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26 TV Characters That Have Gone Through Some Serious Shit

The general consensus: these characters deserved better.

🚨 Warning: Major spoilers for some TV shows ahead! 🚨

Joyce and Will Byers (Stranger Things)

Joyce and Will Byers (Stranger Things)

“The woman has been through so much in her life, not including the monsters. It’s just a string of non-stop misery for her.”
mariajamal974

“He’s been through so much, like the death of his mom’s boyfriend, being POSSESSED, and obviously being stuck in the Upside Down.”
shadeofblue

Stranger Things, or as I like to call it, ‘How Many Ways Can We Almost Kill Will Byers While Mentally Torturing Joyce Byers?'”
artargeni

Netflix / Via youtube.com

Lexa (The 100)

Lexa (The 100)

“Her storyline was built up so perfectly, she finally got the person she loved to trust her again, and then she died. She deserved better. The fan base deserved better.”
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CW / Via variety.com

Mickey Milkovich (Shameless)

Mickey Milkovich (Shameless)

“He overcame a violent, homophobic father, correctional rape, watching the love of his life getting arrested by military police, taking care of his boyfriend as he battled mental illness, being broken up with by said boyfriend, going to prison for a bogus charge and then being left at the Mexican border by the person he loves most in the world. If this isn’t the definition of tragic I don’t know what is.”
micksaysfuckyou

“The bravest man, who wanted nothing but to love and be loved, without a doubt deserved better.”
samethrillagain

Showtime / Via serialminds.com

Annalise Keating (How to Get Away With Murder)

Annalise Keating (How to Get Away With Murder)

“She gave birth to a dead baby, was put in prison for Wes’ death whom she loved like a son and didn’t kill! One thing after another keeps happening to her but damn I admire her!”
aperel612

ABC / Via hollywoodreporter.com

Jack Pearson (This is Us)

Jack Pearson (This is Us)

“We all knew he had died, but the way he died and how he went back in to save Kate’s dog and precious memorabilia. Ugh, it really tugged on my heart strings!”
keshapatel

“He was an amazing husband to Rebecca, not to mention the best father to his kids. That Super Bowl episode got me crying buckets.”
alalji65

NBC / Via thecelebritycastle.com

Meredith Grey (Grey’s Anatomy)

Meredith Grey (Grey's Anatomy)

“That woman has been through enough awful to fill several novels. Her loved ones suffered horrible, preventable deaths, life dealt her ridiculously terrible cards, and she went through at least a dozen unlikely, crippling and traumatizing disasters. Truly devastating.”
lordsmojo

“This girl cannot catch a break.”
samanthacatherine24

ABC / Via women.com

Toby Flenderson (The Office)

Toby Flenderson (The Office)

“He was such a good guy, and Michael was always an asshole to him. He once said that if he was in a room with Toby, Bin Laden, and Hitler, and he had a gun with two bullets, he would shoot Toby twice. WTF, asshole?”
nickisciarrino

“He was way too cute to be treated that way.”
daniellem456094353

NBC / Via nbc.com

Lady Edith Crawley (Downton Abbey)

Lady Edith Crawley (Downton Abbey)

“Lady Edith… Fucking… Crawley. Yeah, she ended up okay, but not until the end of the last season. For six seasons she just got shit on over and over.”
jamieh30

BBC / Via fanpop.com

Dean and Sam Winchester (Supernatural)

Dean and Sam Winchester (Supernatural)

“Dean has died over 100 times, he was tortured in hell for 40 years, and as soon as he gets his mom back she’s taken from him again.”
dlynch1d

“Sam’s mom and girlfriend burned in front of him, he died, lost his brother, got addicted to demon blood, was stuck in a cage with Lucifer, lost his soul, suffered from PTSD, got hallucinations, almost died again, got possessed, killed Kevin, and that’s only the beginning.”
marie-francel

“Someone give those guys a vacation.”
kayleeb4dc54c800

CW / Via sweatpantsandcoffee.com

Bonnie Bennett (The Vampire Diaries)

Bonnie Bennett (The Vampire Diaries)

“She constantly put herself in harms way for her friends (and they often expected her to save their butts). She died more than once, had her first love cheat on her with a ghost, and watched her father get murdered in front of her. She suffered immense physical pain and was left alone in an alternate universe (after being stabbed, mind you). Oh, and she finally found someone who loved her and they killed him in front of her, too.”
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CW / Via playbuzz.com

Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)

Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)

“He was constantly being manipulated and verbally abused by Walt, who only used him for his own selfish gains (including making him think that he had accidentally poisoned a child). He had to suffer through the deaths of the people he loved and became a literal slave in the final season.”
rosieg4858d274f

“He’s the epitome of human devastation wrapped up in a single character.”
jenmas

“They just shit on Jesse until the finale!”
dlv8814

AMC / Via amc.com

Meg Griffin (Family Guy)

Meg Griffin (Family Guy)

“The show isn’t meant to be taken seriously, but I just don’t think the way her family treats her is very funny. Meg always ends up as the butt of the joke. She deserves better.”
sarahm461ad99e9

FOX / Via huffingtonpost.com

Matthew “Rickety Cricket” Mara (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

“He left the priesthood, became homeless, got addicted to crack and PCP, had his legs broken, his throat slashed, had a dog defile his throat wound, got ringworm, blinded in one eye, lit on fire, and became a prostitute to support his drug habit.”
adamjunrein

FX / Via imgur.com

The Starks (Game of Thrones)

The Starks (Game of Thrones)

“Catelyn Stark’s husband was beheaded, she thought her sons were burned alive and that her daughters were being held hostage. She had to watch her son and his wife be murdered at a wedding where she was murdered, too. She had it so rough, my dudes, and she deserved better.”
jennad4cadaeb93

“Sansa has lost and suffered so much.”
madelineb4381cfa55

“Ned Stark was such a kind, loving man, and always did what was right. Duty and honor ended up getting him killed. The fact that he went to his grave carrying such a heavy burden ruins me every time I watch the show.”
erinburkmanr

“All. Of. The. Starks.”
cooperscooper11

HBO / Via patricksponaugle.com

Hannah Baker (13 Reasons Why)

Hannah Baker (13 Reasons Why)

“She deserved everything good in the world, but the world turned on her.”
amyd41e25d6ef

“This girl had been abused and slut shamed…. No one deserves that.”
taonga2000

Netflix / Via thoughtcatalog.com

Garry “Jerry”/”Larry”/”Lenny”/”Terry”/”Barry”/”Gerry” Gergich “Gengurch”/”Girgich”/”Gergrench” (Parks and Rec)

“His character is the butt of so many jokes and it makes me sad because he’s the absolute best!”
amandap92

“He’s a mess, but he’s so kind and genuine. Everyone mocks him and bullies him, and he never retaliates.”
leahkathleenr

“His entire existence is tragic.”
dizrayspect

NBC / Via uproxx.com

Worf (Star Trek)

Worf (Star Trek)

“Every episode he’s in, in every series, it’s ‘shit on Worf day’. He’s not Human enough, he’s not Klingon enough, his son is a shit to him. But who gets called on to save the damn day? That’s right, mother fuckin’ Worf.”
hennaw

CBS / Via cbr.com

Merlin (Merlin)

Merlin (Merlin)

“Nothing is as tragic as being forced to spend eternity waiting for someone to come back from the dead, watching the entire world move on without you, unable to grow close to anyone without losing them.”
bethanyrosec

BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

Olivia Benson (Law and Order: SVU)

Olivia Benson (Law and Order: SVU)

“Her dad was a rapist and her mother was his victim, her partner was murdered, she was kidnapped and tortured for days, she got PTSD, she adopted the son of a murdered prostitute and then had to fight for full custody.”
xxcrimsonquillxx

“The writers have put her through hell for 19 seasons!”
aperel612

NBC / Via popculture.com

FitzSimmons (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)

FitzSimmons (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)

“All they want is to make beautiful science together, but they keep getting separated by time or space or BOTH. For goodness’ sake, Whedons, just let these precious geniuses get married and settle down in Perthshire already.”
Jamie Jirak

ABC / Via purefandom.com

BoJack Horseman (BoJack Horseman)

BoJack Horseman (BoJack Horseman)

“Few characters can encapsulate the inability to find joy, self destruct, alienate everyone, and feelings of unworthiness like he can. He sees glimpses of what life could be like, but can never seem to make it fit.”
vandalbison

Netflix / Via jhsblackandwhite.com

Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)

Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)

“He was already unsure about whether or not he’d find someone with an equal intellect, let alone someone to love, but when he did she got freaking murdered! He dealt with a drug addiction after being kidnapped and tortured, his mom has schizophrenia and he’s constantly worried about whether or not he has it, too. Plus, he’s seen the worst of humanity while working with the FBI. Justice for Reid!”
eisuneek

“And the show isn’t even over yet.”
voidnogitsune

CBS / Via criminalminds.wikia.com

Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Buffy and Angel)

Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Buffy and Angel)

“He started out as just a funny foil in Buffy. Then, in Angel, his whole life is pretty much destroyed. He literally said, ‘I had my throat slit and all my friends abandoned me.’ He had to suffer through that and watch his love die. He did not deserve that.”
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WB / Via hypable.com

Wallace (The Wire)

Wallace (The Wire)

“Sure, he did snitch, but he was just a kid. He got out of the situation and was warned not to come back but he did anyways and then, well…”
marial45a4dfe30

HBO / Via thewire.wikia.com

Frodo (The End of the F***ing World)

Frodo (The End of the F***ing World)

“He deserved better than what he got.”
kateflowerhome

Netflix / Via hypable.com

Kenny (South Park)

Kenny (South Park)

“Need I go on?”
lizmurr2011

Comedy Central / Via southpark.wikia.com

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