Last month I talked about my “hate list” (or more like let me justify my unreasonable hatred to this character & yes, I’m human capable of eliciting irrational anger towards a fictional character), but that being said, I’m very tolerable person in nature, so sometimes I “kinda” understand why they act that way, still, there are many things that affect my acceptance to this specific character, and very dependent to the plot not on the character mold or stereotype those characters’ possess. But to simply hate character cos it’s so flawed is not really that simple. I mean we can all agree that there’s no perfect character no matter how much we love it.
I can like a villain, I can like stubborn overly naive heroine. I sometimes like the bad boys, or the tsundere, or the nice boys cos being nice is the trend, always!! So I don’t have specific character type, it’s about how the story develop these characters that always make me hook.
There are plenty of reasons to hate a character but being flawed will never be enough reason for me. I guess the specific incidents and issues that these characters underwent & how I perceived it or accepted it (or not accepted it) is what I really weighed in. I realized that the characters I hated (that mentioned here) are different (OK, maybe the two were bit similar but differences are still there ) so yes, I think it’s still depends on the story not how sh*tty the author portrayed him to be. Sometimes you just like or hate the character that it’s even personally strange to you as well.
Well, to wrap this post up, the shortcomings of characters do not make him likeable or not, I think there are many combined reasons, admittedly, sometimes shallow ones that can make me like or dislike characters. I think the mere fact that it has elicited a strong emotion such as dislike, in a stronger sense—hate, mean his portrayal is effective. Just like they say there’s fine line between love and hate (PS. I do hate the characters in my hate list.)