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Our relationships to fictional characters can be complicated. We all love stories but ideally we'd rather spend our time with characters who aren't insufferable. (There's a wonderful essay by the feminist writer Roxane Gay titled "Not Here to Make Friends" in which she takes the literary establishment to task for its disdain for unlikeable female protagonists. We really don't make the same demands of male protagonists.)

"Who is your most hated character, not someone you 'love-to-hate' or 'badly written', but genuinely you want them to suffer and die in the worst way possible because of their character?" –– This was today's burning question from Redditor DreamConsumerist and it's an eye-opener.


"That wasn't enough..."

Mr. Harvey from The Lovely Bones. I don't care that he died a quick and painful death. That wasn't enough and was too benign for his crimes.

Squareagus_Asparagus

"I cannot watch..."

The Mayor and Faith from Buffy Season 3. I cannot watch that season for all the freaking rage I feel. I'm so busy hating them I can't get into anything else happening.

Breezybreebree

"At first..."

Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2.

At first he was just funny, a bad guy clearly but still somehow likeable. And then he killed Bloodwing. Something about it, how he did it, how that whole mission and fight went down, made me hate him so much I almost felt sick with it. It's not like it was a betrayal, and the signs were there from the start what kind of monster he was. I guess I didn't really take him seriously until then. Maybe I hated him all the more for the fact that he had made me like a psychopath.

Very well written though.

Javka42

"Not one specific character..."

Not one specific character but all of Gilead on The Handmaid's Tale. I stopped watching after the second season because I got a sense things would never get better.

I can stomach a lot of cruelty and evil when I know there is a comeuppance coming, like Game of Thrones, I knew sooner or later Joffrey and Ramsay would meet their ends.

But The Handmaid's Tale just felt like endless torture porn and I couldn't stick with it without the hope that the women would rise up (and maybe Canada would help) and I would eventually get to see all these religious fanatics get guillotined.

I don't think I'm going to give it another watch regardless cause it's just too much, so if anyone still watching wants to spoil it feel free, but I have a feeling this was never going to be a happy ending show.

xyanon36

"If only..."

Cersei Lannister.

If only there was a season 9 for her to be resurrected to die again (and hopefully in a more fulfilling way).

ChubbsMcLubbs

"A clear example..."

Daisy from The Great Gatsby. A clear example of how to ruin everybody's life around you just because you don't want to get your s*** together.

robotaccounttwinkwink

"He is more than just..."

Snape. Literally him.

I mean sure everyone hated Umbridge. But there is something about Snape. He is more than just a greasy heartbroken goth spy. He is obsessed with a woman, and went to great lengths to 'win' her, at the cost of her family. He never cared, never had a conscience. He just switched sides for her.

He is also a bully and held grudges against kids!

bluedottedangel

"Couldn't stand him..."

The Governor from The Walking Dead. Sociopathic and unable to cooperate - which literally leads to his downfall (which I cheered at). Couldn't stand him, causing problems for the sake of it.

Grootastic

"His whole character..."

Kirito from Sword Art Online. That whole show was bad but he's the most unlikable protagonist in anything since Brad Pitt's character in Moneyball.

His whole character is designed around being the best at something without trying, not even caring that he's good, and getting defensive whenever people recognize him for anything. That show is 25 episodes of girl after girl wanting to ride his nuts seconds after meeting him and he's always completely indifferent. He never learns from his many mistakes because he never has to. He just broods for 20 minutes and then the universe hands him a win on a silver platter in the 11th hour. The only time he shows a shred of human emotion is when an AI literally designed to elicit feelings from emotionally disturbed people shows up.

He's a brooding, smarmy, stupid, oblivious, defensive, manipulative, unlikable asshole who solves problems by ignoring them and antagonizing everyone around him, but everyone still loves him anyway.

CruzaSenpai

"Every time..."

Alexander Skarsgård's character Perry Wright, Nicole Kidman's husband in Big Little Lies. Every time he came into the room I had to leave.

Yelloweisok

"I was reading the uncut version..."

Trashcan Man from The Stand. I was reading the uncut version and was like 500 pages into that beast and stopped reading it because I HATED that character and from where I was, it wouldn't change perspectives for like another 80 pages. Eff that.

HarrisonRyeGraham

"He knew Tom..."

Dumbledore. I hated his ass so much - he was a chessmaster who didn't really care about the pawns so long as he could win against Voldemort. Yeah Voldie was a monster, but he could have helped him so many times and then is just like "Yeah, he was evil as a child and it's because he was a child of rape - you just can't be a good person if you're born from someone under a love spell" Like wooooooow really?

He knew Tom was in a s*** situation, he saw the orphanage and can I remind you that Tom was a child during WW2 and probably was one of the reasons he wanted to stay at Hogwarts in the summer where it was safe and not to mention where he got to eat good food and not be in a dirty run down orphanage?

Tom was kind of a s**** kid, sure, but you don't just say oh well when someone is begging you for help - and then he put Harry with people he was explicitly told by McGonnagal were really s**** people. No one ever did a wellness check or anything for 11 years and Harry did the same thing as Tom and asked if he could stay at Hogwards and not go home where he's abused and starved (Why oh why is Harry having to dodge being hit with a frying pain in the beginning of the first book played for laughs???)

Dumbledore just wanted Harry to have as few connections as possible to protect him and only didn't let him get killed til the right time when it would affect Voldemort the most after sending three children on a suicidal mission to collect all these items he didn't for some reason when he had the chance.

errant-knight

"I'm not sure if her character..."

Tara from Sons of Anarchy. I'm not sure if her character was written (purposely or not) to be that f*cking obnoxious or if it was the actress making her that way, but seriously. Everytime she was in a scene, I couldn't stop myself from yelling, "Shut the f*** up!!!". Just thinking about her and typing this sends me into a fit of rage.

HMB43

"She's self-absorbed..."

Carrie from Sex and the City. She's self-absorbed, shallow and a pretty bad friend but I assume she's supposed to be likeable and relatable given she's the protagonist and narrator.

DizzyDinosaurs

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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