Most Hated Fictional Characters?

3 years ago | TheAdamBo (Member)

I don't believe there's a single one of us who can say they've never come across a fictional character that they've hated. Whether it's from a book, movie, video game, TV show, comic, whatever, who is/are yours, and why?

Mine is Caelena Sardothian (I don't even care if I spelled her name wrong or not there) from Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series. I've torn into this book so many times, and I'll continue to do so until it stops infuriating me. Seriously, Throne of Glass is to me what Twilight is to other authors, and Calaena is the reason for almost all of it. Imagine you take The Hunger Games and put it in a medieval fantasy world. Sounds awesome, right? Now take away the awesome, intimidating main character you probably thought you were going to get, and replace him/her with a Barbie doll. That's accurate in two ways, because not only is Celaena not good at much besides looking pretty, she also has a plastic personality. Oh, she'll tell you how awesome she is. She'll never shut up about it. Maas devotes at least as much of the narration bragging about all the cool things Clenlaeanlll can do as Myers does to describing Edward's perfect skin, face, and eyes. "Ugh, these stupid guards. I could, like, totally break this one's neck, steal that one's sword, cut off that one's head, solve world hunger, invent a better mousetrap, all before they could blink, and I'd look FABULOUS the whole time." You want to see any of that? Too bad! All the coolest things in this book happen in Claxnasda's imagination, and you can practically see her ego swelling even bigger with every compliment she gives herself. But the she'll switch to poor, vulnerable, damaged girl mode so that one of the two sides of her love triangle can have a tender moment with her. And still call herself the baddest assassinator in the world. And then stare at herself in the mirror, compliment herself, and then look out the window of those stupid not-assassin women, who are, like, SO not as cool as her. The final nail in the coffin is that I'm pretty sure Sarah J. Maas used a picture of herself for the book's original cover. After building Clfgnwerfnwe;fenhwkn up as a goddess the way she does, how conceited does the author have to be to try to cast HERSELF in that role? NNNNNGGGGHHHH no, I can't even. Maybe it's because I actually had high hopes for this book that I feel so strongly about it. I'm not being irrational in my complete and utter hatred for this character, am I? I'm not crazy, you're crazy! I'M THE ONLY SANE ONE HERE, DAGNABBIT! HHHHHHAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Anyway, who're yours?

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  1. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Minmay from Macross
    Shinji Ikari from NGE
    Murphy from Dresden Files
    Egwene from Wheel of Time
    Jar Jar Binks *shudder*
    Jaina Solo - Star Wars expanded universe (RIP)

    That's off the top of my head

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  2. Sharkerbob (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Can't say I have the energy or passion to truly hate any single character these days. I usually just find myself to varying degrees of annoyed with overused or cartoonishly overdone character archetypes. In fact, to me, the mark of a great book, show, or game, is if you present me with a character that I normally couldn't stand, but then through development or an interesting twist or just well done characterization, you get me to like them a lot.

    EDIT: Interestingly, trying to think of characters I feel ruin the scenes they're in, I find I'm lumping a whole bunch together. I was gunna say a couple characters in Supernatural, but that whole group of characters has gone to shit. I was gunna say certain characters written by Joss Whedon or Brian Michael Bendis, but frankly, I can't stand most characters they write. Yeesh.

  3. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Edward Cullen ranks up there but honestly it's more of that character type that bothers the crap out of me. The Byronic hero or who I love to call the "moody man." This character type might seem romantic but honestly to goodness I can't stand the moody man. I mean in some instance this character is okay. It's honestly concerning the story if this character is written as something and actually develops into something more. However, this particular character type seems to plague romance to the point I get bored with romance in all it's forms.

    Usual my disdain for this character grows when there is a female character involved who seems to ignore and accepts moody man actions no matter how controlling, rude, cold, hateful, jaded, cynical and jerkface he gets. You know why, because he is a bad boy with a troubled past and hot. That's usually all he had going for him is that he's hot. That's all they have in common is that they are two nice looking people. No chemistry. They fight most of the time. And if that doesn't happen, the female character is too blind with supposed love. What make my ire really rise is when moody man has some competition and honestly the competition is actually someone worth something. You know they guy they are deemed "Friend material." because he's usually a pretty nice guy with weaker confidence and not as good looking.They might have an actual personality that isn't superficial. However, romance seem to insult me with this whole concept "all women like bad boys" crap, I have to deal with the same character type over and over and over again to the point I want to scream.

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  4. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @LadyAnders: That almost makes me want to write a character like that into somewhere he doesn't belong--like my serial. It seems like that sort of character is most common in YA novels and romance novels. It would be amusing to include him and then make him the villain or something.

    Actually, come to think of it, I think the most recent Star Wars did that.

  5. SovereignofAshes (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Thank you, Mr. Bolander now I have the hate flowing through me. Palpatine would be proud.

    - Kylo Ren/Ben Solo. Ugh! Darth Caedus was so much better. Screw J.J.Abrams, I want my Expanded Universe back.
    - Jar-Jar Binks. About as important to Star Wars as the above abomination.
    - Any character written by Tanith Lee.
    - Tasslehoff Burrfoot from the Dragonlance series.
    - Sanza Stark, from both the novels and series. So simpering, so boring.
    - Edward Cullen. I'm throwing in and heartily agreeing with LadyAnders, above.

    I honestly tried to give the Throne of Glass series a shot. 'Someone' I know kept trying to peddle the books onto me and I kept seeing them pop up on Amazon and Wattpad. 'Someone' managed to get me to try it out mentioning there as a lot of world-building to it and it had maps. I'm a fan of such things. So I gave it a look. Saw the map and immediately scrunched my face so hard I almost had an aneurysm.

    I love maps of fantasy settings. What I don't like are when authors lazily trace shorelines of the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands, and then slap hard-line borders on it and state "Here are the bad dudes," and "Here are the faeries." Blah. Reminds me of when I got invited to a D&D game and the DM hands me the world map. I look down to it and see a circle perfectly divided in three pieces by rivers and each section has some horribly done fantasy name. He asks "So what kingdom are you from?" I respond with, "Not from this god-awful place of dystopian symmetry!"

    If you can give me a reason beyond schadenfreude or masochism to check out those books, I'll give it a shot. But from what I see above, you had a similar reaction to me. I just put the first book down after the first chapter and felt the urgent need to find some bleach to drink.

    I don't mean to drag in my work here, but I feel I need to mention it, and I put to the rest here if they've ever found themselves in a similar situation to myself...

    A character in fiction that I can't stand is currently the main character of the web fiction I'm working on. I can't stand this character, but I know she's important to the current plot, so I have to endure her for at least another almost dozen chapters. The more I write about her, the more I hate her. The entire rest of my story works smoothly and I love each of the characters. But I find myself wanting to bash my brains in every time I sit down to write another scene with her in it.

    Anyone else felt the same about one of their own characters?

    *** My apologies, I just realized the map in question I had a bad allergic reaction to was from Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I have since quickly glanced at the proper Throne of Glass series, some excerpts and the map of Erilea. Yeah, my bad for the mix-up. But Erilea is just as bad. Not -as- bad, but close. At least she got someone to try with Erilea.

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  6. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I have a couple. First, Hercule from DBZ. Takes credit for all the real heroes' work. However, he's not the fictional character I dislike the most out of anything I've read. The "I've read" part being an important distinction there given the existence of Atlas Shrugged and Twilight.

    That distinction goes to Jason Fox, main character of "Subjugation" by Fel. I've taken issue with a Mary Sue test before, but that's because I've heard of this guy. The story is that in 2010 an alien ship showed up, showed off its advanced technology, and made the earth surrender to it so the planet could be used to grow food for their empire (other planets in it not being nearly so hospitable to agriculture). Jason is then one of the ones they force into engineering school to help serve the empire. Jason is an orphan who knows how to fly a plane because his dad taught him when he was young. Jason plays piano so well that a local restaurant occasionally lets him play there when one of their usual players isn't present. Jason knows kung fu well enough to take on an entire alien army platoon by himself (not really an exaggeration, they challenge him to a bet where whoever gets a collar put on them has to be the others' naked slave for a week). Jason's ability to meditate makes his mind unreadable to alien telepaths, seemingly to the exclusion of everyone else on Earth who can meditate. Jason was apparently an awesome college football player, but wasn't serious about it because he was too focused on his schoolwork, which he's also awesome at.

    How do we know this? Because he's nowhere near done with school and still manages to invent a few things, including weapons, that the aliens have never dreamed up in the hundreds of years their society has had this technology. Jason finds a way to make aliens power armor suits dissolve as a college prank, or at least gets credit for it after one of his professors explains how to do it (which is never mentioned again). Jason makes a gun that can shoot rounds at faster-than-sound speeds without causing a sonic boom. Jason gets offered a position at the best government research facility in the empire before he's anywhere near finished with school.

    Jason is acknowledged as such an awesome guy that a hot alien chick decides to date his best friend because anybody who is friends with such an awesome guy must be awesome too (almost a verbatim explanation from the story). Jason goes on to become one of the first telepathic humans in the story. Jason does this because he's a descendant of a thought-destroyed house of the alien empire, thus is the rightful ruler of Earth. Also, that house had the loyalty of a race of shapeshifting super spies, meaning he automatically gets their help without having to do anything except exist. Jason has hot alien chicks constantly throwing themselves at him, including a squad of alien marines, an alien noble, and the alien Empress.

    There's plenty more wrong with the story and with Jason's actions, but that's part of the reason why I get so mad at something that lumps Psycho Gecko in with Jason Fox.

  7. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Jim Oh this character is present in too many YA and romance. I mean I'll admit, sometimes it's a fun character to write in certain context. Though I tend to write subversion on this character type. Some good others not so good.

    I'm guessing you're referring to Kylo Ren. I'm not sure where he falls into other than being what me and my husband fondly call him a Darth Vader Weebo.

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  8. Stable (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Psycho Gecko Mary Sues and Marty Stus just make me want to curl up in a little ball of hate, then take the author and EDUCATE them in the face.

    It can also be hilarious if done well.

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  9. Fiona Gregory (Moderator)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @LadyAnder Before I actually read Wuthering Heights, I thought Heathcliff was supposed to be the archetype of this moody badboy (but really noble) romantic hero. Then I actually read the book. WTF!! Heathcliff is a coarse, vindictive sociopath. There is NOTHING attractive (and very little sympathetic) about him. Wuthering Heights is a great book, but it's a book about a twisted and vicious thug's quest for revenge on the family of those he thinks wronged him, not an angsty gothic romance. Which throws an interesting light on this trope...

  10. TheAdamBo (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Here's two more...

    I very much dislike Kvothe from Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles. The weird thing about this is that TKC is also one of my all time favorite series. Rather, The Name of the Wind is one of my favorites, but The Wise Man's Fear barely scrapes by. In these books, it's made apparent from the beginning that Kvothe is a child prodigy. He was as smart as a full grown man when he was only a child, and he grows up to be a freaking godlike genius. And, unlike the airheaded twit in Throne of Glass, Kvothe actually backs his boasting up with actions. This works in the first book, where (spoilers!) he's an orphaned child using his wits to survive on the streets and eventually move ahead in life. It doesn't work, however, in the second book where he's already been admitted to the university and the only thing he has to do is sit around and be better than everybody else. The second book is where it becomes apparent that Kvothe is a complete and total Mary Sue. If it exists on [whatever planet the story takes place on], Kvothe isn't just good at it, he is THE BEST AT IT. Except math, because relatable character flaws ftw. Inventing crap? Already a master. Magic? He can beat more experienced wizards in a 3-to-1 fight without breaking a sweat. Music? Yeah, don't even bother. He reminds me of the guy Psycho Gecko was describing, actually. You'd think it would get better later in the book when he finally leaves the school and does some interesting stuff, but it doesn't. Suddenly, the entire world seems to exist only to prove how awesome Kvothe is. He cracks a conspiracy to kill a high ranking government official, becomes that government official's most trusted advisor, tracks down some very dangerous criminals for a bounty, trains to become A FREAKING NINJA (I wish I was joking, but it's true), and rescues two damsels in distress. 1200 pages of Kvothe going on tangent after tangent just to make himself even more awesome. And the absolute worst part is when he loses his virginity to a sex goddess. She has literally been seducing men for eternity, and her "pleasures" are known to give men heart attacks and kill them. But Kvothe, with his godlike powers of being awesome, blows her mind. His first time having sex, and Immortal Sex Goddess is left in awe at how amazing his lovemaking was. I mean... no. Just no. The Wise Man's Fear's one and only saving grace is that Patrick Rothfuss' writing is addicting as hell. I swear, he must lace his ink with crack or something, because no matter how bad the story is, the prose is so good that you'll hardly even notice it. He could write a 2000 page book about Kvothe buttering his toast, and I'm not gonna lie, I'd read it. Here's hoping the final book in the trilogy is more like the first than the second.

    Getting my nose out of the books for a bit, the other one is Naruto... from Naruto. I really hope I'm not alone in thinking that Naruto is the most annoying, ear bleeding, head-banging-against-the-wall-inducing anime character ever. I mean, I pretty much just summed it up. His voice is like nails on a chalkboard, and he never ever shuts up, ever. He seems to be incapable of using his indoor voice, because he belts everything out at the top of his lungs. Plus, he's an complete idiot who only survives any of his adventures because the writers said he had to. And since he's the series main character, that automatically makes the entire thing horrible. Which is a shame, because from what I've seen of it, they've got a pretty good setup, and the chakra powers are some of the most creative uses of magic I've ever seen. It could actually be really awesome if only the story didn't revolve around the most unlikable character in the entire cast. I've been in arguments with Narutards (sorry, but I love that term) plenty of times, and they always defend him by bringing up how he raised himself, doesn't have any parents or friends, everyone in the village hates him, blah blah blah. While those are decent excuses, that doesn't make it okay for the main character to be this annoying. There are ways to get those points across without making your character the equivalent of a swarm of biting ants crawling around inside your viewers' brains. And saying it's a character flaw doesn't work either, because 1. a character flaw is something your character should try to overcome over the course of the story, not accept as just being a part of them, and 2. again, they shouldn't be so in your face all the time that it ruins your viewer's immersion by wondering when he's finally going to shut up and/or die.

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  11. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Stable, sadly, that character isn't written for humor. As far as education goes, you might enjoy though The Worst Muse isn't as active as she once was.

    And thanks, AdamBo. I had read about and briefly considered reading the Kingkiller chronicles at one point in time. I also have to say that, while I never watched Naruto except for the very first episode, I hated the idea of ninjas walking around in bright orange uniforms. First, because that's an extremely noticeable color. Second, because one of the worst things you can do for a bunch of people who are supposed to be stealthy is give them a uniform. "Let's spot the ninja. Oh, there he is. he's the one in the ninja uniform."

  12. Stable (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Well, that twitter account basically covers this whole thread in detail. Nice.

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  13. gloomybear86 (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Psycho: At least with Naruto, the clothing has absolutely nothing to do with how visible they are. Wear whatever you want when you can straight up disappear, y'know?

    Also, I think the ninjas in that series are really more like 'paid killers,' in which case...still wouldn't matter what you're wearing.

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  14. Dary (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Naruto was based on Japanese folklore, where ninjas are basically wizards. It's one of those things that doesn't quite translate culturally, especially when the West's idea of a ninja is "dude in black" (which is about as accurate to the real thing as a kid in an orange jumpsuit is).

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