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My Most Hated Characters by rocketdave My Most Hated Characters by rocketdave
I belated realized that this meme was intended just for characters from cartoons, anime and manga, but that seems more than a little limiting to me, so I modified it slightly to suit my purposes.  Anyway, I got the idea to do this from J-Cat, who expanded the parameters to not just include fictional characters, but historical figures and whole groups of people as well.

As always, I'm pretty indecisive when it comes to picking my top ten anything, so this list is potentially subject to change.

Please forgive me if this gets a tad wordy, but some of these characters are pretty obscure, and it may take some effort to explain who they are and why I dislike them so intensely.

10.  Anthony (aka Blandthony) Caine from the comic strip For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

When I see people bashing TV shows they hate, I wonder why they even bother to continue watching them in the first place if they hate them so much.  However, that may be a little hypocritical on my part, since I kept reading For Better or For Worse well after it became obvious it was a total train wreck, and got my enjoyment from seeing other dissatisfied readers snark on it on a daily basis.

For much of its run, I considered For Better or For Worse to be a mostly inoffensive comic strip- the only thing that bothered me was the way dandruff flew off people's heads when they were yelling or surprised.  But in the last several years of its run, things really
seemed to go off the rails.  The direction Lynn Johnston took the strip aggravated a lot of readers, and arguably the most wrong-headed storyline was the one involving Anthony.

If you don't know, the strip followed the lives of the Patterson family, and Anthony was the former high school boyfriend of oldest daughter Liz.  Anthony was a real "nice guy" who got married to a horrible, career-oriented woman named Thérèse, whose sole purpose was for the cartoonist to display her scorn for women who have the audacity to think there's more to life than being barefoot and pregnant.  Thérèse didn't want kids, but nevertheless had one for the sake of Anthony, on the condition that he be the one to stay home and take care of it.  Even though he agreed to this arrangement, he was still somehow surprised when she didn't change her mind after the baby was born.  Sure, she was not likeable, but only because she was written as such a straw-feminist.  Johnston even retroactively blamed Anthony's ugly pornstache on Thérèse once she realized readers were making fun of it.

Thérèse was presented as being unreasonably jealous of Anthony's supposedly platonic friendship with Liz.  Actually, her jealousy wasn't so unfounded after all, as was made abundantly clear when Anthony started whining to Liz about how he still had feelings for
her.  And when exactly did he choose to spill his guts?  Moments after Liz had almost been raped.  In a totally contrived plot device, dorky Anthony was allowed to play the hero and save Liz from her attacker, though he totally undermined any good will that might have generated by immediately bitching to her about his failing marriage, grabbing her by the shoulders and pleading with her to wait for him.

Meanwhile, Liz's parents wouldn't shut up about how great Anthony is. Well, of course they liked him- he was basically a clone of her dad.  When Liz protests that she has a boyfriend, they're like, "Where is he now?"  Uh, he lives hundreds of miles away working as a cop, you asses!

Liz had started life as a teacher in a new town, but abruptly decided to give it all up and move back in with her parents, coincidentally not long after Anthony's divorce.  She didn't even tell her cop boyfriend she was moving until after he'd arranged a transfer to be closer to her.  A couple months later, Liz went back to visit her boyfriend and found him with another woman, which was obviously Lynn Johnston's way of fixing it so Liz wasn't the bad guy in the relationship, even though she'd already done everything but break up with the guy.

Readers were obviously meant to be rooting for Liz and Anthony to get together, and I'm sure some did, but a lot of us weren't buying what Lynn Johnston was selling.  The inevitable pairing was orchestrated in such a forced way, it really turned me off.

Johnston's entire premise seemed to be that the one true way to be happy is if you marry your childhood sweetheart and settle down in bland, suburban existence, just like your parents.  I'm not saying that that's bad for everyone, but the handling of that message really rankled.  Some have speculated that Johnston wasn't happy with the choices her actual kids made, and since she couldn't tell them what to do real life, she could at least control the lives of their analogues in the comic strip.

There was one strip in which Anthony showed Liz the fenced-in playhouse he'd built for his daughter in his basement.  If she'd tried, I don't think the cartoonist could have come up with a creepier or more apt metaphor for the life Liz was choosing.

I could go on and on, but you're probably bored already.  But, if by any chance you're interested in learning more, read the essay called "Why I Hate Anthony by Shaenon K. Garrity, which describes the problem with the character and the comic more eloquently and thoroughly than I could:…

9. Delilah from the movie The Locusts

I don't actually remember this movie super well; I'm not even sure I saw all of it.  It was a wannabe Steinbeckian tragedy starring Vince Vaughn as Clay, a drifter who gets work at a ranch owned by Delilah (Kate Capshaw).  Delilah's son Flyboy(Jeremy Davies) was traumatized when his father committed suicide due to Delilah’s infidelity, and now he only speaks to his pet bull.  Clay befriends Flyboy and begins to coax out of his shell, but Delilah resents it when her son shows signs of independence.

Now, here's the scene I remember vividly and the reason this woman is on my list:  In order to teach Flyboy a lesson, Delilah has one of her brutish ranch hands tie him up and then she forces him to watch as she castrates his beloved pet bull, which subsequently dies.  Not exactly mother of the year material.  Things only get worse from there. It was truly one of the most depressing movies I've seen.

8. Mary Tilford from The Children's Hour

This spot was previously occupied by Nurse Ratched, but like I said, this list is subject to change.  I was having a little trouble coming up with characters I really hated, and Nurse Ratched seems like such an obvious choice, but I don't really have super strong feelings about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Then today, I happened to catch part The Children's Hour on TV and was reminded how much I loathed this little brat, who destroys two women's lives with an untrue rumor.

7. Robert Kinsey from Stargate SG-1

If this short-sighted and corrupt politician (played by Ronny Cox) had had his way, the human population of Earth would have been enslaved and/or wiped out a couple times over.

6. Alixis from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Paradise

I hate this woman worse than any other villain in the nearly fifty year history of Star Trek.  More than Kai Winn, more than Khan, more than the Borg. You get the idea.

In this episode, Commander Sisko and Chief O'Brien beam down from their runabout onto a planet that they realize too late seems to be generating a field that renders their technology non-functional, leaving them stranded.  A colony of humans has been living on the planet for ten years after their ship malfunctioned.  They’ve been able to survive largely due to the de-facto leadership of Alixis, who, conveniently enough, even before being marooned, had been espousing the belief that reliance on technology has caused humanity to lose its way.

Sisko clashes with Alixis, who does everything in her power to persuade him and O'Brien that attempting to find a way off the planet is futile and that they should resign themselves to a life of spiritually-fullfilling, back-breaking manual labor in her community.
Even when one of the colonists is fatally poisoned by an insect bite and Sisko insists that if they could get to the runabout, the medical equipment on board could save her life, Alixis is against it.  When all other methods of bending Sisko to her will fail, she resorts to torture.  Ostensibly as punishment for the crime of "wasting time," Sisko is locked in what is essentially a sweatbox, which Alixis hopes will force him to see things her way.

Whaddaya know?  It ultimately turns out that Alixis sabotaged the ship the colonists were on ten years ago, and the field that prevents their technology from working was the result of a piece of technology she'd had hidden on the planet ahead of time.  Then she has her son try to kill O'Brien before he can inform the colonists of this discovery.

What makes this episode incredibly frustrating is that in the end, once the truth is revealed, none of the colonists opt to leave with Sisko and O'Brien.  They don't even seem to be as angry as they should be- in fact, they don't seem especially angry at all.  The consensus seems to be that Alixis may have done a bad thing, but they're all better off for it- well, except the ones who are dead because they were denied access to life-saving medical technology.  Heck, they may even turn the tech-nullifying device back on once Sisko and the others leave.

Where the fuck is the righteous indignation?  This lady stranded them and allowed people to die so she could be the dictator of her own personal utopia.  She's a goddamn hypocritical, murderering cult leader and has turned her followers into brainwashed sheep.  The serene, self-righteous smile on her face as she's taken into custody and beamed up is beyond sickening.  The only comfort I have is knowing that she undoubtedly was in for a looong prison sentence.

5. The Murderous Moppets (aka the Pupa Twins) from The Venture Bros.

I love The Venture Bros., but these guys are not funny at all; they're just a couple of perverted, psychopathic little creeps.  What makes it worse is how blind Dr. Girlfriend is to how horrid they truly are, instead treating them like they're her precious babies.  If anything bad happens to them in the fifth season, I'm glad, but don't tell me because I haven't seen it yet.

4. Lana Lang from Smallville

This is another of those occasions where I think there is a big disconnect between the creators and a large chunk of the audience.  I'm pretty sure we were actually supposed to like Lana Lang, but I know there was a lot of hate for this character.  Lana's primary function on Smallville appeared to be to make Clark Kent feel like dirt for keeping secrets from her, which was even more annoying given how many times he'd saved her life.  Besides which, she ended up keeping plenty of secrets of her own, which made her a big hypocrite.

Long past the point Clark should have gotten over her, the writers 
kept finding ways to bring them back together.  In fact, they seemed to think that the only plausible way Clark and Lana could ever be apart is if she got turned into a walking piece of kryptonite.  It's like they forgot that Lois Lane is supposed to be the love of Clark's life.

3. Bob and Mayella Ewell from To Kill a Mockingbird

I shouldn't have to say much about these two, since the book and the movie are so famous.  It's hard to say who is worse.  I guess Bob is, since he attacked the Finch kids with murderous intent, but both he and his daughter are contemptible racist scum for accusing an innocent man for a crime he didn't commit.

2. Mason Verger from Hannibal

I'm specifically referring to the TV show version of this child-abusing daddy's boy, as played by Michael Pitt.  What he did to his sister made me ill.  It was very satisfying to see him get his gruesome comeuppance.

1. Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series

Bigoted, sadistic fascist.  What made Umbridge so insidious was, like a lot of the villains that get my goat, she masked her horrible nature under a phony veneer of pleasant reasonableness.  At least with Voldemort you knew where you stood.

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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Such a strong choice.  Regardless, you detailed your reasons most perfectly.  I've a list of my own, a little share for share:…
OptimusBart09 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
what makes umbridge a worse villain than voldemort is that shes very relatable. dont get me wrong, voldemort is a pretty bad guy. but hes more like that dictator you hear on the news. but umbridge is that mean teacher you had to deal with in school. she encompasses every condencending, manipulative and cold-hearted aspect of a person who hits too close to home.
rocketdave Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Well said.  You're not too likely to encounter a supervillain like Voldemort in your everyday life, but unfortunately, people like Umbridge are all too common.
MDFive-Art Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a nice, well put together list. I do believe you've told me about Anthony, though.
rocketdave Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Probably.  I can't help ranting about that guy, every so often.
erosarts Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Also: the protagonist in "A Serious Man."  That's probably the closest I've ever come to thinking: "Man.  That poor guy."  I can't imagine a more hellish life-scenario.
erosarts Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm kind of amazed by your ability to summon up enough energy to care this much about characters.  I always view characters as vehicles for telling a story, and find myself unable to feel anything for them; if their story doesn't interest me, I couldn't possibly care less about them.  Which prompts me to wonder if I am the strange one, or if the "artistic" community on this site is where the irregularity is.  Most critics must find themselves in my boat, surely, but still...  this level of involvement alienates me.  And, tying this into your most recent journal... I doubt most serial killers are able to feel this much towards real OR imaginary people, so I think I'm safe in feeling that you will never wind up on a "Most Wanted" list.  This probably isn't backed up by any popular criminal profiling methods, but I don't buy into that crap anyway.
rocketdave Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
If you think this is amazing, you should see the gallery of the person that I credit for giving me the idea to compile my own personal "most hated" list- she's done like twenty of these things. Honestly, I actually had a difficult time coming up with even ten people. Sure, there have been plenty of characters I've disliked, but very few where I felt so strongly about that I could say I actively hated them. I can remember a few times when a character made me so angry that I felt like punching the TV or whatever, but looking back on it, while I remember the anger, most of the time I can't recall who or what it was I was even watching at the time. Having said that, I don't think it's that weird to get emotionally invested in a story or fictional characters. Even if I have problems with a story, if happen to stick with it, it's probably because I like spending time with those characters. A lot of the time, though, I don't understand how certain people can get so worked up over a work of fiction. I mean, it's happened to me, as evidenced by a handful of examples from my list, so maybe I don't have a right to say this, but I feel like some of those people really need to step back and chill the heck out.
erosarts Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Then, given this reply, I feel the need to share with you how I feel most of the characters people feel the deepest involvement with are the ones that are so sketchily and basically developed (mostly with clichés and stereotypes -- and I do not care what people say about character development)  it allows them to believe they "know" that person and they can predict the future actions of that character based on what they, themselves, would do in a given situation.  When fans flip out, it is not the failure of the "canon" writers to write in character, it is the fans' inability to imagine themselves having made a certain decision, because they identified with the sketch of the character, not the character's actual "development" (which I will also put in quotes because I have all sorts of problems with the execution of literary definitions these days).  In short, contrary to what the popular belief is, I think the "best" characters are the ones that have the most left to the imagination of the audience: give them some sort of generic "good" to strive for, and the audience is taken care of.  Well-defined characters will alienate more people than they will appeal to, because every time you give a character a unique trait, it creates another hurdle for the majority of people to clear before they can care.  That's probably just my opinion, but it's what dwelling on the subject has led me to believe.

Of course, on DA, giving a character a unique piece of jewelry is considered "character development."
Writer-Guy-NC Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I agree with you on #6 and your irritation at that episode.
rocketdave Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I wasn't sure anyone would even know who she is. 
Dim432 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   Writer
I agree with number one she comes across as a bigot and Marget thatcher

And the actress did a spectacular job
GuyBcaps Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw. I always enjoy the antics of the Murderous Moppets.

Also, you really should watch Season 5. Its really good!
rocketdave Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
That's good to know. I want to watch it, obviously. I would have already, but I don't have cable and I canceled my Netflix account because I've been using my money for other luxuries like rent and electricity.
jessicasweettv Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
I also hated Lana Lang from Smallville.
rocketdave Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Cool.  :)
LadyCharizard Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Every time I see Dolores Umbridge on these lists, I can only think of one thing; "kudos to her actress, though".  :meow:
rocketdave Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Yeah, while I understand actors often relish playing villains, it can't be entirely flattering to considered as an ideal candidate to portray a character who is described in such vile terms.  Imelda Staunton was actually better looking that I pictured the character.  As I recall, she did a good job in the role, but reading the book was what left a larger impression on me.
LadyCharizard Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
She really does play Dolores wonderfully well; if her portrayal makes you hate the character even more, that means she's done SOMETHING right XD
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