@TheHT: They think he's a piece of shit because he murdered innocent people who actually were not even the source of his aggression.
Absolutely. Even though he was a bit whiney about it, I definitely sympathised with him (especially since my first Hawke was a mage, too) and it was easy to see where he was coming from... But then he goes and incites a war. Now I'm not saying it's stupid, nor even out of character, but the fact is it's impossible for me to like the guy and emphasise with him after he goes over the deep end and murders a bunch of priests.
He almost reminds me of Kenny from TWD now that I think about it.