More often than not, our favorite TV show characters end up with worse fates than they deserve (many in real life?). And while what they “deserve” is subjective because not all favorite characters are heroic or benevolent, the show’s loyal fans feel disheartened when their favorite characters suffer an immense amount of trauma, striving to become better individuals, only to suffer more or be written off in the end.
Just like in real life, TV shows are often unfair and end up killing off major TV characters to make up for poor storylines (take Logan Echolls from Veronique March) or end up making decisions that we know are forced and will never truly make them happy (Robin and Ted a lot?) Regardless of their endings, these character fates are always painful and leave fans unhappy.
Zoe Lawford (‘Suits’)
When Zoe Lawford (Jacinda Barrett) was first introduced Combinationsher character was portrayed as a lady in shining armor who later rescued both Pearson Hardman and Harvey Specter (gabriel power). Her chemistry with Harvey was phenomenal, and the secret was in their off-screen relationship. The actor who played Zoe, Jacinda Barrett, is married to Gabriel Macht in real life. Their growing closeness was well received, and many fans expressed their wish that they were endgame, even in the short span of five episodes.
However, later in the season, it is discovered that Zoe’s brother has cancer, and she has decided to leave New York to raise her daughter, Olivia (played by Gabriel and Jacinda’s daughter, Satine Anaïs Geraldine Macht). The storyline was unfair to his budding personality, and his sudden dismissal left a sour taste in fans’ mouths.
Caroline Forbes (‘The Vampire Diaries’)
Although this is an unpopular opinion, believers strongly support their claim that Caroline Forbes (Candice King) deserved a better life than Julie I’m leaving thought suitable for her. One of the first vampires, Caroline, was used by Damon for his own benefit and later turned into a vampire by Katherine (Nina Dobrev) against his will. All his loves over the seasons: Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Stephane (Paul Wesley), Jesse and Tyler (Michael Trevino), are all killed except for Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig), which everyone hates. All of his family members are murdered and his mother faces the worst fate of all.
When his one true love, Stefan Salvatore, is killed in hellfire, all of his friends become human and eventually die, but even though The Vampire Diaries means respecting her as the “last vampire standing”, they keep her away from everyone she loves, which is a real injustice to her friendly and social personality.
Tracy McConnell (“How I Met Your Mother”)
It has been well established by fans around the world that how I Met Your MotherThe final episode of was one of the most disappointing episodes in television history. While there are many ways to see how the terrible finale came about, the character who took the worst hit was Tracy McConnell (Cristin Milioti), aka The Mother. She is seen several times, convincing Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) to find each other but discover that they do not end up together: sacrilege! And then, much to everyone’s dismay, she was killed for no good reason.
Tracy McConnell, titular and one of the show’s most essential characters, has proven expendable, and her entire personality reverts to being that of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) spouse. During the nine seasons of how I Met Your Motherthere’s no mention of his career, friends, or family (except Ted), and it’s presented as a plot to help Ted achieve everything he’s ever wanted: Robin and the kids, that that Robin didn’t want/couldn’t have.
Rachel Green (‘Friends’)
Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) was introduced on Friends as a runaway bride and daddy’s girl who didn’t know much about the “real world.” But as the seasons passed, she became a successful woman who built her career from the ground up. She was beautiful and ambitious, and although she wished otherwise, she got pregnant with Ross (David Schwimmer) baby. But that hasn’t stopped her from loving her little Emma or advancing her career.
Over the years, Ross can be seen as someone who brings her down time and time again. Despite their searing chemistry and romantic history, it was obvious that Ross and Rachel were toxic, and that Rachel missing a plane that could take her to the height of her career for Ross was a misstep.
Nate Archibald (Gossip Girl)
Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) was the perfect man of every girl’s dream. Of course, he was no saint; he slept with Serena (Blake Lively) while dating his best friend, but compared to any other character on the show, he was innocent (and he never tried to sell his girlfriend for a hotel). Additionally, Nate was always kind and caring to his friends and open to finding love, even in the wrong place, like Serena van der Woodsen. Finally she had a man who was so compassionate and told her he loved her, and instead she decided to be with the man who publicly insulted her for years and tried to ruin his life as Gossip Girl.
But bad love choices aside, his character didn’t deserve to end up alone and unhappy. He came from a privileged family, like most of the other characters, and yet he went through so much with his family but never had a shred of lasting happiness. Thus, while Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) have found their happily ever after and Serena and Dan (Penn Badgley) ended up together, Nate had… nobody.
Penny Teller (“The Big Bang Theory”)
One of the strongest characters in The Big Bang TheoryPenny Teller (Kaley Cuoco), was one of the smartest characters on the show in terms of common sense. She made a career out of it and excelled in everything she did except monkey movies. Her character has faced tumultuous situations in all walks of life, romantic, professional and otherwise, and despite her character’s sometimes questionable choices, she could have done better than Leonard (Johnny Galecki).
In the show’s final season, it is revealed that Penny doesn’t want children, unlike Leonard, which creates a rift between the two. While the dispute is superficially resolved, it is later revealed that Penny becomes pregnant after getting drunk, sabotaging everything she stands for.
Elijah Mikaelson (‘The Originals’)
Over the course of the show’s five seasons, Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies) only mission in life was the redemption of his brother and, by extension, the reconciliation of the Mikaelson family. He does everything in his power to protect his family, even putting his own life on the line if necessary. And after Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) birth, it seems that he achieved part of his goal.
When Klaus (Joseph Morgan) decides to sacrifice himself to The Hollow to save his daughter, Elijah feels he has no more motivation in life and accompanies Klaus to their deathbed. While poignant and somewhat endearing, the plot was misplaced, and after finally having the family he always yearned for, Elijah should have stayed to see them flourish.
Andy Bernard (“The Office”)
When Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) left the Stamford branch, he was portrayed as a bootlicking wannabe with anger issues. He built an instant hatred against Jim (Jean Krasinski) and was often seen competing with Dwight (Rainn Wilson) for Michael (Steve Carell) Warning. But as the seasons passed, he became a calmer, kinder man, and viewers fell in love with his character’s evolution. His growing relationship with Erin (Ellie Kemper) was the one who made fans swoon, and his affection for her stole hearts left and right.
However, after Michael’s departure, production knew it was time to bring in a horrible boss to replace the OG. In doing so, they reset Andy to himself at Stamford, disregarding all the progress he has made over the years. The move was ultimately a failure that fans could not recover from. While the last two seasons of Office were epic disasters in their own way, Andy’s reset made them even worse.
Michael Cordero (“Jane the Virgin”)
A show that began as his story quickly turned into the burial of everything he ever wanted from his life. This is how fans describe Michael Cordero (Brett Dier) character in Joan the Virgin. by Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) fiancé, Michael, was a perfect man. But the scenario called otherwise. It is apparent from their predicament that Jane and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) would end up together, but when fans got acclimated to Michael and Jane, the producers devised an evil plot to get their original plan back on track.
Michael was killed and then resurrected in the series, but even back to life his memories were erased, eradicating the choice that kept Jane away from Rafael. When he was no longer second choice, Michael’s character was completely humiliated and destroyed.
Stefan Salvatore (‘The Vampire Diaries’)
One of the most devastating and wrongful deaths in The Vampire Diariesby Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) The disappearance left all viewers with tears in their eyes and enraged. After being rejected by the woman he loves and replaced by his brother, Stefan enters a spiral but ends up finding the path to acceptance of his situation. Throughout the show, he sacrifices himself to protect Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Helen (Nina Dobrev), and often Caroline (Candice King) and his other friends.
All of his romantic relationships are almost always destroyed by supernatural means, and when he becomes human (against his will), he sacrifices himself so that Damon can live a human life with Elena. Despite his generous statement, Stefan is the better brother and deserves a better hand than the crap he’s been dealt.
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