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16 Most Hated Characters and Villains in Movies Ever

Some might deem being featured in the list of most hated characters and villains in movies ever a bad thing, but the truth is that it requires a great deal of talent to earn everyone’s hatred. Certainly, a role that awakens actual despise in the hearts of audiences everywhere is a role well played. Who are these talented actors and actresses? Let’s find out!

People say that you should hate the game, not the player, but sometimes actors’ performances are so dead on, it’s really hard for the public to discern between fiction and reality.  Let’s take for example infamous King Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones, one of the Most Hated Television Characters of all Time, and certainly, one of the most arrogant TV characters ever. If you watched the show, then there’s no way you didn’t want to strangle the little bastard. Even George RR Martin wrote the actor a letter congratulating him, from which a phrase became widely celebrated: “Congratulations on your marvelous performance, everyone hates you”.

16 Most Hated Characters and Villains in Movies Ever

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You don’t need to be a villain to be one of the most hated characters of all time, it could just be a really, REALLY annoying or stupid fellow, though in general we’re inclined to hate those who present a threat to our beloved leads. But what about when those special cases when they also ARE our beloved characters? You know, the villains you love to hate. Duality makes the best archnemesis; it makes us want them to die painful deaths, which would both fascinate, and make us a little sad.

So, how do I rank this? I google. A lot. I go on Reddit, Quora, and other forums, read several threads on the same topic and compile the information gathered. This means I filter the most featured characters, and then count how many times people go “Boo him!” or “Boo her!”. Then I rank it, season it with a little humor and ta-dá!! There’s your list on the most hated fictional characters on film.

One last thing I noticed: most movies in this list are 3 hours long, two and a half at least, so I guess you need that much time to really grow to hate a character.

Also, I’ll spoil the heck out of this movies, so be warned and click next!