Which Once-Naïve TV Character Had the Best ‘Darkening’ Arc?
Today, I’m looking to see which once-naïve TV character had the best “darkening” arc where they became dark and serious?
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A very common thing on TV shows is for shows to take an “innocent” or naïve character really go through some shit and come out on the other side as a darker, often more badass character.
My pick would be Wesley Wyndam-Pryce from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff, Angel. Wesley was introduced as a bit of a loser on Buffy (a Watcher sent to replace Giles who wasn’t really capable of ever replacing Giles), but slowly redeemed himself on Angel by becoming part of Angel’s loosely affiliated team of vigilantes that made up Angel Investigations. However, in Season 3, Wesley betrayed Angel after being tricked by a fake prophecy that Angel was going to murder his own son (so Wesley kidnapped the child to protect it, but he was taken from Wesley by the bad guys). Wesley then seemingly broke bad, and got all dark, but in the end, he and Angel slowly became friends and allies again.
That’s my pick. What’s yours?
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3 thoughts on “Which Once-Naïve TV Character Had the Best ‘Darkening’ Arc?”
John Crichton would be my pic.
I can’t argue with Wesley. Despite Season 4 being a dumpster fire (imho), Wesley still made that show worth watching, especially as he was trying to make up for what happened to Connor.
The other darkening of a character that worked for me also comes from Angel as Fred became Illyria. It was much more abrupt, but Amy Acker played both characters very well.
What about Kimberly Shaw on Melrose Place? I guess she darkened quickly – but every character on that show had their turn at being evil.