Uh, I think the lack of 1000+ homicides on Tyler’s part puts him a little higher on the morality scale than Klaus, ffs. Is that even arguable? Tyler’s hardly blame-free, and I’d be the first to agree he often treats Caroline like shit, but he’s actually one of the very few characters who doesn’t have multiple murders under his belt (other than that girl he killed which triggered his wolf-curse, I can’t think of any other deaths he’s guilty of?), so I can see why he’d be a little judgey of people like Klaus and even Hayley.
To the people saying that Stefan had no right to punch their precious Tyler: seriously?!
Echoing one of Caroline’s most often-used lines here. Because what in the actual fuck? They are not a thing anymore. Tyler has no right whatsoever to judge her like she’s some kind of a whore. Or act like…In fairness, that pregnant woman stabbed him in the back by going to Klaus with the plan she helped him make; and got a lot of his friends and his mother killed in the process. And Tyler didn’t actually kill Hayley, so I’d argue he’s not even on Hayley’s level of bad, let alone Klaus’s.
Stefan had every right to defend his friend, and Tyler didn’t have a right to judge Caroline for sleeping with someone else after he left her. He DID have a right to be pissed about that someone being Klaus, though. Seriously, Caroline judges the hell out of Elena for Damon, and those feelings are like an iota of what Tyler must feel about Klaus.
If you are saying that Hayley (and her baby who is btw an innocent) deserved to die because she was caught between 2 douchebags while trying to find her family, that’s really fucked up. Hayley’s interests are not a concern of anybody on either show except her own.
I don’t blame her for looking after herself and her child, or being a bit ruthless in pursuing her own goals because nobody else is helping her. She’s just an incubator until the baby is born.
So, Tyler? Is no different from Klaus. And no, he is not. He tries to act like he is.
The same way Damon tried to use Elena as a crutch that made him “good”. It never changed that he was a horrible person at the core. And I’m glad that there are characters with such blurred moral lines on these shows. It’s great. But one thing to remember is NONE of them are really what can be classified as good people.
Not Hayley, not Klaus or Caroline or even Matt Donovan. And certainly not Tyler.
So he had no right to judge Caroline, since he’d actually chosen Klaus and revenge over her and left her. He thought he could waltz right back and she’d be waiting for him, and you know, I’m glad that she wasn’t. He didn’t deserve to have it easy after the way he treated her. (And he did treat her damned fucking shamefully all through S4 and most of this one, c’mon.)
Why is it when the men on these shows go after what they want it’s ok and cool and no, they’re not bad, really! But when a female character does, it’s suddenly acceptable to call her a whore and a slut just b/c ‘HE KILLED MY MOM!!!11 D:D:D:’ or treat her like dirt? It isn’t okay. At all.
TL;Dr: Stefan was the bigger man, and Tyler totally deserved to be called out and punched out.
And no, I don’t think Hayley “deserves to die” for getting Tyler’s mom and all those hybrids killed, anymore than I thought Katherine “deserved to die” for getting Jeremy killed through Silas. I can, however, understand why Tyler (and Elena over Jeremy) felt that way. They’re all characters in situations, and if you can empathize with one situation, you can empathize with the other. Jesus, I DIDN’T blame these girls for looking out for themselves, but Hayley’s pregnancy isn’t a reason she shouldn’t have had to expect revenge. It’s lunacy to expect to be able to kill a bunch of people on your quest for self-preservation and then swan off with the “just looking out for me” excuse and have it actually get sympathy from the families of those killed. Hard truth, both Hayley and Katherine were expecting revenge, that’s why they took off out of Mystic Falls so quickly after doing their deeds.
It’s not acceptable for Tyler to call Caroline a whore, never said it was. It’s not okay to judge her for sleeping with someone after he dumped her. Not okay for him to have expected her to be waiting around for him. Again, never said it was. He generally treats her like shit. It makes sense for him to feel icky about the Klaus part of the equation though. Even Stefan was a little grossed out by that part. He punched Tyler because Tyler slut-shamed Caroline, not because he felt Tyler shouldn’t be judging Klaus.