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Who’s Your Most Hated Fictional Character?

Wednesday is Tax Day here in the United States. April 15. It’s a dreadful day.

Having paid my taxes yesterday, I’m reminded of how much disdain I have for the IRS.

If the IRS were a character in a novel (and I guess they kind of were in the Pale King by David Foster Wallace), I would despise them more than any other character in the history of fictional characters. 

Possibly even more than Humbert Humbert from Lolita. And maybe even more than The Judge from Blood Meridian. Dare I say even more than every single character in that boredom-inducing romp known as A Dance To The Music of Time?

All that leads me to today’s Monday Question: Who’s your most hated fictional character from a novel?

Go!

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  1. Talia Trackim #

    Hmmm… possibly Bob Ewell from To Kill a Mockingbird. I can’t really say that I hate him though… I have such a hard time hating fictional characters.

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    April 13, 2015
  2. Suzi Godwin #

    Interesting question. There are characters you love to hate like Sauron in LOTR. I really don’t hate Humbert Humbert because he is so pathetic. In fact, I don’t hate the IRS because they are doing a necessary job and could probably do it better if they had more funding and a less complicated tax code. I had to read Anita Shreve’s The Last Time They Met for a book club and found both the book and the lead male character insufferable. I don’t even want to take the time to look up his name, but he is currently my most hated fictional character because he was unpleasant and boring at the same time.

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    April 13, 2015
  3. Since I am reading There’s No Place Like Oz by Danielle Page (the first novella in the Dorothy Must Die Stories book), I’d have to see Dorothy Gale. And Severus Snape from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. And Steelheart from Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. wow, I actually hate a lot of characters.

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    April 13, 2015
    • Hmm, I’ll have to think on that one for a while but compelled to say that hatred of the IRS is misdirected. We should hate our Congress; they enact each and every rule the IRS is by law required to enforce/ carry out.

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      April 13, 2015
  4. Stephen McDaniel #

    Hard to hate a fictional character because hatred usually involves something you experience personally. Other emotions such as disgust, boredom, even embarrassment can be experienced vicariously, but i don’t see it for hatred. Hence your feelings about the IRS who are no better or worse than any other government bureaucracy, except they bite us in a tender spot – our wallets. Not so for the Fresh Water Canoeing Regulatory Agency who are quite nice chaps.

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    April 13, 2015
  5. Cathy from East of Eden (and all her other pseudonyms). Never met a more evil character in literature.

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    April 13, 2015
  6. Amy March. Still the most extreme negative response I have ever had to a character. She is the worst person ever conceived in my view.

    Also, who could hate Severus Snape?! (Assuming you’ve read all the books).

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    April 13, 2015
  7. mcgettigan #

    Rabbit Angstrom!

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    April 13, 2015
  8. I recently read a middle eastern book, Private Pleasures, I wouldn’t recommend it. The main character Rabeea was utterly repugnant to me. I have never hated a fictional character with such passion. I have a feeling, though, that that was not what the author intended for me to feel.

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    April 13, 2015
  9. This may be too soon because the hype is alive and well, but I can’t stand Amy Dunne in Gone Girl. Loved the book, don’t get me wrong; but as a character, I have a hard time relating and sympathizing with her. Those that have read the book know where I am coming from and can guess why I feel the way that I do. Those that have not, read the book and you will understand. 🙂

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    April 13, 2015
    • My reaction to her was so strong that I wound up disliking the book as a whole. Gillian Flynn drew Amy’s character in such crude and broad strokes that it was impossible for me to care about her or her story. An unlikeable character can work well when done with some sense of balance, but there was absolutely nothing redeeming about Amy, and that ruined it for me.

      I honestly do not get the hype about this book. When anyone asks me about it, I tell them to skip it.

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      April 13, 2015
  10. Dolores Umbridge

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    April 13, 2015
  11. Hmmm… probably Rachel from The Girl on the Train. She annoyed me so much! haha, great post:)

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    April 13, 2015
  12. Dolores Umbridge

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    April 13, 2015
  13. 신설 #

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    April 13, 2015
  14. Maybe Assef in the Kite Runner.

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    April 13, 2015
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    April 13, 2015
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    April 13, 2015
  17. Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451

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    April 13, 2015
  18. Alison's Wonderland Recipes #

    Hmm…deciding which character to hate most is just about as hard as deciding which character to LOVE most! Maybe Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter? She’s definitely someone I’d like to introduce myself to with a good, hard slap.

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    April 13, 2015
  19. The way people have commented on Gone Girl is the way I feel about Girl on a Train – and the main, evil character who stars in it (actually all of the characters are evil). No balance here either – I don’t get the popularity.

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    April 13, 2015
  20. I never felt really hate for a fictional character except for Dolores Umbridge. She’s evil personified.

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    April 13, 2015
  21. mushypeasonearth #

    It depends… There are plenty of characters that I “love to hate”, as you are meant to (like Pinkie from Brighton Rock or the awful rapist in Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to name but two that spring to mind). But then there are plenty of characters who you are meant to love and sympathise with who I just cannot stand eg both leads in The Fault in Our Stars, EVERYONE in Gone Girl, the hundred year old man in The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out the window etc etc)

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    April 13, 2015
  22. Javert from les miserables.

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    April 13, 2015
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  24. All of the characters from Wuthering Heights or Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter.

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    April 13, 2015
  25. Loura Shares A Story #

    Holden Caulfield from “The Catcher in the Rye”. Ugh!

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    April 13, 2015
    • I would agree wholeheartedly.

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      April 13, 2015
    • He’s in my top 5. But I’d rather read Catcher in the Rye 10 times than ever have to read The Great Gatsby again.

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      April 13, 2015
      • Loura Shares A Story #

        I’m a not a fan of Gatsby either, but it was interesting reading it again recently as an adult versus high school.

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        April 14, 2015
  26. At first glance Javert is easy to dislike, but looking at the standards to which he held himself, and the self-hate for his past, it is better to have sympathy–he is as much a victims of the injustice inherent on the system as Valjean is, maybe even more so.

    But, if you want evil personified, look no further than Thenardier and the Thenardiess. They are truly despicable.

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    April 13, 2015
  27. habitsofthought #

    Everyone in Ethan Frome. They are insufferable.

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    April 13, 2015
  28. Jay Gatsby. I’m in a bad mood now because I just thought of him.

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    April 13, 2015
  29. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, dishonorable mention to Anse Bundren from As I Lay dying. I’m with you on the Judge…sort of. He was despicable, but interesting in a morbid sense.

    I’m also thrilled to read others who don’t love Gatsby and Holden…uuugh!

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    April 13, 2015
    • Oh wait…No! Ya know what, I went to bed after posting this…and sat up in bed, and thought D’oh, I forgot Caligula from I, Claudius. Definitely beats, Heathcliff, Anse, the Judge, Holden, and Gatsby.

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      April 13, 2015
  30. Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones ..She is cunning ..I really can not stand opportunistic people like her .

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    April 14, 2015
  31. Joffrey Baratheon, Dolores Umbridge, Sir Felix Carbury from The Way We Live Now are my top 3 😉

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    April 14, 2015
  32. Everyone from A Farewell to Arms and Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series.

    Surprised at the hate for Jay Gatsby, though. I wonder if that’s just misplaced anger from being forced to read the book in high school? I happen to like Gatsby (the book) and could probably tolerate Gatsby (the person).

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    April 14, 2015
  33. Emma Bovary…she’s insufferable and a bad mommy.

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    April 14, 2015
  34. Holden Caulfield. I think he went on to run the IRS when he grew up. The smug little s.o.b.

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    April 14, 2015
  35. I definitely hate Umbridge…but I think Jonathan Wolverton Randall from Outlander is my most hated.

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    April 15, 2015
  36. emilyandrus #

    I love how many people hate Umbridge–just shows how well she was written as a villain. I hate her, too. Also, Daisy Buchanan. It’s all her fault. Ugh.

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    April 16, 2015
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    April 19, 2015
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  39. Bobby #

    Glen and Mother Abigail from The Stand by Stephen King. Pretentious, pompous and proud. The three things I hate most in people.

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    January 16, 2017

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