In honor of Friday the 13th, Fancast has composed a list of televisions unluckiest characters. Jack’s wife and 24 Season 1 character Teri Bauer gets a spot on the list:
Teri Bauer, ‘24′: One of TV’s saddest and most unexpected death scenes was preceded by 23 hours and 50-ish minutes of wrong turns, displaced trust (whoa, Richard Burgi isn’t the girl’s father?!) and even a blink-and-you-missed-it, dramatically convenient bout of amnesia. Sure, Teri’s batch of bad luck was compressed into that very first day of ‘24,’ but man, was a character’s fate ever sealed.
There’s no denying that Teri was an unlucky gal, but where is Jack Bauer on this list? All of his love interests have ended badly, usually resulting in death. His best friends turn out evil, heck, even his brother and father were evil. He’s had a heart attack, got addicted to heroin, was forced to fake his death and go into hiding, his friends were killed just to frame him, he gets captured and tortured for two years in a Chinese prison…
He goes to Africa to get away and trouble follows him there too (24: Redemption). In Day 7 he gets exposed to the pathogen and spends much of the day slowly deteriorating. After Renee got killed by a sniper and Bauer avenged her death, he’s now a fugitive on the run and has to flee the country.
Yeah, I’m pretty sure there is no contest here.