His Corrie character has prompted tears and anger after the vile hate crime attack on couple Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin and actor Maximus Evans is proud to be fulfilling his role as evil Corey Brent.
The teen star has played bully Corey for two years, making his debut in Weatherfield as Asha Alahan's boyfriend.
Corey's concerning relationship with Asha has since mirrored the control and psychological abuse previously inflicted by the soap's Geoff Metcalfe on his wife Yasmeen.
Last week the young thug was involved in a savage attack on Asha's ex girlfriend Nina Lucas and Nina's new boyfriend Seb Franklin in a powerful storyline to shine a light on hate crime in memory of goth Sophie Lancaster who died after a similar attack in 2007.
Maximus says the heartbreaking scenes, leading to Seb's tragic death in hospital, instantly made him the 'most hated man in Manchester.'
Asked about Corey's future in the soap after the attack, he said: "I think what Corrie does best is their ability to almost in a way drag out these storylines so they can give full awareness to what we're trying to promote.
"With a character like Corey it would be interesting if he was around for a while so that people, especially the younger viewers, can really enter the brutality of the story and how these kind of devils are walking around among us, looking exactly like us.
"I hope that he gets his comeuppance as does everybody.
"I'm definitely at the moment the most hated man in Manchester but I'd like to see him get his comeuppance.
"It just depends how and when."
Maximus, who previously starred in the CBBC show Creeped Out and got his first acting role in a stage production of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Plaza Theatre, Stockport, has been pleasantly surprised by the reaction towards him after the storyline.
"It's been interesting," he told us.
"I'm not massive on social media myself but I have to say the past week I have been trying to be as active on Twitter as I can be but generally the reponses are actually quite nice, especially the stuff I get tagged in.
"It's more responses to the acting than the character himself.
"He's not a nice guy but I just hope people can differentiate the two, between me and Corey."
He continued: "I was out in Manchester this weekend and I had a few people coming up to me which at first I was thinking they were maybe coming up to give a bit of abuse.
"But there's been none of that. People are actually praising the performance rather than the actual character which is nice."
Monday night's double bill saw Corey arrested after Asha refused to lie to police for him that they had been watching a DVD together on the night of the attack.
Viewers saw Corey's dad Paul Opacic step in to support his devious son and Maximus says this is where viewers get to see a vulnerable side to the character who has had a privileged upbringing.
"It's with Asha and his dad Stefan where we really get to see the vulnerability and then that guilt starts to creep in," he said.
"In going forward I do see he starts to comprehend what he's truly done."
Maximus believes that the attack stemmed from jealousy over Asha's previous relationship with Victorian goth Nina and feeling 'threatened' by the popular cafe worker, who is now blaming herself for the death of her boyfriend.
"With police coming after him will we see scared Corey," he said.
On the comparisons with the late Geoff, played by Ian Bartholomew, he said: "To be even put in that category of what Ian did with the character is brilliant for me as an actor."
And on Corey's twisted relationship with Asha he said: "Because he's so controlling I wouldn't be surprised if he tries to wheel her back in."
Asked if he was worried about taking on role with no redeemable features, he says that's what he likes about the role.
"I actually like that there's no redeemable features about him because ultimately that just puts it straight in the category of a vilalin," he explained.
"And we want him to be a hated character to raise awareness of these hate crimes that happen every day in the UK."