I've already declared that CW's mighty #Arrowverse has more people than it knows what to do with. Despite a great cast and often incredibly raw acting, the DC Comics #TV Series have often brought characters that are a sad reflection of their comic book counterparts. And with a couple of weeks until all four shows return from their winter hiatus, it's time to look at the Arrowverse's current most cringeworthy characters and pray for their untimely demise. Keep in mind folks that this list is for current characters so the real winners, like Hawkgirl, Vandall Savage and 'Weepy Felicity', didn't make the cut.
I happen to be one of those people who kind of like #Wilddog, but it seems a lot of the #Arrow community finds him way to flighty to be trusted. Wildog is like your youngest, most rebellious kid; the one that sneaks out of the window to smoke pot and drink beer even though he's underage. Sure, he's bound to have some sort of sob story regarding his life but that's not enough to make Ramirez's insubordination acceptable, at least not yet. His frequent butting into things is supposed to be something that we just sort of accept as his character but at times he really does seem annoying. Still, Renee is the least of our worries because the Arrowverse has far more irritating problems, as the rest of this list will show.
7. Malcolm Merlyn
It's easy to tell that Berlanti and Co. are big John Barrowman fans. They gush about him at every Comic Con and interview, and they've managed to find ways to keep the #DoctorWho vet around, even if it means transferring him to a different show. But despite a solid outing as the Dark Archer in Season One, Malcolm Merlyn has had little going for him currently in the Arrowverse. His constant shift in status from enemy to ally is now getting repetitive and it seems as if the writers really don't know what to do with him. Sure, the decision to finally bring #Speedy in the fold of things through Merlyn was a good idea, but after that, Merlyn's character has seemingly floated around in Arrow. He hasn't received a solid storyline or arc and yet is still considered an important part of the Arrow Universe.
His current gig on Legends isn't doing him any favors either. It's great to see him want to get his son back especially now that his daughter has alienated him, but this arc has had little build up to it. In fact, it almost seems like Malcolm's decided to try and get his son back now that he knows he can't be the head of the League of Shadows, which really has a negative effect on his relationship with Tommy. Nonetheless it's good that he isn't in Arrow these days lest he disturb the refined quality of the show's recent episodes.
6. Ray Palmer
I actually liked Ray Palmer in Arrow; he was funny and in another life (or rather in Arrow's Invasion Life) he would have made the perfect counterpart to Miss. Smoak. But his impact on the show was significantly dampened when he was thrust into a love triangle straight from every corny #MTV or #CW teen drama. What was worse was the same thing happened to the guy again though with much disastrous results. Brandon Routh is a terrific actor yet it's sad to see that the writers considered it fit to put his dramatic chops to waste on a poorly developed love triangle rather than flesh out a worthy role for him. Mind you, this is Routh's THIRD love triangle after Chuck and Arrow. Never had a love triangle been responsible for pissing off so many fans in so many different ways before. Not only did that particular storyline force us to dislike Kendra (God, how I'm glad she's not in the Arrowverse anymore!) and Hawkman but it made many leave the show and view Legends as that superhero show with the terrible love triangle.
Things haven't improved greatly for #TheAtom in Season 2. Sure he's not pinning for some demi-goddess but it's really like the show wants nothing to do with him. Legends tried the whole #IronMan 'what is he without the suit' dilemma but rather than delve into that, the show had Palmer say this a couple of times and simply move on, without the audience having learnt anything. The sad part is that whenever the show gave him a good arc, he always did justice, example: The Rory/Ray Prison episode. There also doesn't seem to be a plan to introduce Anna, his dead fiancé that propelled him to build the A.T.O.M suit. With zero characterization, Ray Palmer is left cracking puny jokes and playing the Captain America to the rest of the Waverider's #Avengers without any backstory.
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5. Joe West
Papa West stole our hearts in Season 1 by being the quintessential father to Iris and Barry. His protective stance has always been admirable and Jesse L. Martin's performance has always been on point. But lately it's started to feel rather trite. Maybe it's the novelty of this relationship that has worn off or maybe it's that we've seen this happen all too frequently on The Flash. Now, every time Joe says 'Can I talk to you for a second Barry?", I know what will follow is a highly unintelligent conversation often in which Joe gives Barry bad advice telling him to lie or keep things from people, for their own good. The writers pat themselves on the back while they write corny tweets on The Flash Twitter page thinking that we don't already know that whatever he's hiding is definitely coming out. Joe West has been the writers envoy for whenever they want to depict a B-grade storyline.. Look back at some of the dumbest mistakes Barry's made and see that he was most likely acting on behalf of Joe. Another annoying thing about Joe is his relationship with Wally. The West family dynamic was interesting in Season 1 but now we honestly don't care which one of his kids is whining, because newsflash, one of them always is.
The only redemption Joe has is that he's portrayed by as skilled actor who quite often reminds us of how fond we are of Joe. Having said that though, I wouldn't mind if we say goodbye to Joe this season. We lost Moira on Arrow and she was certainly more remarkable to watch.
#MrTerrific is anything but what his name suggests. One of the flaws of Arrow Season 4 was not using Curtis appropriately. Unlike our top contenders in this list, Echo Kellum's Curtis has his moments. His office scenes with Felicity were okay to watch and sometimes his repartee with the rest of the recruits (especially Rory) is certainly enjoyable. But so far, the writers haven't really utilized him in a way that shows that he's worthy of his superhero mantle. It's sad that he sucks at fighting and hasn't shown a smidge of his 'Olympic athlete' nature. But the show's decision to explore a married vigilante's life is a great idea and I'm actually excited to see if The Vigilante and Curtis ever get to have a heart to heart in which he describes how he lost his family just to see how Curtis reacts to it. Still Curtis's over the top 'Felicitiness' is surely a cause for concern. When The Flash began many said that they saw similarities between Cisco and Felicity, ditto with Winn from Supergirl. And while both of the characters have surely crafted their own identity in time, Curtis is still far behind the pack. Perhaps it's because most of his scenes are with Felicity or maybe because they're both on the same show, but his brand of humor at times makes him feel like a carbon copy of Felicity, something that really shouldn't be the case for Mr.Terrific. Also, I realized something while writing this, I have never laughed at his jokes. Ever.
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Supergirl's take on Jimmy Olsen was odd to say the least. An African American actor potraying the iconic Clark Kent friend would have been great had the writers made him more than someone who worked out at the gym. Mehcad Brooks is a skilled actor but #Supergirl's done such a poor job of making his character appealing that he's nothing more than the show's romantic male lead. In fact, Supergirl's done such a pitiable job at making his character interesting that I actually preferred Brooks' two episode stint in the short-lived USA sitcom Benched, then in the entirety of Supergirl. The show runners have tried to make his character 'nice' but with Benoist's Kara being the epitome of such a term, there really isn't a need to produce a less bubbly, male version of that. Furthermore the show's approach to the character has thus far been (and continues to be) so far flung from the Jimmy Olsen we all grew to love that even the Jimmy Olsen fans can't seem to like him. In Supergirl's flawed first year it forced Olsen into a romance with Kara Danvers and Lucy Lane, which instead of making us like him, ended up making fans grow wary of him. The writers have done such a terrific job of making this character hate worthy that they even put cliched tropes like Jimmy panicking when his girlfriend wanted to work in the same office as him lest she find out about his office affair with Kara. Come Season 2, the writers have at least acknowledged their error and thus they broke the couple up the second after the sophomore season of the series began.
To say that Jimmy is now in a good place would be an exaggeration. Sure he's not being forced into any unwanted romantic plot but the fact that he turned into a superhero the second he got attacked (seemingly for the first time) goes to show just how badly the writers have neglected him. Instead of slowly building up his arc the writers foolishly have him commenting on things like how he kind of hated being Clark's sidekick and now that he's being saved by a GIRL, it's even worse. Sure he doesn't say the girl part out loud but the show's approach to this Olsen would not make this too far off. Is it sad that I liked the Jimmy Olsen from #BatmanvsSuperman more than Supergirl's version?
2. Barry Allen
When #TheFlash first speeded is way into our lives, we were blown away by the light heartedness of the show and mesmerized by #BarryAllen and his adventures. To say that this version is the most comic book accurate version of the character would be a lie, but Grant Gustin's Barry still embodies The Flash in quite a lot of ways. Also, he looks more like The Flash than #DCEU's Ezra Miller. Gustin's portrayal has been earnest and has earned praise from fans and critics alike. His character too is well written enough for fans to stand behind him. At least it was, until recently.
As The Flash started taking a darker turn in Season 2 we lost a bit of the shine that had once been an integral part of The Flash. Whilst I've never complained about things turning too dark, I do have reservations about characters becoming shells of themselves and not aptly representing their characters, which is exactly what has recently happened to Allen. Not only is he making annoying decisions (his decision to reverse #Flashpoint) but he's barely the Barry we grew to like in Season One. CW's leads (and generally other important characters) rarely act sensibly, but Season 3's pathetic attempt and then the reversal of the Flashpoint was a colossal mistake, one that was seemingly made without any real reason behind it. Barry seemingly traded a perfect timeline in which both his parents were alive with one in which they were dead, simply so that Wally could walk? Had he been in a coma or dead then it would have been a problem, but Flash is a show where superheroes with powers exist and Caitlin can transport herself as a 3-D being to another place whilst standing somewhere else (Flash Season 2 Finale) with the help of technology. Is it really hard to believe that Wally wouldn't be able to get some robotic legs or something!
The crux of the matter though, is that Barry Allen has consistently been a thorn on the side ever since Season 3 began. He's made dumb, rash decision and has been in equal rush to reverse them, not caring about the consequences, which really doesn't make him a hero. He's set on doing what he thinks is right and doesn't seem to give a damn about anyone else. That's our Barry, Ladies and Gentlemen.
1. And The Winner Is...Wally West!
I've covered my disdain with the treatment of Kid Flash previously but the fact that he's taking the top spot in this list goes to show just how badly the writers have messed him up. Wally West, also known as #KidFlash is one of the most awesome characters in the comics and many, even regard him as the Flash. Perhaps it was with this fear in mind that the fans would want him to have a main role which then propelled the writers to destroy the very essence of the character we all loved, when adapting him to the small screen. The online Flash community consensus is that, the writers have repeated the mistakes of #Arrow and done the fans of Wally West . As a fan, all I'm concerned with is that when adapting a comic book character he or she should be treated justly. Wally's character is so banal that it seems strange coming from the people who gave us such a great Reverse Flash. It doesn't help that they've made the show all about speedsters when Flash has always had more threats than just the speedsters. Wally is number one on this list because so far he's been whiny, and to be blunt, intolerable in almost every scene.
Many have commented on the notion that Wally should be white, but that isn't the issue for me. I like that Iris is dark-skinned simply because actress Candace Patton has done such a terrific job with her character , and I therefore not imagine anyone else portraying her. Same goes for Melissa Benoist, Stephen Ammel and a few others. But my point is simply that despite a badly written role, often actors have uplifted their role. Iris's role is often sidelined but whenever the writers give her good material she always proves her worth. Keiynan Lonsdale had that chance in the first two episodes of Flash Season 3 and he didn't manage to make this role his own. I therefore can't simply put all the blame on the writers here, even if they wasted his character's worth and made fans wish that he didn't have any speed at all. However, as Emily Bett Rickards has proven, one scene is all it takes if you're a capable actor.
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