Quotes / Rescued from the Scrappy Heap

O'Brien: Well, you're not an in-between kind of guy.
Julian: What do you mean?
O'Brien: Well, people either love you or hate you.
Julian: Really?
O'Brien: I hated you when we first met!
Julian: I remember.
O'Brien: But now—!
Julian: [beat] But now?
O'Brien: Well... now I don't.

So many people have such a low regard for Jar Jar as a character that we really wanted to turn that on its head and make him an entertaining and fun character in the comic. It was an enormous challenge, and we feared it might be too much of a mountain to climb... It's interesting that one way to achieve that is to have him annoy the other characters.
David Morgan-Mar, Darths & Droids #34 commentary

Chris: Around the time that Gambit talks about winning his crappy sea-plane in a card game – “jacks ovah fahhhves” – I realized that the elegant solution to making Gambit not horrible was just to make him Louisiana Han Solo.
Matt: Wolverine is already a little Chewbacca-like, so it’d be an easy transition.
Chris Sims and Matt Wilson on X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Stryker started off as one of the most hated characters in MK history, probably due to his beer belly and stupid backwards cap. After rotating his cap 180 degrees and becoming the closest thing you'll get to being John McClane in a fighting game, he's much, much less lame, these days. He became so badass, his win pose in the reboot involves him blowing up his opponent even when he's not doing a Fatality.

Adric almost actually works here, probably because Terrance Dicks is alone among the writers working with him in that he’s actually read Oliver Twist.
Dr. El Sandifer on Doctor Who, "State of Decay"

Can you think of any other companion who was treating to this amount of development in such a little time? Bad Therapy and The Room with No Doors have seen Chris come out of his shell and blossom into a fully-fledged character in his own right. All it took was the destruction of everything he cares about! Whilst I still don’t find Chris to be the most riveting of characters—he’s either gooey eyed wonder boy before Roz’s demise and soppy arsed no-hoper after—but at least he is displaying some kind of autonomy and character. 20 books after his introduction and 1 book before his departure Christopher Cwej displays some character. Hallelujah!

There were many times where she would do something ridiculously stupid because of bad writing, like become a stripper, go to a fetish club in leather, etc. I saw that for what it was, bad TV trying to get ratings from the fact that Erica Durance is one of the hottest gals on the planet. Through it all, however, her writing, her character, they GOT it. I'm not sure how. Though her snarky quips were often peppered with bad Smallville dialogue, her evolution came to be the most believable thing on it, and I can see her trip from a petulant teen to a grown woman reporter clearly now, after six years... I am sad I will not see this character again in this medium.
Neal Bailey on Smallville

"When you have the choice between keeping a shitty character shitty or redeeming them into something unshitty, always choose unshitty."

If you told me five years ago that Raiden was going to be cooler than Dante, I'd have told you to just shut up and let me punch you.