-and-dagger rebellion includes a campaign of Prank Calling.
    • Tim-Tom and Kevin, a pair of bloodthirsty, ill-tempered, foulmouthed Depraved Dwarfs. No one in the Monarch's cocoon can stand them. Even Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, their former boss, grows tired of them after a while. No tears are shed when the Monarch's henchman gather up and off the both of them.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Numbuh 363, Numbuh 362's younger brother, is hated by everyone in the organization, with his sister being the only one that likes him. Not even his own teammates like him. Numbuh 5 even later has him decommissioned.
  • In Central Park, Bitsy Brandenham is not well-liked in New York due to her childish behavior and for being a mean, old lady. Her own hotel staff is afraid of her and her brother's extended family thinks she's nuts. When Bitsy is having a business meeting with her investors, they all talk over her and don't take her seriously. In Season 1 "A Fish Called Snakehead", Mayor Whitebottom took a poll to see how New Yorkers feel about Bitsy. She did so bad in the polls that the East Side Strangler did better than her and she became the new baseline. Another poll asked what's New York's most hated thing, with the options being slow walkers, New Jersey, Bitsy, rats, and tourists, Bitsy is the highest.
  • In Futurama, Bender's mercifully brief tenure as the Pharaoh of O'Cyrus IV ended with him being the victim of a Conspicuously Public Assassination that was wildly celebrated by all. Given that this was right after he directed his slaves and priests, upon the completion of a one-billion-cubit-high memorial statue of him, to "tear it down and try again, but this time, don't embarrass yourselves," it's little wonder that they started cheering.


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