Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Do you know the saying “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain”?
I feel that way about tv shows. They either get cancelled too early, or they just go on for too long and end up messing up in one way or another. Especially when it comes to their characters. No matter how much I can love a show, nothing annoys me quite as much as a badly or unfairly handled character. So today, I decided to focus on a few of the characters that I feel deserved better.
Note: this list contains spoilers so proceed with caution.
The 100 – Jasper
As much as I LOVE The 100, the show does have a habit of treating their characters badly. Think about Lexa, who had so much potential only to fall under the bury your gays trope. Or Lincoln, which was just unfair on so many levels. But a character I personally was hurt by was Jasper. As a part of the original cast, he was one of my favorites in the first two seasons. And then it’s like they didn’t know what to do with him anymore, massacred his personality and gave him a mental health problem that they handled extremely poorly only to write him out of the show in the most lazy way possible. He deserved better.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Oz
Oz was one of my favorite characters on the show and his relationship with Willow was the best. But then they had to make him do something completely out of character, only as a way to write him out of the show. Not cool show, not cool.
Arrow – Laurel
Granted, she was never the most loved character. But most of that was due to writing and I should have known that when I actually started to genuinely like her character, that it wasn’t meant to be. And naturally, she was then killed off in the most stupid way possible for drama purposes and her last words were just to prop Oliver and Felicity. Nope.
Supernatural – Charlie
As much as I loved Charlie, I should have known better than to trust this show which has honestly handled most of its female characters terribly. I had hope for Charlie when nothing terrible happened to her for a few seasons and I thought she could be just a fun recurring addition to the team, but alas she was written out in the most dramatic way possible.
The Flash – Julian
I actually really liked Julian’s addition to Team Flash and was happy that he didn’t turn out to be just the expected evil British guy. I loved his relationship with Caitlin and I had such high hopes for his future on the show and then they just decide not to bring his character back in the new season, with hardly any mention of him anymore? I do not agree.
Dawson’s Creek -Jen
Jen was such an interesting character and her journey throughout the series was a joy to behold. But that final episode? Her ending felt just as a way to add more drama for the others and felt completely unneccessary. Nope, I was not there for that.
Angel – Cordelia
Cordelia was one of the funniest characters from Buffy and bringing her to the Angel spin-off, a much darker show, felt like a genius move. And it was, for the first few seasons. And then they neutered her personality and gave her the most stupid storylines only to kill her off in the most unneccessary move ever.
Teen Wolf – Kira
As much as I loved Teen Wolf, the show also had a reputation for not being so nice to their characters. I’m thinking about Alison or Isaac or really almost any of the secondary characters. But the character that bugged me was Kira. Her character was also written off in between seasons and her story just never felt finished. Plus she was supposedly Scott’s girlfriend, how come she was even barely mentioned in the last season? Just… ugh.
The Vampire Diaries – Bonnie
Bonnie feels like a must in any ‘characters who deserved better’ list. She was constantly sacrificing everything, including her life, for her friends and what did she get? She got crapped on by the writers. I stopped watching and didn’t even see the last few seasons, but I heard she didn’t even get her happy ending in the end, just more crap, which is so completely unfair.
Stranger Things – Bob
It was so predictable and yet I am still crying. He deserved better. That is all.