(Please read this initial post before replying.) Sai, along with his master, is the first villain who is in a slightly complicated fashion (there really is not much subtlety in the sheer viciousness of an Orochimaru, Kisame, Zabuza, or even an Itachi, ok) despicable--but in the end deserving of our hatred more than Orochimaru, Itachi, and the Akatsuki, any villain we have seen. In fact I don't even think these former villains are even possible to be hated by a manga readership--they're so unreal and supernatural that we simply find ourselves cheering on the good guys to triumph because we like the good guys. But now, thankfully, it seems we have finally found a villain who we actually want to suffer and be humiliated. Sai is that villain. He is the first character truly deserving of our hatred, who we can all as ethical people consider with some relation to ourselves (trust me, nobody I know is like Sasuke or Itachi in circumstance) and conclude him to be the vilest form of trash, whose character is to be fled in our personal lives at all costs, out of distate for all that is evil and weak. This effeminate androgynous psychopath whose smirking, precious tiny lips betrays a malice, insidiousness, and fundamental weakness.. yes, those lips bother me, the lips of a real rat, (by now they're so consistent in every close-up that it's worse than that hilarious way to differentiate sasuke, itachi, and their dad --the middle one has those hilarious eye-cheekbone marks and the latter has that hilarious frown dimple.) ugh those lips. Do not compare this trash to Haku and Gaara. Haku and Gaara indeed had insane ideals, but ideals nearly paradoxically forged out of bonds of love (in Gaara's case self-love, or sheer survival). Haku and Gaara, though inhuman in what they did and could do, were some of the most crushingly emotional characters in the entire series--real feeling individuals. So too is Sai devoted to something. But note that it is not out of love, it is not out of the necessity of self-preservation (Gaara), it is just utter, nasty, incorrigible nothingness, nihilism, not even properly considered a slave to his hugely corrupt master, but a slave to being a slave. He is the purest cog, the incarnate shinobi "tool"--that ideal so maligned (and rightfully so) by Kishimoto himself, through Kakashi, Kakashi's father, Obito, Naruto, and even Sasuke.