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In the original movie, Stiles has a very unfortunate line when Scott is trying to tell him about being a werewolf:
Stiles: Look, are you gonna tell me you're a fag? Because if you're gonna tell me you're a fag, I don't think I can handle it.
For the 2011 TV series:
Abandon Shipping: A fair portion of the fandom is completely okay with the Allison/Isaac and Scott/Kira pairings that are happening in the current canon.
Alternate Character Interpretation: Stiles. He suggests murdering Jackson in cold blood once it's found out that he's the Kanima even though Jackson had risked his life to help save Stiles and his friends before. While this could potentially save many lives, the way this high school student doesn't even flinch at saying such a thing is chilling. Neither Scott nor Stiles are overly fond of Derek in the first season, but Stiles literally calling for his death as the first resort is a little more than horrifying. Derek was, at the time, convinced that Lydia was the kanima and intent on killing her but this is still worrying behavior. (It could be argued that he was joking in that instance though.) Throughout the entire series, he pretty much treats everyone he's not friends with like they barely exist and clearly doesn't value their lives highly. While he has a good goals in mind, he is shown to be Machiavellian in his means to get there. For instance, when he gets Derek to strip without his permission in order to get Danny to trace a text. And this is passed off as a joke! He also acts as though he knows better than the people he cares for and will often act to "protect" them in ways that have fairly disturbing connotations. For example, he (and the other characters, for that matter) doesn't tell Lydia about the supernatural, even though she's clearly been affected by it to the point where she's having a mental breakdown! Yet, for some reason, a good portion of the fanbase considers Stiles to be a flawless guy.
This is a little extreme. For example, Stiles clearly wanted to stop the sacrifices in Season 3, and was in fact perhaps more focused on it, and less distracted by the Alpha Pack, than anyone else except perhaps Allison. The difference in perspectives between Scott and Stiles might be attributable to their upbringing. Melissa McCall, as a nurse, is expected to treat any patient put in front of her. Sheriff Stilinski, as a police officer, might very well be called upon to shoot someone that represents a threat to the public. Stiles' "cold" attitude about Jackson was sort of proven right when the latter, as the Kanima, killed several police officers — people Stiles had probably known for years. Stiles' comments about "just killing people" or constantly threatening are also jokes and probably stem from the considerably weaker Stiles having to defend himself somehow. Scott was more concerned about saving Jackson (who he knew) than about potential victims of the Kanima (most of whom he did not know). This immediacy versus big picture tends to define Scott and Stiles. Scott often takes huge risks with other people's lives in order to do what seems right at the moment. Stiles tends to have a more of a police-like mentality, where he wants to protect the public and may be willing to trample on individuals to do so. This is true even in the case of Derek. Had Derek and Boyd been a couple of ordinary humans outside the house planning to force their way in and kill someone (with no supernatural element involved), most people would not question Stiles' willingness to use lethal force to stop them.
Scott. Even putting aside the numerous and repulsively ignorant 'Scott is a moron' narratives that have thankfully been overturned by Season 3, there exist fans who interpret his Thou Shalt Not KillBlack and White Morality attitude (which the narrative never fails to reward) as na´ve, pointing to all the people who died because Scott didn't advocate murdering Jackson in ostensibly cold blood after the Kanima reveal and the very real fact that it's all well and good to refuse to kill Peter when Derek's there to do it for him and not make him have to deal with the consequences of leaving the serial killer werewolf alive. In the second season, Scott does not have to deal with Matt, since Gerard kills him. Likewise, Lydia and Stiles stop the Kanima/Jackson. Scott also manages to dodge having to kill Jennifer, when Deucalion steps in to do it for him. Rather than do anything about proven murderer Deucalion, Scott also just lets him go with a warning trusting that he will not go back to killing people. As a rule, Scott never has to truly make life-or-death choices because the plot always conspires to give him an out or pass the responsibility onto another character. It would be very interesting to see how differently things would have played out if Scott did not have Derek and others to bear the weight of sin for him.
Given his background, it isn't that far to say he shapes himself depending to who he feels more loyal. When Derek extended him a hand and gave him The Bite, he adapted himself to what Derek wanted (a strong pack) on top of being Drunk with Power. When Scott stated he cared about Issac plus Derek's bad choises and his emotional unstability, he started to mellow thanks to Scott's influence and better control. So, in a sense, both interpretations are entirely compatible: he IS a nice guy, that is willingly to do anything to keep the loyalty of those he cares for. After all, he never gave up the hope of his father becoming a better person and stopping the abuse he was imparting.
Angst? What Angst?: Narrowly defied by Holland Roden, who brought up to Jeff Davis that maybe Peter gas-lighting Lydia and using her as his marionette might influence Lydia's comfort levels when in the same room with him.
Is played straight where Peter is concerned generally. To watch the interactions in "Overlooked", a new viewer would have no idea that Peter was the one who turned Scott into a werewolf, or that he had (ironically) terrorized some of the same people in both the hospital and the high school much the same way that the Alphas were doing. Actually, Aiden and Ethan were being considerably less malicious (mostly because Ethan didn't really want to hurt anybody except Jennifer) than Peter had been in Season 1. Yet Peter is treated as an ally and Scott actually tries to protect and take care of him once he is worn down from fighting the twins.
This isn't exactly true. Peter proves himself useful so the group tolerates him at best, but they don't fully trust him due to his past actions. It's clear Derek hasn't forgiven him, but shows it in a passive aggressive kind of way. Isaac mentioned in early Season 3 that Scott doesn't trust him, with Derek saying no one trusts or likes Peter.
Played entirely straight after the events of "Motel California". Scott's suicide is heavily implied to be genuine, Isaac was mindfucked to the point of hiding under the bed in a catatonic state, Boyd hallucinated his dead sister and tried to drown himself, Ethan nearly cut himself in half, and Lydia had to hear the final moments of several of the past suicides in the hotel, and it's never brought up again or have any form of aftermath.
Also Derek. Yes, he's stoic, but given the sheer amount of mental trauma the guy has gone through, he really should be a wreck by now- even ignoring the fact that he gets ripped to shreds physically every five minutes, his near constant loss of agency would be enough to drive anyone to breaking point. Because seriously, how many times has his body been used against his will? By his friends, no less, but nope, he just moves on, and it's never mentioned again.
Played equally straight with Erica's and Boyd's death, given how easily forgiven their killers are.
Thankfully, this is now a subversion. The second half of Season 3 shows that Scott refused to let the twins join his pack, because they had a hand in killing Boyd. Stiles and Isaac are hostile toward them. Lydia has stopped hooking up with Aiden because of his past crimes. It looks like Ethan and Aiden will have to prove themselves before they are accepted or forgiven
As of Season 4, it's apparent that the show is heading this way in regards to ALL the Season 3B trauma. Apparently, Stiles will be too occupied sucking face with Malia to, you know, feel guilty for killing Allison, Aiden, and many other people, on top of almost killing Scott, Derek, Chris, and his own father and traumatizing Lydia. Let the Internet Backdraft begin!
Or for a non-Strawman argument, the sudden transformation of a likable loserly girl into a oversexedunderdevelopedFemme Fatale left a bad taste in some viewers' mouths, while other viewers enjoyed seeing a female character increase in confidence, moral ambiguity, and jerkassitude of her own accord, rather than being manipulated into it like Allison or going completely darkside like Victoria or Kate.
Allison. Some think she is absolved of her actions (kidnapping, torture, attempted murder) during her Heel-Face Turn because of Gerard's manipulations and her mother's suicide. Others think she was too Easily Forgiven for her actions. It doesn't help that most of Scott and Allison's talk during the aftermath of the finale was implied to be offscreen.
Derek Hale. Over half of fandom seems to think he's a great guy with good intentions and is just misunderstood by Scott, while the rest either just don't like him or outright hate him for all the things he's done. Including breaking the arm of a known abuse survivor to "teach" him.
In the case of Isaac, Derek really DID teach him a lesson about survival by breaking his arm. Throughout the series, it has been shown that werewolves can have their Healing Factor jump started by having their arms broken/experiencing some form of pain. This is proven a few episodes later with Erica almost dying from the Kanima's venom and having to have her arm broken. It gets a Call Back in 3B when Isaac breaks Ethan's arm to help him heal from the Oni attack.
Jennifer Blake is already this is Season 3. Some fans think it's great to get another female character on the show. Others dislike her for her romance with Derek, calling it rushed and forced. This might be slightly more justified given the reveal of her true nature, though.
Cora Hale has mostly managed to stay under the radar, but she's been shoehorned into the plot and her backstory is not only not given, but is also an enormous plot hole in and of itself.
Malia Tate looks to be shaping up to be this as well. Just like Cora before her, she's been shoehorned into the show with very little explanation or clear purpose, is surrounded by giant plot holes in her story, and appears to be yet anotherSuspiciously Similar Substitute. And many viewers were unnerved by the very Squick-worthy sex scene between her and Stiles (who were both patients and mentally unstable) in the mental asylum basement.
There is also a section of fans who ship Derek/his Camaro. Frankly, that would be a step up for his love life.
Although, due to a switch in Product Placement advertising Toyota vehicles on the show, Derek now drives a Toyota FJ Cruiser. Presumably better for driving a pack around. It is the classic shift in priorities from the lone wolf, single guy to the dedicated lacrosse dad. So his relationship with the Camaro went about as well as any of his other relationships.
Darach ("Jennifer Blake") from Season 3 killed twelve innocent people in cold blood for power. She tried to kill Danny just because he had info that might endanger her, not to mention setting up Psychic-Assisted Suicide on four traumatized teenagers including the main character. Boyd died partially because she insisted on maintaining her facade. She never shows the slightest remorse, but keeps on pathologically justifying herself. When Chris Argent confronts her on her murders she smiles and says that they are "sacrifices." For all her eloquent speeches that she needs to stop the Alpha Pack for the good of many she never interferes when they hurt people. She is out for revenge and her own interests and would stop at nothing to achieve it.
The Nogitsune possessing Stiles, also from Season 3, mentally and emotionally torments him, forces him to torture his friends, and go on constant murder sprees. In its first murder spree, it was summoned by Kira's mother at an internment camp to avenge her American lover, but instead massacres the internment camp, prisoners and guard's alike, before finally being subdued. In the present, he takes control of the Oni and one of the first things he does is kill a girl named Allison. He later leads the Oni on a massacre at the local hospital and police station. In the final showdown, he plans on having Scott kill Stiles, citing it as the only way he can be defeated. And why? Simply for fun: it sees it all as a game.
Ensemble Darkhorse: While the intended hot and popular characters are Scott, Derek, and Jackson, the one who's got a lot of fans hot under the collar is someone completely different: Stiles. This has resulted in him having a larger role than just being Scott's sidekick. In fact, the trailers and posters for Season 3B feature Stiles as much (or even more) than Scott, the intended main character.
Danny is greatly beloved by the fandom despite having relatively little time onscreen. Isaac also has had this effect for quite a few fans. Isaac got an expanded role in the third season, although Danny did not appear significantly more than he had in previous seasons.
Sheriff Stilinski and Ms. McCall are also very popular with fans, probably due to them both being Good Parents with very snarky personalities.
As of Season 3, Ethan and Kali have gotten a pretty good following as well.
Evil Is Sexy: Kate, despite being borderline sociopathic, is quite attractive. Actually a plot point, given that she sexually manipulated Derek as a stepping stone to her Moral Event Horizon of burning almost all of his family alive.
Peter Hale. Scott's mom certainly agreed on the sexy front, mostly due to being out of the loop on the 'evil'.
In Season 3B he flirts with Lydia's mom and gives her his number, much to Lydia's dismay.
The entire Alpha Pack, with Ennis arguably being the only one falling short of looking like a model (he is also the first to die).
Jennifer the Darach. Subverted in that she is using Glamour to conceal her disfiguring injuries and be super-seductive.
Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans like to forget that S3 ever happened, since that means that Jackson, Erica, and Boyd, all of whom were an Ensemble Darkhorse to some degree, are either dead or forever in London. Add that to the general Base Breaker that is Season 3 and some of its characters (the twins Aiden and Ethan, Deucalion, Jennifer, Malia) or some plot conclusions about Corain general, Derek (and Cora) leaving, Allissac, among other minor ones, and you get a popular point of Fanon Discontinuity. The death of Allison and the departure of Isaac and Chris Argent at the end of Season 3 certainly hasn't helped matters, either. Well over half of the original, core cast is now gone.
Also, like many other shows, Teen Wolf wasn't very well known during its first season and mostly gained its popular fanbase during the second, so most of the popular fanfiction pieces were written in the ten month hiatus between Season 2 and 3 and therefore accidentally or on purpose ignore Season 3.
Fan-Preferred Couple: Sterek. As in Stiles/Derek. So prominent in the fandom that of all fics online, a solid 90% or more ship the pairing.
Or Scott/Allison. Even if they broke up. And she's now dead.
Genius Bonus, also Stealth Pun: Stiles's line "Be a Man. Be a Werewolf. Not a Teen Wolf, but a Werewolf." In Old Engilsh, from whence the word Werewolf derives, 'wer' means man.
Growing the Beard: Season 1 was mostly the typical "normal teen is now a werewolf" story, but Season 2 slowly moved away from that. By the time Season 3 started, the show had developed a complex plot with a lot of interesting mythology and was trying to become truly compelling television.
Hilarious in Hindsight: The episode in which Scott battles Lizard Jackson in the library came out less than a week after The Amazing Spider-Man, which featured a similar scene. Hell, Lizard Jackson himself is an expy of sorts to The Lizard.
Given his ego, Jackson would probably be gratified to know that it took two guys to replace him. His girlfriend and best friend respectively split a pair of identical twins between them after Jackson left Beacon Hills.
Internet Backdraft: Let's just say that bringing up Stiles' and Malia's sexual encounter in the dirty basement of a mental asylum on most fan forums should be avoided at all costs unless you want to be doused in a brutal Flame War.
Jerkass Woobie: Both Isaac and Erica post transformation thanks to the fact that both are Drunk with Power. Both come from heartbreaking pasts, both decide to lash out the most cruel of ways. This stopped as the series progressed until Isaac completly lost the Jerkass portion and Erica became much more relatable and likable as a character.
Jumping the Shark: While S3 has had some good arcs, the concentration on character development and the emotions of the characters seems to have fallen by the wayside, and some feel that the show has suffered because of it, particularly due to the Angst? What Angst? post-Motel California. The first two seasons were concisely plotted while the third went all over the place and was riddled with plot holes. Killing off or removing over half of the original cast in a single season didn't win the showrunners any fan favors, either.
Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Stiles. He gets shipped with anyone who's ever appeared on the show. And sometimes those who haven't, too. Whether or not he's even interacted with some of these people on screen doesn't seem to matter, either.
It is less intense with Scott, but due to constant friendly interaction with nearly everyone he is heading this way.
The Law of Fan Jackassery: The violent reaction to a female character being introduced and possibly being a love interest has people frothing at the mouth without even waiting to actually see how the season will go.
Well to be fair, some think that said Romantic Interest (Ms. Blake) is a bit shoehorned into the series because of: it gets in the way of Sterek and leaving some with a bit of Mary Sue aftertaste. A bit of a flat character, with shiptease that came from out of nowhere with a fan favorite and currently single character? Check. Damsel in Distress with no other reason to be there than to be saved by Derek? Check. Generating somewhat Out-of-Character Moment on Derek? Check. Derek going to her instead of someone in the know when he was wounded in 3x05? Check. All in all, for some she looks like an attempt at sinking the Sterek ship.
Still doesn't deserve all the hate, even if she had a more dynamic personality some fans would hate her regardless, and looking at the extent of the Unfortunate Implications entry below, a normal female character might be what the show needs.
Except that calling her "normal" would be a bit of a stretch. We get that the All Girls Want Bad Boys trope is popular, but she had sex with Derek while he was covered in big, gaping, bloody werewolf claw gashes! Issues of unsafe sex aside, that puts her squarely into questionable sanity category along with a few too many other female characters on the show. Indeed, it suggests a kind of Sookie Stackhouse like fetish for bloody, violent, supernatural guys given that she dove right in even though she has barely exchanged more than a few sentences with Derek over the course of their "relationship".
Non-shipping wise, some thing that this kind of screws Derek's characterization as a stoic, troubled and sour wolf. Not the Romantic Interest per se, but the Out-of-Character Moment she generates are quite... dividing.
Nope, she deserves all the hate and some given that she tried to kill Lydia, will try to sacrifice the Sheriff and Melissa, will try to take Chris. Not to mention comparing everyone she killed with Derek's Mercy Kill to make Paige stop suffering.
She deserves all hate received after it's revealed that she is the Darach. Anything received before that was mainly hate at a perceived threat.
From a non-shipping side as well, their plot could be taken out of the show and it still would not add much. IF she wasn't the Darach, her character would be much too boring, because all she would do was scream for help and give bad advice despite a supposed lack of information (good advice in any other situation but... yeah). She would be a weak female character, which many would not appreciate on a show where strong women are the ones that rule (that, and her not defending herself — when she could, by the way — caused Boyd's death). She would pretty much be a trophy for Derek, something many would be offended about, and most likely ended up dead (because, well, Derek). Yeah, and then, lack of romantic development when they were to be in a "romance" (if the lack of said development was explained as a "we're just a one night stand" thing, it could be side-eyed but it WAS meant as a romance at first, and maybe it was on HER part, his was pretty much mind/pheromones/whatever non-con).
Memetic Molester: Peter Hale is full of bad touch! It'd probably be easier to count the scenes he's in that don't have elements of this. The list includes Scott, Jackson, Stiles, Melissa McCall, Allison and most especially Lydia.
Kate's also pretty skeevy, with her comments on Scott's big brown eyes and... everything about the way she acts around Derek. It's a pretty common thing on Tumblr to post pictures of Tyler Hoechlin from six years ago, when he was on the scrawny side (though compared to now, anything would be scrawny) and adorable, with the text going roughly to the tune of, "This is what Derek looked like when Kate Argent manipulated him with sex and killed his entire family" just to make her extra Squicky with the statutory rape thing.
Moral Event Horizon: To Gerard Argent, this is a daily bridge. See Complete Monster. His definite points of evil are threatening to kill Scott's mother, force his son to kill his wife, turn Allison into a perfect replacement for Kate, and beating Stiles half to death.
As tragic as Peter's backstory is and how suave he is, it's hard to get past the fact he killed his niece for her Alpha powers. He may have crossed it when he tried to force Scott to kill his friends in Night School.
Narm/ScrappyMechanic: The hashtags that MTV puts up in the corner on every important scene in a new episode. They can really kill the mood.
Narm Charm: It isn't the best show of the decade by a long shot, but it's fun and somehow still appealing to a fairly large demographic.
One True Threesome: Scott/Allison/Isaac has been picking up steam in the fandom, especially as they've moved into more of a love triangle dynamic during Season 3. And then Allison was killed off and Isaac (like Jackson) ran off to France at the end of Season 3.
Jeff Davis certainly isn't helping matters by stating that he doesn't like love triangles and making ambiguous comments like "agreed".
Overcrank: The show abuses slow motion to an almost criminal degree, not only applying it to scenes where it would normally be necessary, such as super-fast werewolf battles, but to almost every moment with even the slightest dramatic significance that does not use dialogue for emphasis instead.
(Alan Deaton is NOT a) Scary Black Man: In a world of dangerous supernatural creatures and psycho murderers, a mild-mannered vet and a quiet, lonely guy who's never hurt anyone don't seem particularly scary.
The scene everyone talks about between Deaton and Peter should not be interpreted as Deaton scaring Peter away so much as Deaton refusing to be scared of Peter. Deaton is a vet and a confidant of werewolves, he knows that the only way to maintain control around a predator is to show no fear. So Deaton, knowing that Peter needed him alive to counteract the mountain ash and therefore unable to truly harm him, stood his ground until Peter realized he wouldn't get what he wanted and left. Deaton was not harmed by the thrown furniture because it did not hit him, Peter only threw it in his general direction to try to scare him. He did not flinch because of the afore-mentioned refusal to show fear. He remained calm and raised his voice a bit to show that he would not be intimidated. Rather than being "scary" Deaton is just a man who has significant experience dealing with dangerous animals.
Or if you want to cast that scene in racial terms, which the trope name necessitates that you do, it is a scene of a black, small business owner and his half Mexican employee in a predominantly white town being threatened by a hostile white man who kills people who get in his way. That a black man succeeding in protecting himself, his employee, and his business without resorting to threats or violence causes people to see him as the scary one is rife with Unfortunate Implications.
Seasonal Rot: Set in with Season 3. Most of the new characters aren't interesting (in particular, Erica-Expy Cora), the plotting is thinly written and poorly thought out due to simply dropping Scott into a storyline meant for Jackson, a randomly written romance between Derek and a new character (coming from someone who likes the idea of them as a couple!) is suddenly dropped in, and it's missing two major characters from the previous season! And there's even more than that....
One of the best parts of Teen Wolf was its fantastic continuity (each episode happens right after the previous one and there was tons of foreshadowing). Season 3 is riddled with plot holes and hasty plotlines (most of the headscratchers are from Season 3). Sadly, the second half of Season 3 didn't solve most of the continuity issues, either. It actually created more and also killed off or removed Allison, Isaac, and Chris Argent, effectively decimating over half of the original cast from the first two seasons.
Especially notable in the case of the Alpha Pack, and the way that some fans feel that Deucalion was Easily Forgiven. Other than beating up on Derek (which, to be honest, everyone including Lydia has done) and being vaguely menacing to the protagonists, they actually seemed considerably less threatening than Peter did in Season 1, or the Hunters in either of the first two seasons. Gerard and Victoria were way more scary than Deucalion and Kali!
Has now reached a critical point were fans are just fed up with the amount of plot holes, lazy writing and trolling the writers are releasing. From Stalia to yet another Token Gay to more Derek torture to Malia being the writers's Mary Sue created to destroy Sterek... Lets say that Internet Backdraft is a tame way to name the reaction that people who started pre-S 3 B and thus remember when the show can actually better, and not a disjoined mess the plot has become.
Of course, your mileage may and definitely will vary on this. There are fans of the show who think the series is simply evolving/changing into something new and equally (and in some cases, even more) interesting.
Ship Sinking: The Scott/Allison and Isaac/Allison ships officially became impossible once Allison died.
The creators of the series noted that they planned to make a werewolf that someone could kiss, or rather make the werewolf sexy. What they have done is made the werewolf look like the one from The Werewolf Of London from the 1930s. Strangely averted with Aiden and Ethan, who are just handsome guys with red eyes and fangs, but none of the facial swelling or excess hair that Scott and Derek habitually exhibit (probably to save on makeup time and money).
The CGI deer and mountain lion look pretty cheap, while the Alpha resembles a gorilla with more claws and glowing red eyes. The Alpha also looks quite stop-motion-esque everytime it's chasing someone.
At times the CGI can be acceptable, at other times the CGI is painful.
Season 3 episode "Fireflies" has werewolves walking in a dark hallway with glowing eyes... and at times you can see their eyes casting lights in the walls.
Deucalion's "demon wolf" form.
In "Lunar Ellipse", Jennifer uses the shards of glass from the shattered skylight to kill Kali. The skylight was made of an opaque (or at least very dirty) glass. But the shards are all perfectly clear.
The Scrappy: Kate in Season 1, due to her rather psychotic behaviour. In the next season, Matt was given the distinction; see Die for Our Ship above. Cora picked up the role in Season 3 due to her incredibly ambiguous backstory and the fact that most of her behaviour is identical to Derek when he's in one of his worst moods. And now in the latter half of Season 3, Suspiciously Similar Substitute Malia appears to be picking it up as well.
Malia has become a full out case of The Scrappy. Why? Mainly because she is presented as a Wild Child in the first episodes. Then, when the "Echo House" episode came along, she is presented as having social skills with just a slight violent attitude problem, despite being a coyote for 9 years without any human interaction. Then, she becomes a Designated Love Interest for Stiles, even hinting at them having unprotected sex in a dirty basement while Stiles is drugged, possessed, sleep-deprived, and paranoid. This is full of Unfortunate Implications that the fans have been furiously pointing out since the moment the episode aired, but Jeff Davis and his staff have done nothing except ignore them and describe this scene as ''romantic''.
Heck, even Dylan (Stiles' actor) was weirded out by how unnecessary and random the scene was.
Other details like her being immediately included in the new opening as a main character (despite people like Isaac, Erica, Boyd, Danny, and even the Twins deserving it more that her), the total self-imposed blindness that the TW media and Jeff have about critical feedback to the point of making up results and making posts about how fake we <3 Stalia, has annoyed more and more fans.
Squick: Stiles losing his virginity in the basement of a mental asylum. While very emotionally unstable and traumatized from his Demonic Possession. With a girl who, by all accounts and logic, should mentally and emotionally be the equivalent of a 9-year-old child. Romantic!
There is a very good reason why patients in mental institutions are not allowed to have sexual relations of any kind, and romantic ones are discouraged as well. As the name suggests, patients are not mentally well or in control of their facilities and most are on very strong medications, all of which take away their ability to give informed consent. For anyone who knows anything about mental illness (especially the types that require in-patient care), Stiles' and Malia's sexual encounter just screams of mutual uninformed consent and perhaps even undertones of rape.
There are repeated implications that when Kate slept with Derek, he was young enough for it to be statutory rape. In Season 4, she reverts him mentally and physically to a 16-year-old so he will trust her again and continues manipulating him in a sexual manner, while she's roughly twice his age.
Stuffed into the Fridge: Erica. Although she wasn't left for a character to find so much as the audience, so it may count as a meta version.
Also, Erica would have survived had Gage Golightly not left the show, so it was more the writers being forced to justify the character's disappearance and wrap up the plot line she was involved in.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Cora seems to be this for Erica, from being the one seen trapped in the vault with Boyd (when many wondered if Gage Golightly may have made a surprise return) to her relationship with Stiles (similarly part snarky, part flirtatious). It's possible that actions and scenes written for Erica before Gage left were reused for Cora.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Due to the significant turnover rate of actors and actresses on the show, a lot of interesting and well-liked characters have either been killed off or disappeared into obscurity from whence they've never returned. The most notable examples have been Jackson Whittemore, Erica Reyes, Vernon Boyd, and Cora Hale, all of whom were central pack members with intriguing backstories, Ensemble Darkhorse status, and great importance to the plot that were never fully or even partially explored. And that doesn't include several of the villains (Kali, Jennifer, the Alpha Pack as a whole) or secondary characters (Danny, the parents, the Hales, Dr. Deaton) whose colorful backstories haven't been expanded upon either due to death or literary neglect.
Unfortunate Implications: The female characters on the show do not come off well in the matter of emotional/mental stability, especially as compared to the men. Even Peter Hale, who survived literally being burned alive along with most of his family, comes across as a coldly pragmatic killer. The women, with the exception of Melissa McCall, seem to come unhinged fairly easily.
Allison leads the pack here, especially after her mother's suicide. Mind you that she is an insider who knows exactly what her family does in their spare time. She also knows most of the werewolves in town and by extension a lot about werewolves generally. But after her mother commits suicide due to contracting lycanthropy (the very definition of "occupational hazard" for werewolf hunters), Allison becomes a raging psychopath. Worse, she looks incredibly irrational and gullible because she never questioned why Derek would bite her mother, since he had never taken such an action against her family before despite a lot of provocation. Plus, Gerard's little speech when he gave her the suicide letter supposedly written by her mother made it glaringly obvious that he had not only read it, but had probably written it with the intention of enraging her. Allison just breaks down and goes nuts without even a shred of rational thinking. Then, in Season 3, when she suspects her father of being the Darach, her immediate solution is to grab her knives and go try to find and kill him.
And then she's killed off at the end of Season 3, which simply adds to the very long and growing list of female characters who are Stuffed In The Fridge. In contrast, Jackson is forever in London and now Isaac will be forever in France with Chris Argent, Allison's own father. It would have made sense for her to move to France with her father since a lot of her extended family lives there. Instead, Allison became yet another female character who was killed off for drama. Many fans and viewers were not happy about her meeting such an unnecessary end, especially since Allison was given very little screen-time in the third season and could have had a far more deserving death scene than the one she was dealt.
That's not taking into account that Crystal Reed asked to be killed off, and Daniel Sharman asked not to be killed off. Not to mention plenty of people feel it would've been a disservice to Allison's character to have her go off to France and leave her friends behind, especially after she created a new code that translates to: "We protect those who cannot protect themselves". She died upholding that code. Also, there is no word indicating whether or not Chris Argent will be returning from France, albeit without Isaac in tow.
Lydia is brilliant, and deliberately conceals that fact purely because she thinks it would make her less cool. She is incredibly passive about Jackson's frequent Jerkass behavior. She also becomes a stock possessed female under the influence of Peter.
Speaking of Lydia being psychologically tormented by Peter and coerced into bringing him back to life, we only received the five second "You." "You." exchange because Holland Roden went to Jeff Davis asking him how to play Lydia and Peter's first interaction since, given how horrifying and violating an experience it was, and Jeff hadn't even considered that.
Victoria is nominally the leader of the Hunters, but tends to defer to Gerard in all matters. He has little trouble manipulating her into doing whatever he wants (up to and including committing suicide). She is also incredibly callous and openly does not care about anyone outside her family.
Cora picks up the traditions established by Allison and Erica and takes it Up to Eleven, demonstrating herself to be either The Berserker and/or a Death Seeker by taking it upon herself to go on a Suicide Mission and challenging Aiden to a Duel to the Death. Never mind that odds of survival are slim and neither her brother nor uncle (or any of the other male good guy werewolves) have been willing to attempt such a risky act. Naturally, she loses quickly and is saved from death only when the boys (ironically including Ethan) come to break up the fight.
Kali apparently cared deeply for Ennis, but even the revelation that Deucalion killed him does not seem to divert her from continuing to follow his orders, even though Ethan gives up on the Alpha Pack and does a Heel-Face Turn, managing to take his brother Aiden with him thanks to his affection for Lydia.
Jennifer invokes the I Did What I Had to Do trope to justify all the sacrifices (and non-sacrificial murder attempts) she commits, saying that she needed to stop the Alpha Pack. But her behavior strongly suggests that she was Drunk on the Dark Side and enjoying herself rather a bit too much. This parallels Peter in some ways, but Jennifer is far less discriminating in her choice of victims and racks up an impressive body count very quickly. She also seems to derive more pleasure in making sure her victims suffer. For example, she looks almost aroused when she tries to kill Lydia, even though Lydia was not a sacrifice, merely a case of covering her tracks.
The sacrifices thus far have been virgins, then warriors. Guess which group was predominantly women and which group was entirely men?
Ninety percent of Boyd being onscreen in Season 3 has been about him losing control and being dehumanized; the scene where he chases two (white) children in a beast-like state of rage is... uncomfortable.
Kali, a presumably Indian character, is played by a non-Indian actress, which (while at least better than a white actress) leads to an uncomfortable 'all brown girls are the same' vibe.
Many fans even claimed (before she was cast) that they didn't care what ethnicity Kali's actress as long as she wasn't white leading to unfortunate implications among the fanbase. Really? You don't care if the actress is of African, Japanese, or Mexican descent, it only matters that she's not white? Sure, all POC are basically the same anyway, right?
Season 3's casualty list now contains the only good female werewolf and werewolf who was a POC. The white male werewolves? All untouched, or Put on a Bus. Including Peter, for God's sake. As of the mid-season finale, the two female villains can be added to the casualty list (or three, depending on whether Morrell is actually dead), while the various male villains are easily forgiven (the twins) or allowed to walk away unharmed (Deucalion).
Well admittedly, the actress for said female werewolf had left the show. And Boyd wasn't exactly a very developed character (or a major one) in the first place, it's only natural he'd get the axe over main characters like Scott, Derek, or Isaac.
Hey, let's look at it this way: Boyd was unnecessary because Erica was gone. Yay for kicking down sexism?
And then there's the differing treatment of Boyd and Isaac who both began as non-leads, yet it's incidentally the white one who got all the character development and Main status and plot protection. And then there's the differing treatment of Erica (murdered after her actor left with a very official and professional announcement) and Jackson (sent on a trip to London that practically had 'come back soon, Colton' scribbled all over the script after his actor left... via Twitter to the surprise of everyone.)
Erica was clearly shown in peril at the end of Season 2 while Jackson was not. And Gage clearly had no hard feelings, since she came back to shoot her Heroic Sacrifice death scene.
Also, Jeff said in interviews that he was originally planning a romance between Erica and Boyd that had to be scrapped due to GG's departure. As Erica was killed off, making this impossible, apparently the writers decided to just kill Boyd off as well to give Derek extra angst. So apparently, the only storyline they could think of with Boyd was as Erica's boyfriend?
It is unsettling how Peter, Gerard, and Deucalion, the main male antagonists of the first three seasons, either survived or were resurrected, while Kate, Victoria, and Blake, the main female antagonists of the first three seasons, were killed off. Kate Argent was Not Quite Dead, but the point still stands that no male antagonist has died yet.
The fact the show is pairing Isaac, who suffered from domestic abuse for most of his life, with a girl who tried to kill him in the past definitely stands out as a lapse of judgment.
The constant references and jabs throughout all three seasons that are made about Stiles being a virgin. Every mention of this makes it sound like still being a virgin at only sixteen-years-old is something horrible or to be ashamed of. And then they have him lose his virginity in the basement of a mental asylum, where he's also a patient and under Demonic Possession.
The Untwist: Hey, could the Kanima's master possibly be the suspicious and creepy kid we've never seen before, the only non-Argent new character with a name who isn't introduced just to be turned into a werewolf by Derek? Yuuuup.
Who's the darach? Could it be the only new non-werewolf member of the show? Could it be the first love interest Derek has had, when we know nothing ever goes right for him? Could the darach be.. Jennifer Blake??? Yup.
Hey guys, we're bringing in a Kitsune, an explicitly Japanese mythological creature! We're also bringing in a Japanese-American girl to be Scott's new love interest. Why, I wonder if these two things are related! Yup. The one twist on this is that so far Kira looks to be a good Kitsune, and not the Big Bad of the season...
The smoke effects for the lightning-bug monsters are movie quality, particularly when one is doing some swordplay.
What an Idiot: Most of the cast does this multiple times, most notably Allison in Season 2 and Scott and Derek every few episodes. Trusting Peter/Gerard/any of the villains also goes under this.
The Woobie: Everyone does the round robin on this one, although the one who's consistently deserving of a hug and a blanket is Isaac. It's to the point where Word of God has essentially made him into a designated Woobie; case in point, when asked if Isaac would be treated not like crap in Season 3, Jeff Davis only response was a snarky, "Where's the fun in that?"
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Ms. Blake's gutting backstory doesn't excuse her actions, but she does get more humanized as a result of it.
Scott turns out to be a pretty big woobie, after 3A, and particularly "Frayed" and "Motel California", where he nearly dies over the guilt he's been carrying around about everything. Twice.
Stiles has taken this up to eleven after being possessed by the Nogitsune. Being stuck in a basement with a steel trap on his leg as a demonic figure tells him riddles, hallucinating constantly and never quite sure when he's awake or not, having panic attacks in the middle of school, forced to kill and torture people including his friends, and being tricked into thinking he has the same illness that killed his mother. Every tear he cries in Season 3B is like a knife in the heart.