Pointless Debate #6: Misdirected Hate

Will anyone be naming characters after Joey Jones 26 years in the future like Shotarou Kaneda (middle)?

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.

Able to Make Me Sympathize With Bad Guys

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?

Sugoi! That thing in the sky is bright!

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.

As much as it would have destroyed the concept of the series, that should have been you who died!

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.

And you thought I was kidding...

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?

8 thoughts on “Pointless Debate #6: Misdirected Hate”

    1. Oh yeah, I remember that post of yours. At least you had to admit to your own contribution to your downfall in being forced to watch it. Actually, every time I think of Bincho-tan I think of mountains being blown up. Thanks for that.

  1. I actually pretty much feel the same way about at least the first two things you mentioned, although Oosawa Maria is one of the few characters that I totally forgive for this because I love her (I only partially forgive other characters i love. Perhaps just because sugoi is usually used in a sentence instead of at the end of each one.)

    The first example, though, is big for me. The number one thing that can ruin a series for me is when a character who I actually did like at first or have a reason that I could like turns into someone I can’t stand. The two greatest examples of this are Gun X Sword towards the entire heroic cast, and Escaflowne, which had potential to be one of my favorite shows with it’s cast of likable main characters, but as it progressed, each of them grew to suck more and more and there was one battle where I just wanted the much more interesting villains to tear them to pieces.

    I wouldn’t consider rooting for the enemy a problem if it weren’t for the fact that often in these shows, we are supposed to believe that the lead characters are just. In GunXSword, the villains didn’t particularly seem like bad people and I rather liked their plan, but the show wanted to portray them as an evil that must be stopped… without ever really giving the heroes a justification for stopping them other than ‘because it’s wrong!’

    1. There’s still always some part of me that wanted to like Maria, maybe if she wasn’t so essential to the plot. I understand the point of her character, and her being amazed at everything is supposed to be a look into what would be an amazing story from a normal person’s perspective.

      On the Gun X Sword example, I think a lot of it comes down to the writing. Protagonists, and heroes in general become locked into certain behaviors and attitudes. On the other hand, a writer can be as creative as they want with a villain because all the character has to be is “evil,” which leaves a lot of areas open-ended in character development.

      I’d also believe when the motivation in a “good v. evil” conflict is as vague as the way you describe, it just reflects on the poor quality of the writing in general.

  2. Irrational hate is the funniest kind. Keep up the good work!

    I haven’t seen an episode of Heroman, and now I probably never will. Agreed on the rest of the shows.

    1. I am constantly trying to find humor in everything, it just works about 0.01% of the time. I’m also glad to drive you away from Heroman, as there are much better uses of your eyesight.

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