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Quotes: Character Derailment
"On Friends, Joey was a womanizer, but we enjoyed his exploits. He was a solid friend, a guy you knew you could count on. Joey was deconstructed to be a guy who couldn't get a job, couldn't ask a girl out. He became a pathetic, mopey character. I felt he was moving in the wrong direction, but I was not heard."
Kevin S. Bright on the reason behind Joey's cancellation.

"I never quite understood how the Jackal came to this 'world domination/replace all humans with clones' scheme. This came out of nowhere, and is just so far removed from the original concept of the Jackal. And the scheme itself is just so ludicrous... The Jackal was so ruined as a character by this point that he can now only be considered 'damaged goods.' I sincerely believe that it will be a VERY long time before we ever see him again, if indeed we ever do."
Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg on The Clone Saga

"See, after six years of a series that was explicitly about refusing to kill, rejecting the very idea because she had personal knowledge of what it meant, Cassandra shows up in Robin leading the League of Assassins and talking about how itís time to kill people.

As you might expect, this did not sit very well with fans.

It happened during Adam Beechen and Freddie E. Williams IIís run, and they were pretty much immediately reviled for it, and not without reason...It ended up all being retconned as Cassandra getting dosed with mind-control serum by Deathstroke (ugh), which is about as sloppy a reset button as you could ask for, and actually ended up making the whole thing seem worse, even if it made it very easy to gloss over and forget. But still, the damage had been done."
Chris Sims, "The Strange Case of Cassandra Cain"

"How does this happen?! It's as if someone just completely rewrote your characteristics for the sake of creating pointless drama, regardless of everything you've ever said or did before this point!"

"The major change, of course, is that Lois has a child and is engaged to another man, Richard White. But, for the purposes of this movie, all that pales in comparison to the fact that she also wrote an article for an article called 'Why The World Doesnít Need Superman.' Which is pretty much just played off as something she wrote because she was mad Superman left without saying goodbye. So thatís two characters undermined in one scene! Three, if you count Jimmy Olsen being a jerk and eating Clarkís Welcome Back cake."
ComicsAlliance on Superman Returns

"The core of the problem was the decision to put so many eggs in one basket. Nobody has ever really offered a clear explanation for why Nathan-Turner decided that Colin Bakerís debut should be moved up to the end of Season 21 instead of the start of Season 22. Itís a strange idea, particularly in contrast to how Davison was introduced. With Davison they went out of their way to give him three stories to practice before his debut so that heíd know where he was going with the character. Now, with Colin Baker, who, while not the crap actor heís belittled as by some, is not as good as Peter Davison, they dump him in the role with less prep time and expect his first time out of the gate to set the tone of the character for nine months... I donít really think 'make your lead character unlikable' was ever going to be a winning strategy — 'make your character unlikable and then put yourself in a situation where the first impression matters more than ever to the success of your show' is an idea that almost weaponizes stupidity."
Phil Sandifer on "The Twin Dilemma"

"Rise is about as useful to Tuvok as the British were to Hitler in the Second World War, a complete spanner in the works of his development and taking him in a direction he has already flirted with and sinking him. Heís ridiculously stubborn, sneeringly superior and uses his rank almost as an expression of his ego. Sometimes it is necessary to step outside the box but Tuvok is so rule and logic bound he cannot see beyond the end of his own nose. When he chastises Neelix for keeping everybodyís spirits high the Talaxian should have cuffed him around the face ...Its enough to make you want to shove him out of the Tether and see if he really is emotionless or will scream on the way down."

'Annoying character' goes to T'Pol, continuing [Rick Berman and Brannon Braga's] theme of character assassination of their own creations. You'd think they were trying to burn the show down for the insurance money."

"Patty and Selma hate Homer, and who could blame them? (Would you want your baby sister married to him?) But theyíve always been fond, even proud, of Lisa. Here theyíre basically saying to Marge: you married fat loser and so will your precious daughter, ha ha. They want Lisa to marry someone like Homer just to teach Marge a lesson or something, and itís utterly contrary to everything we know about them."
Zombie Simpsons on The Simpsons, "Luca$"

"It turned out, pissing off half the fans in attendance was WWEís idea for the perfect kickoff to Wrestlemania... And really, this squash didnít do Sheamus any favors, either. Supposedly a babyface, Sheamus rubbed the 18-second win in (Daniel) Bryanís face, making him look like a grade-A jerkass, a stigma he still carries with him this day."

Felicity: Usually, the result is that the characters' lives are improved, and all of their problems go away.
Unwinder: Man, what the heck? Does Prudence actually want to watch a version of House where everyone gets along? What would the show even be about? Medicine?

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