In order to properly evaluate a Hate Sink candidate, the following questions must be answered.
What is the work?State the work and which medium it is a part of, as well as what the work is about.
Who is the character, and what do they do?
State who the character is, and what courses of action they take.
What makes them personally despicable?
State the specific reasons they are despicable, such as petty behaviour and personal villainy.
Evil Is Cool traits? Complexity? Freudian Excuse?
State whether or not the character has any traits which get in the way of them being despicable, and if so, whether said traits are de-emphasised in favour of their despicable behaviour.
State whether or not you believe the criteria are met.
In order for this trope to be in effect, the character in question must actually display detestable qualities, and be hated by other characters at least, or treated by the narrative like someone you are supposed to hate. The authorís declared intent cements an example, but is not needed if the narrative itself treats the character as someone who is supposed to be hated.
Haman the Agagite, for instance, displays qualities of ego, bigotry, and pettiness; additionally, there is a custom of jeering at his nameís mere mention. It goes without saying, according to this thread, that Haman was intended to be despised by the audience. Being a Draco in Leather Pants, like Draco Malfoy, or a character people Love to Hate, like Joffrey Baratheon, doesnít preclude being a Hate Sink; being a Complete Monster, like Haman, certainly doesn't preclude this trope either.
The main concern is whether the narrative treats the character as someone intended to be despised.
With regards to this trope, actions still generally speak louder than words. The format of editing which brings up characters who don't fit the bill, doesn't generally go into enough detail with regards to what makes these characters loathsome.
The entries for this trope should focus on who does qualify, not the characters who do not.
Admittedly, this trope is less complex, but, because a Hate Sink carries out loathsome actions the same way a Complete Monster carries out evil actions, and a Magnificent Bastard carries out clever actions, it is ostensibly necessary to write these entries with a similar structure, albeit usually with a shorter paragraph.
Edited by gjjones on May 28th 2019 at 5:46:22 AM