There are so many great TV shows in today’s day and age with fantastic stories and great characters. The stories of these shows revolve around the redemption arcs of the characters that we grow to love and adore. However, there are sometimes characters that we love that deserved a redemption arc, but for some reason, did not get one. Here we will give you our list of the 21 TV Characters who didn’t have Redemption arcs but should.
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1. Billy Hargrove from Stranger Things:
Billy Hargrove could have had a great storyline with a pleasing redemption arc. He could have learned from his mistakes, overcome the mind flair, and could have stood up to his father. However, the writing team had something else in mind for him, and he was killed off for shock value.
2. Enzo from The Vampire Diaries:
Enzo from the famous vampire diaries TV series had so much to offer and had been on the show for so long. We had witnessed Enzo grow up with Bonnie and was so close to getting a happy ending. Enzo, however, was killed off in a scene that many fans think was unnecessary.
3. Jason Stiles from Gilmore Girls:
Richard destroyed Jason’s career, and Lorelai broke up with him after he justifiably sued her father. Jason had a pretty tragic storyline and many fans believe that he deserved a redemption arc. Jason Stiles’ story could have been handled way better.
4. Marissa Cooper from The O.C.:
Marissa Cooper from The O.C., was a great character who made bad decisions but still was a good person. Fans believe that she should have left for college and returned for the finale, but the writers felt differently. Marissa was killed on the show.
5.Chuck Clayton from Riverdale:
Chuck had made many mistakes in season 1, but fans had hopes for this character once he returned remorseful and ready to make amends. His character could have had a great arc, but then again, his character was ruined, and he was made a bad guy.
6. Darla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel:
Darla did technically have a redemption arc, but it can be better described as a redemption ending. She sacrificed herself, and while technically she had her arc, fans believe she at least deserved a better ending.
7. Sebastian Smythe from Glee:
Sebastian did some horrible things during his time on the show, including throwing salt in Blaine’s eye. However, the character was loved and had a lot of potential for development, and definitely deserved a great redemption arc.
8. Haley Dunphy from Modern Family:
Haley Dunphy was a great and lovable character from the TV show Modern Family who should have had a good redemption arc. However, the writers decided to make her the same superficial teen she was in the pilot of the show. Haley could have become a strong woman doing something she loved but could not evolve the way we wanted her to.
9. Rachel Gatina from One Tree Hill:
One tree hill gave us many indications that Rachel could do better but never really gave her the arc we hoped for. In the end, she married Dan for money and then was just removed from the show.
10. Esme Song from Degrassi:
The Degrassi writers seemed to be prepping for Esme to get a redemption arc, but the show got canceled before that could happen. In the end, she ended up being the villain on the show. Giving Esme a redemption arc could have been a great portrayal for mental illness.
11. Vanessa Abrams from Gossip Girl:
Even though she did horrible things to everyone on the upper east side, Vanessa was still always loyal to Dan. She could have had a great character arc, but the writers made her leave and go back home. Soon everyone forgot Vanessa, and a great opportunity was lost.
12. Azula from Avatar: the Last Airbender:
Along with the show, we witnessed Azula losing her mind as she was betrayed by the only two people she trusted. Fans loved Azula, villain or not, and we can not wait to see how she ends up.
13. Nano García from Élite:
Nano had a tough story arc; he witnessed the death of his pregnant girlfriend. He also was sent to jail for a crime he did not commit and eventually fled the country. His story ended there, but he deserved a redemption arc and at least should have been reunited with Samuel.
14. Janice Hosenstein from Friends:
Janice was a great character putting aside her annoying voice and presumptuous character. However, many fans still believe that she deserved a better redemption story and that Chandler cheating on her was pretty unnecessary.
15. Tristan Dugray from Gilmore Girls
Tristan was definitely a much-loved character, and was smart and attractive. His bad-boy personality made him one of the most loved characters and at least should have been given a Tristan-Rory romance arc as adults.
16. Jackie Jr from The Sopranos:
Jackie Jr was a great TV character who had a lot of potential. Definitely, Jackie was a hot head and made a big mistake shooting at Furio and Christophe; both mad men. He deserved to leave the country at least and could have had a great redemption arc. But that’s what happens when you sign up for a mafia TV show.
17. Carter Baizen from Gossip Girl:
Carter’s story went from a villain to a much-loved romantic interest for Serena. But then his character was left in the dust, and he definitely deserved better.
18. Hunter Hollingsworth from Degrassi:
Hunter probably did not deserve an arc but making him a complete trash-bag was probably unnecessary. He should have had a more “mental health” arc, and his story could have been fleshed out better.
19. Nicki from One Tree Hill:
Nicki could have had a good arc becoming a better mother with Jake. But the few episodes where she was back, she was a villain and drove Jake into hiding.
20. Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl:
Fans hated Jenny for her mistakes, but the episodes with her and Nate were some of the best in the series. She would have been one of the great TV characters with redemption arcs.
21. Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones:
Jaime could have had a great arc, but the writers utterly botched the season up. This is one storyline that fans really wanted, and will never forgive the writers for ruining this TV characters redemption arcs.