Hate Sink

What does Hate Sink mean?

A character in a story that’s designed to be disliked

A Hate Sink is a character in a story crafted specifically to be despised. This character’s every move is designed to provoke the anger of the audience, intensifying their hatred for them.

Creating such a character is a strategy used by storytellers to engage the audience. By making a character the audience deeply dislikes, they keep the audience hooked, eagerly awaiting the moment when the character faces retribution.

Readers, viewers or listeners who are aggravated by a Hate Sink tend to follow the story closely. Their aim is to witness this loathed character’s downfall, and hopefully, their severe punishment. This is similar to the concept of hate-watching.

However, in the case of a Hate Sink, the story isn’t necessarily bad. It’s just that one particular character that the audience despises. Well-known examples of Hate Sinks can be found in many popular narratives.

Example for using ‘Hate Sink’ in a conversation

Hey, have you seen the new superhero movie?

Yeah, I watched it last night. Loved it!

Me too! But there was this one character I couldn’t stand.

Oh, you mean the villain? They were so evil!

No, not the villain. It’s called a ‘Hate Sink’. They’re purposely written to be hated.

Oh, I get it. Like that annoying sidekick who always messes things up?

Exactly! They did everything to make us despise them.

Well, I guess they succeeded. I couldn’t wait for them to fail.