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(Onion AV Club)   28 TV characters who outlived their usefulness. Celia Hodes demands a recount   (avclub.com) divider line 12
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2012-07-23 11:54:35 AM
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25. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, M*A*S*H
In the first three seasons of M*A*S*H, Loretta Swit's Hot Lips served as the only intelligent foil to the anarchic Hawkeye and Trapper John. When she sputtered, "You're ruining the war for everyone!" she was doing so as a rational person driven by frustration to say something stupid (in contrast to Larry Linville's idiotic Frank Burns). But after her affair with Frank ended and Linville left the show, Houlihan dropped her nickname, kept her legs closed, got an anachronistic 1970s hair style, and became more sympathetic to Hawkeye's anti-war point of view. Essentially, Swit stopped playing a character and simply appeared as herself (or, at least, the talk- and game-show version of herself). At this point, there was no one left to mount a spirited challenge to Alan Alda's increasingly tiresome and self-righteous portrayal of Hawkeye, and M*A*S*H got more and more self-impressed and smug.


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Sir, are you implying that I was an insufficient foil for Pierce's ego? I was a far better challenge than that Burns fellow I heard so much about. He was, from what I have gathered, a pushover and an incompetent boob -- and I assure you, good sir, that I am, *chuckle*, neither.

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I gotta agree with Charles here, Hawk. I know we're friends and all, but your sanctimony drove me crazy. Why do you think I was always so keen to conspire to make you look foolish? *smug grin*
2012-07-23 06:56:27 PM
2 votes:
They forgot Barack Obama.
2012-07-23 01:37:41 PM
2 votes:
No Ted Mosby? Seriously, I watch that show for every character EXCEPT Ted
2012-07-23 01:43:11 PM
1 votes:

bostonguy


Flappyhead: Mid_mo_mad_man: awfulperson: I have to disagree about Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seemed that, over the years, pretty much EVERYONE had found some supernatural niche to fill on the show except for him. Buffy's a slayer, so let's make meek little Willow a witch, and her boyfriend a werewolf, and her sister, well, her sister, though she's a mystical key, and oh, let's make Willow a witch lesbian, and oh, let's make Willow a vengeful EVIL witch lesbian, and so on...

They needed someone decidedly UN-super to balance out all the silliness, add a little comic relief.

Loved him till he abandon his bride to be at the alter

That was one of Whedons all time biatch moves. Xander was always the good guy who took his lumps but kept going anyway and we saw a genuine growth in his self-confidence and assertiveness as the show progressed. Whedon completely killed the character arc then desperately tried to revive it over the next 1 1/2 seasons(and failed horribly).

I disagree. Leaving Anya at the altar was a good thing -- for her. An essay I once wrote on why Xander was the best role model on the show: What Would Xander Do?


Someone had to be the Zeppo.


He likes the quiet.
2012-07-23 12:17:55 PM
1 votes:
I think that a good chunk of these characters didn't "Outlive Their Usefulness" as much as they were written poorly as time went on. Hiro was great and the show should have focused more on him becoming the bad-ass sword-wielding samurai character we saw a glimpse of in Season 1. Future Hiro was tortured by trying to find the one thread, the one perfect action he could fix with his power that saved the world. The Hiro in the show started on that path and then got tripped up by the writer's strike.

I totally agree about Celia, Subby. Though, I think everyone from the main character on down should have been on this list.
2012-07-23 12:02:51 PM
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Mid_mo_mad_man: awfulperson: I have to disagree about Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seemed that, over the years, pretty much EVERYONE had found some supernatural niche to fill on the show except for him. Buffy's a slayer, so let's make meek little Willow a witch, and her boyfriend a werewolf, and her sister, well, her sister, though she's a mystical key, and oh, let's make Willow a witch lesbian, and oh, let's make Willow a vengeful EVIL witch lesbian, and so on...

They needed someone decidedly UN-super to balance out all the silliness, add a little comic relief.

Loved him till he abandon his bride to be at the alter


That was one of Whedons all time biatch moves. Xander was always the good guy who took his lumps but kept going anyway and we saw a genuine growth in his self-confidence and assertiveness as the show progressed. Whedon completely killed the character arc then desperately tried to revive it over the next 1 1/2 seasons(and failed horribly).
2012-07-23 11:50:39 AM
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Premeditated_Road_Rage: Dexter seems to suffer from a similar fate - nice and edgy the first couple of seasons, followed by a 'who is dating who this season?' soap opera theme with a little murder mixed in to give Dexter something to do.


Them killing Doakes is a good example of killing a character when it's time for them to go. Doakes hated Dexter and never trusted him so it would eventually come out that he would find out about his dark side. If they had found some BS way to spare his life, I would've been pissed.

See Sons of Anarchy (my example up top) for a bad way of handling a character that needs to die.
2012-07-23 11:45:47 AM
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awfulperson: I have to disagree about Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seemed that, over the years, pretty much EVERYONE had found some supernatural niche to fill on the show except for him. Buffy's a slayer, so let's make meek little Willow a witch, and her boyfriend a werewolf, and her sister, well, her sister, though she's a mystical key, and oh, let's make Willow a witch lesbian, and oh, let's make Willow a vengeful EVIL witch lesbian, and so on...

They needed someone decidedly UN-super to balance out all the silliness, add a little comic relief.


Loved him till he abandon his bride to be at the alter
2012-07-23 11:44:33 AM
1 votes:
"Captain I sense great anger from those in that Romulan Warbird who are firing at us."

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SMACK
2012-07-23 11:41:09 AM
1 votes:
comicbook.com

What's this thread about?
2012-07-23 11:40:13 AM
1 votes:

Mawson of the Antarctic: I have appreciated the "smaller" role given to Betty this season on Mad Men. January Jones was lucky enough to find the perfect part for her, she plays her so well, but that's it. I hope they don't put Megan in the background next season as Jessica Pare was amazing this time and brought some life into this show by being part of the newer 60's crowd.


I never liked her character at all and if she is not back for next season I won't care, what I am really waiting for is Trudy to Kill Pete.
2012-07-23 11:39:18 AM
1 votes:
guyism.com

Outlived his usefulness before he even appeared on the show
 
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