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matt0044
July 25th, 2013, 05:20 AM
Forgive me for being vague here but I've rarely ever hated any fictional character with a red hot passion. I can dislike them when they're embody certain archetypes like The Scrappy, the Mean Girl, or the Bully yet at other times, I can like certain characters because they have these hatable traits to them.

Maybe it's because I acknowledge that I'm suppose to hate them or that I'm so appalled by their cattiness that I actually admire the lengths they go (Seto Kaiba from Yu Gi Oh for one). Perhaps it's because I'm watching them and don't have to interact with them in real life or maybe my obnoxious little sister has taught me that it really can't get any worse that her.

Anyone else had this occur to them or am I just an glitch in the system?

Magic
July 25th, 2013, 08:07 AM
I think this sums up my love of 90% of the Game of Thrones characters. Most of them have terrible traits, but I either like them anyway or find myself really interested in the character.

One example, Cersei Lannister - she's a horrible woman but a fantastic character.

Esper
July 25th, 2013, 08:25 AM
I can't like unlikeable characters unless I can sympathize with them a little, get in their head and understand their motives. More important that that though is their having some redeeming quality.

I'll use Hannibal as a great example. He eats people, messes with people's heads, and is generally a horrible human being. But he seems to care for Will/Clarice (depending on which incarnation) and that's something you can relate to. He's also got a lot of problems, you know? All these secrets he has to keep, and so on. That's something you can understand.

Now, an unlikeable character who just hates someone and has all the power? Pffft, boring, uninteresting. I can't stand shallow characters like that.

Alli
July 25th, 2013, 12:35 PM
Of course the first person that came to mind is the same one you used as an example, haha. Kaiba is such a terrible person, especially in the manga. He's borderline insane. And he's just creepy and obsessive. But he's so freakin' sassy and I can't hate him completely because of that just omg. He is sass master.

JayD
July 25th, 2013, 12:45 PM
Charlie Sheen from Two And A Half Men. He sleeps with numerous girls, drinks so much that his liver is damaged for over 2 other lifespan, is a jackass at some times. But that's what makes him so awesome and it's why people loved him in the show. If he wasn't the jackass he was in the show, I don't think people would've loved him :P

KriegStein
July 25th, 2013, 12:55 PM
Unlikable characters that I like? Nobunaga Oda from Sengoku Basara. He is just evil. He kills everyone in his way, uses his allies as bait and then leaves them to die, lets his right hand man kill his sisters husband, lets his sister kill his wife (after that he comments how useless she was to him) and finaly kills his sister... I mean...damn! Talk about going beyond evil. Why do I like him then? Well he is the most badass character in the series...with the most badass theme song. But I also have studied his history so much that I can apriciate this kind of interpritation of him.

nimbo
July 25th, 2013, 03:39 PM
I think this sums up my love of 90% of the Game of Thrones characters. Most of them have terrible traits, but I either like them anyway or find myself really interested in the character.

One example, Cersei Lannister - she's a horrible woman but a fantastic character.

Same. Also goes with Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter. Horrible wizard, but a brilliant character.

matt0044
July 25th, 2013, 05:45 PM
Of course the first person that came to mind is the same one you used as an example, haha. Kaiba is such a terrible person, especially in the manga. He's borderline insane. And he's just creepy and obsessive. But he's so freakin' sassy and I can't hate him completely because of that just omg. He is sass master.

Recalling Death-T, I can't blame you. But Kaiba wouldn't be Kaiba without his massive, sun-eclipsing ego.

Mr Cat Dog
August 6th, 2013, 01:00 PM
I like complex characters. Your Tony Sopranos or your Walter Whites or your Kim Kelleys (just finished watching Freaks and Geeks) aren't the heroic archetypes that define much of mainstream entertainment, but they're more fascinating to watch because of their flaws and unlikeable-ness.

Toutebelle
August 10th, 2013, 09:13 PM
I love Jacqueline Natla from Tomb Raider, even though she is a totally unsympathetic character who caused Atlantis' destruction due to her own arrogance. It must be the long gown, the imposing figure, and the voice of Grey DeLisle.

I tend to like a lot of badass, genuinely unsympathetic female villains. But they have to have a coolness factor. If they're not cool, then they're just awful. You can see why people hate Dolores Umbridge - she isn't cool; she's just evil.

It's actually easier for me to like villains than anti-heroes, especially male ones. I don't like the idea of rooting for a jerk.

I generally hate tsunderes, but only if they're the main female character. A supporting character who is a tsundere is fine, but a leading lady...no. Give me a nice girl any day. That's why I think Naruto should go for Hinata and let Sakura hook up with that jerk Sasuke instead (though I am not big on Naruto).

Patrick
August 22nd, 2013, 06:17 AM
Daffy Duck in his Looney Tunes Show variation.

Shrew
August 23rd, 2013, 03:41 PM
I usually appreciate villains and straight man characters. Examples of the latter would be things like Squidward from Spongebob and Benson from Regular Show.

The characters I tend to dislike with a fiery passion are the stupid-for-laughs characters.

matt0044
September 23rd, 2013, 02:10 PM
I don't hate Mako: http://matt0044.deviantart.com/journal/Addressing-the-Mako-Korra-hate-398656501 (follow the link before jumping down my throat, okay?)

zakisrage
September 29th, 2013, 05:58 PM
I hate the over-reliance on stupid male heroes in Japanese media. It drives me crazy. They'll even turn naive ones into stupid ones through adaptations. That's why I had a few issues with the live-action Yatterman movie. In the show, Gan is naive, not stupid. In the movie, he is quite stupid. I still like the movie, though I strongly prefer the anime - both series are good. (I'm also not thrilled that they cast adults as Gan and Ai.) Oh well, my friend Ashley likes the movie, and I respect that.

You don't see stupid female heroes. Girls can be stupid too, you know.

RemEngel
October 20th, 2013, 07:26 PM
Moonstone from Marvel Comics' Thunderbolts (or Dark Avengers or whatever series she's in now). She is (largely) unrepentant, manipulative, and borderline sadistic. But at the same time she is very intelligent and charismatic (doesn't hurt that she's also a knock-out). It helps that she's also a fictional character that I don't have to deal with in my every day life. I would probably hate her if I ever met her.

zakisrage
December 28th, 2013, 08:36 AM
It is kind of tough for me to like unlikable characters, but I manage.

Take Scarlett O'Hara, for example. Throughout Gone with the Wind, she shows how arrogant, selfish, and spoiled she is (plus she's catty and manipulative to a point where even Sakura Haruno wouldn't go), and constantly pines for a man who she can't have. She's still my favourite character in the book/movie because I think they show that she's only human, and it's obvious that she isn't all bad. Sometimes it's hard to sympathise with someone who's too perfect.

Poki
December 28th, 2013, 08:55 AM
Tao Ren's my bby.

http://www.theanimegallery.com/data/thumbs/370px/0039/tAG_39342.jpg

I can relate to him in almost every way possible.

King Koop
December 28th, 2013, 12:32 PM
The recent film Inside Llewyn Davis (which is fantastic, by the way) features a completely irresponsible and self-absorbed protagonist that you end up sympathizing with anyway.

TheHandThatThieves
December 29th, 2013, 04:53 PM
Walter White from Breaking Bad is a fantastic example. He was an arrogant, selfish ******* of a man and yet, deep down, weren't we all rooting for him from the start to the bitter end?

Pinkie-Dawn
December 29th, 2013, 06:34 PM
Eric Cartman from South Park. He's a fat, foul-mouth, racist child w/ evil intentions, yet he's somehow enjoyable to watch because of it. You just can't wait what evil scheme he has in store. It also makes me wonder if such an evil child like Cartman does exist irl.

Ozymandias
December 29th, 2013, 06:55 PM
I think the answer that everyone thinks of is Walter White. Douchebag, check. Selfish, check. Arrogant, check. But do we love him? Check

Knor
December 30th, 2013, 02:44 PM
Game of Thrones is full of these characters. The Lannisters as a whole, I don't really think you're supposed to like... But I absolutely love Jaime and Tywin. I really like Tyrion, too, but he doesn't really flex his villainous muscles throughout the series.

shenanigans
December 30th, 2013, 05:35 PM
I think the answer that everyone thinks of is Walter White. Douchebag, check. Selfish, check. Arrogant, check. But do we love him? Check

Haha, I was just thinking of someone from Breaking Bad. But not Walt - he annoys me.

I like Todd a lot more than I should I reckon; he's cold and heartless and whatnot but it's really rare that there's someone who just gets a job done while retaining some sort of character in a show and I think he kinda nails it. So I actually quite like the guy... despite the whole killing kids and whatnot. >_>

abnegation
December 30th, 2013, 05:40 PM
Basically everyone in A Clockwork Orange.

I actually never liked Walter White. I found his character too..."I'm just going to win everything and be fine, we all know I'll [css-span="background-color: black; color: black;"]die in the end[/css-span]". My favourite character in Game of Thrones (which also happens to be my favourite TV show) is Jaime Lannister. And we all know we're meant to hate them.

Nauje
December 31st, 2013, 03:25 AM
David and Micheal from The Office, first being the UK version and the second US. Both are always obnoxious with their staff, generally unintentionally rude in their own ways and just plain hopeless in their jobs, but you just can't hate them. My two favourite characters from any sitcom.

Wazee Wynkoop
December 31st, 2013, 10:13 AM
I'd say the Joker for me. He's an insane serial killer who manipulates, tortures and murders people for entertainment. And he has a chronic obsession with Batman.
But I found his not-caring attitude and engaging dialogues to be subtly charismatic. I'd want this guy dead IRL, but in comics I can't wait to see how he puts Batman and Gordon through the ringer next.

Poki
December 31st, 2013, 10:48 AM
Eric Cartman from South Park. He's a fat, foul-mouth, racist child w/ evil intentions, yet he's somehow enjoyable to watch because of it. You just can't wait what evil scheme he has in store. It also makes me wonder if such an evil child like Cartman does exist irl.

Cartman is my inspiration.

Magikarp From Hell
January 12th, 2014, 09:16 AM
For anyone that saw the movie (/masterpiece) Warrior. I was rooting for Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy).

For some reason I'll root for the underdog or the antihero. A few example's I agree with that I read here are, The Joker, Charlie Sheen, Hannibal, Gary Oak, ..

hughes
January 12th, 2014, 09:52 AM
This is bringing up some fresh feels. :P

One book series that I love is Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, and my favorite character is quite possibly one of the most sinister. Magnus is quite awful at times, but I can't not love him because he's constantly struggling to find and do the right thing, whatever that means to him. I think that's why I love his character so much. He also reminds me a lot of Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, who probably falls under this category, too.

Sheerow
January 12th, 2014, 10:28 AM
Oh man there are so many characters with terrible traits that I love. I think many of them are designed for you to love their terribleness, and if so the writers do a great job! Some are Azula from Avatar the last Airbender, Helena from Orphan Black, basically everyone on Game of Thrones is terrible but I love them (like Joffrey who's the worst but moments with him are so great), Dr. Kelso (and D. Cox to an extent) on Scrubs, Sylar and Jessica from Heroes (only the first season though as that was the only good one), and Alice, T, Buck, Gimme, Shoshana, and Chicken from United States of Tara (not sure if they qualify as villains, but they do ruin Tara's life). I'm probably forgetting some others but those are some core favorites.

DowntownDumpling
January 12th, 2014, 08:40 PM
I have a bizarre love for over-dramatic, emo characters, like Mewtwo in the movie, Shadow the Hedgehog, and Cloud from FFVII during his more self-indulgent moments. I feel so bad for them, unlike characters who face difficulties and shrug them off, where it's just like, "Oh, you're okay and don't need my attention? Well, then you won't get any."

The ScrappyGod, you are such a Troper it's not even funny.