Something I’ve noticed from time to time when I’ve been evaluating shows is that occasionally the whole experience will be ruined by one character who I absolutely come to hate. Most often this happens to be a main character or someone close to them because I find it hard to hate something based on one experience. As I was thinking this over, I was able to put these characters into 3 separate categories.
The first character that came to mind here was Joey Jones, the protagonist in Heroman. He’s able to get the attention of Lina how exactly? That’s even before the whole controlling a robot thing comes into effect. Further, when he is in control of Heroman he basically becomes a charisma vacuum. He sits there shouting various “Heroman ___!” attacks all while being protected in his bubble. At least Shoutarou Kaneda was exposed to dangers when controlling his robot. Joey’s basically cheating and he gets the girl too, how unfair is that?
Repeatedly Saying the Same Thing
CANAAN‘s Osawa Maria says the same word repeatedly to the point where it is a derisory nickname for her character. Frankly, she would probably express amazement at the fact her heart is beating involuntarily. It reached a point where I was hoping the bomb on the train exploded before she could even say another line. If she didn’t exist the series would have been well established in my top 100. I suppose all Pokémon would also fit in this category, but that lies in the area of resigned acceptance.
Just Generally Being Useless
Cross Game’s Asami Mizuki is a well covered character in this area, so it’s like kicking a puppy. Instead I direct my hatred instead at Futakoi‘s protagonist/harem lead Futami Nozomu, who made me so incredibly happy at the time when his prone body was bouncing off an embankment after falling off his bike. Anyway, Nozomu’s your typical pathetic harem lead in that he has all of these sets of twin sisters in the palm of his hand, yet he does nothing. When 2 sets of them confess on Valentine’s Day it triggers an existential crisis in which he realizes he’s pathetic. As is always the case in the genre, the relationships never resolve and Nozomu can go back to being useless again.
Final Thoughts: I feel a little better after getting that off my chest. Am I being totally irrational in hating characters I was never supposed to hate? Are there additional ways you can think of for hating a particular character. Most importantly, are there any other examples you can think of?