Days of Our Lives Characters Who Went From Exciting To Boring

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Days of Our Lives (DOOL) is known for its over-the-top characters and storylines, but most fans can agree that as outrageous as things can get, all the chaos does make for good daytime drama. As with anything in life, stories can get stale, and characters can lackluster over time. Below is an overview of DOOL characters who went from exciting to boring.

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12. Lucas Roberts

Lucas is a fan favorite on Days; however, as of late he’s gone from interesting bachelor to overly doting dad. Perhaps he needs a little romance to spark some interest? Maybe more a storyline outside of simply what his children are up to? His role around Allie’s return to Salem was solid, but Lucas needs and deserves more.

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11. Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts is truly a dynamic DOOL character. She has zero issues around scheming and plotting against enemies, but when push comes to shove, she always tries to do the “right” thing. Her rivalry with Sami in the past has made things interesting, but as of late, she’s been on the sidelines. That all needs to change.

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10. Roman Brady

Simply put, Roman is in desperate need of a storyline or a romance. It’s been years since he’s been the focal point in any Salem story. His character is generally one that bridges between what his kids and grandkids are up to. Sometimes he gets pulled in to “help” friends or siblings, but that’s about it. Roman was a very interesting character in the 1980s and 1990s but has fizzled since. Will his renewed romance with Kate help both characters?

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9. Jack Deveraux

Jack made a major return to Salem in late 2018 and spent a good chunk of 2019 trying to remember his past with Jennifer. He was once the focal point of the show, and has always been popular with viewers, which is why he was brought back. Since the “fast-forward” storyline of late 2019, Jack has been in the shadows, playing more of a supporting role to the “Chabby” romance, or as a confidant for others.

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8. Jennifer Horton

Things are going well between Jack and Jenn, but “happily ever after” can sometimes equal out to “boring” in the land of soap operas. Much like Jack, Jenn’s role as of late is helping Abigail out with the kids or supporting her with her mental health issues. Perhaps J&J need a storyline that focuses more on them, versus the kids and grandkids.

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7. Sarah Horton

Sarah Horton returned to the land of Salem with an explosive storyline, and the character has slowly faded. Is it because she forgave Xander, despite all the lies he told? Being a doormat is never a good look! More recently, Sarah was rescued from Kristen’s island with no idea who she was. While that storyline was an interesting diversion, it remains to be seen whether Sarah can remain interesting now that she’s home and settled.

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6. Rafe Hernandez

Rafe is a staple in Salem, and when fans found out that he was leaving in the summer of 2020, many were upset. Yet he didn’t exactly set Salem ablaze when he returned. Perhaps this is because he can’t seem to make a relationship work. Ava, Nicole, anybody? Has his character gotten stale? Yes. But could a massive comeback and interesting storyline change that? Also, yes!

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5. Carrie Brady

Carrie isn’t in Salem full-time, but she returns enough to hit this list! Carrie is a character fans have seen grow up onscreen, as actress Christie Clark entered the role in the late ‘80s at the age of 12. She’s had her ups and downs over the years; however, when she returns to Salem, there’s nothing major about her comeback or storyline. Most times it simply feels like a filler to get audiences excited about Carrie returning, but with no real substance. Hopefully, that can change.

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4. Justin Kiriakis

Justin Kiriakis used to be a dynamic character that walked a fine line between “schemer” and “nice guy.” Now, he just seems like the nice guy who finishes last. His storyline with Bonnie Lockhart does have promise, so here’s hoping that things do change for Justin. Otherwise, he may be the character that is simply brought in whenever anyone needs a lawyer for something.

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3. John Black

Once shrouded in mystery, John Black is becoming a little boring. It’s bound to happen. After all, the man has been trying to figure out who he is for decades now. It’s not an easy task for writers to continually come up with new storylines for legendary characters who have “done it all” on a soap opera.

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2. Marlena Evans

John’s “Doc” falls into the same category as Black. Marlena Evans is an iconic figure in the land of Salem, so it can’t be easy to continually think of fresh and new storylines for this heroine. How does one even “out-do” being possessed? (How about being possessed… again?!) Or dealing with SIDS? From affairs to twins, battling Stefano and more, Evans has had an exciting life on Days. With that said, there’s still some adventure left in Marlena, and here’s hoping there are more interesting storylines in her near future.

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1. Kristen DiMera

Has motherhood softened Kristen? She used to be pretty interesting as a schemer, so maybe it’s Brady and their relationship that is to blame! Regardless, DiMera’s storylines were very interesting at one point. Whether she was plotting to get Brady into bed, trying to bring down Jarlena, or parading around as Nicole Walker, fans couldn’t keep their eyes off what she was up to. These days (pun intended), not so much.

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Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass is an avid fan of daytime drama and has been watching Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and Young and the Restless for over two decades now. As a full-time freelance writer, she gets to combine her love of soap operas and writing through her Fame 10 articles. Also a mother of two busy girls and a mommy blogger, she's been published multiple times over in Huffington Post Parents and Scary Mommy.