History CharacterDerailment / LiveActionTV

20th Mar '17 8:10:50 AM Couran
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** Recurring character Stuart, the comic book store owner, appears to have his personality do a reversal since his introduction. In his early appearances he was a lot more confident and was generally well-functioning, albeit slightly socially awkward. Stuart has since become a severely depressed loner in which recurring jokes are centered around his depression, suicidal thoughts, and collection of antidepressants. New viewers probably wouldn't believe he had once impressed Penny into going on two dates (that went well enough that he nearly scored both times).
** Raj goes through several changes over the series. Initially, he's portrayed as very shy around women, needing alcohol to give him the confidence to talk to them. This later evolves into what seems like a rigid medical condition rather than a lack of confidence - there are a few situations where he ''suddenly stops mid-sentence'' when the alcohol wears off or when a woman enters the room. He then goes through another personality shift, going from shy and nerdy to feminine and camp.
20th Mar '17 8:03:07 AM Couran
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** Amy went from being an everyday witch to being a [[CardCarryingVillain cartoonish bad girl]] for no reason at all. Shortly afterward, Willow inexplicably became addicted to magic (an effect not been shown in the series before) and started doing morally dubious things like wiping her girlfriend's memory of an argument they had had. It's [[HandWave implied]] that Amy's delinquency was part madness from having spent so long as a rat (''really''?), and part culture shock from being four years behind everyone else. Doesn't make it any less abrupt or clumsy, though.
1st Jan '17 6:32:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AmericanGothic'' has the most obvious candidate of Gail Emory, [[{{Chickification}} Chickified]] from an ActionGirl and {{Determinator}} into a DistressedDamsel, but some might term Dr. Crower's descent into madness, Merlyn's turn as an avenging angel, and Caleb's descent into darkness as examples of Character Derailment as well rather than CharacterDevelopment. At times Merlyn could also appear [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] and Selena seemed to suffer from VillainDecay. The only character who could (subjectively) be said to grow and develop normally is Ben Healy...while Buck always stayed true to his roots.

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* ''AmericanGothic'' ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'' has the most obvious candidate of Gail Emory, [[{{Chickification}} Chickified]] from an ActionGirl and {{Determinator}} into a DistressedDamsel, but some might term Dr. Crower's descent into madness, Merlyn's turn as an avenging angel, and Caleb's descent into darkness as examples of Character Derailment as well rather than CharacterDevelopment. At times Merlyn could also appear [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] and Selena seemed to suffer from VillainDecay. The only character who could (subjectively) be said to grow and develop normally is Ben Healy...while Buck always stayed true to his roots.
21st Dec '16 8:14:10 AM Silverblade2
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* ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'': [[spoiler:Grant Ward]] started out on the show as the distant and somewhat detatched, but humane badass fighter on the team and near the end of Season 1 [[spoiler:was revealed to be a HYDRA agent]]. The derailment doesn't come in that as while his tragic backstory as well as his questioning of his own motivations showed the good in him and the inner turmoil that showed he needed the chance to be shown the right direction and could be good again, got turned on its head in Season 2 as he was shut out by those who after imprisoning him suggested that they'd set him straight despite how difficult it would be, to writing him off as a lost cause. Even with many of the questionable things he did throughout that season, [[spoiler:Ward]] still managed to have good intentions because he wanted to make things right by the people he betrayed, even though it was hard for him to overlook why he believed he killed all the people he killed. This applies even when he [[spoiler:brutally tortured another character only because her undercover operation forced her to let his girlfriend get captured and tortured]]. When he ended up killing [[spoiler:who he thought was May]] only because he was defending himself, it made his revenge motivations in Season 3 understandable. The writers proceeded to try desperately throughout the series not to restore his character in a DarkerAndEdgier way, but instead pushed him further into VillainDecay to try to eradicate the BaseBreaker status he'd gained and try to stop making him UnintentionallySympathetic. They did this by having him be motivated by revenge for having been tricked into causing [[spoiler:the death of his girlfriend]], kill [[spoiler:Coulson's girlfriend]] just to stick it to him, bringing on [[spoiler:Ward's brother]] just to flat-out dismiss his abusive past by saying it didn't happen the way [[spoiler:Ward]] believed it did and have him get so desperate that he directly tortured [[spoiler:Simmons]], a character he couldn't even bring himself to try directly killing in an earlier season. End with him becoming obsessed with [[spoiler: Hive]] out of the blue and then defenselessly killed by [[spoiler:Coulson]] and you have a character that's emotional and psychological literature was thrown away as worthless for nothing but drama.

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* ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'': ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': [[spoiler:Grant Ward]] started out on the show as the distant and somewhat detatched, but humane badass fighter on the team and near the end of Season 1 [[spoiler:was revealed to be a HYDRA agent]]. The derailment doesn't come in that as while his tragic backstory as well as his questioning of his own motivations showed the good in him and the inner turmoil that showed he needed the chance to be shown the right direction and could be good again, got turned on its head in Season 2 as he was shut out by those who after imprisoning him suggested that they'd set him straight despite how difficult it would be, to writing him off as a lost cause. Even with many of the questionable things he did throughout that season, [[spoiler:Ward]] still managed to have good intentions because he wanted to make things right by the people he betrayed, even though it was hard for him to overlook why he believed he killed all the people he killed. This applies even when he [[spoiler:brutally tortured another character only because her undercover operation forced her to let his girlfriend get captured and tortured]]. When he ended up killing [[spoiler:who he thought was May]] only because he was defending himself, it made his revenge motivations in Season 3 understandable. The writers proceeded to try desperately throughout the series not to restore his character in a DarkerAndEdgier way, but instead pushed him further into VillainDecay to try to eradicate the BaseBreaker status he'd gained and try to stop making him UnintentionallySympathetic. They did this by having him be motivated by revenge for having been tricked into causing [[spoiler:the death of his girlfriend]], kill [[spoiler:Coulson's girlfriend]] just to stick it to him, bringing on [[spoiler:Ward's brother]] just to flat-out dismiss his abusive past by saying it didn't happen the way [[spoiler:Ward]] believed it did and have him get so desperate that he directly tortured [[spoiler:Simmons]], a character he couldn't even bring himself to try directly killing in an earlier season. End with him becoming obsessed with [[spoiler: Hive]] out of the blue and then defenselessly killed by [[spoiler:Coulson]] and you have a character that's emotional and psychological literature was thrown away as worthless for nothing but drama.
21st Dec '16 2:48:41 AM Morgenthaler
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** Sylar, the original villain and recurring BadAss since season one, arguably got the worst treatment in season 3, which is really saying something. He turns into a good guy simply because Angela falsely told him she's his mother, which he naturally believes for no apparent reason. He dresses like a nerd and starts working for the Company, aided by Noah (the only character to actually behave in character throughout the season). That is, until Arthur tells Sylar that he's his father and Angela was an abusive mother. Again, all lies and no evidence ''at all'' to back up his claims, and Sylar believes him again, and works for Pinehearst, Arthur's company, instead. Noah finally lets the cat out of the bag and somehow this puts Sylar back on track, he no longer believes he's a Petrelli, and finds a way to prove it. Of course, not before one last punch to his character, he kills Elle on the beach for no apparent reason. This was so close to adding to him being a MagnificentBastard, until it was revealed it was never a trick or a trap, he truly believed all the lies.

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** Sylar, the original villain and recurring BadAss badass since season one, arguably got the worst treatment in season 3, which is really saying something. He turns into a good guy simply because Angela falsely told him she's his mother, which he naturally believes for no apparent reason. He dresses like a nerd and starts working for the Company, aided by Noah (the only character to actually behave in character throughout the season). That is, until Arthur tells Sylar that he's his father and Angela was an abusive mother. Again, all lies and no evidence ''at all'' to back up his claims, and Sylar believes him again, and works for Pinehearst, Arthur's company, instead. Noah finally lets the cat out of the bag and somehow this puts Sylar back on track, he no longer believes he's a Petrelli, and finds a way to prove it. Of course, not before one last punch to his character, he kills Elle on the beach for no apparent reason. This was so close to adding to him being a MagnificentBastard, until it was revealed it was never a trick or a trap, he truly believed all the lies.
10th Dec '16 7:28:53 AM Morgenthaler
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** Even before Olivia lost her common sense to [[spoiler: her brother possibly being a rapist [[InTheBlood like their dad]]]], Elliot had gone from a more or less {{Badass}} cop to a whiny, creepy psycho who's this close to [[OverprotectiveDad keeping his daughters locked at home so they don't fool around]] and is a big fan of the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.

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** Even before Olivia lost her common sense to [[spoiler: her brother possibly being a rapist [[InTheBlood like their dad]]]], Elliot had gone from a more or less {{Badass}} badass cop to a whiny, creepy psycho who's this close to [[OverprotectiveDad keeping his daughters locked at home so they don't fool around]] and is a big fan of the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.
16th Nov '16 10:09:10 AM futuremoviewriter
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* Life with Boys: Tess begins dating her wrestling rival Bobby when it turns out they have a lot in common. He couldn't stay with her friend Allie because they couldn't deny their feelings for each other. Also, when Tess breaks up with Bobby to spare Allie's feelings after they dated in secret, an understanding Bobby takes her back no problem. When Tess pretends to be sick to get out of spending time with Allie so she can go to a playoffs game, it turns out Bobby pretended to be sick so he could go to the game too. Tess breaks up with him for lying, but then realizes the hypocrisy when Allie catches her and decides since Allie forgave her, Tess can forgive him too. Then [[AssPull Bobby gets another girl's number immediately]] at the end of the episode and just like that, the whole arc is pointless.

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* Life with Boys: Tess begins dating her wrestling rival Bobby when it turns out they have a lot in common. He couldn't stay with her friend Allie because they couldn't deny their feelings for each other. Also, when Tess breaks up with Bobby to spare Allie's feelings after they dated in secret, an understanding Bobby takes her back no problem. When Tess pretends to be sick to get out of spending time with Allie so she can go to a playoffs game, it turns out Bobby pretended to be sick so he could go to the game too. Tess breaks up with him for lying, but then realizes the hypocrisy when Allie catches her and decides since Allie forgave her, Tess can forgive him too. Then [[AssPull Bobby gets another girl's number immediately]] at the end of the episode episode, the two stay broken up and just like that, the whole arc is pointless.
16th Nov '16 10:06:39 AM futuremoviewriter
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* Life with Boys: Tess begins dating her wrestling rival Bobby when it turns out they have a lot in common. He couldn't stay with her friend Allie because they couldn't deny their feelings for each other. Tess sets time aside to spend with Allie when Bobby gets sick, but ends up pretending to be sick to get out of it so she can go to a playoffs game. It turns out Bobby pretended to be sick so he could go to the game too. Tess breaks up with him for lying, but then realizes the hypocrisy when Allie catches her lying and decides since Allie forgave her, she can forgive him too. Then [[Asspull Bobby gets another girl's number immediately]] at the end of the episode and just like that, the whole arc is pointless.

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* Life with Boys: Tess begins dating her wrestling rival Bobby when it turns out they have a lot in common. He couldn't stay with her friend Allie because they couldn't deny their feelings for each other. Also, when Tess sets time aside to spend breaks up with Allie when Bobby gets sick, but ends up pretending to spare Allie's feelings after they dated in secret, an understanding Bobby takes her back no problem. When Tess pretends to be sick to get out of it spending time with Allie so she can go to a playoffs game. It game, it turns out Bobby pretended to be sick so he could go to the game too. Tess breaks up with him for lying, but then realizes the hypocrisy when Allie catches her lying and decides since Allie forgave her, she Tess can forgive him too. Then [[Asspull [[AssPull Bobby gets another girl's number immediately]] at the end of the episode and just like that, the whole arc is pointless.
16th Nov '16 10:03:04 AM futuremoviewriter
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* Life with Boys: Tess begins dating her wrestling rival Bobby when it turns out they have a lot in common. He couldn't stay with her friend Allie because they couldn't deny their feelings for each other. Tess sets time aside to spend with Allie when Bobby gets sick, but ends up pretending to be sick to get out of it so she can go to a playoffs game. It turns out Bobby pretended to be sick so he could go to the game too. Tess breaks up with him for lying, but then realizes the hypocrisy when Allie catches her lying and decides since Allie forgave her, she can forgive him too. Then [[Asspull Bobby gets another girl's number immediately]] at the end of the episode and just like that, the whole arc is pointless.
15th Nov '16 12:49:13 PM futuremoviewriter
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* ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'': [[spoiler:GrantWard]] started out on the show as the distant and somewhat detatched, but humane badass fighter on the team and near the end of Season 1 [[spoiler:was revealed to be a HYDRA agent]]. The derailment doesn't come in that as while his tragic backstory as well as his questioning of his own motivations showed the good in him and the inner turmoil that showed he needed the chance to be shown the right direction and could be good again, got turned on its head in Season 2 as he was shut out by those who after imprisoning him suggested that they'd set him straight despite how difficult it would be, to writing him off as a lost cause. Even with many of the questionable things he did throughout that season, [[spoiler:Ward]] still managed to have good intentions because he wanted to make things right by the people he betrayed, even though it was hard for him to overlook why he believed he killed all the people he killed. This applies even when he [[spoiler:brutally tortured another character only because her undercover operation forced her to let his girlfriend get captured and tortured]]. When he ended up killing [[spoiler:who he thought was May]] only because he was defending himself, it made his revenge motivations in Season 3 understandable. The writers proceeded to try desperately throughout the series not to restore his character in a DarkerAndEdgier way, but instead pushed him further into VillainDecay to try to eradicate the BaseBreaker status he'd gained and try to stop making him UnintentionallySympathetic. They did this by having him be motivated by revenge for having been tricked into causing [[spoiler:the death of his girlfriend]], kill [[spoiler:Coulson's girlfriend]] just to stick it to him, bringing on [[spoiler:Ward's brother]] just to flat-out dismiss his abusive past by saying it didn't happen the way [[spoiler:Ward]] believed it did and have him get so desperate that he directly tortured [[spoiler:Simmons]], a character he couldn't even bring himself to try directly killing in an earlier season. End with him becoming obsessed with [[spoiler: Hive]] out of the blue and then defenselessly killed by [[spoiler:Coulson]] and you have a character that's emotional and psychological literature was thrown away as worthless for nothing but drama.

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* ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'': [[spoiler:GrantWard]] [[spoiler:Grant Ward]] started out on the show as the distant and somewhat detatched, but humane badass fighter on the team and near the end of Season 1 [[spoiler:was revealed to be a HYDRA agent]]. The derailment doesn't come in that as while his tragic backstory as well as his questioning of his own motivations showed the good in him and the inner turmoil that showed he needed the chance to be shown the right direction and could be good again, got turned on its head in Season 2 as he was shut out by those who after imprisoning him suggested that they'd set him straight despite how difficult it would be, to writing him off as a lost cause. Even with many of the questionable things he did throughout that season, [[spoiler:Ward]] still managed to have good intentions because he wanted to make things right by the people he betrayed, even though it was hard for him to overlook why he believed he killed all the people he killed. This applies even when he [[spoiler:brutally tortured another character only because her undercover operation forced her to let his girlfriend get captured and tortured]]. When he ended up killing [[spoiler:who he thought was May]] only because he was defending himself, it made his revenge motivations in Season 3 understandable. The writers proceeded to try desperately throughout the series not to restore his character in a DarkerAndEdgier way, but instead pushed him further into VillainDecay to try to eradicate the BaseBreaker status he'd gained and try to stop making him UnintentionallySympathetic. They did this by having him be motivated by revenge for having been tricked into causing [[spoiler:the death of his girlfriend]], kill [[spoiler:Coulson's girlfriend]] just to stick it to him, bringing on [[spoiler:Ward's brother]] just to flat-out dismiss his abusive past by saying it didn't happen the way [[spoiler:Ward]] believed it did and have him get so desperate that he directly tortured [[spoiler:Simmons]], a character he couldn't even bring himself to try directly killing in an earlier season. End with him becoming obsessed with [[spoiler: Hive]] out of the blue and then defenselessly killed by [[spoiler:Coulson]] and you have a character that's emotional and psychological literature was thrown away as worthless for nothing but drama.
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