I mean Ulfric specifically and not the Stormcloaks.
I never understood why people have such an intense hate for him. You barely talk to him throughout the game really so not like you get to know him or anything.
When you're about to be executed he appears to be facing it with courage alongside the men who fought with him. Doesn't appear to be soiling his trousers or anything, and is still very calm and collected when Alduin attacks.
The Empire spreads rumours around about him a ton, the game is filled with rumours about Ulfric(kind of dissapointing with him being so weak) but rumours are exactly that. They aren't trustworthy! For all we know Ulfric never really even shouted the high king but used a spell!
The only thing we know for sure about him character wise is that he does not like the Dark Elves in the Gray Quarter, but does not appear to dislike the race overall since the player can be a dark elf.
I've heard people say he is simply after power. Maybe maybe not. The Imperials say he is and the stormcloaks say he is not. When you speak to him he tries to redirect your focus away from HIM and onto the stolen religious rights and "freedoms" of Skyrim's people. Which is not only a smart political move but implies to me he does not see it all about him.
Also his pal Galmar who he fought the war with. Galmar seems to believe Ulfric's intentions are true after spending so many years fighting with him that is something to take regard of, especially since Galmar is not the subtle type.
Not implying he is a good guy but saying he is a bad guy seems to be going a bit too far. I could say Tulius is a bad guy because in his final speech he trivializes the war itself and those who died in it, but if I claimed he was a bad guy from it it might be taking it a bit too far.
I'm just trying to understand the reasoning for thinking he is a villain.
EDIT: Oh another thing I COULD say about Tullius. Ulfric offers the general a chance to surrender and live if you side with him. The general does not do the same for Ulfric. Still not saying Tulius is necesarily a bad guy although to me he seems less honorable. Just a point