WARNING: NEGATIVE CHRIS ARGENT FEELINGS
The thing about Chris, I think, is that when compared to the other hunters we know, he’s not that bad.
Kate is a mass murderer. Not to mention that she committed statutory rape and, later, sexual assault, assault, torture and attempted murder.
Gerard was crazy insane - murdered an omega, stabbed Scott, threatened Melissa, manipulated Allison so she nearly became a murderer, tortured Erica and Boyd, beat up Stiles.
Victoria tried to murder a 16 year old. Don’t even get me started about the bullshit of her suicide.
Comparatively, Chris is a good guy.
But this is still a guy who shot Scott just after he’d been bitten for no reason other than he was a werewolf.
Still the guy who mocked Derek because his family had died.
Still the guy who threw Stiles into a wall and threatened him.
Still the guy who drove a car at Scott, presumably with the intent of hitting Scott/trapping him between two cars.
Still the guy who shoved a gun in Scott’s face when he caught him making out with Allison.
If Chris wasn’t that bothered about Derek’s innocence/guilt, what about all the other werewolves he’s hunted over the years? How many werewolves has he killed on the flimsiest of evidence?
And let’s be honest, he’s not exactly bothered about the fact that he’s been involved in a genocide against a species just because they are different.
Just because he’s not as psychotic as the rest of his family, doesn’t make him a good guy. At best he’s morally dubious. At best.
All of this is accurate, but then, can’t we say that about most of the major players in Beacon Hills?
Sure, the morally dubious things Scott and Derek have done were carried out with the best intentions, but that doesn’t make them innocent.
Allison has certainly had her moments - understandably so, considering the death of her mother and Scott choosing to withhold the details surrounding it - so she’s not blameless, either.
Stiles knew that Derek was missing before Peter ever bit Lydia and coerced him into finding his nephew. Was he doing anything about it? No. Granted, he was more concerned about Scott’s problems at the time, but he had to know that Derek’s radio silence was a bad sign.
They’ve all done things that they probably regret now. The difference between them and Chris Argent is that Chris grew up surrounded by the hunter mentality. Does that make what he has done right? Absolutely not. But it does make it a little easier to understand.
You do realise, though, that everything that Scott, Allison, Stiles and Derek have done is because of the hunters, right?
That’s the real difference between them and Chris Argent.
They are reacting to things that are done to them. They aren’t the ones taking part in a systematic extermination of a species and their actions certainly don’t compare to a group who will happily murder and torture people just because they are different.
There are few people in Beacon Hills who haven’t made some poor decisions and done some questionable things, but do you think the actions of a racist are more understandable than, and somehow comparable to, those of a couple of confused/used 16/17 year olds and a severely traumatised 23 year old who probably suffers from PTSD?
I have more than a few issues with a lot of Scott’s actions but he was bitten without his consent and thrust into a world he wanted nothing to do with. I don’t like a lot of what he’s done, how the other characters don’t call him on his shit and how a lot of fandom doesn’t see the problematic aspects of his actions (some of which include siding with the very people hell-bent on wiping out the species he now belongs to) but I don’t think Scott is doing it on purpose. He isn’t looking to kill people. He isn’t looking for an excuse to go after people just because they are different.
Allison did some pretty terrible things, but she didn’t come to those decisions by herself. She was manipulated expertly by Gerard (and with no small amount of help from her own mother and the manner and location of her suicide) and then lied to by both Scott and Chris, where the truth might well have allowed her to chose differently. But she did what she did because she was hurting and angry and sad because of her mum and she was taken advantage of, turned into a weapon (albeit a weapon that didn’t even get a training montage to explain where her new found skills came from).
And I really don’t think you can place Stiles being more concerned about Scott and ignoring what was happening to Derek in the same bracket as murder, torture, sexual assault, attempted murder etc
Derek made some horrible life choices and decisions but, god, he’s had a shittier life than most. He was traumatised at 16 when the woman who seduced him turned around and straight up murdered nearly his entire family because of what they are. I think, considering that we know he never told anyone about him and Kate, that he spent six years blaming himself, hating himself and generally feeling guilty and that he deserves all the terrible things that ever happen to him. Then his sister gets murdered, he has to find and bury her body by himself, deal with a couple of idiot 16 year olds, get accused of murder, save said stupid 16 year olds from their own stupidity, get a hole punched through his chest and left for dead, tortured and then kill his own uncle. Then he’s woefully unprepared for the power and responsibility that comes with being an alpha.
Yes, they’ve all made decisions they presumably regret, but I don’t think any of them compare to what hunters have done and continue to do.
Chris may have grown up with the hunters code, but he obviously knew parts of it were wrong because he made a conscious decision to keep Allison away from Gerard and didn’t want to teach her the ways of the hunter. It was both Kate and his own actions that created a situation where Allison found out and had to be taught. He obviously has a line he personally won’t cross, but he’s pretty happy to do everything up to that line, even knowing that it’s wrong.