|“||You shall pay for your foolishness! You shall suffer the full wrath of... Lord Hater! I have mangled the minds of millions! I have tempted forth torrential tides of tears! I have reduced the richest of republics to rubble and ruin! Because I... AM THE GREATEST IN ALL THE GALAXY!!!||„|
|~ Lord Hater introducing himself to Wander|
|“||RAHHH!! We're not your buddies!!||„|
|~ Lord Hater's final quote.|
Lord Hater (also simply known as Hater) is the overall main antagonist from the 2013 Disney television series Wander Over Yonder. He is the evil ruler of the Hater Empire, leader and boss of Commander Peepers and the Watchdogs, and the arch-enemy/reluctant ally of Wander and Sylvia.
He was voiced by Keith Ferguson, who also played Bloo in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Reaper in Overwatch, Basch in Final Fantasy XII, Gabranth in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, the Warthog Monster in Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Marluxia in the Kingdom Hearts series, and Flintheart Glomgold in the 2017 Ducktales reboot.
Lord Hater is a violent, oppressive, power-hungry, heartless, evil and cruel dictator who hates being told what to do by those he declares lower than him, including his own henchman, Peepers. What he desires most is absolute rule of the entire universe under his iron fist, and no one stands in his way. However, he incredibly hates Wander, the physical opposite of everything that he is, and cannot stand him due to his superfluous optimism, obliviousness to his evil, one-sided, prejudicial and discriminatory friendliness. This antipathy not only infuriates him, but also drives him over the edge to complete impulsivity and attempts to obliterate Wander, even putting his plans aside just to do so. He can also be arrogant and manipulative, as he is easily distracted when he believes that he has the upper hand.
However, when worse comes to worse, Lord Hater is a dangerous and vituperative tyrant and a foe to not be taken lightly, for instance when he realized his other nemesis Emperor Awesome was almost going to receive the chance of universal control before he could, this caused him to abandon Wander and easily took out the entire Fist Fighters army with one punch while rushing to Awesome and defeated him in under a second.
Although Hater has a reputation as a feared galactic conqueror and an all-around tyrant, he is exceedingly immature and obstreperous, prone to throwing temper tantrums, screaming, and reacting irrationally to even the slightest grievance. Thus his behavior occasionally resembles that of a curmudgeonly and petulant child rather than an intergalactic villain, for example, when he kind of had a fit and argued with Peepers like a little kid when he asked him to wait until the morning to destroy the kings. He also has terrible, atrocious, and unpleasant table manners, as shown in his date with the disguised Sylvia, when he eats messily in front of her. Sometimes Commander Peepers fathers him.
Lord Hater is also incredibly awkward, diffident, unassertive, and bashful around women and gets his tongue tied when speaking to one because he does not have a girlfriend, but desperately wants one, implying that he is a tad lonely in life. When forced to confront beautiful and attractive women, Lord Hater ends up babbling like a buffoon and saying incomprehensible gibberish.
In some occasions, anyone sees Lord Hater getting seduced by ladies (or anyone wearing girls' clothing), for example when he almost married disguised Sylvia, and believed Wander was a lady when the latter crashed to disguised his wedding. Or when Peepers and Sylvia team up to stop Hater and Wander's concert by dressing up as girls, cheering them on and making them do several crazy things, such as singing faster, in Spanish and even backwards. Lord Hater is also seen going to ridiculous lengths to earn Lord Dominator's affection, such as sending her flowers and nearly getting him and his followers annihilated.
However, besides his evil terror ways deep down the only two things he cares about are: Captain Tim and Commander Peepers. If one of them gets lost, in danger, or if someone threatens to harm them, Hater would go on an unstoppable rage and become extremely powerful then before. However, with Peepers, he would usually try to cover up his feelings toward him and sometimes act like he doesn't care about him or need him. With Captain Tim, he treats him like a dog, a baby talk to him, and let him maul him believing it is the way Captain Tim shows love toward him.
Lord Hater is a tall, skeletal being. His face is a skull with ragged-looking shards for teeth, and his eyes are sunken in and have lime green sclera with black pupils. He wears a black and red cloak with a hood covering most of his head. Behind his head, two yellow horns in the shape of lightning bolts can be seen like the Watchdogs. He has skeletal looking arms and wears long, yellow, raggedy gloves over his seemingly clawed, four-fingered hands. Underneath his cloak, he wears underwear and black shoes on his feet.
Powers and Skills
- Electrokinesis: Hater can project green lightning bolts from his hands for attacking, torturing and/or killing his enemies, and to punish his minions for failure (especially Peepers). When Hater is completely have driven insane, he becomes immensely charged and liberally emits lightning bolts from his body. In this form he becomes unstoppable and nobody can't stand on his way.
- Ergokinesis: As seen in "The Show Stoppers" Hater can use his energy to charge electronics.
- Teleportation: Hater can teleport to different locations, which causes the entire screen to be lit up with lightning and burns up the immediate area he stood in beforehand.
- Force-field generation: Hater can project a large indestructible force-field, what can cover an entire planet. In "The Picnic" he used it to keep out Emperor Awesome, his Battle Dinosaur, and his Fist Fighter army from a tower. In "The End of the Galaxy" he could project a planetary force-field to protect it from Lord Dominator's drill, which destroys planets.
- Telekinesis: Hater can use his energy abilities to lift and manipulate objects and people.
- Flight: Hater can also levitate and even fly through the air.
- Superhuman Strength: Despite absence of muscles, Hater is incredibly strong physically and possesses a high level of superhuman strength. In "The Picnic" he easily smashed down the Fist Fighter army, grabbed Battle Dinosaur's tail and threw it to space and punched Awesome away from the planet with a single punch. Also in "The Greater Hater" Hater could easily lift a huge Dominator-Bot and collapse it onto Dominator herself.
- Superhuman Speed: In "The Picnic" Hater could project very high speed, during he went up to the tower, smashing out Awesome's troops.
- Superhuman Durability: As seen during the series, Hater is far more durable than a common skeleton. He could endure punches of very strong characters, like Dominator without falling to pieces.
- Emotion Empowerment: Whenever Hater becomes incredibly enraged or encouraged, all his powers increase dramatically.
- Thermal Resistance: Hater is incredibly resistant to fire, to the point of emerging from pools of lava virtually unharmed and survive lava-blasts from Lord Dominator.
- High intelligence: Hater's shown to be very intelligent in the series (mostly it was shown during Season 1 and the Season 2 finale), as he easily can find out all defects in Peepers' plans without thinking, or to develop a strategy of defeating Dominator, that even protagonists, or other villains couldn't do.
- Leadership: As any dictator, Hater's excellent leader and ruler, as he built up his own empire and nearly conquered the Galaxy (before starting his hunt to Wander). As his intellect, his leadership also was lowered in Season 2 until the last episode.
- Immense Wealth: As shown in "The Bounty", Hater is incredibly wealthy, as shown when he offered a massive reward for Wander and Sylvia's capture.
- Torture Intuition: Hater's Torture Room is full of Medieval and futuristic torture instruments and he often tortures prisoners (mostly captured monarchs, warlords and/or spies), or trespassers by the most cruel and sadistic methods till his/her death. Hater's sadistic inclinations went so far that he even makes remixes from their screaming in pain, as seen in "The Bounty".
- Swordsmanship: As seen in "The Enemies", Hater made an epic duel with the dark half of the Sword of Synergy against Sir Brad Starlight, who had the light half.
- Heavy rock playing: Besides ruling and conquering universes, Hater is also interested in rock, as he plays it several times during the series.
- Singing: It's shown several times that Hater is a good singer.
- Arrogance: Lord Hater has a massive ego, as he doesn't show appreciation to his subordinates and doesn't perceive other villains as a threat to himself and his forces (though he is willing to accept some threats to his rule like Wander and Dominator). Also, when someone proves to be more impressive than him, he will become consumed in jealousy. This weakness became a serious problem in Season 2.
- Low intelligence: In Season 2, after introduction of Dominator, Hater's intellect was lowered for unknown reasons, but from "The Fremergency Fronfract" till "The Robomechabotatron" he became so idiotic, that he was unable to properly command his army or conquer planets as effectively before, leaving Peepers to do most of the thinking for him. This was probably due to his hateful obsession with Wander as well as his romantic obsession with Lord Dominator. He somehow overcame this weakness in "The End of the Galaxy".
- Lord Hater occasionally gasps and screams like a woman, using stock female gasp and scream sounds.
- The lightning bolts on his head are part of his skeleton body.
- His origin story was supposed to be explored in Season 3.
- In "The Waste of Time" and "The End of the Galaxy", it is implied that Lord Hater was once an astronaut chimpanzee from NASA.
- He is one of the most evil villains in the series, being beaten only by Dominator.
- His design was based on Horned King, the main antagonist of Disney's 25th full-length animated feature film The Black Cauldron.