One of my POV characters (Let's call him Yevoka) in the fantasy I'm working on is, to put it short, a pathetic alcoholic. The story opens up with him, and so far, five hundred words in, he's not likable at all. He's pathetic, using Freudian excuses such as his rough childhood, his beloved dying shortly before they could elope, his father never letting him go explore and make a life for himself, his feeling unloved to paint himself the victim while he verbally lashes out at everyone else. If it helps, he's also seventeen. I'm intentionally trying to make him as unlikable as I can without going overboard. Because he has an arc where he begins to discover how wrongly he's been behaving and tries to make amends for his actions. To the point where he becomes a hero in his own right ala Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Except without the burn scar and daddy being the big bad. The thing is, while I want the readers to view him with disgust and go, "You're a pathetic bastard." I also want them to feel like he still has potential to change if he'd just let himself. Since it's the first chapter, and I just wrote the argument scene where he fights with his father over the former's poor behavior toward a young customer, how can I drop seeds of doubt in the reader's mind that this isn't all he is? That he can change for the better? Is it too soon? So far I have him begrudgingly admitting to himself that maybe his dad has a point, but that's before he takes a bottle of liquor to his room to get plastered and starts to remember the good times of his youth and how, in his mind, everything was shot to hell and its everyone else's fault. Would readers be able to relate to a pathetic alcoholic and want him to change? He seems like a complex character to me, but I want your opinion. Does he sound like a flat, stereotypical pathetic alcoholic? How can I make him more complex?