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TV Characters Who Overstayed Their Welcome

December 4, 2020 1.6k votes 463 voters 33.4k views12 items

List RulesVote up the TV characters whose roles make no sense by the end of their shows.

Polite conversation has fizzled out, the party is long over, yet they won't take the hint and leave. We all know oblivious guests who stick around for too long - the equivalent of boring TV characters who need to just go.

These characters are not always disliked; in some cases, they may be the best character on the show, but they've served their original purpose, and are lingering for no reason. Sometimes their character arc shifts dramatically or is completely altered to give them a reason for existence. 

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    Ani From '13 Reasons Why' Is A Snippy Know-It-All And A Poor Plot Device

    Ani From '13 Reasons Why' Is A Snippy Know-It-All And A Poor Plot Device
    Photo: Netflix

    During its four seasons, the Netflix teen drama 13 Reasons Why was a polarizing show because it covers so many controversial topics in intense ways. And especially after the first season, many criticized the show for its plot holes, bad writing, and unlikable new characters.

    One of those annoying newbies is Ani, the seemingly out-of-place narrator introduced in Season 3. Her posh British accent, know-it-all air, and attempts to meddle when she's new to the school all rubbed fans the wrong way. Unlike previous narrators, she's not telling her story, just being a busy-body, airing everyone's dirty laundry. The Season 3 ending reveals that she's making her long-winded confession to the sheriff, framing a deceased man, so that her friend can get off scot-free.

    Kevin O'Keefe wrote for Primetimer, "Her story importance is massive, when any number of the original ensemble’s members could have taken at least part of her role. Ani’s inclusion smacks of deus ex machina, and an irritating one at that."

    Overstayed their welcome?
  • Andy From ‘The Office’ Undergoes Multiple Character Transformations To Fit Different Seasons Of The Show
    Photo: NBC

    Sales rep Andy Bernard, introduced in Season 3, is insecure, has anger issues, brags a lot, and generally annoys and antagonizes the other characters. So when he punches a hole in the wall, it would have been the perfect way to permanently say goodbye to an unlikable character. The writers, however, wanted to keep Andy on because they liked actor Ed Helms. To bring him back without everyone hating him again, they needed to reinvent his character, but that just makes him appear to go through bizarre personality changes.

    After anger management training, Andy is less volatile and more human, and even gets involved in several romantic relationships. But then Andy goes bad again when he becomes the new manager after Michael Scott leaves and the writers needed a new obnoxious boss. Plus, Helms was becoming more famous elsewhere and needed time off for other career obligations, so the writers had to find a way to get rid of him again.

    Although Andy's personality initially changes for the better, he relapses, which just makes him seem annoyingly weird. 

    Overstayed their welcome?
  • Brody From ‘Homeland’ Is The Focus Of Season 1, But Even The Creators Admitted His 'Shelf Life Had Expired'
    Photo: Showtime

    At first, the chemistry between Carrie and Brody on Homeland is intense and electric. The two lead characters, both damaged in different ways, find solace in each other's arms, and viewers are here for them. But by the second season, the writers seemed to have lost their way. Brooding Brody is pouting in a corner while Carrie obsesses over him and throws temper tantrums, and both characters suffer for it. 

    Brody has long overstayed his welcome by the time he is terminated at the end of Season 3. Though showrunner Alex Gansa said Brody's "shelf life had expired," he added that he thought the character needed to stick around. Otherwise, he said, some brilliant episodes from the previous two seasons might not have happened.

    Overstayed their welcome?
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    Daario From 'Game of Thrones' Morphs Into A Completely Different Person 

    Daario From 'Game of Thrones' Morphs Into A Completely Different Person 
    Photo: HBO / HBO

    Many of the minor roles on Game of Thrones had to be recast for various reasons, and although sometimes the new actors looked similar to the original ones, that wasn't always the case.  

    Nowhere was this more obvious than with Daario Naharis, the sellsword who eventually sweeps Daenerys off her feet. He goes from a smooth-faced blond with long hair, played by Ed Skrein, to a short-haired, bearded brunette, played by Michiel Huisman. That's already confusing, but after the actor swap, he doesn't have much to do even though his fighting skills could be put to good use.

    According to Digital Spy, "basically, Daario [is] just keeping Dany’s sheets warm until Jon Snow [comes] along."

    Overstayed their welcome?