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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

"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 Doesn’t Need Superman.' Which is pretty much just played off as something she wrote because she was mad Superman left without saying goodbye. So that’s two characters undermined in one scene! Three, if you count Jimmy Olsen being a jerk and eating Clark’s Welcome Back cake."
Chris Sims 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 Baker’s debut should be moved up to the end of Season 21 instead of the start of Season 22. It’s 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 he’d know where he was going with the character. Now, with Colin Baker, who, while not the crap actor he’s 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 don’t 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"

"Those involved in the production – from Colin Baker to Eric Saward – have tried to argue that the Sixth Doctor was meant to be unlikeable. The logic is that the audience was meant to start out reasonably hostile towards him, and mellow out over time. After all, the First Doctor began life as a lying coward who almost got his companions killed. However, the First Doctor was still – even in his early cantankerous stage – still more charming than the Sixth Doctor.

However, if we give Baker and the other the benefit of the doubt, and accept that Sixth Doctor’s personality problems were – on some level – intentional '
rough edges' meant to be smoothed off at some time in the future, things still don’t add up. Exactly when was that 'smoothing' supposed to begin? When was the Sixth Doctor intended to start his mellowing process? Timelash is the penultimate episode of the season. The second part of Timelash was broadcast one year to the day from Baker’s first appearance in the role at the end of The Caves of Androzani. And he’s still unlikeable."
Darren Mooney on Doctor Who, "Timelash"

"Patty and Selma hate Homer, and who could blame them? (Would you want your baby sister married to him?) But they’ve always been fond, even proud, of Lisa. Here they’re 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 it’s utterly contrary to everything we know about them.

Characters devolving into unrecognizable goo isn’t anything new for Zombie Simpsons... Patty and Selma, for all their flaws, were always on Marge’s side. Here they’re not, and they’re attacking her through Lisa."
Zombie Simpsons on ''Tbe Simpsons, "Luca$"

"You accidentally turned the Doctor into the breakout character; why do you people feel the need to add the characteristics that doomed your intended breakout character?! It's like you were designing rockets that don't work because they were pointing upside-down. Somebody finally shows you a rocket that's actually working, and you say, 'Great! That's awesome! And you know what will make it even more awesome? Turning it upside-down! And drawing a pair of balls on it!!'"
SFDebris on "Year of Hell" (Star Trek: Voyager)

"It turned out, pissing off half the fans in attendance was WWE’s idea for the perfect kickoff to Wrestlemania... And really, this squash didn’t do Sheamus any favors, either. Supposedly a babyface, Sheamus rubbed the 18-second win in (Daniel) Bryan’s face, making him look like a grade-A jerkass, a stigma he still carries with him this day."

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