I know fully well that you’re just saying all of this stuff to get me upset because literally no one in their right MIND that has seen Teen Wolf would even try to act like Allison Argent is not a strong character. She is the strongest character on the show in every way that I know. Her entire development and storyline is solely about her being strong. The character development that’s gone into her has been undeniably astounding from her very first scene to her very last. She’s been the most orchestrated and direct and dynamic character the show has ever had since the very first episode.
Lets start with episode 1: Her first breakout scene aside from getting to meet Scott, Lydia, Jackson, etc. was when she rushed into the clinic panicked and worried because she ran into and hit a dog in the middle of the street by mistake. This is important because Allison’s entire philosophy is that she doesn’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. This is the first time we’re seeing how protective she is. She gets to Scott’s clinic and Scott’s helping her and she talks about how she can’t believe she hates that she was screaming and panicked the whole time, which is also something very important because the biggest part about Allison’s entire role and storyline on Teen Wolf is that she hates seeing herself weak. That’s the most dominant recurring theme for her character. She talks about how she freaked out and she can’t believe she did because she thought she was tougher than that. That’s her very first breakout scene in the show and it really speaks volumes about her character and foreshadows everything that her character is going to be.
Jump ahead to episodes 7 and 9: Episode 7 deals with Scott, Allison, Stiles, Lydia, and Jackson being trapped inside Beacon Hills High with the mysterious and murderous Alpha lurking through the halls determined to kill them all. Allison cried when Scott sacrificed himself for them and didn’t want anything to happen to him and she was freaking out and frantic the entire time. In episode 9, Allison has her famous “I want to feel powerful” monologue to her aunt Kate where she explains to Kate how she feels. "That night inside the school I felt utterly weak. Like, like I needed someone to come in and rescue me. I HATE that feeling. I wanna feel stronger than that……I wanna feel powerful." Allison is divulging what’s already been hinted at throughout the course of the first 9 episodes, that she hates feeling like she can’t handle things and that something is out of her control and she hates feeling weak.
This is already something that Allison struggles with from the start before the pressure that’s later pushed on her even occurs which might say a lot about her character’s background and the way she was initially raised before the show started, which isn’t surprising at all. Allison’s family is the source of her mentality and struggles.
- Allison’s father kidnapped and tied her up in episode 2.03 as her first training lesson. Yes, every hunter goes through the process but this was literally just beneath the length of a couple weeks after her Aunt, aka the person she felt an extremely close bond with, was murdered before her eyes.
- Allison’s aunt, as stated above to be the person she felt and extremely close bond with, was literally murdered in front of her eyes brutally because she struggled to even apologize to Peter in order to save Allison.
- Allison’s mother handled every situation with little to no comfort at all and forced Allison to be strong in every decision, not for her own good but for the good of everyone else looking in on their family. “There are others outside of this family who are not ready for you to see it.”
- Allison hardly was even able to mourn for her Aunt’s death because everyone in town was buzzing about how her Aunt was a psychotic arsonist in hearing distance away from Allison everywhere she went, causing her to have to endure the comments. Yet throughout the whole thing Allison stayed strong and only opened herself up to Scott.
- Speaking of Scott, only in the weeks beyond her aunt’s death, Allison had to hide her secret relationship with the boyfriend her mother and father were out to kill, threatening Allison should she have any interaction with Scott and tracking every single thing Allison did 24/7 in order to keep her in check.
- Because of all this with Scott, Allison had to lie to her parents constantly who were always coming down on her about her decisions, especially since she knew now about werewolves and the dangers her family faces.
- In a war between the werewolves and her family, Allison is caught in the middle and is eventually belittled and insulted on both sides.
Aside from everything that Allison had to endure throughout Season 2, she was constantly overlooked and told “No” from everyone besides her grandfather, Gerard, who was only encouraging her in his attempts to manipulate her into a weapon for himself.
In the Club in episode 2.08 “Raving”, Allison helps her father and grandfather conjure a plan to capture Jackson in order to stop him from senselessly murdering people. Allison is always looking for whatever is going to help save lives. Allison had no idea that in the plan, her father and Gerard were actually planning on killing Jackson, who was really a close friend to Allison. Allison gets to the club and sees Scott, who then tells her that he and Derek have already created a plan to capture Jackson and he’s screaming at her about how she’s in the way and she’s not helping while she’s trying to explain that she had no other option because both he and her father are pressuring her to pick a side and she’s trying to do whatever is right instead of whatever is going to help either side. When asked what she could do to help, Scott screams at her to stay out of the way, leaving her standing behind.
Scott and her father both have recurring tendencies to tell Allison “no” and that she can’t do something because they doubt how capable she is. Episode 2.05 “Venomous” Scott tells Allison that if anything happens while she’s guarding Lydia that she is supposed to call him as soon as possible despite being caught by her father to which she replies “I can take care of myself” as she pulls out her crossbow. This becomes a sort of catch phrase of her’s, due to the fact that she is always having to constantly reinforce it to others who doubt her.
Throughout all of season 1 entirely, and her life before the show, Allison’s parents lied to her about their entire identities and lives as Hunters just to protect her because they didn’t think she was strong enough.
On top of all that happening in season 2, Allison is also having to constantly lie to her best friend in the world about it all in order to protect her, meaning that Allison has no one to talk to about everything she’s enduring besides Scott who she can hardly go to either. She feels bad for leaving Lydia in the dark but she knows that it’s protecting her.
In episode 2.09 “Party Guessed”, the climax of Allison’s character occurs. Victoria Argent, Allison’s mother, takes her own life in order to uphold the Hunter’s Code, “We Hunt Those Who Hunt Us.” This is one of the most iconic Allison Argent episodes because not only does it initiate the turning point of Allison’s character but we’re also seeing her true feelings in this episode, through the hallucinations she has. While at Lydia’s party, Allison sees someone in hunters gear and a crossbow lurking about the party and she calls for Scott’s help thinking it could be danger. When she comes face to face with them, it’s a hallucination of herself. Allison’s entire internal struggle is laid out in this moment.
“Look at you. Yelling for help. Alwwaaays yelling for help. It’s pathetic, Allison.”
Allison feels the weight of everything on her shoulders and this is also another instance where we’re seeing how much she hates feeling weak in a situation. This hallucination is driven by her self hatred and is all about her taunting herself on something she’s insecure about. It can also reference back to when Allison made her claim in episode 1.09 about wanting to feel powerful and hating the feeling of needing to be rescued. Allison wants to be independent and she wants to be able to fight her own battles and by this point she’s already proven a number of times that she can handle herself by being physically and mentally capable to outplay anyone. The pressure that her family puts on her to be perfectly strong is a huge obstacle for Allison all throughout season 2.
In episode 2.04 “Abomination”, Allison faces her grandfather, Gerard, when getting caught sneaking out. In the interaction, Gerard goes from smoothly talking to Allison about her responsibilities and loyalties to him yelling at her for the lack of conviction in her voice.
"Can I trust you, Allison?"
"NOT YEAH. SPEAK WITH CONVICTION. YES OR NO."
This is a lesson for Allison and it also brings up how strict her family is on being strong and being a leader. It’s a glimpse at how Allison is being trained and forged into someone who’s confident and a soldier, someone who is capable of being a leader.
"Knowing wars and violence are typically started by men, we place the final decisions, the hard ones, with the women. Our sons are trained to be soldiers, our daughters, to be leaders."
Chris Argent’s words to Allison on her first day of training, which consisted of her being kidnapped and tied up and left to save herself. Allison’s way of living and the way her parents treat and raise her is completely flipped upside down as she’s no longer seen as a girl but as someone they need to shape into a killer.
Back to episode 2.09, Allison leaves Lydia’s party and shows up to the hospital where she meets her father and he’s standing there waiting for her. When she arrives, she’s in hysterics and is demanding her father to tell her if this is some sort of sick training session because she believes that’s the level her family would take to train her.
Of course the death of Allison’s mother sends her into a horrible state. She wont talk to her friends and she wont talk to her father or grandfather, the only 2 family members she has left after watching her Aunt be murdered in front of her eyes and weeping over her mothers newly dead body. Allison’s lost two of the people she loves most in the world at this point and on this trauma, her grandfather takes the opportunity to manipulate Allison into a real killer. He forges a letter as her mothers last words in order to get her to do what he wants. In the letter it’s implied that what her mother wanted was for Allison to become a hunter, which wasn’t off from what her mother actually wanted and Gerard twists his way into her head by giving her the opportunity to seek revenge on the person responsible for her mothers death: Derek Hale. Of course Gerard has his own agenda in getting her to do this.
When Allison’s father sees the deadly look in his daughters eyes as she talks about going to kill Derek and anyone who stands in her way, he of course starts to realize that this isn’t what he wanted and he doesn’t want Allison to turn out like this sister and be with his father like this and this isn’t the type of hunter her mother would’ve liked to see her become.
At this point, the girly girl Allison of Season 1 who smiled a lot and wore her hair in curls and wore sweat innocent neutral makeup is no longer who she was through a series of events. She’s been lied to, belittled, emotionally abused, harmed in training, threatened by her parents, put under 24 hour surveillance, and gone through the death of 2 people she loved. At this point, Allison is a killer and she has a flawless scene where she transitions, throwing away everything girly and sweat and cute and decorative in her room and brandishing weapons, preparing to kill.
In episodes 2.10, 2.11, and 2.12, Allison has taken her grandfathers side and hunted down Derek, threatened her boyfriend to kill him if he gets in the way of her killing Derek, shot down Boyd and Erica as they cried before her eyes and watched them crumble as she repeatedly and mercilessly shot them, and cut, stab, and gutted Isaac in a big final battle. In the end of 2.12, Gerard divulges that he is willing to kill both Allison and her father, his own son, in order to get what he wanted, which makes Allison see what she’s done and how she’s been manipulated. She breaks up with Scott for good and leaves Beacon Hills for 4 months with her father, who’s also received a good amount of character development, as they both set off to get their minds right and back into a state where they belong and where they need to be.
Returning for Season 3, Allison and her father are retired Hunters and are no longer in the family business. They only have each other in the world and they’ve both got new priorities. Chris is trying to live a normal life while Allison is just trying to keep her head on her shoulders as always but her protective nature gets the best of her.
Allison reunites with her old friends, Scott, Stiles, and Lydia, who are obviously still stuck in the supernatural world she’s trying to get out of. When Allison sees that Scott is potentially in danger she makes it her solo mission to investigate the situation. Later when Scott and Derek, a rival of Allison’s, are in danger of being murdered, she does the only thing she can think to do that would save them and sets Boyd and Cora out where Scott and Derek would be out of their harms way. Derek grabs her and man handles her screaming at her about how she just put so many people in danger and she screams back at him, standing up for herself that he created those werewolves and he’s the reason they’re killers in the first place, to which it turns it back around on her family, acknowledging the fact that they made her a killer only 4 months ago. “I’ve made mistakes. Gerard is not my fault.” She finally learns that her mother was bitten in order to save Scott because her mother was in the middle of killing Scott. This causes Allison to deeply reflect on her choices and everything to which she sets out and secretly plays a big part in capturing Boyd and Cora in an attempt to make up for her mistake. This is the first time that we see Allison using her skills and abilities for good and for justice.
Season 3A was a phenomenal season for Allison for the fact that it was her redemption arc from her mistakes in season 2. Also in this season Allison is much more level headed and mature and definitely has gained all that she can from the harsh lessons that were designed to turn her into a soldier.
Episode 5 is my personal favorite Allison episode. Every good thing about this episode, to me, comes from Allison. At least all the major moments.
Allison enters the episode in a frantic and protective state where she is following Scott with Lydia to make sure Scott is okay and isn’t dying. She’s arguing with Stiles and demanding that he demand the coach to pull the bus over in order to aid Scott.
When the bus finally stops at a rest, Allison, Stiles, and Lydia take Scott into the bathroom where they leave Allison alone to stitch up Scott’s wounds while he’s unconscious. During the process Allison has hallucinations of her mother standing in the room and taunting her. This is a reminder of Allison’s internal conflicts and the stress that her parents pushed on her to remain strong at all times.
Victoria: “Unbelievable. One simple little task. You can’t thread a needle?”
Allison: “I’m trying.”
V: “You want my sympathy? Because you’re just a 17 year old little girl and this is all too much for you to handle? Well GET OVER IT. THREAD THE NEEDLE.”
A: “My hands won’t stop shaki-.”
V: “Breathe. Allison, Breathe. Try it again.”
*Allison follows instructions and fails getting extremely frustrated and screaming*
V: “Okay. How do we approach a situation like this?”
A: *crying* “And unemotional-, and unemotionally…”
V: “THEN STOP CRYING AND DO IT.”
This isn’t the first scene during the season Allison has hallucinated seeing her mother command and taunt her, which implies that much of Allison’s internal struggle from this point on is trying to live up to her mothers standards and make her proud while still doing the right thing and feeling the pressure. Her family has pushed her so far that she’s experiences multiple occasions of PSTD.
Later in the episode, in a flashback to a big battle, Derek and Scott are defeated by the Alpha pact and just before being finished, Allison swoops in to save the day in a very heroic manner which goes into an even further flashback of before the moment when she’s in her fathers study.
The conversation being taken between Allison and her father is very much about him wanting to stay out of the supernatural world that corrupted his father and daughter and sister and taken both his sister and wife. He wants to stay out of everything while Allison cannot because her friends will die if she doesn’t interfere to save them.
"They’re not your family."
”With all the family that I’ve lost, I could use a few friends.”
Allison references the pain she’s gone through in the past year and how she’s alone without her friends and her father.
Also throughout the season Allison revisits Gerard and forces the truth out of him, acknowledging him as the disgusting person he is.
I’m going to wrap it up early but literally any statement or claim that anyone can try to make against Allison Argent by calling her weak, is absolutely false and needs to be shut down. Her entire character is built upon the idea that she must be strong and that is her internal conflict throughout the entire series. And she fulfilled it. She died knowing that she was strong, she changed the history of her family’s course into protecting people instead of killing people single handedly, she died as a leader she was raised to be and a soldier she became on her own and she died saving one of the people she loves the most’s life. Allison Argent is a revolutionary character who proves that girls can be badass and fight and carry weapons without losing her feminine sense. And in one of her last scenes with the sheriff she admits that she’s always afraid. That she’s not always fearless and that in fact she’s always terrified. She opens up and shows her weaknesses which is something she’s never done with anyone besides Scott.
Not even all of her amazing scenes are listed here because as I’m thinking back, I know I forgot some of my favorites that definitely highlight things in her character but this is what Allison Argent is and what Allison Argent represents and no other character has meant more to me than her that I’ve ever seen and she’ll always be in my heart because I know that the way she lived her life was amazing and that she finally gets to rest and stop stressing and being pressured and that her life came to a full circle throughout the series and I’d go as far as to say that she was surely the best written and most thought out character on the show with a purpose from the start and the writers did a great job building up this character and changing her so much realistically. Allison wasn’t killed off by writers because she was “irrelevant”, Allison was killed off because Crystal Reed wanted to quit the show which probably had a lot to do with the enormous amount of hate she was receiving from the fans which is sad seeing as once her character was gone, everyone realized how much they actually loved her. And if you understand Allison Argent and don’t like her, then you must not understand her at all.