Quotes: Character Derailment


We had seen Lennier sacrifice his well-being and almost die to save Peter Jurasik's character, who was the epitome of a Nazi war criminal at the time. So we'd seen that this noble character would sacrifice his life for any lifeform... And, y'know. He chooses to let this fellow Ranger and Sheridan die. —And then he changes his mind like a wimp and goes to undo it, and it's too late 'cause Sheridan's already gotten himself out of the mess, and then he turns to the Dark Side and goes off and banishes himself like a whiny wimp. I wasn't happy with the end.
Bill Mumy on his role in Babylon 5

I wasnít as happy with the revisions, but itís not my show, you have to sort of adjust, even if sometimes it does seem a bit of a contradiction in terms for what your character is supposed to be about.
John Billingsly on Star Trek: Enterprise, "Dear Doctor"

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.

On works

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.
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!

Donít cheer — Methos, one of the most likable and charismatic characters in the series, is a complete asshole throughout this movie. In fact, thereís another guy who wanted this film to be something good: Peter Wingfield actually cried when given the chance to reprise his role as Methos. Or maybe he cried when he read the script — I know I would have.
The Screamsheet on Highlander: The Source

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

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.

Bakula describes Archer's behavior as "a little over the line" in this episode. Yes, that's a fair assessment. Also, 9/11 was a little bit of a bummer...I'm so very tired.
The Agony Booth on Star Trek: Enterprise, "A Night in Sickbay"

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

Why is Chloe, who just last week was lamenting how much she was expected to give up in order to fulfill her duties as Watchtower, so adamant that Clark sacrifice himself for the greater good? If I were Clark I would look for better friends next season.
Julian Finn on Smallville, "Salvation"

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 a 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$"