One common arc we see in a lot of Urban Fantasy is the redemption tale. After all, we are dealing with big bad monsters here, sometimes finding their humanity can be an epic tale in its own right. After the bodies are buried, the monster raises its bloodstained maw to the sky and gasps “what have I done?!” and begins the long, painful path to redemption.
Or, y’know, they could say sorry and everyone will pat them on the back and say “there-there” and next week we’ll treat them as if they’d done no wrong. Unfortunately, this is where they lose us. We’re not against a good redemption tale, we are against short cutting redemption and, ultimately, there are characters we do not forgive, even if the rest of the cast does.
Stefan Salvatore: The Vampire Diaries
Stefan is well known as the ripper because he feeds so viciously that he actually serves the heads of his victims. When he goes off the deep end with Klaus, Elena, Damon and Alaric are determined to get him back. This is of course after seeing dead bodies that he has left behind, as well as a long list of the kills that he has made. After learning exactly how many people that Stefan has killed, as well as the manner in which he killed them, of course Elena still wuvs him. Her willingness to forgive him continues the love triangle which has become essential to the plot. Elena may have forgiven him, but we certainly not.
Damon Salvatore: The Vampire Diaries
When Damon made his first appearance in season one he was the antagonist. He killed indiscriminately and worked very hard to terrorize Mystic Falls. Over the seasons to come has slowly been redeemed because other antagonists arrived, combined with his growing love for Elena, quickly put him on team good guy. Damon still uses his powers in ways that are harmful and though it is occasionally acknowledged like when he turned Andie Star into a virtual slave using his powers, it is not take seriously. It is seen more as Damon being self-destructive than him abusing Andie and his powers. Elena even forgives Damon for killing her own brother. If you look at the bodies and violence that Damon has left in his wake, there is clearly nothing redeemable about him but still yet Elena has forgiven him repeatedly. She may be willing to turn the other cheek, but we most certainly will not.