11 most disliked Arrowverse characters, ranked

While The CW’s Arrowverse produced many beloved heroes over the years, there were some intolerable characters fans couldn’t take to.

Arrow -- "Inheritance" -- Image Number: AR717b_0180b -- Pictured: Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Arrow -- "Inheritance" -- Image Number: AR717b_0180b -- Pictured: Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow — “Pilot, Part 2” — Image LGN102_20150917_0355b.jpg — Pictured: Casper Crump as Vandal Savage — Photo: Diyah Perah/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

7. Vandal Savage

While Cicada had an interesting backstory on paper, the same can’t be said for Vandal Savage. That’s a name that strikes fear in the hearts of DC fans, but his Arrowverse interpretation was, well, less than stellar.

Portrayed by Caspar Crump, Savage was the villain of the second annual Arrow /The Flash crossover and he was a serviceable one at that, providing a strong enough threat to bring all of Team Arrow and Team Flash together. But then he was resurrected as the major villain for the first season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and things went downhill from there.

The problem with Savage was that there just wasn’t anything interesting to go on. He was an immortal tyrant intent on keeping that immortality alive. And to do that, he had to find and kill Hawkman and Hawkgirl every time they were reincarnated. It was all very surface level and did little to make him feel like anything other than a mustache-twiddling evildoer committed to evil deeds.

Fine in the short term (thanks to a wickedly devilish performance from Crump), Savage’s weaknesses showed when they increased his role in Legends‘ first season. Fans just didn’t take to him and thought he was a disappointing debut antagonist for a show that would find its strengths when it found a healthy balance between serious and silly.

That didn’t stop it from getting too silly from time-to-time, though…