17 Comic Book Characters Ruined by Television

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Here's a list of 17 comic book characters that simply did not translate well from comics to television. I'm sure all these characters probably seemed like a great idea on paper, but once they came to life on our favorite shows... not so much.

1. Count Vertigo - Arrow

Count Vertigo - Arrow
The worst offender on Arrow so far has been the original Count Vertigo. Seth Gabel's portrayal of the cooky Count was so over the top he felt out of place on the dark and gritty Arrow. Gabel's take on Vertigo was similar to what Heath Ledger pulled off with the Joker, only Gabel failed big time. So much so in fact, the writers ultimately killed him off and replaced him with Vertigo 2.0

2. Barbara Kean - Gotham

Barbara Kean - Gotham
Barbara Kean is the future wife of Jim Gordon and mother to Batgirl, herself. She is Gotham's typical damsel in distress, only she exists solely to prance around semi-naked and make stupid decisions. Some fans speculate she might actually be Kathy Kane (Batwoman) but it's not like she can don the costume before Bruce right? The character is basically eye candy; nothing more.

3. John Garrett - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

John Garrett - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The introduction of John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first season was a welcome surprise. Who doesn't love Bill Paxton? Of course by the time he comes out as "The Clairvoyant," it was as anticlimactic for us as it was Raina. As the GH.325 took him over, the actor in Paxton lost total control; talk about chewing the scenery. When Coulson finally puts him out of his misery, it was a relief for the audiences as well as S.H.I.E.L.D. Good riddance to a silly performance and character.

4. Lori Grimes - The Walking Dead

Lori Grimes - The Walking Dead
In the Walking Dead's first season we all hoped Rick would be reunited with his family. By the time the second season rolled around though fans couldn't wait for Lori to meet her demise. Dreadful wishy washy writing and the fact her "ghost" overstayed its welcome made Lori one of the most loathed characters of the entire series. Sarah Wayne Callies is not to blame for it though, it's all on the writers. Too bad Lori and Andrea were their guinea pigs. Seems like they learned their lesson the hard way.

5. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather - The Strain

Dr. Ephraim Goodweather - The Strain
What a shame that Dr. Ephraim Goodweather went from hero (in the comics/books) to zero in the television version of The Strain. Eph was our Indiana Jones in the comics, the smartest guy in the room that saves the day. From the moment we meet the show's bumbling version of Eph there was no redeeming the character. He was a jerk to his ex-wife, ignored his kid, mistreated his girlfriend and constantly questioned Setrakian (who actually knew what he was talking about). The writers made Eph so egotistical he was hard to like or root for. Here's hoping they fix the character for Season 2, Corey Stoll deserves it.

6. Weather Wizard - The Flash

Weather Wizard - The Flash
Clyde Mardon (aka Weather Wizard) was arguably the least interesting part of The Flash pilot. A bland and unmemorable baddie if there ever was one. Not to mention actor Chad Rook was saddled with some awful lines and struggled delivering them. In the comics, Clyde's brother Mark is Weather Wizard. Perhaps he survived their airplane crash too? Here's hoping he's more interesting than his bro.

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