Note: These are characters I really actively despise, they’re not necessarily villains who are meant to be unlikeable.
1. Bella Swan (Twilight, Stephenie Meyer. You can go ahead and count Fifty Shades of Grey's Anastasia Steele too, since we all know they're the same “person.”)
You all know why. I could talk all day about why Bella is the absolute worst, but I’m done wasting my time and energy on this series. Just take it from me that I could fill up this list with Twilight characters because they’re all terrible, even the ones who started out alright (I’m looking at you, Charlie “my daughter broke her hand hitting you because you kissed her without her consent but I’m going to congratulate you anyway for some reason” Swan).
2. Amelia Sedley (Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray)
Amelia Sedley makes me so angry. She starts out as a meek and naieve foil to Becky Sherp, but towards the end, she becomes more and more unlikeable to the point where she’s just a horrible person. She strings poor Dobbin along for years, she knows how he feels about her, keeps turning him down, and yet lets him do everything for her because she’s lonely and miserable. When Dobbin finally finds the courage to leave her, she finds out from Becky that her late husband was an ass and she immediately reels Dobbin back in. That’s not love, that is emotional manipulation at its absolute worst. You suck, Amelia. You used that poor man’s feelings for you so you would be more comfortable. Don’t you try the innocent widow act on me, I’ve got my eye on you.
3. Falstaff (Henry IV part 1 and 2, William Shakespeare)
Okay, Falstaff is meant to be unlikeable, but a lot of people do like the character despite their better judgment whereas I really only feel disgust. My nose actually crinkles when I read his scenes, it’s that bad. Every five minutes spent with Falstaff is five minutes too many, and when Hal finally pushes him away, my heart soars because Jesus Hal what took you so long.
Here’s my incredibly insightful Goodreads review of Henry IV (Part 1):
I could write something very eloquent about this play and its views on warfare, but since I’m feeling a bit lazy, I’ll just sum up my thoughts on Falstaff for you: Fuck’s sake. What a cock.
(I swear I have a degree in this.)
4. John Thorpe (Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen)
The word “rapey” comes to mind.
5. Uriah Heep (David Copperfield, Charles Dickens)
I actually had a nightmare about Uriah Heep as a child. He’s so slimey and sneaky and oily and oh God get away from me.