… He isn’t???
I just looked through my OUaT tag trying to figure out what would’ve given you that impression, and I’m honestly confused?? The worst I’ve ever said is that I don’t really like him.
Which, you know, is true, but I don’t really dislike him, either. I’m pretty neutral when it comes to Hook. I don’t love him like so many fans seem to, but it’s not like I’m seething every time he’s onscreen either? There are moments where I really like him, moments when I’m neutral, and occasional moments when he does something that bothers me, but overall I’d say I’m more positive than negative about his character.
As for why I don’t love him, well, the first thing you need to understand, dear Anon, is that I have absolutely no attraction to bad boys. So Hook’s whole “cynical, misunderstood rebel” shtick… well, it falls a little flat for me. Some people love that character type, I’m not one of them. I always go for the Nice Boy. Pretty much without exception.
The second thing isn’t something that I have against Hook himself, but rather his fandom: which is that Hook fans, particularly ones who ship him with Emma (which I don’t), have the most annoying tendency to overlook or excuse every problematic thing he’s ever done, usually while demonizing other characters like Neal in the same breath. That isn’t Hook’s fault, but it’s still something related to his character that annoys me.
And lastly, there’s this… because I don’t ship Hook with Emma (and the writing for their relationship often feels incredibly forced to me), he doesn’t really have a relationship with another character that I can connect to. The other characters, for the most part, have relationships with characters beyond their love interests - the Charmings as a family, Rumple’s relationship with Neal (and vice versa), Regina with Henry and Emma, etc. Hook doesn’t really have that. The best he has is his growing respect/cautious friendship with Charming and, unsurprisingly, those scenes are often when I find Hook the most interesting and fun to watch. But that relationship doesn’t get much focus.
And Hook’s a loner, I get that, but so are Gold and Regina, and you still see them forming relationships with other characters. I’d really like to see more of that with Hook, as well.
None of which is to say I dislike Hook, because I really don’t? At all? He’s not one of my favorites or anything, but most of the time my feelings on him range from neutral to mildly positive.
If I have a least favorite character on OUaT, it’s probably Peter Pan. I mean, he was great as a villain and all, but as a person? Eff that guy, seriously.