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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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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!