i hated john clare but i think that was the point. his fucking cruelty and entitlement was just so obnoxious. when lily went on a date with dorian he literally attacked her. not a great way to pick up chicks, caliban. overall, i think he was a giant pussy and i hated him. but, as i said, i'm 1000% sure that was the writer's intention.
same with victor. arrogant, super creepy, possessive of lily. his idea of "oh i will kidnap lily, torture her, then she will love me again. brilliant brilliant briiiliant!" was just arrogance personified, but i've read the original shelley novel, and i can say he was very righteous and arrogant in that too, so once again, i trust the writer's decision.
and also yall are crazy. madame kali was one of the best villains on tv in recent memory if you ask me. it was refreshing to see a woman who was genuinely a terrible person, and not some tortured character or "anti-heroine." They avoided all the tropes that female antagonists usually fall into, in this day and age: tragic backstory, abuse survivor, secret heart of gold, etc etc. She sold her soul to the devil because she wanted to and because she thought it would benefit her. She treated her daughter like shit, she killed babies, and she spent hundreds of years torturing people and ruining their lives. and looking damn good while doing it.