I've increasingly found it difficult to make a character intentionally dislikable. I'm not sure why. I'm working on a small short story and I want the character to be this stereotypical redneck asshole that the reader isn't supposed to like. I have every intention of killing him by the end of the story but I still find it hard. I actually typed out the line - "He kicked at the dog." Then i changed it to - "He gave the dog a mild kick." Eventually, I ended up with - "He swept his foot at the dog, encouraging him to get up." Why? Because I felt bad for this fictional dog! What the hell is my problem?